Carlyle’s Christopher Finn to give keynote at Latin Lawyer Live Private Equity

21 August 2018

Christopher Finn, global head of operations of private equity firm The Carlyle Group, will join Todd Crider of Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP, for a fireside chat at Latin Lawyer’s private equity conference next month.

State interventionism may spur policy advice work for law firms

02 November 2018

As regulatory environments become increasingly complex and state intervention increases, private equity investors may need non-legal policy affairs advice from Latin American and US law firms, heard delegates at Latin Lawyer Live 9th Annual Private Equity conference in New York.

Brazil could learn from Chile’s pension fund reforms, agree PE speakers

14 November 2018

Latin American pension funds can be a key source of fundraising for private equity, but strict transparency regulations governing their conduct are essential, heard delegates at the Latin Lawyer Live 9th Annual Private Equity.


Jean Michel Enríquez

Creel, García-Cuéllar, Aiza y Enríquez, Mexico City

Jean Michel Enríquez is a partner in the Mexico City office and member of the firm’s executive committee. His practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions, private equity and capital markets. Among others, Mr. Enríquez regularly advises large multinationals and global private equity investors and sponsors on acquisitions and investments in Mexico across multiple industries.

Todd Crider

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett, New York and São Paulo

Co-Head of the Firm’s Latin America Practice, Todd Crider advises clients in international corporate finance transactions, mergers and acquisitions and project finance. He divides his time between New York and São Paulo, Brazil, where he is Co-Head of the office. In corporate finance, Todd has led transactions in Latin America and Europe, including advising on equity and debt offerings by issuers from Brazil, Chile, Argentina, Mexico and Colombia, as well as Spain and Portugal.

Keynote Speaker

Christopher Finn

Managing Director, Global Head of Operations, The Carlyle Group, Washington, DC

Christopher Finn is a Managing Director and Global Head of Operations. He is based in Washington D.C.

Prior to joining Carlyle in 1996, Mr. Finn served as Executive Vice President of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), the U.S. Government agency that provides financing to the U.S. investors in the developing world. It is also the largest political risk underwriter in the world.

Mr. Finn is an honors graduate of Harvard College.

Mr. Finn has been a member of the board of Directors of many Carlyle portfolio companies including European buyout, technology and real estate investments


Andrés Nieto

Von Wobeser y Sierra, Mexico City

Andrew Lacy

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett, Washington, DC

Carlos Mena Labarthe

Creel, García-Cuéllar, Aiza y Enriquez, Mexico City

Cecilio Velasco

Principal, Kohlberg Kravis Roberts, Menlo Park

César Pérez Barnés

Partner, Southern Cross, Mexico City

Cristianne Saccab Zarzur Chaccur

Pinheiro Neto, São Paulo

Felipe Cousiño

Alessandri, Santiago

Fernando Bravo

Managing Director, Goldman Sachs, New York

Francisco Ugarte

Carey, Santiago

Guilherme Bueno Malouf

Machado Meyer, São Paulo

Hernán Slemenson

Marval, O'Farrell & Mairal, Buenos Aires

Jeffrey Lewis

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton, New York

Katrina Rowe

Kirkland & Ellis, New York

Luis Nicolau Gutiérrez

Ritch, Mueller, Heather y Nicolau, Mexico City

Maria-Leticia Ossa Daza

Willkie Farr & Gallagher, New York

Marina Procknor

Mattos Filho, São Paulo

Matthew Heinz

Managing Director, Aon, New York

Maurizio Levi-Minzi

Debevoise & Plimpton, New York

Monique Mavignier

Barbosa Müssnich Aragão, São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro

Paul Schnell

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, New York

Rafael Boisset

Phillippi, Prietocarrioza, Ferrero DU & Uría, Lima

Richard Fogarty

Berkeley Research Group, New York and Miami

Sergio Urias

Covington & Burling, New York

William Haegele

KPMG, San Francisco


8.00: Welcome coffee and registration

8.30: Chairs' welcome

Todd Crider, Simpson Thacher & BartlettNew York and São Paulo
Jean Michel Enríquez, Creel, García-Cuéllar, Aiza y Enriquez, Mexico City

8.45: Overview presentation

Fernando Bravo, Managing Director, Goldman Sachs, New York

9.15: The bankers' panel

Leading private equity bankers discuss the deal flow, opportunities and challenges in Latin America. Topics will include:

