Partner, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP
Dino Barajas focuses his practice on domestic and international project development and finance, with particular emphasis on Latin American infrastructure projects, debt financings and mergers and acquisitions. Mr. Barajas regularly represents lenders, investors and developers in a wide range of domestic and international project financings in the energy, power, infrastructure and commercial sectors, as well as in traditional banking, structured finance, mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance, asset finance, joint ventures and venture capital transactions. His clients include commercial lenders, institutional investors, investment funds, project sponsors, and public and private companies. Mr. Barajas has worked on transactions in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Curacao, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guam, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Peru, Trinidad and Tobago, the United States, Yemen and elsewhere.
Mr. Barajas was recognized as (i) one of the Top 100 Latin American Lawyers by Latinvex in 2014 and 2015, (ii) one of the “Top 25 Clean Tech Lawyers in California” by the Daily Journal in 2011 and (iii) one of “10 Innovative Lawyers in the US” in by Financial Times 2010. Additionally, Mr. Barajas was recognized by California Lawyer Magazine as “Attorney of the Year (Energy)” in 2004.
Mr. Barajas has led the closings of several projects and financings which have been recognized by numerous publications as “Deals of the Year”.
Mr. Barajas is recognized in The International Who’s Who of Project Finance Lawyers, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2014 for his accomplishments and is recognized by Chambers & Partners USA as a “Leader in the Field of Project Finance” in 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010.
Mr. Barajas is a member of the State Bar of California. He received his J.D. from Harvard Law School and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree summa cum laude in Communication Studies and the Business Emphasis Program from the University of California, Los Angeles. Mr. Barajas is fluent in Spanish.