Eugene Goodwillie Jr.
Gene Goodwillie focuses on domestic and international corporate and financial transactions. His significant reputation in this field is based on a track record of more than four decades. He supports clients with foreign investment projects and natural resource projects both in the US and in jurisdictions around the world, as well as domestic and international joint venture and securities transactions.
Widely recognized as a preeminent project finance practitioner, Gene's experience has given him particular insight into the complex legal issues related to the hydrocarbon and related energy industries. His deep sector knowledge and global deal-making experience have made him a go-to lawyer for leading companies and financial institutions, including multilaterals such as IFC and OPIC, as well as Export Credit Agencies such as US Eximbank.
Clients who have benefited from Gene's representation include major international lenders, as well as a number of Sovereigns, including the Sultanate of Oman and the Government of Abu Dhabi. Gene has provided regular representation to the Arabian American Oil Company and its successor, the Saudi Arabian Oil Company (Saudi Aramco), regarding the restructuring of Aramco, the formation of Saudi Aramco and Saudi Aramco's downstream investment program.
In addition to Gene's extensive work with Saudi Aramco, Gene has been called upon to provide ongoing representation to a range of major hydrocarbon producers and companies operating in hydrocarbon-related industries, including the Hess Oil Company, Bridge Oil Ltd., Statia Terminals N.V. and the Ministry of Mines and Geology of the Republic of Guinea. This representation has spanned the full spectrum of transactions, including upstream and downstream oil and gas development, acquisitions and divestitures of assets, project financings for terminals, refineries and ships, as well as Eurodollar offerings and public offerings of shares on international capital markets.
During more than 40 years working at White & Case, Eugene's strengths as both a leader and legal strategist have been recognized by his appointment to a number of key positions within the Firm. A former chairman of White & Case's Management Board, Eugene also headed the Firm's worldwide Energy and Project Finance Practice, and spent a number of years in charge of all the Firm's overseas offices.
Pagbilao Power Project
Represented the international lenders (including IFC, US Eximbank, Japan Eximbank, Asian Development Bank, CDC and two private sector bank syndicates led by Citibank and Bank of Tokyo) to the Pagbilao Power Project in the Philippines. The project sponsor was Hopewell Holdings Limited, and the project cost was approximately US$1 billion.
Dabhol Power Project
Represented the senior lenders (including export credit agencies) in both the initial and follow-on financing for the Dabhol Power Project, located in Maharashtra, India. The project sponsor was Enron Corp. and the total project costs were approximately US$3.0 billion.
Batangas Power Project
Represented Asian Development Bank in the Batangas Power Project in the Philippines. The project sponsor was Enron Corp, and the approximate costs of the project were US$128 million.
Transactional Lawyers Deskbook, West Publishing, 2001
Regularly listed in Chambers and other leading directories in the practice area of Project Finance.