In the latest edition of WWL: Project Finance, we recognise over 600 lawyers around the world 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
Jeremy Connick is a top-tier project finance lawyer, highlighted for his immense experience of complex financings across the power, infrastructure and natural resources sectors.
Russell Wells has an exceptionally strong project finance practice where he showcases significant expertise in energy-related transactions.
Robin Abraham is distinguished for his sweeping knowledge of finance matters from acquisitions to project financing and lending.
Nikolaï Eatwell is a “super guy for Africa projects” according to sources who applaud his deep expertise in the power sector.
Bert De Maeyer is a renowned corporate finance expert who impresses with his superb handling of project financings and acquisitions.
James Pay enjoys a strong reputation in the market thanks to his thorough understanding of solar and wind farm financings.
Andrew Castle is a top name in the UK market, recognised for his considerable experience advising a range of clients on projects, including large banks and financial institutions.
Tim Scales is an esteemed practitioner who excels when it comes to project financing and development matters throughout Africa.
Filip Tanghe is an established figure in the market, noted for his significant experience of high-value project financing transactions.
Ian Ingram-Johnson enjoys a sterling reputation among peers thanks to his profound expertise in oil and gas projects.
The “excellent” John Geraghty receives accolades for his significant experience of M&A and project development in the energy sector.
Stéphane Brabant earns acclaim for his exceptional experience handling project finance and transactional matters arising from the mining sector.
Martin Kavanagh is an “excellent project finance lawyer” according to sources who highlight his deep knowledge of emerging markets.
Brigette Baillie is a key player in the South African market, lauded for her top-tier work advising clients on PPP, energy and infrastructure projects.
David Walton is a distinguished project finance lawyer who impresses with his adept handling of complex cross-border mining transactions.
Biddy Faber is revered for the first-rate advice she delivers to banks on the financing and refinancing of infrastructure projects.
The “excellent” Charles-Antoine Leunen is revered for his superb work on large-scale real estate and infrastructure projects.
Gonçalo Veiga de Macedo is highlighted for his experience advising banks and other financial institutions on sophisticated project financing matters.
Pieter Puelinckx is a leading project finance lawyer who stands out for his “excellent” handling of complex real estate projects.
Francisco Ferraz de Carvalho is lauded for his top-tier project finance practice and garners praise for his considerable experience of project development in Lusophone Africa.
Philip Stopford is “well respected” among peers who cite his impressive track record in high-value project finance transactions.
Jason Kerr enjoys an outstanding reputation in the market thanks to his experience handling sophisticated energy project financings.
Caroline Miller Smith is applauded for her considerable experience of complex financings and transactions in the power and infrastructure sectors.
Tom Bartlett stands out for his remarkable knowledge of project financing structures and acquisitions.
Conrad Andersen is regarded as a “leader in the field” who is esteemed for his adept handling of complex acquisitions and financings.
Villiers Terblanche ranks highly among peers thanks to his profound expertise in cross-border energy and infrastructure financings.
Craig Nethercott is widely recognised for his extensive experience advising on high-value projects across the oil and gas sector.
Mikhail Turetsky is highlighted for his notable expertise when it comes to handling sophisticated project finance transactions across the CIS region.
Other leading individuals
Dennis Turovets of Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners is “definitely a leader in the market” comment sources, one of whom adds: “Our clients go to him as the first port of call.”
Borovtsov & Salei’s Vassili Salei enjoys a strong reputation among sources for his impressive experience across a range of project financing and investment transactions.
At Loyens & Loeff, Marc Vermylen is an established figure in project financing, where he is held in high esteem for his expertise in the power and renewables sectors.
Ferdinand Brughmans of Jones Day is widely endorsed for his significant experience handling offshore wind energy projects.
Stibbe’s Rony Vermeersch ranks prominently in the Belgian market and is complimented by sources for his outstanding work on PPP infrastructure projects.
Johan Mouraux at DLA Piper UK is a banking and finance specialist who stands out for his top-tier work advising sponsors and lenders on complex financings.
Mohamed Ghannamo of Helmy, Hamza & Partners (Baker McKenzie International) is a standout name who sources “highly recommend for his experience, knowledge and commercial-minded approach”.
Shearman & Sterling’s Nicholas Buckworth is a prominent figure in the UK market who possesses remarkable experience of cross-border energy and infrastructure financings.
