Large-scale projects are subject to a range of challenges, including structuring and financing issues, government regulations, engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) and other contractual issues, local law coordination, and other elements that cross national and regional boundaries. Clients rely on us to help them achieve their most ambitious project goals.
When we work with our clients on these projects, we provide more than just legal counsel. We provide business and strategic advice – structuring, negotiating and documenting the full array of project and financing agreements tailored to each client's needs.
We are the preeminent global law firm for project development and project finance transactions. Our global project finance group possesses the wherewithal, foresight, flexibility and experience to deliver results under even the most challenging conditions. We provide New York, English, Islamic and local law advice and insight into local markets. With more than 200 project finance lawyers, our global footprint means that we have lawyers on the ground not only where the projects are being financed, but also in the developing markets where they are being built. Our clients benefit from our on-the-ground in-depth knowledge about local business customs and conditions.
Our team develops innovative ways to solve problems and tackle complex matters. We provide practical and commercial advice for our clients, bringing even the most intricate transactions to completion. Our knowledge base is ever-evolving–a combination of skills drawn from lawyers around the world—tempered by strategic perspective and business acumen.
We have an outstanding worldwide reputation for delivering on complex domestic and cross-border transactions, and regularly advise sponsors and developers on matters ranging from strategic joint ventures, project structuring and development to advising on the full range of project financings including commercial bank loans, export credit agencies and multilateral facilities, project bonds, and Islamic financings.
Our clients benefit from our deep understanding and experience in major sectors such as power generation and transmission (including nuclear energy and all forms of renewable energy), oil and gas (including liquefied natural gas (LNG) and petrochemicals), infrastructure (including roads, airports, bridges, railways, ports and social infrastructure), mining and metals, water and wastewater treatment, and telecommunications (including towers, wireless, landline and satellites).
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AWARDS & RECOGNITION
Global Legal Adviser of the Year
IJGlobal Awards 2015
Ranked # 1 law firm globally for Project Finance
PFI Legal Report 2015
"Strong practice on both the sponsor and lender side, and has been going from strength to strength of late, attracting an array of instructions and growing its headcount."
The Legal 500 2015: Project Finance
"Acclaimed project finance capabilities with a global presence covered by teams in the UK, the USA, Europe, Asia, Latin America and Africa. Highly respected for its work on oil and gas matters, both on major financings and advising leading petroleum companies on transactions and project development. Mining, power and infrastructure are also busy areas."
Chambers Global 2015: Projects & Infrastructure Global-wide
"When you put these deals together you need a lot of expertise outside project finance and they have the breadth of folks to be able to bring those skill sets to bear on the transaction."
Chambers USA 2015: Projects (client quote)
Expansion of petroleum refining and petrochemicals complex in Saudi Arabia Saudi Aramco, as a sponsor, on the development and financing for the US$8 billion expansion of the Rabigh II complex. Winner of "Petrochemical Deal of the Year (Middle East and Africa)" by Project Finance International 2015.
The largest fully non-recourse construction project financing in history Freeport LNG on the development and financing of its multi-train natural gas liquefaction complex in Texas. Current debt and equity commitments are greater than US$15 billion. Earned "standout" ranking in the category of Enabling clients' business by FT North America Innovative Lawyers 2015 Report.
US$7 billion acquisition financing of the Las Bambas copper project in Peru A consortium led by China Minmetals' Hong Kong–listed subsidiary MMG Limited, that included Guoxin International Investment Corporation Limited and CITIC Metal Peru Investment Limited, on the acquisition financing, including project financing, of Las Bambas from Glencore plc. Named "Global M&A Deal of the Year, Latin America/Peru" by American Lawyer 2014.
US$1.5 billion Mirfa Independent Water and Power Project (IWPP) in UAE Abu Dhabi Water and Electricity Authority (ADWEA) on the successful financial close of the Mirfa IWPP. Named "Middle Eastern Water Deal of the Year" by IJGlobal 2014.
€610 million financing for a segment of the A7 motorway The joint lead managers, mandated lead arrangers, bond purchasers and lenders on financing for the construction, operation and maintenance of a 1,000 km segment of the main north-south route in Germany. The first public-private partnership (PPP) project financed by project bonds with the European Investment Bank (EIB) project bond credit enhancements and bank bridge financing in the German market. Named "Project Finance Deal of the Year: A7 Federal Highway" by IFLR Europe Awards 2014.