Carlos Ardila advises clients on cross-border corporate and financing transactions in the US and Latin America, with a focus on the energy and infrastructure sectors.  

Mr. Ardila brings more than a decade of experience representing corporate sponsors, private equity firms, lenders, developers, multinational corporations and governmental entities on complex financings, acquisitions and divestitures. He has been recognized as an Associate to watch by Chambers Latin America and as a Rising Legal Star by The Legal 500 and Latinvex.

Mr. Ardila has practiced in New York, Buenos Aires, São Paulo, and Washington, D.C. Originally from Bogota, Colombia, he is fluent in Spanish and Portuguese and proficient in Chinese.

Mr. Ardila’s representative experience includes advising:

  • Global Infrastructure Partners in the acquisition of Atlas Renewable Energy, the second largest independent renewables developer in Latin America, and related acquisition financing
  • Matrix Renewables, in the project financing of its Los Llanos portfolio; the first non-recourse long-term financing project for Solar PV or Wind in Colombia; which was awarded Latin America Solar Deal of the Year by Proximo
  • GM Holdings in the US$980 million concurrent bank and bond project financing of its portfolio of existing and new-build conventional and renewable electricity generation assets in Chile; which was awarded Latin America Portfolio Deal of the Year by Proximo and Americas Power Deal of the Year at Project Finance International (PFI) Awards
  • Global Infrastructure Partners in the US$441 million acquisition of a 49% stake in a renewable energy portfolio in Chile from AES Andes and the related project financing; which was recognized as Renewable Energy Financing of the Year by LatinFinance 
  • WhiteWater Midstream in the construction financing of Whistler Pipeline, a 446-mile natural gas pipeline in Texas —  the largest greenfield project financing on record using a hybrid bank-note structure; which was named North American O&G Deal of the Year by IJGlobal and by Proximo   
  • Lenders in acquisition financing by ContourGlobal plc of two natural gas-fired combined heat and power plants with installed capacity of 518-MW located in Altamira, Tamaulipas, and Cosoleacaque, Veracruz, Mexico
  • Fermaca Pipeline El Encino in the hybrid bank-bond refinancing of the El Encino – La Laguna 420 kilometers natural gas pipeline and associated compression facilities 
  • Purchasers in the note placement refinancing by InterEnergy’s Solar and Wind portfolio companies in Chile, the first private placement in the PMGD sector for solar and wind assets
  • CDPQ in connection with its acquisition of a 80% stake in Enel Green Power’s renewable power portfolio in Mexico for US$1.4 billion, involving an innovative build, transfer, and operate model; which was shortlisted as infrastructure Deal of the Year by Infrastructure Investor
  • IFM Global Infrastructure on its acquisition of OHL Concesiones for €2.7 billion; which was awarded Latin American Private Equity Deal of the Year by Latin Finance
  • Ecopetrol and KNOC, the national oil companies of Colombia and South Korea, respectively, in conneciton with the sale to De Jong Capital of Offshore International Group, an oil and gas company with upstream operations in Peru
  • The Inter-American Development Bank, as guarantor, in a US$400 million private placement of debt securities issued by the Republic of Ecuador in compliance with the Social Bond Principles of the International Capital Markets Association, which was the world’s first offering of social bonds by a sovereign issuer; which was awarded Environmental Finance’s 2020 Green, Social and Sustainability Bonds Award
  • IBRD, as guarantor, in the first-of-its-kind “blue bond” issuance, a new financial instrument designed to support sustainable marine and fisheries projects in the Seychelles
  • The ad-hoc committee of secured bondholders in the Argentine Province of Chubut’s consent solicitation to modify certain terms of its outstanding US$650 million 7.75% secured amortizing notes due 2026 to reflect the underlying cash flows of the collateral trust securing the Province’s payment obligations         

Bar Qualification

  • District of Columbia
  • New York

Education

  • JD, Harvard Law School, 2011
    Cum Laude
  • BA, Oxford University, 2006
    First Class
  • International Baccalaureate, Colegio Anglo Colombiano, 2001

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish
  • Portuguese
  • Chinese (Mandarin)