Shearman & Sterling LLP

Projects Department

UK-wide
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What the team is known for Highly sought-after practice group with in-depth expertise in financing matters across Africa and the Middle East. Offers particular proficiency in oil, gas and renewables projects in challenging and emerging markets. Frequently works with international and domestic lenders and sponsors. Also engaged on government projects including road and bridge developments.

Strengths Clients appreciate the team's "quality of work, thoroughness and in-depth understanding of the client’s mission."

An interviewee notes: "They are a consistently outstanding firm who bring immense knowledge from multiple experiences."

A client says: "Shearman & Sterling is a very strong firm that provides a high level of service and a tailor-made, focused approach."

Work highlights Advised Guinea Alumina on the USD1.4 billion development and financing of a bauxite mine and related rail and port infrastructure in the Republic of Guinea.

Notable practitioners


Iain Elder
is noted for his experience advising sponsors and lenders on the development and financing of oil and gas and renewable energy assets. He is highly adept at advising on cross-jurisdictional matters, with a particular focus on the Middle East and Africa.
"He is very experienced, efficient and a great negotiator." "Iain’s strength is long-term strategy - he provides specific and creative solutions to suit the circumstances."


John Inglis
is a leading practitioner with a focus on advising sponsors and lenders on the development and financing of projects relating to energy and natural resources. He regularly advises on transactions involving refineries, gas-fired power plants and mining developments across Africa and the Middle East.
"He is a go-to lawyer who provides really practical and commercial advice."


Nicholas Buckworth
serves as the firm's global head of finance and maintains an excellent reputation in the market. He advises sponsors and lenders on a range of global projects, including power, oil and gas and mining developments. He frequently advises on transactions involving assets in Africa and Europe.
"He is unflappable and has a wealth of experience."


Sanja Udovicic
is noted for acting on project finance mandates for sponsors and financial institutions. She regularly advises on power, mining and transport developments, particularly those in Africa and Latin America.
"She is commercial, level-headed and works to tight deadlines." "She is very commercial, good in negotiations and collaborative."