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David Mercado

Partner, Corporate

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 Anheuser‑Busch InBev in connection with the sale of its 54.5% equity stake in CCBA to Coca‑Cola; JBS in its sale of Moy Park to Pilgrim’s Pride; Naspers in the merger of ibibo Group, its travel business in India, with MakeMyTrip, 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; Banco Santander in its acquisition of the on‑shore consumer credit card and consumer brokerage and retail banking businesses of Citigroup in Argentina, the sale and joint venture of its insurance underwriting businesses in Latin America to Zurich Financial, as well as the sale of its pension fund management companies in Latin America to ING Group; Avon in its sale of Liz Earle to Walgreens Boots Alliance; Time Inc. in its sale of Grupo Expansión to Southern Cross Group; Grupo Modelo as U.S. counsel in its acquisition by Anheuser‑Busch InBev; and Companhia de Bebidas das Américas (AmBev) in its merger with InterBrew. 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 2019; Chambers Latin America: Latin America’s Leading Lawyers for Business from 2009 through 2020; Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business from 2007 through 2010 and 2018; The Legal 500 Latin America from 2012 through 2019; and Latin Lawyer 250: Latin America’s Leading Business Law Firms from 2000 through 2018. He also has been recognized as a leading practitioner in capital markets by The Legal 500 United Kingdom from 2013 through 2018; The Legal 500 United States in 2009 and 2010; and IFLR1000 from 2014 through 2016. In addition, he was recognized in mergers and acquisitions by The Legal 500 United Kingdom from 2016 through 2018, and IFLR1000 from 2015 through 2019.

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 may be reached by phone at +1-212-474-1756 or by email at

Mr. Mercado is admitted only in New York.

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