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Felipe E. Creazzo

Partner
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Felipe Eluf Creazzo is a partner and focuses his practice on international M&A and finance transactions. He regularly advises companies, funds and financial institutions on multijurisdictional acquisitions, joint ventures, venture capital transactions, bank and project financings, debt restructures and debt capital markets issuances.

His experience in recent years involves counseling clients of various economic sectors, such as oil & gas, infrastructure, energy, mining, telecommunications, commodities, retail, financial services, health and education in accessing Latin American markets through joint ventures, stock acquisitions, venture capital investments, and participation in privatization programs. He advises also Latin American founders, companies and funds with respect to their business ventures in the U.S. and European markets.

Mr. Creazzo also advises lenders and borrowers in structured bank, trade, project and ECA-backed financings, in addition to debenture and note issuances.

Professional Background

Prior to joining K&L Gates, Mr. Creazzo was a partner in the finance and capital markets practices of a law firm in Brazil. Previously, he was a senior associate in the New York office of a major international law firm.

Achievements

  • Latinvex, Top 50 Latin America’s Rising Stars, 2018.

Additional Information

Publications
  • “Chapter 5: Brazil, The Practical Guide to International Corporate Governance,” 83-110. FIR Publications, LTD – London, UK, 2005
  • “Basic Legal Aspects of US Oil Production,” co-author, Instituto Brasileiro de Estudos do Direito da Energia, First Edition, April 2004
  • “Draft Model of a New Regulatory Framework for the Brazilian Electric Energy Sector,” co-author, Latin Lawyer, October/November 2003, and Latin American Law and Business Report, October 2003
  • Represented Adianta, a Brazilian receivables fintech for small businesses, in the US$8m venture capital investment from DGF Investimentos, 42K Investimentos, Chromo Investimentos, Capital Lab and previous investors Yellow Ventures and OsherTech, among others.
  • Represented Brazilian group Grupo Ambipar in the acquisition of UK-based Braemar Response, the incident response business of Braemar Shipping Services plc (LSE: BMS), a leading international provider of broking, financial, consultancy, technical and logistics services to the shipping, marine, energy, offshore and insurance industries.
  • Represented France-based Ipsos SA in the multijurisdictional acquisition of four global divisions of GfK SE’s custom research business for an enterprise value of €105 million.
  • Represented a major Brazilian mining company in relation to two structured pre-export finance facilities in a total amount of over US$106 million.
  • Represented a U.S-based solar energy generator in the disposal of its pre-operational solar energy plant in Brazil to a local private equity fund.
  • Represented a major oil & gas company in a proposed project financing by BNDES, CEF and private banks for the construction and operation of drill ships. This transaction was the then largest project finance ever negotiated in Brazil, involving an estimated total of US$29 billion in loans.
  • Represented Citibank as co-lender in a secured loan of up to €383 million to Huvepharma, a Bulgarian pharmaceutical company, with the accession of its Brazilian subsidiary as co-obligor and guarantor.
  • Represented ABN AMRO in a $135 million uncommitted secured borrowing base facility to Cockett Marine Oil PTE Ltd. and its Brazilian subsidiary.
  • Represented Amtek Global Technologies as borrower in a €235 million credit facility provided by KKR.
  • Represented Intralot S.A. as Issuer, and its Brazilian subsidiaries as guarantors, in the offering of €250 million 6% Senior Notes due 2021.
  • Represented Paranapanema S.A. in relation to structured pre-export, import and ECA-backed finance facilities in a total amount of over US$400 million.
  • Represented Borealis Brasil S.A. in the R$36 million financing provided by BNDES for the expansion of its Itatiba site.
  • Represented arvato, a subsidiary of the German conglomerate Bertelsmann, in the acquisition of 80% of Intervalor S.A.
  • Represented Companhia Siderúrgica do Pecém, a Vale/Dongkuk/Posco steel mill joint venture, in the negotiation and drafting of an EPC agreement for its air separation unit under a BOO regimen. 
  • Represented Inbrands, the leading company in the consolidation and management of fashion and lifestyle brands in Brazil, in a joint venture with Tommy Hilfiger.
  • Represented a global hedge and private equity fund as creditor in connection with the restructure of a Brazilian company's debt involving the swap of unsecured debentures by a secured loan, call options and board seats. A complex security package was implemented including corporate guarantees, mortgages and share pledges.
  • Negotiated concession rights on behalf of Brazilian mining company Vale S.A. in connection with the implementation of an estimated $1.3 billion iron ore pelletizing project in Oman.
  • Negotiated on behalf of Vale S.A. the shareholders’ agreement of VSE – Vale Soluções em Energia, a joint venture between Vale and the BNDES.