Project finance, disputes and restructuring Deal of the Year shortlists announced

Latin Lawyer is delighted to announce the shortlisted transactions for the project finance, disputes and restructuring categories of its 12th annual Deal of the Year Awards.

For each category, three transactions have been selected for the shortlist and are listed below. The winners will be announced on the night of our charity awards ceremony at the Hotel Unique in São Paulo on Thursday 19 April.

The dinner is being held in aid of three of the region’s pro bono clearinghouses: Brazil’s Instituto Pro Bono, Colombia’s Fundación Pro Bono and the Alianza Pro Bono in Peru. More information and tickets are available here.

We congratulate all the lawyers who took part in these leading transactions and look forward to presenting them with awards.


Project finance


First mining project finance in Ecuador

Counsel to Aurelian Ecuador

Norton Rose Fulbright

Lexim Abogados

Counsel to Orion and Blackstone

Shearman & Sterling LLP

Pérez Bustamante & Ponce Abogados


Stoneway’s landmark project bond

For the US$500 million project bond offering

Counsel to Stoneway Capital

Holland & Knight LLP      

Holland & Knight (Colombia) 

Stewart McKelvey

Counsel to Jefferies and Seaport Global Securities

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP  

Cabanellas Etchebarne Kelly   

Counsel to The Bank of New York Mellon

Hogan Lovells LLP

Pérez Alati, Grondona, Benites & Arntsen

Counsel to TMF Trust Company (Argentina)

In-house counsel – Florencia Regueiro, Jorge Sodano, Luis Vernet and Sabrina Pociello   

Marval, O'Farrell & Mairal 

For the Siemens Financial Services US$115 million loan   

Counsel to Siemens Financial Services

Baker McKenzie LLP   

Baker McKenzie (Argentina)   

Counsel to ICE Canyon

Latham & Watkins LLP


The refinancing of Mexico’s Norte III power plant

Counsel to Abengoa


Counsel to Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation, as administrative agent, and bridge lenders KfW, Credit Agricole, Santander and Bancomext in the restructuring of the bridge loan for the Norte III power plant

Clifford Chance LLP

Garrigues (Mexico)

Counsel to Macquarie and Techint in the acquisition and project financing of the power plant

Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy 

González Calvillo, SC

Counsel to Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation, Natixis, Crédit Agricole, Banco Nacional de Comercio Exterior, GESF Credit, Export Development Canada, Norinchukin Bank, Intesa Sanpaolo, Korea Development Bank and KfW IPEX-Bank in the greenfield acquisition financing of the power plant from Abengoa and its bridge lenders

Paul Hastings LLP 

Mijares, Angoitia, Cortés y Fuentes SC




Odebrecht Óleo e Gás’s restructuring

Counsel to Odebrecht Óleo e Gás

In-house counsel Guilherme Pacheco Britto, Danielli Santiago Pugliese and Gabriela Guimarães Sad   

E.Munhoz Advogados

Ferro, Castro Neves, Daltro & Gomide Advogados

Stocche Forbes Advogados

Davis Polk & Wardwell

Counsel to the ad hoc group of bondholders

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton

Pinheiro Neto Advogados

Counsel to Banco do Brasil and Banco Bradesco

Machado Meyer Advogados

Counsel to Swiss Re International (payment guarantee issuer)

Clifford Chance LLP

Cescon, Barrieu, Flesch & Barreto Advogados

Counsel to Citibank (credit issuer)

Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr e Quiroga Advogados

Counsel to ING Bank (credit issuer)

Santos Neto Advogados

Counsel to HSBC (trustee and offshore accounts bank)

Mayer Brown LLP

Tauil & Chequer Advogados in association with Mayer Brown


La Araucana’s restructuring

Counsel to La Araucana

Contador y Asociados

Guerrero Olivos

Counsel to Banco de Chile and Banco Santander

Garrigues (Chile)


Cap Cana restructuring

Councel to Cap Cana

Mayer Brown LLP

Counsel to bond holders

Pellerano & Herrera

Greenberg Traurig LLP




Banks and depositors settle disputes from Brazil’s hyperinflation period

Advocacia Geral da Uniao (AGU) – Mediator

Minister Grace Mendonça

Counsel to Confederação Nacional do Sistema Financeiro (Consif)

Wald, Antunes, Vita, Longo & Associados Advogados

Sergio Bermudes Advogados

Counsel to Frente Brasileira pelos Poupadores (Febrapo)

In-house counsel – Estevam Nogueira Pegoraro

Counsel to Instituto Brasileiro de Defesa do Consumidor  (IDEC)

In-house counsel – Walter José Faiad de Moura


PH Chucás vs. Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad (ICE)

Counsel to PH Chucás

Zürcher Odio & Raven

Counsel to Intituto Costarricense de Electricidade

In-house counsel


Pampa/Dolphin Energia Arbitration

EDF International SA v IEASA (ICC arbitration)

Counsel to Dolphin Energia

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP

Salaverri, Burgio & Wetzler Malbrán

Counsel to EDF

Fried Frank