Emil Arca

Emil Arca

New York

Email [email protected]​hoganlovells.com

Phone +1 212 918 3009

Fax +1 212 918 3100

Practice groupCorporate & Finance

Emil Arca is a leader in structured finance transactions, including diversified payments rights deals.

Legal 500 US 2022

Emil Arca is a partner in the firm's global Capital Markets leadership team. 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 11 transactions earn 23 "Deal of the Year" awards or other prominent recognitions. You may recognize a few of the honors: "Structured Finance and Securitisation Deal of the Year" for the Americas (IFLR, 2020); Financing Innovation of the Year and Structured Finance Deal of the Year (LatinFinance, 2014); Corporate Finance Deal of the Year (Latin Lawyer, 2014); commendations in the Financial Times 2019 and 2012 North American 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, remittances, and telephone receivables); and existing financial assets (commercial real estate leases, construction loans, residential mortgage loans, telephone receivables, and vehicle loans and leases).

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

Awards and recognitions


Finance: Capital Markets: Global Offerings
Legal 500 US


International Firms: Capital Markets
Legal 500 Latin America

2018, 2022

International Firms: Banking and Finance
Legal 500 Latin America


Latin America's Top 100 Lawyers: Capital Markets; Banking & Finance


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


Securitization and Structured Finance Law
The Best Lawyers in America


Structured Finance MVP


Banking & Finance (Latin America-wide)
Chambers Global

2014-2015, 2020

Finance: Capital Markets: Debt
Legal 500 US


Capital Markets (Latin America-wide)
Chambers Latin America


Capital Markets (Latin America-wide)
Chambers Global


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


Finance: Structured Finance: Securitization
Legal 500 US


Securities & Corporate Finance
New York Super Lawyers


Latin American Investment (New York)
Chambers USA


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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