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  1. Emerging markets
  2. Leading individuals: Hall of Fame
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Allen & Overy LLP's debt finance practice is heavily involved in large and innovative transactions in emerging markets. Its work involves financings in Africa, Central and Eastern Europe, the CIS, Ukraine, Southeastern Europe, Turkey and the Middle East, as well as many parts of Asia and Latin America. In 2018, the firm continued to build on its strong track record of 'first-of-kind’ emerging markets deals involving structured finance, projects and debt capital markets. It acts for export credit agencies, development finance institutions and multi-lateral agencies, as well as issuers and managers of bonds, including equity-linked transactions. The firm has many standout practitioners with significant emerging markets experience, and among these are lead ECA partner Lorraine Bayliss; India group chair Sanjeev Dhuna; debt and commodity finance specialist Greg Brown; Africa group head Tim Scales; US securities partner Sachin Davé; head of the European Islamic finance practice Atif Hanif; project finance expert Andrew Castle; up-and-coming trade, commodities and export finance counsel Catherine Lang-Anderson; and rising star senior associate Oleg Khomenko.

Other key lawyers:Lorraine Bayliss; Sanjeev Dhuna; Greg Brown; Sachin Dave; Oleg Khomenko; Jaspal Gillar; Philip Bowden; Jamie Durham; Andrew Castle; Atif Hanif; Catherine Lang-Anderson

Testimonials

"The firm is very well coordinated across multiple disciplines. It is fast to respond, quick to understand the key issues, and provides a high level of partner engagement."

"Andrew Castle is highly competent and understands the wider context required by client; he is highly creative and never flustered."

"Oleg Khomenko is an excellent legal expert who provides the most reliable support throughout the whole process. He is commercially-minded and delivers fast execution."

"The firm has the ability to think creatively around solving problems. Many firms find problems and no solutions, but A&O identifies the range of solutions, which is extremely beneficial."

"Andrew Castle is creative and very har working. He is one of the best project finance lawyers in the City - possibly the best."

"Allen&Overy distinguishes itself from other firms for high-quality drafting, exquisite understanding of underlying commercial principles."

"Oleg Khomenko is one of the best lawyers in terms of understanding commercial background and requirements, as well as in terms of putting it on paper and negotiating with opposing side."

"It is the best in the market in terms of being client-oriented and showing attention to detail."

"Oleg Khomenko is the best in the market."

Key Clients

Warburg Pincus

Stanbic

Trans Adriatic Pipeline AG (TAP)

Work highlights

  • Advised a leading investment bank on debt financing to support Apax’s acquisition of Healthium Medtech, an India-based company producing healthcare consumables.
  • Advised a major international bank on a significant divestment of its core business.
  • Advised the arrangers and lenders on the financing of a take-private acquisition of Vedanta Resources plc.
  • Advised Warburg Pincus on the acquisition financing arrangements for a joint-controlling stake in one of India’s leading digital and administrative services providers Computer Age Management Systems Limited.
  • Advised Stanbic on two separate loan financings for Actis in relation to two shopping malls in Nigeria Heritage Place (Lagos) and Jabi Lake (Abuja).

Baker McKenzie has an extensive network or more than 70 offices in emerging markets around the world, and its core finance teams in London remain highly active in a broad range of transactions in Asia-Pacific, Europe, the Middle East, Latin America and North America. It frequently acts for financial institutions, sponsors and borrowers in syndicated financings, and it has a proven track record in advising banks, multi-lateral institutions, export credit agencies, commodity traders, exporters, producers and corporate borrowers on trade, export and commodity financings in developing markets. Head of banking and finance Nick Tostivin focusing on syndicated lending transactions including in relation to acquisitions. Lynn Rosell Rowley specialises in cross-border and multi-jurisdictional leveraged finance. Head of the global project finance practice group Calvin Walker has more than 20 years' experience in the market. Finance partner Chris Hogan has a particular focus of African banking and debt capital markets work. Marc Fèvre's highlights from 2018 include acting for sponsors in the development of a coal-fired power generation plant in Botswana.

Practice head(s):Nick Tostivin

Other key lawyers:Lynn Rosell-Rowley; Calvin Walker; Chris Hogan; Luka Lightfoot; Marc Fèvre

Key Clients

Suez

Egyptian Electricity Transmission Company (EETC)

Itochu

European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)

Marguerite Fund

Liontaine Holdings Ltd /Alliance Altyn

Office Nationale D'Electricite et de I'Eau Potable (ONEE)

POSCO

KEPCO

Macquarie

Marubeni Corporation

Anaklia Development Consortium (ADC)

Saudi Arabian Mining Company (Ma'aden)

ACCIONA Energia

Swicorp

TBEA

Ellomay Capital

Weatherford International

InfraCo Africa

Work highlights

  • Advised the borrower, Alliance Altyn, in connection with attracting a $180m project financing from VTB Bank for the construction of mining facilities and processing plant at Jerooy gold ore deposit in the Kyrgyz Republic.
  • Advised Office Nationale D'Electricite et de I'Eau Potable on the development of Morocco's 850MW wind farm PPP programme on an IPP basis.
  • Advising the sponsor consortium in connection with the design, financing, construction, ownership, operation, maintenance and decommissioning of the 300MW Morupule B Phase II Units 5 & 6 coal-fired power generation plant situated in the Palapye Botswana, on an IPP basis.
  • Advised a consortium consisting of ACCIONA Energia (Spain), Swicorp (Saudi Arabia) and TBEA (China), on the $180m project financing of three photovoltaic plants in Egypt.
  • Advising the Sponsors and Project Company in connection with the development, design, financing, supply, construction, ownership, commissioning, testing, operation and maintenance of a 600MW coal-fired power generation plant situated in the Limpopo Province of South Africa.

Dentons has 'a strong partner-led team with very good emerging market experience, which is capable in both Reg S and 144A transactions'. The firm has a vast global network of offices, which enables its London finance practice to be involved in a large number of emerging markets. Its long-standing presence in Africa was enhanced by its combination with Kenyan law firm Hamilton, Harrison & Mathews, and the firm continues to be involved in syndicated lending, project and infrastructure finance, export credit finance, debt capital markets, trade and commodities finance, and energy finance across the continent. Howard Barrie who advises on project and infrastructure finance projects in Africa, as well as on structured trade and commodity financings, rejoined from Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP. The firm has a similar portfolio of work in the Middle East and, increasingly, in the CEE,  Russia and the CIS. The firm is also growing its portfolio of work from China, having merged with a local law firm.  Head of banking and finance Paul Holland and trade finance specialist Celia Gardiner are highly recommended.

Practice head(s):Paul Holland

Other key lawyers:Howard Barrie; Celia Gardner; David Cohen; Nick Hayday; Cameron Half; Nik Colbridge

Testimonials

"Nick Hayday and Cameron Half are both experienced and 'hands-on' partners."

Key Clients

HSBC

Standard Chartered

Lietuvos Energija, UAB

Emirates NBD PJSC

Standard Bank

International Finance Corporation (IFC)

FirstRand Bank

Gulf Energy Limited

Bugesera Airport Company Limited

Arab Banking Corporation (Bank ABC)

Mashreqbank psc

Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank PJSC

Koç Holding

JSC Silknet

CRI Group

E.P. Energy

CPI Property Group

The Standard Bank of South Africa

Work highlights

  • Advising Standard Chartered Bank on the financing to the Ministry of Finance of Angola for the design, construction and equipping of three hospitals in Angola worth approximately €380m.
  • Advising Lietuvos Energija, UAB, the energy company that is 100 per cent owned by the government of Lithuania, on its second Reg S €300m green bond issue.
  • Advising Standard Bank, IFC and a leading global bank the $140m secured syndicated facilities provided to Westfalia Fruit International Limited to finance the acquisition of an interest in a joint venture in Chile.
  • Advising a leading global bank and a syndicate of lenders on a $770m Dual Currency Syndicated Term Loan Facility Agreement for Türkiye İhracat Kredi Bankası A.Ş. (Türk Eximbank), the Turkish export credit agency.
  • Documenting the $1.3bn receivables backed pre-export finance facility for a leading global bank in favour of the Ghana Cocoa Marketing Board in respect of the 2018-1019 cocoa crop.

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP focuses predominantly on the key emerging markets of Russia, the CIS, the Middle East, India, Africa, Latin America, South East Asia and Eastern Europe. It advises blue-chip organisations and major international banks, as well as development finance institutions such as African Development Bank and International Finance Corporation. The firm has a market-leading energy finance practice, and the firm's energy and natural resources practice frequently advises on groundbreaking transactions in the reserve-based lending, pre-payment, pre-export and acquisition finance sectors. Its recent work included complex matters for Kosmos Energy, SOCO International and Petrobras Oil & Gas. The firm's project finance capability is also highly respected and, in 2018, it was brought to bear on high-profile developments such as the 420MW Nachtigal hydropower project, Mpatamanga hydropower project and the Amur gas processing plant. Co-head of the Africa practice Martin Kavanagh has more than 20 years' experience in energy, natural resources and infrastructure finance. William Breeze acts for borrowers, lenders and trading houses in trade finance, project finance and upstream energy finance transactions.

