Project Finance

Project Finance

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. Our firm 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:

  • Electric generating facilities
  • Gas processing facilities
  • Gas liquefaction facilities
  • LNG receiving terminals
  • Offshore production facilities
  • Gas gathering systems
  • Chemical and fertilizer plants
  • Paper recycling plants
  • Waste-to-energy facilities
  • Pipelines
  • Alternative fuel projects
  • Sports stadiums
  • Public infrastructure
  • Coal to liquids and gas to liquids facilities
  • Water treatment facilities

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:

  • Bank syndicate financing
  • Rule 144A financings
  • Regulation S offerings
  • Multilateral financings
  • Debt swap arrangements
  • Letters of credit
  • Private placements
  • Tax-exempt bonds
  • Sale-leasebacks
  • Subordinated debt
  • Term loans

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

Our firm 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:

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

Our firm 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:

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. Our firm 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.

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