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Doing Deals in and with Emerging Markets: BRICs and Beyond 2013

Speaker(s): Ana Carolina Beneti, Benjamin R. Newland, Carlos Gonzalez, Chantal E. Kordula, Dietmar W. Prager, Elina Mereminskaya, Fred M. Lowenfels, Jaime Herrera, Janet Hui, John Du, Kirtee Kapoor, Lina A. Braude, Mariana Villela, Maurizio Levi-Minzi, Mauro M. Wolfe, Michael McGowen, Paulo C Aragao, Sarah A. Mudho, Yabo Lin
Recorded on: Jul. 11, 2013
PLI Program #: 42998

Ana Carolina Beneti


Pinheiro Neto - Advogados - São Paulo, Brazil (1995- present)
Associate. Part of the litigation group of the firm - legal advice and court representation in cases related to dispute resolution in all areas of civil and commercial law, such as contractual disputes, civil liability claims, mass tort actions, credit collection, e-commerce and cross-border litigation. Specialized in International and domestic Arbitration and ADR.

Former Chairman (2007/2009) and Vice-chairman (2004/2007)of the Legal and Tax Committee of the British Chamber of Commerce in Brazil - SP.

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer - França, Paris (Nov. 2002-Jan.2003)
Trainee. International arbitration team.

Pinheiro Neto - Advogados - São Paulo, Brazil (1993-1995)
Legal Assistant. Drafting of court petitions and research. Organization of seminars and group of studies on Civil Procedure

District Attorney's Office of the State of São Paulo - 5th Jury Court at the City of São Paulo - under the supervision of Mr. Roberto da F. Estevão - Public District Attorney (April 1993-June 1993)

Kenora Community Legal Clinic - Co-Op Education Program - Part of training program for students sponsored by Beaver Brae Secondary School, City of Kenora, Ontario, Canada - Year spent as a Rotary Exchange Student in Canada. (August 1989-January 1990)


Harvard Negotiation Institute at Harvard Law School - Workshop "Creating Value in Deals and Disputes" - June 7-11/2010

LSE - The London School of Economics and Political Science - University of London - Enrolled at the LL.M. Degree Course for the 2001/2002 session (Awarded with a scholarship by the British Council - UK)

Pontifical Catholic University of São Paulo - Master of Laws in Brazilian Civil Procedure, to be completed

University of California (Berkeley/Davis Campi) - California, USA, Orientation in U.S.A. Law (July 1996)

Pontifical Catholic University of São Paulo - Faculty of Law - Bachelor's Degree (1991/1995)

Michael McGowen is responsible for all legal matters for Cabot businesses operating in the Asia Pacific region.


1972-1973   AFS high school exchange student (Thailand)
1974-1980   University of California, Berkeley: B.A., Asian Studies
1978-1979   Chinese University of Hong Kong (Berkeley junior year abroad)
1980-1983   University of California, Hastings College of Law: Juris Doctor

Professional Experience

1983-1986          Attorney, Russin & Vecchi (San Francisco and Taipei, Taiwan)
1987-1992          Attorney, Baker & McKenzie (Hong Kong)
1992-2000          Partner, Perkins Coie (Hong Kong and Seattle)
2000-2003          General Counsel, Teledesic Corporation, Kirkland, Washington
2003-2005          Consultant, Eugene, Oregon
2005-present      Asia Pacific Counsel, Cabot Corporation

Professional Memberships

California Bar Association; Massachusetts Bar Association

Benjamin Newland is a partner in King & Spalding’s Dubai office.  His practice covers a broad range of corporate and financial matters, with particular emphasis on strategic corporate transactions and joint ventures, including mergers, leveraged buyouts, sales and purchases of corporate and real estate assets and Shari’ah-compliant transactions. Benjamin also has extensive experience in investment fund formation, corporate finance transactions, corporate restructurings, privatizations, corporate governance advisory work and other business matters.  Both Chambers Global and The Legal 500: Europe, Middle East & Africa and recognize him as being one of the leading transactional and fund-formation lawyers in the Middle East.  One client reports: “He's outstanding - an innovative thinker who is extremely helpful and goes the extra mile.” (Chambers Global 2014)

Prior to joining King & Spalding, Benjamin co-founded and served as vice president of The Active Network (listed on the New York Stock Exchange before being taken private for US$ 1 billion by Vista Equity Partners), the leading internet resource for sports event registration, data management and marketing.  Upon graduation from law school he was an associate with the law firm of Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton.  Benjamin received his J.D. from The University of Chicago Law School.  He received his undergraduate degree, summa cum laude, from Columbia University, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.  He is a member of the American Bar Association and is admitted to practice in California, Georgia and New York.

