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Sebastián Villaveces
Sebastián Villaveces
Senior Associate — Energy Transactions & Projects
Senior Associate — Energy Transactions & Projects

Sebastián Villaveces

New York

The Grace Building
1114 Avenue of the Americas
32nd Floor
New York, NY 10036

Sebastián Villaveces

Sebastián is a member of V&E’s worldwide Energy Transactions and Projects group. His practice focuses on cross-border corporate transactions representing domestic and foreign clients, including sponsors and developers in the energy sector. In particular, Sebastián has extensive experience in connection with complex transactions throughout Latin America in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, project development and finance. Prior to joining Vinson & Elkins he worked as a senior associate in the Latin America Group of Herbert Smith Freehills in New York, as Counsel at New Fortress Energy, an energy infrastructure company, and as an associate in the Latin American Practice Group at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton in New York.

Experience Highlights

  • A global energy company in the sale of certain Latin American-based assets

  • A Mexican oil & gas company in the sale of its gas distribution business

  • A multilateral financing agency in financing transactions to borrowers in the impact investment, manufacturing and health sectors

  • The lender on a lending transaction to finance the development of a hydroelectric project in Chile

  • A global energy company in the development of an integrated LNG terminal and power solution in Nicaragua (ongoing)

  • A U.S.-based private equity firm in the acquisition of a 50% stake in a global asset management company, including in Brazil, Mexico, Chile and Argentina

  • A Mexican multinational bakery in its acquisition of:

    • a U.S.-based global baking producer and supplier
    • a leading English muffin baker in the U.S.
    • certain manufacturing facilities in the U.S.
  • A global consumer goods multinational in the acquisition of a Latin American-based business with presence in Colombia, Peru and Ecuador

  • A Nordic specialty paper maker in its $600 million acquisition of a U.S. specialty paper producer

  • The lead arranger in a syndicated loan to a gas transportation company based in Peru

  • A Chilean energy company in connection with several amendments of their project finance facilities

  • A Chilean state owned copper mining company in connection with several term loan facilities

  • A Canadian eye health products company in the refinancing of its senior secured credit facilities, which included a $1.9 billion term loan facility, a €457 million euro-denominated term loan facility, a $399 million delayed draw term loan facility and $467 million in revolving credit commitments

  • A real estate developer in its refinancing of a syndicated revolving credit facility

  • A global energy company in:

    • the drafting and negotiation of a power purchase agreement in Nicaragua
    • the development of an integrated LNG terminal and power solution in Baja California, Mexico
  • The underwriters in a Rule 144A/Reg S and concurrent public offering in Mexico of shares by one of the largest energy companies in Mexico

  • The underwriters in a Rule 144A/Reg S and concurrent initial public offering of shares in Colombia by a leading cement manufacturer

  • Mexican state-owned oil & gas company in numerous debt offerings

  • The underwriters in a Rule 144A/Reg S debt offering and related liability management transaction by a Chilean state-owned oil & gas company

  • The underwriters in an SEC-registered public debt offering and related liability management transaction, as well as an equity follow-on offering of preferred shares by Colombia’s largest bank

Credentials

  • Northwestern Pritzker School of Law, LLM, 2011
  • Northwestern University, Kellogg School of Management, Certificate in Business Administration, 2011
  • Universidad de los Andes, Bachelor of Laws (Abogado), 2009
  • Member: New York Bar Association
  • New York
  • Colombia
  • Spanish (fluent)
  • French (proficient)