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Maritza UB Okata

Maritza UB Okata

Vinson & Elkins LLP
New York, NY, USA

Maritza U.B. Okata is a Partner in Vinson & Elkins LLP’s Mergers & Acquisitions/Capital Markets practice group. Okata’s practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions, private equity, and finance transactions primarily involving energy and infrastructure-related assets. Her diverse experience includes representing private equity sponsors, investment funds and their portfolio companies, as well as companies and financial institutions in mergers and acquisitions, strategic investments, joint ventures, divestitures, financings, and corporate matters. Okata has significant cross-border experience, particularly in Latin America, in transactions in the energy and natural resource, technology, telecommunications, and infrastructure sectors. She also counsels borrowers, issuers, lenders, and institutional debtholders in secured syndicated financings, cash flow and asset-based financings, mezzanine financings, acquisition financings, private placements, project financings, and restructurings.

Prior to joining Vinson & Elkins, Okata was a partner with O’Melveny & Myers LLP. Okata served as a law clerk to the Honorable Stephen G. Breyer on the U.S. Supreme Court from 2002 to 2003 and to the Honorable Guido Calabresi on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the

Second Circuit from 2001 to 2002.

Okata received her law degree from Yale Law School, where she was an articles editor of The Yale Law Journal and served as a co-chair of Yale Law Women. She earned her undergraduate degree from Harvard University, where she was a Harvard National Scholar. Before attending law school, Okata was an associate at The Boston Consulting Group.

Okata currently serves on the Executive Council of the Fellows Alumni of the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity and was a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Okata is fluent in Portuguese and also speaks Spanish and French.


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