PFR caught up with the great and the good of power project finance as they milled around with wine, cocktails and hors d’oeuvres laid on by Latham & Watkins at New York’s American Museum of Natural History on March 1.

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The array of cuisine on offer almost matched the taxidermized fauna behind the glass in terms of diversity, with offerings ranging from grilled cheddar-and-fontina sandwiches to lobster tacos and mysterious “beef cigars”.

“The cod is excellent,” said Shawn Young, managing director at Regions Bank, who is usually based in Charlotte, N.C., but happened to be in New York for meetings along with his corporate and leveraged finance colleague Daniel Hoverman.

Other project finance luminaries at the event included Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corp.’s Carl Morales, Intesa Sanpaolo’s Stephen Spencer, Marathon Capital’s Bob Simmons and Industrial and Commercial Bank of China’s Michael Fabisiak and Sven Semmelmann.

Attendees were also invited to take an exclusive look at the museum’s immersive ‘Our Senses’ exhibit, which featured, among other things, a room designed to put visitors off balance, as if that were needed after the wine.

“The important thing is not to have too many and end up waking up tomorrow in the caveman exhibit,” noted a trust and agency services provider.

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