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Ivan E. Mattei
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New York, NY 10022
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Areas of Practice
Finance Global Infrastructure and Project Finance

Financial Institutions Banking

Latin America Practice


Ivan Mattei is a corporate partner and Co-Head of the firm’s Global Infrastructure and Project Finance Group. He has more than 25 years of experience in project finance, joint ventures and M&A, with a particular focus on infrastructure and energy projects and PPP transactions.

Mr. Mattei is ranked as one of the country's leading lawyers in project finance and public private partnerships by Chambers Global (2014). In addition, Mr. Mattei is recognized as a leading lawyer in projects in Chambers USA (2013), Chambers Latin America (2013), The Legal 500 US (2013), The Legal 500 Latin America (2013) and International Who’s Who of Project Finance Lawyers (2013). According to Chambers USA (2010), “Ivan Mattei is a multitalented attorney who has acted on major infrastructure . . . projects for both sponsors and lenders in North and South America. He is one of the industry leaders as far as U.S. PPP is concerned and is rated for his ‘superb intellect’ and as someone ‘who can tackle any theoretical or practical problem laid before him.’” Chambers Global (2012) notes “Ivan Mattei . . . is especially renowned for his expertise in PPP. ‘Mattei is very insightful – he is really able to see fine distinctions in how we should approach negotiations.’” According to The Legal 500 US (2010), “the group . . . ‘has an incomparable capacity to understand the business rationale and to advise on negotiations and structuring.’ New York-based Ivan Mattei is ‘one of the best project finance lawyers on the market.’ ‘Mattei has distinguished knowledge of the financial industry, tremendous experience and a unique mental agility. He is very precise and convincing in negotiations.’”

Mr. Mattei received his B.S. from Georgetown University summa cum laude in 1979, where he majored in mathematics and economics.  He received an M.A. and a Ph.D. in economics from Harvard University in 1983 and 1986, respectively, where his special fields were international finance and industrial organization.  Mr. Mattei is a graduate of Harvard Law School, where he received his J.D. magna cum laude in 1985.  He is fluent in Spanish.

From 1994 to 1997, Mr. Mattei served as an adjunct professor of law at Columbia Law School, where he taught international banking and financial law.  He is a member of the International Bar Association (Committee on International Construction Projects), the New York City Bar Association and the American Bar Association.  Mr. Mattei is also member of The Bretton Woods Committee.

Mr. Mattei has authored or co-authored numerous articles that have appeared in industry-leading project finance publications, including: “Convenient Realities”, Project Finance (January 2014), “Key to the Highway: PPPs in US Transportation Infrastructure Projects”, 2013/14 Privatisation & Public Private Partnership Review (July 2013),  “US Transportation Infrastructure: Opportunities for PPPs in a Challenging Economy”, Transportation Finance Review (2011/12), “Current Catalysts”, Project Finance Magazine (September 2011), “Global Airport PPPs: Opportunities in a Challenging Environment”, 2010/11 Privatisation & Public Private Partnership Review (July 2011), “Boiling Point”, Project Finance, North American Infrastructure Report (2010), “Slow But Steady: PPPs in US Transportation Infrastructure”, Transportation Finance Review (2010/11), “PPP in the US – Evolving Financing Structures”, Infrastructure Journal (December 2005); “Maipo Finances Variable MDI,” Project Finance International Yearbook (2005); “Foreign Banks and the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act,” The Review of Banking & Financial Services, Vol. 16, No. 9, page 153J (July 2000); “Finding a Way Through the Maze”, Project Finance (1999); “Organizational Freedom for Banks: The Case in Support,” 97 Columbia Law Rev. 1895 (1997); “Current Proposals for Financial Services Modernization,” The Review of Banking & Financial Services (April 1995), “U.S. Bank Reform: Getting Beyond the Oxymoron,” Annual Survey of American Law 683 (1991); “U.S. Fed Eases Regulations for Edge Corporations,” Trade Finance (July 1991); and “Government Procurement Procedures of Japan,” 21 George Washington J. Int’l Law 91 (1987).

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Bar Admissions
New York

Harvard University, 1986, Ph.D.
Harvard Law School, 1985, J.D.
Georgetown University, 1979, B.S.

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