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James D. Simpson, Jr.

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James Simpson is a partner and co-chair of the firm’s global project finance practice. He has more than 30 years of corporate transaction experience, focused on the power, energy, and infrastructure sector, including project development, privatisations, mergers and acquisitions, debt and equity financings, government work, and restructurings. Based in Europe since 1992, he has considerable privatisation and transactional experience in Central and Eastern Europe, Russia/CIS, the Middle East, and Africa. James has extensive experience in project finance and infrastructure (including, power, water/waste water, ports, airports and motorways), oil and gas, and renewables and clean energy, as well as telecommunications. He regularly acts for project sponsors, lenders (including multilateral financial institutions and ECAs), infrastructure funds, equity investors, and governments.


James received his A.B., cum laude, from Duke University in 1981 and he received his J.D. from Washington and Lee University School of Law in 1984.

London: Finance

Emerging markets

Within: Emerging markets

Winston & Strawn London LLP¬†is 'an¬†excellent firm with top-level practitioners', according to one client. Another remarks that it is 'a very high-quality firm that seems to have retained its partnership collegiality and cooperative ethos'. The firm has a track record of transactional work in Africa, the Middle East and Asia.¬†Zo√ę Ashcroft¬†is 'primarily¬†a corporate lawyer but with her finance background she is able to provide the full range of services you need on a leveraged deal; she is client-friendly and pragmatic'. Ashcroft, capital markets partner¬†Stewart Worthy¬†and export finance specialist¬†Rebecca Finn¬†'have excellent African expertise in particular'.¬†James Simpson¬†is recommended for¬†infrastructure and power development and financing in Central and Eastern Europe. Finn acted for Taiwan's Cathay United Bank in a¬†$35m syndicated loan to the Bank for Investment and Development of Cambodia, and for the same client handled a $350m loan for the Bank for Investment and Development of Vietnam.

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London: Projects, energy and natural resources

Infrastructure (including PFI and PPP)

Within: Infrastructure (including PFI and PPP)

The infrastructure team at Winston & Strawn London LLP handles 'first-of-its-kind' international projects across a range of jurisdictions under the leadership of James Simpson who co-heads the firm's global project finance outfit. Stephen Jurgenson recently transferred to London from the Dubai office and is part of the team advising Electrogas Malta on all aspects of its LNG-to-power project. Several institutional investors engaged a team spearheaded by Rebecca Finn and supported by the New York office and associate Conor Boyle to handle a private placement of non-recourse senior secured bonds with a 2.73% coupon. Also notable is of counsel Jason Parker who continues to assist a joint venture company with the development and financing of a recently-expanded petrochemical and petroleum refining complex in the Middle East.

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Oil and gas

Within: Oil and gas

Global co-head of project finance¬†James Simpson¬†jointly leads the oil and gas at¬†Winston & Strawn London LLP¬†with¬†Zo√ę Ashcroft¬†who also leads the London corporate and finance department. Recently bolstered by the transfer of¬†Stephen Jurgenson¬†from the firm's Dubai office, the practice advised Electrogas on all aspects of the innovative LNG-to-power project in Malta; of counsel¬†Jason Parker¬†also collaborated on this mandate. Parker and Simpson also teamed up as project counsel to a joint venture planning to build an LNG terminal and distribution facility in Southern Europe.

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Within: Water

Winston & Strawn London LLP represents governments, project sponsors, developers, equity investors, contractors and service companies across a wide array of industry sectors. Practice head James Simpson is currently assisting a government-owned company with a number of high-profile infrastructure projects with a range of developers, including a significant port project. The firm's advice covers regulatory, financing, contractual, project implementation and dispute resolution issues.

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United States: Finance

Project finance

Within: Project finance

Winston & Strawn LLP¬†is ‚Äėhugely dedicated to the success of a deal‚Äô and ‚Äėbrings a client-focused and highly specialized approach to the project finance sector‚Äô. The team has recently been bolstered by several key arrivals; ‚Äėskilled negotiator‚Äô Michael Pikiel, David Gillespie¬†and Washington DC-based Patrick Groomes¬†joined the team from Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP; and Richard Shutran¬†joined from O'Melveny & Myers LLP. Highlights for Pikiel included advising the lenders to one of the short-listed bidders for a project to design, install, finance, operate, and maintain a fiber-optic broadband network to be installed within the right of way of the 550-mile Pennsylvania Turnpike. Jason Hellwig¬†and Houston-based associate Patrick Selinger¬†are also key figures, while Pikiel, Alan Hoffman¬†and London-based James Simpson¬†jointly head the team. Named individuals are based in New York unless otherwise indicated.

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