Mayer Brown, a leading global law firm, announced that Gabriela Sakamoto has rejoined the firm in Washington DC as a partner in the Banking & Finance practice and Latin America, Emerging Markets and Projects groups. She joins from Chadbourne & Parke LLP and earlier in her career was an associate at Mayer Brown.
Ms. Sakamoto advises clients in the areas of project finance, structured finance and acquisition financing, particularly in Latin America. She has represented commercial banks in various roles, including as administrative agent, security agent, underwriter and/or placement agent. Ms. Sakamoto’s Latin American experience is extensive and includes transactions in Peru, Mexico, Colombia, Argentina and Chile. She is also experienced in handling Turkish structured finance issuances.
“We are delighted to welcome Gaby back to the firm,” said Douglas A. Doetsch, co-leader of Mayer Brown’s global Banking & Finance practice and leader of the firm’s Latin America group. “Gaby’s experience handling structured finance transactions in Latin America and other emerging markets will contribute substantially to our continued ability to deliver leading services to clients on a global scale.”
Ms. Sakamoto said, “I’m thrilled to be returning to the firm where I began my legal career. Mayer Brown has a highly regarded Latin American finance practice and rejoining the firm presents a great opportunity for me to continue to expand my practice by leveraging the firm’s tremendous global platform.”
Daniel Masur, partner-in-charge of Mayer Brown’s Washington DC office, said that the arrival of Ms. Sakamoto continues the office’s rapid and strategic growth. “In 2014, we have already added more than two dozen lateral partners and other lawyers in key practice areas to build upon the firm’s global platform and cross-practice capabilities and better serve the changing demands of our multinational clients.”
Ms. Sakamoto holds a JD from New York University School of Law and a BA, magna cum laude, from Columbia University. She is fluent in Spanish and often conducts transactions in both English and Spanish.