Lead counsel to a major media company in the US$2bn disposition of wireless telecom properties in Poland, Hungary, and Russia.
Raymond J. Batla, Jr.
Raymond Batla is a leader in emerging market investment, especially international project financings. Raymond advises on business transactions in the energy, finance, telecom, media, manufacturing, and infrastructure sectors. Over the past three decades, he has handled dozens of privatizations, mergers and acquisitions, cross-border equity and debt investments, financings, and international joint ventures.
Raymond served as a member of the International Observer Delegation to the 1990 national elections in the Czech and Slovak Federal Republic, sponsored by the National Endowment for Democracy in Washington, D. C. This assignment helped the firm develop a practice in emerging markets in Central and Eastern Europe. In 1993, he moved to the Hogan Lovells London office and focused his practice on Europe, South America, and the Middle East. As a result of leading numerous innovative transactions in Europe, Raymond was instrumental in expanding the firm's presence throughout the region.
He was the firm's first European practice coordinator and later member of the firm's executive committee and Managing Partner for International Offices for six years. During that time, Raymond oversaw the firm's expansion beyond Europe and into Asia and Latin America. For over 12 years, he was active in the Pacific Rim Advisory Council (PRAC), a network of some 30 leading law firms from 23 countries focusing on business in the Pacific. He chaired of the organization in 2010-2011. Raymond has published over 30 articles and contributed to two books on developments in energy law and project financing in international matters.
Counsel to multilateral agencies in numerous emerging market financing transactions.
Counsel in the financing of a US$2.3bn gas pipeline project from Bolivia to Brazil.
Lead counsel to power supplier and investor in first significant project financing in Central and Eastern Europe without government credit support.