Ricardo Martinez

Ricardo Martinez

Partner
New York

Email ricardo.martinez@​hoganlovells.com

Phone +1 212 918 3533

Fax +1 212 918 3100

LanguagesEnglish, Spanish, Portuguese

Practice groupCorporate & Finance

Rick Martinez represents lenders and borrowers in complex cross-border finance transactions. Clients seek Rick's guidance on cutting-edge matters and engage him in one-of-a kind assignments.

His practice covers a broad spectrum of contexts, including project finance, acquisition finance, and general working capital facilities, as well as trade finance by means of letters of credit, pre-export credit facilities, and the purchase and sale of trade receivables. Most of these transactions have involved leveraged borrowers and thus have benefited from some form of credit support, whether in the form of a guarantee, letter of credit, derivative, a security interest in pledged property, or additional sponsor or parent company support.

Rick has significant experience advising on doing business in emerging markets. He has closed transactions involving every major Asian and Latin American country, as well as several African jurisdictions, over the course of his career spanning more than 20 years. He was recently ranked as a Foreign Expert for Projects by Chambers & Partners USA, noting his substantial experience handling major energy and infrastructure projects in Latin America.

Rick commenced his career in the New York office of an international law firm, where he handled capital market transactions and acquisition financings for multinational corporations and financial institutions active in Latin America. Furthermore, Rick is a former Senior Vice President and Associate General Counsel of Citibank NA, where he was one of two in-house attorneys responsible for the bank's trade finance products in North and South America.

In 1992, Rick proudly served as a speechwriter and translator for Costa Rican President and Nobel Peace Prize recipient Oscar Arias.

Awards and recognitions

2020

Banking
Who's Who Legal

2019-2020

Finance: Project Finance
Legal 500 US

Education and admissions

Education

J.D., Columbia Law School, Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar, 1998

A.B., Harvard University, magna cum laude, 1994

Memberships

Chairperson, Project Finance Committee, New York City Bar Association

Member, American Bar Association's Subcommittee on Letters of Credit

Bar admissions and qualifications

New York

Related knowledge

Supply Chain Support

Representative experience

Advised IDB Invest on a US$65.5m loan to Arzyz Metales to finance the construction, equipment, and operation of an aluminum recycling plant in Cienega de Flores, Mexico.

Advised Rabobank on the financing of Kings & Convicts Brewing's acquisition of Ballast Point Brewing Co. and its portfolio of craft beers, breweries, and brewpubs throughout the United States.

Represented IDB Invest in a US$100m loan to finance Gas Natural de Lima y Callao, S.A.'s expansion of its distribution network to over 180,000 new, mostly economically disadvantaged users in Peru.

Advised DFC as senior secured lender in a US$20m loan to Bien Para Bien to expand its lending to Mexican small and medium enterprises in the services, manufacturing, and infrastructure sectors.

Advised DFC on a US$20m senior debt financing commitment to help create a US$65m financing vehicle to provide energy access to approximately 1.2 million people in rural Kenya.

Represented a major provider of metal packaging for use in consumer goods, aerospace, and other technologies, in the successful closing of a US$110m receivable purchase program.

Represented Bank of China's New York Branch in a US$1bn pre-export financing facility, and its amendment and restructuring, for a Brazilian conglomerate.

Represented Société Générale Factoring in its purchase of up to US$1bn in trade receivables from U.S., Canadian, and Mexican subsidiaries of a French automotive parts manufacturer.

Represented OPIC in a US$50m secured term loan facility to a Cayman Islands fund providing trade financing for small and medium-sized commodity exporters in Latin America.

Represented a Dutch international financial institution in its €110m senior secured term loan facility involving a major Latin American multi-brand restaurant operator.

Represented ING Bank NV in a US$100m loan to Argos USA LLC, a subsidiary of a multinational cement and concrete producer in Colombia, the U.S., Central America, and the Caribbean.

Represented OPIC, IDB, the U.S. Export-Import Bank, and Export Development Canada in the US$591m construction and project financing of an international airport in Quito, Ecuador.*

Represented a major Asian bank in connection with its participation in a US$1.1bn credit facility in favor of Bunge Limited Finance Corp. and its commercial paper program.

*Matter handled prior to joining Hogan Lovells.

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