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Shearman & Sterling LLP

599 LEXINGTON AVENUE, NEW YORK, NY 10022-6069, USA
Tel:
Work +1 212 848 4000
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Fax +1 212 848 7179
Web:
www.shearman.com

Robert Freedman

Tel:
Work +1 212 848 4340
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Shearman & Sterling LLP

Work Department

Project Development & Finance Group

Position

Robert N. Freedman is a partner in Shearman & Sterling’s Project Development & Finance Group and Co-Head of the firm’s Sustainable Development Group. His practice focuses on finance and development, asset acquisitions and dispositions and complex work-outs and restructurings across the power, renewables, oil and gas (upstream and downstream) and transportation sectors, internationally and in the United States. Mr. Freedman has been named a leading lawyer in project finance by Chambers USA, Chambers Latin America, Chambers Global, IFLR 1000 and Guide to the World’s Leading Project Finance Lawyers.

Education

Georgetown University Law Center, J.D., 1996, cum laude; State University of New York at Binghamton, B.S., 1993, summa cum laude


Latin America: International firms

Corporate and M&A

Within: Corporate and M&A

Shearman & Sterling LLP has demonstrated great determination to build out its M&A practice in Latin America. Having promoted SĂŁo Paulo’s Jonathan Kellner, a fluent Spanish and Portuguese speaker who is a ‘star in his field’, to partner in 2016, it then promoted SĂŁo Paulo-based Andrea Campos to counsel in 2017. This comes at a time when the firm is experiencing notable growth in Brazil inbound transactions along with deals in other key economies such as Argentina, Chile, Colombia and elsewhere. The core Latin America team has done well to target existing firm clients, including corporates and sovereign wealth funds. Kellner worked alongside New York partner Robert Freedman to advise GE Capital Global Holdings on its acquisition of a 25% stake in YPF EnergĂ­a ElĂ©ctrica from Argentine oil-major, YPF. A New York team led by global M&A head (and global co-managing partner of the firm) George Casey, advised Liberty Global on its $9.3bn spin-off of Liberty Latin America. In another headline deal, it also advised Citigroup’s Mexican subsidiary Citibanamex on the sale of its asset management arm to global investment manager BlackRock. Other key partners include Latin America regional head Antonia Stolper, Manuel Orillac and Robert Ellison in SĂŁo Paulo.

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Projects and energy

Within: Projects and energy

Shearman & Sterling LLP has a broad-based practice, covering oil and gas, power, renewables, transmission lines, transport infrastructure, and mining and metals. Moreover it has widespread geographic coverage, including major jurisdictions such as Mexico, Brazil, Chile, Peru, Argentina, Ecuador, Paraguay and Bolivia. The Latin America team covers a mix of project development, project finance and project refinancings, including those involving capital markets issuances. It has an even balance of Latin American and international sponsor clients, along with a rich variety of lender clients, including commercial banks, private equity funds, sovereign wealth funds and pension funds. Recent mandates include advising Y-GEN ElĂ©ctrica and Y‐GEN II ElĂ©ctrica, the joint venture operations owned by General Electric and YPF, on the $220m financing of the construction of two gas-fired power stations in Argentina; this was the first project finance loan to close in Argentina for more than a decade. The practice also represented Carso Gasoducto Norte on the $545m non-recourse project financing of the 630km natural gas pipeline from Samalayuca, Chihuahua to SĂĄsabe, Sonora in Mexico. Gregory Tan is global head of project development and finance, has a strong focus on Latin America, and delivers ‘a consistently good experience in terms of knowledge and an ability to be commercial in his approach’. Head of the firm’s mining and metals practice, Cynthia Urda Kassis is ‘a fixture on the Latin American scene especially in mining and oil and gas’, a ‘lovely human being who persuades and wins points through logic and reason rather than fist pounding’, she is ‘very smart, very constructive, and very capable and clever – clients love her’. Alexandro PadrĂ©s is Mexico and New York-qualified, and has an especially strong record in Mexican and Chilean renewable energy and mining projects. Robert Freedman provides further senior expertise in energy sector transactions. Associate Augusto Ruiloba is ‘a very good attorney’; ‘incredibly smart and business oriented’, he ‘knows how to deal with clients and people sitting across the table from him’.