Practice head(s):Martin Kavanagh

Other key lawyers:William Breeze; Alexander Currie; Amy Geddes; Andrew Roberts; David Walton; Pedro Rufino Carvalho

Key Clients

International Finance Corporation

Standard Chartered Bank

Vitol

Government of Nepal

African Development Bank

Woodside Energy

DEG

UBS

Goldman Sachs

Credit Suisse

Gazprom

Societe Generale

Government of Zambia

Carlyle Group

Tata Sons

Barclays

African Export Import Bank (Afreximbank)

African Development Bank

BP

Work highlights

  • Advised EDF, IFC and the Republic of Cameroon on the final and binding agreements, including the financing, for the construction, operation and maintenance of the 420MW Nachtigal hydropower plant – one of the largest hydro independent power projects (IPPs) planned in Africa.
  • Advised HSBC as documentation bank and the lenders in connection with the amendment and restatement of the up to $1.5bn reserve-based lending facility to Kosmos Energy.
  • Advising GRZ, the Borrower, the Sponsor and CPCS (in their capacity as financial advisor) in relation to the multi-sourced financing of the 750MW Kafue Gorge Lower hydropower project in Zambia.
  • Advised Tata Sons on a US$1.5 billion external commercial borrowings facility, where the proceeds were to be used for investment in group companies and other permitted uses under the ECB guidelines issued by the Reserve Bank of India.
  • Advised Growthpoint in relation to its debut Regulation S/ Rule 144A debt capital markets issuance of $425m 8.872% Notes due 2023.

Linklaters LLP has one of London's most prestigious banking and finance practices and acts for a stellar roster of banks, corporates, funds and governments in their financing, hedging and investment activities. The London practice handles work in Africa, the CEE, China, India, Latin America, the Middle East, Russia, Southeast Asia and Turkey. Banking and debt capital markets are key practice areas, and the firm counts development finance institutions such as African Development Bank and International Finance Corporation among its clients. Among the firm's many standout partners are Ian Andrews who advises sponsors, funders and public bodies on infrastructure financings; projects partner Andrew Jones, who leads the firm's Africa Group; Mirthe Van Kesteren, who leads the emerging markets banking and structured trade finance practice in London and co-heads the firm's CIS desk; and head of the head of the global energy and infrastructure practice Daniel Tyrer. The firm also has strong US securities law capability in Cecil Quillen. Debt specialists Richard Levy and Elaine Keats are also recommended.

Other key lawyers:Ian Andrews; Andrew Jones; Mirthe van Kesteren; Daniel Tyrer

The London office of Milbank has been involved in emerging markets transactions since the 1970s and maintains a strong standing in the market. Its main areas of focus are the Middle East, Africa, Eastern Europe, Turkey and Asia, where it is involved in banking and finance, capital markets, restructuring, derivatives and project finance. Head of the London project, energy and infrastructure finance group Matthew Hagopian counts standout partners in his practice including project finance expert John Dewar; Manzer Ijaz who advises sponsors, lenders, export credit agencies and development finance institutions on large-scale, international energy and infrastructure projects; oil and gas sector specialist Clive Ransome who has extensive experience advising ECAs, banks, borrowers and multi-laterals and respected high yield partner Apostolos Gkoutzinis, who joined in 2018 from Shearman & Sterling LLP, whose work includes cross-border equity and debt offerings by Greek issuers. Senior associates Seyda Duman, who handles projects in Turkey, and Chris Taufatofua, who focuses predominantly on power projects, are also recommended.

Practice head(s):Matthew Hagopian; John Dewar; Manzer Ijaz; Clive Ransome

Other key lawyers:Şeyda Duman; Apostolos Gkoutzinis; Rebecca Marques; Seyda Duman; Chris Taufatofua

Key Clients

Albilad Bank

Alimna Bank

AfDB

Athens International Airport

BNP Paribas

BPIFrance

Citibank

Commercial International Bank of Egypt

Credit Suisse

Delek

Deutsche Bank

Emerging Africa Infrastructure Fund

EBRD

EDC

Engie

Euler Hermes

Goldman Sachs

HSBC

IFC

ING

JBIC

K-Exim

KfW

K-Sure

NEXI

Nomura

Noble

Oi

O3B Satellite Company

Qatar Solar Technologies

Reliance Industries Ltd

SACE

Société Générale

Seaborn

Standard Chartered Bank

Total

UKEF

US-Exim

Woodside

Work highlights

  • Represented Centrais Eléctricas de Sergipe S.A. (CELSE) in connection with the development and greenfield project financing, involving IDB, of the $1.5bn Porto de Sergipe I Thermoelectric Complex, in Porto de Sergipe, Brazil.
  • Advising the Export Credit Agencies and commercial bank lenders on the $4bn financing of the SNE deep water oil field located within the Senegalese portion of the Mauritania-Senegal-Guinea Bissau Basin.
  • Represented the lenders in connection with the financing of a multibillion-dollar telecom project in India.
  • Representing the lenders in connection with the $4.4bn financing of the largest central Asian main, Oyu Tolgoi in Mongolia.
  • Represented Athens International Airport as borrowers counsel in connection with the €1.1bn 20-year extension of the Athens International Airport concession agreement.

Norton Rose Fulbright is a recognised leader in emerging market finance and its deep bench of lawyers in London is backed up by a huge global team with in-depth knowledge of the most important jurisdictions and specialist industry sector expertise in agriculture, mining, oil and gas, power, infrastructure development and commodity trading. The practice, led by Martin McCann , handles project finance, acquisition finance, asset finance, asset-based lending, corporate lending, Islamic finance, real estate finance and restructuring. Charles Whitney is head of the energy practice for EMEA and he specialises in large project financing transactions involving export credit agencies and multilateral financial institutions, notably in Africa, Central Asia and the Middle East. Trade finance expert Nicholas (Nick) Grandage, banking partner Christopher (Chris) Brown, capital markets and Islamic finance specialist Farmida Bi and infrastructure finance partner Daniel Metcalfe are among the many lawyers who devote much of their time to emerging markets deals. Counsel Daniel Giemajner is a rising star in cross-border project and structured finance transactions in the infrastructure, mining and commodities sectors, on which he advises banks, funds, listed and private sponsors, and traders.

Practice head(s):Martin McCann

Other key lawyers:Charles Whitney; Nick Grandage; Chris Brown; Mark Berry; Madhavi Gosavi; Andrew Hart; Chris Down; Daniel Metcalfe; Michael Ings; Neha Khosla; Andrew Wood; Daniel Giemajner; Felicity Brown; James Rennard; Alexandra Jeffreys; Jared Franicevic; Richard Wilkes

Testimonials

"The practice has extensive knowledge and is well able to handle and resolve all legal matters that we faced, including the US sanctions imposed on certain Russian companies."

"The best proof of our satisfaction with the team's work is that it will be implicated in the second phase of the renewal and expansion project."

"Martin McCann and very experienced counsel Daniel Giemajner work fast and deliver quality at the same time."

"Daniel Giemajner has extensive knowledge and added great value to making the project a success. I would highly recommend him if finance is needed in emerging markets."

Key Clients

Africa Finance Corporation

AIG

Al Rayan Bank

AT&T

Bank of America

Bank of China

Bankmed, Sal

Balfour Beatty

BHP

BMW

Bombardier

BP

Brookfield

Cell C

Citi

Crédit Agricole

DBS Bank

Deutsche Bank

Ministry of Finance of Angola

Domino’s Pizza

ExxonMobil

GSK

HSBC

ICBC

IMI Group

International Finance Corporation

ING

JP Morgan

Marubeni

Macquarie

McLaren

Mizuho

Rio Tinto

Rosneft Oil

Royal Bank of Canada

Proparco

Shell

SNC Lavalin

Standard Bank

Standard Chartered Bank

Trinity Mirror

Tullow

Turk Telekomünikasyon

Wells Fargo

United Overseas Bank

Bank of Tokyo Mitsubishi

Guarantco

TowerShare

Danaos

Mercuria Energy

Work highlights

  • Advising Yara Dallol in relation to the $1bn financing and development of their new potash mine in Ethiopia and associated port terminal in Djibouti.
  • Acting for Marubeni Corporation and Techint Chile S.A. as regards to their potential bid for the construction of a $1bn desalination plant in Antofagasta, Chile.
  • Advised National Bank of Kuwait (NBK) and Kuwait Finance House (KFH) in relation to the $830m financing for the extension of Kuwait International Airport.
  • Advised CBG (which is owned by Rio Tinto, Alcoa, Dadco and the State of Guinea) in connection with the c.$800m expansion of its Sangaredi bauxite mine in western Guinea.
  • Advice to the Ministry of Finance of Angola, providing funds to enable life changing infrastructure projects across Angola.

