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David Mercado

Partner, Corporate

David Mercado has a diverse corporate practice, with an emphasis on financings and mergers and acquisitions in both Europe and Latin America.

In mergers and acquisitions, Mr. Mercado has recently represented OLX Group in letgo’s pending combination with OfferUp of their U.S. businesses; OLX Brazil in its pending acquisition of Grupo ZAP; Anheuser‑Busch InBev in the sale of its 54.5% equity stake in CCBA and its soft drinks bottling businesses in Botswana and Zambia to Coca‑Cola, as well as the sale of various local brands to, and long‑term bottling arrangements with, Coca‑Cola in El Salvador and Honduras; 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, ENGIE Energía Chile 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, Chambers Latin America, Chambers USA, The Legal 500 Latin America and Latin Lawyer 250. He also has been recognized as a leading practitioner in capital markets by The Legal 500 UK, The Legal 500 US and IFLR1000. In addition, he has been recognized in mergers and acquisitions by The Legal 500 UK and IFLR1000.

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.

Mr. Mercado joined Cravath in 1984 and was elected a partner in 1991.

Mr. Mercado is admitted only in New York.

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