Maria Leonor Tobia is an Of Counsel in the Latin America practice and the Global Project Finance practice at Paul Hastings. She is based in the firm’s New York office. Ms. Tobia is admitted to practice in New York, Spain (Madrid), and Uruguay. Her practice covers development and financing of large, complex, capital intensive projects in Latin America. Ms. Tobia has represented sponsors and lenders in cross-border financing transactions throughout Latin America, covering the infrastructure, power, and oil and gas sectors. Her experience has included the tax aspects of these transactions. Ms. Tobia is a native Spanish speaker, fluent in English and she speaks Portuguese.
- Harvard Law School, LL.M., 2014
- Centro de Estudios Garrigues, Executive Master’s Degree in Business Law, Spain, 2011
- Universidad de Alcala de Henares, Spanish Law for Foreign Attorneys (required for admission in Spain), Spain, 2011
- Universidad de Montevideo, J.D.(Doctor en Derecho), Uruguay, 2006
- The Sponsors and Lima Airport Partners (LAP) in the ongoing US$1 billion expansion of the Jorge Chavez International Airport in Lima, Peru.
- The Lenders (senior and mezzanine) in the ongoing financing of the development and construction of a 666MW power plant and LNG receiving terminal in Panamá.
- The Mezzanine Lenders (including a multilateral bank) in the US$150 MM financing of a rail project in Uruguay with capital costs of approximately US$1 billion.
- The 4(a)(2) investors in the refinancing of two pet-coke power plants in Mexico with AES as sponsor.
- The Lenders, led by Natixis and SMBC, in the financing of the Norte III 900MW combined-cycle gas-turbine power facility in Mexico that will sell capacity and energy to CFE under the last of the "classic" CFE PPAs.
- The Sponsors (Odebretch, Enagas and Graña & Montero) in the aborted US$6 billion, 1,000km Gasoducto Sur Peruano (GSP) pipeline project in Peru.
- Blackstone, and their portfolio company, Fisterra Energy, in securing $600 million in financing for the 875MW Tierra Mojada combined-cycle gas turbine power plant in Guadalajara, Mexico, that will sell capacity and energy to Comisión Federal de Electricidad (CFE) under the new generation PPA regime.
- Paul Hastings Wins at 2021 Latin Lawyer Deal of the Year Awards - May 6th, 2022
- Paul Hastings Ranked in Top 3 of Latinvex’s 2022 Top International Law Firms - March 29th, 2022
- Generate Capital Makes Equity Investment in Conasa Infraestrutura S.A. - January 6th, 2022
- Paul Hastings Wins Three 2021 LatinFinance Project and Infrastructure Awards - September 30th, 2021
- Paul Hastings Advises on Five 2019 IJGlobal Awards - July 21st, 2020
- Paul Hastings Named Law Firm of the Year - Leading International Counsel in Latin America for Project Finance - November 25th, 2019
- Mesa La Paz Secures Financing for Mexican Onshore Wind Project - May 31st, 2018
- Paul Hastings’ Energy and Infrastructure Practice Recognized for Four Awards Related to the Financing of the Norte III Power Plant in Mexico - May 1st, 2018
- IENova Enters into $1 Billion Letter of Credit Facility - February 12th, 2018
- Macquarie Capital and Techint Receive Financing for Norte III Power Plant - August 31st, 2017
- GyM Ferrovias S.A. Secures Financing for Expansion of Lima, Peru Metro - August 25th, 2017
- Paul Hastings Wins at Latin Lawyer Deal of the Year Awards - May 6th, 2022
- Paul Hastings Advises on Two 2021 IJGlobal Awards - March 21st, 2022
- Winner of Three 2021 LatinFinance Project and Infrastructure Awards - September 30th, 2021
- Law Firm of the Year - Leading International Counsel in Latin America for Project Finance - November 25th, 2019
- Recognized by Latin Lawyer for the 2018 Project Finance Deal of the Year - April 20th, 2018
- Recognized by IJGlobal for the represenation of Norte III - the Latin American Power Deal of the Year and Overall Deal of the Year for Infrastructure - March 15th, 2018