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Clifford Chance
WASHINGTON DC 20006-1001
United States

Work Department

Banking & Finance


Alberto Haito has extensive experience in financial markets and project financing and has represented various financial institutions, including multilateral organizations, commercial banks and sponsors in numerous energy and infrastructure projects in Latin America.


Columbia Law School (LL.M. Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar) 2011, Universidad Peruana de Ciencias Aplicadas (Postgraduate diploma in Mergers and Acquisitions) 2008, Universidad de Lima (Abogado – JD equivalent) 2006

Lawyer Rankings

Latin America: International firms > Projects and energy

(Rising stars)

Alberto HaitoClifford Chance

Clifford Chance has been a dominant force in Latin America projects and energy for some years now, having leveraged its tight links to investment and commercial banks, development finance institutions (DFIs) and agency lenders, and a range of sponsors. The firm has particularly strong connections to the likes of IDB Invest and Goldman Sachs. It has also been at the forefront of project bonds and multi-source financings, though the recent departures of Gianluca Bacchiocchi and Guido Liniado represent a blow to this side of the practice. Despite this, it continues to receive engagements in private placement financings and refinancing. The firm has impressive deal flow in most of the major economies in Latin America, including Brazil, Colombia and Mexico, along with a tremendous record in smaller markets such as Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala. Fabricio Longhin is at the forefront of infrastructure financings and PPPs, most notably in Colombia, Peru, Paraguay and other jurisdictions, while remaining active in renewable energy financings in Chile and elsewhere. Lori Ann Bean is key to agency and DFI relationships, including IDB Invest and IFC. Catherine McCarthy  is also key to connections with multilateral agencies and export credit agencies (ECAs), along with a number of commercial banks. New York’s Hugo Triaca is key for bond and private placement financings; while both Jessica Springsteen (who made partner in May 2021) and counsel Alberto Haito, continue to impress. However, New York-based Chris Willott, who focuses on Brazil project financings, left in August 2021. All named individuals are based in Washington DC unless stated otherwise.

United States > Finance > Project finance

(Rising stars)

Alberto HaitoClifford Chance

A firm of international renown, the project finance team at Clifford Chance represents lenders, private sponsors and public bodies on the financing of projects both with the US and beyond. The firm has a position on the panel of U.S. International Development Finance Corporation (DFC), with which it works on a number of international projects; in 2021, Washington DC-based practice head Lori Bean represented the DFC in the financing of the modernization and maintenance of the public lighting system Rio de Janeiro. The group is also active at a domestic level and represents the US Department of Energy in relation to a number of energy projects. Beyond the partners, DC-based counsel Alberto Haito , a native Spanish speaker, is admitted to practice in New York and Peru, making him an ideal candidate to assist South American clients. Chris Willott  departed in September 2021.