Thomas Sines is a partner in the Corporate practice of Paul Hastings and a member of the Infrastructure and Energy and the Latin America practices. Mr. Sines regularly represents sponsors and all classes of creditors in the most complex transactions in the infrastructure, oil & gas and power sectors. Thomas has represented both debtors and creditors in the full spectrum of financing structures for projects in the region, including commercial bank debt, ECA/MLA debt, project bonds (Rule 144A/Reg S), Section 4(a)(2) private placements and all combinations thereof. In 2013, Mr. Sines spent two months on secondment working with Brigard & Urrutia Abogados in Colombia. Mr. Sines is fluent in Spanish and has a working knowledge of Portuguese.
- Next Generation Partner, Projects and Energy, The Legal 500 Latin America 2023
- Up and Coming, Latin America, International Counsel, Project Finance, Chambers and Partners 2023
- Recommended, Capital Markets, The Legal 500 Latin America 2023
- Chambers Latin America, International Counsel, Project Finance (2023)
- Rising Star, Project Finance, The Legal 500 Latin America 2022
- Associate to Watch, Latin America Project Finance, Chambers and Partners 2021
- Rising Star, Project Finance, The Legal 500 Latin America 2021
- Recommended, Banking and Finance, The Legal 500 Latin America 2021
- Rising Legal Star, Project Finance, Latinvex 2020
- Next Generation Lawyer, Banking and Finance, The Legal 500 Latin America 2019
- The University of Michigan Law School, J.D., cum laude, 2011
- Luther College, B.A., magna cum laude, 2008
- YPF Energia Electrica S.A. in the financing of the Canadon Leon wind power project in Argentina.
- Concesionaria Vial Montes de María S.A.S. (a Project Company) and Sacyr (the Sponsor) in the financing of the design, development, construction, commissioning and operation of the Autopista Puerta de Hierro-Palmar de Varela y Carreto-Cruz del Viso road project in Colombia (involving USD and COP tranches).
- OPAIN in the 4(a)(2) private placement refinancing of the El Dorado International Airport in Colombia.
- The Lenders in the financing of the design, development, construction, commissioning and operation of the Autopista Mar 2 road project in Colombia (involving both USD and COP tranches).
- Desarrollo Vial al Mar S.A.S. (a Project Company) and Strabag, Sacyr and Concay (the Sponsors) in the concession-based financing of the design, development, construction, commissioning and operation of the Concesión Autopista al Mar 1 road project in Colombia (involving both USD and COP tranches).
- Concesion Ruta al Mar S.A.S., a subsidiary of the Colombian construction company Construcciones El Condor S.A., in financing the construction, operation and maintenance of the 4G Antioquia-Bolívar highway in Colombia. The project is the first 4G toll-road project in Colombia developed as an iniciativa privada, a concession proposal unsolicited by the Colombian government. The $488 million financing package was priced in Colombian pesos and consists of a series of 26-year, UVR-denominated notes and three credit facilities. This project was awarded “Latin America Transportation Deal of the Year” by IJGlobal 2017.
- Concesion La Pintada S.A.S. in the financing of the design, development, construction, commissioning and operation of the Conexión Pacífico 2 Road project in Colombia.
- Citigroup, as lender, and 4(a)(2) investors in the development and financing of a coal-handling and transportation infrastructure project in Mexico for the CFE, auxiliary to the existing Petacalco coal-fired power plant owned and operated by CFE.
- Citigroup Global Markets Inc., HSBC Securities (USA) Inc., and J.P. Morgan Securities LLC in Mexico City Airport Trust’s US$3 billion revolving credit facility and US$2 billion (2016) and US$4 billion (2017) offerings of debt securities. The 2016 and 2017 bonds qualified as “Green Bonds” in respect to the use of proceeds, making the 2017 offering the largest green bond issuance ever. This deal was named “Latin America Infrastructure Deal of the Year” and “Latin America Airports Deal of the Year” by IJGlobal 2015, “Latin America Project Finance Deal of the Year” and “Latin America Infrastructure Deal of the Year” by LatinFinance 2015, “Structured Financing Deal of the Year” and “Syndicated Loan Deal of the Year” by LatinFinance 2016, “Latin America Project Finance Deal of the Year” by Latin Lawyer 2015 and “Transportation Deal of the Year” by Project Finance International 2017.
- EIG, as sponsor in the US$350 million financing of an oil transshipment terminal in Porto do Acu, the largest port in Brazil.
- SMBC and Cofide as lenders in the financing of a US$142 million off-grid solar project in Peru developed by Ergon Peru S.A.C., a subsidiary of Tozzi Green.
- Mizuho Bank, Ltd., SMBC, Credit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank and Natixis on the financing of the US$280 million expansion of the Matarani port in Peru. This project was awarded “Latin America Transportation Deal of the Year” by IJGlobal 2014.
- SMBC, Mizuho Bank, Ltd., NADBank and NAFIN on the financing of a 155MW wind farm and associated transmission line in the Sierra Juarez Mountains of Baja California, Mexico, which will sell energy cross-border into the U.S.
- NADBank, Banco Santander, Bancomext, Banobras and NAFIN in the integrated 252MW (total) Ventikas I and II wind farms with a capital cost of US$650 million, located in General Bravo, Nuevo León, Mexico.
- IFC and IFC African, Latin American and Caribbean Fund on their investment of US$200 million to acquire a 5.5% stake in a company held by Grupo de Inversiones Suramericana, S.A., a Colombian insurance company.
- Grupo México and MGE on the US$575 million 5.50% Senior Secured Notes Due 2032 Rule 144A project-bond to finance the construction of 500MW combined-cycle, gas-fired electrical power facilities in Mexico.
- Procaps S.A. in its dual-currency US$150 million borrowing from JP Morgan and a syndicate of Colombian and international banks.
- Credit Suisse on various loan financings to Caribbean governments.
- Barclays Bank plc in connection with the purchase and on-going intermediation of crude oil and refined products inventory, as well as related inter-creditor arrangements for the:
- Kapolei Refinery located in the Campbell Industrial Park, Kapolei, Hawaii consisting of production facilities with a 94,000 barrel-per-day capacity, storage facilities with a capacity for 2.4 million barrels of crude oil and 2.5 million barrels of refined products, 27 miles of pipelines and a single point mooring terminal, and;
- Rafinerie Heide, owned by the Klesch Group and located in Heide, Germany, consisting of production facilities with a 100,000 barrel-per-day capacity, storage facilities at the refinery and at the Brunsbüttel tank farm with a capacity for 1 million barrels of crude oil and 170,000 metric tons of refined products and 33 kilometers of pipelines between Heide and Brunsbüttel.