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

Project Development & Finance

Position

Partner and Global Practice Group Lead

Career

Gregory Tan is the global head of the firm’s Project Development & Finance Group.  Touted by clients as “an excellent negotiator” and “the guy you want on your team,” his “business-savvy approach paves the way for the successful closing of any deal.”  He is recognized as a leading lawyer in project finance by Chambers & Partners, Legal 500, IFLR 1000, Guide to the World’s Leading Project Lawyers in Project Finance and The International Who’s Who of Project Finance Lawyers.  His practice consists of representing financial institutions, funds and corporations in their private financing activities, focusing principally on lenders and sponsors in project development, limited recourse and structured financings and restructurings in the infrastructure and energy industries.

Education

King’s College London, University of London, LL.M.
King’s College London, University of London, LL.B. (Hons)

Lawyer Rankings

Latin America: International firms > Banking and finance

Shearman & Sterling LLP has shown deep commitment to Latin America over the last few decades. Like many of its key rivals it stands out for its expertise in energy, infrastructure and mining-and-metals finance, although it has more than respectable credentials in a range of products including acquisition finance, structured financings and bank/bond financings. The firm has extensive geographic coverage from Mexico, Costa Rica and Honduras, down to Colombia, Chile, Brazil and Argentina. Clients include Credit Agricole, Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation, Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria (BBVA), Transelec and Banco Nacional de México. The practice group advised Transelec Concesiones on a $358m loan facility (and associated interest rate hedging) for the individualised portfolio construction financing of four independent transmission lines and four associated independent substations in Chile; Export Development Canada, KfW IPEX-Bank and MUFG Bank acted as mandated lead arrangers. It also advised BBVA and the other lead arrangers on a $450m refinancing for Mexico’s Grupo Cementos de Chihuahua; and Citibank and Santander on a club deal for the refinancing of Peruvian beverage company Grupo AJE, which has subsidiaries in more than 20 different jurisdictions. Denise Grant is an experienced and versatile finance specialist with an excellent standing in acquisition finance, refinancing and project finance. Gregory Tan leads the global project development and finance group, and is a recognised specialist in Latin America energy and infrastructure financings. Cynthia Urda Kassis heads the metals-and-mining practice and is ‘fabulous to deal with‘, ‘one of the senior finance practitioners out there‘, ‘calm and thoughtful‘ and ‘a real facilitator for clients in getting a transaction closed‘; he ‘deserves plenty of praise‘. Alexandro Padrés  has a particularly fine record in Mexico, Chile and the Dominican Republic, where he has worked on a series of headline power and mining sector financings. Augusto Ruiloba  is the key name at senior associate level and is recommended by several clients.

Latin America: International firms > Projects and energy

(Leading individuals)

Gregory TanShearman & Sterling LLP

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 > Industry focus > Energy transactions: conventional power

Primarily based out of the firm’s New York office and also able to leverage international resources from across the EMEA region, Shearman & Sterling LLP is well-placed to advise strategic investors, funds, and lenders across the spectrum of domestic and cross-border power projects from a finance, M&A and restructuring perspective. The firm is particularly strong at handling project finance-related work for commercial lenders, as well as development banks and multilateral institutions. New York-based partner Gregory Tan is one of the primary contacts.

United States > Finance > Project finance

(Leading lawyers)

Gregory TanShearman & 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).