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Chantal E. Kordula

Chantal E. Kordula

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

New York, NY, USA


Chantal Kordula is a partner based in the New York office. Chantal’s practice focuses primarily on transactions in Latin America, particularly mergers and acquisitions and project and acquisition finance. She has noteworthy experience advising on some of the most high-profile mergers and acquisitions in Latin America. Her recent M&A work includes:

  • Counsel to Vitro in the $2.15 billion sale of its food and beverage glass containers business to Owens-Illinois;
  • Counsel to First Reserve in its partnership with Mexico Power Group, including with respect to its equity investment in the 130MW La Bufa wind farm in Zacatecas, Mexico, and the approximately $215 million financing for the development of the project;
  • Counsel to Ontex in its €400 million acquisition of Grupo Mabe;
  • Counsel to Coca-Cola FEMSA in its $688.5 million acquisition of a 51% stake in Coca-Cola Bottlers Philippines;
  • Counsel to Grupo Bimbo on various matters, including in its $709 million acquisition of Sara Lee Corporation’s North American Fresh Bakery, its €115 million acquisition of Sara Lee’s fresh bakery business in Spain and Portugal, and the company’s $2.5 billion acquisition of Weston Foods. 

Chantal has been recognized in Chambers Latin America, The Legal 500 Latin America, Latin Lawyer 250, Latinvex, Chambers Global, Chambers USA, The Legal 500 U.S. and was named an “M&A Dealmaker of the Week" by The American Lawyer in 2010. In 2013, Chantal was highlighted in Latin Lawyer’s “Women In Law” issue celebrating the most inspiring women in the Latin American legal profession.

Chantal joined the firm in 1997 and became a partner in 2008. She received a J.D. degree, cum laude, from Harvard Law School in 1997 and an undergraduate degree, cum laude, from Amherst College in 1994.

Chantal is a member of the Bar in New York. Her native language is English, and she is fluent in French and Spanish.

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