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Marielle Garrigo

Pellerano & Herrera

Santo Domingo, , DOM


Marielle Garrigo' practice focuses primarily on project finance, international direct investment, capital markets, and merger and acquisitions. She has significant experience in advising foreign investors regarding direct investments in diverse industries. These include tourism, financial services, telecommunications, real estate, and beverages. Her clients include multilaterals and export credit agencies, financial institutions, thrifts, major multinationals, as well as private investment funds. Ms. Garrigo graduated in 2006 from the first Lex Mundi Institute Foundation Management Program and in 2009 for the Advanced Management Program. She is currently the highest female practitioner ranked by Chambers and Partners in the First Band of commercial transaction attorneys in the Dominican Republic. She is a member of the Fulbright Alumni Association.

EXPERIENCE
Ms. Garrigo joined the Firm in 1995 and became a Partner of the International Practice and Foreign Investment Department in the Firm in 2005. The following is a list of some of her most representative transactions of the past 3 years:

 Acted as legal counsel to the CDB in the USD80M credit facility granted to Perilya for the exploitation of the Cerros de Maimon copper/gold mine
  • Acted as legal counsel to Barrick Gold in the USD1.2 billion credit facility granted for the exploitation of the Pueblo Viejo Gold Mine;
  • Acted as legal counsel to the concessionaire in connection with the drafting and structuring of the financing for the construction, operation and maintenance of Autopista del Nordeste, Boulevard Turistico del Atlantico and Viadom, the largest toll road concession granted by the Dominican State;
  • Acted as legal counsel to the lenders in the first local syndicated facility granted by a pool of private banks in favor of the Dominican State for an amount in excess of US$10M;
  • Advised foreign investment funds in the acquisition of the concession for the operation of five local airports in the first LBO in the Dominican Republic involving an amount in excess of US$750M;
  • Advised foreign and local lenders in project finance transactions in excess of US$100M each for the development of a wireless telephone network, airport terminals and the installation of a wind mill project;
  • Acted as local counsel to a US private investment fund in acquisitions of assets in the local hotel industry for an amount in excess of US$150M;
  • Advised clients in the financial sector in various debt restructurings and corporate workouts involving textile free zones;
  • Acted as legal counsel to the initial purchasers and the lenders in connection with several bond issuances by an electricity company, each in excess of US$100M under Rule 144 A Reg-S;
  • Acted as legal counsel to the initial purchasers in connection with the first, second and fourth sovereign bonds issuance in the amounts of US$500M, US$600 and US$250M and in connection with the subsequent exchange offer;
  • Acted as legal counsel to the purchasers in the acquisition of the largest Dominican insurance company; and,
  • Assisted the largest Brazilian beverages company in the acquisition of a controlling interest in the Dominican Republic¡¦s major bottling company.


EDUCATION
  • Barna Institute, Marketing for Lawyers, 2011
  • Washington College of Law, American University LL.M in International Legal Studies, 2001
  • Tulane University, Introduction to American Legal Studies, 2000
  • Northwestern University, Summer Program in Law and Business, 1999
  • Harvard University, Program of Instruction for Lawyers, 1998
  • Pontificia Universidad Catolica Madre y Maestra, LLB, Magna Cum Laude 1995
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