Shearman & Sterling LLP

Projects & Energy Department

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What the team is known for Well-regarded group with recognised strength in power and oil and gas, including LNG, particularly recommended for large and complex transactions. Advises a number of IOCs on liquefaction projects and terminal facilities, among other matters. Equally well equipped to act on financings, developments and offtake agreements regarding large-scale power projects and is recognised for its strength in advising Asian lenders on their African transactions. Asset transactions and international arbitration are further areas of expertise for the energy team, which handles an array of work across North and Sub-Saharan Africa. Possesses further expertise in nuclear energy developments.

Strengths One satisfied client stated: "Shearmans are a go-to firm for complex transactions in emerging markets and they have a very strong team," adding: "The whole team is incredibly hard-working and a pleasure to deal with."

Other sources point to the team's prominence in oil and gas, adding: "Their commercial acumen stands out; the people we work with really understand what we're trying to achieve. They really know our business model. They contribute to improving it and they know what we need."

Work highlights Acted for the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China, Standard Bank and AfDB on the proposed financing of a USD2 billion coal-fired power plant project in Lamu County in Kenya.

Notable practitioners

Iain Elder is head of department and a key London-based contact.