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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 by Chambers USA 2020 and ranked Band 4 for Projects by Chambers Latin America 2019. 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:

  • The Senior Lenders (including IFC, EBRD, JBIC, UKEF, Bpifrance, EXIAR, Finnvera, Mizuho, HSBC and ING) on the USD 5bn project financing of a constellation of 882 satellites and associated infrastructure and ground facilities for OneWeb.
  • 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.
  • IDB Invest and other senior lenders on the senior secured financing for the construction, operation and maintenance of four wind farms of a total installed capacity of 185MW in Argentina under its RenovAr Program sponsored by Envision Energy (Jiangsu) CO., LTD.

News & insights

Beams of light going through a tunnel

Publications: 08 JULY 2020

European M&A set for tough autumn

European M&A markets performed more strongly than expected in H1, buoyed by a small number of very big transactions. However, the underlying picture was far less rosy, and the short-term outlook is…

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A major road junction with very few cars

Publications: 08 JULY 2020

China maintains outward-looking approach

The Covid-19 coronavirus crisis has slowed Chinese deal activity. Activity remains sluggish even though the country is emerging from the crisis earlier than the rest of the world.

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News: 16 JUNE 2020

Allen & Overy advises on USD 1.14 billion LD Celulose Pulp Mill Financing in Brazil

Allen & Overy has advised Inter-American Investment Corporation (“IDB Invest”), International Finance Corporation (“IFC”), BNP Paribas Fortis SA/NV (“BNP Paribas”) and a syndicate of commercial bank…

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News: 22 APRIL 2020

Allen & Overy advises IFC on Covid-19 coronavirus Working Capital Solutions facility

Allen & Overy has been appointed to advise the International Finance Corporation (IFC) on its global USD2bn Working Capital Solutions program to provide funding to emerging market banks to on-lend to…

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Office

Washington, D.C.

Allen & Overy LLP
1101 New York Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C.
20005

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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