Deal of the Year shortlists announced for regulatory, disputes and energy project finance categories

Deal of the Year shortlists announced for regulatory, disputes and energy project finance categories

Latin Lawyer is delighted to announce the shortlisted transactions for the project finance: energy and natural resources, regulatory and disputes categories of its 13th 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 Palácio Tangará in São Paulo on Wednesday 10 April.

The dinner is being held in aid of three of the region’s pro bono clearinghouses. They are Pro Bono Chile Foundation, Venezuela's ProVene and the Instituto Pro Bono in Brazil. 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. Latin Lawyer announced the shortlists for the public and private M&A and private equity categories on Monday. The shortlists for the remaining categories will be announced over a series of upcoming briefings.


Project finance: energy and natural resources

Financing of Cerro Dominador solar project

Counsel to EIG Global Energy

In-house counsel to Cerro Dominador Inversiones - Pablo Cavallaro and Nicole Pitronello

Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP


Morales & Besa

Counsel to Banco BTG Pactual and the syndicate of senior lenders

Clifford Chance LLP

Barros & Errázuriz Abogados


Fermaca hybrid loan and bond refinancing for El Encino-La Laguna gas pipeline

Counsel to Fermaca

Latham & Watkins

Galicia Abogados

Counsel to the lenders and institutional investors (BNP Paribas Securities Corp, Deutsche Bank Trust Company Americas, ING Bank, ING Capital, Mizuho Bank, Norddeutsche Landesbank Girozentrale and Sabcapital)

Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP

Ritch, Mueller, Heather y Nicolau, SC


CELSE funds construction of Latin America’s largest thermal power plant

Counsel to Centrais Elétricas de Sergipe (CELSE)

In-house counsel – Diana Weiss

Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP

Stocche Forbes Advogados

Counsel to Goldman Sachs, IDB, IFC and Swiss Export Risk Insurance (SERV)

In-house counsel to IDB – Joshua Hartshorn

In-house counsel to IFC – Selma Barroso

White & Case LLP

White & Case SC

Counsel to IDB, IFC, Goldman Sachs, Santander and Swiss Export Risk Insurance (SERV)

Machado Meyer Advogados

Counsel to GE Capital

Tauil & Chequer Advogados in association with Mayer Brown



Votorantim Energia and Canada Pension Plan Investment Board win bid to acquire CESP

Counsel to Votorantim Energia and Canada Pension Plan Investment Board

In-house counsel to Votorantim - Carlos Curci and Marcos Mazutti

Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr e Quiroga Advogados

Stocche Forbes Advogados

Wald, Antunes, Vita, Longo e Blattner Advogados

Counsel to Banco Fator

Madrona Advogados


Autopistas del Sol and Grupo Concesionario del Oeste extend concession contracts with the Argentine government

Counsel to Autopistas del Sol and Grupo Concesionario del Oeste

Marval, O'Farrell & Mairal

Counsel to Grupo Concesionario del Oeste

Estudio O'Farrell Abogados


Financiera de Desarrollo Nacional structures supply and operation of Transmilenio buses

Counsel to Financiera de Desarrollo Nacional

Posse Herrera Ruiz



ConocoPhillips wins US$2 billion against PDVSA

ConocoPhillips v PDVSA

Counsel to ConocoPhillips

Three Crowns

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

Counsel to Venezuela

Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP

De Jesús & De Jesús (from March 2018)

Alfredo De Jesús O (from March 2018)


Costa Rica defeats arbitration claim over environmental measures

David Aven et al v Republic of Costa Rica (ICSID Case No. UNCT/15/3)

Counsel to claimants

Vinson & Elkins LLP

Counsel to Costa Rica

Ministry of Foreign Trade of Costa Rica (COMEX)

Adriana Gonzalez, Arianna Arce, Marisol Montero and Francinie Obando in Escazú

Herbert Smith Freehills

Counsel to United States (as non-disputing party)

US Department of State Patrick Pearsall*, Nicole Thornton and Terra Gearhart-Serna in Washington, DC

*Now with Jenner & Block


Santiago airport concessionaire wins royalties dispute with the Chilean government

Sociedad Concesionaria Nuevo Pudahuel (“Nuevo Pudahuel”) v Ministry of Public Works

Counsel to Sociedad Concesionara Nuevo Pudahuel

Morales & Besa