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Juan Fernando Gaviria

Partner / Colombia

Partner at PPU and Head of the Banking, Finance and Capital Markets practice in Colombia and a partner in the Projects practice. Expert in project and corporate financing. He has led equity and debt issuances of banking institutions in Colombia and abroad. He has represented lenders, sponsors, borrowers and Colombian governmental entities in financings and the development of projects in the energy, infrastructure and oil and gas sectors.

Much-admired partner Juan Fernando Gaviria elicits significant praise from interviewees, with one client lauding him as "an excellent lawyer who is extremely proactive in finding solutions." Another observer notes: "When it comes to closing a transaction, he is always clear, raises any problems he sees and proposes solutions." Juan Fernando Gaviria routinely represents clients in project and acquisition finance mandates. Banking & Finance
Juan Fernando Gaviria "is very focused on infrastructure mandates and is a good lawyer that has a strong expertise in the financing and development of projects," an interviewee applauds. A different commentator describes him as "a reference in his own right," while another highlights his expertise in 4G projects. Juan Fernando Gaviria is routinely instructed by banks in the financing of large-scale projects. Projects
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Work experience

  • 2015 - present Partner

    Philippi Prietcarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría

  • 2008 - 2014 Partner

    Prietocarrizosa

  • 1999 - 2008 Associate

    Prietocarrizosa

  • - present Counsel

    Colombian Leasing Companies Federation

  • 1994 - present Counsel

    Leasing Colmena

  • 1995 - present Counsel

    Fiduciaria Davivienda

  • 1997 - present Counsel

    Banco Andino

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Awards

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Featured Cases

  • Sociéte de Promotion Et de Participation Pour la Coopération Economique S.A. and Financiera de Desarrollo Nacional Colombia 2021

    Counsel to the senior lenders in the financing of the acquisition of a fleet of electric buses for rendering public transportation services in Bogotá D.C.

  • Credit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank, MUFG Bank, Ltd., and Banco Santander S.A. Colombia 2021

    Counsel to the Lenders in the aproximately COP$700,000 million financing granted to Via 40 Express as Borrower.

  • Goldman Sachs Bank, Banco Santander S.A., Credit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank, Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation, Instituto de Crédito Oficial E.P.E., Banco de Crédito del Perú, Siemens Financial Services, Inc., Bancolombia S.A. Financiera de Desarrollo Nacional S.A., Fondo de Deuda Senior para Infraestructura en Colombia CAF-AM Colombia 2021

    Counsel to the secured parties in the aproximately COP$2.76 billion financing granted to Autopista Río Magdalena.

  • Banco de Bogotá S.A., Fondo de Capital Privado Deuda Infraestructura Colombia (Gestor Profesional: Blackrock Infrastructure Management I, LLC), Fondo de Deuda Senior para Infraestructura en Colombia CAF-AM Ashmore I, Financiera de Desarrollo Nacional S.A., MUFG Bank, Ltd., Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation Colombia 2021

    Counsel to the lenders in the refinancing granted to Concesión Alto Magdalena S.A.S., as borrower for a total amount of COP$1,198,000,000,000 and US$164,500,000.

  • BNP Paribas Securities Corp., Intesa Sanpaolo S.p.A. New York Branch, JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A. (Lender) – JP Morgan Securities LLC (Purchaser), Mizuho Bank, Ltd. (Lender) – Mizuho Securities USA LLC (Purchaser), MUFG Bank, Ltd. (Lender) – MUFG Securities Americas Inc (Purchaser), Société Générale (Lender) – SG Americas Securities, LLC (Purchaser), Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation (Lender) – SMBC Nikko Securities America, In (Purchaser), The Bank of Nova Scotia (Lender) – Scotia Capital (USA) In (Purchaser) Colombia 2020

    Counsel to the Lenders and the Initial Purchasers in the US$1.76 billion bank/bond refinancing granted to EnfraGen Spain, S.A.U. Prime Energía SpA, and EnfraGen Energía Sur S.A.U as Borrowers.

  • Bancolombia, Banco de Occidente, Banco de Bogotá, CAF-AM Ashmore, Holder of the Notes, Cititrust S.A. Sociedad Fiduciaria Colombia 2020

    Counsel to the banks, the holders and Cititrust of the notes in connection with the acquisition of ISA Inversiones Costera Chile SpA ("ISA") of the Concessionaire "Concesión Costera Cartagena Barranquilla S.A.S.".

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Publications

  • 21 April 2020 Bogota - Colombia

    Bankability features of the 5G Concession Agreement

    Juan Fernando Gaviria; Daniela Hernández; Angie Gómez - Ver publicación
  • 25 July, 2022 Colombia

    Bogotá buses drive home financing

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  • 13 June, 2022 Colombia

    PPU represented Credit Suisse in refinancing to Zacapa

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  • 24 May, 2022 Colombia

    PPU counsels Emergent on financing for acquisition of Frigorífico Metropolitano

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  • 15 December, 2021 Colombia

    PPU represents Procaps in $115m note deal

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  • 9 July, 2021 Colombia

    Autopista Río Magdalena 2’s COP 2.76 Billion Financing

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  • 27 May, 2021 Colombia

    Deal of the Year Winner: Project Finance (Energy)

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  • 25 March, 2021 Colombia

    Colombia reactivates 4G toll road project with financing

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  • 11 March, 2021 Colombia

    Via 40 Express’s COP 700,000 Million Project Financing

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  • 15 January, 2021 Colombia

    First operational 4G toll road in Colombia gets refinancing

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  • 17 November, 2020 Regional

    ISA Inversiones Costera Chile’s Acquisition of Concesión Costera Cartagena Barranquilla

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  • 22 September, 2020 Colombia

    Autopista Río Magdalena’s $80 Million Project Financing

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  • 21 April, 2020 Colombia

    Bankability features of the 5G Concession Agreement

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  • 29 March, 2019 Colombia

    Medellín toll road gets massive dual currency financing

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  • 3 January, 2019 Colombia

    Colombian pharma group gets unsecured loan

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  • 24 September, 2018 Colombia

    Ecuador-Colombia toll road project gets hybrid financing

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  • 3 September, 2018 Colombia

    Colombian 4G project gets credit line

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  • 10 July, 2018 Colombia

    Brookfield gets financing for Gas Natural buy

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  • 20 April, 2018 Colombia

    Six firms drive multijurisdictional notes issue

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  • 3 November, 2017 Colombia

    Five firms in cross-border Acon refinance deal

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  • 7 February, 2017 Colombia

    Promigas affiliate gets US$200 million loan to translate

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  • 16 January, 2017 Colombia

    Continental Gold gets record project finance for Buriticá mine

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  • 6 January, 2017 Colombia

    Colombia’s 4G infrastructure: who’s winning the work?

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  • 6 January, 2017 Colombia

    InfraRed buys Colombian 4G highway

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Studies

  • 1995 Specialist Uiversidad de los Andes/Colombia Post-graduate degree in Finance Law

  • 1998 Master IIT- Chicago Kent College of Law Specialist LLM in Financial Services Law

  • 1994 Lawyer Universidad de los Andes/Colombia Law

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Memberships

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Academic activities

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Seminars and Conferences

  • Speaker Foro Infraestructura Terciarias - Las Vías de la Paz JW Marriott - Bogotá Colombia 2017
  • Speaker Foro Infraestructura JW Marriott - Bogotá Colombia 2016