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Norton Rose Fulbright

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Charles Whitney

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Norton Rose Fulbright

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Banking and Finance; Energy; Projects and Project Finance


London: Finance

Emerging markets

Within: Leading individuals

Charles Whitney - Norton Rose Fulbright

Within: Emerging markets

Norton Rose Fulbright excels in handling a broad range of practice areas that put in a prominent position to handle high-value emerging markets transactions from London. Its strengths in trade finance, Islamic finance, infrastructure, mining, commodities, agribusiness and energy, and its in-depth local knowledge in developing markets sees it involved in transactions in Africa, Central and South East Asia and Eastern Europe. Since its merger with Chadbourne & Parke, the London office has also been increasingly involved in deals in Latin America. Charles Whitney specialises in oil and gas, power and renewable energy project financings involving export credit agencies and multilateral financial institutions, notably in Africa, Central Asia and the Middle East. He advised the lenders on combined financings of $2.5bn for the the Southern Corridor Gas project, which includes the Shah Deniz gas field and TANAsP and TAP pipelines. Martin McCann is the firm’s global head of business and his finance practice is exclusively focused on emerging markets. Trade finance expert Nicholas (Nick) Grandage acted for trading house Louis Dreyfus in a financing package provided by Société Générale and Standard Chartered Bank as part of its disposal of businesses in nine African countries. Head of the firm's financial institution international business group Christopher (Chris) Brown, projects partner Mark Berry, who specialises in EPC and EPCM contracts, structured finance specialist Andrew Wood, finance partners Daniel Metcalfe and Madhavi Gosavi, mining and minerals specialist Raj Karia and Middle East and EMEA power projects specialist Chris Down all play key roles in the practice. Senior associate Daniel Giemajner, who handles cross-border project financings and other structured finance transactions in Africa, is a rising star.

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London: Projects, energy and natural resources

Power (including electricity and renewables)

Within: Power (including electricity and renewables)

Norton Rose Fulbright is currently acting for the lenders to the Triton Knoll offshore wind farm project under the leadership of Rob Marsh , and Christopher Down teamed up with EMEA energy head Charles Whitney to lead the advice to Marubeni and JinkoSolar as sponsors on the financing and development of the Sweihan solar PV project in the UAE. Daniel Metcalfe and Andrew Hart also handled a number of significant financing mandates. On the capital markets side, Stephen Rigby advised Greencoat on its $340m equity offering as part of its new share issuance programme and plan to acquire several wind farms. JP Morgan appointed Christopher (Chris) Grieves to oversee its acquisition of Infinis' onshore wind portfolio. Richard Hill has a particular expertise in the construction and contractual aspects of energy projects and spearheads the team from London. Nicholas Pincott retired from the partnership.

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South Korea: Projects and energy

Projects and energy ‚Äď Foreign firms

Within: Projects and energy ‚Äď Foreign firms

Drawing on its network of offices from London, Singapore, Sydney and Tokyo, the team at Norton Rose Fulbright acts for leading corporates, as well as international lenders, on project development and financing mandates. John Kim is widely experienced in transactions, M&A and investment structuring in the oil and gas and engineering space. Singapore-based Nick Merritt is the firm's global head of infrastructure, mining and commodities. London-based Charles Whitney primary works with multilateral financing institutions and export credit agencies on complex multi-sourced project financing. George Gibson, based in Tokyo, is another project finance specialist of note.

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