Mr Robert Freedman > Shearman & Sterling LLP > New York, United States > Lawyer Profile

Shearman & Sterling LLP
599 LEXINGTON AVENUE
NEW YORK, NY 10022-6069
United States

Work Department

Project Development & Finance

Position

Partner and co-head of the Energy Group

Career

Robert Freedman is the co-head of the Energy Group and a partner in the Project Development & Finance practice.

He focuses on finance and development, asset acquisitions and dispositions, and complex work-outs and restructurings of infrastructure assets across the breadth of infrastructure sectors, including power, renewables and sustainable development, oil and gas, and transportation.

Robert’s clients include major corporations, private equity and other institutional investors and banks and other financial institutions.

Education

Georgetown University Law Center, J.D., cum laude
Binghamton University, B.S., summa cum laude

Lawyer Rankings

Latin America: International firms > Projects and energy

Shearman & Sterling LLP has further cemented its prominent standing in Latin America projects and energy. The firm is active across the energy, infrastructure and mining segments and has impressive geographic coverage from Argentina to Mexico and the Caribbean. Much of the Latin America practice sits in New York and Sao Paulo. Clients include Corporación Financiera de Desarrollo (Cofide), Credit Agricole, Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation, Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria (BBVA), Transelec, Banco Nacional de México, JP Morgan Chase, Itaú Unibanco, Credit Suisse, Ecopetrol, Metropolitan Life Insurance and BlackRock. It advised the commercial and development banks on Enel Green Power’s portfolio project financing of three solar photovoltaic plants in Mexico; the Don Jose, Villanueva I and Villanueva III projects have an aggregate value of $1bn. In another landmark deal, it advised a group of purchasers of private placement secured notes, on the $1.25bn refinancing of the construction of the Longitudinal de la Sierra Norte Tramo 2 toll road project in Peru. Other matters included representing Los Guindos Generación, a joint venture owned by General Electric and the Inprolec Group, in the financing of the expansion of Los Guindos’ existing diesel-fired power station located in the Bío Bío region, Chile; the project will increase capacity by 133MW. The Latin America team is praised for its ‘incredible experience and leadership‘, which comes to to the fore in negotiations with counterparties. It is ‘quick to address outstanding issues‘ and has ‘strength in all Americas regions‘. The group is frequently singled out for its lender-side representation. Gregory Tan is another giant of the market, who is ‘efficient, explains the issues and makes recommendations very well‘; he has has ‘an amicable approach to address issues, is patient, provides great availability and has lots of experience in North and South America based transactions across many different industry sectors‘. Cynthia Urda Kassis is another top practitioner with a tremendous record in energy and infrastruture; she remains one of the market leaders in mining projects in the region. Robert Freedman is a senior member of the practice with deep expertise in energy and oil-and-gas finance, development and acquisitions. Denise Grant has outstanding financing credentials and has worked on some of the headline deals of recent years in Mexico, Chile, Peru, Brazil and elsewhere. Alexandro Padrés has made a significant impression on the market, particularly in power and mining projects in Mexico, Chile and Peru; he is ‘a great lawyer and a pleasure to work with‘ and is recognised for his broad experience across the projects and energy sphere. Senior associate Augusto Ruiloba  is a rising star.

United States > Industry focus > Energy: renewable/alternative power

Combining strong product expertise in relation to M&A, banking and capital markets, with underlying industry knowledge across the spectrum of renewable energy sources, Shearman & Sterling LLP is well-placed to serve a diverse roster of clients engaged in domestic and international transactions. As well as handling a significant volume of private placement debt work in the space, the team has also advised the lenders on the financing of numerous renewables portfolio transactions. New York-based partner Gregory Tan is global head of the firm’s project development and finance group, and alongside Robert Freedman regularly handles solar, wind and hydro-related new money deals and restructurings.

United States > Finance > Project finance

(Leading lawyers)

Robert FreedmanShearman & Sterling LLP

Shearman & Sterling LLP‘s already strong projects team has increased its marketshare of the oil and gas space through the launch of an office in Houston. In doing so, the firm made several key hires which have already paid dividends through an increase in oil and gas related work, as demonstrated by its advice to Ecopetrol on its shale joint venture with Occidental Petroleum. The arrival of Hugh Tucker, Coleson Bruce, and Jeremy Kennedy from Baker Botts L.L.P. and Omar Samji and Sarah McLean from Jones Day and Thompson & Knight LLP respectively was a major statement of intent. A further opening in Dallas is likely to cement the firm’s arrival in Texas and its overall energy expertise, with conventional power and renewables major staples of the firm. In this respect, New York-based practice head Gregory Tan, and fellow partners Cynthia Urda Kassis, Robert Freedman, and Alexandro Padrés are all well-established players, representing sponsors and lenders both at home and abroad (in Latin America in particular).