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Latin America: International firms

Projects and energy

Within: Projects and energy

Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP's Latin America team has a long history with the region. Perhaps best known for its excellent record in renewables, the practie group is also recognised for conventional power and transmission infrastructure. Its principal markets are Mexico, Chile, Colombia and Peru. The core Latin America group has worked hard to leverage the resources and expertise of the wider firm, including collaborating with colleagues in Toronto and London on mining finance engagements, and Milan lawyers on Argentine projects. It has close connections to a number of DFIs, MLAs and commercial banks, along with a range of sponsors. Clients include OPIC, IFC, IDB, North American Investment Corporation, Banco Nacional de Comercio, Macquarie Bank, Enel Green Power, Mitsubishi and Engie. Recent matters include advising the senior lenders on the $3bn restructuring of the 531MW Alto Maipo hydroelectric power project in Chile, which is sponsored by AES Gener; and Red Kite Mine on the debt funding of a lithium project in Sonora, northern Mexico. New York partner Raquel Bierzwinsky is admitted to practice in Mexico and has deep experience in Mexican projects, including in renewables and mining; she is 'an incredibly engaged and hands-on partner', 'an effective, fair and reasonable negotiator', 'has an in-depth understanding of the Mexican energy market' and 'her complete bilingual background is essential'. Sao Paulo partner Daniel Spencer is another hugely experienced practitioner in power and infrastructure projects throughout the region. Mexico City managing partner Hernán González Estrada is another pivotal member of the group, most notably in renewables and mining. New York's Todd Alexander is also prominent in renewable energy projects in Mexico, Chile, Peru and Argentina; while in Washington DC, Peter Fitzgerald is recommended for conventional power, LNG-to-power, and renewables, and Sarah Devine for projects across the region, including DFI-led financings in Argentina. The firm closed its Bogota office in February 2019 with Leopoldo Olavarria transferring to the Mexico City branch. Washington DC senior associate Rachel Crouch is 'very smart and thorough without losing her commercial compass'.

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United States: Finance

Project finance

Within: Leading individuals: Project finance

Todd Alexander - Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP

Within: Project finance

With experience acting for lenders and sponsors, Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP is highly regarded for its experience in advising on finance mandates for renewable energy and conventional power projects. Tax equity deals are also a key area of focus for the team, where Robert Eberhardt in New York and Keith Martin in Washington DC, who is co-head of projects, are noted. Martin and Joseph Williams, who is also based in Washington DC jointly head the department, which also includes Noam Ayali, Robert Shapiro, Jeremy Hushon, who focuses on the financing of energy and infrastructure projects in emerging markets, Paul Weber and Sarah Devine, who regularly handles cross-border mandates. In New York, co-head of projects Benjamin Koenigsberg, Todd Alexander and Ikenna Emehelu are also recommended. Michael Yuffee joined Winston & Strawn LLP in February 2018.

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United States: Industry focus

Energy: renewable/alternative power

Within: Energy: renewable/alternative power

Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP advises clients on M&A, project financing and commercial agreements such as corporate PPAs. Washington DC-based Keith Martin and New York-based Benjamin Koenigsberg jointly head the practice group. Other key figures include New York-based Todd Alexander, who specializes in solar, wind, hydro, biomass and fuel facilities projects, and Washington DC-based Noah Pollak, who was recently promoted to partner. The department also saw a number of departures in 2018; New York-based Michael Pikiel and David Gillespie, as well as Washington DC-based Patrick Groomes left for Winston & Strawn LLP, and Brian Greene and Rohit Chaudhry joined the Washington DC office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP.

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Energy: transactions: conventional power

Within: Energy: transactions: conventional power

Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP has experience of gas-fired power projects, corporate PPAs, gas hedges, and various forms of distributed generation and energy storage projects. Key contacts include New York-based Benjamin Koenigsberg, 'a true leader in every way', who focuses on the renewable sector, and Keith Martin, who is based in Washington DC and has 'tremendous knowledge of the project finance market'. Also recommended is New York-based Todd Alexander, who acts for developers and lenders in energy-related projects, including solar, wind, hydro, biomass, biofuel, fertilizer and clean coal facilities.

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