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Banking & finance, Construction, Environment, PFI PPP 


David Evans is the co-head of the Americas Energy & Projects Group at Clifford Chance US LLP.

David has been involved in energy and finance matters his entire career, including positions as Chevron's chief natural gas lawyer, Vice President and General Counsel of an independent power developer, and as a partner in two major law  firms. His current practice primarily involves representing lenders to, investors in, and developers of energy and infrastructure projects. He also advises clients on energy regulatory matters in the United States, including the Federal Power Act, the Natural Gas Act, the Atomic Energy Act , and the Energy Policy Act.

United States: Finance

Project finance

Within: Project finance

Clifford Chance’s ‘fantastic’ department is commended for its ‘impressive industry knowledge’ and for its ‘unparalleled levels of commitment and responsiveness’. Projects based in Latin America and Africa are a particular strength, and the firm’s lender-side practice is formidable. Gianluca Bacchiocchi and senior associate Guido Liniado (who are noted for their ‘perfect combination of knowledge, work ethic and commerciality’ and for their ‘incredibly good understanding of counterparty’s concerns’) advised Goldman Sachs as arranger, and a group of senior lenders including Bancolombia, on the debt financing of three toll road projects in Colombia, together worth $965m. Lori Bean has been very active on Africa-based projects: she assisted OPIC, Standard Bank and Nedbank with the $500m financing of a 192MW power plant in Ghana, advised OPIC on $400m-worth of financings pertaining to wind projects in Kenya, and acted for the same client again on the $857m financing of a solar project in South Africa. In an illustration of the practice’s work for sponsors, David Evans assisted Matelec Group with the financing of the $134m Tobene power project in Senegal, and Fabricio Longhin advised Graña y Montero on the $200m part-financing of the Gasoducto Sur Peruano project. Closer to home, Evans acted for Samchully Asset Management on its $609m equity investment in an Ohio gas-gathering system.

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United States: Industry focus

Energy transactions: oil and gas

Within: Energy transactions: oil and gas

Clifford Chance’s ‘outstanding’ Washington DC-based practice has ‘superior knowledge’ and a key strength is cross-border project finance. Fabricio Longhin assisted Graña y Montero with obtaining a $200m loan from Credit Suisse to finance the $4.2bn Gasoducto Sur Peruano project; David Evans advised Samchully Asset Management on the partial acquisition from Total and CGAS Properties of a gas-gathering system in Ohio.

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