Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

Projects & Energy Department

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What the team is known for Robust energy and infrastructure group with a strong mining practice. Assists regional and international clients, including DFIs, banks, private companies and state entities, with oil and gas, renewables and other infrastructure projects. Frequently advises governments on matters including lending, JVs and investor-state negotiations. Demonstrates particular strength in francophone Africa. The key team members are based in the Paris office.

Strengths Commentators highlight its strength in energy and mining, remarking: "Cleary's has a good brand and is strong in francophone Africa."

Work highlights Acted for the Republic of Niger on a USD1 billion financing framework agreement with EximBank China for the financing of infrastructure projects in the country.

Notable practitioners

Barthélemy Faye is a highly respected individual with an excellent reputation for his projects work in francophone Africa. Sources recognise his work on significant infrastructure deals, while he also acts on mining developments and renewable energy IPP mandates. Working from the Paris office, he is equally well versed in sovereign debt matters.

Paris-based Jean-Pierre Vignaud recently represented ArcelorMittal in negotiations with the Liberian government concerning a mine expansion project, including port and railway infrastructure. He is also adept in oil and gas and has a strong corporate practice in the areas of energy and industrial development.