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Luis Maria Clouet

Luis Maria Clouet

Associate

Associate
Luis Maria Clouet

Luis Maria Clouet focuses his practice on representing investment and commercial banks, multilateral agencies, sponsors, issuers and underwriters and corporate clients in cross-border banking & finance and capital markets transactions in Latin America.

He has extensive experience in financial markets and project financing and has represented various financial institutions, including multilateral organizations, commercial banks and sponsors in numerous energy and infrastructure projects in Latin America, including project bond and multisourced financings, issuances of asset-backed securities, future-flow backed securities and high-yield debt. He also has experience in capital markets transactions representing issuers and financial institutions acting as initial purchasers or placement agents in corporate and sovereign 144A and Reg S offerings and 4(a)(2) private placements.

  • Allianz Global Investors U.S. LLC (acting on behalf of its clients) in connection with the fixed rate US$88.5 million 22-year 4(a)(2) private placement to refinance the Uruguayan wind farm Parque Eólico Kiyú. The project was sponsored by Zero-E Dollar Assets, S.L., a subsidiary of Spanish construction group Cobra
  • a consortium led by China Harbour Engineering Company Limited, SP Ingenieros SAS, Unidad de Infraestructura y Construcciones Asociadas SAS and Termotécnica Coindustrial SAS. in the approximately US$658 million multi-tranche, multi-currency, term loan financing for the Mar 2 toll road project in Colombia. The transaction was comprised of a combination of USD and COP commercial bank loans and interest rate and currency hedges. Mar 2 is the first private investment made by a Chinese construction company under Colombia's 4G highway infrastructure program and is also the first financing made by China Development Bank under the 4G program
  • Allianz Global Investors U.S. LLC (acting on behalf of its clients) in connection with the fixed rate US$250 million 18-year 4(a)(2) private placement to refinance the Peruvian wind farms Parque Eólico Marcona S.A.C. and Parque Eólico Tres Hermanas S.A.C. The sponsor, Sigma Fondo de Inversión en Infraestructura, is one of the largest investment fund managers in Peru
  • Goldman Sachs (as initial purchaser) and Bancolombia, FDN and the CAF-AM Ashmore Debt Fund (as senior lenders) in the approximately US$708 million multi-source and multi-currency financing for the Ruta al Mar toll road project in Colombia, which included a combination of Rule 144A/Reg S COP bonds indexed to the UVR, and COP and UVR commercial bank and debt fund loans. Ruta al Mar is the first private initiative to be financed under Colombia's 4G program and is also the first toll road to be financed in Colombia based entirely on traffic revenues; Transport Deal of the Year, IJGlobal Awards 2017
  • Goldman Sachs and the Central American Development Bank in the structuring and arranging of a US$390 million multi-tranche, multi-currency, term loan financing for the Alto Magdalena toll road project in Colombia which included a combination of USD, COP and UVR commercial bank loans, a subordinated liquidity facility, and interest rate and currency hedges; Best Local Currency Financing, Latin Finance Awards 2017
  • Goldman Sachs and Scotia Capital (as initial purchasers) and Bancolombia, Banco de Bogota, Banco de Occidente and the CAF-AM Ashmore Debt Fund (as senior lenders) in the approximately US$472 million multi-tranche and multi-currency financing for the Costera Cartagena Barranquilla toll road project in Colombia which included a combination of Rule 144A/Reg S USD bonds and COP bonds, COP and UVR commercial bank loans, a subordinated revolving liquidity facility and currency hedges
  • Goldman Sachs (as initial purchaser) and Bancolombia, Corpbanca and the Compartimento de Deuda Privada Infraestructura Debt Fund (as senior lenders) in the approximately US$877 million multi-source and multi-currency financing for the Conexion Pacifico 3 toll road project in Colombia, which included a combination of Rule 144A/Reg S USD bonds and COP bonds, COP and UVR commercial bank and debt fund loans, a subordinated revolving liquidity facility and currency hedges; Latin American P3 Deal of the Year 2016, Project Finance International; Project Finance Deal of the Year 2016, Latin Lawyer Magazine; Best Road Financing and Best Infrastructure Financing 2016 – Andes, Latin Finance
  • Banca de Inversión Bancolombia Corporación Financiera S.A., Banco Agromercantil de Guatemala S.A., Banco Agrícola S.A., Banistmo S.A., Banco Aliado S. A., Banco Davivienda Salvadoreño S.A., Banco Davivienda (Panamá) S.A., Multibank Ink., Global Bank Corporation, Towerbank International Inc., Banco Internacional de Costa Rica S.A. and MetroBank S.A. in the US$465 million financing of four hydro projects in Guatemala with a combined capacity of 246 MW, sponsored by Renace. This is the largest private hydroelectric complex in Guatemala

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Career and qualifications

  • Universidad de Buenos Aires (JD equivalent) 2008
  • Admitted as an abogado in Argentina 2010
  • Universidad de Buenos Aires (Masters of Law) 2010
  • New York University School of Law (LLM) 2015
  • Joined Clifford Chance 2015
  • Admitted as an Attorney-at-Law in New York 2016

Awards and citations

  • Rising Star of the Year
    IFLR Americas Awards 2020