Ms Vera Rechsteiner > Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP > Washington DC, United States > Lawyer Profile

Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP
2200 PENNSYLVANIA AVENUE, NW
WASHINGTON DC 20037
United States

Work Department

Finance, Corporate/Securities, Latin America

Position

Partner

Career

Vera’s practice concentrates on the development, financing, acquisition and disposition of energy, oil and gas, and infrastructure facilities and tax structuring for energy acquisitions and international project development. She has worked on energy, infrastructure and related projects in the U.S. and throughout Latin America, Africa and Asia. She has also advised commercial and multilateral lenders on a variety of structured and corporate finance transactions.

Her work in the area of international energy transactions has included advising U.S. energy companies in connection with mergers and acquisitions, cross-border acquisitions, joint venture tax-planning, equipment sale and leasing transactions, and the development and financing of energy projects and acquisitions. In addition, Vera has assisted governments in a number of Latin American countries with the privatization of their energy industries and the restructuring of their energy regulatory frameworks. She has also advised clients, including state owned Chinese companies in the acquisition of upstream oil and gas assets throughout Latin America and Africa.  

Vera has also represented private developers, manufacturers and suppliers in a variety of international commercial transactions, including acting as counsel in connection with major hotel acquisitions and management agreements in the Caribbean, and representing suppliers in the establishment of distribution and licensing arrangements under foreign investment laws in various Latin American countries.

Languages

  • English
  • Spanish
  • German
  • French

Memberships

  • District of Columbia Bar Association
  • Maryland State Bar Association
  • Inter/American Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • American Society for International Law

Education

  • JD, 1985, The George Washington University Law School
  • BSFS, 1979, Georgetown University – School of Foreign Service

Lawyer Rankings

United States > Finance > Project finance

Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP has ‘extensive market knowledge in the energy sector’ and is regularly engaged in project finance mandates in the energy and infrastructure sectors, acting for banks and other financial institutions as well as sponsor clients. In an example of the latter, department head Jeffrey Schroeder is advising DTE Energy Services on the Dearborn Campus Energy Infrastructure Project. San Francisco-based Michael Klaus and Eric Pogue, who is co-chair of the renewable energy and clean power practice and chair of the sustainability and corporate clean power initiative, are instructed by US financial institutions on the financing of large-scale projects. Jo Anne Sirgado in New York is regularly involved in domestic and cross-border project finance work and is experienced in acting for lenders in the financing of renewable energy projects secured by debt receivables. Richmond-based contacts include Eric Nedell, John O’Neill, who leads the firm’s infrastructure and P3 practice, and Laura Jones, who is experienced in energy tax credit matters. Other key figures include David Lowman, who co-chairs the renewable energy and clean power practice; Gregory Lang, Michael Madden and counsel Douglas Murphy in New York; John Tormey, who focuses on domestic and international project finance mandates; Laurence Skinner; Timothy Unger, who divides time between the Houston and Beijing offices; and Vera Rechsteiner, who operates from Dubai and Washington DC. Named lawyers are based in Washington DC unless otherwise stated.

Latin America: International firms > Banking and finance

Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP is the result of a headline merger between legacy firms Hunton & Williams LLP and Andrews Kurth Kenyon LLP in April 2018. The merged firm has a major focus on Latin America with some 40 attorneys in Miami, almost all having a significant emphasis on the region. It has an especially strong standing among Latin American financial institutions, MLAs and DFIs. Energy and infrastructure finance is a particular forte of the firm, which has key finance specialists in Washington DC and Houston. Clients include Fondo de Inversión Inmobiliario Multifondos, IDB Invest, Energia del Pacifico, Banco Internacional de Costa Rica, RAM Telecommunications, Corporacion Interamericana para el Financiamiento de Infraestructura (CIFI) and Promerica Financial Corporation. It advised IDB Invest and IDB on a treasury loan from FDN, the proceeds intended for IDB and IDB Invest’s financing of infrastructure projects in Colombia, including its 4G road infrastructure programme, and in energy, logistics and production, and social infrastructure. It also advised CIFI on a $50m long term facility for Global Quality Steel Latam,the  Swiss global reinforcing steel manufacturer with subsidiaries in Mexico, Panama, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru; the financing is to support projects throughout Latin America including Lima Metro Line 2 in Peru, Siervo de la Nacion Highway, Guadalajara Metro L-3 and Toluca Railroad in Mexico, Quito Metro L-1 in Ecuador and Magdalena Highway in Colombia. Clients praise the ‘unique‘ and ‘highly knowledgeable‘ team’s  ability to understand banks and their key products, along with knowledge of the region and specific markets conditions. Head of the Latin America team Fernando Alonso is extremely well-plugged into the region and is frequently engaged in financing transactions. Fernando Margarit  is another experienced Latin America specialist with a tremendous record in cable and telecoms infrastructure; he is ‘always available and can resolve many issues on a simple phone call‘. Washington DC’s Vera Rechsteiner has a strong connection to IDB Invest and frequently advises the DFI on financings in Latin America. Doris Rodríguez is a Houston partner and Mexican native with a fine record in oil-and-gas financings. Uriel Mendieta is recommended for structured finance and project finance. Washington DC’s Siddharth Sethy impresses at associate level. All named individuals are based in Miami unless stated otherwise.

Latin America: International firms > Projects and energy

Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP has a diverse practice covering energy, infrastructure, and oil and gas. With its practice group spread across its Washington DC, Houston and Miami offices, the firm has been able to target multiple industries and jurisdictions. It also has a niche in telecoms and cable infrastructure, along with particular experience in PPP projects for Spanish sponsors. Clients include IDB, IFC, Corporación Interamericana para el Financiamiento de Infraestructura (CIFI), World Bank and Energía del Caribe.  The practice advised IDB and IDB Invest on a loan from FDN to support their financing of infrastructure projects in Colombia spanning transportation (including its 4G roads programme), energy, logistics and production, and social infrastructure. It also advised Energía del Caribe on the development of a natural gas power plant in Mexico that will serve Guatemala. The team is ‘deeply involved in transactions‘, has ‘a practical aproach to resolving legal and commercial issues‘, and its ‘combination of knowledge, availability and negotiations skills make for a unique practice‘. In sum, it is ‘well-known, reputable and reliable‘ with ‘a group of professionals that have a wide range of skills‘. Washington DC partner Vera Rechsteiner has an outstanding record in renewable energy projects in Latin America, particularly for commercial lenders and MLAs. Houston’s Doris Rodríguez is recognised for oil-and-gas investments and projects, while Miami partner Fernando Margarit  is a leader in telecoms and cable infrastructure. Miami’s Fernando Alonso and Houston partner Mark Thurber are also recommended.