Press Release
March 17, 2016

IJGlobal Recognizes Holland & Knight with Two 2015 Americas Deal of the Year Awards

Firm receives awards for outstanding infrastructure finance transactions

NEW YORK (March 17, 2016) – Holland & Knight was honored with two IJGlobal Deal of the Year 2015 awards last night at the publication’s annual Americas Awards Dinner in New York. The firm received both the North American Social Infrastructure Deal of the Year award and the Latin American Wind Deal of the Year award.

Woody Vaughan, a partner in Holland & Knight's Atlanta office, led the team of lawyers who advised the Corvias Group in securing $548.3 million in private financing to fund the initial phase of an innovative public-private partnership with the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia. The securities offering, which was placed by Goldman Sachs, closed on May 14 of last year.

Mr. Vaughan was assisted by lawyers Tony Freedman, Bonni Kaufman, Bill LeBeau, Richard Lear and Andrew Emerson in Washington, D.C.; Allison Dyer, Matt Joe, Robert Highsmith, Keith Wiener, John Decker, Mike Schreiner, Mellori Lumpkin, Drew Gandy and Ashley Plemons in Atlanta; Randy DelFranco and Tonya Rodgers in New York; Deborah Griffin and Max Bodoin in Boston; Curtis Sano in Northern Virginia; and Dustin Stevens in Orlando, Fla.

Jose Antonio Prado and Alejandro Landa Thierry, partners in Holland & Knight's Mexico City office, led the team of lawyers who advised Oak Creek Energy Systems, Inc., a California-based wind projects developer, in the development, project finance and sale of the first two construction-ready stages of its Tres Mesas Wind Projects to funds managed by Goldman Sachs and Corporativo GBM. The transaction closed on March 31 of last year.

The representation of Oak Creek Energy in this multilayered transaction was handled from start to finish by Holland & Knight’s Mexico office. Mr. Prado and Mr. Landa Thierry were assisted by lawyers Carlos Ochoa, Adrián Cabrero, Aldo González, Armando Figueroa, Aline Silva, Rodrigo Piñeiro, José Luis Villareal and Carlos Muskus.

IJGlobal is a worldwide project finance and infrastructure journal that provides information on financial structure, policy, pricing and key players influencing transactions and trends. Its annual Americas Awards Dinner acknowledges "innovation and excellence across the energy and infrastructure finance markets."

About Holland & Knight's Public Finance Team: Holland & Knight’s national Public Finance Team includes more than 20 attorneys who have decades of experience in all aspects of public finance issues and public- private partnerships. The firm is consistently ranked among the top bond counsel and underwriter's counsel firms in the United States by Thomson Financial. During the past five years, its attorneys have participated in the financing of more than $18.2 billion in principal amount of debt in connection with virtually every type of governmental issue.

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