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Project Finance Partner Joins Baker Botts’ New York Office

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NEW YORK, March 18, 2024Baker Botts L.L.P., a leading international energy, technology, and life sciences law firm, announced today that Veronica Relea has joined the Energy, Projects & Transactions Section of the Global Projects Department as a partner in the New York office.

Relea has significant experience representing project developers and lenders in highly structured and complex finance transactions in the U.S. and Latin America. She advises commercial and investment banks, sponsors, developers and private equity firms in the development, construction, operation and financing of energy, oil and gas, and infrastructure projects, including LNG projects, fuel storage facilities, renewable energy assets, and mining assets.

She has developed a robust Latin American practice, advising on a range of complex finance transactions and has been recognized by Latinvex annually since 2017 as one of Latin America’s Top 100 Female Lawyers. She is fluent in Spanish and proficient in Portuguese and French.

Relea is the eighth lateral partner to join Baker Botts since early February. The firm most recently welcomed energy finance partner Matthew Gurch in Washington, D.C., and in December welcomed energy and infrastructure partner Mona Dajani in New York.

“Veronica is another key lateral addition to our world-class energy and infrastructure team, and her arrival sharpens the value proposition of our service offerings in this critical area,” said Danny David, Managing Partner of Baker Botts. “Her robust experience and relationships in the U.S. and Latin America will help us expand our global reach even further.”

“Veronica’s substantial expertise in the energy and infrastructure space and her expertise in the energy transition space are perfect fits for our first-in-class energy projects and transactions team,” said Jason Bennett, Firmwide Chair of Baker Botts’ Global Projects Department. “Her solid industry contacts and excellent credentials will help us continue to strengthen our energy offerings and capabilities, especially in New York.”

“I am excited to join Baker Botts’ Global Projects team,” Relea said. “The firm’s position as a go-to law firm for energy transition-related advisory work makes it an excellent fit for my practice. I look forward to collaborating with the firm’s highly regarded, top-notch lawyers.”

Relea, who joins from Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP, earned her J.D. from Harvard Law School and her B.A. from Yale University.

Baker Botts has a long history representing various participants in the development and financing of capital-intensive projects throughout the world. With industry experience, global reach and local understanding, the firm provides comprehensive legal support in structuring energy and infrastructure financings of any nature. Baker Botts’ experience extends to all segments of the energy and infrastructure sectors.

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