White & Case LLP couples its extensive global network with a deep bench of finance expertise in London to act as a key adviser to financial institutions, corporates, governments and supranational organisations in emerging markets transactions, notably in the CEE, the CIS, the Middle East and Africa. It has both English and UK law capability in the London finance practice, and is a prominent player in capital markets work, which encompasses sovereign debt issuance, liability management, bank regulatory capital and corporate hybrid capital solutions, equity-linked bond transactions, infrastructure and project bonds, green finance and high yield debt. Its track record includes complex and innovative cross-border debt and equity capital markets transactions, including many market firsts for debut bond issuers. Global head of capital markets Stuart Matty and Melissa Butler are standout debt capital markets partners. Head of EMEA energy, infrastructure, project and asset finance Mark Castillo-Bernaus, banking partner Christopher Czarnocki, sovereign debt expert Ian Clark and project finance specialist Jason Kerr  are also leaders in their fields.

Practice head(s):Stuart Matty; Mark Castillo-Bernaus; Christopher Czarnocki

Other key lawyers:Melissa Butler; Ian Clark; Jason Kerr; Richard Pogrel; Doron Loweinger; James Hardy; Mukund Dhar; Philip Stopford

Testimonials

"Ian Clark, Stuart Matty, Melissa Butler and Philip Stopford are great lawyers to work with - extremely knowledgeable and creative at the same time. All are very engaged and committed to the projects they work on."

"The firm has an extreme focus on the client and goes above and beyond expectations. It has expert partners who are always available, extremely conscientious and incredibly switched on. They are problem solvers who look to find solutions and achieve goals."

"James Greene is always available, extremely conscientious and incredibly switched on. He is an expert in a range of capital markets and finance products and excels at drafting technical points and thinking about how to practically solve issues."

"White & Case is a 'go-to' firm. It staffs matters appropriately and, importantly, knows both the legal and commercial aspects of matters that it is involved in. We view it as an excellent firm."

"Jason Kerr is a big hitter who is well known in the market for his deep knowledge of emerging markets and is also very involved on matters where needed. He also knows how to manage various parts of the client relationship and get transactions done."

"Mukund Dhar is a strong partner able to manage the moving parts of complex projects. He is very personable and a pleasure to work with."

"The team is a 'go-to' law firm for our organisation. Their strength is that they know how much partner input is required compared to associate involvement and the firm is able to work with us on a variety of matters from ordinary financing, to projects, debt capital markets, M&A and corporate governance."

"Jason Kerr is an excellent attorney who is at the top of the game. He is market savvy and able to translate this into key advice for our firm."

"This team is extremely knowledgeable with regard to LNG projects and structuring projects in Africa."

Key Clients

Afreximbank

Citigroup

Deutsche Bank

Goldman Sachs

Jefferies

JP Morgan

Morgan Stanley

Eskom Nigeria

Vale

International Finance Corporation (IFC)

Mitsui

Carbon Holdings

Credit Suisse

EFG Hermes

Work highlights

  • Represented the Republic of Uzbekistan in connection with its debut 144A bond offering.
  • Represented Yapı Kredi Bank on its inaugural offering of $650m Perpetual Fixed Rate Resettable Additional Tier 1 Notes due 2029.
  • Represented the State of Qatar, acting through the Ministry of Finance, as Issuer on the offering of $12bn fixed rate interest bonds over three tranches, which included the listing of "formosa" bonds on the Taipei Stock Exchange, the first of its kind for a sovereign Issuer.
  • Advised Vale S.A. and Mitsui & Co., Ltd. on the development and $2.73bn financing of the landmark Nacala Corridor Railway and Port Project, an integrated and transformative infrastructure project supporting growth along a regional corridor shared by two countries, Mozambique and Malawi.
  • Advised IFC and a syndicate of around 20 development financial institutions and commercial lenders on the financing of the $1bn expansion of a world-scale urea fertilizer production facility near Port Harcourt, Nigeria.

Baker Botts (UK) LLP has a highly experienced London practice that focuses predominantly on the financing of major projects in the energy and natural resources space. In 2018, it handled large mandates for International Finance Corporation, Gazprombank and Steelhead LNG. Stuart McIntyre leads a practice with strength in depth. Among the key partners are Hamish McArdle who handles innovative upstream and midstream oil and gas mandates; James Douglass who has has 25 years’ experience as an adviser on market-leading projects; London office head Mark Rowley; and Stuart Jordan who focuses on procurement strategies in power, transport, oil, gas, petrochemical, nuclear and other industrial construction contracts. Robin Mizrahi moved to Covington & Burling LLP but the firm hired partners Lewis Jones from Morgan, Lewis & Bockius UK LLP, who handles the acquisition, development and financing of energy and infrastructure projects, and Nick Collins  from Jones Day who has 20 years' experience in large-scale energy and natural resources projects around the world. 'Their approach is to always solve and tackle problems in an elegant and efficient way', remarks a client.

Practice head(s):Stuart McIntyre

Other key lawyers:James Douglass; Mark Rowley; Nick Collins; Hamish McArdle; Lewis Jones; Nicholas Jones

Testimonials

"The services were overall en par with other market leaders in this field. What was outstanding in my view were the drafting skills and acute understanding of the interrelationship of the contractual documentation."

"We worked with Stuart McIntyre and Nick Jones, who showed deep commercial and legal understanding of the finance documentation and excellent drafting skills along with strong commitment to the interests of their client."

"The team has very good market and environment knowhow alongside knowledge about its clients' requirements and desires."

Key Clients

International Finance Corporation (IFC)

Gazprombank

VTB Bank

European Bank for Reconstruction and Development

Galp Energia

Reganosa

Formula One

Quantum Power

Mcdermott

Bristow Group

Steelhead LNG

Sovcombank

Bracewell (UK) LLP's London office is dedicated exclusively to the energy sector. It handles both litigation and financing matters in emerging economies in Africa, the Middle East and Latin America, as well as the developed markets of the UK and continental Europe. The firm remains at the forefront of market development and increasingly acts for global private equity houses as they invest in the oil and gas sector. The firm is also active in the floating LNG industry, having acted for Ophir Energy in the development of its Fortuna floating LNG project in Equatorial Guinea, and is involved in a number of energy storage projects in emerging markets, including a project in the Middle East on which it advised the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development. In 2018, energy finance partner Oliver Irwin joined from Milbank to work alongside leading lights Jason Fox and Olivia Caddy. Senior associate Eimear Murphy is a rising star.

Practice head(s):Jason Fox

Other key lawyers:Olivia Caddy; Oliver Irwin; Eimear Murphy

Key Clients

Goldman Sachs

BNP Paribas

Natixis

ING Bank

Societe Generale

Premier Oil

Seplat Petroleum

Neptune Energy

Cheiron Petroleum

Shoreline Natural Resources

Eland Oil & Gas

Work highlights

  • Advised Neptune Energy in connection with debt financing aspects of the $3.9bn acquisition of a majority stake in ENGIE E&P International, which included a portfolio of upstream assets in the UK, Netherlands, Norway, Germany, Indonesia, Algeria, Egypt and Azerbaijan.
  • Advised Shoreline Natural Resources on a $534m financing led by Vitol secured against assets in Nigeria.
  • Acted for the Cheiron Petroleum Group in closing the financing of its acquisition, following its successful bid for a 50 percent operated interest in the onshore Cardenas and Mora fields in Mexico partnering Pemex the Mexican state oil company.
  • Advised Seplat Petroleum Development Company Plc (Seplat), a leading Nigerian indigenous oil and gas company listed on both the Nigeria Stock Exchange and London Stock Exchange, in connection with a $300m revolving credit facility agreement to refinance a range of previous debt arrangements
  • Advising Mazoon Petrogas SAOC as borrower under a reserve based financing of oil and gas assets in Oman arranged by HSBC, ING Bank, Arab Banking Corporation and Oman Arab Bank.

Clifford Chance LLP has a standout finance practice in London that brings together significant expertise in banking, capital markets, project finance, commodity and trade finance, structured finance, securitisation and derivatives. It acts for corporates and financial institutions in complex emerging markets transactions, notably in Africa, India and Latin America, although its London team works closely with the firm's Moscow office on deals in Russia, the CIS and the CEE. Leonard Cleland  is a leading light in emerging market and has particular expertise in structured trade finance. Debt capital markets is a key pillar of the firm's work, with high yield specialist Michael Dakin frequently handling issuance in North Africa and other emerging markets. DCM specialists David Dunnigan, who handles sovereign debt issuance, and US securities partners John Connolly play key roles in the practice. Jeremy Connick is a leading light in the energy, natural resources and infrastructure market.  Russell Wells, banking partner in Clifford Chance's London office, is also recommended.

