Dino Elizardo Barajas is a global project finance lawyer whose practice emphasizes Latin American infrastructure project financings, debt financings, and mergers and acquisitions. His clients include commercial lenders, institutional investors, investment funds, project sponsors, and public and private companies.
Dino handles domestic and international project financings in the energy, power, infrastructure and commercial sectors, as well as in traditional banking. He advises on structured finance, mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance, asset finance, joint ventures and venture capital transactions.
- Has advised in transactions in more than a dozen countries.
- Focuses on domestic and international project development and finance.
- Particular emphasis on Latin American projects.
- Represented an international power developer in the development of a 500 MW wind farm in Mexico that will sell its capacity and energy to the United States. The project is currently the largest wind farm being developed in Latin America.
- Assisted a private wind developer in the $376 million financing of the Milford I wind farm power project located in Massachusetts. This financing is the largest construction financing of an individual wind farm power project in the United States to date.
- Advised a major Mexican power company in the development and financing of the 495-MW Tuxpan V phase of a project with costs of approximately $300 million. The financing of the project involved a complicated array of credit facilities and commercial banks providing both senior and subordinated facilities. This financing holds the record for the fastest project financing of any Mexican Independent Power Producer (IPP) and the quickest project financing closed by Japan Bank for International Cooperation anywhere in the world.
- Counseled an infrastructure development company in the development and financing of the Xacbal 94-MW hydroelectric power project located in Guatemala. This project is currently the largest privately developed and financed greenfield hydroelectric power project in Central America.
- Advocated on behalf of a consortium of international companies in negotiation with Comisión Federal de Electricidad of a power purchase agreement and fuel agreement relating to the Mérida III combined-cycle power project located in Mérida, Mexico. The project was Mexico’s first independent power project under its new energy laws.
- Member, Los Angeles office Inclusion Council.
- B.A., University of California, Los Angeles, 1990
- J.D., Harvard Law School, 1993
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