What have we learned from COVID-19?
Epidemiologist Syra Madad says it’s critical to engage with local communities
In 2021, the COVID-19 pandemic continued to affect nearly every aspect of our lives. Against this backdrop, our global teams worked on groundbreaking transactions, resolved high-stakes disputes and, through our global citizenship initiatives, responded to societal challenges around the world.
The role of business in society evolved as environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues entered the mainstream, concentrating on challenges including the energy transition and achieving greater diversity and inclusion. Like our clients, we looked for ways to create long term value and growth—a shared goal that created opportunities for collaboration.
It was in this context that we launched a new five-year strategy, focused on creating a distinctive experience for our clients.
Our emphasis on complex, cross-border matters helped us grow in all of the regions where we work and achieve outstanding results for our clients. As we look to the next five years, we are committed to building the capabilities our clients need, supported by a strong, resilient culture.
Epidemiologist Syra Madad says it’s critical to engage with local communities
Think tank CEO Chris Pinney is encouraged by moves to focus on impact, not just policies and procedures
Bill Emmott, who co-leads a nonprofit that studies the far-reaching effects of COVID-19, discusses the importance of business scenario planning
Countries and companies are increasingly committing to net-zero goals that would require them to significantly reduce carbon emissions on relatively short timelines
Most of 2021 was characterized by free-flowing capital, as government aid in response to COVID-19 propped up economies
Globalization may be evolving, as nations and regions reassert their regulatory powers on a wide range of issues
Matters in eight practice areas that highlight our global impact for clients
2,464 Total lawyers
An outstanding roster of talented lawyers strengthened our Firm in 2021
White & Case earned many of the legal industry’s top accolades for outstanding performance in 2021
White & Case is committed to fair and ethical operations that respect human rights and recognize the importance of our natural environment.
As a signatory to the UN Global Compact we affirm our commitment to doing business responsibly by supporting the Compact’s ten principles on human rights, labor, the environment and anti-corruption. The steps we are taking to continue to embed these principles into our Firm are outlined in our most recent Communication on Progress.
Our latest Environmental Sustainability Report includes information on our environmental policies, footprint, key actions and goals.
10 global affinity networks
Our ten global affinity networks foster a sense of community among the Firm’s Black, Asian, Latinx/Hispanic, Middle Eastern, minority ethnic and LGBT+ lawyers, business services professionals and their allies. Each network sets its own agenda, initiatives and goals, which are specific to the issues it feels are most important. Affinity networks also create and enhance awareness of these groups within the Firm and its larger culture, drive community and connection across our global offices, and support their members with career and professional development opportunities.
26 local women’s networks
Our 26 local women’s networks are active in 40 offices across the Americas, EMEA and Asia-Pacific. These networks foster professional development and mentoring activities, and support business-related client partnerships. They also provide a forum for our lawyers and business services professionals to share perspectives and create programs to support and retain our talent while fostering and promoting gender equity.
For more than a decade, leading publications and alliance organizations have recognized White & Case’s commitment to diversity and inclusion.
#1 Most Diverse Law Firm in Am Law 50 (eighth consecutive year)
The American Lawyer
Diversity Scorecard 2021
100% rating on commitment to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender workplace equality (13th consecutive year)
Identifying the Firm as one of the best places to work for LGBT+ individuals
Human Rights Campaign’s Corporate Equality Index
Minority Women Lawyers – International Firm of the Year
Work-life balance – International Firm of the Year
Euromoney Legal Media Group
Women in Business Law Awards (Europe 2021)
2021 Mansfield Rule Certification Plus (third consecutive year)
Top 75 employer in the UK
Social Mobility Foundation
2020 Employer Index Report
We continued to advance toward our diversity and inclusion goals, narrowing the gap between thought and action with new trainings
Like our clients, we are seeking ways to sustainably create long-term value and growth, a shared goal that presents opportunities to collaborate
We set out to ensure we provide our clients with an experience that emphasizes the attributes they seek in a trusted advisor
US$1.25 billion financing for Gulf of Mexico oilfield development
We advised a syndicate of leading commercial and institutional lenders led by Société Générale in the up to US$1.25 billion financing for the development of the deepwater Shenandoah field in the US Gulf of Mexico.
US$290 million financing for PMGD projects in Chile
We advised the placement agent and purchasers on the US$290 million purchase and sale of notes issued by Matrix Renewables Chile SpA, the proceeds of which will be used to finance a 328 MW portfolio of PMGD projects in Chile.
US$1.3 billion financing for Alfa acquisition of Colbún Transmisión
We advised Alfa Desarrollo SpA, a consortium controlled by APG Energy and Infra Investments, S.L.U. and Celeo Redes, S.L.U., as borrower and issuer, on the structuring and closing of the senior secured financing for Alfa’s acquisition of Colbún Transmisión for approximately US$1.3 billion. The acquisition will include the transfer of 899 kilometers of transmission lines and 27 substations that Colbún operates in the Chilean Sistema Eléctrico Nacional, representing approximately 5 percent of the total transmission market in Chile.
PPP highway project in the Czech Republic
We advised the Czech Ministry of Transport on the first-ever highway public-private partnership (PPP) project in the Czech Republic.
AUD 1.5 billion financing for Footscray Hospital
We advised the lenders on all aspects of the project financing of the AUD 1.5 billion new Footscray Hospital, the largest health infrastructure investment in Victoria, Australia to date.
US$1.6 billion financing of Taiwan offshore wind project
We advised the sponsors, China Steel Corp. and Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (through its Copenhagen Infrastructure IV fund), on the development and NTD 45 billion (US$1.6 billion) project financing of the 298 MW Zhong Neng offshore wind project off the coast of Changhua County, Taiwan.
Avangrid US$2.448 billion financing for offshore wind project
We advised Avangrid Renewables, LLC, a leading sustainable energy company, on the US$2.448 billion construction and term loan financing for its joint venture offshore wind project, Vineyard Wind 1. It was the first commercial-scale offshore wind project in the US to reach financial close, one of the largest investments in a single renewable energy project in the US and the largest renewables project finance deal to close in 2021.
US$12 billion financing for Jazan IGCC project
We advised Saudi Aramco on the closing of the US$12 billion hybrid acquisition, development and financing of a world-scale integrated gasification and combined-cycle (IGCC) project in Jazan Economic City, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Named “Global Deal of the Year” by Project Finance International.
Procurement and financing of Sudair photovoltaic project
We advised Saudi Power Procurement Company on the procurement and financing of the 1.5 GW Sudair solar photovoltaic (PV) power project in Sudair Industrial City, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the largest PV project in Saudi Arabia.
US$1 billion+ oil fields acquisition financing
We advised Heirs Holding on the US$1 billion+ hybrid acquisition financing of a 45 percent participating interest in major Nigerian oil fields from Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Ltd., Total E&P Nigeria Ltd. and Eni S.p.A.
Development and project financing of Australia’s largest battery
We advised Neoen on the development and project financing of the 300 MW/450 MWh Victorian Big Battery in Victoria.