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Maritza U.B. Okata

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Okata, Maritza U.B.

Biography
Maritza is a partner in the firm's M&A/Private Equity and Finance practices. She has a diverse transactional practice representing private equity sponsors, investment funds and their portfolio companies, as well as corporate clients and financial institutions, in connection with mergers and acquisitions, strategic investments, joint ventures, divestitures, financings and corporate matters.  Maritza also has significant experience involving cross-border transactions, particularly joint ventures, involving energy and natural resource, technology, telecommunications, and other infrastructure-related assets. She has worked extensively on transactions in Latin America, most notably in Brazil, where her language capabilities enable her to negotiate and manage transactions in Portuguese, Spanish and English. Maritza also regularly counsels borrowers and issuers, as well as lenders and institutional holders of senior and subordinated debt, in connection with secured syndicated financings, cash flow and asset-based financings, mezzanine financings, acquisition financings, private placements of debt, project financings, and restructurings.


Representative Experience
Energy and Infrastructure
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  • Represented The Carlyle Group in connection with the acquisition of the North American power generation assets of Cogentrix Energy, including five coal and solar power projects and a development pipeline of gas and renewable projects
  • Represented a publicly traded uranium enrichment company in connection with its senior secured asset-based facility and the addition and subsequent restructuring of a last-out term loan tranche
  • Represented the owner of a power project in California in connection with the recapitalization and restructuring of the interests of its debt and equity holders, follow-on equity investments, and the structuring of asset management and operation and maintenance arrangements
Latin America
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  • Represented a private equity fund in connection with its investment in a Brazilian transportation technology and software development company¬†
  • Represented a global investment firm in connection with its investment in a Brazilian mining company
  • Represented a global investment bank as lead investor in connection with the formation of a Brazilian private equity investment fund formed to acquire oil and gas concessions and related assets in Brazil
Other Private Equity and Strategic Transactions
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  • Represented a global hedge fund group in connection with its alliance arrangements with a private equity firm and related restructuring of interests in investment management and general partner vehicles
  • Represented a private equity fund in connection with the acquisition of a controlling interest in an accounts receivables management company and related acquisition financing
  • Represented a private equity firm in connection with the acquisition of substantially all of the assets of the oldest multi-line candy company in the United States and related debt and equity financing arrangements
Prior results do not guarantee a similar outcome.

Education and Professional Background
  • Yale Law School, J.D. (Articles Editor, Yale Law Journal)
  • Harvard University, A.B. magna cum laude (Harvard National Scholar)
  • Law clerk to Associate Justice Stephen G. Breyer, Supreme Court of the United States, 2002 - 2003; law clerk to Judge Guido Calabresi, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, 2001 - 2002
  • Admitted to practice: District of Columbia; New York
  • Other languages: Fluent in Portuguese; Proficient in Spanish and French
Professional Recognition
  • Legal 500 U.S.,M&A: Large Deals ($1bn-$5bn), 2012
Activities and Affiliations
  • Term Member, Council on Foreign Relations


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Maritza U.B. Okata
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666 Fifth Avenue
26th Floor
New York, NY 10103-0040

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Industries/Practices
Mergers and Acquisitions

Private Equity

Finance

Latin America/Brazil

Energy

Energy - Renewables/Clean Energy

Infrastructure