June 4, 2009 – Mayer Brown, a leading global law firm, announced today that Christopher Erckert has joined its Washington, D.C. office as a partner in the Global Projects group. Previously, he was a well-known and experienced partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Vinson & Elkins. He is the second hire for Mayer Brown’s Global Projects group in the last month.
Mr. Erckert’s practice focuses on representing lenders and borrowers in project and infrastructure financings, and other financing and restructuring transactions in the US and Latin America. He has counseled clients on financing matters in recent years with an aggregate value of more than $10 billion. He also has significant experience in representing buyers, sellers, and financing parties in acquisition and divestiture transactions.
“Mayer Brown has a first-tier practice projects and infrastructure practice in Latin America,” said Mayer Brown partner Barry Machlin, co chair of the firm’s Global Projects group. “Christopher will add significantly to our continued ability to deliver leading edge services to clients through the Americas.”
Energy and infrastructure are two areas in which Mr. Erckert has done significant work. His experience in the power sector includes advising on financing, developing, and restructuring more than 10,000 MW of conventional and renewable power generation. He represented a leading international energy company in connection with the financing of the GNL Quintero Project, a major LNG facility in Chile. This transaction was named “Americas Oil and Gas Deal of the Year for 2008” by Project Finance International and “2008 Latin American Oil & Gas Deal of the Year” by Project Finance magazine.
Mr. Erckert has had extensive experience working in the renewable energy sector, both in the United States and internationally. His representation of NRG Energy in the $280 million sale of a Brazilian power plant was named Project Finance's “2008 Latin American Renewables Deal of the Year.” Another deal of note is when he represented the lenders in the $990 million financing of the 750 MW La Yesca Hydroelectric Project in Mexico. This transaction was named “Americas Power Deal of the Year for 2007” by Project Finance International and is the largest financing to date in the Mexican power sector. He has also represented lenders in a number of mezzanine financings of US and international renewable power generation portfolios.
Mr. Erckert will also bring extensive experience to Mayer Brown’s internationally-recognized Latin America practice. He is fluent in Portuguese and Spanish, in addition to English, which enables him to negotiate and review contracts in all three languages. Mr. Erckert has represented clients in several of the most innovative and noteworthy transactions in the region, having participated in nine “Deals of the Year” and having led transactions in the United States, Brazil, Mexico, Chile, Peru, Colombia, Argentina, the Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Nicaragua, and elsewhere around the globe.
“Mayer Brown presents a great opportunity for me to continue to build my practice on a global scale,” Mr. Erckert said. “Projects work and Latin America are two strong growth areas. I look forward to working with the other partners to grow the group and deliver the best legal counsel to clients.
“Despite the international finance crunch, emerging market economies in Latin America continue to grow and need capital,” said Mayer Brown partner Doug Doetsch, co chair of the firm’s Latin America practice. “Christopher will contribute substantially to our capabilities, advising on innovative project and structured financing transactions.”
Mayer Brown’s Global Projects group continues to be involved in innovative projects around the globe in a variety of sectors, including conventional and renewable power, oil and gas, mining, telecom, roads and motorways, ports, petrochemicals, wind, water and industrial manufacturing. The group also has a particular strength in Latin America. The firm advises U.S. and European companies and financial institutions with business interests in the region, as well as a wide range of corporations and financial institutions headquartered in Latin America.