Projects & Energy

Due to the number of tables in this section, the editorial is in alphabetical order by firm name.

Projects & Energy - Global-wide


What the team is known for A standout project finance practice that is engaged in some of the largest energy and infrastructure projects worldwide. Teams in London, Paris, New York and Dubai frequently advise sponsor-side clients, as well as being sought out by groups of lenders. A regular feature on nuclear and renewables matters, in addition to traditional power mandates. The firm's oil and gas expertise is also held in high regard.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They have a big projects team that does good work around the world."

"They're very good. Commercial, responsive, always up to date with the latest trends and they have an excellent understanding of the whole oil and gas chain."

Work highlights Advised a group of export credit agencies and commercial lenders on the USD10 billion financing of the Roy Hill integrated mine, rail and port project in Western Australia.

Represented FMO and the Emerging Africa Infrastructure Fund (EAIF) in the project financing for the construction of an 8.5 MW solar power project in Rwanda.

Advised Oman Refineries & Petrochemicals as project sponsor on the expansion of the Sohar refinery.

Notable practitioners 

The global head of projects is London-based Gareth Price, who also co-heads the energy team with Jeremy Parr. Bimal Desai leads the firm's Middle East practice from Dubai and Paris-based Tim Scales heads the Africa team. Matthias Voss is based in Tokyo and is a key contact in Asia, while Robert Kartheiser in New York is a key Americas contact.

Significant clients IFC, Hitachi, Total, Shell, Standard Chartered Bank.

What the team is known for Pre-eminent Asia-Pacific firm widely recognised for its distinguished experience in the mining sector. From its origins in Australia to offices in South-East Asia, China and Mongolia, it demonstrates strength across the region, while a 2012 tie-up with Linklaters provides a greater capacity to assist clients globally. Continued involvement in significant mining projects such as Simandou in Guinea and Oyu Tolgoi in Mongolia.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They are obviously very strong in Australia, and really good for their Mongolia practice."

"The service is detailed and the partners are very experienced."

Work highlights Advised Rio Tinto on the sale of its approximately USD1 billion controlling interest in the Clermont mine in Queensland to GS Coal.

Assisted Oyu Tolgoi with its negotiations with Inner Mongolia Power for the supply of power to the mine site.

Notable practitioners

John Greig in Brisbane heads the firm's energy, resources and infrastructure practice group. Nic Tolé in Hong Kong and Kate Axup in Beijing are key contacts for China matters.

Significant clients CNOOC, Chevron, Sinochem, State Grid Corporation.

What the team is known for Excellent regional expertise in Asia and Australia, in addition to a well-recognised London team and on-the-ground expertise in the Middle East. Sought out for market-leading power projects, including high-profile renewable energy mandates in Africa. The team also comes highly recommended for its expertise in oil and gas matters. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They're very strong in global resources - their strength is their global profile."

"They are solution-oriented and will always go the extra mile to get a result."

"They have a good name in energy and financing." 

Work highlights Represented the lenders in the financing and development of a USD790 million IPP3 power plant in Jordan.

Acted for Rockhopper Exploration in relation to a farm-in agreement with Desire Petroleum, in the Falkland Islands offshore area.

Advised Aeolus Kenya on the development of a 60 MW wind power project in Kinangop, in Kenya.

Notable practitioners

Geoffrey Picton-Turbervill leads the global energy team from London, where Mark Elsey leads the energy, transport and infrastructure group. Joss Dare manages the Dubai office, and Matthew Bubb in Singapore and John McClenahan in Tokyo are key contacts for the firm's Asia practice.

Significant clients DONG Energy, Tullow Oil, IFC, BHP Billiton, Woodside.

What the team is known for Impressive geographical coverage and widespread engagement in significant project work. Frequent representation of both sponsor and lender sides in project development. Particularly well known for strength in developing markets in Asia, Africa, CEE and Latin America.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They are well recognised around the world and able to field strong teams in a variety of jurisdictions."

"They have a clear understanding of the wider issues and offer an all-round package."

Work highlights Advised Korea Electric Power Corporation (KEPCO) on the financing, construction and fuel supply for a 5,600 MW nuclear power plant in the UAE.

Advised Repsol on the sale of its 10% stake in a Peruvian pipeline to Spanish energy company Enagás.

Notable practitioners

James O'Brien leads the firm's global energy, mining and infrastructure practice from Chicago. In London, Calvin Walker heads the project finance group. José Roberto Martins in São Paulo is a key contact for Latin America, as is Jakarta-based Luke Devine for Asia.

