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Alessia Abello

Alessia Abello

Infrastructure and PPPs

Contact

alessia.abello@phrlegal.com

Phone: 57 - 1-3257300

Alessia Abello is a Partner of Posse Herrera Ruiz. Her practice is focused on bidding and concessions of public contracts subject to administrative law. She also works in Mergers and Acquisitions, Project Finance, Venture Capital and Private Equity Funds. Alessia has worked in privatizations in the financial and electric sectors. She structures infrastructure concession contracts and their bidding processes, linking them to private financing.


She led the legal team that structured concessions for construction of Phase II of the Transmilenio System in Bogotá and advised IFC and INCO on the landmark structure of the Ruta del Sol bidding process. She has advised bidders in several public bidding processes, mainly for road concessions and procurement, and has counseled private and public companies in syndicated loans involving public budget and debt. Alessia led the legal team that structured the first public venture capital fund in Colombia, and has advised several fund managers on the structuring and incorporation of private equity funds. She has an LL.M. from Cornell Law School and a J.D. from Universidad de los Andes. Her native language is Spanish and she is fluent in English and French.


Recent experience

  • Legal advisor to Termotasajero S.A. E.S.P. in connection with the negotiation of an Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) contract the Hyundai Engineering Co., Ltd. and Hyundai Corp. consortium, and HEC Engineering India Private Ltd.
  • Legal advisor in Colombia to Bioenergy Zona Franca S.A.S. in the US$203 million negotiation of the second phase of the EPC contract for the construction of a biofuel plant in the department of Meta.
  • Legal advisor to the International Finance Corporation (advisor to the National Concession Agency - Instituto Nacional de Concesiones INCO) in the structuring of the project "Ruta del Sol", for the bidding process of its three sectors. "Ruta del Sol" is a 1.070 Km toll road the most important in the history of Colombia, and the second largest infrastructure project of Latin-America (after the upgrade of the Panama canal).
  • Legal advisor to Refinería de Cartagena S.A. "Reficar" in the negotiation of Engineering, Procurement and Construction contracts (EPC) and CB&I UK Limited and a Engineering and CB&I Colombiana S.A.
  • Legal advisor to Citivalores S.A. and Citigroup Global Markets Inc. "CGMI" as co-structurers in a securitization program of future budgets provided by the Nation and Bogotá, for the execution of the third phase of Trasmilenio (massive transport system of Bogota), to be placed in international and national markets. The total value of the securitization is of approximately US$890 million.

Education

  • Cornell Law School Ithaca Master of Laws LL.M., 2002 NY, U.S.A.
  • Universidad de los Andes J.D., 1997 Bogotá, Colombia.

Practice Areas

  • Infrastructure and PPPs
  • Financial Law & Capital Markets