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Projects & Energy Department

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What the team is known for Well-regarded department with strong activity locally and in the US and Africa. Represents states, corporates and lenders. Regularly appointed on projects in a variety of sectors including natural resources, transport infrastructure and renewable energy. Expertise includes BOT projects, PPPs and project financing, with additional experience in contractual and M&A matters. Recently expanded its client base with the addition of Palestinian Energy and Natural Resources Authority as a new client.

Strengths Sources praise the team's commitment to its clients as well as its "long-standing experience in the infrastructure projects space." The same source goes on to praise its "international presence and strong understanding of the local context"when handling cross-border mandates.

Interviewees also value the team's "responsiveness, strong expertise and faultless support."

Work highlights Assisted IFC and the government of Montenegro with the EUR400 million concession for the upgrade and operation of the two international airports in Montenegro.

Notable practitioners

John Crothers
predominantly acts for international government authorities on a number of water, transport infrastructure and renewable energy projects across Africa. He is widely acknowledged for his skill in PPPs, boasting further experience in BOT projects. Sources report him to be "very charismatic and flexible."

Michel Guénaire
is lauded as a "well-established name" in the energy sector, offering advice on the M&A and contractual aspects of grid connections and renewables projects. His impressive client base mainly comprises large French corporates.

Stéphane Vernay
impresses with his "expertise, client dedication and strong local knowledge and understandings."He regularly assists with the contractual and M&A elements of international wind, nuclear, defence and infrastructure projects. Vernay boasts particular expertise in African jurisdictions.