Elba L.Bermúdez

Associate

Miami + 1.305.714.9725

Elba Bermúdez represents financial institutions, including commercial and development banks, borrowers, and project sponsors and developers in a wide variety of cross-border and domestic financing-related transactions. She has particular experience advising clients on complex financings in the banking, mining, energy, transportation, and infrastructure sectors.

Elba has represented public and private corporate borrowers, financial institutions, and companies in lending transactions, including project financings, asset-based financings, debtor-in-possession financings, and syndicated dollar and foreign currency financings in the United States, Latin America, and Asia. Recent transactions include a syndicated credit facility for a telecommunications company in Colombia, a debt restructuring transaction for a retail company in the United States, and a syndicated credit facility for a copper mine expansion project in Chile.

Elba also maintains an active pro bono practice and is involved in the Firm's pro bono efforts on behalf of unaccompanied children from Central America. Recently, she successfully represented two unaccompanied minors from Guatemala in obtaining asylum utilizing a novel "Cinderella" theory. While working for the U.S. Department of Justice, she received two awards from the Attorney General: a special achievement for a special act in 2008 in recognition of a sustained superior performance related to a lending matter and a special commendation for outstanding service in 2007 in a housing discrimination matter.

Experience

  • Trustwave sells PCI compliance business to SysnetJones Day advised Trustwave in the $80 million sale of its payment card industry compliance business (SecureTrust and FLEX divisions) to Sysnet Global Solutions.
  • Leading automotive components and systems supplier obtains $100 million senior secured term loan facilityJones Day represented a leading automotive components and systems supplier in connection with a $100 million senior secured term loan facility.
  • Wells Fargo-led syndicate provides $400 million unsecured revolving credit facility to publicly traded real estate investment trustJones Day represented Wells Fargo Bank, National Association, as administrative agent, and Wells Fargo Securities, LLC, as arranger, in connection with an amendment to, and increase of, an existing credit facility to an industrial focused REIT that specializes in owning and operating multi-tenant buildings located in multi-building parks.
  • Wells Fargo provides $87.5 million senior secured revolving credit facility to Florida-based homebuilderJones Day represented Wells Fargo Bank, National Association, as administrative agent, in connection with a $87.5 million senior secured revolving credit facility provided to a Florida-based homebuilder.
  • Wells Fargo Bank and Wells Fargo Securities provide $250 million unsecured revolving credit facility to California-based homebuilderJones Day represented Wells Fargo Bank, National Association, as administrative agent, and Wells Fargo Securities, LLC, as arranger and sole bookrunner, in connection with a $250 million unsecured revolving credit facility provided to a California-based homebuilder.
  • Wells Fargo provides $250 million refinancing to national homebuilderJones Day advised Wells Fargo Bank, National Association in its $250 million unsecured revolving credit facility to a national homebuilder.
  • Wells Fargo-led syndicate of lenders successfully negotiate secured $1.1 billion restructuring credit facility for Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Trust (PREIT)Jones Day represented Wells Fargo Bank, National Association (“Wells Fargo”), as administrative agent, in connection with the Chapter 11 financial reorganization plan of Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Trust (“PREIT”), a publicly traded real estate investment trust that owns and manages a portfolio of shopping malls totaling over 23 million square feet of retail space.
  • Banco Santander provides US$140 million multi-draw term loan financing to YPF S.A.Jones Day represented Banco Santander, S.A., New York Branch in connection with a US$140 million multi-draw term loan financing to YPF S.A., Argentina's state-owned and largest energy company engaged in the exploration and production of natural gas and petroleum products.
  • Opdenergy divests majority stake in two solar photovoltaic plants in Mexico totaling 144MWp and forms Vera RenovablesJones Day represented Otras Producciones de Energía Photovoltaica, S.L. ("OPDE"), a member of the OPDE Group, in connection with the sale of 80% of its equity interests in two photovoltaic power plants, and associated electrical substations and interconnection lines, located in the Mexican states of Aguascalientes (34.2 MW) and Coahuila (82.5 MW) to an affiliate of Riverstone Holdings, an energy and power-focused private investment firm.
