Gianluca Bacchiocchi Joins Clifford Chance, Enhancing Project And Infrastructure Capabilities In Latin America

Tuesday, February 17, 2015 - 18:23

Clifford Chance has announced the recruitment of partner Gianluca Bacchiocchi to its banking and finance practice in the Americas. One of the most respected legal advisers for project finance matters in Latin America, Bacchiocchi's arrival bolsters Clifford Chance's market-leading projects and infrastructure practice and enables the firm to provide even greater support to clients in the region.

At Clifford Chance, Mr. Bacchiocchi will be based in the New York office while continuing to spend a significant amount of time on the ground in Latin America. He comes to the firm from the Chicago office of DLA Piper.

Mr. Bacchiocchi focuses his practice on representing sponsors, issuers and underwriters in cross-border capital markets transactions with Latin America, including project bond financings, public and private issuances of asset-backed securities, private issuances of future-flow backed securities and high-yield debt issuances. He also assists sponsors, borrowers and lenders with project and infrastructure financings, public-private partnership transactions, general secured and unsecured lending arrangements and international debt restructurings. He is fluent in English, Spanish, Portuguese and Italian.

Americas Banking and Finance practice area leader Tom Schulte noted: "In addition to having been involved in many of the landmark transactions in the region, including the recent development and financing of the US$ 5.4 billion Metro Linea 2 in Peru, Gianluca has also been at the forefront of the growing trend towards financing energy and infrastructure projects through the capital markets in Spanish Latin America. Some lawyers work on the biggest deals, others on the most innovative. Gianluca is among the few who can honestly say they do both."

The addition of Mr. Bacchiocchi brings to 73 the number of Clifford Chance partners in the Americas. His is the third major partner hire made by the firm in the region over past few months, following on the high-profile arrivals of structured finance partners Bob Gross and Will Cejudo in December.

Clifford Chance has been working in Latin America for many years and is consistently recognized as one of the region's preeminent law firms.  The firm's lawyers understand the region's distinct business, legal and regulatory landscapes and provide expertise that cuts across the full range of capital markets, banking, corporate, project finance, structured finance and litigation practices. They pride themselves on their ability to develop innovative solutions that align with the unique characteristics of the Latin American market and the changing needs of clients, with recent highlights including the financing of the US$1 billion Chaglla hydroelectric project in Peru, Ecuador's US$2 billion sovereign bond offering, the Reventazon hydroelectric project "B bond," and Banco do Brasil's US$5.7 IPO of BB Seguridade – 2013's largest globally.