Carlos R. Gonzalez is the Chief Legal Officer (CLO) for Prudential Financial’s International Division, leading a team of lawyers located in the U.S., Asia, Europe and Latin America.  The businesses in the International Division manufacture and distribute individual life insurance, retirement and related products in selected international markets. 

His past experience includes acting as Vice President and Chief M&A Counsel at Prudential Financial.  In this role, Mr. Gonzalez focused on mergers and acquisitions transactions, joint venture and other strategic investments, including managing teams of cross functional lawyers in connection with domestic and international life insurance, retirement services and asset management acquisitions and other businesses.

Prior to joining Prudential Financial, he was a Senior Associate at Debevoise & Plimpton LLP in New York City, where he was a member of the Firm’s Mergers & Acquisitions Group representing strategic buyers and sellers in mergers and acquisitions transactions in the U.S., Latin America and Europe, and represented private equity firms in connection with leveraged buyouts, rollups, venture capital investments and dispositions of portfolio companies in the U.S.

Mr. González received his law degree from Columbia Law School and his undergraduate degree from Fairfield University.

Chantal Kordula is a partner based in the New York office. Chantal’s practice focuses primarily on transactions in Latin America, particularly mergers and acquisitions and project and acquisition finance. She has noteworthy experience advising on some of the most high-profile mergers and acquisitions in Latin America. Her recent M&A work includes:

  • Counsel to Vitro in the $2.15 billion sale of its food and beverage glass containers business to Owens-Illinois;
  • Counsel to First Reserve in its partnership with Mexico Power Group, including with respect to its equity investment in the 130MW La Bufa wind farm in Zacatecas, Mexico, and the approximately $215 million financing for the development of the project;
  • Counsel to Ontex in its €400 million acquisition of Grupo Mabe;
  • Counsel to Coca-Cola FEMSA in its $688.5 million acquisition of a 51% stake in Coca-Cola Bottlers Philippines;
  • Counsel to Grupo Bimbo on various matters, including in its $709 million acquisition of Sara Lee Corporation’s North American Fresh Bakery, its €115 million acquisition of Sara Lee’s fresh bakery business in Spain and Portugal, and the company’s $2.5 billion acquisition of Weston Foods. 

Chantal has been recognized in Chambers Latin America, The Legal 500 Latin America, Latin Lawyer 250, Latinvex, Chambers Global, Chambers USA, The Legal 500 U.S. and was named an “M&A Dealmaker of the Week" by The American Lawyer in 2010. In 2013, Chantal was highlighted in Latin Lawyer’s “Women In Law” issue celebrating the most inspiring women in the Latin American legal profession.

Chantal joined the firm in 1997 and became a partner in 2008. She received a J.D. degree, cum laude, from Harvard Law School in 1997 and an undergraduate degree, cum laude, from Amherst College in 1994.

Chantal is a member of the Bar in New York. Her native language is English, and she is fluent in French and Spanish.

Dietmar W. Prager is a litigation partner in the firm’s New York office who focuses his practice on international arbitration and litigation. He co-leads the firm’s Latin America Practice Group.

Dr. Prager has represented parties in numerous arbitrations throughout the world under the auspices of the ICC, ICSID, LCIA, AAA, ICDR and the PCA as well as in ad hoc arbitration proceedings. He was also one of the youngest lawyers ever to argue before the International Court of Justice.

Dr. Prager’s recent representations include disputes involving complex investment projects, investment treaties, energy and mining projects, oil & gas projects, the retail sector, the finance sector, sovereign debt, and distribution agreements. Dr. Prager also regularly sits as arbitrator.

