John Murphy

John L. Murphy

Baker & McKenzie LLP


John Murphy is a partner in Baker McKenzie's Corporate and Securities practice. He has over 22 years' experience helping clients navigate complex international project development and financings, capital markets transactions, M&A and general corporate matters, with an emphasis on power and infrastructure.

Practice Focus

John focuses on representing investors, project sponsors, developers, private sector banks and multilateral and bilateral public sector development financial institutions in the development and financing of power and other infrastructure projects (including Public-Private Partnerships (P3)) in the United States, Latin America and the Caribbean. In addition to his transactional practice, John has worked on cross-border and multijurisdictional workouts and restructurings in over 10 countries, spanning the United States, Latin America and the Caribbean, which has provided him with a keen awareness of critical issues in structuring and documenting transactions. Having studied abroad in Spain and lived, worked and traveled extensively in Latin America and the Caribbean, John has familiarity with local customs and culture, market practices and civil law and common law concepts, all of which guide him in his business-oriented approach to advising clients and helping them solve complex challenges that arise in international engagements.

Representative Legal Matters

Prior to joining the Firm, John handled the following matters:

  • Represented the sponsors of a solar photovoltaic energy independent power producer in Central America in the settlement of a dispute between the project company and its EPC contractor and the purchase of a controlling interest in the project, and in negotiations with the project company’s multilateral and export credit agency lenders.

  • Represented the concessionaire and project sponsors in a Colombian toll road project, awarded under the Autopistas para la Prosperidad public-private partnership (P-3) program within the fourth generation (4G) infrastructure concessions, which included the construction, operation and maintenance of 54 bridges, two tunnels, three intersections and toll booths. This transaction was awarded Best Local Currency Financing at LatinFinance’s 2016 Project & Infrastructure Finance Awards.

  • Represented the private sector and export credit agency lenders in the limited recourse project financing of an organic chemical plant in Florida.

  • Represented the sponsor in connection with the project financing of a solar photovoltaic project in Mexico provided by the US Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) and the North American Development Bank (NADB).

  • Represented a multilateral development bank, as lender, in a senior secured syndicated project finance facility for the construction of port terminals for crude oil and dry bulk and general cargo in Colombia.

  • Represented a newly formed Mexican subsidiary of a multinational public company in connection with the development and construction of a greenfield heavy vehicle manufacturing facility in Mexico.

  • Represented a major wind energy developer in a non-recourse construction financing and sale leaseback take-out financing for a 34 MW wind energy project.

  • Represented a multilateral development bank, as guarantor of Preferred Private Notes (Certificados Bursátiles Fiduciarios Preferentes) issued by a Mexican special purpose trust organized in connection with the securitization and project financing of the modernization of the public registry of one of the Mexican states. This transaction was selected as "2010 Best Structured Financing Deal" and "2010 Best Innovation Deal" by LatinFinance magazine and as "2010 Latin America Domestic Currency Bond of the Year" by International Financing Review magazine.

  • Represented a Central American bank in connection with a subordinated loan from a multilateral development bank, to be used to provide complementary capital to support lending to small and medium-size enterprises (SMEs), and women-owned SMEs.

  • Represented the debtor in its restructuring of over USD 500 million in principal amount of its Senior Notes, which was accomplished though a voluntary filing under the Mexican Business Reorganization Law (Ley de Concursos Mercantiles) and a related voluntary filing under chapter 11 of the US Bankruptcy Code of its US subsidiary guarantors.

Professional Honors

  • Ranked, Chambers Latin America: Latin America's Leading Lawyers for Business (2014 - Present)
  • Ranked, Chambers Global (2014 - Present)
  • Ranked, Chambers USA (2014 - Present)
  • Ranked, Latin Lawyer 250 (2017 - Present)
  • Ranked, Legal 500 (2013 - Present)
  • Retail Manufacturing and Distribution Deal of the Year (2012) at the 5th Annual International M&A Advisor Awards for representation of Tortuga Rum Company and its affiliates in connection with their consolidation and sale to Jamaica Producers Group Limited
  • Restructuring Deal of the Year (2012) at the 5th Annual International M&A Advisor Awards for Mr. Murphy's representation of Trinidad Cement Limited and its subsidiaries in the workout and restructuring of nearly TTD 1.950 billion (approximately USD 310 million) of the group's outstanding debt
  • Corporate Turnaround of the Year (Middle Markets) (2012) at the Turnaround Atlas Awards for Mr. Murphy's representation of Trinidad Cement Limited and its subsidiaries in the workout and restructuring of nearly TTD 1.950 billion (approximately USD 310 million) of the group's outstanding debt
  • Top Dealmaker of the Year (2012) in the Restructuring/Distressed category by the South Florida Daily Business Review

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Bar Association
  • American Bankruptcy Institute
  • INSOL International
  • International Bar Association


  • New York~United States (2012)
  • District of Columbia~United States (1999)
  • Florida~United States (1997)


  • Georgetown University Law Center (J.D.) (1997)
  • Georgetown University (M.B.A.) (1997)
  • Georgetown University (B.S.F.S.) (1993)


  • English
  • Spanish
  • Author, "A Case for Comity: The Bankruptcy of Mexico's Vitro Tested US International Insolvency Laws and Serves as a Warning to both Creditors and Debtors," International Financial Law Review, September 2012