Significant clients GDF SUEZ, JBIC, Sumitomo, HSBC, The World Bank.

What the team is known for Houston-based firm with far-reaching expertise in oil and gas matters. Offers extensive services to some of the biggest players in the sector worldwide, in relation to both upstream to downstream mandates. Offices in London, Moscow, Hong Kong and Dubai boost the firm's global presence. Advises on cutting-edge LNG developments and power projects.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"The work has been terrific - we're very happy with the project service we've been getting."

"They're always ready to walk an extra mile and help you out whenever you need them."

Work highlights Advised Cheniere Energy Partners on the development of its LNG export project in the USA.

Continues to advise Mitsubishi on its joint venture participation in the Basra gas project in Iraq.

Acted for Saudi Electricity Company on the USD1.6 billion Rabigh 2 IPP.

Notable practitioners

The global projects team is led by James Baker IV, who divides his time between Washington, DC and Hong Kong. Deputy chair Jason Bennett leads the Moscow team. Hugh Tucker in Houston heads the oil and gas practice and Steven Miles in Washington, DC heads the LNG practice. 

Significant clients Rosneft, Sasol North America, GDF SUEZ, NRG Energy.

What the team is known for Leading Canadian firm with highly respected mining capabilities led from several domestic offices. Further expertise stems from teams in London, New York, Saudi Arabia and Beijing, and the firm's dealsheet includes matters involving Latin America and Australia.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"I've been very impressed with Blakes on the mining side."

"They get work done on time and are seamless - I can really trust them."

Work highlights Acted for Aurizon Mines in defence of a hostile takeover bid by Alamos Gold and on its subsequent proposed acquisition by Hecla Mining.

Advised Afferro Mining on its proposed USD220 million takeover by International Mining & Infrastructure Corporation (IMIC).

Notable practitioners 

John Wilkin leads the mining group from Toronto. In Calgary, Michael Laffin chairs the Asia practice. London-based David Glennie is a well-known name for international resource transactions.

Significant clients BHP Billiton, Barrick, Kinross Gold, Cliffs Natural Resources, Romarco Minerals.

What the team is known for Highly regarded power practice, which includes a substantial amount of work in the USA and major projects in the Middle East. The team's Africa dealsheet includes project financing for lenders and assisting sponsors with renewable energy developments. Latin America is also a busy area, where mandates stem from the mining and power industries.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They have a really good energy practice and benefit from some really good people."

"Very active in project finance - a very strong proposition." 

Work highlights Advised IFC, OPIC and the Inter-American Development Bank as the lenders on the financing for the Alto Maipo hydroelectric power project in Chile.

Acted for Kuwait's Partnerships Technical Bureau on the development of the Al-Khairan IWPP.

Advised GDF SUEZ and Mitsui on the Eskom peaker projects - two open-cycle gas turbine power plants in South Africa.

Notable practitioners 

Rohit Chaudhry and Keith Martin co-head the project finance group from Washington, DC. Sohail Barkatali in Dubai and Agnieszka Klich in London are key contacts for work in the Middle East and Africa.

Significant clients ACWA Power, GDF SUEZ, Deutsche Bank, Société Générale, AES.

What the team is known for Strong US practices particularly in PPP and mining work, complemented by a sterling team in France that is highly active on resources matters in Africa. An excellent reputation for a variety of energy sector work in Latin America. The firm's extensive mining experience encompasses both corporate matters and disputes.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They devoted a tremendous amount of attention and focus to every aspect of the deal and made sure they were on top of all the jurisdictional issues."

"They have a deep, deep experience in domestic and global mining transaction work; they know what they are doing and they have experience to fall back on."

Work highlights Advised a consortium including the government of Cameroon, IFC, Rio Tinto Alcan and EDF International on the financing and development of a 420 MW hydroelectric power project.

Acted for ArcelorMittal in relation to the USD1.2 billion Liberian Landmark mining project.

Notable practitioners 

Richard Lincer is based in New York and is a key contact for US matters. In Paris, Barthélemy Faye is a key contact for Africa.

Significant clients BHP Billiton, Petrobras, Goldman Sachs, Fintech, Rosneft.

What the team is known for Exceptional international capabilities, with teams across several continents advising top-level energy clients on market-leading projects. The team's fundamental expertise in project finance is evident from its long dealsheet of lender-side mandates. Established and emerging markets alike are covered, as are oil and gas, power, infrastructure and mining.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"A project finance powerhouse."