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United States: Finance

Project finance

Within: Project finance

Shearman & Sterling LLP has particular expertise in energy and infrastructure sector project finance mandates. Department head Gregory Tan advised Rose Capital Investment, alongside a cross-jurisdictional team, on its co-investment with the Development Bank of Japan, Highstar Capital and Ares Management for the acquisition of the Linden Power Project in New Jersey, and Alexandro Padrés acted for the commercial and development banks, including Bancomext, BBVA, Caixa, EIB, IDB, IDB Invest, MUFG and Natixis, in connection with the $1bn Enel Green Power portfolio project financing of three solar photovoltaic plants in Mexico. Elsewhere, Robert Freedman, who is focused on US power and renewables transactions, advised GE Capital EFS Financing as administrative agent, collateral agent, joint lead arranger, sole bookrunner and a lender, on the financing for the construction of the Persimmon Creek Wind Farm, a 200MW wind power generation facility located in Ellis, Woodward and Dewey Counties, Oklahoma. Cynthia Urda Kassis, who heads the metals and mining practice, and recently promoted partner Paul Epstein are acting for the US Department of Transportation, through the Federal Highway Administration, as transactional counsel in relation to a senior secured loan as part of the $2bn I-10 Mobile River Bridge and Bayway Widening P3 project in Alabama. Denise Grant is also a key figure. Named lawyers are based in New York. Patricia Hammes recently retired.

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United States: Industry focus

Energy: renewable/alternative power

Within: Energy: renewable/alternative power

Shearman & Sterling LLP handles project finance, investment and development mandates across a range of renewables projects including biofuel, biomass, fuel cell, geothermal, hydro, solar and wind. Further, the team has experience of environmental regulation and disputes, and has also been involved in federal green building initiatives. The New York-based global project development and finance group is led Gregory Tan, and includes Robert Freedman and Alexandro Padrés. Padrés led a cross-office team that advised a synidcate of lenders including Bancomext, BBVA, Caixa, EIB, IDB, IDB Invest, MUFG and Natixis on the financing arrangements with Enel Green Power for three solar photovoltaic plants in Mexico. Paul Epstein was recently promoted to a partner; Patricia Hammes and Howard Steinberg retired.

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Energy: transactions: conventional power

Within: Energy: transactions: conventional power

Shearman & Sterling LLP is instructed by power developers, energy companies and contractors, equipment suppliers, investment banks, institutional investors and other financial institutions. The US power team is primarily based in New York and includes Robert Freedman, who acts as global co-head of the sustainable development group and energy group, and Gregory Tan, who leads the project development and finance group. Recent highlights included the team acting for BNP Paribas Securities, Citigroup Global Markets, JPMorgan Chase, Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation and The Bank of Nova Scotia, as joint lead arrangers and joint bookrunners, in connection with a financing transaction with Cometa Energía, which involved a secured debt offering and a credit facility to finance its $1.3bn acquisition of the InterGen portfolio of energy assets in Mexico. Paul Epstein was promoted to a partner and Helen Cook left the firm to become an independent legal consultant in nuclear energy. Further, Patricia Hammes and Howard Steinberg retired from the New York office.

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Energy: transactions: oil and gas

Within: Energy: transactions: oil and gas

Shearman & Sterling LLP focuses on upstream projects and advises on multiple types of project development and finance, capital markets deals and M&A. Key figures in the practice group include Houston-based Hugh Tucker, who recently joined from Baker Botts L.L.P., New York-based Gregory Tan, who focuses on financing and restructuring in the energy sector, and New York-based Robert Freedman, who heads the global energy group. Another contact in Houston is Robert Masella, who acted for TD Securities in relation to Encana Corporation’s acquisition of Texas-based Newfield Exploration Company in an all-stock transaction valued at C$5.5bn. Also recommended are Coleson Bruce and associate Ryan Staine, who make 'an excellent team, and do a great job delivering good advice to clients'. The Houston office was further expanded by the arrivals of Sarah McLean and Todd Lowther from Thompson & Knight LLP, Jeremy Kennedy and Coleson Bruce from Baker Botts L.L.P., and Omar Samji from Jones Day.

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