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Christopher L. Mann

Partner

Christopher L. Mann

Partner
New York +1-212-558-4625+1-212-558-4625 +1-212-558-3588+1-212-558-3588
mannc@sullcrom.com

Christopher L. Mann coordinates Sullivan & Cromwell’s global infrastructure practice. Mr. Mann has more than 25 years of experience in a wide variety of corporate and financing matters in infrastructure, natural resources and other sectors, including project development and finance, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, private equity, capital markets, strategic finance and restructuring matters. He has acted frequently for sponsor and lending clients, pension funds, sovereign wealth funds, private equity funds and hedge funds in equity and debt investments in the United States, Latin America, southern Africa and elsewhere. He is a core member of the Firm’s Latin America team and also co-heads the Firm’s Africa practice.

Recognitions

Mr. Mann is regularly recognized for his work in corporate and financing matters by the following authorities:
  • Chambers Global
  • Chambers Latin America
  • Chambers USA
  • Latin Lawyer
  • The Legal 500 Latin America – Recognized on the Private Practice Powerlist Mexico (2017)
  • The Legal 500 United States
  • IFLR
 

SELECTED REPRESENTATIONS

Infrastructure
  • Borealis Infrastructure Management, Canada Pension Plan Investment Board and Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan Board in their acquisition of Chicago Skyway toll road from Cintra and Macquarie (IJGlobal North America M&A Deal of the Year, 2016)
  • CIC Capital as a member of a consortium led by Brookfield in a $5.2 billion acquisition of a 90% stake in the natural gas pipeline unit of Petrobras
  • Pocahontas Parkway and Macquarie in the sale by Macquarie and the other owners of 100% of the equity in Pocahontas Parkway to Globalvia
  • Macquarie Group Limited in its acquisition of a 50% stake in Pocahontas Parkway Holdings, LLC
  • GBM Infraestructura and Goldman Sachs Infrastructure Partners in the acquisition of all of the equity interest of Oak Creek, a Marubeni subsidiary, in the Tres Mesas wind project under development in Mexico. Named Latin America Wind Deal of the Year by IJ Global
  • Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB) in a series of transactions in which it acquired a substantial minority stake in Transportadora de Gas del Perú S. A. (TgP) and entered into a joint venture with respect to TgP’s operating company, Tecgas Inc. (Tecgas)
  • Canada Pension Plan Investment Board in its US$1.14 billion acquisition of a 49.99% equity stake in five Chilean toll roads from Italy’s Atlantia
  • Potential bidders for long-term concession of Luis Muñoz Marín airport in San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • GS Infrastructure Partners II in its joint venture arrangements with Abertis (Spain) for the upgrade and operations of the PR-5 and PR-22 toll roads in Puerto Rico
  • Liberty Roads Consortium, consisting of Canada Pension Plan Investment Board, GS Infrastructure Partners, Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan Board and Transurban Group, in its US$12.1 billion runner-up bid for a concession for the Pennsylvania Turnpike
  • GS Infrastructure Partners in its significant equity investment in Carrix, Inc. (parent company of SSA Marine, the largest U.S.-owned, privately held marine terminal operator in the world)
  • Anglo American plc in the Minas-Rio port facility project in Brazil
  • New York Football Giants in the refinancing of New Meadowlands Stadium and the financing of a new practice facility
  • Transurban Limited in structuring an infrastructure fund for North American investments
  • Potential bidders for the Chicago Midway International Airport concession
  • A potential bidder for the LaGuardia Airport Central Terminal concession
  • A bidding consortium for an equity investment in Freeport LNG Liquefaction Train II in Freeport, Texas
  • A potential bidder for the original concession of Chicago Millennium Garages, the downtown public parking system
