Vijaya Palaniswamy

Partner, New York


Professional experience



Member of the New York Bar


Vijaya has advised project sponsors, marketing companies, commercial lenders, multilateral development banks and regulated entities in the acquisition, development, structuring and financing of energy and infrastructure assets. He has particular experience in advising on the structuring of energy projects that will be financed on a limited recourse basis. Vijaya has also advised lenders and borrowers in the context of restructurings, acquisitions, secured transactions and other more traditional finance structures.

Advising sponsors and lenders on the development, construction, operation and financing of energy and infrastructure projects in the Americas including:

  • the sponsors and borrower on the bidding, development and financing of the Kelar IPP project in Chile (IJ Global Latin America Power Deal of the Year 2014)
  • an investor in the Freeport LNG Liquefaction project (PFI Americas Deal of the Year 2015; IJ Global North American Oil & Gas Deal of the Year 2014)
  • an investor and offtaker in the Cameron LNG Terminal project (IFLR Americas Project Finance Deal of the Year 2015)
  • a consortium member on the Los Ramones Sur Natural Gas Pipeline in Mexico (PFI Oil and Gas Deal of the Year 2015)
  • developers, owners and lenders in the renewable power sectors in Mexico, Peru, Chile and Uruguay

Career highlights include:

  • advising the sponsors and owner of the GNL Quintero LNG Regasification facility in Chile on the structuring, development, construction, initial financing and subsequent bond refinancing of the first fixed regasification terminal in South America (PFI Oil and Gas Deal of the Year 2008; PFM Latin Americas Deal of the Year 2008)
  • advising KEPCO, Samsung C&T and Techint on the bidding, development and financing of the KEXIM backed Norte II power project in Mexico (PFM Latin American Power Deal of the Year 2011), the first such investment by Korean companies in the Mexican power sector

Vijaya is recognized by Chambers USA Projects 2018 as a Foreign Expert - Latin America-wide and in Chambers Latin America 2018 as “Up and Coming” in both the Latin America-wide: Energy & Natural Resources and Projects categories. He is recognized by Legal 500 Latin America 2018 and is named to the Legal 500’s U.S.-Mexico Private Practice Powerlist. He is ranked as a “Rising Star” in Project Finance and Energy in the 2018 edition of IFLR1000.

Professional experience

2015 to date Partner, Linklaters, New York
2014 - 2015 Counsel, Linklaters, New York
2003 - 2014 Associate, Linklaters, New York


2003 - Harvard Law School, J.D.
2003 - The Fletcher School, Tufts University, M.A.L.D.
1999 - The University of Georgia, B.A., with honors in Interdisciplinary Studies (Religion and Culture), B.S. Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, B.S. Genetics


English, Tamil (basic spoken), French (basic)