"Clifford Chance has both strength and depth and enormous capacity to refer to and rely on well-informed precedent."

"They can put on the team extremely skilled lawyers with multiple language capabilities."

Work highlights Advised the lenders, African Development Bank, IFC and Proparco, on the EUR200 million financing for the expansion of the CIPREL power plant in Côte d'Ivoire.

Acted for EDF Energy on its joint venture with Chinese investors to finance the 3,260 MW Hinkley Point C nuclear power station in the UK.

Represented China Development Bank in a USD4 billion project financing to a joint venture company owned by Petróleos de Venezuela and CNPC for the development of oil production facilities in the Orinoco Belt.

Notable practitioners

Russell Wells in London leads the global energy and natural resources practice and co-heads the projects practice with Nicholas Wong in Paris. Anthony Giustini and Jeremy Connick co-head the Africa practice from Paris and London respectively. Richard Parris in Doha is a key contact for Middle Eastern matters, and in Washington, DC, David Evans and Christopher McIsaac co-head the Americas energy and infrastructure group.

Significant clients EBRD, Mitsui, Statoil, Shell, Asian Development Bank. 

What the team is known for Experience across a variety of energy matters, from regulatory issues to M&A and project development. Strength across Europe, including well-regarded teams in the UK and CEE. Highlights include transactional advice to oil and gas majors and assisting with renewable energy projects.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They have a good reputation as infrastructure and energy lawyers." 

"They are very quick, very reactive and technically reliable." 

Work highlights Advised Statoil on the sale of North Sea assets worth USD2.65 billion to OMV.

Notable practitioners

Robert Lane heads the regulated industries team and Penelope Warne leads the energy practice group in London. Jean-Jacques Lecat in Paris is a key contact for work in Africa, and Andrzej Blach in Warsaw heads the CEE energy projects practice.

Significant clients BP, Melrose, RWE, GDF SUEZ, GE.

What the team is known for Impressive global reach and capacity, with a strong Canadian bench in addition to teams in the UK, Continental Europe, the USA and the Middle East. Benefits from a network of associated offices across Africa to assist with local aspects of projects. Recommended for oil and gas expertise in numerous regions.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"Dentons is very good. They have huge clients in petroleum and in particular in Africa. They have the advantage in terms of organisation too, with offices all over the place." 

"I am very pleased with the quality of Dentons' advice and appreciate the firm's knowledge of various industry-specific issues."

Work highlights Advised CNPC on its acquisition of an 8.33% interest in the Kashagan oilfield offshore Kazakhstan.

Represented Sumitomo Chemicals in the expansion of a refinery and petrochemical complex in Rabigh, in Saudi Arabia.

Notable practitioners 

Christopher McGee-Osborne is a key contact in London, while Stuart Caplan is a prominent figure in New York. Douglas Crowther and Michael Hurst co-lead the Canada energy team from Calgary. Warsaw managing partner Arkadiusz Krasnodębski is head of the European energy and natural resources practice team, while Muscat-based Marla Valdez is a principal point of contact for both mining and oil and gas matters.

Significant clients Total, EDF Energy, MENA Infrastructure Fund, Statoil, E.ON.

What the team is known for An extensive network of offices covering the UK, Europe, Asia and the Americas, as well as numerous affiliated local firms in Africa. A recognised competitor for work ranging from LNG and mining projects to advising key clients on transactional and regulatory issues. Receives praise for both industry knowledge and local expertise in a broad spread of jurisdictions.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"I like DLA Piper's collaborative approach and the fact that the lawyers I have dealt with go out of their way to understand the client. Their international footprint also means that they can provide services throughout the world."

"I think they're very good at proactively solving matters. They have a pragmatic vision of problems and are always on the search for viable solutions." 

Work highlights Represented BTG Pactual as the arranger of a USD132.8 million project bond offering by Planta de Reserva Fría de Generación de Eten to finance the construction of a power plant in Peru.

Advised Fortescue Metals Group on a joint venture transaction with Taiwan's Formosa Plastics Group for the purpose of developing the North Star and Glacier Valley iron ore deposits in Western Australia.

Notable practitioners

Robert Gruendel chairs the global energy group from New York, where Joseph Tato is US head of projects and infrastructure as well as being a key contact for Africa. Robert Edel is based in Perth and heads the mining sector group. London-based Charles Morrison is international head of finance and Cologne-based Michael Cieslarczyk heads the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) team.

