Olivier, Jeanne C.

Jeanne C. Olivier

Of Counsel

Ms. Jeanne Olivier, former co-head of the global Project Development & Finance Group, has been recognized as a leading lawyer in project finance by Chambers Global, Chambers USA, The International Who’s Who of Project Finance Lawyers and Guide to the World’s Leading Project Lawyers in Project Finance. She has extensive experience in both international and domestic financings, including acquisition financings, project and infrastructure financings, privatizations and sovereign and corporate restructurings, primarily in Latin America. Jeanne also regularly advises sponsors and lenders in political risk insurance matters with private and official sector providers of political risk insurance.

During the Latin American debt crisis, Ms. Olivier was actively involved in the restructurings of the sovereign debt of Argentina, Brazil and Panama, including advising the Working Committee for Argentina and the Bank Advisory Committee for Panama in connection with the Brady transactions for Argentina and Panama.

Selected Experience

  • Abengoa as borrower in connection with a non-recourse financing from IDB and U.S. Ex-Im Bank for the Palmatir wind project in Uruguay
  • The joint lead arrangers and joint bookrunners in a multi-currency senior secured term loan for Grupo Cementos de Chihuahua in Mexico
  • SC International Macao Commercial Offshore Limited as borrower and Bahia Specialty Cellulose as exporter in the senior secured trade related facility agreement agented by Mizuho Corporate Bank (selected as “Best Trade Financing” by LatinFinance)
  • Grupo de Inversiones Suramericana (Grupo Sura) in the financing related to the acquisition of ING's Latin American pensions, life insurance and investment management operations in a transaction valued at approximately $3.8 billion (selected as “Cross-border M&A Deal of the Year” by LatinFinance)

Publications and Speaking Engagements

  • Panelist on Grexit and Beyond: Drachma Drama Deja Vu and What Really Happens Anyway at the American Bar Association (ABA) conference in Montreal, October 22, 2015
  • Panelist at the American University Washington College of Law and Duke University School of Law conference A Modern Legal History of Sovereign Debt
  • Lecturer on Financing Telecommunications Projects at the PLI seminar Project Financing: Building Infrastructure Projects in Developing Markets
  • Authored article in Duke University School of Law’s Law and Contemporary Problems, Complexities of Addressing Interest Arrears in a Brady Transaction: The Case of the Republic of Argentina 1992 Financing Plan
  • Co-authored Latin Finance Supplement, Project Finance in Latin America, Foreign Investment Regulations in Brazil, Colombia and Peru
  • Authored article in Latin Lawyer, Political Risk Insurance: A Valuable Product?


  • University of Pennsylvania Law School, J.D., 1979
  • Tulane University, Newcomb College , B.A., 1975, magna cum laude


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