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Latin America: International firms

Projects and energy

Within: Projects and energy

White & Case LLP launched a Houston office in February 2018, bringing in a number of senior practitioners with significant Latin America experience. The new Houston partners Jay Cuclis, Steven Otillar and Christopher Richardson have a strong focus on Latin America and significant oil and gas expertise; they joined from Vinson & Elkins LLP, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP and Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP respectively. Building on the firm’s strong profile in downstream oil and gas, the new team extends its expertise into upstream and midstream development and commercial issues. With its eminent Mexico City office, the firm is well plugged into Mexico’s hydrocarbon sector reform-related work. Beyond oil and gas, the firm continues to impress in power and renewables, including in Argentina, Chile and Uruguay. It has also experienced growth in PPP engagements, including in Paraguay and Argentina. Showcasing its expertise in infrastructure and project bonds, the firm advised the banks on the $2bn cross-border debt issuance by state-owned Petróleos del Perú-Petroperú; the proceeds of what was the largest-ever offering by a Peruvian issuer are intended to finance a large-scale upgrade and modernisation of the Talara Refinery. It also represented Invenergy as sponsor, and Nicefield as borrower, in the refinancing of the 70MW Campo Palomas wind farm project in Uruguay. The firm is commended for its expertise in structuring and negotiating EPC, TUA and LNG contracts related to project development activities. Clients are ‘highly satisfied’ with its ‘support in all aspects’ and highlight its ‘customer oriented’ approach with its ‘interest in understanding client needs and commitment to these during the whole process’. ‘The level of service is high’ with ‘very prepared lawyers that deliver excellent performance’. Latin America project finance head Carlos Viana is ‘always a collegial professional and easy to work with’. São Paulo-based John Anderson provides ‘deep commitment’, ‘good technical coverage’ at a ‘reasonable cost’. In Mexico City, Sean Goldstein does an ‘excellent job’, is ‘always on top of what his associates are doing, and is always available to clarify, intervene and participate in any discussion or negotiation’. He has ‘sound experience’ in project development and project finance in the energy sector. Washington DC partner Victor DeSantis is recommended for oil and gas and infrastructure project finance; he is ‘very reasonable’, ‘knows what he is talking about’, has ‘years of experience’; ‘very commercial, practical’ he ‘is not out there to win points’, and ‘has a view on getting deals done and not getting lost in the weeds’. Washington DC’s Ned Neaher is also recommended for lender-side engagements and Miami-based Jeanine Acevedo is another key name in the team. New York’s John Vetterli brings leading capital markets expertise to the firm’s project and infrastructure bonds engagements. Former Mexico City partner José Ignacio Segura Alonso has joined Creel, García-Cuéllar, Aiza y Enríquez, S.C.. Named partners are based in Miami unless stated.

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United States: Finance

Project finance

Within: Project finance

White & Case LLP has a stellar reputation for LNG projects; New York-based Jason Webber and Washington DC-based Sean Johnson are acting for FLNG Liquefaction II on its private placement of $450m of investment-grade project bonds as part of the financing of the natural gas liquefaction and LNG export facility being constructed at Quintana Island near Texas. Additional mandates in the oil and gas sector were undertaken for national oil companies such as Saudi Aramco and Adnoc; New York-based Wendell Maddrey was part of an international team advising the former on its potential joint venture with PT Pertamina to expand and upgrade Pertamina’s Cilacap refinery in Indonesia. In the lender space, the practice regularly assists with projects in Latin America: Miami-based Carlos Viana and Jeannine Acevedo are advising the senior lenders, and Prudential as initial fixed-rate note purchaser, on a long-term project financing for the development of a 600km electricity transmission line in Chile; and Washington DC-based Ned Neaher is advising Banco Santander-Chile on the financing of the value added tax associated with the construction of two wind farm projects in Chile. The practice is led from New York by global practice head Arthur Scavone. Other key figures in that office are Clark Wohlferd and PPP specialist Dolly Mirchandani, who joined from Allen & Overy LLP.

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