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

Project Development & Finance


Partner and Head of the Mining & Metals practice


Cynthia Urda Kassis is Head of the Metals & Mining practice and is a partner in the Project Development & Finance practice.

She focuses on project finance, joint venture transactions and restructuring in the mining, energy and infrastructure industries.

Cynthia’s clients include major financial institutions, corporations, government agencies, and numerous regional development banks and export credit agencies.


The American University, Washington College of Law
University of Notre Dame
University of Virginia, B.A.

Lawyer Rankings

United States > Finance > Project finance

(Hall of Fame)

Cynthia Urda KassisShearman & Sterling LLP

Deeply experienced in both domestic and international projects, Shearman & Sterling LLP advises large banks, corporate sponsors and public authorities on financings relating to oil and gas, renewables, LNG and other infrastructure projects. Gregory Tan leads the New York-based team and is one of the most respected names in the sector, representing both sponsors and lenders in complex project development, limited recourse and structured financings, relating to a huge variety of projects. Robert Freedman is another key name, having recently advised Investec on its $540m financing of a portfolio of US-based oil and natural gas-fired power plants. In addition, the group stands out for its mining and minerals practice which, under the leadership Cynthia Urda Kassis, advises on complex alternative financing structures and acquisitions. Latin America-facing work is another area of focus; Alexandro Padrés assists sponsors, multilateral agencies and local development banks on projects throughout the region.

Latin America: International firms > Projects and energy

(Leading individuals)

Cynthia Urda KassisShearman & Sterling LLP

Shearman & Sterling LLP has a large senior bench of Latin America projects and energy specialists. It continues to land many of the landmark engagements in the market, representing a range of lenders, investors and sponsors. The firm has headed the market in growth segments such as green bonds; it has advised the Central American Bank for Economic Integration (CABEI) on a series of ESG and green financings, including its $500m social bond. Alexandro Padrés has become the head of the Latin America practice group and is a prominent figure in renewable energy financings in Mexico and across Latin America. Gregory Tan heads the global project development and finance practice, having a substantial focus on Latin America; he led the team that advised FSRU Ltda de CV and FSRU Development on a limited recourse project financing provided by the Inter-American Investment Corporation in connection with the acquisition, development, conversion and operation of a floating storage and regasification unit (FSRU) in the port of Acajutla, El Salvador. Cynthia Urda Kassis is a leading name in mining and metals financings, while Denise Grant is another senior project finance expert. Houston counsel Gabriel Salinas is another key figure in energy transactions. Augusto Ruibola impresses at associate level. All named individuals are based in New York unless stated otherwise.

Latin America: International firms > Banking and finance

(Leading individuals)

Cynthia Urda KassisShearman & Sterling LLP

Shearman & Sterling LLP has a prestigious history in Latin America banking and finance. It continues to be a prominent firm in a range of financings, including acquisition finance, hybrid financings, project finance and general corporate lending. A team headed by leading name Denise Grant advised The Bank of Nova Scotia as administrative agent and a lender, and Bank of America México, Institución de Banca Múltiple, as a lender, on a $200m five-year credit facility for Gruma. Alexandro Padrés now leads the Latin America team and has a fine record in acquisition finance and project finance, particularly in the power, renewables and mining sectors. Cynthia Urda Kassis is another key name in project finance, especially in the mining and renewables; she led the team that advised Engie Energía Chile on a $125m unsecured loan facility from IDB Invest for the design, construction, operation and maintenance of the 162MW Calama Wind Farm near the city of Calama in northern Chile. Counsel Augusto Ruiloba is also a key member of the team. All named individuals are based in New York.