WWL is delighted to present the latest edition of Project Finance, comprising over 600 lawyers across the world who have been identified for their outstanding work representing sponsors and lenders in project financing and refinancing transactions across an array of sectors.
The Global Elite Thought Leaders are those individuals who received the highest number of nominations from peers, corporate counsel and other market sources this year. Our research has identified them as truly outstanding practitioners and the very best in their field.
Who’s Who Legal does not list law firms, only individual lawyers. The leading firms are those in each region whose listed practitioners received the most total nominations in our research.
Global Elite Thought Leaders
Global Elite Thought Leader Jeremy Connick enjoys a stellar reputation in the market for his profound expertise in energy and natural resources projects.
Russell Wells is an esteemed practitioner with in-depth project finance experience across the energy and construction sectors.
Bert De Maeyer is “well respected” and “very experienced” in project and infrastructure financing.
Anthony Giustini draws praise from international sources who consider him a “a first-rate project finance lawyer” who is “excellent in energy projects”.
Huw Jenkins is recognised for his wealth of experience in large-scale power and infrastructure projects.
Filip Tanghe is a renowned banking and finance lawyer with an impressive track record in project finance transactions.
Tim Scales stands out for his excellent handling of mining and energy projects, particularly in Africa.
Ian Ingram-Johnson ranks highly among peers thanks to his remarkable facility for providing first-rate counsel on complex financings across the power, oil and gas, and telecoms sectors.
Yves van Pul is “a great lawyer” who is credited with an in-depth knowledge of renewable energy projects.
Charles-Antoine Leunen is “very strong in real estate project finance” and “one of the most solicited persons to advise on project finance”, remark impressed sources.
Pieter Puelinckx is a go-to lawyer for high-value real estate projects, including hotels, and commercial and residential projects.
Sarosh Mewawalla is looked upon with enormous favour by peers for his considerable experience in cross-border energy and infrastructure financings.
Gonçalo Veiga de Macedo offers extensive knowledge in international finance matters, including complex real estate projects.
David Walton is a leading project finance lawyer with deep knowledge of the international mining sector.
Stéphane Brabant is an established figure in the French market, with a solid track record of “doing international project work for many years”.
Martin Kavanagh is commended as “a strong financing lawyer” with first-rate expertise in the oil and gas market.
Brigette Baillie is held in high esteem for her top-tier handling of large-scale project financing and developments.
Global Elite Thought Leader Philip Stopford is renowned for his market-leading project finance practice, which spans the construction, infrastructure and energy sectors.
Jason Kerr is distinguished for his work handling high-profile projects in the oil and gas sector.
Tom Bartlett excels in oil and gas project financing, notably across Africa, the Middle East and Europe.
Craig Nethercott wins plaudits for the strength of his finance practice as well as his oil and gas expertise in the Middle East.
Conrad Andersen is acclaimed for his in-depth knowledge of infrastructure projects, including airports and utilities.
Other Leading Individuals
Dmitry Bokhan of Verkhovodko & Partners is renowned for the breadth of his corporate expertise and experience in high-value project financing transactions.
Vassili Salei of Borovtsov & Salei is “a very experienced lawyer” who is commended for the strength of his international projects work.
Marc Vermylen at Loyens & Loeff is a highly esteemed practitioner who excels on “all sides of transactions” and “always lands excellent mandates”.
Global Elite Thought Leader Johan Mouraux at DLA Piper is “highly experienced in PPP” and is “very pleasant to work with”, according to sources.
Rony Vermeersch at Stibbe is ranked highly among international peers for the strength of his project finance practice as well as his work advising authorities on PPP matters.
Ferdinand Brughmans at Jones Day is “a superb lawyer”, well respected for his leading project finance work in the energy and infrastructure sectors.
Global Elite Thought Leader Ayesha Waheed with Morgan Lewis & Bockius is an “an outstanding lawyer” who is “extremely experienced in the field” and “always guides clients in the right direction”.
Nicholas Buckworth with Shearman & Sterling is renowned for his “project finance work in the energy sector” and is particularly commended for his financing of power projects.
John Inglis is sought after for his deep expertise in natural resource and energy projects, including oil and gas.
Tim Pick at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer is “a top-notch lawyer” who is very active in the energy projects space.
Clive Ransome at Milbank is a well-established project finance lawyer with considerable expertise in the oil and gas market across the EMEA region.
At Trinity International Paul Biggs specialises in financing energy developments in Africa, including power and thermal projects.
Aaron Boyle at Arthur Cox possesses a wealth of experience handling large-scale infrastructure projects across Ireland.
Alex McLean is “a brilliant energy and natural resources lawyer” with deep experience in projects in Ireland and internationally.
William Carmody with Mason Hayes & Curran leads a “very active” practice. particularly in relation to wind farms.