Significant clients Abengoa, BP, Chevron, Macquarie, Gulf Oil.

What the team is known for A predominant firm for mining in Canada, supported by a formidable international presence with offices in London, Paris and Johannesburg. Advises on the full lifecycle of mining matters, from exploration and financing to transactional matters and dispute resolution. Substantial traction in the Latin American market.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"A very strong mining practice."

"They have a wide-ranging firm and people in different areas of expertise." 

Work highlights Advised Inmet Mining and Minera Panamá on the development of the USD6.18 billion Cobre Panama project.

Represented Eldorado Gold in its takeover of Australian-listed company Glory Resources.

Notable practitioners

John Turner leads the global mining group from Toronto. Lucas Moalusi is a key contact in Johannesburg, and in London Al Gourley and Nigel Gordon jointly head the team.

Significant clients Pan African Resources, First Quantum, AuRico Gold, Xtract Resources, De Beers.

What the team is known for Notable involvement in some of the biggest M&A deals in the energy sector, as well as financings and strategic advice. Has an enviable client list that includes supermajor oil companies and other household names. Benefits from a standout international arbitration group to offer assistance on major disputes.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"The performance is excellent. I particularly enjoy the international approach and the extremely qualified responses." 

"On a very complex deal they were proactive and really incredibly hard-working in getting the deal closed."

"They act for good oil and gas clients." 

Work highlights Assisted eCORP Oil & Gas with negotiations regarding the shale gas industry in the UK.

Advised Hess on the USD1.3 billion disposal of its offshore Indonesia assets.

Notable practitioners

London-based Laurie McFadden and Hamburg-based Anselm Raddatz co-head the global energy and natural resources group. Gavin MacLaren heads the Asia practice from Singapore and Melissa Raciti-Knapp in New York co-heads the Latin America group.

Significant clients BP, BG Group, Total, ConocoPhillips, E.ON.

What the team is known for France-based firm involved in projects and energy work across Europe, Asia and Latin America. Particularly noted for its activity in francophone Africa, aided by its office in Casablanca. Expertise cuts across sectors, including transport, energy and water and waste.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"As a team, they are experts in project agreements and project work." 

Work highlights Advised IFC and the Joint Services Council for Hebron and Bethlehem on the procurement of a private sector partner on a PPP basis for a landfill site in the Palestinian territories.

Notable practitioners 

François Krotoff heads the firm's oil, gas and mining practice from Paris. Samantha Campbell is based in Vietnam and is a key contact for Asia matters.

Significant clients Exxaro, EDF, government of Ghana, EBRD, Renault. 

What the team is known for Predominantly viewed as a premier choice for sponsor-side representation in oil and gas mandates, as well as advising mining majors on some of their most complex projects. Power-side work includes nuclear mandates in the UK and renewables work in Kenya. Enviable strength in Australia and Asia, with a strong Africa team led largely from Paris.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They are really good on multi-jurisdictional issues. They are very good at working in multicultural environments with thoughtful guidance and helpful analysis."

"Herbert Smith Freehills has so many good people - a very deep team with experts in many different regions in the world."

"They get the bigger picture and never lose sight of it."

Work highlights Advised the International Association of Oil & Gas Producers on the development of the shale gas industry in Europe.

Represented the lenders in the EUR13 billion financing of the offshore section of the South Stream gas pipeline.

Assisted Eldorado Gold with its acquisition of Glory Resources in a deal worth AUD30.5 million. 

Notable practitioners

London-based Mark Newbery leads the global energy practice, where Stephen Murray is head of oil and gas and John Balsdon is head of energy finance. In Hong Kong, David Clinch leads the Asia practice. Stéphane Brabant in Paris is a key contact for Africa and co-heads the mining group with Jay Leary in Brisbane.

Significant clients Chevron, BP, Gazprom, Perenco, CNOOC.

What the team is known for A strong commitment to projects and energy with practitioners based in key global regions. Robust presence in both the UK and the USA, with Asia and Latin America also covered by local teams. The firm's dealsheet includes matters ranging from big-ticket financings to representing sponsors in transactions and project development.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"The quality of work was excellent, and the flexibility of the team was great; they were really engaged on the project and they really worked very well with our internal team." 

