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Cynthia Urda Kassis

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Shearman & Sterling LLP

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Project Development & Finance

Position

Cynthia Urda Kassis is a senior partner in the Project, Development & Finance group and Head of the Mining & Metals group, of the international law firm Shearman & Sterling. She represents sponsors/borrowers and lenders in project, finance and joint venture transactions worldwide. She consistently ranks as a leading project finance lawyers by Chambers & Partners, IFLR 1000 and Legal 500 and has been named “Dealmaker of the Year” by The American Lawyer, “Projects/Energy Lawyer of the Year” by Chambers USA (Women in Law), “MVP in Project Finance” by Law360, “Latin America Legal Star” by Latin Business Chronicle and “Project Finance Lawyer of the Year” by Who’s Who Legal, which also named her among the “most highly regarded individuals in the world” in the field of project finance”

Education

The American University, Washington College of Law, 1984; University of Notre Dame, M.A., 1981; University of Virginia, B.A., 1980


Latin America: International firms

Banking and finance

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Projects and energy

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London: Projects, energy and natural resources

Mining and minerals

Within: Mining and minerals

Key names in Shearman & Sterling LLP's mining offering include project development and finance specialist Nicholas Buckworth, the US firm's former London head, and his successor as City chief, Matthew Readings, who heads up the firm's global antitrust group. The global metals and mining practice is led out of New York by Cynthia Urda Kassis. Recently promoted partner Anthony Lepere and senior associate Tom Pound, who recently joined from Baker McKenzie, are also well regarded.

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United States: Finance

Project finance

Within: Leading individuals: Project finance

Cynthia Urda Kassis - Shearman & Sterling LLP

Within: Project finance

Shearman & Sterling LLP has particular expertise in energy and infrastructure sector project finance mandates. Department head Gregory Tan advised Rose Capital Investment, alongside a cross-jurisdictional team, on its co-investment with the Development Bank of Japan, Highstar Capital and Ares Management for the acquisition of the Linden Power Project in New Jersey, and Alexandro Padrés acted for the commercial and development banks, including Bancomext, BBVA, Caixa, EIB, IDB, IDB Invest, MUFG and Natixis, in connection with the $1bn Enel Green Power portfolio project financing of three solar photovoltaic plants in Mexico. Elsewhere, Robert Freedman, who is focused on US power and renewables transactions, advised GE Capital EFS Financing as administrative agent, collateral agent, joint lead arranger, sole bookrunner and a lender, on the financing for the construction of the Persimmon Creek Wind Farm, a 200MW wind power generation facility located in Ellis, Woodward and Dewey Counties, Oklahoma. Cynthia Urda Kassis, who heads the metals and mining practice, and recently promoted partner Paul Epstein are acting for the US Department of Transportation, through the Federal Highway Administration, as transactional counsel in relation to a senior secured loan as part of the $2bn I-10 Mobile River Bridge and Bayway Widening P3 project in Alabama. Denise Grant is also a key figure. Named lawyers are based in New York. Patricia Hammes recently retired.

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