Thursday, 6th May 2010 by David Thorley

Pérez Alati, Grondona, Benites, Arntsen & Martínez de Hoz (h) convened the Latin American team of legal advisors acting for private equity fund DLJ South American Partners in its acquisition of a 25 per cent stake in Spanish publishing company Santillana de Ediciones.

The firm, which is a part of a informal network of Latin American law firms connected to Spain′s Cuatrecasas, Gonçalves Pereira, called on Machado, Meyer, Sendacz e Opice Advogados in Brazil and Creel, García-Cuéllar, Aiza y Enríquez, SC in Mexico, both also part of that network.

Cuatrecasas itself was also called in to advise DLJ, with Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP acting as its US counsel. Consortium Centro America Abogados – Honduras, along with Dutch firm Loyens & Loeff completed the team.

Pérez Alati partner Diego Serrano Redonnet says, ′The diversity of jurisdictions where Santillana operates and the tight schedule represented important challenges for all lawyers involved. In addition, we had to devise with our colleagues of Cuatrecasas creative ways to implement the structure desired by DLJ and Promotora de Informaciones for its private equity investment in preferred stock.′

Santillana′s owner, Spanish publishing group Promotora de Informaciones, retained Madrid-based Cortés Abogados.

While Pérez Alati, Cuatrecasas and Cleary Gottlieb worked on structuring the deal, Machado Meyer, Creel García-Cuéllar, and Consortium handled tax and antitrust matters, as well as overseeing the due diligence of Santillana′s assets in their respective countries.

Counsel to DLJ South America Partners


·        Pérez Alati, Grondona, Benites, Arntsen & Martínez de Hoz (h)

Partners Jorge Pérez Alati, Manuel Benites, Diego Serrano Redonnet and Luis Barry, and associates Martín Lepiane, Fernando Zoppi, Jimena Vega Olmos, Marcos Patrón Costas, Tomás Pérez Alati and Esteban Pérez Monti

Spain and Portugal

·         Cuatrecasas, Gonçalves Pereira

Partners Javier Villasante, Andrés Sánchez and Andrew Ward, and associate Mariana Norton Dos Reis



·         Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

Partner Jason Factor and associates Dalmau Garcia, Jean Lee and Elena Romanova


·         Creel, García-Cuéllar, Aiza y Enríquez, SC

Partners Carlos Creel and José Ruiz López


·         Machado, Meyer, Sendacz e Opice Advogados


Partners Carlos Mello and Tito Amaral de Andrade, and associates Manuela Rodrigues Lisboa and Heloisa Helena Monteiro de Lima



·        Consortium Centro America Abogados – Honduras

Partner José Rafael Rivera


·         Loyens & Loeff

Partners Thies Sanders and Guido Portier, and associates Juliana Cangussu Dantas and Noortje Crouwers

Counsel to Promotora de Informaciones and Santillana

·        In-house counsel to Promotora de Informaciones - Carlos Ulecia Palacios and Iñigo Dago

·         In-house counsel to Santillana - Susana Esparza García


·         Cortés Abogados

Partners Jaime Cano Ruiz and Salvador Díaz La Chica

(Latin Lawyer 06.05.2010)

(Notícia na Íntegra)