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London > Projects, energy and natural resources > Power (including electricity, nuclear and renewables)

White & Case LLP has a strong power practice with ‘extensive experience of projects in both developed and emerging economies’, advising large energy companies and sovereign states on project financing and development. Led by Carina Radford, the group has an impressive geographical footprint across the Middle East and Africa, acting for sponsors and operators on renewable assets. ‘Excellent negotiatorMukund Dhar heads the Africa group and is recommended for transactional work for State entities, recently advising the Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Ghana. On the construction side, Richard Hill is a key name, while Jason Kerr advises banks and other financial institutions on international financing work. The team has made a number of internal partner promotions as well as the lateral hire Sandra Rafferty, who joined from CMS in mid-2020 and specialises in the infrastructure and energy sectors, in particular cross-border M&A. The partnership has also been strengthened with the addition of infrastructure duo Katie Hicks and Tim Sheddick, who joined from Shearman & Sterling LLP.

London > Projects, energy and natural resources > Oil and gas

White & Case LLP is ‘simply outstanding in oil & gas related works’ and remains a market leader in cutting-edge transactions for major energy companies. The multidisciplinary practice in London is led by co-head of the energy industry group Philip Stopford, and in a recent highlight is advising Saudi Aramco on the Amiral Project, an expansion project to the existing SATORP refinery project, a joint venture with TOTAL in Saudi Arabia. The group has a deep bench of experts including; Jason Kerr , whose practices includes project and international finance matters across emerging markets in the Middle East, Africa and Asia, and co-head of the upstream group David Baker , who regularly advises on high-value LNG sector matters. On the sponsor side, Mukund Dhar is the key name to note, with Mark Castillo-Bernaus leading on some of the largest project financing deals. Top-end oil and gas commercial arbitrations are led by Mark ClarkeAllan Taylor is another key member of the team.

London > Industry focus > Emerging markets

White & Case LLP fields ‘a strong practice with a Magic Circle work ethic‘, according to one client. Advising financial institutions, corporates, governments and supranational organisations on capital markets, project development and finance mandates across the globe, the firm has one of the largest and most active emerging markets practices in London. Capital markets expert Stuart Matty frequently handles bond issuances and restructurings for sovereign issuers, while global head of project development and finance Mark Castillo-Bernaus ‘knows how to find balance between borrower and lender interests in the most efficient manner‘; he recently worked with capital markets specialist Jason Kerr on advising commercial lenders and ECAs on the $20bn project financing of Mozambique’s first onshore LNG development. Banking partner Christopher Czarnocki  is an expert in trade and pre-export finance work; head of the Africa group Mukund Dhar is highly active in oil and gas and power projects across the continent; and Philip Stopford is a key partner in project and international finance, while Melissa Butler and Ian Clark are prominent in capital markets deals.

Ghana > Foreign firms

White & Case LLP has a wealth of experience in the power, oil and gas and infrastructure sectors; the group also has expertise in the mining and metals, water and wastewater treatment, technology and telecoms industries. The heads of department are Mukund DharCaroline Miller Smith and Christophe Von Krause, all of whom are seasoned and highly-regarded practitioners.

Algeria > Foreign firms

Operating from the firm’s London and Paris office, White & Case LLP‘s team has been very active in mandates concerning the oil and gas, construction and TMT sectors. The team is particularly strong in major arbitrations, both in a domestic and international context. The group has also worked on project finance, capital markets and restructurings. The team is led by Paris-based Christophe Von Krause, who heads the firm’s EMEA Africa disputes group, and London-based Mukund Dhar, who oversees the firm’s Africa group.