  • A potential bidder on the PPP project to develop a portion of State Highway 121 in Texas
  • A potential bidder for the I-595 Corridor Roadway Improvements Project being concessioned by the State of Florida Department of Transportation
  • A bidder for a potential greenfield container terminal in Brazil
  • A potential bidder for one or more toll roads concessions in Brazil
Project Development and Finance
  • Cheniere Corpus Christi LNG (U.S.) – US$11.5 billion project financing of Cheniere Energy’s LNG liquefaction project. Ranked by Project Finance International as Americas Deal of the Year and by IJGlobal as North America LNG Deal of the Year
  • Sincor/PetroCedeño (Venezuela) – landmark US$4.6 billion Sincor extra heavy oil project, the largest greenfield oil project financing completed to date in Latin America, and subsequent debt restructuring in connection with acquisition by the Venezuelan government of a majority stake. Ranked by Latin Lawyer 250 as Latin America Restructuring Deal of the Year
  • Camisea Gas Project (Peru) – US$837 million project financing of gas pipeline project. Ranked by Project Finance as Latin America Oil & Gas Deal of the Year
  • Numerous major mining and related infrastructure projects in Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Guyana and Venezuela in the bauxite, copper, gold, iron ore, nickel and silver sectors, as detailed in “Mining and Metals”
  • Port Arthur Coker (U.S.) – US$1 billion project financing of Coker project. Ranked by Project Finance International as Americas Industrial Deal of the Year
  • Kutubu Petroleum Project (Papua New Guinea) – US$1 billion project financing of oil field and pipeline project
Mergers and Acquisitions
  • CIC Capital as a member of a consortium led by Brookfield in a $5.2 billion acquisition of a 90% stake in the natural gas pipeline unit of Petrobras
  • GBM Infraestructura and Goldman Sachs Infrastructure Partners in the acquisition of all of the equity interest of Oak Creek, a Marubeni subsidiary, in the Tres Mesas wind project under development in Mexico. Named Latin America Wind Deal of the Year by IJ Global
  • MAAJI in its combination with SEAFOLLY, a portfolio company of L Catterton’s Asian arm, L Catterton Asia, under which L Catterton Asia is now the controlling shareholder of the combined business
  • Borealis Infrastructure Management, Canada Pension Plan Investment Board and Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan Board in their acquisition of Chicago Skyway toll road from Cintra and Macquarie
  • Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB) in a series of transactions in which it acquired a substantial minority stake in Transportadora de Gas del Perú S. A. (TgP) and entered into a joint venture with respect to TgP’s operating company, Tecgas Inc. (Tecgas)
  • Pocahontas Parkway and Macquarie in the sale by Macquarie and the other owners of 100% of the equity in Pocahontas Parkway to Globalvia
  • Macquarie Group Limited in its acquisition of a 50% stake in Pocahontas Parkway Holdings, LLC
  • Canada Pension Plan Investment Board in its US$1.14 billion acquisition of a 49.99% equity stake in five Chilean toll roads from Italy’s Atlantia
  • Anglo American plc in the sale of its 100% interest in the Amapá iron ore operation in Brazil to Zamin Ferrous Ltd.; in its US$5.5 billion acquisition of the Minas-Rio iron ore mine and affiliated port and logistics company; and in its sale of Tarmac America, Inc.
  • Mitsui & Co. in its acquisition of a 30% interest in Gestamp Automoción’s North and South American operations; its acquisition of Steel Technologies Inc., a NASDAQ-listed company; its disposition of its interest in the Silver Bell copper mine in Arizona to Asarco; its joint venture with Nucor Corporation regarding Steel Technologies Inc. and other steel investments; and the sale of its interest in TAMCO, a U.S.-based minimill operator, to Gerdau in conjunction with shareholders Ameron and Tokyo Steel
  • Andalex Hungary in its sale of Andalex Resources, Inc., a U.S. coal operator, to Murray Energy
  • Outokumpu Copper Resources in its sale of Zaldivar Chile Inc. to Placer B-C Ltd.
