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News Jan 17, 2020

Financing Deal for Wind-Powered Electric Facility in Guatemala

Shearman & Sterling advised Nederlandse Financierings-Maatschappij voor Ontwikkelingslanden N.V. (FMO), DEG - Deutsche Investitions- Und Entwicklungsgesellschaft mbH (DEG) and Société De Promotion Et De Participation Pour La Coopération Economique S.A. (PROPARCO), as lenders, and FMO, as facility agent on a $56.4 million financing deal for the completion and operation of an approximately 31.5 MW wind-powered electric generating facility in Jutiapa, Guatemala.

The project was financed after the start of commercial operations and the proceeds of the single drawdown of the facility were used primarily to reimburse the sponsor up to the agreed debt-to-equity ratio for excess equity invested in the project during construction. The new facility will form part of the push to diversify Guatemala’s energy grid, which has significant renewable energy potential but is currently reliant on mostly conventional sources such as fossil fuel and coal. The facility will be owned and operated by Transmisión de Electricidad, S.A, which is part of Grupo Terra.

The Shearman & Sterling team below included visiting attorneys Santiago Martinez and Gonzalo Robles.

The Team