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Cynthia Urda Kassis

Cynthia Urda Kassis

Shearman & Sterling LLP

New York, NY, USA


Cynthia Urda Kassis represents sponsors/borrowers and lenders in project, finance and joint venture transactions worldwide, with extensive experience in the energy, infrastructure, mining and general manufacturing industries, as well as in power, mining and infrastructure restructurings. She consistently ranks as one of the leading project finance lawyers by Chambers & PartnersIFLR 1000 and Legal 500. She has been named “Dealmaker of the Year” by The American Lawyer for her work on the historic Panama Canal expansion financing and the Quintero LNG project in Chile as well as “Projects/Energy Lawyer of the Year” byChambers USA (Women In Law). In 2014, she was named “MVP in Project Finance” by Law360, “Latin America Legal Star” by Latin Business Chronicle and “Project Finance Lawyer of the Year” by Who’s Who LegalWho’s Who Legal also named her among the “most highly regarded individuals in the world” in the field of project finance (where she was named one of the top 10 lawyers in the Americas) and in the field of mining (where she was named one of the top 10 lawyers in North America and the only one among the top 10 based in New York).  Cynthia’s practice is heavily focused on Latin America, with significant work in Brazil.  She has advised numerous clients on cross-border and domestic projects in Brazil.  Indeed, Shearman & Sterling is one of the three international law firms on BNDES’ international legal panel.  In that regard, Cynthia has represented the BNDES in the award-winning $1.6 billion project financing for the Chaglla hydroelectric plant as well as the $3.2 billion project financing of a portfolio of deepwater drilling units of Sete Brasil Partcipações SA (representing one of the largest proposed loans in BNDES’ history, according to Project Finance International).
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