Grétel Martínez | White & Case LLP International Law Firm, Global Law Practice

Grétel Martínez

Associate, Miami

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Overview

Grétel is an associate in White & Case's Energy, Infrastructure, Project and Asset Finance Practice (EIPAF). She represents sponsors, lenders and public authorities in all aspects of tender, development, financing, acquisition, construction and disposal of capital-intensive projects in the United States and abroad, with a particular focus on infrastructure and public-private partnerships (P3s). Her prior financing experience includes bank, private placement, tax-exempt capital market and Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (TIFIA) financings. She has advised on projects such as the I-4 Ultimate Project in Florida, the Portsmouth Bypass Project in Ohio, the SH 288 Toll Lanes Project in Texas, the Comprehensive Energy Management Project to privatize The Ohio State University's energy system and the Fargo-Moorhead Metropolitan Area Flood Risk Management Project in North Dakota.

Grétel's practice spans a broad spectrum of energy and infrastructure assets, including a diversion channel, highways, combined heat and power facilities and natural gas liquefaction and export facilities. Her experience covers both greenfield and brownfield project finance transactions.

Grétel received her J.D. from Harvard Law School and her B.A. from Emory University, where she double-majored in Political Science and Latin American Studies.

Bars and Courts

  • New York State Bar
  • Florida State Bar

Education

  • BA, Emory University
  • JD, Harvard Law School

Languages

  • English
  • Spanish

Experience

Represented a sponsor consortium in its bid for the Fargo-Moorhead Metropolitan Area Flood Risk Management Project (Diversion Channel and Associated Infrastructure) in North Dakota, to be procured as a DBFOM P3. The general scope of work for the Project includes the 30-mile diversion channel, the diversion channel outlet, the inflow design flood line of protection, two pairs of interstate bridges, 10 to 12 county road bridges or crossings, three or four railroad bridges, two aqueducts, six drain inlets and two aqueducts, as well as recreation features and mitigation of environmental impacts.*

Acted as counsel to major electric utility on its bid for the unprecedented $1.165 billion opportunity to manage the on-campus energy and utility systems of The Ohio State University.*

Acted as project counsel to a sponsor consortium in all aspects of the bid, commercial close and financial close for the $1.06 billion SH 288 Toll Lanes Project in Harris County, Texas, consisting in the construction, financing, operation, and maintenance of tolled lanes, general purpose lanes, and associated facilities along an approximately 10.3-mile segment of SH 288 from U.S. 59 to the Harris County line at Clear Creek in Harris County.*

Represented company in its $827-million private-placement notes issuance to refinance senior bank debt on the approximately $1.80 billion Interstate 595 corridor project in Broward County, Florida. The transaction was one of the first refinancings of a greenfield P3 project in the United States and one of the first P3s to be refinanced in the private placement market.*

Represented senior lenders and export credit agencies on approximately $4.4 billion financing for an LNG liquefaction project near Freeport, Texas (awarded 2014 "Deal of the Year—Americas" by Project Finance International, 2014 "Americas Award for North American Oil & Gas and Global Overall" by Infrastructure Journal, and 2015 "Global Finance Deal of the Year: Project Finance" by The American Lawyer).*

Represented private equity fund in its acquisition of interests from Exelon Corporation, the Chicago-based electric utility company, in the 1,711-MW coal-fired Keystone Electric Generating Station and 1,711-MW coal-fired Conemaugh Electric Generating Station, located in Shelocta, Pennsylvania and New Florence, Pennsylvania, respectively.*

Represented a sponsor consortium in its successful bid for the Portsmouth Bypass Project in Ohio. The project consists in the development, construction, financing, operation and maintenance of a 16-mile, four-lane limited access highway from Rt. 23 north of Lucasville to Rt. 52 near Sciotoville, and is the first P3 project undertaken in Ohio.*

Represented a sponsor consortium in the $2.3 billion I-4 Ultimate Highway Project in Florida.*

Acted as project counsel to a sponsor consortium in connection with its bid on the $2.4 billion Purple Line Light Rail Project in Maryland.*

Acted as project counsel to a sponsor consortium in connection with its bid on Project Neon, a P3 roads project in Nevada.*

* Experience prior to joining White & Case.