Thursday, 19th November 2020, 55 Hudson Yards, New York, NY 10001

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Chairs

Carolina Walther-Meade

Milbank LLP, New York

Carolina Walther-Meade is a partner in the New York office of Milbank and a member of the firm’s Project, Energy and Infrastructure Finance and Latin America Practice Groups. Ms. Walther-Meade has extensive experience in cross-border financings and international project finance and development, with an emphasis on oil and gas, infrastructure, mining and energy projects throughout Latin America. She has also been involved in numerous multi-jurisdictional acquisition financings and structured financings in the region. Her practice includes representation of commercial bank syndicates, multilateral and export credit agencies and other lenders, as well as corporate developers and industrial groups.

Daniel Bartfeld

Milbank LLP, New York

Dan Bartfeld is a partner in the New York office of Milbank and is the practice group leader of the firm’s Global Project, Energy and Infrastructure Finance Group (which has over 120 dedicated project finance attorneys) and a member of the firm's Global Executive Committee. Mr. Bartfeld's practice focuses primarily on the representation of financial institutions, private equity investors, multinational companies and developers in a wide range of power, energy and infrastructure-related projects in the US and Latin America (development, financing and M&A). Mr. Bartfeld is a featured speaker at numerous industry conferences, and is recognized by many publications as one of the world's leading energy/infrastructure lawyers.

Pablo Sorj

Mattos Filho, Rio de Janeiro

Pablo's practice focuses primarily on the representation of financial institutions, developers and private equity firms in a wide range of oil and gas, power, renewable energy, mining and other infrastructure-related projects in Brazil. He has particular expertise in multi-sourced financings (including those with the Brazilian Development Bank) and representation of investors focusing on project development and M&A activities in the energy and infrastructure sectors. He is a member of the Stanford Law School’s board of visitors and a board member of the Brazilian Institute of Business Law (IBRADEMP).

Programme

8.45: Welcome coffee and registration

9.10: Chairs’ opening remarks

Carolina Walther-Meade, Daniel Bartfeld, Milbank and Pablo Sorj, Mattos Filho

9.20: The Impact of COVID-19 on Latam project development during 2020, and expected impact going forward

The appearance of COVID-19 resulted in unexpected delays, claims of force majeure and generally impacted the development of existing projects in the region.  Supply chains for equipment and parts were disrupted, EPC contractors scrambled to relocate or redeploy their teams, and developers faced new regulations and governmental pronouncements as a consequence of the pandemic.  This group of panelists will discuss the impact of the pandemic on project development, the ability to access the financial markets and solutions to some of the immediate challenges encountered during 2020, and they will share their views of the medium and longer term COVID-19 impact across a number of jurisdictions and sectors.

10.30: Coffee break

11.00: 2020 Preliminary financing reviews: Trends, challenges and opportunities

Where is the money?!!  This panel will review the trends in the financial markets during 2020, as well as the year’s challenges – whether COVID-19, the economic downturn in the Americas and elsewhere, and the political uncertainties across the region.  How will these factors impact the financial markets for sponsors seeking to tap into the project finance markets in 2021?  How can developers and sources of capital learn from the lessons of 2020?  What are the expected trends for 2021?  The panelists will be made up of a cross section of commercial bankers, private equity providers, and investment banks who will share the challenges they face given the new economic and financial realities, recent successes and where they see they expect to see activity in the upcoming year. 

12.00: Coffee break 

12.30: Wanted in 2021: Multilateral agencies, export credit agencies and development finance institutions

MLAs, ECAs and DFIs are uniquely positioned to act as key finance providers during challenging times, whether because of their pre-existing relationships at the intra-governmental level, their ability to weather political events and their appetite to support projects that might not otherwise be able to access financing.  The panelists will include decisionmakers from these types of institutions who will share their views and expectations on sectors of particular interest, where they see the pipeline for 2020 and any recent changes either within their institution or externally that may affect developers and other co-finance providers. 

13.30: Networking lunch

14.45: Power in the Americas

Wherever you may find yourself in the Americas, the power sector has been a constant source of discussion, development and, at times, dispute.  Whether LNG related, conventional or renewable projects, power projects have been front and center of the development of a number of countries in the region.  Recently, various regulatory changes have been introduced and, in certain countries in particular, are now a source of dispute.  What kinds of projects do this group of panelists see as most attractive, how are they facing recent regulatory changes that may affect the fundamentals on which investments were made or financings provided, and what are some of the lessons learned? 

15.45: Coffee break

16.15: Silver Linings: Opportunities during or post pandemic

As we look ahead, where do we see opportunities during these times?  What sectors, types of clients or kinds of projects were able to create opportunities for themselves in 2020?  As we look to 2021, should we expect an increase in M&A activity and, if so, who do we expect the likely players will be and what sectors or jurisdictions do we expect they will focus on?  How do private equity players, financial sponsors and bankers see the year to come, and what are they and their clients hoping to achieve?   On the legal front, what are our clients looking for from us as they forge ahead with their project development, and how can we be most useful to them? 

17.15: Chairs' closing remarks

Carolina Walther-Meade, Daniel Bartfeld, Milbank and Pablo Sorj, Mattos Filho

17.25 onwards: All delegates are invited to a drinks reception kindly hosted by Mattos Filho

Venue

55 Hudson Yards, New York, NY 10001

Testimonials

  • "A very good group of panellists, well experienced, very active." Ernesto Partida, Galicia Abogados

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