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Eric Save

Partner
+1.415.882.8053
Fax +1.415.882.8220
Eric Save is a corporate/M&A partner in the firm’s San Francisco office and a member of the firm’s Latin America practice. He has represented clients with respect to a broad range of matters in Mexico, Brazil and other parts of Latin America, including cross-border M&A transactions, joint ventures, venture capital investments, start-up company matters, investments in energy and mining projects, secured lending transactions, and the establishment or sourcing of operations in the region. He regularly drafts and negotiates agreements and other legal documents in Spanish and has collaborated with lawyers and business people throughout the region. He also represents Latin American founders, companies, funds and family offices with respect to their business ventures in the U.S. and in getting financing from U.S. or other international sources.

In addition to this Latin American experience, Mr. Save has advised clients with respect to corporate and transactional matters in the U.S. and the other areas outside of Latin America, with a particular focus on private company M&A transactions and renewable energy projects, as well as licensing, manufacturing and other commercial transactions in the U.S. and abroad. He has handled transactions for clients in a variety of industries, including technology, financial services, venture capital, private equity, electrical power, oil & gas, infrastructure, commodities trading, consumer products, sports/entertainment, and wine & spirits.

Professional Background

Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Save was a partner in the San Francisco office of an international law firm. In addition, he previously worked in Mexico City for four years as an executive and in-house lawyer at a Mexican software company that he co-founded.

Achievements

  • Legal 500 Latin America, Corporate M&A (2013-2014); Capital Markets (2015)
  • Latinvex, Top 100 Latin America’s Top 100 Lawyers (2016)

Professional/Civic Activities

  • Member, Bay Brazil
  • Advisor, Latin SF
  • Mentor, Start Up Mexico
  • Pro bono representation of Centro Community Partners, an Oakland-based non-profit 501(c)(3) organization

Latin America and U.S. Venture Capital and Start-Up Company Work

  • Represented a number of Brazilian start-up companies with respect to early-stage investments by U.S., Brazilian and European funds and family offices, as well as with respect to international restructurings, expansion to the U.S. and other countries, debt financing transactions, and other international corporate matters.
  • Represented Brazilian and Mexican family offices and high net worth individuals with respect to their investments, assets and funds in the United States and other international jurisdictions.
  • Represented U.S. start-up companies created by Colombian, Brazilian and Mexican founders in corporate, regulatory and executive compensation matters.
  • Represented a leading U.S. venture capital fund in its first two investments in Latin American start-up companies, which included subsidiaries and holding companies in multiple Latin American jurisdictions and in Delaware.
  • Represented a U.S. genetic diagnostics start-up company with respect to the establishment of a Chilean subsidiary and related corporate, labor and tax matters.
  • Represented a U.S. technology start-up company in the establishment of operations in Argentina and the planning of an international corporate structure, including the formation of subsidiaries in Argentina and the Cayman Islands.
  • Represented a Berkeley-based investment fund with respect to the formation of a Mexican subsidiary by one of the start-up companies in its portfolio.
  • Represented a Mexican family investment vehicle with respect to its investments in U.S. technology start-up companies.

