Lucia Benabentos | White & Case LLP International Law Firm, Global Law Practice

Lucia Benabentos

Associate, Miami

T +1 305 995 5219

T +1 305 371 2700

E lbenabentos@whitecase.com

Overview

Ms. Benabentos is an associate in the Energy, Infrastructure, Project and Asset Finance Practice qualified to practice in New York, with experience in cross-border financial transactions involving commercial and investment banks, sovereign states and corporate entities, with a focus on Latin America. She has been involved in energy, infrastructure and transportation financings, capital markets and project bond transactions.

Bars and Courts

  • New York State Bar

Education

  • JD/LLM, Cornell Law School
  • BA, University of Houston

Languages

  • English
  • Spanish

Experience

Concesionaria Vial Sierra Norte S.A., as borrower, in connection with the project financing for the development, construction, operation and maintenance of the US$400 million, 875 km toll road project "Longitudinal de La Sierra – Tramo 2 (Ciudad de Dios – Cajamarca - Chiple, Cajamarca - Trujillo and Dv. Chilete-Emp. PE-3N)" in the central Andean region of Peru. The project's sponsors are SACYR Concesiones, S.L.U., SACYR Concesiones Perú S.A.C. and Constructora Málaga Hnos. S.A.

The underwriters in connection with the issuance of approximately US$4.0 billion project bond financing for the greenfield Line 2 subway line of the Lima Metro system in Peru.

Graña y Montero S.A.A. and Ferrovías Participaciones S.A. in connection with the issuance by GyM Ferrovías S.A. of S/.600m project bond financing for the Line 1 of the Metro Lima transportation project in Lima, Peru.

Isolux Infrastructure in connection with the issuance of US$244 million private activity bonds (project bonds) to finance its winning bid to design, construct, operate and maintain the I-69 Section 5 Project under a Public-Private Agreement with the Indiana Finance Authority.

Planta de Reserva Fría de Generación de Eten S.A. in connection with the issuance of US$145 million project bond financing for the greenfield cold reserve power plant in Peru. Awarded "Latin America Project Bond of the Year" and "Overall Latin American Deal of the Year 2013" by Project Finance Magazine, "Deal of the Year (Power) 2013" by Infrastructure Journal Awards, "Americas Project Finance Deal of the Year" and "Deal Yearbook Top 100" by IFLR and "Best Infrastructure Bond" by LatinFinance.

Sociedad Química y Minera S.A. in its issuance of US$250 million Rule 144A/Reg S notes, US$300 million Rule 144A/Reg S notes and its annual 20-F reporting updates.

YPF in its issuance of US$150 million Rule 144A/Reg S high-yield bond offering to finance new developments in shale oil production. Awarded "Deal Yearbook Top 100" by IFLR as the first state-controlled energy company issuing debt on the international markets since 2001.

Barclays Bank PLC, BTG Pactual US Capital LLC, Citigroup Global Markets Inc., Citigroup Global Markets Limited, Banco Macro S.A. and Puente Hnos. Sociedad de Bolsa S.A. in connection with the update of the English-law governed MTN program of the City of Buenos Aires and the subsequent offering thereunder of US$500 million notes.

Barclays Capital Inc., Citigroup Global Markets Inc. and Deutsche Bank Securities Inc. in connection with the international exchange offer of US$18 billion notes by the Republic of Argentina.

Publications

  • Lessons from the Trenches: Muni Bonds Paving the Roads Ahead, Chadbourne Capital Markets Newswire, Winter 2014
  • Strategies to Maximize your Philanthropic Capital a Guide to Program Related Investments, TrustLaw publication by the Thomson Reuters Foundation for Mission Investors Exchange, 2012

Awards & Recognition

Safe Haven Award, Immigration Equality, 2010

Empire State Councel, The New York State Bar Association, 2010 and 2011