Mr. Viana concentrates on project finance, corporate and acquisition finance and structured trade and export finance. He frequently represents project sponsors and developers as equity investors, owners and in their other commercial and financial roles in major infrastructure, natural-resource, industrial and energy projects and portfolios, from initial investment to exit. He has also represented the lead lenders, or the credit parties, in over 50 syndicated and other secured and unsecured credit facilities and capital markets offerings of various kinds involving Latin American projects or corporates valued at over US$50 billion.
Mr. Viana has a particular focus on investments involving Latin America, Spain and/or the United States. In Latin America, he has worked on cross-border debt and/or equity investment transactions involving Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru, Puerto Rico, Uruguay and Venezuela.
Mr. Viana also represents European and Latin American financial institutions and multinational companies in their investment, commercial and other business activities in the United States.
- Braskem Idesa S.A.P.I. in the development, procurement, construction and financing of its US$4.5 billion integrated petrochemicals project located in Veracruz, Mexico. The project is the largest deal to close in Mexico and Latin America in 2012. This deal was selected as "2012 Overall Latin American Deal of the Year" and "2012 Latin American Petrochemicals Deal of the Year" by Project Finance, "2012 Americas Petrochemical Deal of the Year" byProject Finance International, "2012 Project Finance Deal of the Year" by Latin Lawyer and "2012 Deal of the Year" by Trade Finance.
- Empresa de Generación Huallaga, a special-purpose company regulated under the laws of Peru, as borrower, in the approximately US$1.2 billion funding for the Chaglla Hydroelectric power generation project, which will have an installed capacity of approximately 400 MW and is to be constructed on the Huallaga River in the Chaglla district of the department of Huanuco, Peru.
- The lead lenders in US$3.1 billion of senior credit facilities for Itaú Unibanco S.A., the largest financial conglomerate in the Southern Hemisphere and the 10th largest bank in the world by market value, and its Brazilian and Chilean subsidiaries.
- The lead lenders in US$5.8 billion of senior revolving export credit facilities for Vale S.A., the world's second largest mining company, and its Swiss and Canadian subsidiaries.
- The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, Ltd., as administrative agent and as lead bank, in connection with a US$1.5 billion senior unsecured syndicated term loan facility for Banco Itaú BBA S.A.
- The lead lenders in US$3.25 billion of senior unsecured credit facilities for Comisión Federal de Electricidad, the national electric utility of Mexico.
- ISAGEN in connection with the procurement, development and financing of the 820 MW Hidrosogamoso hydroelectric (dam) project in Colombia.
- Colombia Telecomunicaciones S.A. ESP (ColTel), as issuer, in connection with its inaugural offering in the international capital markets of US$750 million aggregate principal amount of its 5.375% senior notes due 2022 through a Rule 144A/Regulation S issuance and bridge loan. This deal was selected as "2012 Corporate Finance Deal of the Year" by Latin Lawyer and also selected as the "2012 Debt and Equity-linked Deal of the Year" by IFLR.
- Alterra Partners, and its 50/50 owners Bechtel Enterprises and Singapore Changi Airport, in the sale of their majority-owner and other sponsor interests in Lima Airport Partners (LAP), and LAP's issuance of US$164 million of senior secured notes under Rule 144A/Reg S for the purpose of refinancing its ECA/project finance facilities.
- Construtora Norberto Odebrecht, and its wholly owned subsidiary, Concesionaria Trasvase Olmos in the US$247 million PPP/project co-financing of the Olmos diversion tunnel and dam project in Lambayeque, Peru.
- WestLB AG, New York Branch, as lead arranger in connection with the project financing of the renovation of a gold mine located in Sonora, Mexico.
- Bank of America as agent and a syndicate comprised of 20 international banks in the out-of-court and Chapter 11 in-court restructurings of the 1,000 MW Chivor hydroelectric project in Colombia and its US$400 million senior secured project-style facility (including its eventual 100 percent prepayment).
- BBVA, as arranger, in connection with the US$106 million project financing for the construction of Drake Cement's cement plant and associated limestone quarry in Yavapai County, Arizona, sponsored by Cementos Lima S.A.
- Scotiabank Inverlat and The Bank of Nova Scotia, in the construction and term loan facilities for the US$250 million Torre Mayor office-tower project in Mexico City, Mexico, the tallest building in Latin America.
- Minera Los Pelambres, a subsidiary of Antofagasta plc in connection with the US$750 million financing of the expansion of Los Pelambres through a US$505 million loan facility from six commercial banks and two export credit agencies, and a US$245 million loan facility from Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC).
- ENAP in connection with a US$200 million financing for the construction of an alkylation complex located within ENAP's Aconcagua Refinery in Concón, Chile. The financing consists of a US$100 million export credit facility that is partially guaranteed by Spain's export credit agency, CESCE, and a US$100 million commercial loan facility.
- ENAP and Petropower Energía in the development and financing of the proposed expansion of the delayed coker facilities at the Bío-Bío refinery in Talcahuano, Chile.
- A club of market-leading U.S., European and Asian lenders in a proposed multibillion dollar acquisition financing in Argentina, in which the financing was fully agreed but the acquisition did not close.
- WestLB as lender and lead arranger in the multi-step acquisition financing of Pesquera Exalmar’s purchase of Corporación del Mar.
- J.P. Morgan Securities Inc. in connection with various proposed acquisition financings in Central and South America totaling over $5 billion, in which the financing was fully agreed but the acquisition did not close.
- Citi-Banamex, as administrative agent, lead arranger and lender, Credit Suisse AG, as lead arranger and lender and secured hedging counterparty and Standard Bank, as secured hedging counterparty, among various other financial institutions in various roles, in the US$100 million loan facility for Axtel, S.A.B. de C.V. and its subsidiaries.
- BNP Paribas as bookrunner and administrative agent in the US$1.125 billion and US$1.156 billion revolving credit facilities for Petróleos de Venezuela S.A. (PDVSA).
- Inkia Energy, an international electric power generation company with operations in Peru, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador and Bolivia, in its offering of US$300 million of 8.375% Senior Notes due 2021.
- BBVA and certain of its affiliates as lead and agent bank in the US$737 million workout of the financial debt of Grupo Cementos de Chihuahua, a Mexico-based group with operations in Latin America, the United States and Europe.
- China Development Bank in connection with two loans, together valued at over US$20 billion, to Venezuela's Banco de Desarrollo Económico y Social de Venezuela. The financing is one of the largest that CDB has ever extended.
- BBVA Bancomer, S.A., Institución de Banca Múltiple, Grupo Financiero BBVA Bancomer, as administrative agent, and BBVA Securities, Inc., as sole lead arranger, in a senior secured US$169 million term loan facility for Internacional de Cerámica, S.A.B. de C.V.
- JPMorgan Securities, Inc. and JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A. as lead arranger and administrative agent in the US$200 million senior secured facility for Hochschild Mining plc, guaranteed by Minera Ares and secured by certain Peruvian collateral.
- Telefónica Móviles Colombia S.A. and Telefónica S.A. in connection with a US$600 million term loan facility under the A/B loan program of the Inter-American Development Bank.
- BBVA, Calyon and Citigroup as joint bookrunners in the senior secured US$1.7 billion term and revolving loan facilities provided to the Mexican project subsidiaries of Iberdrola, S.A., the Spanish power company.
- The administrative agent and the lead lenders, or the borrower, in connection with over 15 syndicated facilities to Brazilian, Chilean, Panamanian and Peruvian banks totaling over US$6 billion.