Latin America and U.S. M&A and Joint Venture Transactions

  • Represented a Japanese equipment manufacturer with respect to the acquisition of a Mexican refinery services business.
  • Represented a U.S. company in the semiconductor industry in a $131 million acquisition of an integrated circuits supplier.
  • Represented a private equity fund in the Mexican portion of its acquisition of an international packaging business, as well as in the subsequent buy-out of the target company’s Mexican joint venture partner.
  • Represented a U.S. online retailer in the sales of two divisions to separate buyers.
  • Represented a leading international chemicals and explosives company with respect to a proposed multi-billion dollar acquisition of a large Mexican mining company.
  • Represented an international commodities trading company in regard to the establishment of a joint venture for circuit board manufacturing operations in Mexico.
  • Represented a large Japanese company with respect to the sale of a Mexican consumer products manufacturing business.
  • Represented a Texas-based crude oil refiner and marketer in regard to a $1.6 billion acquisition of a master limited partnership in the refinery and convenience store business.
  • Represented the Mexican co-owner of a professional soccer team with respect to the sale of an interest in the team and the termination of Mexican joint venture agreement.
  • Represented an international commodities trading company in regard to a buy-out of its joint venture partner for a Mexican auto parts facility.
  • Represented a large U.S. healthcare services and information technology company with respect to several acquisitions of U.S. companies.
  • Represented a private equity fund in the Mexican portion of an acquisition by one of its portfolio companies of a supplier of interior automotive components.
  • Represented a U.S. commercial shipping company with respect to the sale of its Venezuelan subsidiary.
  • Represented a U.S. tax preparation software company in the sale of its assets to a multinational mass media and information firm.
  • Represented an international packaging company with respect to the Mexican portion of the sale of a large division of its business to another packaging company.
  • Represented a U.S. company in the e-commerce business with respect to the acquisition of two online businesses.
  • Represented a U.S. cosmetics company in regard to the acquisition of a Mexican cosmetics manufacturer.
  • Represented a large U.S. telecommunications company in the acquisition of a mobile applications development platform.
  • Represented a U.S. telecommunications company in the acquisition of a chain of television stations in Mexico.

    (See also the M&A transactions listed under other headings on this page)

U.S. Renewable Energy Matters

  • Represented a U.S. solar energy developer in regard to an agreement to acquire a 20 MW PV solar energy project in Lancaster, California.
  • Represented a utility-scale solar generation company based in San Francisco over a number of years in regard to an ownership restructuring, debt financing transactions, and the eventual sale of its solar development assets to a New York-based investment fund.
  • Represented a U.S. developer in regard to acquisition agreements for a portfolio of solar energy projects in the PJM region.
  • Represented a U.S. renewable energy company with respect to agreements for the development and restructuring of two large solar energy projects in Riverside County, California.
  • Represented a U.S. renewable energy company with respect to the restructuring and eventual sale of a 45 MW solar energy project in San Bernardino County, California.
  • Represented a U.S. renewable energy company with respect to tax equity financing transactions for solar power projects in Texas and Arizona.
  • Represented corporate clients with respect to performance bonds and corporate guarantees for cogeneration and rooftop solar projects.

Latin America Energy and Mining Matters (Including Renewable Energy)

  • Represented a U.S.-based multinational energy company with respect to Mexican regulatory matters relating to new opportunities in Mexico’s downstream oil and gas sector post-energy reform.
  • Represented the U.S. affiliate of a French multinational electrical power company with respect to the proposed acquisition of a portfolio of power plants in Mexico and a pipeline in Mexico.
  • Represented a commodity broker with respect to a natural gas supply agreement with the Mexican Federal Electricity Commission.
  • Represented a U.S. solar energy company with respect to its entry into Mexico to pursue development opportunities there.
  • Represented a U.S. electrical power generation company with respect to Mexican regulatory matters relating to new opportunities to import power into Mexico from a power plant in the U.S. post-energy reform and other opportunities in the post-reform electrical power sector in Mexico.
  • Represented the overseas investment arm of a national oil company from a South Asian country with respect to the acquisition of oil reserves and facilities in Colombia.
  • Represented an international commodities trading company with respect to its efforts to acquire an interest in a phosphate mining project in Peru, as well as the negotiation of a related off-take agreement.
  • Represented an international commodities trading company with respect to its investment in a large liquefied natural gas project in Peru.
  • Represented a multinational energy company with respect to the bankruptcy filing of a Mexican airline.
  • Represented a leading U.S. biofuels producer regarding a potential biofuel refinery project in Colombia and a potential agreement to purchase palm oil there.
  • Represented an international commodities trading company with respect to a proposed investment in a $5 billion copper and gold mining project in Panama.
  • Represented a bioenergy entrepreneur from the U.S. regarding the establishment and financing of an international consortium to operate a micro-algae business in Chile and the United States.
  • Represented a Latin American regional trade finance bank with respect to a credit facility for a Mexican mining company.
  • Represented an international insurance company in conducting an investigation relating to reinsurance coverage for claims made by a Mexican mining company.

