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Credit Agricole CIB Names Seasoned Latin American Banker Leonardo Osorio as a Managing Director in the New York Structured Finance Advisory Group

By Business Wire News   


Crédit Agricole Corporate & Investment Bank (“CACIB”) — the corporate and investment banking arm of the Crédit Agricole Group, the world’s ninth largest bank by total assets – announced today that Leonardo Osorio, a 17-year senior Latin American bank executive, has joined its Structured Finance Advisory Group for the Americas as a Managing Director.

Mr. Osorio will be the primary lead in Latin America of a recently launched New York-based CACIB advisory group focused on financial advisory mandates in the Americas, in addition to being involved in specific energy related transactions in North America.

“Leonardo brings to us a wealth of experience originating, structuring and executing project financings in the international and local markets,” said Jaya Viswanadha, who heads up the newly formed Americas advisory group and to whom Mr. Osorio will report.

“With our new Americas advisory group, our aim is to utilize our versatility and know-how to even more broadly serve markets in the Americas. Leonardo’s deep knowledge and background will be of immense value as we move forward,” Ms. Viswanadha added.

CACIB, a Global Player in Energy and Infrastructure Financing

CACIB, a leading global player in Energy and Infrastructure financing, has the distinction of being the only bank to receive Project Finance Bond House of the Year, Global Bank of the Year and Global Adviser of the Year awards from Project Finance International, in addition to being named its 2015 Americas Bank of the Year for Project Financing.

As a leading advisor globally, CACIB has been actively involved in several recent transactions, including, among others, a $20 billion debt financing for the Ichthys LNG project offshore Australia, the world’s largest project financing; refinancing of the $1.1 billion Singapore SportsHub, the largest public private partnership to date in South East Asia; and the 765 million Euro refinancing of Copenhagen Airport in the U.S. and Euro private placement and bank markets, together with associated cross currency swaps. In the Americas, CACIB has recently advised on a 500kV Charrua Ancoa 196.5km transmission line financing, owned by Grupo Elecnor S.A. and APG; and on the debt and equity financing of the Tres Mesas’ 148.5 MW wind farm in Mexico.

Leonardo Osorio’s Latin American Banking Expertise

Prior to joining CACIB, Mr. Osorio was a founder and Managing Director of L2 Energy Capital LLC, which in 2012 was launched as a financial advisory firm focused in the energy and infrastructure sectors in Latin America. Serving top Latin American clients, the firm grew to having six professionals – three based in the U.S. and the others in Colombia – providing advice on strategic financing, raising debt and equity, project finance, and mergers and acquisitions.

Mr. Osorio previously was Director – Project Finance Latin America for BNP Paribas, where he served for approximately 14 years, starting as an associate in project financing and utilities. After graduating from the Universidad Simón Bolívar, in Caracas, Venezuela, he was for three years project manager-global technical services with Rockwell International. Thereafter, he attended MIT Sloan School of Management, where in June 1998 he received an MBA.

About Crédit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank

Crédit Agricole CIB is the corporate and investment banking arm of the Crédit Agricole Group, the world’s ninth largest bank by total assets. Crédit Agricole CIB offers its clients a comprehensive range of products and services in structured finance, capital markets, brokerage, investment banking, corporate banking, and international private banking.

The Bank provides support to clients in large international markets through its network with a presence in major countries in Europe, the Americas, Asia and the Middle East.

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For media inquiries:
Crédit Agricole CIB Americas
Ms. Mary Guzman, +1 212-261-7129
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Steven S. Anreder
Michael Wichman


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