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Ivan E Mattei

Ivan E Mattei

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP


Ivan Mattei is a corporate partner and Co-Head of the firm’s Global Infrastructure and Project Finance Group. He has more than 25 years of experience in project finance, joint ventures and M&A, with a particular focus on infrastructure and energy projects and PPP transactions.

Mr. Mattei is ranked as one of the country’s leading lawyers in project finance and public private partnerships by Chambers Global (2016). In addition, Mr. Mattei is recognized as a leading lawyer in projects in Chambers USA (2016), Chambers Latin America (2016), The Legal 500 US (2016), The Legal 500 Latin America (2016) and International Who’s Who of Project Finance Lawyers (2013).  According to Chambers USA (2010), “Ivan Mattei is a multitalented attorney who has acted on major infrastructure . . . projects for both sponsors and lenders in North and South America. He is one of the industry leaders as far as U.S. PPP is concerned and is rated for his ‘superb intellect’ and as someone ‘who can tackle any theoretical or practical problem laid before him.’” Chambers Global (2012) notes “Ivan Mattei . . . is especially renowned for his expertise in PPP. ‘Mattei is very insightful – he is really able to see fine distinctions in how we should approach negotiations’” According to The Legal 500 US (2010), “the group . . . ‘has an incomparable capacity to understand the business rationale and to advise on negotiations and structuring.’ New York-based Ivan Mattei is ‘one of the best project finance lawyers on the market.’ ‘Mattei has distinguished knowledge of the financial industry, tremendous experience and a unique mental agility. He is very precise and convincing in negotiations.’”  Mr. Mattei received his B.S. from Georgetown University summa cum laude in 1979, where he majored in mathematics and economics.  He received an M.A. and a Ph.D. in economics from Harvard University in 1983 and 1986, respectively, where his special fields were international finance and industrial organization.  Mr. Mattei is a graduate of Harvard Law School, where he received his J.D. magna cum laude in 1985.

From 1994 to 1997, Mr. Mattei served as an adjunct professor of law at Columbia Law School, where he taught a course on international banking and financial law.  He is a member of the International Bar Association (Committee on International Construction Projects), the New York City Bar Association (Committee on Project Finance) and the American Bar Association.  Mr. Mattei is also member of The Bretton Woods Committee. 




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