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Emil Arca

New York

Emil Arca

Emil Arca represents underwriters, placement agents, issuers, investors, lenders, borrowers, and insurers in debt capital markets, banking, and restructuring transactions in the United States and around the world, particularly in emerging markets. Originating in two dozen countries and involving diverse industries, many of the transactions were the first of their type involving a particular structure, asset type, or country.

Since 2001, eight transactions Emil has worked on have earned 19 awards. You may recognize a few of the honors: Financing Innovation of the Year and Structured Finance Deal of the Year (Latin Finance, 2014); Corporate Finance Deal of the Year (Latin Lawyer, 2014); a commendation in the Financial Times 2012 U.S. Innovative Lawyers awards; and Latin American Deal of the Year (Euromoney, 2010).

In emerging markets, Arca has worked with structured finance transactions backed by operating assets (airports, drill ships, mines, toll roads); future flow cross-border assets (airline tickets, credit card merchant vouchers, diversified payment rights, export receivables, oil royalties, telephone receivables); and existing financial assets (commercial real estate leases, construction loans, residential mortgage loans, telephone receivables, vehicle loans and leases), and more.

"Key members of the team include New York partner Emil Arca, who is praised by clients for his 'user friendly,' 'commercial,' and 'practical' approach."

Legal 500 Latin America Banking & Finance 2013

Representative Experience

Representation of the underwriters in the establishment of and first and second offerings from the Rio Oil Finance Trust.

Representation of Banco Industrial in its senior unsecured debt offering, the largest by a private sector issuer from Central America.

Representation of the underwriters in two securitizations of revenues of toll roads in Panama to enable the government to reacquire the concessions.

Representation of National Commercial Bank Jamaica in its merchant voucher receivables securitization program.

Education and admissions


  • J.D., University of Michigan Law School, 1985
  • B.A., University of Michigan, 1982

Bar admissions and qualifications

  • New York


Securitization and Structured Finance Law

The Best Lawyers in America


Chambers Global, USA: Banking & Finance (2013-2016); Latin America-Wide: Banking & Finance (2011-2015), Capital Markets (2014-2016)


Securities & Corporate Finance

New York Super Lawyers


Selected for inclusion in prior editions of Euromoney's Legal Media Expert Guide, The World's Leading Structured Finance and Securitisation Lawyers, (Structured Finance and Securitisation); Law360, Project Finance Practice Group of the Year; The Legal 500



The Best of the Best USA (Structured Finance and Securitisation, 2013-2015) and Banking Finance & Transactional (Structured Finance and Securitisation

Euromoney's Legal Media Expert Guide


Capital Markets: Debt Offerings, 2014-2015); Latin America - Capital Markets, 2015

The Legal 500 United States

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