Partner-in-Charge Spain/Latin America Region and Partner-in-Charge São Paulo Office

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Luis Riesgo is Partner-in-Charge of the Spain/Latin America Region, overseeing the São Paulo, Madrid, and Mexico City offices, and the practices in the region. He is also Partner-in-Charge of the São Paulo Office. He has more than 35 years of experience in advising clients in multijurisdictional M&A in Latin America and Spain, and his experience extends to takeovers, buyouts, private equity transactions, creation of joint ventures, strategic alliances, commercial and industrial agreements, and outsourcing projects.

Luis has served as the lead lawyer in a wide variety of high-profile strategic transactions, including: Orange's $4.4 billion acquisition of Jazztel, $7.7 billion acquisition of Amena, and $1.4 billion sale of Orange Dominicana, its subsidiary in the Dominican Republic, and Schibsted's $742 million acquisition of its Latin American and Spanish online classified business. Other clients with which Luis has worked on substantial matters include Chevron, CVC Capital Partners, Dole, Electricité de France, Endesa, Gas Natural, Nextel Communications, Riverside, Santander, Schneider Electric, and Sener Grupo de Ingeniería.

His transactional practice spans a range of industries, including aerospace, automotive, energy and renewable energy, infrastructure, internet media, and telecommunications. Luis also advises private equity firms in their investments and investment banking firms in their capacity as financial advisors in a variety of M&A transactions and many global companies in how to do business in Latin America.



  • Orange and Masmovil combine in €18.6 billion mergerJones Day advised Orange, S.A. ("Orange"), one of the world's leading telecommunications operators, on the combination of their telecom business in Spain with Masmovil, one of the leading telecommunications operators in Spain, for an enterprise value of €18.6 billion (€7.8 billion for Orange Spain and €10.9 billion for Masmovil).
  • Orange successfully completes $4.4 billion tender offer for JazztelJones Day advised Orange SA, a leading global telecommunications company, in connection with the €3.4 billion (US$4.4 billion) friendly tender cash offer at €13 ($16) a share for the acquisition of Jazztel, a listed Spanish company and fourth operator in the telecoms market in Spain.
  • Orange (France Telecom) sells Dominican Republic assets to Altice for $1.42 billion (€1.05 billion)Jones Day advised long-standing client Orange, S.A. (France Telecom), a leading global telecommunications company, in connection with the sale of 100 percent of Orange Dominicana S.A., its subsidiary in the Dominican Republic, to Altice, a multinational cable and telecommunications company, for $1.42 billion (€1.05 billion).
  • GNF and CEMIG create new company Gas Natural do BrasilJones Day advised Gas Natural Fenosa SDG, S.A. (GNF) in connection with its agreement with Companhia Energetica de Minas Gerais (CEMIG), the listed Brazilian electricity company, to create a new company called Gas Natural do Brasil, which will be a platform for the consolidation of assets and investments in natural gas projects in the Brazilian market.
  • France Télécom acquires Amena for $7.7 billionJones Day advised France Télécom S.A. (FT) in its $7.7 billion acquisition, via subsidiary Orange, S.A., of 80% of the shares of Auna Operadores de Telecomunicaciones S.A. (Auna).
  • Trader Classified Media sells European and Latin American subsidiaries for $742 millionJones Day advised Trader Classified Media N.V. in the €580 million (US$742.4 million) sale of its Western European and Latin American subsidiaries to Schibsted ASA.
  • Orange, S.A. acquires Ya.comJones Day advised Orange, S.A. in its €320 million (US$432 million) acquisition of T-online Telecommunications Spain S.A.U. ( from Deutsche Telekom AG.
  • Partners Group invests in SoftonicJones Day advised Softonic International S.L in the merger with and into Intershare S.L., to create Softonic, a global multiplatform software guide which allows users to explore, download, and manage software applications on multiple devices in more than ten different languages.
  • Schneider Electric acquires CP EletrônicaJones Day advised Schneider Electric Industries SAS in its acquisition of CP Eletrônica S.A.
  • Heilind acquires Brazilian distributor Kotek Eletro EletrônicaJones Day advised Heilind Electronics, Inc., the largest distributor of electronic interconnect products in North America, in connection with its acquisition of Kotek Eletro Eletrônica Ltda., a leading distributor of electronic components in Brazil.
  • Riverside acquires KEYMILE GroupJones Day advised The Riverside Company in connection with its acquisition and related financing of KEYMILE Group, a leading global supplier of communication solutions in the area of access and transmission systems for public and private telecommunication networks, operating networks of railway companies, energy suppliers, and other private network operators.
  • EnGrande sells controlling stake in to Palamon Capital PartnersJones Day represented EnGrande, S.L. in connection with its sale of a controlling stake in, a leading European on-line booking company, to Palamon Capital Partners, LP.
  • Isolux Corsan closes BRL 300 million loan agreementJones Day advised Isolux Corsan, S.A., a Spanish engineering and construction firm, in connection with its BRL 300 million (US$190.5 million) master loan agreement.
  • Whisbi Technologies sells stake to Active Venture PartnersJones Day advised Whisbi Technologies, S.L. in connection with the acquisition by Active Venture Partners of a 10% stake through a share capital increase.
  • Goldman Sachs, Cerberus Partners, and Credit Suisse complete sale of Wittur Group to Triton PartnersJones Day represented a private equity consortium comprised of Goldman Sachs, Cerberus and Credit Suisse in connection with the sale of the Wittur Group to Triton Partners.
  • Schibsted acquires further minority interest in InfojobsJones Day advised Schibsted ASA in its acquisition of a further minority interest in Infojobs SA.
  • RHJ International completes Honsel financial restructuringJones Day advised Honsel International Technologies SA, a subsidiary of RHJ International SA, in connection with the restructuring of the Honsel group, including a €50 million (US$63.6 million) investment by RHJ International in exchange for a controlling 51% stake.
  • European financial firm involved in restructuring and recapitalization of its Japan auto parts maker subsidiaryJones Day advised a European financial firm in the restructuring and recapitalization of its Japan auto parts maker subsidiary including a joint venture arrangement with a new investor.
  • France Télécom acquires stakes of main minority shareholders of France Télécom España for €1,374 million ($1.79 billion)Jones Day advised France Télécom in its €1,374 million ($1.79 billion) acquisition of the stakes of the main minority shareholders of France Télécom España (Banco Santander group, Unicaja, Caja de Ahorros del Mediterraneo, Credit Suisse, Deutsche Bank), which represent 18.2% of the share capital.
  • Endesa acquires carbon emission trading company Asin HoldingsJones Day advised Endesa S.A. as U.S. counsel in the acquisition of Asin Holdings Limited LLC, a Virginia company involved in carbon emission trading.
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