Top 50: Americas M&A Lawyers

“Distinction in Dealmaking”

Published exclusively by Global M&A Network, the 9th annual list profiles highly respected, successful, and innovative group of 50 lawyers from the Americas mergers and acquisitions communities. 96 firms and 540 lawyers were evaluated for the current A-list.

All transactions are truly a team effort. Inclusion in the A-list also validates the firms’ leadership and record of closing value-creating transactions irrespective of deal size. We have range of identifiable criteria for making the often-hard editorial decisions.

Congratulations: Top 50 M&A Lawyers, and the firm’s they represent!

Francis J. Aquila

Frank has advised on deals totaling more than $1 trillion in value, including advising on more than $150 billion in 2015 and more than $100 billion in 2019. He has been called upon by leading companies such as Amgen, Anheuser-Busch InBev, Biohaven Pharmaceuticals, Canadian Pacific, Diageo, Kering, Kraft, Novartis, United Rentals, etc., to advise them and their boards of directors on M&A, corporate governance, ESG, activism, proxy contests and a range of corporate matters.

Tracy A. Bacigalupo

Tracy focuses her practice on corporate, M&A, and corporate governance matters. She represents both public and private acquirers and target companies, as well as special committees, in M&A transactions, including negotiated mergers, divestitures, and other collaborations involving both strategic investors, private equity and venture capital firms.

Sid focuses his practice on mergers and acquisitions and emerging company/venture capital transactions. He represents public and private companies, private equity firms, and investment and hedge funds in an array of transactions, including mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, financings, fund formation, and general corporate matters across multiple industries. He also regularly represents founders and investors in a variety of emerging company transactions. As the Vice-Chair of Reed Smith's Global Corporate Group, Sid guides strategies of more than 300 attorneys, provides leadership and mentoring to attorneys at all stages of their careers.

What Sid enjoys about his career... I truly enjoy becoming more educated on a diverse array of industries, and learning from colleagues, business leaders, and other decision-makers. Transactions are a team sport, and I relish working together to achieve a common goal.

Guy Berman

Guy focuses on corporate and commercial law, mergers and acquisitions and private equity investments. He regularly helps clients in executing their transactional and investment work, including management and leveraged buyouts, majority and minority equity investments, divestitures, joint ventures, co-investments, shareholders arrangements, and fund and transaction structuring. Guy also advises Canadian pension funds and financial institutions on complex and cross-border matters.

Joel E. Binder

Joel has over 30 years’ experience in public and private mergers and acquisitions, private equity, corporate finance, and other complex corporate transactions. He represents public issuers, boards of directors, special committees, and investment dealers in connection with take-over bids, business combinations, public offerings, private placements, and governance and securities compliance matters. Joel also advises private equity and strategic buyers and sellers, and large family-owned businesses.

David Blittner

David has over 30 years of experience, advising private equity sponsors in connection with acquisitions, dispositions, and financings. He has deep experience steering leveraged buyouts and dispositions of public and private companies, minority investments, public recapitalizations and restructurings. He also represents clients on general corporate matters, including governance, equity capital markets liquidity events and securities law compliance matters.

Martín Cerruti

Martín leads the FERRERE Corporate and Commercial and Mergers and Acquisitions groups. His experience and professional practice also cover agribusiness, infrastructure, mining, business companies and telecommunications. For over twenty years with FERRERE, he has advised international corporations such as Abbott, BellSouth, British American Tobacco, Cummins, Dufry, ExxonMobil, Starbucks, Vale, Volt, Weyerhaeuser, and Yamaha in Uruguay.

S. Todd Crider

Todd concentrates primarily on transactions in Latin America and Spain and speaks Spanish, Portuguese and French. He advises clients in international corporate finance transactions, mergers and acquisitions and project finance. Todd is admitted to practice law in New York and authorized as a foreign legal consultant by the São Paulo Bar Association (Ordem dos Advogados do Brasil – São Paulo).

Amir Achcar Bocayuva Cunha

Amir has extensive experience in mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and creation of legal structures for foreign investments in Brazil, as well as in negotiation of contracts and corporate disputes. He represents entrepreneurs, medium-sized companies, private equity funds and publicly held companies, operating in different sectors of the economy.

Ryan is managing partner of the Firm’s St. Louis office and a co-leader of the Firm’s Sports and Entertainment Group. He is a transactional and business lawyer who represents public and private company clients, sports teams, owners, players, and sponsors with a particular focus in the financial services and sports and entertainment industries.