Emil Arca | New York | Hogan Lovells

Emil Arca
Arca Emil
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Emil Arca is a noted leader in debt capital markets and structured finance, including deals originating in Latin America

Legal 500 US 2023: Capital Markets – Global Offerings

Emil Arca is a partner in the firm's global Capital Markets leadership team. He represents underwriters, placement agents, issuers, investors, lenders, borrowers, and insurers in debt capital markets, banking, and restructuring transactions in the United States and around the world, particularly in emerging markets. Originating in two dozen countries and involving diverse industries, many of the transactions were the first of their type involving a particular structure, asset type, or country.

Since 2001, Emil has had 11 transactions earn 23 "Deal of the Year" awards or other prominent recognitions. You may recognize a few of the honors: "Structured Finance and Securitisation Deal of the Year" for the Americas (IFLR, 2020); Financing Innovation of the Year and Structured Finance Deal of the Year (LatinFinance, 2014); Corporate Finance Deal of the Year (Latin Lawyer, 2014); commendations in the Financial Times 2019 and 2012 North American Innovative Lawyers awards; and Latin American Deal of the Year (Euromoney, 2010).

In emerging markets, Emil has worked with structured finance transactions backed by operating assets (airports, drill ships, mines, and toll roads); future flow assets (airline tickets, credit card merchant vouchers, diversified payment rights, export receivables, oil royalties, remittances, and telephone receivables); and existing financial assets (commercial real estate leases, construction loans, residential mortgage loans, telephone receivables, trade receivables and vehicle loans and leases).

He has worked on U.S. securitization transactions backed by auto loans, equipment leases (aircraft, railcars, and small-ticket equipment), film distribution rights payments, franchise loans, health care receivables, insurance premium finance loans, merchandise royalties, mortgage loans (commercial, multi-family, and residential properties), natural resource rights payments, nonperforming assets, royalties, small business loans, and trade receivables.

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Emil Arca (a member of the firm's Latin America Steering Group) is an experienced name in debt offerings, structured finance and securitisation transactions – most notably in DPR securitisation programmes.

Legal 500 Latin America 2024

Representative experience

Representation of the underwriters in the establishment of and first, second, and third offerings from the Rio Oil Finance Trust.

Representation of Banco Industrial in its senior and subordinated unsecured debt offerings

Representation of the underwriters in two securitizations of revenues of toll roads in Panama to enable the government to reacquire the concessions.

Representation of National Commercial Bank Jamaica in its merchant voucher receivables securitization program.


  • J.D., University of Michigan Law School, 1985
  • B.A., University of Michigan, 1982
Bar admissions and qualifications
  • New York


International Firms: Capital Markets, Leading Individual

Legal 500 Latin America

International Firms: Capital Markets, Recommended

Legal 500 Latin America

Latin America's Top 100 Lawyers: Capital Markets; Banking & Finance


Finance: Capital Markets: Global Offerings, Recommended

Legal 500 US

International Firms: Banking and Finance, Recommended

Legal 500 Latin America

2018, 2022-2023
Best of the Best USA (Structured Finance and Securitisation)

Euromoney's Legal Media Expert Guide

Structured Finance MVP


Project Finance Practice Group of the Year