Carlos Viana | White & Case LLP International Law Firm, Global Law Practice
Carlos Viana
Carlos Viana

Carlos Viana

Partner, Miami

T +1 305 995 5251

T +1 305 371 2700

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Carlos Viana is an award-winning project, acquisition and structured finance lawyer. He is at the forefront of the Firm’s cross-border practices in Chile, Colombia, Peru, Panama and Mexico, and also has extensive experience working in Argentina, Brazil, Venezuela and Central America.

Overview

Market-leading project sponsors and developers, including equity investors and owners, look to Carlos for advice on the development and financing of major infrastructure, natural-resource, industrial and energy projects and portfolios.

Carlos also guides many of the world's leading financial institutions in all matters relating to project finance, corporate and acquisition finance and structured trade and export finance. He has represented the lead lenders, or the credit parties, in syndicated and other secured and unsecured credit facilities and capital markets offerings involving Latin American projects or corporates with a combined value of more than US$60 billion.

European and Latin American financial institutions and multinational companies with investment, commercial and other business activities in the United States also seek the benefit of his knowledge and experience across continents.

Bars and Courts

  • Florida State Bar
  • New York State Bar

Education

  • JD, Yale Law School
  • BA, Yale University, magna cum laude

Languages

  • English
  • Spanish

Experience

Longitudinal de la Sierra roads project, 2015–ongoing

Carlos represented Concesionaria Vial Sierra Norte S.A., as borrower, in connection with a US$200 million project financing for the development, construction, operation and maintenance of the 875 km toll road project "Longitudinal de La Sierra – Tramo 2 (Ciudad de Dios – Cajamarca - Chiple, Cajamarca - Trujillo and Dv. Chilete-Emp. PE-3N)" being built in the central Andean region of Peru. The project is a public-private partnership (PPP) with the government of Peru, acting through the Ministry of Transportation and Communications and will require approximately US$400 million of total investment. The project's sponsors are SACYR Concesiones, S.L.U., SACYR Concesiones Perú S.A.C. and Constructora Málaga Hnos. S.A.

San Juan wind farm, 2014–ongoing

Carlos represented AB Svensk ExportKredit, Banco Security, DNB Group, Agencia en Chile, KfW IPEX-Bank GmbH, Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation, as lenders, and Eksport Kredit Fonden, the Danish export credit agency, in the US$306 million project financing of the San Juan Project being developed by Latin America Power, a 185 MW wind electricity generation facility in the Province of Atacama, Chile and the related 220-kV, 86 km transmission line. The financing, which consists of commercial and ECA-guaranteed loan facilities, is supported by long-term power purchase agreements with distribution companies awarded in the December 2014 regulated market auction.

US$4.5 billion Etileno XXI petrochemicals project, 2010–present

Carlos represented the project company and the sponsors in the development, procurement, construction and financing of its US$4.5 billion Etileno XXI integrated petrochemicals project in Veracruz, Mexico. The project is the largest private investment in a single project in the history of Mexico. The project financing was led by seven anchor agency lenders (Nacional Financiera and Banco Nacional de Comercio Exterior from Mexico, Banco Nacional de Desenvolvimiento Econômico e Social from Brazil, Servizi Assicurativi del Commercio Estero from Italy, Export Development Canada, the Inter-American Development Bank and the International Finance Corporation), with the participation of ten additional commercial banks. The project has won multiple awards, including Overall Latin American Deal of the Year and Latin American Petrochemicals Deal of the Year by Project Finance. Other accolades include: Americas Petrochemical Deal of the Year by Project Finance International; Project Finance Deal of the Year by Latin Lawyer; Deal of the Year by Trade Finance; and Commended, Latin America Finance by Financial Times US Innovative Lawyers Award.

