Stephen Hood founded the boutique international law firm Stephen Hood & Partners in São Paulo during the second half of 2020 after a long career advising many of the largest and most prominent industrial and financial corporations in the world on complex cross-border financial and corporate transactions. The primary focus of Stephen Hood & Partners is on Brazilian and other Latin American transactions, particularly cross-border loans, M&A, project finance, restructuring and other commercial transactions.
For nine years prior to establishing Stephen Hood & Partners, Stephen was a partner in Davis Polk’s São Paulo office and head of this firm’s Latin American project finance practice. Before that, Stephen was a partner in Clifford Chance for more than 25 years during which he opened the firm’s Hong Kong office, established the firm’s global capital markets practice from London, was managing partner of Clifford Chance’s New York office (directing the firm’s move to practice New York law) and opened the firm’s practice in São Paulo.
For more than two decades, Stephen has consistently been ranked in Band I or equivalent by the principal ranking publications for Latin America corporate finance generally and more specifically in Project Finance. He is possibly the most experienced international and project finance lawyer working on Brazilian and other Latin American transactions. Recent notable project finance assignments have included work in renewable energy, geothermal power, gas pipeline networks, roads, airports, sanitation, petrochemicals, oil services and ports.