Dr. Prager is ranked among the leading international arbitration practitioners by Chambers Global, Chambers USA, Chambers Latin America, Legal 500 Latin America, Benchmark Litigation and Who’s Who Legal. He has been described as “brilliant,” “outstanding” and an “excellent lawyer.” The publications have highlighted his “impressive work and responsiveness to clients’ needs,” his “great depth of analysis,” his “great ability to manage stressful situations” and his “vast linguistic ability” and observed that “clients speak highly of his qualities, saying ‘He’s dynamic, intelligent, accessible and knowledgeable.’”

Dr. Prager is a vice-chair and member of the Executive Board of the Institute for Transnational Arbitration (ITA) and is a member of the International Advisory Board of the Vienna International Arbitration Centre (VIAC). He also serves as a member of the Vance Center Committee, the governing body of the Cyrus R. Vance Center for International Justice. He is a member of the International Council for Commercial Arbitration (ICCA), the Comitê Brasileiro de Arbitragem (CBAr), the Asociación Latinoamericana de Arbitraje (ALArb), the International Bar Association (IBA), the Club Español de Arbitraje and the American Society of International Law.

Dr. Prager is the author of several articles and blogs on international arbitration, international courts and tribunals, international procedural law, as well as Latin-American integration, and speaks regularly at international arbitration conferences.

Dr. Prager is a member of the bar of New York. Prior to joining Debevoise in September 2000, Dr. Prager served as Legal Officer at the Registry of the International Court of Justice. He received his LL.M. from New York University School of Law, his Dr. iur. from University of Innsbruck and his Austrian law degree from University of Vienna.

Dr. Prager speaks German, English, Spanish and French and is proficient in Portuguese.

Dr. Prager’s recent representations include:

  • A South American construction company in an ICC arbitration against a major oil & gas company arising out of an EPC contract for the construction of an FPSO.
  • A South American Shipyard in an ICC arbitration against a major oil & gas company arising out of an EPC contract for the construction of the lower hull of a semi-submersible platform.
  • A power company in a construction dispute with an Asian contractor arising out of an EPC contract for the construction of a thermal power plant in a South American State.
  • A power company in a construction dispute with an international consortium arising out of an EPC contract for the construction of a hydroelectric plant in a South American State.
  • An owner in a dispute with a contractor arising out of an EPC contract for the construction of a wind farm.
  • A major U.S. construction company in an ICC arbitration in a dispute arising out of a subcontract regarding the construction of a fertilizer plant.
  • The Australian investor Tethyan Copper Company in parallel arbitrations arising from a copper-gold project against the Government of Balochistan under a contract, and the Government of Pakistan under the Australia-Pakistan Bilateral Investment Treaty
  • The founder of a leading Brazilian retail company in three ICC arbitrations seated in São Paulo against a European joint venture partner regarding control of the company.
  • A major U.K. Investment fund in an ICC arbitration seated in São Paulo regarding an investment in a restructured Brazilian consumer products business. The representation also included coordination of litigation proceedings in Brazil, Bermuda and Uruguay.
  • LafargeHolcim Ltd. in an ICSID proceeding against the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela under a bilateral investment treaty for the expropriation of its Venezuelan subsidiary, in which LafargeHolcim recovered some US$650 million.
  • Government of Mexico in Avena and Other Mexican Nationals (Mexico v. United States) before the International Court of Justice, in which the ICJ rendered a judgment finding violation


Elina Mereminskaya studied law at University of Immanuel Kant Baltic (former Kaliningrad State University) where she graduated with highest honors (1996). She graduated with distinction LL.M. maximum Georg-August University of Göttingen, Germany (1998) and a doctorate degree in Law with magna cum laude, from the same University (2001).

Between 2007 and 2013 he served as Special Advisor for International arbitration Arbitration and Mediation Center of the Santiago Chamber of Commerce (CAM Santiago).

Since 2003 she has been a professor of the Faculty of Law of the University of Chile in matters of private international law, international and international arbitration, both at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Currently, she directs the course of international commercial arbitration in the Graduate School of the entity. She was also a professor of various universities in Chile, an assistant professor at the University of Immanuel Kant Baltic and visiting professor at universities and legal research centers in Latin America and the United States From the year 2012 serves as Co-Editor of Arbitration ITA Reports, distributed by Kluwer International with support from the Institute for Transnational Arbitration.

