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David Mercado

David Mercado

Cravath Swaine & Moore LLP

New York, NY, USA


David Mercado is a partner in Cravath’s Corporate Department.  His practice is diverse, with an emphasis on financings and mergers and acquisitions in both Europe and Latin America.  A significant component of Mr. Mercado’s practice involves private equity funds.

In mergers and acquisitions, Mr. Mercado has recently represented Naspers Limited in connection with its joint ventures with Schibsted Media Group, Telenor Group and Singapore Press Holdings relating to their online classifieds businesses in a number of countries, as well as its acquisitions of Buscape and OLX, Time Inc. in its sale of Grupo Expansión to Southern Cross Group, Grupo Modelo, S.A.B. de C.V. as U.S. counsel in its acquisition by Anheuser-Busch InBev, Companhia de Bebidas das Américas (AmBev) in its merger with InterBrew, Banco Santander in the sale and joint venture of its insurance underwriting businesses in Latin America to Zurich Financial, as well as the sale of Santander’s pension fund management companies in Latin America to ING Group.  In addition, Mr. Mercado has been involved in securities offerings for Credit Suisse, INEOS, Premier Foods plc, Paroc Group Oy, Styrolution, EWOS, GP Investments, Ltd., Ternium S.A., CMPC, Celulosa Arauco, ENAP and Colbún, among others.

Mr. Mercado has been repeatedly cited as a leading practitioner in finance and mergers and acquisitions law in Latin America by, among others, Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business from 2007 through 2015; Chambers Latin America: Latin America’s Leading Lawyers for Business from 2009 through 2015; Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business from 2007 through 2010; The Legal 500 Latin America from 2012 through 2014; and Latin Lawyer 250: Latin America’s Leading Business Law Firms from 2000 through 2014.  He also has been recognized as a leading practitioner in capital markets by The Legal 500 United Kingdom in 2013 and 2014; The Legal 500 United States in 2009 and 2010; and IFLR1000: The Guide to the World’s Leading Financial Law Firms in 2014 and 2015.

Mr. Mercado is a member of the American Bar Association, International Bar Association, New York City Bar Association and New York State Bar Association.  He speaks frequently on developments in corporate law including on a panel entitled “Fixing the Securities Offering Process: Lessons from Recent Offerings,” which explored various perspectives on public offerings of equity securities, at the International Bar Association’s Annual Conference.

Mr. Mercado was born in Houston, Texas.  He received an A.B. from Columbia College in 1981 and a J.D. from Yale Law School in 1984.  He joined Cravath in 1984 and became a partner in 1992.  Mr. Mercado has been the Senior Partner in the Firm’s London office since 2009.

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