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Lauran Guijarro is an associate in the Energy, Infrastructure, Project and Asset Finance Practice. She has experience in cross-border financial transactions involving commercial banks, multilateral lending agencies, export credit agencies and corporate entities, with a focus on project finance in Latin America, and has drafted and negotiated both project documents, particularly construction arrangements, and financing documents. Notable deals include the financing of the US$1.2 billion Chaglla hydroelectric power-generation project in Peru, as well as the development and financing of a US$4.5 billion polyethylene facility in Mexico. Lauran also regularly represents domestic and foreign commercial banks, investment banks and other financial institutions in syndicated bank loan transactions.
Lauran has also represented project sponsors in international arbitration before the International Chamber of Commerce in disputes regarding the construction and development of energy projects in Latin America.
Lauran also spent two years in White & Case's Mexico City office before relocating back to the Firm's Miami office.
Empresa Generadora de Electricidad Haina, S.A. as sponsor in connection with the development and construction of a wind power project in the Dominican Republic.
Ongoing representation of Braskem Idesa S.A.P.I. in connection with the management, development, construction and financing of its US$4.5 billion integrated petrochemicals project located in Veracruz, Mexico. The project was the largest deal to close in Mexico and Latin America in 2012 and was selected as "2012 Overall Latin American Deal of the Year" and "2012 Latin American Petrochemicals Deal of the Year" by Project Finance, "2012 Americas Petrochemical Deal of the Year" by Project Finance International, "2012 Project Finance Deal of the Year" by Latin Lawyer and "2012 Deal of the Year" by Trade Finance.
Ongoing representation of Empresa de Generación Huallaga, a special-purpose company regulated under the laws of Peru, in connection with the management, development, construction and approximately US$774 million project financing of the Chaglla Hydroelectric power generation project on the Huallaga River in the Chaglla district of the department of Huanuco, Peru, with a completed installed capacity of approximately 400 MW. 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.
Terminal Internacional del Sur S.A., as borrower, and Santa Sofia Puertos S.A., as 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. The transaction was awarded "Latin American Transport Deal of the Year 2014" from Infrastructure Journal Global and this project contributed to the Firm receiving Global Transport Finance's prestigious Port Finance Firm of the Year award.
Aerovías de México, S.A. de C.V. in an innovative guaranteed pre-delivery payment ("PDP") financing transaction relating to four new Boeing 787-9 aircraft scheduled for delivery in 2016 and 2017, with Banco Santander (Mexico) acting as Administrative Agent and Collateral Agent for the lenders.
Natixis, New York Branch, as administrative agent, in connection with a US$800 million senior guaranteed syndicated term loan facility for Techgen S.A. de C.V., a joint venture formed by Ternium S.A., Tenaris S.A. and Tecpetrol Internacional, S.L.U., in connection with the design, construction, development and operation of a 900MW natural gas-fired combined cycle power plant located in Nuevo León, Mexico.
Isagen S.A., the second-largest electric utility in Colombia, in the conversion of its US-dollar-denominated structured loans and derivatives guaranteed by the Republic of Colombia and a public-sector insurance policy issued by the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) into private-sector facilities guaranteed by OPIC. The conversion took place in conjunction with the sale through a public privatization of Isagen in Colombia to funds managed by Brookfield Asset Management.
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