What's new? Hogan Lovells merged with South African firm Routledge Modise in December 2013 and with Mexican firm Barrera Siqueiros y Torres Landa (BSTL) in August 2014.

Work highlights Advised a BP-led consortium of project counsel on the USD40 billion Shah Deniz phase 2 project to pipe gas from Azerbaijan to Europe.

Assisted Grupo Onyx with the financing and construction of a 25 MW solar power plant in Honduras.

Notable practitioners

London-based Matthew Williams co-heads the global energy and natural resources group with Andrew Spielman, who divides his time between Denver and Washington, DC. Adrian Walker in London and Miguel Zaldivar in Miami lead the infrastructure and projects team, and the latter is also a primary contact for Latin America work. For Asia, James Harris in Singapore is a key contact.

Significant clients Statoil, EDF, BP, Petrobras, Republic of Ecuador.

What the team is known for An energy practice that is growing in breadth and global reach. Stemming from an established US base, European practices in France and Spain add to the firm's Asian presence in China and Singapore. Teams are well regarded for renewable energy developments, LNG export projects and financings.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They are doing a good job of putting together a much larger global platform." 

Work highlights Advised Solarpack Corporación Tecnológica on the financing of three solar power projects in Chile.

Represented Saka Energi Fasken, a subsidiary of Saka Energi Indonesia, in its acquisition of development rights to the Eagle Ford and Olmos shale properties in Texas.

Notable practitioners

Jeffrey Schlegel in Houston co-heads the energy practice. Miami-based Richard Puttré is a key contact for Latin American matters and London-based Paul Exley is a key contact in Europe.

Significant clients AREVA, Marathon Petroleum, Banco Espírito Santo Investment, NRG Energy.

What the team is known for Exceptional expertise in LNG matters and frequently sought out to play a leading role on some of the largest mandates worldwide. Also offers wider experience of oil and gas matters, traditional power and renewable energy. Well-reputed teams in Singapore, Moscow, London and Dubai complement the Houston-led Americas practice.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"Work between the offices was one of the very attractive parts of service - we got 24-hour coverage and the benefit of expertise on both sides ." 

"They are very strong in LNG." 

Work highlights Advised Anadarko on its LNG export project in Mozambique, worth upwards of USD50 billion.

Assisted VGS Group with the development of an offshore LNG import terminal at Kakinada, in India.

Notable practitioners

Philip Weems and Neil Levy co-chair the global energy practice from Houston and Washington, DC respectively. Dan Rogers in Singapore is a key contact for Asia, and Paris-based Mehdi Haroun is a key contact for work in north and francophone Africa. Tim Burbury and Leroy Levy lead the team in the Middle East.

Significant clients Noble Energy, Sarawak Energy, Tullow Oil, Sadara Chemical, Woodfibre Natural Gas.

What the team is known for Widely regarded as one of the leading practices for the financing of major projects, and frequently engaged by both borrower and lender-side clients. Acclaimed for a wide spectrum of work from LNG to power and infrastructure development. A broad geographical spread led by teams across the USA and including strong offerings in Asia, UK and the Middle East.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They are commercial and good to have on the other side." 

"Their LNG practice is incredibly strong." 

Work highlights Advised Yamal LNG on the financing for its proposed plant in Russia.

Represented the lenders in the USD1.6 billion financing extended to Saudi Electricity Company for the Jeddah South power plant in Saudi Arabia. 

Advised the sponsors, led by Hancock Prospecting, and the borrower Roy Hill on the USD7.2 billion financing of an iron ore project in Western Australia.

Notable practitioners

San Diego-based Kelley Gale is the global chair of the project development and finance practice. Joseph Bevash manages the Tokyo office and also spends time in Hong Kong and Singapore. Antonio Del Pino and Sony Ben-Moshe co-chair the Latin America practice from New York and San Diego respectively.

Significant clients JBIC, Asian Development Bank, Anadarko, NRG Solar, NET Mexico Pipeline Partners.

What the team is known for A broad-based and well-resourced practice across an impressive spread of geographical regions. Highlights include financing mandates for lenders, development of major projects for sponsors and strategic advice on multi-jurisdictional matters. Mining, power and oil and gas are all well represented by teams across Asia, Europe, the Middle East and the Americas.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They have a wide bandwidth in their ability to do projects."

"They are very well co-ordinated, very skilled and have an excellent offering."

Work highlights Advised Ophir Energy on its disposal of a 20% stake in three deepwater blocks off Tanzania, as well as its involvement in the development of these blocks on a joint venture basis.