Elina Mereminskaya is the author of numerous works on international arbitration, some of them may be mentioned: "Implementation of an arbitration agreement to a non-signatory in Chilean law: Reality and Prospects", Revista Chilena Commercial Law (2013), "Law national interpretation of international arbitration agreement: contributions from the jurisprudence of the CAM Santiago Arbitration "Arbitration Convention, Carlos Soto Coaguila (ed.), Arbitration Peruvian Institute, Lima, Peru (2011)," International Commercial Arbitration in Chile : A look jurisprudential "Journal Ecuadorian Arbitration (2010)," Recognition of a foreign arbitral award subject to annulment process: Comments on the decision of the Supreme Court of Chile, Brazilian Journal of Arbitration, No. 36, Sao Paulo, Brazil (2010), together with Aldo Lara Mascareño "Collisions of legal regimes in world society. The umbrella clause as a substantive and procedural mechanism of legal coordination", Liber Amicorum. The umbrella clause as a substantive and procedural legal mechanism of coordination ", Liber Amicorum. Bernardo Cremades, Fernández-Ballesteros López, Miguel Ángel y Arias Lozano, David (eds.), Ed.: La Ley (2010); "Fraccionamiento jurisdiccional en el arbitraje y la posibilidad de su prevención por la vía de cláusulas específicas", Revista Peruana de Arbitraje, Nº 10, Lima, Perú (2010); Transferencia de la cláusula compromisoria en la cesión de derechos contractuales y la subrogación legal", Informativo On Line CAM Santiago, Nº 3 (2009); "Arbitraje comercial internacional", Análisis crítico del Derecho Internacional Privado chileno, Ramírez Necochea, Mario, LexisNexis, Santiago, Chile (2008); "Arbitraje doméstico e internacional en Chile: En búsqueda de la armonía", Arbitraje y mediación en las Américas: Teoría y práctica, Vargas Viancos, Juan Enrique y Gorjón Gómez, Franciso Javier (eds.), Centro de Estudios de Justicia de las Américas, Santiago, Chile (2006). Bernardo Cremades, Fernandez-Ballesteros López, Miguel Angel and Arias Lozano, David (eds.), Ed: The Law (2010), "Fractionation tribunal for the arbitration and the possibility of its prevention by means of specific clauses," Journal Peruvian Arbitration, No. 10, Lima, Peru (2010) Transfer of the arbitration clause in the assignment of contractual rights and legal subrogation ", Informative On Line CAM Santiago, No. 3 (2009)," International Commercial Arbitration ", Analysis critic of Chilean Private International Law, Ramirez Necochea, Mario, LexisNexis, Santiago, Chile (2008), "Domestic and international arbitration in Chile: In search of harmony", Arbitration and Mediation in the Americas: Theory and Practice, Vargas Viancos, Juan Enrique and Gorjón Gómez, Francisco Javier (eds.), Justice Studies Center of the Americas, Santiago, Chile (2006).

Elina Mereminskaya a member of the International Bar Association (IBA).

Languages: Russian, Spanish, English and German.

Fred M. Lowenfels is General Counsel, Executive Vice-President and a Director of Transammonia, Inc., a privately held commodities trading firm headquartered in New York City with operations in 33 cities around the world. The firm specializes in fertilizers, ammonia, petrochemicals, liquefied petroleum gases, petroleum coke and coal. Mr. Lowenfels has worked at Transammonia since 1974. Prior thereto, he was an associate at the law firm Wolf, Haldenstein, Adler, Freeman & Herz in New York. Mr. Lowenfels is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School, and studied Common Market law in Brussels, Belgium as a Fulbright Scholar.

Fred is a Trustee and former Chairman of the Board of The Jewish Home & Hospital Lifecare System. He is also a former Director of Theodore Gordon Flyfishers.
He has served as an arbitrator on numerous panels at the International Centre for Dispute Resolution.

Jaime Herrera is a founding partner of Posse Herrera Ruiz. He heads the Mergers and Acquisitions and Corporate Law practice groups of the firm and co-heads the Natural Resources and Energy practice group. His practice focuses on M&As, Infrastructure, Natural Resources and Energy Law (oil and gas, electricity and biofuels).

Jaime advices clients on corporate expansion, investment strategies, complex local and international financings, and M&A in various sectors of the economy.

