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George Miller

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Mayer Brown

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Position

George K. Miller, a partner in the New York office, is a member of Mayer Brown’s Global Projects, Infrastructure and Asset Finance Groups. He concentrates his practice in international and domestic finance and leasing, in particular in the infrastructure, transportation and energy sectors. He has worked on numerous “Deals of the Year” and other high-profile transactions in the projects and infrastructure space. In 2013 he represented lenders in the refinancing of a private bulk cargo port terminal in Florida and in the restructuring of project finance loans for four advanced proton cancer therapy centers across the United States. In 2012 Mr. Miller represented the lenders in the refinancing of Carlyle Infrastructure Fund’s long-term concession over 23 service plazas on Interstates 95 and 395 and the Merritt and Wilbur Cross Parkways in Connecticut. In 2011 he headed our lenders’ counsel engagements for Puerto Rico’s first toll road concession. In 2010, he led our Denver FasTracks Eagle P3 engagement, the 34-year concession to build and operate a portion of a commuter rail line in Denver, Colorado, in which we acted as designated financing parties’ counsel. This project was named 2010 North American Transport Deal of the Year by Project Finance Magazine and a Regional Deal of the Year by The Bond Buyer. He also represented the senior bank lenders in the financing of the $1.6 billion concession over Interstate 595 in Broward County, Florida, which was named 2009 North American Transport Deal of the Year by Project Finance Magazine. His other project and infrastructure finance work has involved airports and ports in Chile, the Dominican Republic and Jamaica; toll roads and railroads in Brazil, Chile, China, Kenya and Mexico; power, transmission, pipeline and telecommunications projects in Argentina, Chile, China, Guatemala, India, Indonesia, Mexico and the United States; and resort developments in Mexico, the Dominican Republic, Dubai, Indonesia and the United States. In addition, Mr. Miller has represented US and non-US parties in domestic and cross-border lease and loan financings of aircraft, rolling stock, containers, vessels and other equipment and facilities, including structured financings in the capital markets.

Education

Harvard Law School, JD 1979 Harvard Kennedy School , MPA 1979; Yale University, BA, magna cum laude 1975


Latin America: International firms

Projects and energy

Within: Projects and energy

Mayer Brown has been a leader on bank-side project financings for many years and now has a fast expanding agency-led and sponsor-side practice. The firm has an impressive mix of bank and agency-led financings, coupled with financings through project bonds and private placements. Long positioned at the forefront of project bonds work, the firm is now leading the way in private placement style project bonds. For example, the team represented the investors in connection with the $127m refinancing of Aeris Holdings (the operator of Costa Rica’s Juan Santamaria International Airport), through a private issuance of senior secured notes; and in early 2017, also advised the noteholders, as investors, in the $285m private placement of senior secured notes issued by Bermuda Skyport Corporation (the operator of the LF Wade International Airport in Bermuda), to finance the design, reconstruction, operation and maintenance of the airport. Transport (including airports and toll roads), and power (including generation and transmission) are key areas of strength for the practice. 2016 mandates included advising Interchile, as borrower, on a senior secured loan for the design, construction, development, ownership and operation of several transmission lines in Chile’s Central and Northern Interconnected Grids. Beyond energy and infrastructure finance, the practice has grown its share of the project development market, especially through its Houston office (which has a prominent reputation in the liquefied natural gas sector), and also in connection with Mexico’s energy reforms. The firm has an established record in Mexico, given further impetus by the 2016 arrival of former Haynes and Boone, L.L.P. partner and projects specialist Ariel Ramos to its relatively new Mexico City office. The firm also remains a significant player in Brazil through Tauil & Chequer Advogados in association with Mayer Brown and is notably active in Peru, Chile, Central America, Paraguay and Uruguay. Head of the Latin America practice Douglas Doetsch is recommended for project finance work, including project bonds and private placement driven transactions. New York and Washington DC-based, Christopher Erckert has a fine record in Latin America in both classic project finance and project bonds, while Chicago partner Barry Machlin has considerable experience in energy and infrastructure projects for a variety of sponsors, bank lenders and agency lenders. ‘Very experienced’ Houston partner Jose Valera is an ‘excellent attorney’, with ‘good knowledge and a solid background’; he is particularly noted for Mexico energy work and LNG-related transactions around Latin America. Also in Houston, Pablo Ferrante is a Latin America energy specialist and is ‘very active in Colombia and Mexico’. Gabriela Sakamoto in Washington DC is a rising star in this market, and Eduardo Lima is the key partner in São Paulo. New York’s George Miller is noted for infrastructure projects in the Caribbean.

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United States: Industry focus

Transport: rail and road - finance

Within: Transport: rail and road - finance

Mayer Brown’s New York-based asset finance group regularly handles complex leasing transactions and public and private capital markets deals, including equipment trust certificate (ETC) and enhanced equipment trust certificate (EETC) issuances. Led by George Miller, the team has been most active as lender’s counsel in railcar securitizations and lease warehouse facilities. Indeed, the department, which includes Barbara Goodstein, has acted for domestic and foreign lending institutions in a variety of finance and leasing transactions in 2017, but also acted for the purchasers in an ABS issuance backed by a fleet of locomotives, and advised a rail corporation in connection with the establishment of a high-value loan facility.

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