Latin American Secured Lending and Other Finance Transactions

  • Represented a number of U.S., Japanese and Latin American financial institutions with respect to cross-border debt financings involving collateral located in Mexico, including advising on the structure and type of security interests to be obtained, as well as drafting and negotiating Spanish-language credit and security agreements under local law.
  • Represented a U.S. equipment leasing company with respect to its entry into Mexico and its first large financial leasing transaction with a Mexican customer.
  • Represented a number of U.S. equipment manufacturers in secured financing transactions with their Mexican customers, involving collateral located in Mexico.
  • Represented a major computer and consumer electronics company over many years in extending credit to resellers and distributors in Mexico, Chile, Colombia, Brazil, Argentina and Peru, including negotiations of credit-related agreements with these resellers and distributors.
  • Represented a U.S. financial institution with respect to the default of a borrower with manufacturing/assembly operations in Mexico and a subsequent foreclosure sale involving collateral located in Mexico, the United States and Canada.

Other Latin American Corporate and Commercial Transactions

  • Represented a number of companies in the electronic components business in establishing maquiladora assembly/manufacturing operations in Mexico and/or entering into contract manufacturing arrangements with Mexican maquiladora entities.
  • Represented the logistics division of a Japanese conglomerate with respect to the corporate restructuring of its Mexican subsidiary.
  • Represented a U.S. rail industry contractor with respect to a bid on a large project for the Chilean national railway.
  • Represented the owners of a Mexican producer of baked goods regarding a dispute with a U.S. chain restaurant franchisor relating to the master franchise in Mexico and related corporate matters.
  • Represented an international packaging company in its acquisition of a manufacturing facility in Mexico, as well as in connection with a corporate restructuring and spin-off of its Mexican subsidiary.
  • Represented a Spanish defense contractor with respect to the restructuring of an agreement with a U.S. supplier relating to aircraft to be sold to the Brazilian military.
  • Represented a global marketing research firm in developing country-specific agreements for an IT outsourcing project in Argentina, Chile, Mexico and Colombia.
  • Represented a U.S. wireless location-based services company in launching in Mexico, including assistance with Mexican regulatory issues, and the negotiation of agreements with two of the top Mexican carriers.
  • Represented a number of U.S. developers and high net worth individuals with respect to the acquisition, financing and development of beachfront resort/residential property in Mexico and Costa Rica.

Food/Alcoholic Beverage, Sports/Entertainment and Consumer Products Industry Transactions (U.S. and Latin America)

  • Represented a Major League Soccer team and its Mexican co-owners for eight years in a variety of corporate and commercial matters, including sponsorship, licensing, merchandising, venue, coach/assistant coach and financing agreements with a number of parties.
  • Represented a U.S. financial institution with respect to a sponsorship agreement with a university athletic program.
  • Represented a U.S. company in the alcoholic beverages business in the $240 million sale of its portfolio of wine businesses to a Chilean winemaker.
  • Represented a U.S. developer and marketer of wine and spirits brands in the acquisition of a wine brand and related assets from a British multinational alcoholic beverages company.
  • Represented the creators of a premium U.S. vodka brand in the sale of the brand and related assets to the U.S. distributor and affiliate of a large Mexican spirits producer.
  • Represented a U.S. developer and marketer of wine and spirits brands with respect to a joint venture for the development and promotion of spirits brands in the Southeast region of the U.S.
  • Represented the developer of a large residential community and associated commercial facilities in central California with respect to a loan and leasing transaction involving the operation of a boathouse restaurant and a liquor license for the same.
  • Represented the U.S. owners of a Mexican company in the acquisition of a liquor license and facility in Baja California.
  • Represented an internet gaming start-up with respect to a joint venture and related agreements with a Native American tribe.
  • Represented a privately held company in the outdoor recreational retail space with regard to a number of licensing, endorsement and co-promotional agreements, as well as in regard to a brand acquisition.
  • Represented a U.S. grocery chain with respect to a brand acquisition.
  • Represented a premium packaged salad company in the drafting and negotiation of its co-packing, manufacturing, distribution, cooling and other commercial agreements.
  • Represented a number of U.S. agricultural product companies with respect to their Mexican subsidiaries.
  • Represented a California-based distributor of perishable food products with regard to the sale of the company to a national distributor of natural, organic and specialty food products.