  • Sacyr Concesiones S.L. obtains $451.5 million project financing for Colombian toll road projectJones Day represented Sacyr Concesiones S.L., as sponsor, Unión Vial Río Pamplonita S.A.S., as concessionaire, and Fideicomiso Unión Vial Río Pamplonita S.A.S., as borrower, in connection with a $451.5 million long-term project financing, consisting of a U.S. dollar tranche and Colombian Peso debt tranches, provided by a syndicate of major financial institutions led by Deutsche Bank AG, New York Branch and JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A.
  • JinkoSolar sold two solar photovoltaic (PV) plants in Mexico to White River RenewablesJones Day advised JinkoSolar Holding Co., Ltd., one of the world's largest and most innovative solar panel manufacturers, in the sale of two solar photovoltaic (PV) plants in Mexico to White River Renewables.
  • Corporate trustees seek advice relating to LIBOR transitionJones Day is advising two U.S.-based corporate trustees with respect to portfolios impacted by LIBOR transition and COFI cessation, including conducting portfolio-wide risk impact assessments, analyzing various consumer products, and developing litigation contingency plans.
  • Grupo Kuo obtains US$300 million multi-draw revolving loanJones Day represented Grupo Kuo, S.A.B. de C.V., a Mexico-based industrial and commercial global holding company, and its subsidiaries in connection with a US$300 million multi-draw revolving loan financing comprised of a U.S. dollar tranche and a Mexican Peso tranche provided by a syndicate of major financial institutions.
  • Grupo Kuo obtains US$175 million senior unsecured term loanJones Day represented Grupo Kuo, S.A.B. de C.V., a Mexico-based industrial and commercial global holding company, in connection with a US$175 million senior unsecured term loan provided by Bank of America, N.A.
  • Investment banking and securities firm provides $110 million senior secured term loan facility to owner of upstream oil and gas assets in Oklahoma’s Arkoma stackJones Day advised an investment banking and securities firm in connection with a $110 million senior secured term loan facility provided to an owner of upstream oil and gas assets in the Arkoma stack located in the State of Oklahoma.
  • Terminal Portuario Paracas obtains $183 million long term financing for port expansion in Pisco, PeruJones Day represented Terminal Portuario Paracas S.A., as concessionaire, and Servinoga S.L, Pattac Empreendimentos e Participações S.A., and Tucumann Engenharia e Empreendimentos Ltda., as sponsors, in connection with a $183 million long term financing to fund construction costs relating to the expansion of the Pisco port in Peru.
  • Canacol Energy completes $320 million International Offering of Senior NotesJones Day represented Canacol Energy Ltd., a vertically integrated, publicly listed, international energy company engaged in the acquisition, development, exploration, and production of crude oil and natural gas, in connection with a Rule 144A and Regulation S offering of $320 million aggregate principal amount of 7.25% Senior Notes due 2025.
  • Jinko Solar completes first long-term financing of $135 million 130 MW photovoltaic solar power project in MexicoJones Day represented Jinko Solar, as sponsor, and its project company, Solar Park Viborillas, S. de R.L. de C.V., in connection with the development, construction, and senior financing of Jinko’s 130 MW photovoltaic solar power project to be constructed in Las Viborillas, Jalisco, Mexico.
  • Major financial institution provides $100 million financing to Brazilian fuel distributorJones Day represented a major financial institution in connection with a $100 million 5-year term loan facility provided to a Brazilian fuel distributor.
  • JBIC, BTMU, SMBC, and Mizuho Bank provide financing for Escondida Copper Mine expansion projectJones Day represented Japan Bank for International Cooperation ("JBIC"); The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, Ltd., as lender and administrative agent; Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation; and Mizuho Bank, Ltd., as lenders, in connection with a US$500 million syndicated credit facility for Minera Escondida Limitada ("MEL"), a Chilean mining company and operator of the largest copper mine in the world, jointly owned by BHP Billiton Ltd., The Rio Tinto Corporation plc and JECO Corporation/JECO 2 Ltd. (consortia lead by Mitsubishi Corporation).