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Maples Group's Latin American Practice Recognised at Latin Lawyer Awards for Advising on $1.5 Billion Arco Deal

06 Jun 2024

Maples and Calder, the Maples Group's law firm, is pleased to announce that its Latin American practice was recognised at this year’s Latin Lawyer awards for its role on the innovative transaction involving the Brazilian education platform, Arco Platform Limited (“Arco”). The Latin Lawyer awarded the transaction Deal of the Year in the ‘Mergers and Acquisitions: Public Companies’ category. 

Commenting on the recognition at the Latin Lawyer awards, Finn O'Hegarty, co-head of the firm's Latin America practice with Suzanne Correy, said, "We are honoured to have been recognised by Latin Lawyer for our role on the Arco transaction.  This recognition is testament to the dedication and expertise of our Latin American team whose commitment to our clients made this complex deal a resounding success.” 

A multi-disciplinary team of lawyers advised Arco on the Cayman Islands legal aspects of the transaction and was led by partners Finn O'Hegarty and Caroline Moran, with support from Malachi Sweetman, Akshay Naidoo, Mariana Alves and Adrian Davey. The complexity and scale of the deal were significant, with a valuation of US$1.5 billion and which culminated in Arco's strategic delisting from New York's Nasdaq stock exchange. The deal was structured by way of a merger, in partnership with the renowned US investors General Atlantic and Dragoneer. The firm previously advised Arco in relation to its IPO in 2018.

In 2023, the firm was ranked as 'Highly Recommended' in the International Counsel – Offshore category1 by Latin Lawyer 250.



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