Overview

Lucas Saffon-López is an associate in Holland & Knight's Bogota office and is a member of the firm's International and Cross Border Transactions Group. His primary areas of focus are project finance, real estate, and international mergers and acquisitions. Mr. Saffon-López is able to understand and service clients in a wide range of transactions in numerous jurisdictions.

Mr. Saffon-López is involved in real estate transactions in Colombia such as real estate acquisitions, financings, long-term lease agreements, and shopping mall and megastore planning and construction. He also actively participates in the negotiation of engineering, procurement and construction agreements for infrastructure projects. Mr. Saffon-López has extensive experience in drafting, negotiating and reviewing contracts, including loan agreements, share purchase agreements, factoring agreements, shareholder agreements and other corporate documents.

Before joining Holland & Knight as an associate, Mr. Saffon-López practiced as international associate in the firm's Washington, D.C., office and, later, in one of Panama's leading law firms. Prior to this experience, he practiced law in Colombia for more than four years at which time he was involved in complex transactions and also advised national and foreign companies in corporate and business matters.

Representative Engagements

  • Represented Banco Santander S.A. in connection with the financing provided to Grupo Odinsa of Colombia for a portion of the purchase price for the acquisition of a 50 percent stake in Quiport, the concessionaire of Mariscal Sucre International Airport in Quito, Ecuador
  • Advised Financiera de Desarrollo Nacional (FDN), Colombia's infrastructure development bank, to structure a secured credit enhancement line of credit for the fourth generation (4G) toll road project Pacífico 3; this was the first 4G financing to close and the first credit enhancement transaction for FDN
  • Represented Banco Latinoamericano de Comercio Exterior, S.A. (Bladex) and a group of lenders on a US$90 million syndicated loan to Centelsa, a leading Colombian manufacturer of power and telecommunications cables, and some of its affiliates in Mexico, Peru, Ecuador and Colombia
  • Counseled Tribeca Asset Management and other minority stakeholders of Bogota Beer Co. (BBC) in the selling process of its assets to the multinational brewer Ambev
  • Represented Empresa de Energia de Bogotá (EEB) on its US$880 million purchase of 31.92 percent of stock in Transportadora de Gas Internacional (TGI) from The Rohatyn Group (formerly Citi Venture Capital International)
  • Advised Fondo Latinoamericano de Reservas (FLAR) in extending a loan to the government of Ecuador for more than US$500 million dollars
  • Represented EXL Services Holding in the negotiation and incorporation of a joint venture with Carvajal S.A. 

Credentials

Education
  • Universidad de los Andes, J.D.
  • Universidad de los Andes, Specialization, Commercial Law
  • Northwestern University, JD-MBA, Joint Master's Program in Law and Business
Bar Admissions/Licenses
  • Colombia
Honors & Awards
  • Chambers Global – The World's Leading Lawyers for Business guide, Colombia: Corporate/M&A, Associates to Watch, 2016, 2018, 2019 
  • Chambers Latin America – Latin America's Leading Lawyers for Business  guide, Corporate/M&A, Associates to Watch, 2016-2019
  • Best Road Financing, Project & Infrastructure Awards, LatinFinance, 2016, 2017
  • Best Local Currency Finance, Project & Infrastructure Awards, LatinFinance, 2017  
  • Best Infrastructure Financing for the Andes Region, Project & Infrastructure Awards, LatinFinance, 2016  
  • Deal of the Year, Project Finance, Latin Lawyer, 2016
Spoken Languages
  • English
  • Spanish

Publications

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