White & Case LLP has broad experience in advising clients on all aspects of international engineering, procurement and construction projects from bid documents to financing, financial support arrangements, concession contracts, joint ventures, construction contracts, subcontracts, technology supply and license agreements, technical service agreements, project management agreements, operational management agreements, contract administration, claims, disputes, alternative dispute resolution techniques and, where necessary to resolve disputes, international conciliation and arbitration.
The clients of the Firm in this field are located around the world and include: major international civil works and process plant contractors; sovereign states and state-owned bodies, including government ministries; private owners and real estate developers; commercial companies in the oil and gas industry; architectural, consulting engineering and similar professional service firms; and insurance companies, banks and financial institutions.
The Firm is experienced in the use of the principal forms of construction contract employed internationally including, among others, the FIDIC, ICE, NEC, ENAA, EDF, AIA and US Corps of Engineers’ forms and other important domestic forms in various countries. The Firm has also developed, particularly for its sovereign clients, alternative forms of construction contract.
Project and Infrastructure Finance
White & Case has an extensive worldwide practice in project finance. The Firm assists sponsors, investors, lenders, contractors, suppliers, joint venture companies, sovereigns and other participants in all types of large-scale capital projects. Such projects have involved the construction of infrastructure facilities (power plants, airports, roads and ports), major energy facilities (including hydroelectric and coal and gas-fired energy facilities and oil refineries, LNG, LPG and petrochemical plants), the development of mines (including diamond, gold, iron ore, bauxite, nickel, coal, copper, silver and uranium) and the construction of ore concentrate production and other industrial facilities.
Dispute Resolution and Arbitration
Disputes frequently arise in the construction industry and a significant portion of the Firm's construction practice is concerned with contractors' or owners' claims and the resolution of disputes, whether amicably or otherwise. White & Case has considerable experience in alternative dispute resolution ("ADR") techniques and in the most frequently resorted to means for the final resolution of disputes in the international construction field, namely, international arbitration.