Sanja Udovicic is top name for project finance and comes highly recommended by sources who say, “Sonny is simply excellent, she really is extraordinary.”
John Inglis is revered for his top-tier work advising sponsors on the development and financing of projects in the mining and natural resources sectors.
Clive Ransome at Milbank earns widespread acclaim thanks to his significant expertise in the financing and development of projects in the oil and gas sector.
Matthew Hagopian is “certainly a leading practitioner” effuse sources who highlight his deep knowledge of complex LNG projects.
At Morgan Lewis & Bockius, Ayesha Waheed earns acclaim for her top-tier representation of developers and lenders in international project financings.
At Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Tim Pick is recognised as a “top-notch” project finance lawyer with experience advising on energy projects in a range of jurisdictions, most notably in the Middle East.
Arun Velusami at Hogan Lovells is well thought of for his expert handling of high-value project financings in emerging markets.
Trinity International’s Kaushik Ray is commended for his excellence in renewables and power-related project financing and development.
At Mason Hayes & Curran, William Carmody is a “fantastic lawyer” whose work encompasses a range of project financings with a strong focus in the renewable energy sector.
Colm Fanning of McCann FitzGerald is highlighted as a “senior project finance guy” who is at the “at the forefront of PPPs”.
A&L Goodbody’s Ross Moore ranks highly among peers thanks to his superb handling of renewable and conventional energy projects.
Jonathan Finklestone at Meitar Law Offices is a key figure in the Israeli market, hailed for his sweeping knowledge of energy and infrastructure project financings.
Tani Zahavi wins high praise from market commentators who credit her with remarkable expertise in PPP and infrastructure projects.
At Tadmor Levy & Co., Noa Meidan is an acclaimed project finance lawyer who expertly handles high-value projects spanning the transport and energy sectors.
Mark Phillips at Herzog Fox & Neeman is highly sought after by lenders and sponsors for his deep knowledge of infrastructure-related projects.
Adam Eytan is a top name in the Israeli market, distinguished for his sweeping knowledge of PPP projects.
Michael Kontos of Walker Kontos is recognised as a top-tier practitioner thanks to his exceptional experience advising on complex power projects.
At Templars, Chike Obianwu is highlighted for his tremendous experience advising on project finance structuring and development, notably across the oil and gas sector.
Kofo Dosekun at Aluko & Oyebode is lauded for her top-tier expertise in project financing and M&A transactional matters pertaining to the energy sector.
G Elias & Co’s Gbolahan Elias SAN is a key player in the Nigerian market who regularly advises lenders and borrowers on project financings across various sectors, from energy to real estate.
At Olaniwun Ajayi, Wolemi Esan has considerable experience of the financing of projects and acquisitions in the power and infrastructure sectors.
Duarte Brito de Goes at Campos Ferreira, Sá Carneiro & Associados is a leading banking and finance lawyer with an impressive track record in energy and infrastructure projects.
Maria Castelos excels in corporate and M&A matters involving prominent infrastructure projects.
Ashen Jugoo at Fasken offers clients “smart answers to the difficult conundrums” and “handles complex matters with a high degree of order”.
At Butuner Law Office, Ahmet Butuner is a leading finance lawyer with considerable project and structured financing experience across a variety of sectors.
Zeynel Tunc at Tunç Fırat Dereli a top-tier practitioner, highly experienced in the development of mining and infrastructure projects.
AVELLUM’s Glib Bondar is renowned for his top-tier practice that encompasses a range of finance matters from debt restructurings, to project financing and lending.
The “excellent” Iryna Pokanay at Asters is a first-class project finance lawyer who “knows the market” and “excels in complex solar work”.
United Arab Emirates
At Covington & Burling, Richard Keenan is highly sought after for his deep expertise in all aspects of project financing, particularly in the water sector.
Global Elite Thought Leaders
Jeffrey Greenberg is hailed as a “superstar” of the project finance arena, revered for his exceptional experience of projects in the power sector.
Jonathan Rod is a distinguished name in the US market thanks to his profound understanding of project financing across the energy and infrastructure sectors.
Warren Lilien is recognised as highly experienced when it comes to advising on the financing and development of major projects in the transport and energy sectors.
Chirag Dedania is championed for his standout work advising sponsors and lenders on complex project finance transactions.
Cynthia Urda Kassis is widely recognised as a “leading lawyer”, earning praise as “practical and experienced” when it comes to handling international mining projects and transactions.
