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Hogan Lovells adds space and satellite, project finance partner Alexis Sáinz in D.C.

Global law firm Hogan Lovells is pleased to announce the further expansion of its Corporate & Finance practice group in the United States with the arrival of partner Alexis Sáinz as global co-leader of the Space and Satellite practice and a member of the Infrastructure, Energy, Resources & Projects practice. Sáinz joins the firm from Millbank, where she was a partner.

Global Corporate & Finance Practice Group Leader James Doyle commented: “Our Space and Satellite practice has long been regarded as a market-leader in the industry and was an early participant in both the traditional satellite as well as the ‘NewSpace’ arenas. Alexis is a prominent practitioner in the satellite industry who brings a stellar reputation and strong skills in the project financing of satellite and related assets. We truly believe she is the ideal person to build upon our team’s success and guide it into new frontiers.”

Global Space and Satellite practice co-lead Randy Segal added: “There are few, if any, people in the space industry who are the ‘go to’ satellite finance leaders in the industry as Alexis. Steve Kaufman and I have known Alexis for many years, working across the table from her, and we have always had tremendous respect for her capabilities and her standing in the space industry. Simply stated, we are thrilled to have Alexis on board, and to be co-leading the practice with us. There is so much going on in this industry, and Alexis is the perfect fit to drive us into the next decade.”

Sáinz represents satellite operators, aerospace manufacturers, launch services providers, communications companies, financial institutions, project sponsors, private equity firms, hedge funds, export credit and multilateral development agencies and other space industry participants in negotiating commercial and corporate transactions and commercially strategic regulatory matters, and on structured, project and vendor satellite financings. She also provides satellite industry advice in connection with debt and equity offerings, joint ventures, mergers & acquisitions, and financial restructurings.

Sáinz co-chairs the American Bar Association’s Committee on Space Law and co-authored the chapter on Commercial Satellite Programs for the Routledge Handbook of Space Law. She is a member of the International Institute of Space Law (IISL).

Philip Robb, head of the firm’s Infrastructure, Energy, Resources & Projects practice, remarked: “Alexis has extensive experience in the project financing of satellite and related assets, and has established a leading reputation in the industry. She has also represented clients throughout the world on infrastructure finance, including on projects involving Latin America and Asia, working with and representing development finance institutions, multilateral agencies and export credit agencies. We are excited to be adding her to our team.”

Sáinz commented: “Hogan Lovells has been a market leader in the commercial space industry for decades. As a result of the firm’s vision and early leadership in the space industry, there are few firms with such extensive global satellite experience. The firm has also invested considerable energy into and is a recognized leader in the ‘newspace’ industry, an emerging multi-billion dollar industry comprising new launch vehicles, commercial human space travel, commercial space stations, space-industry services and 3D printing as an enabling technology, as well as other changes to the set of industrial paradigms that drive the industry. I am excited to be joining the Hogan Lovells team at such a critical moment in the space industry’s evolution. I am also thrilled to be working with Hogan Lovell’s highly regarded Infrastructure, Energy, Resources & Projects practice. The firm’s global strategic corporate and finance capabilities, as well as the unmatched regulatory strength and thought leadership of the Hogan Lovells platform, make it ideally positioned to serve space industry clients across the world.”

Sáinz has held various leadership positions with social justice organizations. She serves on the Hispanic National Bar Association’s Commission on Latinas and the Leadership Council for the National LGBTQ Task Force. Sáinz is committed to pro bono and has worked with LatinoJustice, the Whitman Walker Clinic and Tahirih on pro bono matters for Spanish-speaking clients.

Sáinz holds a bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth College, a master’s degree in Computer Science from American University, and a law degree from the George Washington University Law School.


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