THE FIRM This firm's projects practice has a broad geographical and industrial scope. Prominent mining specialist Richard Brach retired in late 2011 and the group will miss his input but clients remain satisfied with the depth of the team's resources. Recent work highlights include representing the lenders syndicate, led by the Inter-American Development Bank, in a dual-tranche deal to finance the Santos port expansion in Brazil. The team also counselled several Asian lenders, including a consortium comprising Itochu, Marubeni and Mitsui, on providing USD750 million of financing for the expansion of Petróleo de Venezuela's El Palito oil refinery.
Sources say: "Fantastic lender work and one of the deepest projects teams around."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Peers have great respect for Daniel Bartfeld, who is "smart, friendly and great to work with." Clients are similarly impressed and praise his depth of experience, which makes him "a creative problem-solver and a fine negotiator."
Jonathan Green's well-regarded domestic practice is complemented by regular involvement in high-value Latin American deals. He advised a consortium consisting of Abertis and Goldman Sachs on a USD1.13 billion toll road project in Puerto Rico.
Demonstrating the esteem in which he is held, Glenn Gerstell serves on President Obama's National Infrastructure Advisory Council. He continues to advise on project finance deals in Latin America, acting for clients such as Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ and Citigroup Global Markets.
Los Angeles-based Allan Marks is highlighted for the invaluable experience he gained working on a number of Latin American toll road and oilfield projects.
Carolina Walther-Meade impresses senior lawyers with her language skills, and by being a "very technically adept" lawyer with a "sharp and practical" approach.
Senior associate Roland Estevez formed part of the team advising the lenders on a USD692 million debt facility destined to finance the Schahin Group's purchase of a drilling ship.
Finance partner Carlos Albarracín joined the practice in late 2012 from a rival firm. He is an Argentine native who is well established in New York. He is hailed by sources as a "proactive and assertive lawyer."