Barry N. Machlin is a partner in Mayer Brown’s Project Finance group and concentrates on international and domestic project finance and infrastructure transactions of all types. Barry has led or had a central role in transactions involving more than 60 countries spanning a wide range of sectors, including power, oil and gas, ports and aviation, satellite/telecom and other areas.
Barry also has represented sovereigns, state-owned enterprises and investors in privatization matters and cross-border investment and financing transactions. Barry served for four years on the firm’s global Partnership Board, is a member of our Asia Board and a former co-Chair of the Global Projects group.
Barry has received numerous accolades for his work, including being selected by the International Financial Law Review as a 2014 “Leading Lawyer” and the Financial Times as a “US Innovative Lawyer 2011”, as well as being named by the American Lawyer as its 2007 “Dealmaker of the Year” in Project Finance.
Barry has consistently been ranked in Band 1 by Chambers USA (Projects) and is highly ranked in both the Chambers Global and Chambers Latin America Guides, as well as named a “Leading Lawyer” in the Legal 500 United States, in the Euromoney Guide to the World’s Leading Project Finance Lawyers, and in the International Who’s Who of Project Finance Lawyers.
He was named to The Best Lawyers in America, was named a “Super Lawyer” in both Washington, DC and Illinois, and was recommended by Legal Media Group’s “Expert Series” as one of the world’s leading lawyers in Project Finance. Barry was named to Legal 500’s list of Hall of Fame lawyers in 2017.
Chambers has cited praise for Barry for his “deft touch and experience to get [lenders] to a point where everyone can agree.” (Chambers USA2016). Clients have also said that he is a “fantastic lawyer” (Legal 5002016).
- Harvard Law School, JD
- Brandeis University, BA, summa cum laude
- New York
- District of Columbia
Activities : Adjunct Professor, Northwestern University School of Law
- Advising the Autoridad del Canal de Panamá in connection with construction and project development matters for the $5.25 billion Panama Canal Expansion Project. (This transaction was named the 2009 Project Finance Deal of the Year by IFLR.)
- Representing six export credit agency and government-affiliated lenders from Korea, Japan, Germany, the United States and Finland in the $5.5 billion Cobre Panama copper mine project financing. (This is the largest copper plant in the world.)
- Representing three government-affiliated lenders from the United States, the Netherlands and Costa Rica in the $130 million, 50 megawatt Orosi wind power project in Costa Rica. (Named the 2013 Latin American Wind Deal of the Year by Project Finance Magazine.)
- Representing three multilateral financing institutions and an export credit agency in the La Ventosa-La Mata wind power project in Mexico.
- Advising an export credit agency in connection with the financing of the AfricaSat 1A satellite for the Republic of Azerbaijan.
- Representing a multilateral lending agency and the lead commercial lender on the $260 million Itapoá deepwater port project in Brazil.
- Representing the lead lender in connection with the successful restructuring of the $400 million Central Puerto power project in Argentina.
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