Gaston P. Fernandez

Gaston P. Fernandez

Office Managing Partner
Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City

Email [email protected]​hoganlovells.com

Phone +84 28 3829 5100 (Hanoi) +84 28 3829 5100 (Ho Chi Minh City)

Fax +84 24 3946 1156

LanguagesEnglish, Spanish, Mandarin

Practice groupCorporate & Finance

Gaston P. Fernandez handles corporate, project development and finance matters in emerging markets, with broad experience in Asia and Latin America. Fluent in Spanish and Mandarin, in addition to his native English, he facilitates deals for clients across borders and cultures. 

Gaston lived in China from 2005-2011, working at a prominent Chinese law firm for a year before joining the firm's Beijing office and then transferring to the Miami office in 2011, where he focused on matters involving Asian investment in Latin America. Gaston relocated to our Vietnam offices in 2021. He has often worked with and across from national governments and state-owned companies, and has worked on matters involving financing from U.S., European, and Asian banks, including China Development Bank, The Export-Import Bank of China, Bank of China, Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC), The Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC), and The Export-Import Bank of Korea. Gaston has experience working on developing markets projects in the energy, petrochemical, power generation, transportation, and mining industries.  

Awards and recognitions

2020

Project Development, Notable Practitioner
IFLR1000

2020

Project Finance, Notable Practitioner
IFLR1000

2020

Energy, Notable Practitioner
IFLR1000

2020

Natural Resources, Notable Practitioner
IFLR1000

2020

Utilities, Notable Practitioner
IFLR1000

2019,2022

International Firms: City Focus: Miami, Project & Energy
Legal 500 Latin America

2019

International Firms: Projects and Energy
Legal 500 Latin America

2018

International Firms: Banking and Finance
Legal 500 Latin America

Education and admissions

Education

J.D., Indiana University Maurer School of Law, 2005

B.A., Brown University, cum laude, 2002

Memberships

Member, American Chamber of Commerce in the People's Republic of China

Member, Florida Bar Association

Bar admissions and qualifications

Florida

Representative experience

Advising the Republic of Ecuador in connection with its successful consent solicitation and exchange offer restructuring in excess of US$17.3bn of sovereign bonds in 2020, and on the simultaneous rescheduling of US$891m of bilateral debt payments to China Development Bank and The Export-Import Bank of China. 

Advising the Jackson Laboratory on a public-private partnership with the State of Connecticut for the development of a genomics research laboratory on the campus of the University of Connecticut, including assisting with negotiation of terms of a US$300m loan agreement from the State of Connecticut to The Jackson Laboratory, subject to forgiveness upon satisfaction of certain contractual obligations, and advising on related transaction documents. 

Advising a Latin American beverages bottling company on various credit facilities totaling in excess of US$250m from international banks such as Bladex, Citi, J.P. Morgan and Scotiabank, including corporate guarantee agreements covering the payment obligations of group companies.

Advising Development Bank of Jamaica on the establishment of a private equity / venture capital fund to support the development of small and medium enterprises, with support from the World Bank.

Advising the Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Ecuador on obtaining a US$50m credit facility from a consortium of banks led by JBIC to develop green projects to achieve Paris Agreement goals.

Advising Latin American governments and state-owned entities on credit facilities from Chinese banks for hydroelectric projects, electricity transmission lines, and highways.

Advising the state-owned electric company of the Republic of Honduras on the negotiation and closing of a US$298m facility agreement with ICBC for construction of the Patuca III hydroelectric project, the largest infrastructure project in the history of Honduras.

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