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Christopher P.B. Erckert

Christopher P.B. Erckert

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Overview

"His flexibility and imagination were key factors in the success of the transactions."

Chambers Latin America

Christopher has built an active practice representing sponsors and financial institutions in corporate financings, project financings, and other financing and restructuring transactions. Christopher also has significant experience in representing buyers, sellers, and financing parties in acquisition and divestiture transactions. 

Christopher’s experience includes a broad range of financing structures, including those provided by commercial banks, multilateral agencies, export and other official creditors, and capital markets (through 144A/Reg S issuances as well as traditional private placements). Christopher’s practice includes a particular emphasis on energy and infrastructure-related work – having advised on the financing, development, and restructuring of more than 10,000 MW of conventional and renewable power generation and groundbreaking transactions in water and transport sectors. His experience within the power sector includes generation, transmission and distribution, and he frequently provides counsel on a broad array of other infrastructure and industrial matters, including rigs, LNG facilities, gas pipelines, water treatment facilities, toll roads, port infrastructure, and manufacturing facilities. 

Christopher has extensive experience in Latin America, where his fluency in Portuguese and Spanish, in addition to English, enables him to negotiate and review contracts in all three languages. He has represented clients in several of the most innovative and noteworthy transactions in the region, having led more than a dozen “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.

Law 360 has named Christopher as an MVP in the Project Finance category in 2012, 2014 and 2016—the only lawyer so recognized three times. Upon his being awarded the honor in 2014, the publication cited him for “establishing himself once more as the go-to Latin America lawyer” with his work on three recent “highly complex” infrastructure deals in Latin America. Chambers Global notes that Christopher is a “detail-oriented attorney who excels at structuring his way around problems, and is a nice guy to work with.” He is also highlighted by Chambers Latin America 2018 as one of the leading lawyers in Latin America, where he “represents both borrowers and lenders in project financings, with additional expertise in M&A transactions related to infrastructure projects.” The publication notes that he is held in high esteem by clients, with one particularly highlighting that his he has a “detail-oriented approach and ability to deal simultaneously with many complicated issues and many different parties.” Christopher is also a finalist for the American Lawyer’s 2018 Legal Services Innovation Award. The Legal 500 includes Christopher as one of the ten leading individuals in Latin American project finance and Latin Lawyer 250 names Christopher as a key project finance practitioner. Christopher has also been listed among the top international trade and finance lawyers in The Best Lawyers in America, The International Who's Who of Project Finance Lawyers, The International Who's Who of Business Lawyers and the Project Finance section of the Guide to the World's Leading Banking Finance and Transactional.

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