Represented copper mining company Kazakhmys in structuring its USD4.7 billion takeover offer for Eurasian Natural Resources Corporation.

Advised Rosneft on its negotiations with CNPC regarding the long-term supply of Russian crude oil.

Notable practitioners 

Bruce White leads the project finance team from London, where Jeremy Gewirtz is the point person for energy and utilities work and Charlie Jacobs is a key contact for mining. Matthew Hagopian co-heads the global energy practice and heads the Americas team; he divides his time between London and New York. David Irvine in Hong Kong is a key contact for Asia.

Significant clients GDF SUEZ, Total, Glencore, JBIC, Dow Chemical, Repsol.

What the team is known for A highly regarded UK-based team that leads top-level work in a variety of emerging markets, including a strong Africa practice. Teams in the USA are held in similar esteem, and work in Latin America is aided by the firm's association with Tauil & Chequer Advogados. Mining work remains a clear forte of the firm.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"A good understanding of project finance and documentation. Their turnaround times are very good and they're more than willing to help."

"They have a deep and long-term understanding of developments in the mining finance world."

Work highlights Advised Nedbank Capital and Rand Merchant Bank as the arrangers of a debt facility to Bea Mountain Mining for the development of a mining project in Liberia.

Acted for the Panama Canal Authority on the expansion of a third set of locks, including the tender process, contract negotiation and construction matters.

Notable practitioners

Ian Coles in London is the key contact for mining matters. He and Barry Machlin in Chicago co-chair the global projects group.

Significant clients HSBC Securities, Petroamazonas, ATP Oil & Gas, UniCredit.

What the team is known for A Canadian firm that acts for blue-chip mining companies on a variety of matters involving their significant business worldwide. Highlights include M&A, financing arrangements, litigation and regulatory advice. Sources appreciate the team's in-depth knowledge and industry nous.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They understand the mining industry and they have a large team that understands the business." 

"They can advise on M&A, as well as mining at the regulatory level."

Work highlights Advised Glencore on the multi-jurisdictional competition aspects and regulatory negotiations relating to its USD90 billion acquisition of Xstrata.

Advised Rio Tinto on the proposed sale of its global diamond business.

Notable practitioners

Brian Graves and Roger Taplin co-lead the mining practice from Toronto and Vancouver respectively.

Significant clients Rio Tinto, Anglo American, Gold Fields, First Quantum Minerals.

What the team is known for Sterling London-based group leading on high-level mandates in areas including the Middle East and Africa. The Tokyo and Singapore teams operate a well-regarded Asia practice, while the New York office sees a high level of activity across the USA and Latin America. Sought out by clients across the full spectrum of resources and infrastructure industries, the firm wins notable praise for its proficiency in financing matters. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They provide constructive solutions to issues, and have a problem-solving mentality." 

"They're very commercial, good at analysing transactions and getting down to issues."

Work highlights Advised Swiss private equity firm Partners Group on its USD750 million investment in Mexican gas company Fermaca.

Represented the lenders in the project financing for the Antucoya copper project in Chile.

Advised the existing creditors on the project bond refinancing of the Shuweihat S2 IWPP in Abu Dhabi.

Notable practitioners 

In New York, Daniel Bartfeld heads the project finance group and is a key contact for Latin America. Aled Davies in Tokyo and James Murray in Singapore lead the firm's work in Asia. In London, Philip Fletcher is a key contact for work in the Middle East.

Significant clients Sumitomo Mitsui Banking, JBIC, SunEdison, US Ex-Im Bank, Oro Negro.

What the team is known for US-based group involved in a wide range of projects and energy work, with a particularly good reputation for nuclear matters. Further afield, the team in Moscow handles oil and gas, power and mining work, from financings to project development.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"It's really well co-ordinated between offices - they manage it seamlessly."

Work highlights Advised Newfield Exploration on the USD898 million disposal of its Malaysian business.

Advised Sempra Energy on the development of an export facility at the Cameron LNG terminal in Louisiana.

Notable practitioners

David Asmus leads the energy transactions group from Houston. The Russia/CIS practice is led by Jonathan Hines in Moscow.

Significant clients BG Group, Sempra Energy, BP, Mitsui, First Wind.

What the team is known for Regional expertise in the USA and across Asia with a well-established team in Japan. Advises resources clients on transactions and financings; the firm is also esteemed for its expertise in cleantech and renewable energy, including in relation to environmental and regulatory aspects.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They're excellent: high integrity and smart problem solvers." 

