Peter is a rare breed and very focused. He treats his clients’ interests as an absolute priority.
The Legal 500 Latin America

Peter Baumgaertner, Pillsbury’s New York Corporate team leader and head of the Latin America practice, handles multibillion-dollar matters for clients worldwide.

Recognized by Latinvex among "Latin America's Top 100 Lawyers," Peter has spearheaded precedent-setting capital markets, project financing, restructuring, public-private partnership and lending transactions for a global clientele. He represents and counsels U.S. and international governmental units, equity sponsors, corporate borrowers, public utilities, institutional investors, investment bankers, credit enhancement providers, lenders, administrative agents and indenture trustees. Before joining Pillsbury, Peter was a partner at Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP in New York and was the resident U.S. partner in Dewey & LeBoeuf's Johannesburg, South Africa, office from 2008–2009.

Representative Experience

Represents numerous underwriters in connection with tax-exempt bond financings for corporate borrowers and local governments throughout the United States.

Advises financial institutions and borrowers throughout Latin America in connection with capital markets and lending transactions.

Counsels financial institutions and other creditors in connection with insolvencies and restructurings for corporate borrowers in Argentina, Brazil, Chile and Mexico.

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  • Represents the sponsor in connection with the development and project financing of a $2 billion fully integrated, state-of-the-art nitrogen fertilizer manufacturing facility located in Posey County, Indiana, which included the issuance of $1.259 billion Posey County, Indiana Economic Development Revenue Bonds, Refunding Series 2013A (Midwest Fertilizer Corporation Project).
  • Represented the University of Kansas in connection with the issuance and sale of $326,945,000 Public Finance Authority Lease Development Revenue Bonds (KU Campus Development Corporation – Central District Development Project), Series 2016.
  • Represents the underwriter in connection with the offering of units of limited partnership interests, the proceeds of which are being used to acquire oil and gas properties throughout the United States.
  • Represented J.P. Morgan and Barclays as underwriters’ counsel in connection with the issuance and sale of $227,355,000 Treasurer of State of Ohio Tax Exempt Private Activity Bonds, Series 2015 (Portsmouth Bypass Project).
  • Represented Japan Airlines and Air France in connection with the issuance and sale of $167,260,000 New York Transportation Development Corporation Special Facility Revenue Refunding Bonds, Series 2015 (Terminal One Group Association, L.P. Project).
  • Represented Deutsche Bank in connection with the sale of its municipal bond trust business to U.S. Bank.
  • Represented the Raleigh-Durham Airport Authority as bond counsel in connection with more than $1 billion of tax-exempt bond offerings on behalf of the airport and tenants of the airport.
  • Represented more than 40 units of local government in North Carolina as bond counsel in connection with the issuance of general obligation bonds, revenue bonds and certificates of participation.
  • Represented Green Earth Fuels LLC in connection with the development and project financing of a biodiesel manufacturing facility located on the Houston Ship Channel.
  • Represented Covanta (formerly Ogden) in connection with the tax-exempt financing and refinancing of waste to energy facilities throughout the United States; also served as designated underwriters’ counsel in connection with the tax-exempt bond offerings through governmental conduits.
  • Represented United Water and Pennsylvania-American Water Company in connection with the tax-exempt bond financing of “exempt facilities.”
  • Represented the project sponsor in connection with the development and financing of a 315 MW undersea electric transmission cable in the United States.
  • Represented investment banking firms in connection with the structuring of collateralized debt obligation transactions involving the insurance and energy industries.
  • Represented the borrower in connection with an Overseas Private Investment Corporation financing of a pharmaceutical manufacturing facility in Ghana.
  • Represented multinational corporations in connection with commercial transactions throughout South Africa, Namibia, Zambia, Botswana and Mauritius.
  • Represented Deutsche Bank as trustee’s counsel in connection with the Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganizations of K-V Pharmaceutical Co., Fleetwood Enterprises Inc. and ASARCO LLC.
  • Represented the Brooklyn Navy Yard Cogeneration Partners L.P. in connection with the development, construction and financing of a natural gas-fired cogeneration facility (with maximum generating capability of 325 MW) located at the Brooklyn Navy Yard in Brooklyn, New York.
  • Represented a financial institution in connection with the development of an online trading platform for illiquid securities.

Professional Highlights

Recognized by The Legal 500 Latin America in the Banking & Finance, Capital Markets and Corporate M&A categories, by Latinvex as one of "Latin America's Top 100 Lawyers" (2015 - 2017), and by The Legal 500 U.S. in the category of Project Finance (2017).

Profiled as a key member of Pillsbury's Latin Lawyer 250-ranked practice in the region.

Member of the Projects Team, Ranked in IJ Global - Three Top 20 League Tables for First of 2017 in North America (including Project Finance, Infrastructure Finance and Power Infrastructure Finance).

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  • Honors & Awards
    • Recognized by International Financial Law Review for Banking, Capital Marketing: Debt – US (2018)
  • Associations
    • Member, Inter-American Affairs Committee of the New York City Bar Association
    • Member, Law Council of the Washington and Lee University School of Law
    • Member, Auction Rate Securities Drafting Task Force Committee of the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association
    • Member, Brazilian-American Chamber of Commerce
    • Member, board of directors of Transport Group, a Manhattan-based theater company (2004 – 2007)
  • Speaking Engagements
    • Moderator, "Driving Capital into Latin American Infrastructure Projects," 3rd Latin America Japan Investors Forum (LAJIF), Tokyo, Japan (June 29, 2017)
    • Moderator, "Project Bonds and Peru: A Perfect Match?," Project Finance & Capital Markets Peru, Lima, Peru (April 26, 2017)
    • Moderator, "Bridging the gap between the long tenors needed for energy & infrastructure projects and banks’ increased cost of funding," 11th Annual Latin America Energy & Infrastructure Finance Forum, Miami, Florida (March 13, 2017)
    • Panelist, "Partnering with international developers and institutional investors: How Colombian constructors can free up capacity to complete 4G Projects," Bonds, Loans & Derivatives Andes 2017 Conference, Bogotá, Columbia (March 1, 2017)
    • Panelist, "PPP in Argentina: How will it work? What opportunities will this provide for the private sector?," Bonds, Loans & Derivatives Argentina 2016 Conference, Buenos, Aires, Argentina (November 3, 2016).
    • Moderator, "International Project Bonds: Challenges and Best Practices," Bonds, Loans & Derivatives Andes 2016 Conference, Bogotá, Columbia (February 24, 2016)
    • Moderator, "The Aviation Market in Brazil and the U.S." (November 5, 2015)
    • Moderator, "Investing in Turkey: Target Industries, Opportunities and Finance Structures" (November 5, 2015)
    • Moderator, "Anti-Bribery and Anti-Money Laundering Enforcement Developments" (October 22, 2015)
    • Panelist, "The Aviation Market in Brazil," São Paulo, Brazil (June 3, 2015)
    • Moderator, "Case study: Mexico's Los Ramones Norte & Sur Pipelines," 9th Annual Latin American Energy & Infrastructure Finance Forum, Miami, Florida (March 10, 2015)
    • Panelist, "Key Drivers for Latin American Investing in United States Public Companies," ABA Sections of International Law 2014 Fall Meeting, Buenos Aires, Argentina (October 23, 2014)


  • J.D., Washington and Lee University School of Law, 1986

    B.A., Washington and Lee University, 1983
    magna cum laude; Phi Beta Kappa


  • District of Columbia

    New York



  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida