FINANCE & RESTRUCTURING
Nantes Mello’s financing practice has extensive experience executing a wide range of financing transactions, including investment grade and high-yield senior secured bank facilities, registered and unregistered investment grade and high-yield bond offerings, bridge facilities, asset-based loans, securitization structures, working capital facilities, syndicated and multi-currency loans and other financing arrangements.
Nantes Mello delivers high value to clients by seeking alignment of covenant packages across the capital structure, the adoption of best practices across financing types and considering the borrower’s industry and business model, allowing for an effective comparison of financing alternatives. We provide innovation and leadership to enable our clients to move quickly and capitalize on strong financing markets and meet tight transaction timelines.
Many of our financings extend across multiple national borders, and we are experienced in solving the complex issues that arise in multinational situations and in making sure that cross-border transactions benefit from the latest developments in the Brazilian financing market. Our team has advised on the matters involving Brazil or Brazilian assets on many cross-border financing transactions originated and marketed in New York, London, Hong Kong, Singapore, among others.
Our team has extensive experience in structuring capital markets transactions in the Brazilian capital markets and in preparing the transactional documents of Brazilian issuers in the international capital markets.
In the last few years, the founding partners have provided legal advice to publicly-held companies, investment banks, shareholders, and other market players in some of the most sophisticated and innovative equity and debt transactions. Our Capital Markets Practice includes representation in public and private offerings of securities, as well as renegotiations of debt securities in the context of structured transactions.
Nantes Mello Advogados advises corporate and financial institution clients on the full range of legal issues that arise in connection with structuring, offering, and trading derivatives and commodities. Our team has extensive experience working in-house and advising financial institutions in connection with transactional, litigation and enforcement matters relating to these products.
The Derivatives Practice include matters such as:
> Negotiation of standard market documentation such as CGD, ISDA, CSA, GMRA, and of the documentation related to bespoke trades executed via long form confirmation
> Regulatory, compliance and transactional advice regarding derivatives
> Education of foreign counterparties such as Chief Financial Officers, Legal Counsel, and Credit Risk professionals on the structure of the Brazilian derivatives market, including credit protection standards, collateral, insolvency regime, potential legal remedies, allowing for a complete risk assessment by the key decision makers in the process;
> Development of new products, including structuring and implementation of complex transactions including synthetic structures, regulatory capital relief trades, total return swaps, and securities lending.
Nantes Mello has extensive experience advising debtors and banks, hedge funds, private equity firms, special situations investors, and other creditors and acquirors in local and multijurisdictional bankruptcy cases and out-of-court restructurings. In addition, our team regularly handles complicated acquisitions and/or divestitures of businesses and assets in financial distress or bankruptcy, out-of-court restructurings of distressed borrowers, and other major transactions involving significant debtor/creditor issues.
Nantes Mello works collaboratively with clients to develop and implement novel restructuring solutions that are tailor-made to fit the needs of different stakeholders. Nantes Mello’s experience across multiple industries is extensive and spans every critical area of finance and restructuring, including DIP Financing, debt for equity swaps, prepackaged and prearranged judicial restructuring cases, “conventional” judicial restructuring cases, and international insolvencies.
We do not believe in a one-size fits all approach. Our firm’s advice ensures that clients address the complex issues associated with the Brazilian bankruptcy framework in the most strategic and beneficial manner possible. Major restructurings transcend almost all legal disciplines (including tax, corporate, financing, securities laws, antitrust, and other regulatory approvals). Nantes Mello seamlessly navigates in all knowledge pools to provide clients with comprehensive solutions to complex situations.