Private Equity, Pension Funds and Sovereign Wealth Funds
  • CIC Capital as a member of a consortium led by Brookfield in a $5.2 billion acquisition of a 90% stake in the natural gas pipeline unit of Petrobras
  • GBM Infraestructura and Goldman Sachs Infrastructure Partners in the acquisition of all of the equity interest of Oak Creek, a Marubeni subsidiary, in the Tres Mesas wind project under development in Mexico. Named Latin America Wind Deal of the Year by IJ Global
  • Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB) in a series of transactions in which it acquired a substantial minority stake in Transportadora de Gas del Perú S. A. (TgP) and entered into a joint venture with respect to TgP’s operating company, Tecgas Inc. (Tecgas)
  • Borealis Infrastructure Management, Canada Pension Plan Investment Board and Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan Board in their acquisition of Chicago Skyway toll road from Cintra and Macquarie
  • Pocahontas Parkway and Macquarie in the sale by Macquarie and the other owners of 100% of the equity in Pocahontas Parkway to Globalvia
  • Macquarie Group Limited in its acquisition of a 50% stake in Pocahontas Parkway Holdings, LLC
  • Canada Pension Plan Investment Board in its US$1.14 billion acquisition of a 49.99% equity stake in five Chilean toll roads from Italy’s Atlantia
  • Liberty Roads Consortium, consisting of Canada Pension Plan Investment Board, GS Infrastructure Partners, Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan Board and Transurban Group, on its US$12.1 billion runner-up bid for a concession of the Pennsylvania Turnpike
  • GS Infrastructure Partners in its significant equity investment in Carrix, Inc. (parent company of SSA Marine, the largest U.S.-owned, privately held marine terminal operator in the world)
Energy
  • Cheniere Corpus Christi LNG (U.S.) – US$11.5 billion project financing of Cheniere Energy’s LNG liquefaction project. Ranked by Project Finance International as Americas Deal of the Year and by IJGlobal as North America LNG Deal of the Year
  • Petrobras Natural Gas Pipeline Unit (Brazil) – US$5.2 billion acquisition by CIC Capital, as a member of a consortium led by Brookfield, of a 90% stake in the natural gas pipeline unit of Petrobras
  • Sincor/Petrocedeño (Venezuela) – landmark US$4.6 billion Sincor extra heavy oil project, the largest greenfield oil project financing completed to date in Latin America, and subsequent debt restructuring in connection with acquisition by the Venezuelan government of a majority stake. Ranked by Latin Lawyer 250 as Latin America Restructuring Deal of the Year
  • Camisea Gas Project (Peru) – US$837 million project financing of gas pipeline project. Ranked by Project Finance as Latin America Oil & Gas Deal of the Year
  • Port Arthur Coker (U.S.) – US$1 billion project financing of coker project. Ranked by Project Finance International as Americas Industrial Deal of the Year
  • Kutubu Petroleum Project (Papua New Guinea) – US$1 billion project financing of oil field and pipeline project
  • ENI and YPF – privatizations of Italian and Argentine state-owned oil companies
  • Standard Bank (Latin America) – borrowing base financing of Petrolera El Trebol’s acquisition of concession rights in certain oil producing assets in the Republic of Argentina; and of Petrolífera Petroleum’s acquisition of oil and gas rights in Argentina, Peru and Colombia
Mining and Metals
  • Anglo American plc in the sale of its 100% interest in the Amapá iron ore operation in Brazil to Zamin Ferrous Ltd.; in its US$5.5 billion acquisition of the Minas-Rio iron ore mine and affiliated port and logistics company; in its sale of Tarmac America, Inc.; and disposition of equity interest in AngloGold Ashanti
  • Mitsui & Co., Ltd. (Japan) – acquisition of a 30% interest in Gestamp Automoción’s North and South American operations
  • First Bauxite (Canada) – pending project financing of a refractory-grade bauxite asset in Guyana
  • Victoria Gold (Canada) – pending project financing of the Eagle Gold Mine in Yukon, Canada
