McDermott Eyes LatAm with Addition of Transactions Partner

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(McDermott Will & Emery, 24.Aug.2023) — International law firm McDermott Will & Emery welcomes Howard Kleinman as a partner in the Transactions Practice Group. Howard brings extensive international experience in mergers and acquisitions, capital markets and financial transactions, with a strong emphasis on businesses and investors in Latin America.

“Howard’s deep expertise across Latin America gives him a truly unique perspective that clients need for complex multinational strategies,” said Harris Siskind, global head of the Firm’s Transactions Practice Group. “He has a fantastic ability to work seamlessly across borders, which very much plays into McDermott’s strengths. We’re delighted to welcome him to the team.”

He advises a range of public- and privately-held companies and financial institutions throughout Latin America. Key representations include:

  • Supporting companies in establishing and growing their global footprints. Clients have included Grupo MéxicoGrupo Sordo Madaleno, Grupo Boticário, Compañía Cervecerías Unidas S.A. and SKY Airline, among others.
  • Leading complex cross-border transactions, including a $2.1bn acquisition of a US freight transportation business by a Mexico-based enterprise.
  • Negotiating high-stakes project financing, including a $1.5bn bid for an energy sector project in Chile—the largest at the time.

“As counsel to some of Latin America’s largest businesses and investors, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to leverage McDermott’s international platform and further advance the Firm’s global strategy,” said Howard.


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