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31 January 20232 minute read

DLA Piper expands its Corporate Practice with the addition of Michael McGuinness and Marcello Hallake in New York

DLA Piper is pleased to welcome New York-based partners Michael McGuinness and Marcello Hallake to the firm’s Corporate practice.

McGuinness and Hallake are leading cross-border and international corporate attorneys focused on high profile global M&A transactions. They each bring more than 25 years of experience leading and managing transformative cross-border M&A transactions and providing high value corporate advice to global clients, including in Europe and Latin America.

McGuinness’s notable experience includes representing Verizon in its US$5 billion sale of its wireless tower portfolio to American Tower; representing Signature Aviation in its US$1.4 billion sale of Ontic to CVC Capital; representing Sonepar Group in its sale of Vallen Distribution to Nautic Partners; and representing Anglo American plc in its US$5.4 billion sale to Mitsubishi of a 24.5 percent stake in Anglo American Sur, a Chilean copper mining company.

Hallake advises clients across a variety of industries, including energy, food supply, telecommunications, technology and infrastructure. Some of his recent notable experience includes leading the team that advised ENGIE in a winning bid to acquire TAG from Petrobas for US$8.6 billion in a competitive auction, the largest cash acquisition and privatization transaction in Brazil; representing JBS in its acquisition of Dutch plant-based food manufacturer Vivera in an auction; and representing TotalEnergies in connection with a strategic alliance and investment in the Dominican Republic.

“Michael and Marcello’s experience in cross-border and international corporate transactions, including their deep knowledge of the Latin American region, is well known, and we believe they will have an immediate impact on further developing this strategic area of focus for the firm,” said Rick Chesley, managing partner of the Americas and Co-US managing partner.

“On behalf of the New York office, we are delighted to welcome Michael and Marcello to the firm and excited to support their efforts in expanding our office’s M&A capabilities,” said Cara Edwards, managing partner of the New York office.

With more than 1,000 corporate lawyers globally, DLA Piper helps clients execute complex transactions seamlessly while supporting clients across all stages of development. The firm has been rated number one in global M&A volume for 13 consecutive years, according to Mergermarket.