Shearman & Sterling LLP

Project Finance Department

Latin America-wide
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What the team is known for Stellar international group with an extensive team of renowned project finance experts. Frequently called upon by an impressive roster of premier project sponsors in the energy and natural resources space, as well as international financial institutions acting as lenders. Leverages its longstanding experience acting on Latin American mandates to lead high-profile energy and transport infrastructure projects in the region, with notable recent activity in high-value bank and securities financing in Mexico and Chile.

Strengths Speaking highly of their experience with the firm, one commentator says: "The service has been excellent. They have a hard-working team that is always available and delivers great-quality work."

Another source reports: "They did a really great job and were always responsive and collaborative with our internal lawyers. I never felt like they were lacking anything at any point and would love to work with them again."

Work highlights Assisted various international financial institutions as lenders with Enel Green Powers' portfolio project financing of three solar photovoltaic plants in Mexico. The matter is valued at approximately USD1 billion.

Notable practitioners

Alexandro Padrés
is singled out by a client as "a very detailed, thoughtful and direct lawyer," while another states: "He was wonderful at mastering the legal, financial and technical details of the deal needed to come to an agreement and really went above and beyond." He has valued experience acting on a range of project finance matters throughout the region.

"Fantastic" partner
Cynthia Urda Kassis
is recognised as one of the foremost figures in the project finance field in the region. She employs her in-depth experience to advise an array of blue-chip project sponsors on transactions in the natural resources sector across Chile, Ecuador and Guatemala, among others. Extolling her virtues, one commentator asserts: "She really is one of the best in the business. She is an incredibly knowledgeable and polite person who is truly deserving of recognition."

Gregory Tan
is held in the highest regard for his ability to navigate top-tier Latin American project finance mandates. Market commentators praise him as "an excellent lawyer with copious amounts of experience in the projects space," in addition to describing him as "an unbreakable guru who is always looking for solutions." He is particularly well versed in representing representing lenders in major energy project financing matters, regularly working in such jurisdictions as Brazil, Chile and El Salvador.

Robert Freedman
is recognised for his experience in the market, having acted on behalf of both lenders and sponsors on energy and transport infrastructure projects in Latin America. Commending his practice, one interviewee says: "He is a very good, experienced and commercial lawyer."