He received a Degree in Intellectual Property Law from Queen Mary College of the University of London, and a JD from Universidad Javeriana. He speaks Spanish and English.

Recent Transactions:

  • Legal advisor to Compañía Cervecerías Unidas S.A., in its strategic alliance with Postobón S.A. in the joint operation for the manufacturing, commercialization and distribution of beer and malt based beverages in Colombia, and for the import, production and distribution of Heineken products in Colombia.
  • Legal advisor to AXA S.A., in the acquisition, through one of its subsidiaries, of 51% of Seguros Colpatria S.A., Seguros de Vida Colpatria S.A., Capitalizadora Colpatria S.A. and Colpatria Medicina Prepagada S.A.
  • Legal advisor to Corpbanca in the acquisition of Banco Santander and its subsidiaries in Colombia.
  • Legal advisor to Grupo Bolivar in the co-investement with Grupo Sura in the acquisition of the AFP pension funds of ING in Latinamerica.
  • Legal advisors to CFR International SpA in connection with the acquisition of Lafrancol.
  • Legal advisors to e ConSalfa S.A.S., a joint venture in Colombia of Constructora ConConcreto S.A.(Colombia) y Salfa Corp. S.A. (Chile), in the acquisition  for US$32 million of 80% of Intercoastal Marine Inc., a family enterprise.
  • Legal advisor to Organizacion Terpel S.A., Proenergia Internacional S.A., Sociedad de Inversiones de Energia S.A., and Terpel del Centro de S.A. in their merger.
  • Legal advisor to Compañía de Petróleos de Chile COPEC S.A. in the acquisition of an indirect controlling stake in Organización Terpel S.A., and the listing of the company in the Bolsa de Valores de Colombia.
  • Legal advisor to Gasco, in the structuring, negotiation and acquisition of various liquid natural gas (LNG) companies in Colombia.

Janet Hui is a partner of Jun He Law Offices and based in the Beijing office. Ms Hui is currently the head of the antitrust and competition practice group and international marketing group.

Practice Areas

Ms Hui is an antitrust and M&A lawyer, specialized primarily in antitrust and mergers and acquisitions, and practices in foreign direct investment, overseas listing and general corporate matters. Ms Hui was the head of the M&A practice group for several years and currently heads the antitrust and competition practice group of the firm.

Professional Experience

Ms Hui has more than 20 years experience in providing legal services to clients in different industries, with a focus on advanced technology (telecommunications and media), hotel and real estate related legal practice. Ms Hui also has experience in other industries such as banking and finance, insurance, mining and securities.  

Prior to joining Jun He Law Offices in 2004, Ms Hui acted as senior in-house legal counsel to Wharf T&T Limited, the second-largest telecommunication services company in Hong Kong, for more than 5 years. Ms Hui was in charge of legal and regulatory matters for Wharf T&T Limited, including handling anti-trust and abuse of dominant position matters. Ms Hui also acted as a solicitor in charge of one of the branch office of one of the major law firms in Hong Kong, Johnson Stokes and Master. Other than local experience in Asia, Ms Hui has worked as a solicitor in a law firm in Auckland, New Zealand, for more than 3 years, provided legal services to clients of different nationalities, such as, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, English, USA and Europeans.


Second Chinese Law Degree, Tsing Hua University, Beijing, PRC, 2004.
Master of Business Administration, University of Hull, United Kingdom, 1995.
Postgraduate Certificate of Laws, University of Hong Kong, 1988.
LL.B., University of Hong Kong, 1987.

Professional Qualification/Associations

Member of the Law Society of Hong Kong.
Solicitor and Barrister of New Zealand, 1996.
Solicitor of England and Wales, 1994.
Solicitor of Hong Kong, 1990.

Awards & Recognitions

Ms. Hui was recognized as one of the "Top 100 Women in Antitrust in the World" by Global Competition Review 2013

Ms. Hui was recognized as one of the "Advisor of the Year" in the WHO'S WHO of Professionals for the 2012-2013

Ms. Hui was recognized as one of the top 75 practitioners in Asia in ALB's Client Choice Hot 75 Survey in 2012

Ms. Hui was recognized as one of the pre-eminent practitioners with expertise in competition and antitrust in China by Expert Guides in 2012

John Du is a partner in the New York, NY office of JunHe specializing in business and corporation practices.

