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Francesca L. Odell

Francesca L. Odell

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

New York, NY, USA

Francesca L. Odell is a partner based in the New York office. Ms. Odell’s practice focuses principally on transactions in Latin America, specializing in capital markets, restructurings, mergers and acquisitions, private equity transactionsand project finance.

Ms. Odell is internationally distinguishedas one of the best corporate lawyers practicing in the region by Chambers Global, Chambers USA, Chambers Latin America, Latinvex, The Legal 500 U.S., The Legal 500 Latin America and Latin Lawyer 250: Latin America’s Leading Business Law Firms. In 2014, Ms. Odell was recognized by The American Lawyer as a “Dealmaker of the Year” for her work advising Petrobras.

Ms. Odell has extensive experience advising on debt and equity offerings by Latin American issuers, including Açucar Guarani, Banco Cruziero do Sul, Bancolombia, BIC Banco, Brazil Pharma, Brookfield Incorporações, Construtora Tenda, Copa Holdings, GP Investments, Iguatemi Empresa de Shopping Centers, Le Lis Blanc Deux Comércio e Confecções de Roupas, Multiplus, Oi, PDG Realty, Redecard, Ser Educacional, Suzano Papel e Celulose, TAM Airlines and Technos, among many others.

Ms. Odell regularly advises Petrobras in a variety of matters, including its US$67 billion SEC-registered global equity offering, its SEC-registered offering of €3.05 billion and £600 million senior notes, its US$11 billion SEC-registered multi-tranche notes offering, the largest-ever debt offering by an emerging markets company, and most recently, its $2.5 billion SEC-registered century bond offering, reported to be the largest century bond offering to date and the first by a Brazilian issuer.

Ms. Odell joined the firm in 1996 and became a partner in 2005. Ms. Odell is a member of the Bar of New York. Her native language is English, and she is fluent in Spanish and Portuguese.

Ms. Odell received a J.D. degree from New York University School of Law, where she was a staff editor of the Journal of International Law & Politics. She received B.A. from the University of Wisconsin - Madison.

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