Project finance—the development and non-recourse financing of pipelines, electric generating plants, sports stadiums, industrial facilities and similar capital-intensive infrastructure projects—encompasses a complex mix of sophisticated legal, financial, regulatory and management issues. Andrews Kurth has a global reputation for project finance excellence. Leading publications including The American Lawyer, Chambers Global Guide to the World’s Leading Lawyers, Legal 500, Project Finance Magazine and Petroleum Economist have recognized our success at helping clients successfully develop, finance, restructure, purchase and sell worldwide energy and other infrastructure projects.
Our multidisciplinary approach—involving energy, securities, environmental, real estate, regulatory, tax and bankruptcy lawyers throughout the firm—enables us to handle transactions from inception to completion, giving our clients one-stop, turnkey service.
Substantial and Diversified Experience
We represent all key players in the project finance industry—from developers and institutional investors to underwriters and unregulated utility subsidiaries—in such diverse projects as:
We have facilitated projects valued at hundreds of millions of dollars, located in the U.S., throughout the Western Hemisphere (including Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico and Trinidad/Tobago) and globally from Indonesia and Pakistan to Turkey. We help our clients respond to project development bids, develop the best business structure, and create effective tax allocation and ownership strategies.
Sophisticated Financial Knowledge
Our project finance lawyers advise clients on the full array of available financing structures:
We help structure equity investments in projects created by partnerships, limited liability companies and other joint venture arrangements. We possess particular skill in linking small developers and private equity investors and documenting those investments. Using our vast tax and regulatory experience, we help domestic and international clients choose the best entity formation, ownership arrangements and tax allocation strategies for each project.
Energy Finance Leadership
Andrews Kurth is a recognized global leader as project finance counsel helping our clients develop, finance, restructure, purchase and sell energy and other infrastructure projects. Annual project and structured energy financings on which we provide counsel often top $1 billion in value and our transactions have earned accolades such as:
- Recognized as one of the leading Projects practices in Latin America Chambers and Partners Latin America, September 2012
- Recognized as one of the leading Oil & Gas (Projects) practices in the United States Chambers and Partners USA, June 2012
- Recognized as one of the leading Renewables & Alternative Energy (Projects) practices in the United States Chambers and Partners USA, June 2012
- Recognized as one of the most recommended law firms for Energy (Renewables and Alternative Energy) Legal 500, June 2012
- Recognized as one of the most recommended law firms for Project Finance (Advice to Sponsors) Legal 500, June 2012
- Recognized as a Tier 1 Project Finance Law practice in the United States U.S. News and World Report/Best Lawyers, November 2011
On the domestic project finance side, we have substantial experience in the development and financing of electric generating facilities, including independent power producers, qualifying cogeneration facilities and exempt wholesale generators. As domestic power markets have deregulated, we also frequently help develop and finance merchant power plants. Internationally our lawyers emphasize development and financing of energy projects in Latin America (including Brazil, Chile, Ecuador, Guatemala, Mexico and Puerto Rico), and we are also active in Asia, Africa and the Middle East.
Major Public/Private Development Success
Andrews Kurth has extensive experience in public/private project development for and with public sector clients. Our lawyers secure project financing and draft and negotiate development agreements, architect agreements, construction contracts, management agreements and leases for sports and entertainment facilities, convention centers, theaters, schools and universities, roads, light rail and race tracks. Among other clients, we advised from their inception the project authorities responsible for some of the newest and largest sports facilities in the country:
- Harris County Sports & Convention Corporation—the owner and developer of Reliant Stadium (home of the NFL’s Houston Texans and RodeoHouston) and Reliant Park.
- Harris County-Houston Sports Authority—the owner and developer of Minute Maid Park (ballpark of the Houston Astros) and Toyota Center (the home of the NBA’s Houston Rockets and hockey’s Houston Aeros.)
Commercial Real Estate Financing Skill
Our nationwide real estate group represents clients in acquisitions, dispositions, development, leasing and financing of traditional office, hotel, retail, industrial, gaming and land development projects. We frequently help borrowers and lenders structure synthetic leases, sale-lease backs and off-balance sheet financings that maximize income potential while satisfying financial accounting requirements and tax laws. We also are experienced with real estate investment trusts, securitized mortgages, publicly traded limited partnerships and similar forms of real estate financing.
A Reputation for One-Stop Excellence
Successful project finance counsel requires a complex combination of multidisciplinary skills and global experience. Andrews Kurth has become one of the world’s most prolific project finance firms because we can help clients with any aspect of an infrastructure financing deal, anywhere in the world.
Recognized as a Tier 1 Corporate Law practice in Houston
Recognized as a Tier 1 Oil & Gas Law practice in Houston
Recognized as a Tier 1 Project Finance Law practice in Houston
Recognized as one of the most recommended international law firms for Projects & Energy in Latin America
Recognized as one of Latin America's Top 50 International Law Firms, Latinvex Legal 50
- 11/3/2014Andrews Kurth Named Among Best Law Firms for 2015
- 10/3/2014Andrews Kurth Partners Mike O’Leary and Tim Unger Recognized in the “Who’s Who in Energy” 2014 List Published by the Houston Business Journal
- 7/15/2014Andrews Kurth Represents NRG Energy in $1 Billion Carbon Capture Joint Venture with JX Nippon Oil & Gas
- 6/27/2014The 2014 Legal 500 Guide Ranks Andrews Kurth in 13 Practice Areas
- 5/23/2014Andrews Kurth Receives High Marks from 2014 Chambers & Partners USA Guide
- Renewable Energy Projects in Chile: Obtaining PPAs and Winning Financing in a Crowded MarketplaceAugust 6, 2014
- Protecting People, Assets and Technologies in the Middle EastJune 6, 2014
- "Structuring International Operations and Deals: Tax Effective Structuring of Investments in India, Mauritius, Singapore, Cyprus, Dubai, Brazil, USA and Malta"March 7, 2007
- "Structuring International Operations and Deals: Tax Effective Structuring of Investment in India, Mauritius, Singapore, Cyprus, Dubai, Brazil, USA and Malta"February 14, 2007
- Project Finance India 2005 - Overcoming Hurdles to GrowthMarch 18, 2005
- DC Circuit Finds Buyers in Transactions Under Exon-Florio Review Are Entitled to Due Process ProtectionsJuly 30, 2014
- Federal Court Affirms Broad, Largely Unreviewable Presidential Powers to Force Divestment of Foreign Investments in U.S. BusinessesOctober 29, 2013
"Developing Wind Energy Projects in Latin America," Poster Presentation, American Wind Energy AssociationMay 2010
- "Stimulus Bill Opportunities: Solar, Efficiency and Their Convergence"May 14, 2009
"Is 'Microenergy' a Viable Strategy for Rural Electrification?" Inter-American Dialogue's Latin American Advisor: EnergyApril 2009