John obtained his MBA degree from Baruch College in 1994 and graduated cum laude from New York Law School in 1998. John worked at several top-notch boutique law firms before joining JunHe in 2001. 

Since joining JunHe, John has successfully represented numerous multinational companies, many of which are Fortune 500 companies, in their China investments and operations in a variety of industries and services. With assistance from his colleagues in JunHe’s China offices, John has represented both US and Chinese clients in some highly difficult negotiations of M&A transactions as well as formations and separations of Sino-foreign joint ventures.

In recent years, John has also represented some blue chip Chinese companies in their expansion into the US market and has often acted as their outside general counsel on a variety of assignments, ranging from initial corporate setup to M&A and private investment. Along with other US bankruptcy lawyers, he has co-represented Chinese investors participating in US bankruptcy proceedings including 363 sales.

John’s successful representation of clients doing business in China has earned him special recognition, including Top Lawyer (M&A, China) nomination by AsiaLaw in 2011, and Leading Lawyer (Private Equity) nomination by IFLR 1000 in 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2017, and Leading Lawyer in Corporate/M&A by China Law and Practice in 2015. He is also a frequent speaker at such venues as PLI and ABA on legal issues relating to doing business in China.

Lina A. Braude is a partner in the Washington DC office of the international law firm of Baker & McKenzie LLP. 

Ms. Braude specializes in corporate compliance issues. She has extensive experience advising clients on the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and related federal legislation, including U.S. money laundering laws, and their application to the activities of multinational companies in emerging markets. She has represented clients in connection with DOJ and SEC investigations related to corruption allegations.  She has conducted a number of internal investigations in the former Soviet Union, Asia, Latin America, Europe and Africa, including complex multi-jurisdictional investigations. 

Ms. Braude began her legal career in Kazakhstan and has an in-depth understanding of the cultural and political challenges of doing business in developing countries, especially in the former Soviet Union. She earned her LL.M. from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law in 1999, and has been admitted to practice in New York, the District of Columbia and Kazakhstan.

Mariana Villela is a partner in the antitrust/competition law and litigation groups of Veirano Advogados. Her experience in antitrust and competition law involves general advice on Brazilian competition law, including advice in relation to day-to-day business practices, risk assessment of specific mergers and commercial practices, merger notifications, challenges to merger notifications before competition authorities, representation of clients in procedures involving anticompetitive practices, litigation involving antitrust issues and preparation of compliance programs. She has acted in many antitrust/competition cases, merger cases and cases involving anticompetitive conducts, including cartel cases and cases involving abuses of a dominant position. Mariana also handles most of the firm's litigation cases involving antitrust issues.

She holds a Masters' Degree in Commercial Law from the Law School of the University of São Paulo, with emphasis on Competition Law (2008), where she presented a dissertation on Exclusive Dealing and Competition Law (Exclusividade e Direito da Concorrência); and a Doctor (Ph.D) Degree in Commercial Law from the Law School of the University of São Paulo, with emphasis on Competition Law (2012), where she presented a thesis on Abuse of Dominance and Distribution Relations (Abuso de Posição Dominante: Condutas de Exclusão em Relações de Distribuição). She also holds an LL.M. degree (Masters of Law, with merits) from the London School of Economics and Political Sciences (LSE), University of London.

Maurizio Levi-Minzi has over 20 years of experience advising clients in international mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and infrastructure projects and co-leads the firm’s Latin America Practice Group. Maurizio has led transactions in Latin America and Europe for private equity groups and strategic investors including: Ambev, Barrick, Brookfield, Clessidra, GP Investments and Mitsui. Maurizio is ranked as a leading lawyer for mergers and acquisitions in Latin America by Chambers Latin America with sources saying he is a “very skilled negotiator and a pleasure to work with.”

In 2016, Maurizio led a panel discussing investments in distressed companies at the Latin Lawyer Private Equity Conference in New York. Maurizio co-chairs the program “Doing Business in and with Emerging Markets (2016)” of the Practising Law Institute and is also an adjunct professor at New York University, where he teaches cross-border M&A. In 2015, he spoke at the Biennial IBA Latin American Regional Forum on the topic of private equity investments in Latin America. In 2014, Maurizio spoke at the annual conference of the IBA in Tokyo on the topic of cross-border M&A transactions between Asian and Latin American companies.

