Richard J. Cooper’s practice focuses on domestic and international restructurings, mergers and acquisitions, and leveraged finance (including project and acquisition finance).

Richard joined the firm in 1986 and became a partner in 1995.

Notable Experience


  • United States: Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA), Aleris, America West Airlines, Circle K, Color Tile, Continental Airlines, Foxwoods Casino, Fruit of the Loom, Insight Healthcare, Lehman Brothers, Milagro Holdings, Pan American Airways, Revco and Van Camp Seafood.

  • Latin America: Aeromexico, Alestra, Automotores Gildemeister, CCM, Cemex, Cydsa, Easa, Edenor, Emcali, Empresas ICA, Fibria (formerly Aracruz Celulose), Gruma, Grupo Cementos de Chihuahua, GVO, Independencia, Intelig, IUSA, Iusacell, Maxcom, Metrogas, Mexicana, Odebrecht Oil and Gas, OGX, Oi, Oro Negro, San Antonio Oil and Gas, Sanluis Autoparts, Tonon Bioenergia, Telecom Argentina, Termoelectrica de Barranquilla, Termoemcali, TGN, Transener and Vitro.

  • Europe: Codere.

  • Asia: Asia Pulp & Paper, NSM Steel, Zhuhai Highway and numerous Indonesian power projects. 

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Mergers and Acquisitions

  • A consortium of private equity firms in connection with the purchase of NTE Energy, various oil and gas assets of Chromo Energy and Petrohawk Energy.

  • DE Shaw in its investment in Ashmore Energy International.

  • EDF in the sale of its Brazilian utility Light Services.

  • Fintech Advisory in its acquisition of a majority stake in Telecom Argentina.

  • Carlyle Riverstone and Sempra Energy in the purchase and subsequent sale of various generating plants located in Texas.

  • Fintech Energy in the purchase of Emgasud, an Argentine energy company.

  • Grupo Cementos de Chihuahua in the sale of its Bolivian operations. 

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Project and Leveraged Finance

  • Deutsche Bank in the financing of various oil and gas and energy projects in Brazil and the project financing of a power project for Pampa Energy in Argentina.

  • The Government of Puerto Rico in connection with its enactment of its new Public Private Partnership law. 

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  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, Association of the Bar of the City of New York