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DLA Piper LLP (US)

500 EIGHTH STREET, NW, WASHINGTON, DC 20004, USA
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Work +1 202 799 4000
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Fax +1 202 799 5000
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www.dlapiper.com

Gregory Smith

Tel:
Work +1 202 799 4027
Email:
Web:
www.dlapiper.com/en/us/people/s/gregory-smith-k/
DLA Piper LLP (US)

Work Department

Banking and Finance; Projects and Energy

Position

US Co-Chair, Projects and Infrastructure
US Chair, Agency Finance

Career

Greg Smith focuses on international financing transactions, particularly within emerging markets and developing nations. He represents lenders, host country governments, project sponsors and private equity funds in connection with the development and financing of projects in sectors such as energy, financial services, housing, manufacturing, microfinance, mining, petrochemicals, telecommunications and transportation.

Over the course of his career, Greg has advised clients on transactions across Africa, Central and South Asia, Latin America and the Middle East. He is especially well known as one of the leading lawyers for representing development finance institutions, export credit agencies and multilateral agencies in complex, cross-border project financings.

Education

J.D., Georgetown University Law Center; A.B., Georgetown University


Latin America: International firms

Banking and finance

Within: Banking and finance

DLA Piper LLP (US) has a unique Latin America platform, having achieved significant regional geographic expansion in recent years, including an office in Puerto Rico that is home to a number of senior New York licensed lawyers. Along with offices in Washington DC, New York and Miami, the firm is able to target an array of international and regional lenders and borrowers, and do so at competitive rates, depending on the location of the advisory teams. Clients include Standard Chartered, BTG Pactual, Natixis, Credit Suisse, Banco do Brasil, Banco Nacional de Comercio Exterior (Bancomext), Exto International Investment and IDB. The team advised Bancomext on a trade finance programme with WorldBusiness Capital, which involves Bancomext guaranteeing US bank loans to US importers of Mexican goods and services. It also advised Banobras on infrastructure development loan facilities to Energía Eólica del Sur, Impulsoras de Proyectos Hidroelectricos and Cubico Sustainable Investments for the development of solar, wind and hydro energy infrastructure projects. Washington DC partner Gregory Smith has played a key role in developing the firm's connections to MLAs and DFIs in recent years, including those involved in Latin America financings. Washington DC of counsel Amala Nath has also impressed in energy and infrastructure financings provided by MLAs and DFIs. Miami's John Murphy is an experienced Latin America finance specialist who has an excellent record in energy and infrastructure finance, structured and trade finance, and syndicated lending. New York's William Candelaria is another recognised Latin America finance specialist, including in acquisition and project finance. José Sosa-Lloréns is a pivotal figure in Puerto Rico, frequently working alongside colleagues in New York and Miami on cross-border financings throughout Latin America.

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Projects and energy

Within: Projects and energy

DLA Piper LLP (US) targets Latin America from multiple locations in the region as well as from the US. It continues to make an impression in both power, including renewables, and in infrastructure. Its client base ranges from a multitude of project sponsors to lenders and equity investors; these include Stoneway Capital, Murphy Oil, Acciona Energia, Grupo Biofields, OPIC, Abengoa, Banco Santander, Société de Promotion et de Participation pour la Coopération (PROPARCO) and Banco BTG. The practice advised IDB on a $55m senior loan to Vale do Parana for the expansion and renewal of sugarcane plantations, the installation of a sugar factory and adjustments to integrate the mill with a 48MW electric power co-generation plant to be developed in a joint venture with Albioma. It also advised IDB and PROPARCO on the financing of construction and the operation of three photovoltaic solar power plants with a total capacity of some 24.5MW in Chile. New York-based global co-chair of the energy practice Robert Gruendel is noted for project development in the oil-and-gas sector. Miami's John Murphy has a healthy record in project and infrastructure finance, while Washington DC partner Gregory Smith is helping to grow the firm's market share in Latin America project financings driven by agency lenders. Also in Washington DC, of counsel Amala Nath is rated for development bank and agency lender transactions; she has advised IDB on a series of financings connected to renewable energy and infrastructure projects in multiple Latin American jurisdictions. Mexico City's Marcelo Paramo is recognised for oil-and-gas and electricity transactions.

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United States: Finance

Project finance

Within: Project finance

DLA Piper LLP (US) 'takes a pragmatic approach' to domestic and cross-border project financing transactions, acting for a mix of lender and sponsor clients. US co-chair of projects and infrastructure and US Chair of renewable energy and energy M&A, the 'exceptional' Timothy Moran, advised Exelon Corporation on a $850m senior secured Holdco Term Loan B credit facility to leverage the sponsor's interest in a portfolio of 33 solar, wind and biomass utility-scale and distributed electric generation projects across 11 states in the US. Gregory Smith, who is US co-chair of projects and infrastructure and US chair of agency finance, led advice for OPIC and CDC on the financing of a 50MW gas-fired power project in Conakry, Guinea, which is sponsored by Endeavor Energy; he also advised NEXI, SMBC and OPIC on the financing of a 48.7MW solar project in Jordan, which is sponsored by AES Corporation and Mitsui. New York-based Charles Carroll advised Abengoa on the sale of a combined-cycle power plant in Mexico, known as Norte III, to a consortium consisting of Macquarie Capital and construction conglomerate Techint. Also recommended in the New York office are 'invaluable resource' Philip Corsello and Joseph Tato, who acts as US co-chair of projects and infrastructure. Vanessa Richelle Wilson and Amala Nath, the latter of whom joined from Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP in 2018, are also names to note. Named individuals are based in Washington DC unless otherwise stated.

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United States: Industry focus

Energy: renewable/alternative power

Within: Energy: renewable/alternative power

DLA Piper LLP (US) advises clients on energy asset transactions, in addition to the development, permitting and financing of power generation facilities spanning onshore and offshore wind, solar, biofuels and biomass, hydroelectric and geothermal projects. Jointly led by New York-based Joseph Tato, and Washington DC-based Gregory Smith and Timothy Moran, the team has 'a pragmatic approach' and is known for 'developing structures that help clients achieve a successful outcome'. Moran in particular has 'a good blend of legal expertise and commercial acumen', and New York-based Philip Corsello and Washington DC-based Vanessa Richlle Wilson also have 'serious expertise in the field'. Recent highlights have included the team acting for Exelon Corporation, as sponsor and borrower, in connection with an $850m senior secured credit facility to leverage its interest in a portfolio of 33 solar, wind and biomass utility-scale and distributed electric generation projects across 11 states in the US.

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Energy: transactions: conventional power

Within: Energy: transactions: conventional power

DLA Piper LLP (US) advises clients on transactions involving power and infrastructure assets, and also handles the development and financing of power generation facilities across multiple sectors. Based across the firm's New York and Washington DC offices, the team 'fully understands the transaction specifics and all associated risks' and takes 'a pragmatic approach' while still 'thinking outside the box'. New York-based Joseph Tato and Washington DC-based Gregory Smith and Timothy Moran jointly lead the practice group. Another New York-based contact is Philip Corsello, who is rated for his ability to 'recognize the bigger picture and simply get deals closed'. Recent highlights have included the team advising Overseas Private Investment Corporation and CDC on the $120m financing of a 50MW gas-fired power project in Conakry, Guinea, which will be the first project-financed IPP in Guinea. Other key clients include Credit Agricole, Exelon Generation and EDF Trading North America.

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