Maurizio is a 1993 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania Law School and holds an M.B.A. in Finance from Golden Gate University. Prior to joining the firm, he was a banker with NMB Bank (ING Bank) in New York. Maurizio is fluent in Italian and Spanish and reads Portuguese.

Mauro M. Wolfe practices in the area of litigation, with a focus on white-collar criminal defense; securities enforcement, including Foreign Corrupt Practices Act investigations; complex civil and administrative litigation; internal corporate investigations; and data security and privacy matters. Mr. Wolfe has represented U.S. and foreign corporations, corporate executives, government officials and others in a broad range of white-collar criminal cases involving securities and commodities, bank and procurement fraud, customs and export violations and bribery. Mr. Wolfe is AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell in the areas of Criminal Law, White Collar Crime and Litigation. Mr. Wolfe is listed in the 2012 edition of New York Super Lawyers - Metro in the area of Criminal Defense: White Collar.

Capitalizing on personal relationships in the technology, finance and business communities worldwide, Mr. Wolfe also provides strategic advice to late-stage startups and middle market companies looking to grow exponentially. Mr. Wolfe helps his clients by providing advice and strategically selecting the right advisors (from the Silicon Valley to New York) and accessing the right capital markets options to develop companies into $100 million plus companies. Working as a trusted, strategic advisor and "business" partner, Mr. Wolfe helps companies reach the next level.

In June 2009, Mr. Wolfe was elected to the highly selective and prestigious New York Council of Defense Lawyers, an organization comprising the most well-regarded white collar practitioners in New York.

Mr. Wolfe has been involved in several high profile matters over his career. He has been sourced, quoted, and pictured in various news media including The New York Times, The National Law Journal, Bloomberg, Associated Press, Barron's, Philadelphia Daily News, The Star-Ledger, The New York Post, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Wall Street Journal Blog, CNET, and many others.

In 2013, Indiana University of Pennsylvania honored Mr. Wolfe as an inductee of its Eberly College of Business and Information Technology Hall of Distinction.

A former senior enforcement attorney at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and a former federal prosecutor, Mr. Wolfe has extensive experience working with various U.S. and international law-enforcement agencies and securities regulators, including the Federal Bureau of Investigation; Internal Revenue Service; U.S. Postal Inspection Service; U.S. Department of Homeland Security; U.S. Department of Defense-Criminal Investigation Task Force; U.S. Secret Service; the SEC; the New York Stock Exchange; the National Association of Securities Dealers; the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority; the Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York state securities regulators; the Swiss Central Authorities; New Scotland Yard; and the British Columbia Securities Commission.

Mr. Wolfe served as the Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Securities and Healthcare Fraud Unit in Newark, N.J. Prior to that, he was the Special Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of New Jersey, where he worked in the Criminal Division, Major Frauds Unit. Earlier in his career, Mr. Wolfe served as a senior attorney in the Enforcement Division of the SEC's Philadelphia District Office and as an assistant district attorney for the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office, Narcotics Division.

Mr. Wolfe is a 1996 graduate of Temple University Beasley School of Law and a graduate of Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

Paulo Aragão, Partner of Barbosa, Müssnich & Aragão Advogados, one of the largest law firm in Brazil, with almost 300 lawyers, heads the Sao Paulo office of the firm. Ranked as a Star Lawyer by Chambers Global Guide during the last 5 years. Associate General Counsel (1978-9) and General Counsel (1979-81) of the Brazilian Securities and Exchange Commission, Partner and Managing Director, GP Investimentos (1994-7), one of the largest private equity firms in Brazil. Former General Counsel and Director, American Chamber of Commerce. Vice-Chairman, Arbitration Chamber of the BM&FBovespa, the Sao Paulo Stock and Futures Exchange. Board Member, Instituto Empreender Endeavor Brasil, a non-profit organization fostering entrepreneurship. Member, Advisory Council, Estudar Foundation, an institution granting scholarships. Chairman, Advisory Council, Antonio and Helena Zerrenner National Charitable Institution. Member, International Arbitration Commission, International Chamber of Commerce. Member, Institute of Brazilian Attorneys. Member, Brazilian Financial Law Association - ABDF (affiliated with the International Fiscal Association).

