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Sami Mir

Partner

Washington, D.C.

Mir Sami
Sami Mir

Partner

Washington, D.C.

Sami is a partner in the Projects, Energy and Infrastructure Group and ECA Group and serves as the Firm's relationship partner for a number of IFIs, including IFC, IDB Invest, DFC, U.S. Exim Bank, NADB and EDC. Sami's practice is predominantly focused on advising lenders (including ECAs, MLAs, other official credit agencies and commercial lenders) and sponsors on project finance and PPP transactions, as well as equity and fund investments, in Latin America and emerging markets around the world. He is a native English speaker and is fluent in Spanish.

Sami is ranked Band 1 for Agency Financing 2020-2022 and band 2 for Projects by Chambers USA 2022. Sami is ranked band 2 for Projects by Chambers Latin America 2022. Legal 500 has noted him as “an up and coming name amongst lending agencies.” In addition, Sami was named a 2016 Law360 “Rising Star,” which recognized his work as a top project finance attorney under the age of 40.

Noteworthy experience includes advising:

  • IDB Invest, IFC and certain ECA-covered lenders in the financing for the design, construction and operation of a dissolving wood pulp plant in Minas Gerais, Brazil. Awarded ‘Infrastructure Financing of the Year (Brazil)’ and ‘Loan of the Year’ by LatinFinance in 2020.
  • U.S. EXIM Bank, COFACE, Société Générale, Credit Suisse (Luxembourg), and Standard Chartered Bank, in connection with the USD390m secured direct loan to NewSat Limited, an Australian satellite communications provider, to finance the development, construction and launch (including launch insurance) of a Ka-band satellite manufactured by Lockheed Martin and launched by Arianespace.
  • IDB Invest on the refinancing of two existing construction loans, the proceeds of which are used to develop, build and initiate operations of two solar PV projects in Uruguay, El Naranjal (57.5MWp) and Del Litoral (17.0MWp), including advising on the senior and subordinated A/B loan tranches and the issuance of senior and subordinated B-bonds to finance the participation by investors in such loans. This project was named “Latin America Structured Bond Deal of the Year” by GFC Media.
  • IFC’s PPP Advisory Team in connection with advice to Proinversion in structuring, procuring and executing a public-private-partnership for Lima Water Supply Project “Obras de Cabecera”.
  • China Harbour Engineering Co. Ltd in connection with the Primera Línea del Metro de Bogotá – Tramo I PPP project.
  • IFC, EDC, IDB Invest, SACE, BNDES, Bancomext and NAFIN on the USD4.5bn financing of the Etileno XXI petrochemical project in Mexico sponsored by Braskem S.A. and Grupo Idesa. This project was named “Latin American Petrochemicals Deal of the Year 2012” by Project Finance Magazine, “Project Finance Deal of the Year 2012” by Latin Lawyer, “Americas Petrochemical Deal of the Year” by Project Finance International, “Americas Deal of the Year 2012” by Trade Finance Magazine and “Best Deal 2012” by GTR Leaders in Trade.

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Qualifications

Professional

Admitted: Bar of the District of Columbia, 2018

Admitted: Bar of the State of New York, 2004

Academic

J.D., cum laude, Georgetown University Law Center, 2003

B.A., cum laude, New York University, 2000

Recognition