Denise Grant

Denise Grant


Denise has over 25 years of experience advising lenders and borrowers on the most complex corporate, acquisition and project related financings across the Americas. The breadth of Denise’s practice is expansive both geographically and across sectors. She covers all major markets in Latin America with a strong foothold in Chile, Mexico and Peru and spans key sectors, including banking, energy, mining, consumer products, investments and retail.

Her client base is equally diverse with a mix of corporates and state-owned borrowers and lenders to such borrowers, including Peruvian mining company, Volcan, Peru’s largest consumer goods company, Alicorp, and Chilean power company, Transelec, as well as state-owned oil and gas company ENAP, and the lenders to Petrobras, Pemex and The Bahamas. Denise’s practice is complemented by a longstanding roster of international commercial bank clients, including Credit Agricole, Bank of America, Citibank, Scotiabank, and BBVA among others. In the US, Denise serves as the go to borrower’s counsel for multinationals such as The Olayan Group, American Axle and Paramount Global in their multi-billion financings related to corporate matters and strategic acquisitions in the respective sectors.

A longstanding champion of diversity, equity and inclusion, Denise is a founder of the firm’s Diversity & Inclusion Committee. With her leadership, the initiative has become part of the DNA of the firm, which has been recognized as “Top Firm for Diversity” by The American Lawyer and one of the “Best Law Firms for Minority Attorneys and for Minority Equity Partners” by Law360.


Representative matters

The lenders in connection with a $1.54 billion three-year senior unsecured revolving credit facility for Comisión Federal de Electricidad de México, the largest state-owned electric utility of Mexico. 

Transelec, a leading power company in Chile, in connection with its revolving credit facilities for corporate financing and a  project financing related to the company’s expansion in the Chilean transmission market.

Barclays Bank, as arranger, in connection with a $500 million senior unsecured credit facility that, jointly with a $1.1 billion equity contribution from Pemex, funded the acquisition of Pemex’s 50% stake in Deer Park Refining, L.P. (Deer Park) from Shell. 

The lenders in connection with facilities for subsidiaries and affiliates of Mexican conglomerate, Grupo Alfa, including Nemak, Sigma, Alpek, and Axtel. 

Denise is "the go-to whenever I need help with corporate loans and structured transactions," "a very practical and commercial legal adviser," and that "super professional across the table and gets things done quickly and efficiently.
Clients tell Chambers & Partners


  • Lauded as one of the "2022 Most Influential Black Lawyers" by Savoy Magazine
  • Lauded as "Highly Regarded" by IFLR1000 (2021 and 2022)
  • Ranked Band 1 Latin America-for Banking & Finance by Chambers Latin America (2022); ranked Band 1 for Banking and Finance in Latin America and noted for foreign expertise in Latin America-wide for Banking & Finance – USA by Chambers Global (2022)
  • Named Leading Lawyer for Banking and Finance and recognized for Projects and Energy by Legal 500 Latin America (2022)
  • Selected to Top 100 Female Lawyer List by Latinvex (2019-2021)
  • Named Leading Lawyer in Banking by IFLR 1000 (2020)
  • Named to Mexico Private Practice Powerlist by Legal 500 Latin America (2017-2019)



Washington, DC, 1991
New York State (First Dept), 1990


B.A., International Relations and Affairs, George Washington University, 1986
J.D., Georgetown University, 1989