YABO LIN is a partner in Sidley's Palo Alto office. Mr. Lin regularly counsels clients on mergers and acquisitions, capital markets, IP transactions, joint ventures, and corporate governance. His clients include companies based in both the U.S. and Asia. His experience has covered a wide range of industries, including information technology, telecom, clean tech, bio tech, renewable energy and manufacturing. Mr. Lin has also counseled foreign clients on transactions involving U.S. national security issues in connection with the Committee on Foreign Investment in the U.S. ("CFIUS").  

Mr. Lin led the outside counsel team in representing Synopsys, Inc. in its $420 million acquisition of SpringSoft, Inc., a Taiwan Stock Exchange listed company, in 2012. That transaction was believed to be the first acquisition of a Taiwan public company through tender offer by a U.S. technology firm. In 2013, Mr. Lin represented Flextronics International in acquiring Motorola Mobility's global manufacturing operations, as well as a major telecom solutions provider in significant patent portfolio acquisitions.  

Born and raised in China, Mr. Lin was a licensed attorney in China before coming to the U.S. In 2006, Mr. Lin received the highest honor given, the Trailblazer Award, from the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) for "making substantial and lasting contributions to the Asian Pacific American Community." He was included in the "Best Lawyers under 40" by NAPABA in 2004.  

Mr. Lin is Co-Chairman of the ABA Asia Rule of Law Advisory Board. He serves as a board member of the Law Foundation of Silicon Valley and the Edgar Snow Memorial Foundation. He is an adjunct law professor at Sun Yat-Sen University School of Law.  

Mr. Kapoor is a partner in Davis Polk’s Corporate Department in the Menlo Park and New York offices. He advises on U.S. and cross-border M&A, and represents clients in investments, exits and joint ventures around the world in both public and private companies. He has extensive experience working on deals in the United States, China, India and Hong Kong, among other countries. Mr. Kapoor’s deal and advisory experience also includes credit, capital markets, real estate, insolvency and restructuring, investment funds, litigation/arbitration and corporate governance. He also leads Davis Polk’s India practice. He is recognized as a leading lawyer in various legal industry publications, including Chambers Global, Chambers Asia-Pacific and IFLR1000.

Mr. Kapoor joined Davis Polk in 1999 and became a partner in 2007.  He received his LL.B. from the University of Delhi Faculty of Law in 1977; B.C.L. from Balliol College, University of Oxford in 1998; and LL.M. from New York University School of Law in 1999.

As counsel in the Corporate Department, Sarah A. Mudho is a member of the Mergers and Acquisitions Group. Sarah's mergers and acquisitions practice includes foreign and domestic acquisitions and investments, divestitures, leveraged buy-outs, joint ventures, recapitalizations and carve-out transactions for U.S.-based and overseas clients engaged in a wide variety of businesses, including the steel, manufacturing, defense, hospitality, healthcare, sporting goods and consumer goods industries. In addition, Sarah acts as pro bono counsel on general corporate matters for Keep A Child Alive.


Sarah's recent experience includes the following representations:

Meritage Group LP in its acquisition of CoHo Distributing LLC, the second-largest distributor in the MillerCoors beer distribution system.

Important Studios' formation by Trey Parker and Matt Stone, the creators of South Park and The Book of Mormon, to serve as a new multi-platform media company which will house all of Stone and Parker's current and future entertainment activities.

Sumitomo Metal Industries, in its acquisition along with Sumitomo Corporation, of Pennsylvania-based steel company Standard Steel from private equity firm Trimaran Fund Management.

Wellspring Capital Managementin its:

  • acquisition of National Seating & Mobility, Inc. from Ridgemont Equity Partners;
  • sale of portfolio company, Cleaver-Brooks to Harbour Group; and
  • acquisition of ThermaSys Corporation from Sun Capital.

Kohlberg & its:
  • acquisition of Aurora Casket Company;
  • sale of portfolio company, Hoffmaster Group, Inc., to Metalmark Capital; and
  • acquisition of SouthernCare Holdings, Inc.

Sarah is a member of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York.