Stephen Hood

Since moving to Brazil more than 10 years ago, Mr. Hood has focused principally on Latin American project finance and other cross-border lending work.

Before joining Davis Polk, Stephen was a partner in another major global law firm where at various times he was the partner responsible for its São Paulo, New York and Hong Kong offices, and from London, its global securities practice.

Work Highlights

Recent significant transactions include representing:

  • Several leading banks on secured project loans throughout the world over 25 years
  • Sete Brasil on all of its cross-border financing needs over three years
  • Sponsors on the Rutas de Lima loan and project bond financing for a section of the Lima ring road, Peru
  • Embraport, Dubai Ports and Odebrecht Transport on the project finance of Brazil’s largest private port
  • Odebrecht Oil & Gas S.A. on the EPC contracts and project finance arrangements for drill vessels, Norbe VI, Norbe VIII and IX and ODN I and II ,OOG’s 2013 Norbe VI / ODN I and II Project Bond, and the 2014 Tay IV Bond
  • Odebrecht Oil & Gas S.A. and Teekay Offshore on the bridge and take-out project financing for FPSO vessel LIBRA
  • CCR on the financing of São Paulo Ring Road – Rodoanel
  • Via Quatro - Sistema CCR - Concessionária da Linha 4 do Metrô de SP S.A. on the project financing of São Paulo Metro Line 4 concession project
  • Project sponsors a number of Panama road financings
  • Project sponsors and lenders on more than six PPP and other structured project financings, including project bonds, in Peru (roads and water sanitation)
  • Petrobras on several project financings of oil fields, thermal power plants, gas pipelines, refinery upgrades and FPSOs


  • Chambers Global
    • Latin America-wide, Banking & Finance, Senior Statesman 
    • Latin America-wide, Projects, Senior Statesman
    • Brazil, Banking & Finance: International, Band 1 
  • Chambers Latin America
    • Latin America-wide, Projects, Band 1
    • Brazil, Banking & Finance: International, Band 1 
  • Latinvex – “Latin America’s Top 100 Lawyers,” 2015
  • Latin Business Chronicle – “Latin Legal Star,” 2013

Bar Admissions

  • São Paulo (Foreign Legal Consultant)


  • LL.M., University of London, 1974


  • Portuguese