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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 DFIs, including IFC, IDB Invest and IDB Group, OPIC, 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 4 for Projects by Chambers Latin America 2019 and 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

Publications: 02 APRIL 2020

Covid-19 coronavirus: opportunities for financial relief in the aviation industry under the CARES Act

This note summarizes the provisions of the CARES Act that address financial assistance for the U.S. aviation industry in the wake of the Covid-19 coronavirus.

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New concession model introduced to monetise existing Government/SOE infrastructure assets

Publications: 02 APRIL 2020

New concession model introduced to monetise existing Government/SOE infrastructure assets

On 18 February 2020, the Government introduced a new legal framework on the limited concessions scheme (LCS) in the infrastructure sector. The new rule is Presidential Regulation No. 32 of 2020 on Financing of Infrastructure through Limited Right of Utilisation (Reg 32).

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Publications: 02 APRIL 2020

Covid-19 coronavirus: Impact on the real estate market in China

How Covid-19 coronavirus will impact the real estate market in China is hard to predict. Here we explore the outlook, the steps that investors are taking to address virus exposures, and the measures that are advisable to mitigate risk going forward.

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Publications: 02 APRIL 2020

5MLD – Implementation in Luxembourg

The 5th anti-money laundering directive (5MLD), which amends Directive (EU) 2015/849 (4MLD), was adopted in May 2018 with a view to addressing both recent technological innovations and weaknesses identified in the 4MLD regime in the wake of terrorist attacks in Paris and Belgium in 2015 and in relation to the leaked Panama Papers in 2016.

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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