Hogan Lovells International LLP has a full-service emerging markets practice in London, where it provides banking and finance, corporate finance, energy, project finance, and equity and debt capital markets advice. Practice head Andrew Carey  leads the firm's debt capital markets practice, which plays a central role in the firm's work in Asia, Africa, Russia, South Americas and Eastern Europe. Its work for commercial banks, project companies and sponsors/developers on ECA-backed projects also stands out. Among its key partners are Andrew Taylor and David Leggott who are leading lights in the field of trade and export finance; infrastructure, energy, resources and projects partner Arun Velusami who acts for governments, developers and lenders in energy projects, especially power projects in Africa; mining, infrastructure and construction and construction partner Adrian Walker; and PPP expert Charles Ford.

Practice head(s):Andrew Carey

Other key lawyers:Andrew Taylor; David Leggott; Arun Velusami; Adrian Walker; Charles Ford

Key Clients

Deutsche Bank

Afreximbank

Standard Chartered Bank

Natixis

Credit Agricole

International Finance Corporation

European Bank for Reconstruction and Development

European Commission

BP

Work highlights

  • Appointed to advise on the multibillion-euro High Speed Rail Baltica project - the largest Baltic-region infrastructure project in the last 100 years.
  • Acting as sole Project Counsel for the entire Consortium, led by BP, on the $45bn Shah Deniz 2 Gas Project.
  • Advising International Finance Corporation in relation to a senior revolving loan to be made available to a SPV fund managed by Barak Fund SPC Limited to provide trade and commodity finance to enterprises operating in Africa.
  • Advising the European Commission on the European Sustainable Development Fund (ESDF), part of the EU's external Investment Plan (EIP) for sub-Saharan Africa and the European Neighbourhood.
  • Advised long-standing client Crédit Agricole CIB on an innovative transaction that will allow the bank to expand its trade finance activities, and lend an additional $510m to support health, education and other key services, as well as infrastructure projects, in emerging markets.

The 'highly proactive and efficient team' at Mayer Brown International LLP is praised for its 'responsiveness, technical capability and availability'. In 2018, the firm expanded its capabilities in export, trade and multi-lateral financing in the commodities, energy, natural resources and infrastructure sectors. Ashley McDermott who focuses exclusively on emerging markets finance joined from Clifford Chance LLP to co-lead the practice with leading lights Ian Coles, who is head of the Africa and mining practices, and Rachel Speight, who acts for banks and sponsors in cross-border structured and project financings in the natural resources and infrastructure sectors. Newly promoted counsel Danuta De Vries is 'highly professional and an excellent communicator'. Clients also recommend James Taylor and Chris Arnold for debt capital markets and structured finance respectively. Active in deals in Central and Eastern Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Latin America and Turkey, the firm is highly regarded for project finance, capital markets, export and agency finance, structured commodity finance, structured finance and derivatives.

Practice head(s):Ian Coles; Rachel Speight; Ashley McDermott

Other key lawyers:James Taylor; Chris Arnold; Danuta de Vries

Testimonials

"Ian Coles has a wealth of experience and is very pragmatic - always looking for a win-win solution to problems."

"It has a team of experts with long history in Africa and in metals and mining, both on English law and OHADA topics. It has the ability to put together a small and efficient deal team to think about tailor-made and cost-effective solutions for their clients."

"We recommend the firm for trust, talent, and expertise."

"Chris Arnold is an excellent lawyer who is very commercially-minded and able to understand the economic imperatives behind a transaction. This combined with his excellent analytical and first principles approach to problems makes him an outstanding and very business-friendly lawyer to work with in the emerging markets sector, where there is often no such thing as 'standard'."

"Ian Coles and Rachel Speight tick all the right boxes."

"It is the team's level of experience and familiarity with the sector that makes it so strong. it is also very well balanced in terms of partners, seniors and juniors."

"Ash McDermott is an excellent, client-oriented lawyer. He is very customer-focused and practical in his approach. He understands the files and our organisation, and provides practical business-oriented advice."

"Ash McDermott is very approachable , knowledgeable , client-centered and practical."

"Ash McDermott is very experienced in the field of Export Finance and understands the challenges banks face when acting in emerging markets."

Key Clients

UniCredit

Ohridska Banka

Standard Bank

Nedbank

Africa Finance Corporation

Medea Future Materials Fund

Citibank

Macquarie

HSBC

Women in Mining

BNP Paribas

ING

Société Générale

KfW IPEX

Barclays Bank

Investec

Scotiabank Europe

SRK Exploration Services

Credit Suisse

ING Bank

JP Morgan

Sumitomo Metal Mining Co. Ltd

Work highlights

  • Represented UniCredit Bank, the Italy-based global financial institution, as facility agent, security holder, technical agent, documentation agent, mandated lead arranger and lender; and the EBRD, a European multilateral development financial institution, as a mandated lead arranger and a lender, on a $150m term facility for the construction and operation of Centerra Gold Inc’s Öksüt gold mine and related infrastructure in the Kayseri region of Turkey.
  • Advising Société Générale; Investec; and Ohridska Banka.  Our London-based emerging markets team is leading work for these clients in their role as mandated lead arrangers in connection with the project financing of the SASA/DOO lead and zinc mine located in Macedonia.
  • Acting for Société Générale; Standard Bank and Nedbank in the $190m refinancing of term loans made available for the project financing of the Kwale Mineral Sands project in Kenya.
  • Represented pan-African multilateral development finance institution, Africa Finance (AFC) in its role as lender on a $20.5m bridge facility and a $20m term loan facility.
  • Advising the Medea Future Materials Fund, a natural resources-focused investment fund on the $20m loan to ASX-listed, Vector Resources in connection with its acquisition of the Adidi Kanga mine in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius UK LLP's London office is a central hub for the flow of emerging markets finance work, and it works closely with teams based in Frankfurt, Moscow, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Almaty, Astana, Singapore, Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong and Tokyo. It acts for lenders and borrowers, though it is best known for advising major banks on high-profile cross-border transactions in Russia, the CIS, the Middle East and Africa. It is a prominent player in debt capital markets and its recent work includes landmark debut sovereign bond offerings by Tajikistan and Suriname. Leveraged finance and restructurings are also key pillars of its emerging markets offering. Practice head Bruce Johnston handles a wide range of transactions including workouts and restructurings, acquisition finance and leveraged finance. Carter Brod is a leading light in the DCM space.

Practice head(s):Bruce Johnston

Other key lawyers:Carter Brod; Paul Denham

Key Clients

VTB Bank

ING Bank

Avocet Mining Plc

Gazprombank

Sberbank

GSR Go Scale

Work highlights

  • Advised Bank of America Merrill Lynch, as the sole lead manager on a $250m bond offering by Energoatom, a state-owned nuclear energy company in Ukraine.
  • Represented the investors in a $15m sovereign bond offering by the Republic of Seychelles—the world's first-ever "blue bond" transaction.
  • Represented Global Ports in a multi-jurisdictional self-tender offer in relation to its $700m of outstanding Eurobonds.
  • Represented the Republic of Suriname in a $47m private placement of 9% senior notes.
  • Acted as English, US and Kazakhstan counsel to Tengri Bank, a privately-owned commercial bank in Kazakhstan, in a planned $175m Rule 144A/Regulation S Eurobond offering.

Reed Smith LLP 'stands out for its dedication to each project', according to one client. Its emerging market practice brings together lawyers from a diverse range of specialisms including capital markets, securitisation, structured finance, acquisition finance, development impact bonds and cross-border investment. The firm, which climbs the ranking this year, has a presence in many key jurisdictions including India, Brazil, Kazakhstan, UAE and Eastern Europe, with the London practice working closely with lawyers in its global network. It focuses on key industry sectors such as life sciences and healthcare, energy and natural resources, media and entertainment, shipping and transportation, and financial services, and its acts for sovereigns, major investment banks and development finance institutions. The firm's standout partners include Gautam Bhattacharyya and Ranajoy Basu for transactions in the India market; Jonathan Solomon for trade finance; James Wilkinson for deals in Kazakhstan; structured finance specialist Nick Stainthorpe; derivatives partner Claude Brown; and new hires Omar Al-Ali from Simmons & Simmons and Kevin-Paul Deveau from Dechert LLP.

Practice head(s):Tamara Box; Ranajoy Basu; Gautam Bhattacharyya; Leon Stephenson; Jonathan Solomon; James Wilkinson

Other key lawyers:Claude Brown; Omar Al-Ali; Kevin-Paul Deveau; Agnes Molnar; Priya Taneja; Patrick Sutton

Testimonials

"Reed Smith typically provides a dedicated team to each transaction with good subject knowledge and access to global partners in relevant jurisdictions. This is very important in cross-border transactions with exposure in Europe, Asia and the UAE."

"I highly recommend Nick Stainthorpe and his team as they are very knowledgeable and highly responsive."