Work highlights Advised Eldorado Gold on the sale of a 20% interest in its Eastern Dragon project to CDH Investments.

Notable practitioners 

Michael Graffagna leads the global project finance and development group from Tokyo. In Washington, DC, Frederick Jenney is a key contact for work in the USA.

Significant clients Osaka Gas, Sumitomo, Apex Clean Energy, Inkia Energy.

What the team is known for Impressive global reach through a network of offices in key jurisdictions for natural resources work. Specialised partners in countries such as South Africa, Venezuela and Kazakhstan work alongside partners in established financing centres to assist both sponsor and lender-side clients. Mining and oil and gas remain fortes of the practice, among a wide array of resources and infrastructure mandates.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They deal with intricate issues quickly with clear strategy and execution, and with the ability to organise cross-border resources and provide well co-ordinated services." 

"They are highly responsive and knowledgeable and apply a hands-on approach that greatly facilitates successful projects."

What's new? The firm opened a new office in Rio de Janeiro in 2014.

Work highlights Advised Mitsui and 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) on the financing and development of a new coal-fired power plant in Jimah, in Malaysia.

Represented SNC-Lavalin in the CAD3.2 billion disposal of its interest in Calgary-based transmission company AltaLink to Berkshire Hathaway.

Advised the mandated lead arrangers on a USD260 million financing to Platinum Group Metals for a platinum mine in South Africa. 

Notable practitioners 

Martin McCann leads the firm's infrastructure, mining and commodities group and Simon Currie is global head of energy; both partners are based in London. Vincent Dwyer in Sydney leads the Asia energy practice and Gregg Harris is a key contact in the USA.

Significant clients Chevron, Goldman Sachs, Standard Chartered Bank, OMV, Petronas.

What the team is known for Firmly established as a key sector player across all resources areas, with involvement in major projects including petrochemicals work in the Middle East, mining matters in Africa and power project financings in Asia. US teams based in New York and Washington, DC are also active in work across the Americas, alongside practitioners based in São Paulo.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"We were extremely pleased with the support we received - not only legal but also commercial advice."

"They are very responsive and extremely experienced in the energy and infrastructure sectors."

"Strong project finance and strong arbitration practices." 

Work highlights Advised the lenders on the USD730 million financing for the 660 MW Banten IPP in West Java.

Represented Guinea Alumina in the development of an integrated mine, rail and port project in Guinea.

Notable practitioners 

Bill McCormack is global head of the project development and finance group and manages the Singapore office. Gregory Tan in New York is a deputy head of the practice and John Inglis is a key partner in London. Christophe Asselineau in Paris is a key contact for Africa, as is Iain Elder in Abu Dhabi for the Middle East.

Significant clients Dow Chemical, Sundance Resources, Barrick, Export-Import Bank of Korea, Sasol.

What the team is known for Highly regarded for transport work in the UK, as well as an impressive dealsheet of energy sector mandates that includes renewable energy project development and advising both sponsors and lenders on substantial financings. Established presence in Qatar and an Africa team that works out of the firm's London and Paris offices.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They have helped with a number of the more exotic countries we are looking to invest in - a review of the legal and regulatory environments and helping establish a presence." 

"They're very supportive, and they go the extra mile to get things done."

Work highlights Represented Mainstream Renewable Power in its joint venture with Actis for the development of 600 MW of wind and solar power projects in Chile, a deal worth USD1.4 billion.

Advised Mauritanian Copper Mines, a subsidiary of First Quantum Minerals, on various aspects of its mining operations in Mauritania.

Notable practitioners

Juliet Reingold heads the energy and infrastructure practice from London. Patrick Wallace in London and Yves Baratte in Paris are key contacts for Africa, as is Eric Lin in Beijing for Asia. Adrian Nizzola divides his time between the UAE and Qatar and is a key contact for the Middle East.

Significant clients AES, SunEdison, Qatar Petroleum, Egyptian LNG, Mainstream.

What the team is known for Acknowledged as a major player advising energy sector clients on M&A, financing arrangements, regulatory issues and disputes. The US-headquartered practice is complemented by a London office that is active in matters from Africa to South America and the Middle East.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They are uniformly able to provide clear, informed and practical advice on a timely and cost-effective basis."

Work highlights Advised The Vitol Group on its USD2.6 billion acquisition of the downstream businesses of Shell in Australia.

