Richard P.Puttré (Rich)

Partner

Miami + 1.305.714.9704

Rich Puttré has more than 25 years of experience in complex, cross-border project finance transactions and represents sponsors, developers, lenders, and investors in the development, financing, acquisition, and disposition of major capital intensive assets in the United States and Latin America. He is head of the Firm's global Projects & Infrastructure Practice, is a member of the Latin America practice team, and was resident in the Madrid Office from 2001 to 2014.

Much of Rich's recent experience has focused on the renewable energy sector, representing the sponsors and developers in connection with multiple photovoltaic (PV) solar plants in Peru, Mexico, Chile, Argentina, and Panama. Many of these transactions have involved multilateral banks and development finance institutions from various countries around the world. He also has worked on a number of wind, thermal solar, and conventional power projects as well as toll roads, airports, transmission lines, waste treatment facilities, and water projects throughout Latin America. Rich is actively involved in the American public-private partnership (P3) sector, representing bidders, concession companies, underwriters, and lenders in the acquisition, development, and financing of major infrastructure projects throughout the United States.

Rich is involved in the Firm's pro bono efforts on behalf of unaccompanied children from Central America and is active in fundraising efforts for cancer and Parkinson's Disease research. He is a guest lecturer in international finance at the University of Miami School of Law.

Experience

  • Central American conglomerate acquires significant strategic real estate holding in HondurasJones Day represented a Central American conglomerate in the acquisition of a significant strategic real estate holding in Honduras.
  • JinkoSolar to sell two solar photovoltaic (PV) plants in Mexico to White River RenewablesJones Day is advising 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.
  • Paraguay Energy obtains $130 million financing to fund acquisition of Petrobras’ operations in ParaguayJones Day represented Paraguay Energy S.A., an affiliate of Copetrol S.A., in connection with its $130 million financing to fund the acquisition of Petrobras' operations in Paraguay from Petrobras International Braspetro B.V.
  • Central American conglomerate acquires agricultural and energy businessJones Day represented a Central American conglomerate in connection with the acquisition and related financing of an agricultural and energy business, subject to post-closing adjustments.
  • Teyma Group obtains $45 million financing from Newfoundland Capital ManagementJones Day represented Teyma Sociedad de Inversion, S.A. and certain other subsidiaries of Abengoa S.A. in Uruguay ("Teyma Group") in connection with a $45 million financing provided by Newfoundland Capital Management to fund the purchase of the Teyma Group's outstanding financial debt and provide additional liquidity to the Abengoa Group for the development of current and future projects in Uruguay.
  • Jinko Solar and Energía Solar San Ignacio complete $31 million 25.02 MWp photovoltaic solar power plant project in MexicoJones Day represented Jinko Solar, as sponsor, and its project company, Energía Solar San Ignacio, S. de R.L de C.V., in connection with the development, construction, operation, and financing of Jinko’s 25.02 MWp photovoltaic solar power plant and associated electrical substation and interconnection line located in the State of Yucatan in the municipality of San Ignacio, Progreso, Mexico.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • The Ohio State University forms comprehensive first of its kind energy management program worth approximately $1.2 billionJones Day advised The Ohio State University in connection with a comprehensive energy management program for the University to be provided by Ohio State Energy Partners, a consortium comprised of ENGIE North America Inc. and Axium Infrastructure US Inc.
  • 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).
  • Autopistas del Sol, S.A. completes $300 million Rule 144A and Reg S offering and concurrent public offering of $50.75 million of Senior Secured Notes in Costa RicaJones Day represented Autopistas del Sol, S.A. in connection with a Rule 144A and Regulation S offering by Autopistas del Sol of $300 million aggregate principal amount of 7.375% Senior Secured Notes due 2030.
  • Solairedirect acquires Sol de InsurgentesJones Day assisted Solairedirect, a global renewable company of Engie corporate group, in the acquisition of Sol de Insurgentes, S. de R.L de C.V., a company the CENACE awarded the first long term auction and which is currently developing a 23 MWac photovoltaic power generation project in the State of Baja California Sur in the municipality of Comondú.
  • Bank of America finances public-private partnership (PPP) transaction for rehabilitation of I-285 & SR 400 highways near Atlanta, GeorgiaJones Day represented Bank of America, N.A. as bond purchaser and hedge counterparty in connection with the $460 million financing of a public-private partnership (PPP) transaction for the rehabilitation of the I-285 & SR 400 highways near Atlanta, Georgia, through a innovative tax-exempt bank debt structure.
  • Crédito Real acquires 65 percent of AFS Acceptance to scale up its used car business in the U.S.Jones Day advised Crédito Real, S.A.B de C.V., SOFOM, E.R. ("Crédito Real") in its acquisition of 65 percent of the equity interests issued by AFS Acceptance LLC, a financial institution focused on granting loans for the acquisition of used cars in the U.S.
  • Citibank and Goldman Sachs underwrite issuance of $100 million of Tax-Exempt Private Activity Revenue Bonds by I-77 Mobility PartnersJones Day advised Citibank, N.A. and Goldman Sachs & Co., as underwriters, in connection with the marketing and issuance of $100 million of Tax-Exempt Private Activity Revenue Bonds for the construction and management of HOT lanes along I-77 and I-277 in Charlotte, North Carolina by I-77 Mobility Partners LLC, a joint venture owned by Cintra Infraestructuras, S.A. and Aberdeen Global Infrastructure Partners II LP.
  • GTS sells minority stake in two 20 MW solar plants in Peru to Sojitz Corporation of AmericaJones Day advised Grupo T-Solar with the sale of a minority equity interest in two projects consisting of two 20 MW PV plants in southern Peru.
  • Solarpack Corporación Tecnológica develops and finances 19MW photovoltaic solar plant in PeruJones Day advised Solarpack Corporación Tecnológica, S.L. in the development and financing of a 19MW photovoltaic solar plant in Moquegua, Peru with financing provided by the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC).
  • Solarpack Corporación Tecnológica obtains financing for three photovoltaic power plants in ChileJones Day advised Solarpack Corporación Tecnológica, S.L. in connection with the $81.5 million project financing of three photovoltaic power plants in Chile.
  • Solarpack Corporación Tecnológica and Corporación Gestamp, Spanish renewable energy developers, obtain financing for two photovoltaic power plants in PeruJones Day represented Solarpack Corporación Tecnológica, S.L. and Corporación Gestamp, S.L., as sponsors, in connection with the development and financing of two photovoltaic power plants located in Peru, with a total generating capacity of 40 MW.
  • Caixabank-led syndicate finances wind power facility in OklahomaJones Day represented Caixabank, S.A.; Banco de Sabadell, S.A., Miami Branch; and Banco Popular Español, S.A. in connection with the $135M project financing of a wind power facility with a total generating capacity of 132 MW located in Oklahoma.
  • Speaking Engagements

    • March 13, 2017
      Strategies for Financing Central American Projects
    • March 10, 2015
      Financing Renewable Energy Projects, Latin American Energy and Infrastructure Finance Forum
    • March 7, 2008
      Infrastructure In the U.S. - Salient Issues, Association of German Public Sector Banks
    • April 25-27, 2007
      Developing Infrastructure for the Public Sector from a Bidders Perspective, U.S. Infrastructure Summit
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