Shearman & Sterling LLP has a track record in complex, high-profile emerging markets projects, transactions and disputes, frequently advising on first-in-country and first-in-kind matters. The five-partner project development and finance practice frequently handles major transactions in the power, oil and gas, road transport infrastructure and renewable energy sectors. Iain Elder leads the practice and is also head of the firm's Africa strategy group. Global head of finance Nick Buckworth has more than 30 years' experience in advising sponsors, lenders and financial institutions in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia on projects in the energy sector. 'Excellent project finance lawyer' Sanja Udovicic handled high-profile projects in 2018, among which was the financing of the West Nile Delta Project in offshore Egypt. Of counsel John Inglis focuses on energy and natural resources, including power generation, metals, petrochemical, refinery, LNG and upstream oil and gas projects.

Practice head(s):Iain Elder

Other key lawyers:John Inglis; Nick Buckworth; Sanja Udovicic; Tim Sheddick; Katie Hicks; Anthony Lepere; Lachlan Poustie

Key Clients

Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC)

ACWA Power

Bahrain Petroleum Company

Golar LNG Limited

Engie

Export-Import Bank of Korea ("K-EXIM") K-Exim

FMO

SACE S.p.A. (SACE)

Sasol

Mitsui

Mubadala

Masdar (a subsidiary of Mubadala)

Marubeni

The Bank of Tokyo – Mitsubishi; UFJ Ltd and Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation

EDF

General Electric

Abu Dhabi Future Company PJSC

Work highlights

  • Advising Vertroelektrane Balkana D.O.O. and sponsors (Masdar, Taaleri and DEG) in connection with the development and financing of the first wind farm in Serbia.
  • Advising SACE and the SACE Lenders on the financing for the modernisation and expansion of the Middle East Oil Refinery in Egypt.
  • Acting as Sponsor's legal counsel to Guinea Alumina Corporation (a subsidiary of Emirates Global Aluminium) in connection with the development and financing of a bauxite mine, alumina refinery, port loading terminal and related infrastructure in the Republic of Guinea.
  • Acted for CTRG, Sasol and EDM, on all aspects of the development and project financing of a 175MW gas engine IPP at Ressano Garcia in Mozambique.
  • Advising Golar LNG Limited on the development of the Fortuna FLNG project, a floating liquefaction project to be developed by Golar with its partners Ophir Energy and GEPetrol (the national oil company of Equatorial Guinea

Simmons & Simmons acts for banks, multi-laterals, funds and corporates and is known for its sector expertise in asset management, financial services, TMT and life sciences sectors as counsel to both lenders and borrowers. The firm's project finance work encompasses power, LNG projects, mining and international cross-border pipeline projects. The banking practice is also highly active and it regularly advises the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development on lending transactions in Eastern Europe. Practice head John Sayers handles structured trade, commodity and export finance. His stellar group of partners includes Adam Cooper who focuses on the oil and gas sector, particularly in North Africa and the Middle East. Adrian Nizzola, who has 33 years’ experience in the energy and infrastructure sector and has in-house experience as General Counsel to Qatar Petroleum returned to London after six years in the firm's Abu Dhabi office. Iain Duncan specialises in equity and debt financings in the mining and power sectors, particularly in emerging markets. Managing associate Simon Kenolty is one to watch.

Practice head(s):John Sayers

Other key lawyers:Simon Kenolty; Andrew Petry; Adam Cooper; Adrian Nizzola; Cindy Valentine; David Toole; Iain Duncan; Rose-Anna Burnett

Key Clients

Orion Mine Finance

Fusion Capital AG

Resource Capital Funds

Africa Finance Corporation

Mainstream Renewable Power

Government of Kenya

Work highlights

  • Advised Orion Mine Finance and Fusion Capital on the sale of Lynx Resources, the owner of the SASA zinc, lead and silver mine in the Republic of Macedonia, for $402.5m to Central Asia Metals (CAML).
  • Advised Resource Capital Funds and Africa Finance Corporation on a $205m equity and debt investment into a major bulk commodity mining project in Guinea.
  • Advising Mainstream Renewable Power on its renewable energy joint ventures with pan-emerging markets private equity investor Actis in relation to their renewable energy generation platforms in Africa and Chile.
  • Acting for the Government of Kenya which, through its Ministry of Petroleum, is working closely with international oil companies (“IOCs”) (Tullow, TOTAL and Africa Oil) to commercialise the large oil discovery in the Lokichar basin, North Kenya.
  • Advising the Lenders in connection with the project financing of a bulk liquids terminal for the import and storage of gasoil, LPG and LNG and berthing of two floating storage and regasification units at Sokhna Port, Egypt.

'The team shows dedication at both partner and associate level', remarks a client of Akin Gump LLP’s emerging markets finance practice. The firm acts primarily for borrowers in cross-border transactions and it has a very prominent role in deals involving Russia and the CIS. The practice led by Robert Aulsebrook advises corporate borrowers on fundraising in the international debt markets, as well as working closely with the firm’s funds and derivatives lawyers on hedging transactions, and with the energy practice on corporate and project finance transactions in the oil and gas, mining and power industries. The firm hired Julian Nichol from Bracewell (UK) LLP who acts for investors in the EMEA region. Inderveer Hothi has experience in advising leading Russian and emerging market companies including PJSC LUKOIL.

Practice head(s):Robert Aulsebrook

Other key lawyers:Inderveer Hothi; Julian Nichol

Testimonials

"The firm has exceptional knowledge of our company and the products we use to raise finance. It has the ability to work out documentation templates fully tailored to the company's needs."

"It provides seamless execution and excellent cooperation between the team members to ensure Russian and English law coverage of finance transactions."

"The team is extremely efficient and provides bespoke service."

Key Clients

PJSC LUKOIL

Lukinter Finance BV

VEON (formerly VimpelCom)

Tennenbaum Capital Partners, Deutsche Bank and Goldman Sachs BDC

VTB Bank

Work highlights

  • Advised PJSC LUKOIL as guarantor and LUKOIL Overseas Uzbekistan Limited as borrower on a $660m financing to fund the construction of a gas processing complex in Uzbekistan.

'The team stands out as being really enthusiastic about the sector, interested in its clients, and motivated to make the transactions work for its clients', remarks one client of Charles Russell Speechlys LLP. The firm acts for large companies, growth companies and family businesses, as well as creators and owners of private wealth, their families and advisers. In emerging markets, it is best known for advising on investments in sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle East and the Caribbean, notably in the financial services, real estate, infrastructure and agribusiness sectors. The practice, led by the 'technically very knowledgeable and very solutions-oriented' Adrian Mayer, handles debt and equity transactions for borrowers and lenders, as well as advising on the debt finance elements of private equity and fund investments. Head of financial services Jon Bond and head of the firm's Caribbean group Hamish Perry are also recommended.

Practice head(s):Adrian Mayer

Other key lawyers:Jon Bond; Hamish Perry; David Berry; Keir Gordon; Yacine Diallo; Edidem Basiekanem; Katy Ackroyd; Edward Robinson; Camilla Hart

Testimonials

"The work has always been delivered to budget, on time and, most importantly, to a very high standard."

"Adrian Mayer and his team are highly professional, client-worthy and have an excellent grasp of finance in the context of emerging markets."

"Adrian Mayer is highly attuned to his clients' needs and is very detail-oriented, which makes him a great performer for his firm."

Key Clients

Actis

Amatheon Agri

MKOPA Solar

Fastjet plc

Ag DevCo Limited

Zenium Group

BNOC

ANSA McAL

Government of Trinidad and Tobago

Government of The Bahamas

Work highlights

  • Acted for Barbados National Oil Co Ltd in securing new supply lines and importation facilities for the importation of LNG and various renewable energy and other commercial relationships.
  • Acted for Grant Thornton as nominated adviser and both Hannam & Partners and Mirabaud Securities as joint brokers on the admission of South African phosphate development and mining company Kropz plc to trading on AIM with a placing of $35m.
  • Advised AIM-listed client, fastjet plc, on a US$10 million capital raising.
  • Advised AIM-listed client, fastjet plc, on its placing, subscription, open offer and balance sheet restructuring to issue equity with a total value of $40.7m.
  • Advised ANSA McAL (Trinidad) and its joint venture entity Tilawind IBC (Barbados) in the negotiation of services and knowledge transfer agreements relating to the operation of a joint venture renewable power business in Costa Rica.

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton¬†has a long track record of advising on emerging markets transactions from London for¬†sovereign wealth funds, state-owned enterprises and high-net-worth individuals. Key debt and equity capital markets partner¬†David Gottlieb¬†has more than 20 years' experience in US-qualified capital markets transactions and¬†is the a lead lawyer for deals in Russia, the CIS and other emerging markets. Other key practitioners include¬†Polina Lyadnova,¬†who focuses on bonds and debt restructuring, and frequently handles cross-border transactions involving Russian businesses. Tihir Sarkar, who advises¬†multinationals and sovereign wealth funds on cross-border investments, and Raj Panasar¬†are also recommended.¬†Jim Ho¬†advised the Republic of C√īte d‚ÄôIvoire on an¬† ‚ā¨850m sovereign bond offering.

