Rodrigo Borja Calisto obtained his doctorate from the Pontifical Catolica Catholic University of Ecuador, in Quito; and his master’s degree in business administration from the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education.
He has been legal director of several foreign companies operating in Ecuador, mainly dealing with subjects such as mortgage portfolio securitisation, hydrocarbons and mining, among others. He has a deep knowledge of the hydrocarbon and mining industry, from both the internal operations and state regulation/control perspectives. His wide experience with transnational companies has enabled him to advise local and foreign companies throughout their different stages, from the incorporation of the company to the exploration, assessment, negotiation of contracts with the state and vendors, project financing, design, construction, development and closing of operations. He has been a member of the executive and administrative committees of the companies where he served as legal director.
Rodrigo has maintained a remarkable practice in the area of development and financing of infrastructure projects, in the electric, mining and hydrocarbons sectors. He advises public and private entities, promoters, EPC and EPCM contractors, project developers and financial intermediaries, regarding subjects mostly related to the energy and natural resources industry.The last successful project finance that he was involved was the Fruta del Norte project finance with Lundin Gold for US$1 billion, including all the securities over all the assets (shares, funds, mining rights, mortgages, pledges, trusts, etc).