  • The impact of global trade tensions on growth rates and investment
  • The effect of rising rate environment in the US
  • The effect of presidential and other elections in Latin America on PE and investments
  • The importance being placed by foreign investors on political factors
  • Key geographies
  • Key sectors

Todd Crider, Simpson Thacher & BartlettNew York and São Paulo

Cecilio Velasco, Principal, Private Equity, Kohlberg Kravis Roberts, New York
César Pérez-Barnés, Partner, Southern Cross, Mexico City, Menlo Park
Fernando Bravo, Managing Director, Goldman Sachs, New York

10.15: Coffee break

10.45: Deal-making in an illiberal world

The increase in economic nationalism in the US and elsewhere stands to have a significant impact on the mechanics of deal-making and change the way regulators view transactions. The looming threat of a trade war also risks altering the underlying commercial terms of transactions. In this panel, practitioners will discuss how protectionist measures affect the structuring and approval processes in deal-making, assess the current thinking of regulators, and evaluate the available protections for investors to mitigate government actions.

Hernán Slemenson, Marval, O'Farrell & Mairal, Buenos Aires
Sergio Urias, Covington & Burling, New York
Andrés Nieto, Von Wobeser y Sierra, Mexico City
Guilherme Bueno Malouf, Machado Meyer, São Paulo

11.45: Succeeding in fundraising

Leading practitioners will assess the state of fundraising in Latin America. Topics up for discussion include the importance or need for sponsor co-investment commitment as fundraising anchors, and the relevance of local pension money for fundraising purposes. Panellists will also consider the need or convenience of having side-car, parallel funds or similar structures for foreign investors as part of fundraising in Latin America. Finally, they will assess the increasing awareness of, and importance placed on, corporate governance by pension investors, and the emergence of investors activism in the region.

Jean Michel Enríquez, Creel, García-Cuéllar, Aiza y Enríquez, Mexico City

Marina Procknor, Mattos Filho, São Paulo
Felipe Cousiño, Alessandri, Santiago
Katrina Rowe, Kirkland & Ellis, New York

12.45: Networking lunch

14.00: Roundtable discussions

Through a series of roundtable discussions facilitated by leading practitioners, audience members will have the opportunity to get to the heart of a topical issue affecting their practice. Attendees will be organised into small groups designed to promote a dynamic discussion on the hot topics of law and practice. Topics are expected to include:

- Gun-jumping under competition law

Andrew Lacy, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett, New York
Cristianne Saccab Zarzur Chaccur, Pinheiro Neto, São Paulo
Carlos Mena Labarthe, Creel, García-Cuéllar, Aiza y Enriquez, Mexico City

- Key practice points in public M&A

Paul Schnell, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, New York
Chantal Kordula, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton, New York
Monique Mavignier, Barbosa Müssnich Aragão, São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro

15.00: Coffee break

15.30: A fireside chat with Christopher Finn, Managing Director and Global Head of Operations of The Carlyle Group, and Todd Crider, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett

16.15: A practical guide to being FCPA compliant

This panel will provide a practical guide to tackling FCPA issues in private equity transactions in Latin America, looking at the process of making a private equity deal FCPA compliant – what that means for pre-transaction due diligence, how investigation firms handle background checks of service providers, forensics and more. 

Maria-Leticia Ossa Daza, Willkie Farr & Gallagher, New York

Richard Fogarty, Berkeley Research Group, New York and Miami
Rafael Boisset, Philippi, Prietocarrizosa, Ferrero DU & Uría, Lima
William Haegele, KPMG, San Francisco

17.00: Understanding reps and warranties 

Rep and warranty insurance is a comparatively new concept in Latin American M&A transactions. This panel will seek to provide an insight into how such insurance works on the buy and sell side, with input from US practitioners and insurers. Among other topics, the panel will discuss the attractiveness of rep and warranty insurance for PE buyers and sellers, the role insurance carriers play in the negotiation of key risk allocation provision in applicable purchase documents, and the scope and timing of due diligence conducted by insurance companies directly.  

Maurizio Levi-Minzi, Debevoise & Plimpton, New York

Luis Nicolau Gutiérrez, Ritch, Mueller, Heather y Nicolau, Mexico City
Matthew Heinz, Managing Director, Aon, New York
Francisco Ugarte, Carey, Santiago

17.45: Chairs' closing remarks

Todd Crider, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett, New York and São Paulo
Jean Michel Enríquez, Creel, García-Cuéllar, Aiza y Enriquez, Mexico City

18.00: Close of conference


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