  • Outokumpu Copper Resources – sale of Zaldivar Chile Inc. to Placer B-C Ltd.
  • Mitsui & Co. – acquisition of Steel Technologies Inc., a NASDAQ-listed company; disposition of its interest in the Silver Bell copper mine in Arizona to Asarco; joint venture with Nucor Corporation regarding Steel Technologies Inc. and other steel investments; sale of its interest in TAMCO, a U.S.-based minimill operator, to Gerdau in conjunction with shareholders Ameron and Tokyo Steel
  • Andalex Hungary – sale of Andalex Resources, Inc., a U.S. coal operator, to Murray Energy
  • Anglo Ferrous Minas-Rio (Brazil) – pending iron ore mine financing
  • Collahuasi (Chile) – US$2.4 billion project financing and refinancing of copper project
  • Loma de Niquel (Venezuela) – US$450 million project financing of nickel project and debt restructuring
  • Cerro Vanguardia (Argentina) – US$270 million project financing of gold and silver project
  • Minera Escondida Limitada (Chile) – numerous financings for operator of world’s largest copper mine
  • Mvelaphanda Resources Limited – acquisition of an equity interest in Gold Fields Limited
  • Mvelaphanda Resources Limited and Northam Platinum Limited – corporate restructuring
Capital Markets
  • Debut international bond offerings by Republic of Italy, Republic of South Africa and Republic of Paraguay, as well as sovereign offerings by United Mexican States, Federative Republic of Brazil, Republic of Panama and Kingdom of Sweden, and advice to Kingdom of Norway
  • Privatization of INA, ENI and ENEL, the former Italian state-owned insurance, oil and gas and electricity companies; YPF, the former Argentine state-owned oil and gas company; and Telefónica de Argentina
  • Project bond offering by Port Arthur Coker to project finance and high-yield investors
  • Secondary offerings or placements by Anglo American plc of shares in Terra Industries and Engelhard Corporation and total disposition by Anglo American plc of its equity interest in AngloGold Ashanti through several secondary offerings or placements
  • Numerous rule 144A debt and equity offerings by non-U.S. issuers in the natural resources and pulp and paper sectors
Acquisition Finance
  • Fiat S.p.A. (Italy) and Chrysler Group LLC (U.S.) in the US$7 billion U.S. Treasury secured loan to the newly created Chrysler Group LLC to purchase the Chrysler assets out of bankruptcy and for working capital purposes, and Chrysler Group LLC in the US$3 billion bank term loan refinancing and US$1.3 billion revolving facility of such U.S. Treasury loan
  • Rhône LLC (U.S.) in its acquisition financings to acquire Rexair Incorporated (U.S.) and Arizona Chemical Company (U.S.) and related refinancings
Debt Restructuring and Bankruptcy
  • Fiat S.p.A. (Italy) and Chrysler Group LLC (U.S.) in the US$7 billion U.S. Treasury secured loan to the newly created Chrysler Group LLC to purchase the Chrysler assets out of bankruptcy and for working capital purposes; and Chrysler Canada Inc. in its coordinated and simultaneous US$1 billion equivalent secured loan from Export Development Canada outside bankruptcy
  • Sincor/Petrocedeño (Venezuela) – debt restructuring in connection with acquisition by the Venezuelan government of a majority stake in the extra heavy oil project. Ranked by Latin Lawyer 250 as Latin America Restructuring Deal of the Year
  • Port Arthur Coker (U.S.) – debt restructuring and project bond consent solicitation
  • Gas Andes pipeline project financing (Chile) – debt restructuring of bank project financing
Professional and Community Involvement
Mr. Mann is a director of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law and of the Dutchess Land Conservancy, and a Vice President at Large of the Harvard Law School Association. He is also a member of the Firm’s Diversity Committee.

Mr. Mann is the former chairman of the board of trustees of New York Downtown Hospital, which merged into New York-Presbyterian Hospital in 2013, and is also a former trustee of New York Presbyterian Healthcare System, Inc. and the former chair of the Committee on Project Finance of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York.