A partner in the Firm's Energy and Infrastructure Group, Project Finance and Asset Finance Practices, Elena has experience of project-financing deals across both North and South America.
She offers clients the benefit of her extensive knowledge of transactions in the power and infrastructure sectors. Notable deals in these areas include the financing of the Panda Temple I power project, which was awarded "2012 Americas Power Deal of the Year" by Project Finance International, and "2012 North American Merchant Power Deal of the Year" by Project Finance magazine.
Elena's cutting-edge approach to deal structure enables her to develop innovative solutions to help clients achieve their objectives. In addition to her track record in project finance, she has advised on the structuring of hybrid Term Loan B deals with project finance aspects. She also brings knowledge and insight to clients seeking advice on structured finance deals.
Boalt Hall School of Law
Deutsche Bank, 2018
Elena represented her client as sole arranger and underwriter of a US$350 million credit facility to the joint venture of Salt Creek Midstream, LLC.
Goldman Sachs Lending Partners LLC, Credit Suisse Securities (USA) LLC, Ares Capital Corporation, Union Bank and Investec, 2014
Elena represented her clients as joint lead arrangers in connection with the project financing of Panda Power Funds' planned US$652 million, 829 megawatt natural gas-fired, combined-cycle Patriot generating station being developed in Lycoming County, Pennsylvania. When completed, the Patriot project will be the second new power plant on the Marcellus Shale gas formation, after Panda's Liberty power plant. The Panda Patriot transaction was the fifth financing of a power plant by Panda Power Funds within a 17-month period.
Goldman Sachs Lending Partners, Credit Suisse Securities, Ares Capital Corporation and Union Bank, 2013
Elena represented her clients as joint lead arrangers in connection with the project financing of Moxie Energy's planned 829 MW natural gas-fired generating station being developed in Bradford County, Pennsylvania.
Morgan Stanley, 2012
Elena advised Morgan Stanley as joint lead arranger in connection with the financing of the 758 MW natural gas-fired, combined-cycle Panda Temple I power project being developed in Temple, Texas. This project was selected as the "2012 Americas Power Deal of the Year" by Project Finance International magazine, and (along with the Panda Sherman project) as "2012 North American Merchant Power Deal of the Year" by Project Finance magazine.
Goldman Sachs Lending Partners and Credit Suisse Securities, 2012
Elena represented her clients as mandated lead arrangers in connection with the financing of a 758 MW natural gas-fired power project being developed in Sherman, Texas. This transaction, along with the Panda Temple I project, was selected as "2012 North American Merchant Power Deal of the Year" by Project Finance magazine.
Lenders in Post Rock project, 2011
Elena represented a consortium of lenders in connection with the Post Rock project involving the financing of a 201 MW wind farm in Kansas.
Credit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank, Mizuho Corporate Bank, Ltd. and RBS Securities Inc., 2011
Elena represented her clients as the mandated lead arrangers and lenders in connection with the US$688 million project financing for the development, construction, operation and management of a 550 MW combined cycle power plant being developed by NRG Energy, Inc. on a site in El Segundo, California. Southern California Edison will purchase power produced by the plant under a 10-year power purchase agreement.