Represented First Solar in negotiating engineering, procurement and construction contracts for solar power projects in California and Nevada.

Notable practitioners

Harold Moore in New York and Martin Klepper in Washington, DC are key contacts for the US energy and infrastructure projects practice. Douglas Nordlinger in London and Alan Schiffman in Hong Kong are key contacts for Europe and Asia respectively.

Significant clients AES, Sinopec, SunEdison, BNP Paribas.

What the team is known for Excellent mining industry expertise led principally from its Canada base, with additional teams in the UK and Australia. A sterling reputation for work in Latin America and Asia, as well as cross-border matters involving Canadian and international players.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"A great mining firm and one of the market leaders in Canada." 

"I like how they deal with me as a client - they go above and beyond to get things done."

Work highlights Represented BNP Paribas and ING Capital in arranging financing worth USD150 million for the Constancia project in Peru.

Advised Korea Resources and LS-Nikko Copper on their interests in the Cobre Panama project.

Notable practitioners

Jay Kellerman in Toronto and Quentin Markin in Sydney co-head the practice. Derek Linfield is a key contact in London.

Significant clients Osisko Mining, Vale, Altius Minerals, Hochschild Mining, North American Palladium.

What the team is known for A leading player for resources work, with the strongest praise reserved for the team's mining credentials. An esteemed US practice that is active in Latin America and the Asia-Pacific region as well as domestically, and an equally wide-ranging London team. Also earns plaudits for its LNG practice.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"An exceptional firm, outstanding in the project arena." 

"They put on the right people with the right expertise - brilliant lawyers with great knowledge."

Work highlights Advised HudBay Minerals on a debt offering to finance its Constancia copper project in Peru.

Acted for Papua New Guinea Liquefied Natural Gas Global (PNG LNG) on the USD1.5 billion supplemental financing for its fully integrated LNG project.

Notable practitioners

Frederic Rich leads the global projects practice from New York. Sergio Galvis, also in New York, is a key contact for Latin America, and Jamieson Logie in London is a key contact for the EMEA region.

Significant clients Sempra Energy, Australia Pacific LNG, Stornoway Diamond, Kinross Gold, Kenmare Resources.

What the team is known for Renowned for its experience in oil and gas matters across the globe, expertly led from the firm's Houston base. Handles the full spectrum of mandates in the USA, and highlights elsewhere include LNG and pipeline projects as well as lender-side representation. Teams in London and Hong Kong lead major instructions across Africa and Asia.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They have the deepest bench, the most experienced people and the most experience across a wide variety of energy subsectors."

"They have done very well on what are some of the biggest oil and gas deals recently." 

Work highlights Assisted Noble Energy with the development of an FPSO system as part of its offshore Leviathan project in Israel.

Advised Sinopec on its USD3.1 billion acquisition of a 33% interest in Apache Egypt.

Represented Deutsche Bank and J.P. Morgan as the underwriters in Tullow Oil's USD650 million senior notes offering.

Notable practitioners

Mark Spivak in Washington, DC is the co-head of the global projects practice. Alexander Msimang is based in London and is a key contact for Europe and Africa, while Jay Cuclis in Hong Kong co-ordinates the firm's Asia practice.

Significant clients Statoil, CNPC, Anadarko, Occidental Chemical, Trafigura.

What the team is known for Acclaimed project finance capabilities with a global presence covered by teams in the UK, the USA, Europe, Asia, Latin America and Africa. Highly respected for its work on oil and gas matters, both on major financings and advising leading petroleum companies on transactions and project development. Mining, power and infrastructure are also busy areas.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"The offices worked seamlessly, the service was excellent, and they were very proactive." 

"I find them extraordinarily co-operative, responsive and innovative."

Work highlights Advised the lenders on the USD10.2 billion project financing for the Emirates Aluminium smelter project in Abu Dhabi.

Assisted Freeport LNG Development with the financing of its liquefaction facility in Texas.

Represented an MMG-led consortium in the USD5.85 billion acquisition of the Las Bambas copper project in Peru from Glencore Xstrata.

Notable practitioners 

New York-based Arthur Scavone is global head of the energy, infrastructure and project finance group. London-based Philip Stopford is a key contact for the EMEA region. John Tivey in Hong Kong leads the mining and metals group.

Significant clients Saudi Aramco, Qatar Petroleum, Odebrecht, IFC, US Ex-Im Bank.

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