November 2017 - Astris opens an office in Spain and announces new hires in Madrid

Astris Finance is very pleased to announce the opening of its Madrid office with full origination and execution capabilities. The Madrid office will serve to accomplish two complementary goals for Astris:

The Madrid office will allow Astris to grow its presence in the Iberian Peninsula, where it is already active. Astris recently closed two refinancings in the Portuguese renewable energy sector and is currently working on a toll road refinancing in Spain. Astris aims to get involved in the Plan Extraordinario de Inversión en Carreteras (known as PIC), a € 5 bn road PPP program about to be launched by the Government of Spain. Astris also strives to expand its global renewable energy franchise into the fast-growing Spanish market and hopes to bring added value in the context of a renewable energy contractual framework that includes a strong element of merchant risk.

The Madrid office will also allow Astris to further support its long-standing Spanish clients who have been active in Latin America, a key market for the firm. Astris has historically supported, and continues to support, clients on major projects in Chile, Peru, Colombia, Brazil and Mexico, among other countries in Latin America, and has been advising a number of Spanish investors, developers and contractors in these markets over the past 17 years.

Astris Finance appoints Juan Fabregas as Vice-President in its Madrid office.

Astris is pleased to announce the first senior recruit for its Spanish team. Juan Fabregas, a project finance banker with close to 10 years of experience, joined the firm on November 27, 2017 as Vice-President.

As a project finance banker, Juan has acted as lead arranger as well as financial advisor in many markets and industries. He joins Astris from BBVA, where he was a vice-president in the infrastructure and energy team. Juan spent 4 years at BBVA, including two in Chile working on Latin American projects, and two in Spain, where he worked intensely in the Spanish renewable market.

Prior to BBVA, Juan had spent four years at Crédit Agricole CIB in London, as an associate in the project finance team.  There, Juan worked on a host of infrastructure deals in the UK, continental Europe as well as the Middle East.

Astris is also in advanced talks to recruit a senior director who will head the Madrid office and work with Juan. The full team is expected to be up and running by year end.

November 2017 - Astris closes the refinancing of two solar PV plants in Portugal

Astris Finance advised French renewable energy developer Neoen (the "Sponsor") in connection with the refinancing of Cabrela (13.2 MWp) and Seixal (8.8 MWp), two ground-mounted Solar PV plants located in Portugal. Each project benefits from a 20-year Power Purchase Agreement with Energias de Portugal (“EDP”).

The two projects were won by the Sponsor as part of the 2010 renewable energy tender and started commercial operation in 2014. The refinancing allowed the Sponsor to take advantage of the attractive market conditions and outstanding operational track record of thetwo Projects, leading to an extended maturity, a lower debt service coverage ratio and reduce financing costs.

The two projects were financed through two separate bond facilities totaling c. EUR 60m. The facilities were led by HSH Nordbank and Banco Comercial Português, acting as co-Mandated Lead Arrangers. La Banque Postale participated in the financing as well.

Astris Finance acted as exclusive financial advisor to the Sponsor.

July 2017 - Sponsor advised by Astris is awarded a USD 224 Mn road PPP contract in Mexico

We are pleased to announce that Sacyr Concesiones, advised by Astris, was awarded the Piramides – Tulancingo – Pachuca highway conservation project, which covers 183 km between the states of Mexico and Hidalgo.

The SCT received a total of ten bids for the USD 224 Mn PPP regarding the modernization and maintenance of the highway over the next ten years. The project is among four conservation tenders launched by the Mexican government in the first half of 2017.

Astris will now work with Sacyr in the debt financing of the project, which is expected to close before the end of the year.

January 2017 - Sponsor advised by Astris signs its first PPAs in Argentina as part of the RenovAr auction

Astris Finance acted as exclusive Financial Advisor to EREN Renewable Energy S.A. (“EREN”) in connection with its bid into the renewable program sponsored by the Government of Argentina, called “RenovAr.” The first round of RenovAr has served as the first stage of the re-opening of the Argentine market for international energy and infrastructure projects. EREN was awarded a power purchase agreement (“PPA”) in October 2016 for a 97.2 MW wind project in the province of Santa Cruz. The PPA provides the project with an offtake for 20 years starting at the end of construction. EREN’s project company executed its PPA in January 2017. Astris is now working on the financing of the project for which closing is expected during the course of 2017.

