Ms Denise Grant > Shearman & Sterling LLP > New York, United States > Lawyer Profile

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

Project Development & Finance

Position

Partner

Career

Denise Grant is a partner in the Project Development & Finance practice. She advises financial institutions; including commercial banks and DFIs, as well as multinational corporations, in their secured and unsecured, domestic and cross-border, private financing activities, with a particular focus on Latin America.

Denise’s clients include Bank of America, Banco de Chile, BBVA, Citigroup, CA-CIB, IFC and SMBC, as well as AES Gener, American Axle, E.CL, Transelec, Viacom, and the lenders to Latin America oil and gas giants Pemex and Petrobras.

In 2019, Denise was lauded by Savoy Magazine as one of the “Most Influential Women in Corporate America”, Denise has also been named one of only five Tier 1 lawyers in Latin America-wide Banking & Finance by Chambers & Partners and one of only 10 “Leading Lawyers” in Banking & Finance by Legal 500 Latin America.

A longstanding champion of diversity and inclusion, Denise is a founder of the firm’s Diversity & Inclusion Committee. Under her leadership, the initiative has become part of the DNA of the firm, which has been recognized as a “Top Firm for Diversity” by The American Lawyer and one of the “Best Law Firms for Minority Attorneys and for Minority Equity Partners” by Law360.

As Co-Chair of the Diversity & Inclusion Committee, Denise leads the Firm’s diversity and inclusion mission through all aspects of Firm administration, operations and through client relationships.

Education

Georgetown University Law Center, J.D.
George Washington University, B.A.

Lawyer Rankings

Latin America: International firms > Banking and finance

(Leading individuals)

Denise GrantShearman & Sterling LLP

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

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.