Mayer Brown, a leading global law firm, announced the addition of George Baptista as a partner in its Banking & Finance practice and Latin America group in New York. He joins from Allen & Overy in New York, where he was senior counsel in the International Capital Markets Group.

“George has focused on finance matters in Latin America throughout his career in private practice, in investment banking and as a lawyer with OPIC (a US government agency),” said Douglas A. Doetsch, co-leader of Mayer Brown’s global Banking & Finance practice and leader of the firm’s Latin America group. “In particular, his extensive experience in Latin American capital markets transactions will further strengthen our capabilities in these areas.”

Mr. Baptista represents investment banks as underwriters and Latin American corporate and sovereign clients as issuers in Rule 144A/Regulation S and SEC registered offerings. He also advises clients on corporate and infrastructure-related financings involving emerging markets borrowers and on general corporate and regulatory issues related to investment in Latin America. He is a native Spanish speaker and also speaks Portuguese and French.

“Mayer Brown’s long history and excellent reputation for handling a wide range of transactional work in Latin America made it a very attractive firm to me,” Mr. Baptista said. “I look forward to working with my new partners to serve the needs of Latin American clients and those with interests in the region.”

Earlier in his career, Mr. Baptista was an executive director at a global investment bank, an assistant general counsel at the Overseas Private Investment Corporation, and worked at various international law firms in New York, Washington DC and Buenos Aires.

Mr. Baptista received a JD degree from the University of Virginia School of Law and a BA degree, magna cum laude, from Brown University.