January 2017 - Sponsor advised by Astris is awarded 119 MW of Renewable PPA in El Salvador

El Salvador distribution company Delsur awarded 20-year power purchase agreements (PPAs) to a combined 169.9MW of wind and solar projects in the country's second utility scale power auction on January 11 2017 - we are very proud to announce that our client Neoen, advised by Astris won the vast majority of the PV capacity auctioned by Delsur, 100 MW. Astris will now work with Neoen to raise the financing for these projects slated to close in H2 2017 / Q1 2018.

This is our second project in El Salvador with Neoen, following the successful closing of Providencia Solar, the country's first non recourse project financing in the power space.

Astris is also advising a consortium of US and local developers in connection with a c. 400 MW LNG to power project in El Salvador, slated to close in H2 2017. 

November 2016 - Providencia Solar, El Salvador, Closes and Funds

Astris is pleased to announce the successful closing and funding of a 102 MWp solar PV facility in El Salvador. Astris advised project sponsor-developer Neoen on all matters pertaining to project development and financing all the way to this successful first disbursement on the first non recourse financing in the power sector in the country. The financing package has been raised from a club of agencies including the Inter-American Investment Corporation, the Canadian Climate Fund, and Proparco. To make this investment possible, Astris played a pivotal role in negotiating key amendments to the PPA to achieve a threshold level of bankability.

Astris is advising Neoen on renewable projects in Portugal, in Mexico and in El Salvador, in connection with the upcoming auction (UPDATE: Neoen, advised by Astris, was successfully awarded 119.9 MW of PV in this subsequent auction). 



August 2016 - Consortium advised by Astris is awarded US$ 600m road project in Colombia

Vinci Concessions and Conconcreto, advised by Astris, logged the winning bid for the construction, operation and maintenance of the Bogota-Girardot toll road project in Colombia, initially developed as a private initiative. Astris will now continue working with the consortium on the financing of the project, slated to close in H2 2017. Astris has been advising the consortium in Colombia since 2013, where Astris has been almost continuously working since 2010. Execution of the mandate is coordinated between our offices in Bogota, Paris and Washington DC. 

July 2016 – Astris to act as exclusive financial advisor to a renewable energy independent producer in connection with various investment opportunities in South-East Asia

Astris has been retained by a leading French Renewable Energy Independent Producer to advise on the acquisition and/or financing of several greenfield and brownfield solar-generated power plants across South-East Asia, including Cambodia, Thailand and Vietnam.

March 2016 - Astris advises Sonnedix on two portfolio refinancings and successfully closes some EUR 300m of financing for the group

Astris consolidates its leadership in the renewable energy market by closing two portfolio refinancing of solar assets - a highly sophisticated and structured way to releverage portfolios of assets in operation taking advantage of attractive conditions in the debt markets 

April 2016 – Astris to appoint Michael C. Sagcal as Astris’ Country Representative in the Philippines

Astris Finance is very pleased to announce that Michael C. Sagcal has joined its team as Country Representative based in Manila, Philippines. 

Prior to joining Astris Finance, Michael was Spokesperson and Communications Director at the Philippines’ Department of Transportation from 2012 to 2015. While concurrently serving as Senior Project Development Officer in 2013, he worked on special issues in the structuring and tender of the agency’s first set of PPPs: the USD 1.3 Bn LRT-1 Extension, the USD 340 Mn Mactan-Cebu International Airport, and the USD 34 Mn LRT-MRT Automatic Fare Collection System.

He spent two years at a law firm from 2010 to 2012, where his infrastructure and energy practice included acting as transaction advisor to the PPP Center and advising the National Renewable Energy Board in formulating the country’s landmark Feed-In Tariff Rules.

Michael earned his Juris Doctor degree from the University of the Philippines in 2009 and his Diploma in Corporate Finance from the Ateneo de Manila University in 2014. He also attended the PPP Foundation Masterclass Program at Her Majesty’s Treasury – Infrastructure UK as a Mansion House Scholar in 2012.