Jason Kerr | White & Case LLP International Law Firm, Global Law Practice
Jason Kerr
Jason Kerr

Jason Kerr

Partner, London

T +44 20 7532 2303

T +44 20 7532 1000

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“He works on both sides of the fence so he is very commercial, always keen to get to the point and keep the process moving. ”

Chambers UK 2014

Overview

Jason's focus is project and international finance, working with clients in emerging markets across Central Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia.

Head of the EMEA Energy, Infrastructure, Project and Asset Finance Group, he has substantial experience advising commercial banks, multilateral lending agencies, export credit agencies, sponsors and developers in project and international finance.

Clients benefit from his varied experience, advising on a wide range of projects in sectors including oil and gas, power and infrastructure. He has taken the lead on a number of landmark transactions, including one of the largest-ever oil asset acquisitions in Nigeria.

Bars and Courts

  • Solicitor in Scotland
  • Solicitor of England and Wales
  • Solicitor of the High Court of Hong Kong

Education

  • University of Aberdeen

Languages

  • English

Experience

Nord Stream gas pipeline project

Advised Nord Stream AG in connection with Phase 1 and Phase 2 of the €9bn Nord Stream gas pipeline project connecting the Russian and European gas grids which raised €6.5bn of debt in the international project finance market. Phase I of the project was selected as European Gas Deal of the Year by Project Finance International magazine, European Midstream Oil & Gas Deal of the Year by Project Finance magazine and as Oil & Gas Deal of the Year by Infrastructure Journal. As a result of White & Case's work on this project, we were also awarded Infrastructure/Energy Team of the Year by The Lawyer. Phase II of the Nord Stream project was selected as Europe Project Finance Deal of the Year by International Financial Law Review.

Rabigh II petrochemical project

Advising Saudi Aramco (as sponsor, alongside co-sponsor Sumitomo Chemical Co., Ltd) with regard to the project financing of a major expansion to the sponsors' existing Rabigh petroleum refining and petrochemical complex located on the west coast of Saudi Arabia.

Sakhalin II (Phase 2) LNG Project

Advised JBIC and the international commercial banks in connection with the US$20 billion project financing of the Sakhalin II (Phase 2) integrated oil & gas and LNG Project in Russia. The Sakhalin II Project is the first offshore oil development in Russia, the first project to come into operation under the Russian regime for production sharing agreements and the first Russian project to be project financed under this regime. The transaction was named one of the Top 10 Deals of the Decade by Infrastructure Journal.

EnerjiSA power assets

Advised EnerjiSA in connection with the development of up to 5 GW of merchant power assets in Turkey (including hydro, CCGT, wind and lignite). Among these assets, the €1.1 billion, 450MW Tufanbeyli Lignite-Fired Power Plant in Adana, was selected as Turkish Power Deal of the Year by Project Finance International magazine and one of the Deals of the Year by Trade Finance magazine.

Mangara oil field, Republic of Chad

Advised the mandated lead arrangers in respect of a reserves-based facility of up to US$250 million in respect of the Mangara/Badila oil fields, Republic of Chad.

OML 30, Republic of Nigeria

Advised the arranging banks on a US$765 million acquisition bridge financing and reserves-based lending facility for Shoreline Natural Resources in connection with its acquisition of a 45 percent participating interest in OML 30, a major onshore oil producing block in Nigeria. The deal was Commended in the financed category of the FT Innovative Lawyers Awards.

Trade Facilitation Programme

Advising EBRD in connection with the structuring and coordination of its Trade Facilitation Programme in Central Europe.

Abu Dhabi Independent Water & Power Projects

Advised the lead sponsor, ADWEA, in connection with the project financing of Abu Dhabi's IWPP projects including the Shuweihat S2, Fujairah, Taweelah and Umm Al Nar IWPP projects. Shuweihat S2 was selected as Middle East Bond Deal of the Year by Project Finance International magazine and as Middle Eastern Project Bond Deal of the Year by Project Finance magazine. Umm Al Nar was awarded Water/Power Deal of the Year for the Middle East by Project Finance magazine.

Gebze CCGT

Advised the Turkish lead arrangers (Yapı ve Kredi Bankası A.Ş., Türkiye İş Bankasi A.Ş., Vakıflar Bankası T.A.O. and Türkiye Garanti Bankasi A.Ş.) in connection with theUS$1 billion project financing of the development and operation of an 865 MW gas-fired combined-cycle power plant in Gebze, Turkey. This deal was selected as Deal of the Year by Project Finance International magazine, as European Power Deal of the Year by Project Finance magazine, and as Power Deal of the Year by Infrastructure Journal.

Publications

  • Paths to African Partnerships, Project Finance International, 2014
  • Africa – From Petrodollars to Progress, The Times, 2014
  • Risk and Reward – Engaging in Africa, Project Finance International, 2014 Energy Report
  • Gebze weds merchant markets, Project Finance International, 2011 European Report
  • The Sanmar Success, Project Finance International, 2009

Awards & Recognition

Leading Lawyer (Band 1), Chambers Global 2014, Chambers UK 2015

Project – UK

Leading Individual, The Legal 500 UK, 2014

Power - UK