406MW Chaglla hydroelectric power generation project funding, 2011–ongoing

Carlos represented the project company and the sponsor in the development, construction and project financing of the 406 MW Chaglla run-of-the-river hydroelectric power generation project in Peru. The project financing raised a total of US$774 million in senior secured debt commitments, led by two anchor agency lenders (Banco Nacional de Desenvolvimento Econômico e Social from Brazil and the Inter-American Development Bank). The project won multiple awards, including Global Deal of the Year—Power by Infrastructure Journal, Latin American Power Deal of the Year by Project Finance, Latin American Renewables Deal of the Year by Project Finance International, Project Finance Deal of the Year by LatinLawyer, and Deal of the Year by Trade Finance.

Laberinto Solar Photovoltaic Project, 2014–ongoing

Carlos represented Banco BICE, CaixaBank S.A., CorpBanca, New York Branch and DNB Group, Agencia en Chile as lenders in connection with the project financing of the Laberinto Project, a 146 MWp solar photovoltaic electricity generation facility in Antofagasta, Chile, that will connect to Chile's Northern Interconnected System (SING). The borrower is a joint venture of sponsors EDF Energies Nouvelles, S.A. and Marubeni Corporation. The project is one of the world’s largest merchant solar power plants financed on a limited-recourse project basis in the international loan markets.

Project financing of Peru's second largest port, 2012–present

Carlos represented the project company and the sponsor in connection with the closing and first disbursement of a US$280 million non-recourse project financing of the expansion of the Matarani Port in Peru, which was provided by a group of top-tier international commercial banks. Once the expansion is completed, the Matarani Port will be the second largest port in Peru. This project contributed to the Firm receiving Global Transport Finance's prestigious Port Finance Firm of the Year award. Carlos represented t he project company and the sponsor in connection with the closing and first disbursement of a US$280 million non-recourse project financing of the expansion of the Matarani Port in Peru, which was provided by a group of top-tier international commercial banks. Once the expansion is completed, the Matarani Port will be the second largest port in Peru. This project contributed to the Firm receiving Global Transport Finance's prestigious Port Finance Firm of the Year award.

US$1.3 billion financing for new subway lines in Chile, 2014

Carlos represented Empresa de Transporte de Pasajeros Metro S.A. (Metro), the state-owned owner and operator of the subway system in Santiago, Chile, in connection with the US$1.3 billion agency, bank and bond financing for the construction of new subway lines and improvements on existing lines. The project represents the most significant infrastructure expansion effort in Chile since the inauguration of the Santiago subway.

Structured export and agency financing in Colombia, 2012–2015

Carlos represented ISAGEN in the procurement, development and financing of the 820 MW Hidrosogamoso hydroelectric dam project in Colombia.

Speaking Engagements

2004–2014: Annual Latin America Syndicated Loans Conference, Panelist and Moderator

2012–2014: Annual Latin American Energy & Infrastructure Finance Forum, Panelist and Moderator

2013: Annual Peruvian Energy & Infrastructure Finance Forum, Panelist

2013–2014: Mining and Investment Latin America Summit, Panelist and Moderator

Publications

  • Mexican Energy Sector Overhaul: Long-Awaited Energy Reform on the Table President Peña Nieto Unveils Reform Proposal, White & Case Client Alert, August 2014

Awards & Recognition

Leading Lawyer, Chambers Global and Chambers Latin America, 2009–2015

Banking & Finance – Latin America

Leading Lawyer, Chambers Global and Chambers Latin America, 2009–2015

Corporate/M&A – Latin America-wide

Leading Lawyer, Chambers Global and Chambers Latin America, 2009–2015

Projects – Latin America-wide

Leading Lawyer, Chambers USA, 2010–2015

Banking & Finance – Florida

Leading Lawyer, Chambers USA, 2010–2015

Latin American Investment, Florida

Leading Lawyer, The Legal 500 Latin America, 2012–2014

Banking & Finance – Latin-America International Firms

Leading Lawyer, The Legal 500 Latin America, 2012–2014

Projects & Energy – Latin-America: International Firms

Leading Lawyer, Who's Who Legal, 2012–2015

Banking and Projects

Most Highly Regarded Individual: The International Who's Who of Banking Lawyers, Who’s Who Legal, 2012