Basic facts about the department
- 25 partners
- 70 other qualified lawyers.
What the team is known for Market leaders in the energy sphere, with a strong banking and finance team offering comprehensive coverage of asset, acquisition and project finance deals, as well as restructuring mandates. Acts extensively for lenders, including investment banks and multilateral agencies. Bank borrower facilities are also an area of focus, including advising Asian investors on loans to regional lenders. Renowned for its strength in structured finance, particularly for infrastructure projects.
"The team is good for complicated negotiations when there is an asymmetrical relationship between borrowers and lenders. The lawyers have a strong holistic approach and can anticipate whether a client might want to restructure a deal in future."
New developments Gianluca Bacchiocchi recently joined the firm.
Work highlights Advised Mizuho as agent and senior lender in connection with Airosaru Drilling's USD500 million restructuring.
Acted for IFC in connection with a USD400 million multi-tranche loan facility to Itaú Banco.
Regional managing partner Evan Cohen's practice covers project, acquisition and asset finance deals. He is deeply experienced in term loans and revolving credit facilities. Recent mandates include acting for Omni Helicopters in a deal to finance the purchase of helicopters.
Jay Gavigan is endorsed by sources for his significant banking specialism. Acquisition finance is an area of strength, notably in connection with the energy sector. Gavigan recently represented Bancolombia in the USD130 million acquisition of an energy generation company in the Dominican Republic.
Christopher Willott is noted by peers for his project finance work in the energy and natural resources sector. He frequently represents major lenders such as commercial banks, ECAs and multilateral organisations.
Renowned securitisation expert Gianluca Bacchiocchi has a wealth of experience acting for sponsors and lenders on infrastructure projects. He is recognised for his work on the Red Dorsal fibre-optic network in Peru, as well as advising on major toll road projects in Colombia.
Significant clients UBS, Banco Bradesco, ING, Citibank, BTG Pactual.