White & Case Expands Global Project Development & Finance Practice with the Addition of Two Partners in Paris

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Global law firm White & Case LLP has expanded its Global Project Development & Finance Practice with the addition of Jean-Luc Champy and Amaury de Feydeau as partners in Paris. 

"With over 100 partners in the practice globally, White & Case is a market leader for international project finance work, demonstrated by our role advising on the Nacala Corridor Railway and Port Project – Africa's largest ever infrastructure deal. In respect of the Francophone world, recent large mandates include acting for lenders on the €825.5 million refinancing of the French A65 motorway concession and advising ECP/Eranove on the financing, construction and operation of a new 350MW cogeneration power plant located in Bakré near Abidjan (Côte d'Ivoire)," said White & Case partner Caroline Miller Smith, Regional Section Head, EMEA Energy, Infrastructure, Projects & Asset Finance. "Jean-Luc and Amaury will enhance the Global Project Development & Finance Practice as well as support its expansion into growing areas, such as finance support for infrastructure M&A, which has already been successfully developed in London and New York." 

Jean-Luc Champy is a project development lawyer who focuses on public law, energy, infrastructure concessions and public-private partnerships. He advises public entities, sponsors, lenders and subcontractors and has considerable experience in public domain issues, public works, energy and environment matters and construction and transportation infrastructure projects. Champy joins from Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP where he was a partner.

Amaury de Feydeau specializes in project finance, advising arrangers and sponsors on complex infrastructure, public-private partnerships, concessions and property portfolio financing transactions. He regularly advises on public buildings and infrastructure, renewable energy projects, power plants and telecoms grids. Feydeau joins from Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP where he was a partner.

"Major project financing and refinancing transactions have become more complex, with innovative structures and new sources of financings that require experienced specialists like Jean-Luc and Amaury to further strengthen our existing recognized team," said White & Case partner Paule Biensan, head of the Energy, Infrastructure, Project and Asset Finance Group in the Paris office. "Their experience also increases our capabilities to advise key industry sectors, particularly energy and infrastructure, on both the sponsor and lender side."

Denise Diallo, White & Case Executive Partner in Paris, said: "The addition of Jean-Luc and Amaury cements our position in France and internationally, including Francophone Africa, for advising on top tier project finance work. Their practice also provides important synergies with the other strengths of the Paris office, such as M&A and restructuring."

Partner Oliver Brettle, a member of White & Case's global Executive Committee, said: "Our Global Project Development & Finance Practice operates seamlessly on significant projects across EMEA and globally, demonstrating our unique capabilities as an elite global law firm to advise clients on their most complex cross-border matters. The arrival of Jean-Luc and Amaury follows the recent additions of Megren Al-Shaalan in Saudi Arabia and Murad Daghles in Düsseldorf, demonstrating our multipolar offering to clients."

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