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Manuel Garciadiaz
Partner

Mr. Garciadiaz is a partner in Davis Polk’s Corporate Department, regularly advising U.S. and non-U.S. clients on capital markets transactions, including high-yield debt offerings, initial public offerings and exchange offers, mergers and acquisitions, structured and project financings, liability management and debt restructurings, primarily in Latin America.

Work Highlights

Mr. Garciadiaz has worked on more than 200 debt and equity financings involving Latin American issuers. His clients have included Cosan, Credit Suisse, EBX Group, Gafisa, Itaú BBA, J.P. Morgan, Mexichem, Morgan Stanley and Santander Brasil. 

He has worked on some of the most significant capital market, cross-border mergers and acquisitions and project finance transactions in Latin America, including advising: 

  • Santander Brasil on its $7.6 billion IPO, OGX Petróleo e Gás on its $4.1 billion IPO and the underwriters on the $5.7 billion IPO by BB Seguridade and $3.4 billion IPO by BM&F (among the largest IPOs in Latin America)
  • Odebrecht Oil & Gas on its $1.7 billion project bond (largest project bond offering by Latin American corporate issuer)
  • Brazilian government on $19 billion privatization of Telebrás (largest privatization in Latin America), including initial SEC registration of 12 new spinoff telecommunications carriers
  • MMX Mineração on its break up into three different companies and subsequent sale of one of them to Anglo American for $5.6 billion
  • Cosan on its $12 billion joint venture with Shell
  • Lenders on $4 billion project financing of Hamaca, a heavy crude oil project in Venezuela

Recognition

Listed as a leading lawyer in several legal industry publications, including:

  • Chambers Global
  • Chambers USA
  • Chambers Latin America
  • IFLR1000
  • Expert Guide to the World’s Leading Capital Markets Lawyers and Expert Guide to the World’s Leading Lawyers: The Best of the Best USA
  • Legal 500 U.S.
  • Latin Business Chronicle
Special Mentions 
  • Latinvex – Named one of "Latin America's Top 100 Lawyers," 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
  • Chambers Latin America:
    • Manuel Garciadiaz is regarded as "one of the region's most sought after capital markets lawyers," 2015
    • 1st tier among international capital markets lawyers in both Brazil and Latin America, 2015
  • Chambers USA – 1st tier among New York lawyers working in Latin America, 2015
  • Legal 500 Latin America – Recognized as a “Leading Individual” in Capital Markets and Corporate/M&A, 2015
  • Legal 500 U.S.:
    • 1 of the 5 cross-border capital markets U.S. lawyers to receive Legal 500 U.S.'s highest rating, 2015
    • He is considered “one of the best capital markets lawyers around,” 2013
  • Latin Business Chronicle –  “Latin Legal Star,” 2015
  • The American Lawyer − 1 of 9 “Dealmakers of the Year” across the United States, April 2008

Professional History

  • Partner, 2005-present
  • Associate, 1998-2005
  • Law Clerk, Hon. Diarmuid F. O'Scannlain, U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, 1996-1997

Contact

  • Davis Polk & WardwellConsultores em Direito Estrangeiro/
    Norte Americano e Inglês
    Av. Presidente Juscelino Kubitschek, 2041
    Torre E – CJ 17A
    São Paulo – SP
    04543-011
    P: +55 11 4871 8401
    F: +55 11 4871 8501
  • 450 Lexington Avenue
    New York, NY10017
    P: +1 212 450 6095
    F: +1 212 701 5428

Bar Admissions

  • State of New York
  • São Paulo (Foreign Legal Consultant)

Education

  • B.A., Yale College, 1991
    • summa cum laude
  • M.A., Yale University, 1991
  • M.P.P., Harvard University, Harvard Kennedy School, 1993
  • J.D., Harvard Law School, 1996
    • Managing Editor, Harvard Law Review

Languages

  • Spanish
  • Portuguese