Jonathan Djenaoussine | White & Case LLP International Law Firm, Global Law Practice
 Jonathan Djenaoussine
 Jonathan Djenaoussine

Jonathan Djenaoussine

Associate, Paris

T +33 1 55 04 15 15

E jdjenaoussine@whitecase.com

Overview

Jonathan Djenaoussine is an associate in the Energy, Infrastructure, Project and Asset Finance Group of the Paris office.

His principal field of practice is Project Finance.

Jonathan also intervenes on acquisition finance, export finance and international financial transactions, represents a range of banks and other financial institutions in domestic and cross-border transactions. He also represents corporate borrowers and investment funds in a wide range of financing transactions.

In Project Finance, Jonathan has a vast experience assisting banks, French and foreign credit institutions and national and international sponsors on their project financing transactions (notably in France and in Africa), generally based on PPP and concession agreements.

His practice mainly includes all aspects of the structuring and financing of major infrastructure, industrial and energy projects, as well as their corporate law specificities.

In 2013, Jonathan was seconded to the securitisation and project bonds department of Crédit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank, in Paris. He was involved in the European Investment Bank's first project-backed bonds in connection with the Castor project in Spain, of an amount of €1.2 billion and in the €620 million PPP project for the financing, design, construction and maintenance of the A507 motorway (L2 Bypass) in Marseille.

Before joining White & Case LLP, he worked in the Project Finance and Mergers and Acquisitions departments of international law firms in Paris, Casablanca and Geneva.

Bars and Courts

  • Paris Bar

Education

  • Master in Business and Economic law, Université Paris I, Panthéon-Sorbonne
  • Master in International Business Law, Université de Versailles

Languages

  • Arabic
  • English
  • French

Experience

Representation of European Investment Bank (EIB) on the first “project bond” to be issued in France with EIB credit enhancement, and the first in Europe to be issued for digital infrastructure. It is also the first project bond to be governed by French law and to be listed on the Paris stock exchange. The project bond refinances 11 French telecoms concessions that are owned by Axione Infrastructure, which will continue and extend its implementation of fast and superfast digital infrastructure in sparsely populated areas. The refinancing was executed via a project bond issue with a debt enhancement, using the Project Bond Credit Enhancement structure launched by the European Commission and EIB in 2012. This transaction was awarded “European Telecoms Deal of the Year” by Project Finance 2014.

Representation of HSH Nordbank AG on the project financing of the third-largest French wind farm Seine Rive Gauche Nord located in the Departement Aube and includes 30 Nordex N100 wind turbines. The total electricity output of the park is aimed to be 75 megawatt. The wind park is already under construction and is scheduled to start operating in 2015. The project also includes a dedicated transformer substation that will establish a direct grid connection to the high voltage RTE Transmission network, which makes it unique on the French energy market.

Representation of Natixis in the COFACE supported financing provided to the Republic of Gabon for the purchase and installation of public street lighting equipment provided by Bouygues Energies & Services.

Representation of the project company formed by Eiffage in connection with the concession, financing, building and operation of a € 121 million new section of the Dakar toll road to be fund by the Senegalese government, AFD, Eiffage and its lenders. These additional 16,5 km will connect the first section of the Dakar-Diamniadio Toll Road to the new Blaise Diagne international airport. We also advised the project company on the first section of the Dakar-Diamniadio Toll Road project which transaction was awarded "Africa Road Deal of the Year" by Project Finance 2010.

Representation of Société Générale and Natixis, as mandated lead arrangers and a group of commercial banks in connection with an up to USD 250 million reserves based facility in relation to the Mangara and Badila oil fields in Chad.