Global Elite Thought Leader Mark Phillips with Herzog Fox & Neeman performs excellently in our research this year. He is celebrated by peers as a “leading infrastructure projects lawyer”.
Adam Eytan comes highly recommended for the strength of his expertise in financing large-scale energy and infrastructure projects.
Noa Meidan with Tadmor Levy & Co is “an excellent lawyer” and “rightly regarded as an expert”. She is renowned for representing Israel in projects.
Jonathan Finklestone at Meitar Law Offices is a “top-notch practitioner” with vast experience in high-value projects spanning the infrastructure and energy sectors.
Tani Zahavi is highlighted for her strong track record handling large power and transportation projects.
Itay Geffen of Gornitzky & Co is commended as “a leading project finance lawyer” with “deep knowledge and experience” in the field.
Oliver Fowler at Kaplan & Stratton Advocates is “a great lawyer” who “can always be relied on” according to impressed peers.
Independent lawyer Taciana Peão Lopes is renowned for her expertise in “energy and infrastructure projects”.
Chike Obianwu at Templars is highly regarded by international peers for his impressive experience handling infrastructure project financing.
Oghogho Akpata is a “leading energy lawyer” in Nigeria with strong expertise in oil and gas projects.
Kofo Dosekun with Aluko & Oyebode is “a key name in project finance in Nigeria”, according to impressed sources.
Duarte Brito de Goes at Campos Ferreira, Sá Carneiro & Associados is singled out by market sources for the deep expertise he offers clients in large-scale infrastructure projects.
Maria Castelos is a “terrific lawyer” with projects experience spanning the infrastructure, energy and water sectors.
Brigette Baillie with Herbert Smith Freehills South Africa is celebrated as a “leading lawyer” in the project finance and government contracts space.
Biddy Faber is “an excellent project finance lawyer” and “very well respected in the industry”.
Glib Bondar with Avellum is a “top-tier lawyer” who is “very recognised and experienced” in the project finance market.
Global Elite Thought Leaders
Global Elite Thought Leader Jeffrey Greenberg is acclaimed as “very practical” and “a terrific lawyer”, with “an excellent transactional practice”.
Jonathan Rod is looked upon with enormous favour for his first-class projects practice, spanning the oil and gas, energy, and infrastructure sectors.
Warren Lilien’s speciality lies in advising on power projects across the coal, gas, wind and solar industries.
Jonathan Green is considered “the go-to lawyer” for project finance expertise in the energy and infrastructure sectors.
Daniel Bartfeld is renowned for his projects experience in Latin America, including power, energy and infrastructure projects.
William Bice is a long-standing figure in the market with 25 years of project finance experience across the USA and Asia.
Carolina Walther-Meade is a leading projects lawyer with in-depth expertise in the energy and infrastructure industries in Latin America.
Global Elite Thought Leader Cynthia Urda Kassis is highly respected for the strength of her mining project finance expertise, with a focus on Latin America.
Robert Freedman is “a terrific lawyer” who stands out for his expertise in renewable energy projects.
Gregory Tan has an excellent reputation in project financing, as well as extensive experience in the energy, infrastructure and transportation sectors.
Sergio Galvis is “one of the best lawyers in the field”, with deep knowledge of mining and natural resource projects.
Werner Ahlers is highlighted for his leading corporate finance practice, which includes energy and infrastructure project financings.
Christopher Mann comes highly recommended for his top-notch project finance work and is hailed as “a top name in mining and metals, and natural resources”.
Other Leading Individuals
Global Elite Thought Leader John Torrey with Fasken is an esteemed practitioner with market-leading experience in mining projects.
Simon Finch at Blake Cassels & Graydon is singled out as “an expert on the financing side”.
Carol Pennycook with Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg is “a brilliant lawyer” and a “favourite opposing counsel”.
Global Elite Thought Leader Tara Higgins at Sidley Austin is an “excellent practitioner” who is “highly sought after” for her sweeping knowledge of sophisticated project financings.
Robert Kartheiser at Paul Hastings is held in high regard for his superb track record handling complex projects, especially in Latin America.
Kent Rowey with Allen & Overy is a stellar practitioner with deep experience in the infrastructure and transportation projects space.
Amy Maloney at Morgan Lewis & Bockius is an “outstanding lawyer” who demonstrates leading project development and finance expertise.
Global Elite Thought Leaders
Jose Ribeiro do Prado Jr is highly regarded for his extensive financing expertise, and is “a reference point in project finance matters”.
José Virgílio Lopes Enei stands out for his leading project finance practice, having worked on a range of power, oil and gas, and infrastructure matters.
Adriano Schnur Ferreira receives accolades for his in-depth mining, transportation and logistics projects experience.
Mauro Bardawil Penteado is a renowned lawyer in Brazil with considerable project development and financing experience within energy and infrastructure sectors.
