Juan F. Mendez

Juan Francisco Méndez is a Partner at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP in the Firm’s Corporate Department. He has extensive experience in cross-border transactions, including financings, restructurings, acquisitions and other complex corporate matters. Fluent in English and Spanish, Juan Francisco’s practice primarily focuses on Latin America and the Caribbean.

Juan Francisco advises leading companies and investment banks throughout the region. He has worked on a wide range of equity, high yield and investment grade debt, and hybrid securities transactions, as well as restructurings, liability management transactions, acquisitions, joint ventures, syndicated loans and acquisition financings. He has worked on transactions with América Móvil, Macquarie Mexico FIBRA, Cemex, Banco Macro, YPF, Pan American Energy, Embraer, BRF—Brasil Foods, CFR Pharmaceuticals, Sociedad Química y Minera de Chile, CSAV, SAAM, GrupoSura, Exito, Graña y Montero, Cementos Pacasmayo, Interbank, InRetail Peru, Minsur and Cinemark. He has handled matters for JPMorgan, Goldman Sachs, Credit Suisse, Morgan Stanley, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Citigroup, HSBC, Deutsche, UBS, BTG Pactual and Itaú, among others. He has also represented Firm clients such as The Blackstone Group.

Juan Francisco was recognized by Chambers Latin America 2012 and 2013 as a leading lawyer in Latin America–wide Capital Markets, where a client described him as an “analytical lawyer with a practical approach to problem-solving.” He has significant experiences working on both U.S. and Latin American transactions and is capable of seamlessly navigating his clients through diverse cultures and business practices.

Juan Francisco received his J.D. from Columbia University School of Law; his B.A. from the University of Virginia, where he was in the Distinguished Majors Program; and an LL.M. in International Legal Studies from New York University School of Law.

Juan Francisco is a member of the International Bar Association and the Association of the Bar of the City of New York.

Good to know

Areas of Practice 1) Initial Public Offerings, 2) High Yield, 3) Debt, 4) Leveraged Finance, 5) Capital Markets, 6) Mergers and Acquisitions and 7) Corporate
Law School Columbia Law School, (J.D.1998)
Admitted Year 1999
Education University of Virginia, (B.A. 1993)
Most recent firm Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP
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