Mr. Neaher concentrates in project finance, including public-private partnerships (PPPs). He has broad-based international experience, having previously been based in our Hong Kong and London offices.
Mr. Neaher regularly represents lenders and sponsors in large scale projects in the US and internationally. He has represented multilateral institutions, export credit agencies, commercial banks, insurers, hedge providers, issuers of project bonds and equity joint venture partners in projects in a wide range of sectors, including power, oil and gas, airports, toll roads, telecommunications, water and other industrial projects. He is also currently involved in projects utilizing funding under the US Department of Energy's Loan Guarantee Program.
Financings in which Mr. Neaher has participated include:
- Representation of the lenders on the Phase II expansion of the landmark US$10.2 billion Emirates Aluminium (EMAL) smelter project in Abu Dhabi, the United Arab Emirates. This transaction was selected as "2012 Gulf Cooperation Council Industrial Project of the Year" by MEED Quality Awards for Projects, as "2013 Middle East Industrial Deal of the Year" by Project Finance International magazine and as "2013 Middle Eastern Mining & Metals Deal of the Year" by Project Finance magazine;
- Representation of International Finance Corporation in connection with a loan to Telecom Development Company Afghanistan Limited (Roshan) to finance the licensing and roll-out of a 3G mobile communications network in Afghanistan and to partially refinance Roshan’s existing debt;
- Representation of BBVA, BNP Paribas, Crédit Agricole Securities, Banco Santander and Société Générale, as initial purchasers, in connection with the Rule 144A/Regulation S issuances by CE Oaxaca Dos, S. de R.L. de C.V. of US$148 million of 7.25% senior secured notes due 2031 and by CE Oaxaca Cuatro, S. de R.L. de C.V. of US$150 million of 7.25% senior secured notes due 2031. Located near Oaxaca, Mexico, the Oaxaca Dos and Oaxaca Cuatro projects each generate 102 megawatts (MWs) of power. These were the first two project bond offerings for wind farm projects in Mexico. This transaction was selected as "2012 Latin American Project Bond Deal of the Year" byProject Finance magazine and as "2013 Best Renewable Energy Financing" by LatinFinance magazine Infrastructure Finance Awards;
- Representation of OPIC in connection with its US$400 million investment in notes issued by a special purpose vehicle under Garanti Bank's diversified payment rights (DPR) program, which was funded by OPIC's issuance of certificates of participation under OPIC's customary funding arrangements;
- Representation of the US Department of Energy in connection with a US$150 million loan guarantee for 1366 Technologies, Inc., a company that develops and manufactures multicrystalline wafers for use in solar cells;
- Representation of European Investment Bank and International Finance Corporation in connection with the US$335 million financing of the US$700 million greenfield 1,500 metric tons per day phosphoric acid fertilizer project (JIFCO) in Jordan, sponsored by Jordan Phosphate Mines Company and Indian Farmers Fertilizer Cooperative Limited;
- Representation of Overseas Private Investment Corporation in connection with a US$306 million securitization of certain revenues of the public registry of property administered by IFREM (Instituto de la Función Registral del Estado de México), an institute created by the State of Mexico. This deal was selected as "2010 Best Structured Financing Deal" and "2010 Best Financing Innovation Deal" by LatinFinance magazine and as "2010 Latin America Domestic Currency Bond of the Year" by International Financing Reviewmagazine;
- Representation of Overseas Private Investment Corporation, European Investment Bank and PROPARCO in connection with the project financing of the US$1.1 billion Disi-Mudawarra water project in Jordan. This deal was selected as a "2009 Europe, Middle East and Africa Deal of the Year" byProject Finance magazine;
- Representation of ITR Concession Company, LLC, a special purpose company formed by Cintra and Macquarie Infrastructure Group, in connection with the US$3.8 billion, 75-year concession and lease of the 157-mile Indiana Toll Road and an associated US$4 billion non-recourse bank financing;
- Representation of Skyway Concession Company LLC, a special purpose company formed by Cintra and Macquarie Infrastructure Group, in connection with the US$1.4 billion, Rule 144A monoline wrapped bond refinancing of the 99-year concession for the Chicago Skyway, a 7.8-mile limited access toll bridge and highway system privatized by the City of Chicago;
- Representation of Société Générale and other lenders in connection with a US$300 million secured refinancing for Companhia de Eletricidade do Estado da Bahia—COELBA (Brazil);
- Representation of Inter-American Development Bank and Ambac Assurance Corporation in connection with the Costanera Norte toll road financing in Chile involving a wrapped local currency bond offering. This financing was designated the "2003 Latin American Deal of the Year" by Project Finance International magazine;
- Representation of IFC, Société Générale and Deutsche Bank in connection with the US$440 million financing of the 450 MW Rio Bravo II power plant at Valle Hermoso, Tamaulipas, Mexico and the US$160 million financing of the 248 MW Saltillo power plant at Ramos Arizpe, Coahuila, Mexico;
- Representation of IFC and Société Générale in connection with the US$600 million financing of the 495 MW Rio Bravo III and 500 MW Rio Bravo IV power projects at Valle Hermoso, Tamaulipas, Mexico;
- Representation of IFC, Société Générale, Barclays Bank and Crédit Lyonnais as joint arrangers for the US$395 million financing of the Port Said East and Suez Gulf power projects, two 683 MW power generation plants in Egypt developed by Électricité de France International;
- Representation of the equity sponsors in the Rutas del Pacifico toll road financing in Chile involving a local currency bond offering and credit support from a monoline insurer and a multilateral development bank. This financing was designated the "2002 Latin American Deal of the Year" by Project Finance International;
- Representation of Unocal Corporation in the limited recourse financing of the West Seno oil field development in Indonesia;
- Representation of Unocal Corporation in connection with the development and financing of a geothermal power project in Indonesia that involved a combined commercial bank/Rule 144A bond financing; and
- Representation of IFC in two PPP projects involving the limited recourse financing of the Juan Santamaría International Airport in Costa Rica and the Sangster International Airport in Jamaica.