SK Capital investment ties up 17 LatAm firms
Latin Lawyer

US private equity firm SK Capital’s acquisition of three businesses from Swiss chemicals company Clariant, which was finalised earlier this month, drew on counsel from eight jurisdictions across Latin America.

The private equity firm purchased the trio from Clariant for US$471 million, with global investment banking firm Jefferies Finance acting as lender.

SK Capital was advised by Brons & Salas in Argentina, Carey in Chile, Lloreda Camacho & Co Attorneys in Colombia, both the Guatemalan and Honduran offices of Consortium Centro América Abogados, Creel, García-Cuéllar, Aiza y Enriquez SC in Mexico, Gallo Barrios Pickmann in Peru and Rodríguez & Mendoza in Venezuela, as well as Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr e Quiroga Advogados in Brazil, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP in the US and Swiss firm Bär & Karrer AG, as reported earlier by Latin Lawyer.

Argentine firm Marval, O'Farrell & Mairal, Claro y Cía in Chile, Brigard & Urrutia Abogados in Colombia, Ritch, Mueller, Heather y Nicolau, SC in Mexico and Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano Abogados in Peru advised Jefferies Finance, alongside Brazil’s Machado, Meyer, Sendacz e Opice Advogados. It is also thought that Shearman & Sterling LLP was part of the team advising the investment bank, which it has worked with in the past, although it could not be confirmed before publication.

The seller received counsel from Brazil’s Demarest Advogados, Chile’s Yrarrázaval, Ruiz-Tagle, Goldenberg, Lagos & Silva Abogados, Colombia’s Posse Herrera Ruiz and Switzerland’s Homburger AG.

One of the three companies sold, Emulsions, is headquartered in São Paulo with production sites located in Argentina, Chile, Mexico and Venezuela. Clariant also sold its Singapore and Switzerland based Textile Chemicals and Paper Specialties, which operate in Latin America. Under the terms of the deal all three will merge to create a collaborative new company called Archroma.

Counsel to SK Capital

Brons & Salas

Partner Leandro Caceres in Buenos Aires


Partner Felipe Moro, director Paulina Miranda and associates Manuel José Garcés and Sebastián Monge in Santiago

Lloreda Camacho & Co Attorneys

Partner Santiago Gutierrez and associate Nadia Sanchez in Bogotá

Consortium Centro América Abogados - Guatemala

Partner Alvaro Rodrigo Castellanos and associate Lourdes Leal in Guatemala City

Consortium Centro América Abogados - Honduras

Partner Oscar Armando Manzanares and associate Patricia Solorzano in Tegucigalpa

Creel, García-Cuéllar, Aiza y Enriquez SC

Partner Carlos del Río and associates Andrés Corcuera, Pedro Velasco, Michelle Ronay, Alejandro Isaac and Alfonso Pulido in Mexico City

Gallo Barrios Pickmann

Partner Manuel Barrios in Lima

Rodríguez & Mendoza

Partner Reinaldo Hellmund and associate Miguel Velutini in Caracas

Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr e Quiroga Advogados

Partners Pablo Sorj and Giovani Loss and associates Felipe Gibson, Felipe Feres, Luana Ribeiro and Larissa Toledo in Rio de Janeiro and partner Marcelo Paolini and associate Alexandre Mello in São Paulo

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

Partner Steven Cohen in Princeton, partner Peter Phleger in San Francisco and partners Richard Petretti and Richard Zarin in New York

Bär & Karrer AG

Partner Daniel Bader in Zurich

Counsel to Clariant

Posse Herrera Ruiz

Partner Jaime Herrera and associates Valentina Marín and Juan Becerra in Bogotá

Yrarrázaval, Ruiz-Tagle, Goldenberg, Lagos & Silva Abogados

Partner Gerardo Ovalle and Associates Fernando Salas, Sebastián Ferrer, Alejandra Corvalán and Raimundo Camus in Santiago

Demarest Advogados

Partners André Alarcon, Claudia Maluf, Eloisa Curi and Adriana Chakour and associates Fernando Fracari Vargas and Max Hasimoto in São Paulo

Homburger AG

Associates Mario Waelti, Daniel Hasler, Matthias Maurer in Zurich

Counsel to Jefferies Finance

Brigard & Urrutia Abogados

Partners Sergio Michelsen and Carlos Fradique and associates David López and Angela Botía Flórez in Bogotá

Claro y Cía

Partner Hernan Felipe Valdes in Santiago

Ritch, Mueller, Heather y Nicolau, SC

Partner Carlos Obregon and associates Joshua Parraga and Santiago Carrillo in Mexico City

Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano Abogados

Partner Fernando Molina and associate Alvaro Carrasco in Lima

Marval, O'Farrell & Mairal

Partner Gabriel Gotlib and associate Pablo Gayol in Buenos Aires

Machado, Meyer, Sendacz e Opice Advogados

Partners Silvia Fiszman, Fabio Falkenburger and José Prado and associates Luís Filipe Gentil Pedro and Carolina Paiva Zanolo in São Paulo

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