Other key lawyers:Daivd Gottlieb; Polina Lyadnova; Tihir Sarkar; Raj Panasar; Jim Ho

The London finance practice at Dechert LLP frequently handles international debt and equity transactions, including liability management exercises, involving emerging markets. It acts for global investment banks, financial institutions and a wide range of issuers, including sovereigns, quasi-sovereigns, corporates and investment funds, on public and private issuances of equity and debt securities, including high yield and investment grade notes, governed by both English and US law. The practice has notable experience in the Middle East and North Africa, the Mediterranean basin, the CIS and Caucasus and Central Asian regions, and works closely with capital markets teams across its global network of offices. Its work in innovative transactions continued in 2018 with the first ever green bonds issued in accordance with the International Capital Market Association Green Bond Principles 2017 and the ASEAN Green Bond Standard. Patrick Lyons is a key name in the debt market. Of counsel Camille Abousleiman retains a role in the practice but is currently a minister in the government of Lebanese Republic.

Practice head(s):Douglas Getter

Other key lawyers:Patrick Lyons; Amy Rees; Jennifer Rees

Key Clients

Arab Republic of Egypt

Banque Central de Tunisie

BLOM Bank s.a.l.

JSC Development Bank of Kazakhstan

JSC National Company Kazakhstan Temir Zholy

JSC National Company KazMunayGas

Kingdom of Bahrain

Lebanese Republic

Republic of Albania

Sindicatum Renewable Energy Company Pte Ltd

Work highlights

  • Advised the Arab Republic of Egypt, as lead counsel on US and English law, on two issuance under Egypt’s US$20 billion Global Medium Term Note Program.
  • Advised JSC National Company KazMunayGas, the Kazakhstan state-owned oil and gas company, on its issuance of an aggregate of $3.25bn Eurobonds under its $10.5bn Global Medium Term Notes Programme.
  • Advised the Arab Republic of Egypt in connection with the issuance of its $860,000,000 7.125% Notes due 2026 and $1,710,000,000 7.625% Notes due 2030.
  • Advised the Kingdom of Bahrain in connection with the issuance of its $1bn (Sukuk) in Trust Certificates.
  • Advised the Lebanese Republic (Government of the Lebanese Republic) in connection with a $5.5bn multi-tranche Notes issuance under its $34bn Global Medium-Term Note Program.

Gowling WLG has specialist sector knowledge in mining, energy, infrastructure, finance and arbitration. The practice led by Jonathan Brufal, who focuses on international energy matters and is head of the firm's Africa group, is 'patient, clear in its advice and works extremely well to deadlines'. It traditionally focuses on MENA and sub-Saharan Africa, although it is increasingly active in Central Asia. In the utilities and mining sectors, the firm frequently handles multi-jurisdictional emerging market deals, and has ben involved in projects in the former Soviet Union, Armenia, Bangladesh, Nepal, Myanmar and throughout Africa. Among such projects, in 2018, was the first desalination plant in Abu Dhabi and the first-ever project financing in Armenia. Also recommended are Charles Bond, head of the UK natural resources group, who advised on projects in Africa, China, South America and the CIS, and project finance partner Andrew Newberry.

Practice head(s):Jonathan Brufal; Gareth Baker; John Cooper; Andrew Newbery; Charles Bond

Other key lawyers:Michael Darowski; Gordon Bell; Alasdair McKenzie; James Bruce

Testimonials

"The firm has supported us as a start-up looking at electricity generation and supply projects in Africa, and it has deep understanding of the lending environment, country context and operational difficulties."

"The team is highly communicative and clear on its needs to allow it to work. It is also great value for money.

"Jonathan Brufal is very proactive, focused on what needs to be done and clear in his advice. He has excellent and deep knowledge of the sector and what it takes to be successful in emerging markets."

Key Clients

Access Power

United States Agency for International Development

GuarantCo

Armpower CJSC

AGES Energy Ltd

Bacanora Lithium plc

Laguna Gold Ltd

The Government of the Republic of Albania

Work highlights

  • Advised Access Power on the development of a 50MW wind project in Kazakhstan.
  • Following the procurement of phases 1 and 2 of the Hassyan Clean Coal project in Dubai, the firm is advising DEWA on the procurement process of the third phase of the project.
  • The firm continues to advise the USAID Power Africa Indefinite Delivery on Indefinite Quantity Contract (PA-IDIQ), which is a five-year framework to improve electrification in Sub-Saharan Africa.
  • The Energy team has been advising AGES Energy Ltd on its development of a multi-site up to 25MW solar farm in Sierra Leone.
  • Advised the Consortium in relation to its bid for the Taweelah Independent Water Project in Abu Dhabi, a greenfield reverse osmosis seawater desalination plant with a net potable water capacity of 200MIGD located 50km north east of Abu Dhabi.

Latham & Watkins is a leading player in debt capital markets transactions involving emerging markets. The practice has extensive experience in Russia and the CEE region, as well as other key jurisdictions, and represents both issuers and investment banks on landmark and groundbreaking multi-jurisdictional debt offerings. Debt specialist Lene Malthasen is a key partner in the group, and frequently advises on Rule 144a issuances and liability management transactions in Russia, the CIS, the Middle East, Southern Europe and Asia. David Stewart, who works between the London and Moscow offices, focuses on the broader CEMEA region, where be uses his knowledge of US securities law to bear on debut bond offerings and liability management transactions. Project development and finance partner John Balsdon, who frequently handles oil and gas projects in emerging markets, also plays a key role in the practice.

Other key lawyers:Lene Malthasen; David Stewart; John Balsdon

Work highlights

  • Representation of the joint bookrunners on a new issue of $750,000,000 8.994% Notes due 2024; and $1,250,000,000 9.75% Notes due 2028 by the Government of Ukraine.

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (Europe) LLP stands out for its work on behalf of development finance institutions, investment banks, private equity funds and strategic investors doing business throughout Africa, the CEE, Eastern Europe, Latin America, Asia and the Middle East. It has a strong corporate and project finance offering, which includes both inbound and outbound investments. Its recent work in venture capital investments included acting for Millicom in connection with its $1bn bridge loan facility to finance the acquisition of Panamanian broadband internet and telecoms provider Cable Onda. Weyinmi Popo has extensive experience in Anglophone Africa and he frequently acts for private equity sponsors. Shawn Atkinson, whose principal focus is on the TMT sector, and Nell Scott play central roles in the firm's work in the CEE region.

Other key lawyers:Weyinmi Popo; Shawn Atkinson; Nell Scott

Testimonials

"We work with Weyinmi Popo, who is really a one man shop on our deals. We have the confidence of having worked with him in the past - he knows the space and our requirements and is very relaxed and efficient in delivery."

Key Clients

Adlevo Capital

Canal+

Black Pearls VC

Maersk Oil & Gas

Telenor ASA

Tullow Ghana Limited

Coatue Management

Property Finder

Vanso Nigeria Ltd

European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)

Unifonic

Silvair

Vostok Emerging Finance

European Investment Bank (EIB)

CVC Capital

Millicom International Cellular, S.A.

Exxaro Resources

Global Group of Mozambique Bondholders

Work highlights

  • Advising Azito Energie S.A. and its joint venture shareholders, Globeleq and IPS, on commercial and financing aspects of the Phase 4 expansion of the Azito gas-fired power project in Cote d’Ivoire.
  • Represented Millicom in connection with its $1bn bridge loan facility to finance the acquisition of Panamanian broadband internet and telecoms provider Cable Onda.
  • Orrick advised Property Finder on its $120m Series B financing, led by General Atlantic with co-investment from Vostok and Endeavor.
  • Advised TPG Growth’s Rise Fund on its $47.5m investment in Cellulant Technology, a digital payments platform operating across 11 African countries.
  • Advising Russian bank Sberbank on its market abuse regulatory safeguard implementation and aspects of its MiFID2 implementation, client assets and on the structuring of its trading relationships

Trinity International LLP is a niche law firm that specialises in advising on corporate and finance transactions in emerging markets. It acts for European, African and North American banks and development finance Institutions in project finance, acquisition finance, corporate finance and financial institution lending. Its track record includes landmark, first-in market transactions in more than 30 emerging market jurisdictions. The firm's primary focus is on Africa, though it has steadily expanded its scope to encompass deals in Latin America, Central Asia and Eastern Europe. The firm is now heavily involved in  IPPs in Eastern Europe, having closed three IPPs in Ukraine in 2018. Senior partner Paul Biggs, who is active in the energy, power, electricity, ports, airports and general infrastructure sectors, and key partner Simon Norris, who has advised on more than 100 deals in Africa, are among many of the firm's emerging markets specialists.

