Sondra Martinez was picked out as the leading project finance banker in 2019 thanks to her strong technical knowledge, problem solving skills and commercial acumen.
Her abilities drew the praise of market participants across the board, having won the admiration of clients, peers, attorneys and other market participants.
“She may be the smartest banker out there,” says one lawyer. “She’s very creative.”
Several judges attributed Martinez’ excellent industry knowledge to her previous career as an independent engineer with Black & Veatch. Indeed, this was cited as part of her appeal by head of origination Nicolai Dillow when NordLB hired her in 2012.
“We liked what she brought to the table,” he said. “It’s not a banking background, but she clearly understands our business.”
Besides her technical chops, the judges noted Martinez’ willingness to think outside of the box and analyse the commercial aspects of a deal as key strengths.
“She has been doing a lot of CCA deals when other people have been scared of that space,” said a finance official at a renewable energy investor at a private equity firm, referring to the burgeoning community choice aggregator sector in California.
Toward the end of 2019, NordlLB was left lead on the financing of Clearway Energy Group‘s Golden Fields III solar project in California, which is contracted with two CCAs and a municipality.
See all of the 2019/2020 awards