Manuel Fernando Quinche is “a very strong project finance practitioner” with “a great grasp of transactions”.
Carlos Umaña Trujillo is highly sought after for his profound knowledge of, and expertise in, infrastructure and natural resources projects.
Other Leading Individuals
José María Bazán with Bruchou Fernandez Madero & Lombardi is acclaimed for his “pro-deal attitude” and “excellent project-specific solutions”.
Santiago Carregal at Marval O’Farrell & Mairal is considered “excellent across a lot of industries”, with praised heaped on his track record for high-value projects.
Jimena Vega Olmos with Martínez de Hoz & Rueda is highlighted for her expertise in sophisticated energy project financings.
Global Elite Thought Leader Ana Carolina Barretto at Veirano Advogados is a go-to lawyer for her exceptional expertise in infrastructure and natural resources projects.
Stephen Hood at Davis Polk & Wardwell is highly commended as “one of the precursors of Brazilian project financing”.
Pablo Sorj with Mattos Filho Veiga Filho Marrey Jr e Quiroga Advogados possesses in-depth knowledge of international oil and gas, electricity, and mining projects.
Felipe Moro with Carey is acclaimed as “very commercial in his approach” and “directly involved in all aspects of a project”.
Francisco Ugarte is a “spectacular practitioner” who is “excellent in financing matters”, as well as “a real pleasure to work with”.
Marcelo Armas M at Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría is well known for the sheer breadth of his international projects experience.
Global Elite Thought Leader Mariana Posse with Posse Herrera Ruiz is “an institution in Colombia” and “a real expert in the project finance field”.
Álvaro José Rodríguez is widely renowned for the impressive depth of his expertise in oil and gas.
Carlos de Maria y Campos S with Galicia Abogados is “a leading practitioner in the country” with deep knowledge in “energy, oil and gas, and infrastructure projects”.
Francisco Fernández Cueto co-leads an “immense energy practice” and is commended for his project financing expertise across the sector.
Santiago Sepúlveda Y of Creel García-Cuéllar Aiza y Enríquez is “held in very high regard” and credited with “a really good grasp of the issues that investors focus on”.
Ricardo Arango with Arias, Fábrega & Fábrega is a leading finance lawyer with considerable project and structured financing experience across industry sectors.
Ronald Fernández-Dávila at Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría is “very knowledgeable in project finance” and “does a lot of development work with local banks in particular”.
Oscar Arrús B at Garrigues ranks highly among peers and is considered “a big name in Peruvian project finance”, according to impressed sources.
Global Elite Thought Leaders
Andrew Roche is a trusted name among financiers and developers for project financing expertise in the Asia-Pacific region.
Michael Yoshii offers considerable experience in large project finance and development transactions, particularly within the Philippines.
Stephen McWilliams leads a first-rate project finance practice and is commended for his handling of large-scale energy and infrastructure projects.
Joseph Bevash is a seasoned project finance lawyer with a wealth of expertise in high-profile projects across Asia.
Clarinda Tjia-Dharmadi is an “absolutely excellent practitioner”, renowned for her knowledge of energy project financing.
Jeff Clark is highly regarded as an authority on large power and infrastructure projects in Australia.
Mark Upfold leads a strong project finance practice with an outstanding track record on infrastructure transactions.
Other Leading Individuals
Global Elite Thought Leader Brendan Quinn at White & Case is regarded as “one of the highest-profile project finance practitioners in the country”.
Simon Irvine with Ashurst is a well-established figure in the project finance market, with 20 years of experience advising on projects across Australia and Asia.
Erin Wakelin with Herbert Smith Freehills is “a top project finance lawyer” thanks to her extensive infrastructure expertise.
Jamieson Logie with Sullivan & Cromwell is “a fabulous lawyer” with over 30 years of experience in project financing work across energy, mining and infrastructure sectors.
Cyril Shroff of Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas is highly commended for his experience handling high-profile infrastructure projects.
Joel Benjamin at Kinstellar is “very experienced in the field” with in-demand expertise in energy and mining projects.
Geoff Busch with Anderson Lloyd is held in high regard for his “strong projects practice” by impressed sources.
Mark Reese at Chapman Tripp is highlighted for his project financing advisory work, across the energy and infrastructure sectors.
Nicholas Wong at Clifford Chance is renowned as “a specialist in project finance” with over 20 years of experience spanning oil and gas, mining, and infrastructure developments.
Bill McCormack with Shearman & Sterling is a first-rate project finance lawyer with major energy and infrastructure project experience.
Ben Shorten is a go-to practitioner for expertise in high-profile power, and oil and gas projects.
Bimal Desai at Allen & Overy is an esteemed project finance lawyer with a wealth of international expertise spanning the infrastructure and energy industries.