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Joanna Walker is an associate in the Energy, Infrastructure, Project and Asset Finance Group in the London office. Joanna's practice focusses on international project finance in the oil and gas, petrochemical, mining and infrastructure sectors.
She has experience in advising lenders and borrowers, including banks and export credit agencies, on complex financings in the EMEA region and globally. In addition, Joanna has previous experience in representing various financial institutions in complex international restructurings.
Representation of IFC and other development financial institutions in connection with the project financing of a series of solar power projects in Jordan, comprising a majority of the Round 1 solar power programme in Jordan.
Representation of the sponsors on the project financing of the Nacala railway and port project in Mozambique and Malawi.
Representation of New World Resources in its comprehensive, cross-border balance sheet restructuring, allowing NWR to focus on its operational turnaround and survive the prolonged downturn in the global coking and thermal coal markets. This transaction involved a UK scheme of arrangement and a rights issue and placing on the London, Warsaw and Prague Stock Exchanges, drawing on a complex mix of capability across mining, restructuring, debt and equity capital markets, corporate and tax. NWR is one of the largest hard coal producers in Central Europe and a major employer in the Czech Republic.
Representation of the underwriters, arrangers and initial lenders (Deutsche Bank, Société Générale and Sberbank) for Uranium One's inaugural US$300 million high yield bond and related US$120 million revolving credit facility, both secured on a pari passu basis.
Representation of the lenders, including export credit agencies US Ex-Im, COFACE, Euler Hermes and K-Exim, in connection with the financing of Phase II of the US$10 billion Emirates Aluminium Project in the UAE. This deal was awarded the Middle East Industrial Deal of the Year by Project Finance International and was the largest financing in the mining sector for 2013.