Emil Arca heads the firm's International Debt Capital Markets practice group for the Americas. He 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, Emil has had ten transactions earn 21 "Deal of the Year" awards or other prominent recognitions. 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, Emil has worked with structured finance transactions backed by operating assets (airports, drill ships, mines, and toll roads); future flow cross-border assets (airline tickets, credit card merchant vouchers, diversified payment rights, export receivables, oil royalties, and telephone receivables); existing financial assets (commercial real estate leases, construction loans, residential mortgage loans, telephone receivables, and vehicle loans and leases); and more.

He has worked on U.S. securitization transactions backed by auto loans, equipment leases (aircraft, railcars, and small-ticket equipment), franchise loans, health care receivables, insurance premium finance loans, mortgage loans (commercial, multi-family, and residential properties), nonperforming assets, royalties, small business loans, and trade receivables.

"They are by far the leading team and practice for structured non-vanilla bonds. The team, under partner Emil Arca, is increasingly senior, so the quality of the work is really world class. [T]he speed of execution is also great... Emil has been doing this for 30 years, and I haven't found an issue, structuring or otherwise, that he hasn't already encountered in various declamations. He's able to use all that experience to find an elegant solution to whatever the issue is. I have nothing but excellent things to say."

Client quoted in IFLR 1000, Latin America Energy & Infrastructure 2015

Awards and recognitions


Securitization and Structured Finance Law
The Best Lawyers in America


Best of the Best USA (Structured Finance and Securitisation)
Euromoney's Legal Media Expert Guide


Capital Markets (Latin America-wide)
Chambers Latin America


Banking & Finance (Latin America-wide)
Chambers Latin America


Latin America's Top 100 Lawyers: Capital Markets; Banking & Finance
Latinvex - Latin America Business News & Analysis


Capital Markets (Latin America-wide)
Chambers Global


Banking & Finance (Latin America-wide)
Chambers Global


International Firms: Capital Markets
Legal 500 Latin America


Banking & Finance (USA), Foreign Expert for Latin America-wide
Chambers Global


Finance: Structured Finance: Securitization
Legal 500 US


International Firms: Banking and Finance
Legal 500 Latin America


Securities & Corporate Finance
New York Super Lawyers


Latin American Investment (New York)
Chambers USA


Capital Markets: Debt Offerings
Legal 500 US


Project Finance Practice Group of the Year

Education and admissions


J.D., University of Michigan Law School, 1985

B.A., University of Michigan, 1982

Bar admissions and qualifications

New York

Representative experience

Representation of the underwriters in the establishment of and first, second, and third 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.

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