Sol Castro is an internationally trained lawyer with over 25 years’ professional experience in PPP infrastructure, corporate finance and development consulting. He has advised many global companies and government sponsors on major infrastructure transactions in energy, water, transportation, solid waste management, information technology and property development. His expertise spans all key stages of a project’s development, from feasibility assessments, risk profiling and allocation, to transaction structuring, contract negotiations, and tender design.
Mr. Castro has an established track record in leading technical assistance and transaction advisories of the IFC, World Bank/IBRD, ADB and bilateral donor agencies in the Philippines and other Southeast Asian countries. He has also consulted to various Philippine government departments and corporations including the DOF, BOT Center (now the PPP Center), NEDA, MWSS, and LWUA. He has led many transaction advisory teams that have advised on high value PPP projects in the Philippines, Indonesia, Laos and Mongolia.
Earlier in his career, Mr. Castro was Vice President-Legal Counsel of the Lippo Group’s investment bank in Manila. As group counsel, he provided legal direction and advisory support to Lippo’s listed holding company, securities dealer broker, and offshore banking unit in the country. As an Associate at Baker & McKenzie in Toronto and Manila, Mr. Castro assisted IPP clients in reaching financial close for power generation projects during the first wave of PPP/BOT projects in the Philippines.
Mr. Castro holds a Master of Laws degree from Cornell University, New York. He earned his law degree with academic excellence, and Bachelor of Science in Business Administration cum laude from the University of the Philippines. He is a member of the Philippine Bar Association.