Martin Menski

Partner, Washington, DC

Biography

Overview

Martin is a Partner in the Energy, Infrastructure, Project and Asset Finance Practice based in the Washington D.C. office and leads the firm's agency practice for the Americas.

Martin has advised on the development and financing of several market-leading, award-winning projects, covering the power, mining, LNG, oil & gas and infrastructure sectors in emerging markets in Latin America, Africa, Indo-Pacific, Central Europe and the United States.
 
Martin has extensive experience in advising multilaterals, development banks, export credit agencies and international commercial banks, as well as sponsors, developers, funds, governments, on both project and financing documents. He has developed financing solutions for multilateral institutional clients such as the "B- Bond" of IDB Invest (formerly the Inter-American Development Bank), a product that enables the mobilization of funding from bond investors under IDB's protective umbrella for projects in the Latin American and Caribbean markets.

Bars and Courts
District of Columbia Bar
New York State Bar
England and Wales
Education
Master of Laws
Georgetown University Law Center
PhD
King's College London
BA
School of Oriental and African Studies
University of London
Languages
English
French
German
Hindi
Portuguese
Spanish

Experience

Representative experience includes advising:

Power

EnfraGen, LLC in a US$240 million non-recourse financing for a portfolio of greenfield solar projects in Chile.

Multilaterals and development finance institutions on a non-recourse project financing for a solar project in Jordan.

An asset fund as sponsor and borrower on a US$140 million portfolio of solar photovoltaic projects in Chile.

IDB Invest on the $200 million financing to ENEL Green Power Mexico for a portfolio of wind and solar projects in Mexico comprising a 244MW wind farm in the municipality of China, Nuevo León, a 149 MW wind farm in the municipality of Acuña, Coahuila, and a 220 MW photovoltaic plant in the municipalities of Tlaxco and Hueyotlipan, Tlaxcala.

Alto Maipo SpA, a subsidiary of The AES Corporation, on its second restructuring of a 531 MW hydroelectric project in Chile Latin American Refinancing Deal of the Year 2018 – IJ Global Awards*

LNG and Oil and Gas

US-EXIM and the other financiers on the landmark US$20 billion project financing of Mozambique's first onshore LNG development. The project is the largest-ever foreign direct investment into Africa – Global Multilateral Deal of the Year 2020 – Project Finance International

IFC on its equity investment as a joint venture partner (with Sasol Petroleum Temane Limitada and Companhia Mocambicana de Hidrocarbonetos SARL) in the development of oil and gas operations relating to the Pande and Temane Field Reservoirs (offshore Mozambique) and associated tolling and processing and sales arrangements

Jordan Cove on the proposed project financing of a US$10 billion export LNG facility in Oregon*

Sponsor on the development and financing of a US$600 million mini liquefaction plant in Nigeria and related gas to power projects in Nigeria, Burkina Faso and the surrounding ECOWAS region*

Infrastructure

Development finance institutions, multilaterals and ECAs on a US$3 billion project financing for an integrated pulp mill project in Paraguay

BNDES and the senior lenders on an approx. US$2.8 billion project financing for the São Palo Metro Line 6 project in Brazil

International Finance Corporation (IFC) on financing the development, construction, and operation of a submarine fiber optic cable connecting the island of the Seychelles to the 2 Africa cable system on the Eastern cost of Africa

DFC, Proparco and EIB in connection with the project financing of the US$1 billion Disi Water Project in the Kingdom of Jordan

IDB Invest on an up to MX$1.3 billion limited recourse financing for Konfio, a fintech company based in Mexico, involving a secured revolving credit facility with borrowing base and warehouse features to facilitate future securitisations.

COVID-19 Related Projects

Lenders on a €334 million commercial bank term loan to Eastern and Southern African Trade and Development Bank with a guarantee from the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA), for COVID-related financing purposes. This is a pioneering new product by MIGA that provides commercial banks protection against the risk of Non-Honoring of Financial Obligations by a Regional Development Bank, the first major deployment of this product in the African market.– Loans Deal of the Year 2021 – IFLR Africa Awards; Best Deal 2020 - Global Trade Finance

Citibank as arranger on a US$250 million loan to Caja de Ahorros with a guarantee from the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA), a member of the World Bank Group. The Caja de Ahorros loan was funded through a unique repack structure.

International Finance Corporation (IFC), French Development Agency subsidiary Proparco, DEG, the German Development Finance Institution, and the U.S. International Development Finance Corporation (DFC) on an aggregate of €600 million in loans to be advanced to Aspen Finance Proprietary Limited, a member of the global pharmaceutical group, Aspen Pharmacare. The ongoing transaction will be the largest healthcare investment and mobilization IFC has led globally to date.

*Matters prior to White & Case.