Armando Rivera Jacobo is a counsel based in the New York office. Mr. Rivera is a member of the firm’s Corporate Department and Finance Group. He focuses on financing transactions both in the United States and internationally, including project financings, leveraged acquisition and other secured financings and structured financings. Mr. Rivera also actively participates in infrastructure development and strategic transactions, including mergers and acquisitions and joint ventures, both in the United States and internationally, primarily in Latin America.
Mr. Rivera joined the firm in 2004. He received LL.M. degrees from Columbia Law School in 2007 and Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Faculty of Laws in 2003 (LL.M. paper: The Societas Europaea: Enhancement of the Freedom of Establishment of Companies?). He received an Abogado degree from Escuela Libre de Derecho in 2001 (thesis: Propuesta de un nuevo régimen legal de la energía eléctrica (Proposal for a new legal framework for electric power)). Prior to coming to the firm, Mr. Rivera worked as an associate at Galicia y Robles, S.C. (currently Galicia Abogados, S.C.) in Mexico City. During his time at Galicia y Robles, S.C., as part of his project finance practice, Armando represented sponsors and lenders in the development, construction, financing and operation of natural gas transportation systems and natural gas fired combined cycle power plants, under self-supply and independent power production schemes, and the related transmission facilities. At Debevoise, Armando has expanded his project finance practice beyond energy to include other infrastructure sectors such as toll roads and mining and to the representation of financial guarantors.
Mr. Rivera is ranked as a leading lawyer by The Legal 500 US (2017), He was named to The Legal 500’s Private Practice Powerlist (2017) for leading US attorneys with a focus on Mexico and has been named a “Rising Star” for Project Finance by The Legal Media Group’s Expert Guides (2017). He is co-author of a number of articles that have appeared in project finance-related publications including: the New York State chapter of “Project Finance 2018,” Getting the Deal Through (September 2017), co-authored with partner Ivan E. Mattei; “Diversity, Key in Brazil,” Project Finance International's Global Renewables Report 2011 (May 2011); and “Pennsylvania: Swing State,” International Financial Law Review (August 2008). He is also a contributing editor for “Public Private Partnerships 2018,” Getting the Deal Through (November 2017), and co-author of the United States chapter of that publication.
Mr. Rivera is a member of the Project Finance Committee of the New York City Bar Association. His recent speaking engagements include International Project Finance Association’s panel on “The Latin American Project Finance Resurgence? Assessing Opportunity & Risk in a Volatile Environment” (2016), the City Bar Center for CLE Programs’ program “Infrastructure Public-Private Partnerships (P3s): Utilizing P3s to Procure, Develop and Finance Infrastructure Projects” (2016) and the Practicing Law Institute’s webinar “International Series: Cultural Competencies - Doing Deals in Latin America” (2016).
Mr. Rivera is a member of the Bar of the State of New York and is qualified to practice law in Mexico. He is a native Spanish speaker and fluent in English.