Practice head(s):Paul Biggs; Patrick Leece; Simon Norris; Kaushik Ray; Conrad Marais

Key Clients

Africa Finance Corporation

African Development Bank

KfW Group

Globeleq

Meridiam

DEG - Deutsche Investitions- und Entwicklungsgesellschaft

CDC Group PLC

Rand Merchant Bank

Scatec Solar ASA

Standard Bank of South Africa Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Scatec and partners on the project financing of a 47MW solar PV power project in Mykolaiv region, Ukraine with a total investment of €52m.
  • Acting for the project company on the $2bn Corbetti geothermal IPP in Ethiopia.
  • Advised the Lender, CDC Group PLC, to Virunga Energy in respect of the Virunga Hydro Project in Virunga National Park in North Kivu, Eastern Congo, home of the mountain gorilla.
  • Acting for a group of European DFIs in respect of their loan to a silica processing company in Brazil.
  • Advising Scatec on the project financing of a 30MW solar PV power project in Cherkassy region, Ukraine with a total investment of €35m.

Ashurst¬†is highly regarded for its advice to¬†underwriting banks, corporate issuers and sovereign entities on emerging market debt capital markets transactions.¬†Francis Kucera¬†is the lead partner and has almost 30 years' experience in the international debt markets.¬†In 2018, he handled¬†the¬† ‚ā¨500m notes issue by the State of Montenegro on behalf of managers of Deutsche Bank AG, Erste Group Bank AG and Soci√©t√© G√©n√©rale. The firm is also active in the reserve-based lending market. He also advising Banca IMI, BNP Paribas, JP Morgan and Raifeissen Bank International on a ‚ā¨200m notes issue¬†by Hungarian company Nitrogenmuvek Zrt.

Work highlights

  • Advising Deutsche Bank, Erste Bank and Societe Generale on the issue by the State of Montenegro of €500m 3.375% Notes due 2025.
  • Advising Banca IMI, BNP Paribas, JP Morgan and Raifeissen Bank International on the issue by Nitrogenmuvek Zrt of €200m 8.00% Notes due 2020.

The banking and finance practice at Bird & Bird LLP in London frequently acts for commercial and development banks in finance transactions in the CEE, the CIS and Southeast Europe. The firm is also steadily building its presence in transactions involving Asia and North Africa. The practice, led by Andrew Hallgarth , handles acquisition and project finance, aviation finance, private banking and structured finance, and has a strong presence in the energy and utilities sector. International banking and finance partner Isabel Evans handles complex cross-border and project financings.

Practice head(s):Andrew Hallgarth

Testimonials

"Andrew Hallgarth provides work to the highest standards."

"Andrew Hallgarth is an excellent lawyer. He is very knowledgeable, precise, thorough, business-oriented and always able to innovate or propose solutions to get out of deadlocks. He is also quite versatile and works on debt as well as equity transactions to the highest standards. He is one of my favourite lawyers."

The London office of Debevoise & Plimpton LLP has more than 20 years' experience in advising clients investing and operating in India, China, Latin America, Russia and Africa. Its work encompasses M&A, joint ventures, private equity investment, fund formation, direct investment and capital markets deals. The London practice, led by corporate partner Geoffrey Burgess and securities and capital markets specialist James Scoville, works closely with teams in the firm's New York, Frankfurt, Moscow, Hong Kong, Shanghai and Tokyo offices. Also recommended is international counsel Vera Losonci who handles equity and debt offerings for issuers in emerging markets, notably Russia and the CIS. A key deal in 2018 saw Burgess advise Helios Investment Partners on its investment in a Moroccan education company.

Practice head(s):Geoffrey Burgess; James Scoville

Other key lawyers:Vera Losonci

Key Clients

AfricInvest Capital Partners

Bank of New York Mellon

Capital Group/Capital International

Helios Investment Partners

Interros International Investments

LeapFrog Investments

Morgan Stanley

NLMK

Norilsk Nickel

PJSC MegaFon

Poddar Family

PJSC Polyus Gold

Prudential Financial

Sistema

Tata Teleservices

TPG Capital

Work highlights

  • Advised Helios Investment Partners on its investment in a Moroccan education company.
  • Advised Helios Investment Partners in fund arrangement aspects of the IPO on the London Stock Exchange of Vivo Energy.
  • Advised The Bank of New York Mellon as depositary bank in an IPO.
  • Represented Tata Teleservices Limited in connection with negotiation and settlement with American Tower Corporation in relation to existing telecom tower contracts.
  • Representing LeapFrog Investments in formation the of an emerging-markets impact-investing fund.

DLA Piper has a group of experienced partners in London and has a strong flow of mid-market transactions in the emerging markets. The energy sector is a key focus for the London finance practice and Charles Morrison, who focuses on trade and project finance and is dual-qualified in the UK and Tanzania, handles oil and gas development projects in Africa. Consultant Nigel Drew acts for arrangers, bidding consortia, contractors and the public sector on international projects and structured finance transactions across a wide range of sectors.

The banking and capital markets practice at¬†Druces LLP¬†act for a growing number of banks¬†located or active in emerging markets, notably Turkey, India, China and Latin America. Among these are Bank of China, ICICI Bank, Credit Europe Bank, Denizbank and the Bank of London and the Middle East. The firm joins the ranking this year and its work for banks in 2018 included a¬†$40m receivables financing involving two Latin American jurisdictions, and the ‚ā¨75m refinancing of a floating power plant in Turkey. A key focus for the practice, led by¬†an experienced finance and disputes Charles Spragge,¬†is the¬†mining and minerals sector, in which the firm handles equity capital raising for early stage exploration companies through to the issue of listed debt to fund the acquisition of operating assets.

Practice head(s):Charles Spragge

Other key lawyers:Simon Pullen; Christopher Axford; Dominic Traynor; Stephen Ronaldson; David Smith

Key Clients

Credit Europe Bank

Denizbank , Turkey

ICICI Bank, India

Bank of London and The Middle East

Alexander Mining PLC

Kibo Energy PLC

Savannah Resources PLC

Bank of China

Work highlights

  • Advised AIM-listed Savannah Resources PLC on its joint venture with Rio Tinto on the Mutamba-Jangamo mineral sands project in Mozambique.
  • Advised AIM-listed Cadle Arc on its acquisition of the Mowana Copper Mine in Botswana.
  • Advised Kibo Energy on the disposal of subsidiary company, Kibo Nickel Ltd, (responsible for running Haneti Nickel Project in Tanzania).
  • Advising a major Turkish bank on a $75m marine refinancing.
  • Representing an Indian bank on a £16.5m working capital facility for an Indian group of corporate borrowers.

Fieldfisher has a strong team focused on Russia and the CIS region, where it handles both transactional and regulatory matters, though it has steadily grown the stream of work involving jurisdictions in Africa and the Middle East. It predominantly acts for high-net-worth individuals, investment banks and blue-chip corporates. Lead partner Matt Hinxman in the banking and asset finance group is a specialist in project finance in the oil and gas, mining and renewables sectors. Also recommended are CIS group partner Nodir Sidikov, banking and finance partner Oliver Abel Smith and mining and metals specialist Jonathan Brooks.

Practice head(s):Matt Hinxman

Other key lawyers:Oliver Abel Smith; Jonathan Brooks; Nodir Sidikov

Michelmores LLP continued to expand the scope of its mid-market work in emerging markets in 2018. Clients praise 'a small  but proactive team that is very active in the DFI and impact investment space' and note that it is 'well known for its work involving Africa and has a commercial and solution-driven approach to legal issues'. The practice led by Joe Whitfield, who specialises in deals in sub-Saharan Africa, advises financial institutions, private equity funds, impact investors, project sponsors, developers, and leading foundations on equity and debt investments, exits and portfolio management in sectors such as agribusiness, financial services, FMCG, forestry, real estate and renewable energy. Whitfield, senior associate Harry Trick and other key practitioners have recently handled matters involving, inter alia, India, Mozambique, Pakistan, Nigeria and Tanzania.

Practice head(s):Joe Whitfield

Other key lawyers:Henry Taylor; Harry Trick; Nirav Patel; James Whistler

Testimonials

"Joe Whitfield is a fountain of knowledge on equity investments in frontier markets. Harry Trick is very 'hands-on' and interested in the commercial side of the transaction."

"The team is proactive and has a 'hands-on' approach to client matters. I am very confident recommending Michelmores to clients in my jurisdiction seeking quality advice from an English firm at an accessible price."

"Joe Whitfield, Henry Taylor and Harry Trick are not only very proactive and responsive, but also very open and approachable, which has contributed to a great long-standing working relationship. It has been a pleasure working alongside them."

"They bring a deep knowledge of the local market context, the impact investment sector and transactions involving financial institutions. They are able to provide sound advice in relation to the implications of legal terms - looking ahead to future possible scenarios - and guiding on best practice."

"The team is very good at building relationships with local legal counsel, and guiding and getting the most out of them. They take a straightforward and transparent approach to negotiations, maintaining good relations with opposing counsel, and ensuring positive outcomes for transactions."

"Calm, diligent and insightful. They are excellent at communicating and building relationships with clients. They are sensitive to client needs, their advice is measured and pertinent, and they know when to push back if they feel the wrong course is being taken."

"Michelmores provides a simple and proportionate approach to completing transactions in emerging markets. They have deep industry and market knowledge, which means that they can provide relevant and appropriate advice. Long and complex documents are relatively easy to draft. What's harder is a short robust document, which can be easily understood by all parties. This is exactly what Michelmores has mastered, with great skill and at a competitive price."

