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Sergio Urias
New York +1 212 841 1253 surias@cov.com Download V-card

Sergio Urias is co-chair of the firm's Private Equity Practice Group and a member of the Corporate Practice Group. Sergio represents leading private equity funds and their portfolio companies in a wide range of corporate transactions, including domestic and cross-border (primarily in Latin America) mergers and acquisitions, recapitalizations, leveraged financings, restructurings, reorganizations, growth equity investments, and other corporate transactional matters. In addition, he negotiates, structures, and executes corporate transactions on behalf of strategic buyers and sellers.

Mr. Urias has extensive industry experience representing clients across a broad spectrum of sectors, including technology, media, telecommunications, consumer products, energy, mining, healthcare, life sciences, food and beverage, software, manufacturing, financial services, agriculture, aerospace, defense, and hospitality. As a result, he can anticipate and address industry-unique issues that often arise in the transaction process and structure the transactions efficiently.

Select Buyouts

  • Clear Channel Outdoor Holdings Inc., a leading outdoor advertising company, in its advertising assets exchange with Fairway Media Group LLC.
  • Murray Energy Corporation in its acquisition of a Colombian coal mining business from Goldman, Sachs & Co., including two developed surface coal mines, three undeveloped mines, an Atlantic coal port loading facility, interests in an Atlantic railway route and related assets.
  • TZP Group in its acquisition of one of the nation’s leading full-service hotel and resort management companies.
  • The Gordian Group, a portfolio company of Warburg Pincus, in its acquisition of RSMeans, a web-based construction estimation business from Reed Elsevier Group plc (NYSE: RUK).
  • Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe in its acquisition of Alert Logic, the recognized leader in "security-as-a-service" solutions for the cloud.
  • Lincolnshire Management in its acquisition of National Pen, a global provider of direct mail promotional products.
  • Warburg Pincus in its acquisition of The Gordian Group, a leading construction pricing data and procurement software business.
  • Lincolnshire Management in its acquisition of Allison Marine, a marine outfitting, repair and refurbishment company that provides land-based and offshore services to oil and gas operators.
  • Apax Partners in its acquisition of Activant Group, Inc., a business software firm in connection with the simultaneous going private acquisition of Epicor Software Corporation.
  • Teays River Investment in its acquisition of a large scale grape growing and distribution operation.
  • Discovery Global Citizens Capital Partners in its acquisition of Avantel S.A.S., a Colombian mobile carrier.
  • Danaher Corporation in its acquisition of Arbor Networks, Inc., a leading provider of network security and management solutions.
  • HDT International Holdings, a portfolio company of Metalmark Capital, in its acquisition of Airborne Systems Group Ltd., a maker of parachute systems and related products.
  • Lincolnshire Management in its acquisition of Delta Connection Academy, a flight school and Aerosim Technologies, a provider of simulation-based training products and services.
  • Vestar Capital Partners in its $1.1 billion acquisition of Radiation Therapy Services, Inc.
  • Acted as Mexican counsel to Bain Capital in its $3.0 billion acquisition of a market leader in sensors and controls.
  • Acted as Mexican counsel to Bain Capital in its $530 million acquisition of a leading producer of chemical grade phosphates.
  • Acted as Mexican counsel to Hitachi Ltd. in its $2.05 billion acquisition of IBM's hard-disk drive business.

Select Sale Transactions

  • Lincolnshire Management, Inc. in its sale of National Pen Co. LLC, the leading manufacturer and marketer of custom writing instruments for small and medium businesses, to Cimpress N.V. (NASDAQ: CMPR).
  • Lincolnshire Management, Inc. in its sale of Aerosim to L-3 Communications (NYSE: LLL).
  • Warburg Pincus in connection with Sterling Financial Corporation’s $2 billion merger with Umpqua Holdings Corporation (NASDAQ: UMPQ).
  • Metalmark Capital in its sale of HDT Global, a leading provider of solutions for government, military, commercial and industrial customers, to Charlesbank Capital Partners.
  • Imagina U.S. in its sale of three Spanish-language cable television networks to Hemisphere Media Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: HMTV).
  • Teays River Investments, LLC in its sale of Pacific Ridge Farms, a grower, packer and shipper of berries and various vegetables, to Frozsun Foods, Inc.
  • Metalmark Capital in its sale of Airborne Systems Inc., a leading designer and manufacturer of personnel parachutes, cargo aerial delivery systems, emergency escape systems, and naval decoys.
  • Warburg Pincus in its sale of ReSearch Pharmaceuticals Services Inc, a leading global contract research organization (CRO) to KKR & Co. L.P.
  • Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe in its sale of Retrievex, a records and information management services provider.
  • MediMedia USA, Inc., a portfolio company of Vestar Capital Partners, in its divestiture of MediMedia Animal Health, LLC, a provider of online communications, professional education, and marketing solutions to the veterinary community.
  • First Atlantic Capital in its sale of Country Pure Foods, a leading independent producer and distributor of quality premium juices.
  • First Atlantic Capital in its divestiture of Precision Gear Holdings LLC, a manufacturer of gears for the aviation market and for the oil, gas, and mining sectors.

Select Equity Investments

  • Avantel S.A.S., a Colombian mobile phone operator, in its acquisition of 4G LTE spectrum licenses and equity financing supported by Discovery Capital, Appaloosa Management, the International Finance Corporation (IFC), and the Latin American Development Bank (CAF).
  • Ecuador Bottling Company in its joint venture with Arca Continental S.A.B. de C.V. (f/k/a Embotelladoras Arca S.A.B. de C.V.).
  • Warburg Pincus in its investment in Reed Construction Data, a leading provider of construction information.
  • Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe in its investment in DriveCam, a provider of video-based products used for monitoring driver safety.
  • Vestar Capital Partners in its investment in Triton Container International, the world's largest owner-lessor of marine intermodal cargo containers.
  • Fontaine Partners in connection with its investments in Intelligent Energy plc, a U.K. privately held, global clean power systems and clean technology company.
  • ICV Capital Partners in its investment in The PFM Group, a financial and investment advisor to state governments, local governments, and nonprofits.
  • CVC Capital Partners in its purchase of 50% of the equity interests of Pilot Travel Centers LLC, a travel center owner and operator.
  • OrbiMed Advisors in its investment in Gelesis Inc., a developer of obesity therapeutics.

Select Recapitalization Transactions

  • Archstone in its out-of-court restructuring of $5.2 billion of its outstanding debt.
  • Colorbök, Inc., in its 2009 equity and debt recapitalization.
  • Acted as Mexican counsel to the International Finance Corporation in a U.S. $90 million secured debt restructuring.

Select Financing Transactions

  • $140 million secured facility for Avantel S.A.S., from the U.S. Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) in connection with the deployment of a 4G LTE wireless and fiber-optic broadband network in Colombia.
  • $200 million secured facility for General Motors de México, S.A. de C.V. in connection with expansion of production plants.
  • $110 million senior secured loan for Navistar Financial Corporation's Mexican subsidiaries.

Select Private Funds

  • Kinderhook Capital in the formation of a private equity fund.
  • Summit Partners in the formation of a private equity fund and a subordinated debt fund.
  • The Legal 500, Private Practice Power list: US-Mexico (2017)
  • M&A Advisor, “40 under 40” (2015)
  • Recognized by Latino Leaders as one of the 25 “Young Latino Leaders in New York” (2011)