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Robert da Silva Ashley

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Jones Day

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Banking & Finance; Projects and Infrastructure


Robert da Silva Ashley advises financial institutions, sponsors, developers, and borrowers in a range of sophisticated cross-border and domestic lending transactions, including project financings and developments, reserve-based and other asset-based financings, corporate recapitalizations, leveraged acquisitions, export credit agency financings, credit enhancements, distress debt acquisitions, and debtor-in-possession financings, in the United States, Latin America, Europe, and Asia. Robert has particular experience representing clients in the energy and infrastructure sectors with the structuring, negotiating, and documenting of complex domestic and cross-border project financings on a non- and limited-recourse basis and is regularly involved in a wide range of client matters in Latin America. Recent significant transactions include distributed solar generation projects, wind farms, power plants and polygeneration facilities, a uranium enrichment plant, oil and gas exploration and resource plays, toll roads, and export credit agency financings.


Binational (U.S.-Mexico) Community Representative, and Acting Communications Director, to U.S. House of Representatives Member (CA-51) (2002-2003)


Portuguese, Spanish


University of California, Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law (J.D. 2006; Member, California Law Review; Co-Editor-in-Chief, Berkeley Journal of International Law); University of California, San Diego (B.A. in Spanish Literature summa cum laude 2001; Phi Beta Kappa)

Latin America: International firms

Banking and finance

Within: Banking and finance

Jones Day has demonstrated a strong commitment to Latin America, notably through its New York, Miami, Madrid, Mexico City and São Paulo offices. The team is ‘excellent’, responses are ‘timely’, ‘very precise and address the matter in great detail’; all in all, the ‘very reputable firm has expertise across all matters and jurisdictions’. Energy and infrastructure mandates are at the heart of the banking and finance practice and the team has worked on a series of high-value acquisition financings and project bonds engagements. Clients include Banco Santander, BBVA Bancomer, NII Holdings, IDB, Canacol Energy and Grupo Aeroportuario de Ciudad de Mexico. The Mexico City office has impressed with a number of headline deals; it advised the joint lead arrangers on a New York law-governed, $1.55bn unsecured bridge loan agreement with GMéxico Transportes (the largest railroad company in Mexico); and also represented Grupo Aeroportuario de Ciudad de Mexico on the Mexican law aspects of its $4bn green bonds issuance through the Mexico City Airport Trust. Elsewhere, the Miami office advised JP Morgan Chase and The Bank of Nova Scotia, as joint-lead arrangers and lenders, on a $300m term loan financing to the mobile company Colombia Móvil, a subsidiary of UNE EPM Telecomunicaciones. New York partners Robert da Silva Ashley and James Salerno are ‘very knowledgeable’ and ‘able and willing to go the extra mile’; the ‘brilliant’ Fradyn Suárez is a key figure in Miami, where she represents a mix of commercial lenders and MLAs, primarily in relation to projects matters; and Alberto de la Parra has an outstanding reputation in Mexico, where he has led many of the firm’s most notable financing transactions.

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    The Hiring Incentives to Restore Employment Act 2010, enacted on 18 March 2010, imposes a new US withholding tax and reporting regime, known as the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA). The FATCA regime applies generally to payments made after 31 December 2012, except on obligations (to be defined in future guidance) outstanding on 18 March 2012. Substantial effort is required by foreign entities to bring their worldwide operations and policies into compliance with the FATCA rules as of the effective date.

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