"Joe Whitfield and Harry Trick have both been standout lawyers to work with. Both are incredibly practical and bring a very pragmatic approach to finding a sensible and proportionate solution to negotiating deals. They actually give advice, rather than simply acting on the instructions of the client. This creates real value, rather than just being a papering job."

"Michelmores has been excellent at advising on the structuring and legal documents to inform good governance of complex vehicles seeking unusual development outcomes with multiple complex parties. They have done this in a flexible, responsive and client focused manner."

"Joe Whitfield has been truly outstanding in terms of technical knowledge, guiding us through complex issues, and working in a responsive and flexible manner to meet our needs."

Key Clients

African Battery Metals PLC

AgDevCo

AHL Growth Fund LP

Arbaro Fund

Bamboo Finance

BRAC

Cantor Fitzgerald Europe (AIM Adviser/Broker)

DOB Equity

DSM Venturing

Finnfund

FMO

Gatsby

Global Innovation Fund

Global Medical Investments AB

M-BIRR

Meridian

Phatisa

SafeBoda Holdings

Soros Economic Development Fund

The Lundin Foundation

Thirdway Africa Capital

Triodos Investment Bank

Work highlights

  • Advising Gatsby with regard to the establishment of Msingi, an innovative organisation established by Gatsby and the UK Government and designed to identify new and existing high potential industries around East Africa in order to catalyse innovation, growth and increased competitiveness in these industries and contribute to the structural transformation of East Africa’s economies, driving job creation and prosperity.
  • Advising Pan African Housing Fund on its restructuring.
  • Advising Arbaro Fund (part of the German Finance in Motion Group, and whose investors include the European Investment Bank and Finnfund) on its first investment which comprised a tranched equity investment into Miro Forestry Developments Limited – an English Company which operates a forestry group in Ghana and Sierra Leone.
  • Advised Brandon Hill Capital and Cantor Fitzgerald Europe as joint brokers in connection with a £5.5m placing and subscription for AIM quoted company, Kefi Minerals plc, a gold and exploration and development company with project in Ethiopia and Saudi Arabia.
  • Advising Lundin (a Canadian non-profit organisation funded by the Lundin family) and DSM (the venturing arm of DSM, a life sciences company listed on Euronext Amsterdam) on their joint-equity and debt growth capital investment in to Java Foods Limited, a Zambian affordable food manufacturer.

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP's global financial services practice acts for financial institutions, including many of the world’s largest banks, as well as insurance companies, investment funds and public and private corporate borrowers. The firm continued to expand its practice, which is centred on Christopher Harrison  and Trevor Wood who joined in 2017, with the hire of projects partner Gavin Watson from Dechert LLP. Watson specialises in the oil and gas sector and frequently handles projects in emerging markets. The London finance group acts in debt and equity financing, M&A, and both outward and inward investments, which in 2018 included advising Borealis AG on its investment in a large-scale polyethylene project in Central Asia. Clients praise the '"hands" on involvement from the highest level of the practice'. Partner Matthew Oresman  and senior associate Henrietta Worthington are ones to watch.

Practice head(s):Trevor Wood

Other key lawyers:Christopher Harrison; Gavin Watson; Matthew Oresman; Vincent Zabielski; Henrietta Worthington

Testimonials

"They have an interest in doing a good job and delivering on the client's objectives. They proactively try to get feedback while executing the mandate so that they can deliver the best results and adjust, if necessary, the strategy."

"The firm has considerable depth of experience in the energy sector both in the US and in international markets, and to complement their corporate and financial legal advisory they also have seasoned advisors with expertise in environmental, intellectual property, political, regulatory and tax challenges affecting the industry. This has only added to the confidence we have in Gavin Watson to continue delivering exceptional legal, and commercially focused, advice."

"Gavin Watson has been a trusted advisor for many years. He unfailingly provides intuitive and encompassing advice on a range of transactions and matters including in relation to major international project development as well as cross-border corporate and M&A matters."

"Gavin Watson is an astute facilitator and skilful negotiator, and his understanding of the dynamics and sensitivities involved in cross-border matters, gained from his extensive experience advising clients on corporate transactions and project developments in emerging markets, is greatly appreciated."

"Trevor Wood is an experienced, efficient and commercially-minded lawyer, always willing to go the extra mile to help."

"Trevor Wood is an excellent lawyer, with experience not only in banking and finance, but also in restructurings. He is one of a few solid 'generalists' in the market, with the added benefit of being far more cost-effective than most other lawyers with similar backgrounds."

"The firm provides great client management and excellent internal and team communication."

"Matt Oresman is a terrific team navigator and integrator of all details and strategy, keeping everyone on the same page. Invaluable."

Key Clients

Bank of America

Bank of New York Mellon

BMW

BNNP, Bk West, First Hawaiian, Fortis

Citigroup

Deutsche Bank

DVB Bank SE

EBRD - European Bank for Reconstruction and Development

Fannie Mae

GE

HSBC Bank

Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC)

JP Morgan Chase & Co.

Natixis Wholesale Banking Americas

Pacific Continental Bank

TD Bank

Wells Fargo

Work highlights

  • Represented EBRD in the restructuring of the Bulsatcom Group.
  • Advised EBRD on the restructuring of a loan to MP Development Ltd and JSC Smart Retail.
  • Advising Export Development Canada (EDC) on Financing made available to India Infoline Finance Limited.
  • Representing Rusatom Overseas in its nuclear energy sector development in emerging markets.
  • Serving as the international legal advisor for the 4,800MW Akkuyu Nuclear Power Plant (NPP) project in Turkey, the world’s first NPP project implemented on build-own-operate principles.

The international banks desk at TLT has almost 30 years' experience advising on financings in the Indian market, of which it has a deep understanding of legal issues and local culture. The firm acts for Indian clients on a wide range of matters including the structuring of bilateral, club and syndicated transactions, guarantees, security, priority and subordination issues. In 2018, the firm handled high-profile matters for Indian banks, including the management of non-performing loan portfolios, and for a number of funds in relation to acquisitions and disposals of loan portfolios. Key partner Peter Carney is head of the India desk. Noline Matemera focuses on non-contentious FCA regulation. Richard Houliston handles secured lending with a particular focus on bilateral and syndicated lending, acquisition finance and financial services regulation.

Practice head(s):Noline Matemera; Peter Carney; Paul Gair

Other key lawyers:Nick Curling; Richard Houliston

Key Clients

State Bank of India

Bank of Baroda

Bank of India

Export-Import Bank of India

ICICI Bank UK

Syndicate Bank

Axis Bank

IDBI Bank

The Association of Indian Banks in the United Kingdom

Punjab National Bank

Work highlights

  • Acting for a consortium of 13 Indian banks in registering a £1.15bn Indian Judgment in England against Dr Vijay Mallya and subsequent enforcement.
  • Acted for IDBI Bank in relation to proceedings against Axcel Sunshine Limited (a BVI company) for its default under a loan agreement.
  • Acting for the Bank in connection with recoveries under a series of foreign currency facilities in various denominations provided to two connected borrowers.

Winston & Strawn London LLP¬†advises on transactional and contentious matters in emerging markets, particularly in¬†Africa, the Middle East and Asia.¬†London head of corporate and finance Zo√ę Ashcroft¬†handled groundbreaking transactions in 2018, which included¬†representing a Nigerian oil and gas exploration company as a joint venture partner in connection with a high-value reserves based lending facility. She continues to focus on emerging markets matters and concentrates principally on matters in Nigeria.¬†Global co-chair of project finance James Simpson¬†has a prominent role in¬†power development and financing in the CEE and the former Soviet Union. He acted for¬†Electrogas Malta in the Delimara 4 LNG-to-Power project. The firm hired¬†Anthony Riley from Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (Europe) LLP, who has expertise in finance in the energy and infrastructure sectors.

Practice head(s):Zoë Ashcroft; James Simpson

Key Clients

AM Castle

Barings Finance, LLC

BMO Harris Bank

Citizens, NA

Deutsche Bank

Guggenheim Securities

Metalloinvest

Prudential

Superior Industries International, Inc.

MetLife

Work highlights

  • Representing Electrogas Malta on all aspects of the ground-breaking Delimara 4 LNG-to-Power project.
  • Represented BNP Paribas, Bank of Utah and various other banks in relation to the restructuring by a leading Latin American airline of the leasing arrangements for an Airbus A350-900 aircraft to Qatar Airways.
  • Represented the ECAs and BNP Paribas in relation to the restructuring of a number of Airbus aircraft for a leading Latin American airline.
  • Representing Stifel on the acquisition of 14 aircraft engines from GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS).
  • Represented Banco Santander in relation to the deconsolidation of Tenca Leasing Limited, to effect the transfer of ownership of Tenca Leasing Limited from LATAM Airlines (LATAM) to Maples FS.

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