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Kirkland & Ellis LLP

1301 PENNSYLVANIA AVENUE, N.W., WASHINGTON, D.C., 20004, USA
Tel:
Work +1 202 879 5000
Fax:
Fax +1 202 879 5200
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Web:
www.kirkland.com

Rohit Chaudhry

Tel:
Work +1 202-389-5200
Email:
Web:
www.kirkland.com
Kirkland & Ellis LLP

Work Department

Infrastructure Finance

Position

Rohit focuses on energy, project finance and leverage finance transactions, sales and acquisitions, as well as project restructurings across the energy spectrum, including independent power, renewables, oil & gas, midstream and LNG sectors. He represents private equity funds, lenders, developers and institutional investors, on domestic and international transactions. Rohit has led transactions in the United States, Latin America and Asia.

Career

Previously Global Head of Projects at Norton Rose Fulbright and Co-Head of Project Finance at Chadbourne & Parke.

Education

Harvard Law School, LL.M., 1993; Delhi University, Faculty of Law, LL.B., 1992; Delhi University, Hindu College, B.A., 1989.


Latin America: International firms

Projects and energy

Within: Projects and energy

A top firm for power and renewables in particular, Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP’s merger with Chadbourne & Parke has helped cement its relationships with a range of DFIs and ECAs. The integrated team now frequently advises the likes of Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), IFC and IDB. It also advises a range of commercial banks and sponsors and is ‘definitely in the mix’ for top engagements, according to one rival firm. Other clients include Macquarie, Enel Green Power, Credit Agricole, Mitsubishi and Engie. The Latin America team has an especially strong record in Mexico, where it is at the forefront of renewable energy projects and hydrocarbon sector auctions. Chile and Colombia are also notably active jurisdictions. A team led by New York and Mexico City partner Raquel Bierzwinsky advised Inter-American Investment Corporation (IIC), IFC, The Bank of Tokyo Mitsubishi UFJ, Banobras and Bancomext, as senior lenders, on the financings of the 150MW Solem I and 140MW Solem II photovoltaic projects in Aguascalientes, Mexico; these were the first two solar projects under Mexico’s long-term clean energy auctions to obtain project financing. In Chile, the firm has developed a significant market share of solar and wind projects. In Colombia, it is very active in power and oil and gas, while it has gained a foothold in Argentina with a series of infrastructure engagements, including a number that are part of the nation’s PPP programme. São Paulo partner Daniel Spencer is widely recognised for his work on the Lima Metro financings, renewable energy financings in Peru, infrastructure deals in Brazil and securitisations in the oil and gas sector. New York’s Todd Alexander has a sizeable profile in Latin America, including in major renewable energy projects in Mexico and Chile. In the Washington DC office, Peter Fitzgerald has impressed in a number of major Latin America projects, while the ‘very constructive’ Noam Ayali ‘fights his points but knows when to stop arguing’, ‘won’t delay the deal’ and is a ‘very good and capable lawyer’. Hernán González Estrada is the key name in Mexico City where the firm recently hired Jose Sifuentes from local firm Nader, Hayaux y Goebel, SC to bolster its reserve-based lending practice. Strong teams in Canada and London have also contributed to the firm’s success in Latin America’s mining sector. Former Washington DC partner Rohit Chaudhry, a ‘tremendous lawyer’, has joined Kirkland & Ellis LLP.

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United States: Finance

Project finance

Within: Leading individuals: Project finance

Rohit Chaudhry - Kirkland & Ellis LLP

Within: Project finance

Kirkland & Ellis LLP has made a real push in the project finance market with several high-profile hires in 2018; department head Rohit Chaudhry and Brian Greene joined from Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP; Roald Nashi, who is based across the Washington DC and Houston offices, joined from Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP; Robert Fleishman, who was formerly at Morrison & Foerster LLP also joined; as did Scott Cockerham, who arrived from Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP; and Kelann Stirling in New York, who joined from Latham & Watkins LLP. The team is noted for its experience in handling energy and infrastructure project finance instructions. Chaudhry is acting for the lenders, led by Investec and Crédit Agricole, in a $500m financing for the acquisition of the 644MW Bayonne Energy Project in New Jersey from Macquarie Infrastructure Partners by Morgan Stanley Infrastructure Partners; and Nashi advised Sithe Global Power and SG Bujugali Holdings on the contemporaneous transfer of its shares and refinancing of the debt of Bujugali Energy, which owns the 250MW Bujagali hydropower project in Uganda. Working together, Chaudhry and Nashi advised Brookfield Asset Management and its affiliates, as buyers and borrowers, on the committed acquisition financing for the purchase of midstream assets from Enbridge. The duo also led advice for the lenders on a $2.4bn holding company financing for Freeport LNG. Named individuals are based in Washington DC unless otherwise indicated.

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