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 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 relocated to our Vietnam offices in 2021, following assignments in the Beijing (2008-11) and Miami (2011-21) offices of the firm. 

He often works for private investors in emerging markets, as well as with and across from national governments and state-owned companies. Gaston 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.

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 Socialist Republic of Vietnam

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

Member, Florida Bar Association

Bar admissions and qualifications

Florida

District of Columbia

Representative experience

Advising Ecuador in connection with its successful exchange offer restructuring over US$17.3bn of sovereign bonds in 2020, and rescheduling US$891m of debt payments to CDB and China EXIM Bank. 

Advising a Latin American group of companies on credit facilities totaling in excess of US$250m from various  international banks, including group-level corporate guarantee agreements.

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 ENEE, the Honduras state-owned electric company, on a US$298m facility from ICBC to finance the Patuca III hydroelectric project, the country's largest infrastructure project.

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