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Marcela Silva

Partner / Chile

Partner in the Banking and Finance and Capital Markets team. Her professional practice focuses in different types of financing, infrastructure and capital market transactions and insurance matters. She has represented lenders and borrowers in the financing of mining projects, hydroelectric, GNL, wind and solar energy projects and desalination plants. She also has substantial experience in advising lenders in syndicated financing and underwriters and issuers in 144A/Reg S bond and shares issuances made by Chilean companies abroad.

Key partner and co-head of department Marcela Silva comes highly recommended by clients, who attest: "She is highly knowledgeable, practical and pro-deal." She garners particular recommendations for her capabilities in the project and corporate finance spheres. Chambers and Partners, Latin America 2022. Banking & Finance
Marcela Silva is praised by sources for the extent of her experience in the field. One client particularly highlights her knowledge, pragmatism and pro-business character. She represents lenders and borrowers in the financing of mining, infrastructure and energy projects.Chambers and Partners, Latin America 2022. Projects and Infrastructure
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Work experience

  • 2007 - present Senior Associate

    Philippi, Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría

  • 2014 - 2015 Foreign Associate

    Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

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Awards

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Featured Cases

  • Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation, The Bank Of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, Ltd., The Korea Development Bank, Caixabank, S.A., Kfw Ipex-Bank Gmbh, Inter-American Investment Corporation, IIC, como agente actuando en representación de Inter-American Development Bank, (todos los anteriores como acreedores), Banco Santander-Chile, como Onshore Collateral Agent y MUFG Union Bank, N.A como Offshore Collateral Agent Chile 2017

    Local counsel to the lenders in the financing for the construction and operation of wind farms Sarco, Aurora and Cuel, of an approx., 330 MW.

  • Parque Eólico Cabo Leones I Chile 2016

    Local counsel to the sponsors in the financing for the construction and operation of wind farm Parque Eolico Cabo Leones I of approx. 115.5 MW, located in Freirina, Chile

  • Banca IMI S.p.A. - London Branch, Banco Santander, S.A., Credit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank, CaixaBank, S.A., Société Générale, Banco BICE, Banco de Crédito e Inversiones y Banco Santander - Chile Chile 2016

    Local counsel to the lenders in the financing for the construction and operation of a new terminal in the Santiago Arturo Merino Benitez airport and the extension of the current terminal

  • Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation, Banco del Estado de Chile, New York Branch, Corpbanca New York Branch, ING Capital LLC, Mizuho Bank, Ltd., Natixis, Export Development Canada, Japan Bank for International Cooperation, KfW IPEX-Bank Gmbh Chile 2013

    Local counsel to the lenders in the financing of the Antucoya mining project Antucoya, owned by Antofagasta Minerals

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Publications

  • January 2010 -

    Doing Business 2010, Reforming through difficult times

    World Bank and Internacional Finance Corporation -
  • January 2011 -

    Doing Business 2011, Making a difference for entrepreneurs

    World Bank and Internacional Finance Corporation -
  • January 2012 -

    Doing Business 2012, Doing business in a more transparent world

    World Bank and Internacional Finance Corporation -
  • January 2013 Santiago - Chile

    Security Interests under the Chilean Legal System

    Marcelo Armas and Marcela Silva - Doing Business in Chile 2nd Edition The British Chilean Chamber of Commerce
  • January 2013 -

    Doing Business 2013, Smarter regulations for Small and Medium size Enterprises

    World Bank and Internacional Finance Corporation -
  • January 2014 -

    Doing Business 2014, Understanding regulations for Small and Medium-Size Enterprise

    World Bank and Internacional Finance Corporation -
  • January 2014 -

    Chile Chapter- The International Comparative Legal Guide to: Project Finance

    Marcelo Armas and Marcela Silva - ICLG
  • January 2016 -

    Doing Business 2016, Measuring Regulatory Quality and Efficiency

    World Bank and Internacional Finance Corporation -
  • January 2016 -

    Chile Chapter- The International Comparative Legal Guide to: Project Finance

    Marcelo Armas and Marcela Silva - ICLG
  • January 2017 Santiago - Chile

    Security Interests under the Chilean Legal System

    Marcelo Armas and Marcela Silva - Doing Business in Chile Anniversary Edition The British Chilean Chamber of Commerce
  • 28 January, 2021 Chile

    Rising Stars Awards Americas 2020

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  • 17 November, 2020 Regional

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

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  • 13 October, 2020 Chile

    Winners of Latin Lawyer’s 2019 Deal of the Year Awards announced

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  • 22 May, 2020 Chile

    Cleary Gottlieb Advises on $3.24B in Financing for Chile

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  • 13 May, 2020 Chile

    GeoPark’s $350 Million Notes Offering

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  • 6 February, 2020 Chile

    PPU Chile’s Banking and Finance Team receives two new awards

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  • 29 May, 2019 Chile

    Chile raises US$1.9 billion through peso-denominated issuance

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  • 12 July, 2018 Chile

    Scotiabank instructs PPU on $485m financing to Chilean telecom company

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  • 4 January, 2018 Chile

    Banco Santander Chile offers debt

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  • 24 August, 2017 Chile

    Two Chilean wind farms get project finance

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  • 9 August, 2017 Chile

    World’s largest copper miner offers US$2.75 billion in bonds

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  • 7 July, 2017 Chile

    Cleary, Morales & Besa and PPU in multi-currency Chile debt taps

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  • 6 July, 2017 Chile

    Peru’s GyM completes restructuring after Odebrecht pipeline fallout

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  • 6 July, 2017 Peru

    Peru’s GyM completes restructuring after Odebrecht pipeline fallout

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  • 30 May, 2017 Chile

    Pacific Hydro secures a $500 Million innovative global funding platform

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  • 16 May, 2017 Chile

    PPU agrees Canadian export financing in Chile

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  • 8 May, 2017 Chile

    LATAM bond offer calls on five firms

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  • 24 March, 2017 Chile

    Barros Errázuriz and PPU sign US$400 million paper financing

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  • 26 January, 2016 Chile

    Chile completes historic 1 trillion peso debt tap

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Studies

  • 2015 The Practising Law Institute, New York, NY, EEUU Basic Negotiation Skills

  • 2014 The Practising Law Institute, New York, NY, EEUU Crowdfunding and Online Direct Lending (Peer-to-Peer)

  • 2014 The Practising Law Institute, New York, NY, EEUU Pocket MBA Fall 2014: Finance for Lawyers and Other Professionals

  • 2011 Lawyer Pontifica Universidad Católica de Chile Derecho

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Memberships

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Academic activities

  • Academic Activities 2009 - 2009

    Commercial law

    Assistant - Universidad Andrés Bello
  • Academic Activities 2010 - 2011

    Financing Instruments - Business law Master

    Assistant - Universidad Adolfo Ibañez
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Seminars and Conferences