Gregory Tan is a key player in the market who excels in energy-related project finance and restructurings.
Robert Freedman ranks highly among peers thanks to his exceptional experience of high-value renewables projects.
Alexandro Padrés enjoys a prominent profile in the project finance arena where he is highly recommended for his excellent work in the renewables sector.
Daniel Bartfeld is a distinguished project finance lawyer who stands out particularly for his work in Latin America.
Jonathan Green enjoys a stellar reputation in the market thanks to his thorough understanding of PPPs in the energy sector.
William Bice is highlighted for his considerable experience of restructurings and acquisitions in the power industry.
Carolina Walther-Meade is widely endorsed for her remarkable experience of cross-border project financing and development.
Tara Higgins is renowned for her significant experience handling high-value projects in the US and internationally.
David Asmus is an esteemed lawyer, noted for his thorough understanding of project development and financing within the oil and gas sector.
Ron Erlichman is highly sought after by lenders and sponsors for his deep knowledge of project financing structures.
Brian Bradshaw is highly experienced across all aspects of energy projects and developments, and is noted for his upstream expertise.
Other leading individuals
Fasken’s John Torrey is a prominent figure in the Canadian market who excels in mining-related project development and finance matters.
Brian Kelsall stands out for his stellar advice to contractors and developers on project financing across a multitude of sectors, including telecoms and infrastructure.
Richard Borden at Norton Rose Fulbright is widely commended for his top-notch work advising sponsors and lenders on sophisticated project financings.
At Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg, Nicholas Williams is revered for his in-depth knowledge of energy projects, including wind and solar.
Carol Pennycook is a top name in the Canadian market, endorsed for her skilful handling of complex cross-border financing transactions.
David Lever at McCarthy Tétrault enjoys a top-tier reputation among peers thanks to his impressive experience of high-profile social infrastructure projects in Canada.
Robert Kartheiser at Paul Hastings stands out for his stellar work in Latin America, where he expertly handles project financing and restructuring matters across the energy and infrastructure sectors.
At Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, Tomer Pinkusiewicz is distinguished for his impressive work on high-profile projects in the infrastructure sector, notably across Latin America.
Rohit Chaudhry at Kirkland & Ellis is a key figure in the US market who regularly advises lenders, borrowers and developers on a range of energy-related project financings.
Allen & Overy’s Kent Rowey is recognised as a “leading practitioner” by impressed peers who cite his strong track record handling large-scale transportation projects.
Sergio Galvis at Sullivan & Cromwell is highlighted as “extremely intelligent, experienced and deal oriented” by sources who consider him a “top name” for projects in the mining sector.
At White & Case, Arthur Scavone is celebrated as a “leading practitioner” in project finance thanks to his deep knowledge of renewable, oil and gas, and mining projects.
Kate McCarthy at Clifford Chance is highlighted for her considerable experience advising banks and corporate clients on project financings across arrange of sectors, including energy and transport.
Sullivan & Cromwell’s Christopher Mann possesses more than 30 years’ experience in project finance and earns considerable praise for his top-tier work across Latin America.
Julia Czarniak at Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom is revered thanks to her remarkable facility for providing first-rate counsel on acquisitions, joint ventures, and structured and project financings.
Global Elite Thought Leaders
Marcelo Armas M is highly rated in this year’s research thanks to his “top-tier” work handling complex project finance transactions.
Ronald Fernández-Dávila possesses profound ability in project finance and regularly advises clients on sophisticated infrastructure projects, including railways and ports.
Juan Fernando Gaviria is celebrated as “a leading lawyer in Colombia” who is “very active” and “deeply knowledgeable about the project finance market” in the region.
Jose Ribeiro do Prado Jr is “a well-known and experienced project finance lawyer” who stands out for his impressive work on PPP infrastructure projects.
José Virgílio Lopes Enei is rated as a “specialist in the field” and “a leader of the sector” by sources who commend his adept handling of energy-related project financings.
Adriano Schnur Ferreira earns high praise from market commentators who single him out for his deep knowledge of structured and project financing transactions.
Other leading individuals
At Bruchou Fernandez Madero & Lombardi, José María Bazán is “a great counter-party to work with in this area” praise peers who credit him with great “flexibility and creativity”.
Jimena Vega Olmos at Martínez de Hoz & Rueda (MHR) gains widespread recognition thanks to her extensive experience of project finance transactions.
José Alfredo Martínez de Hoz is highlighted for his broad experience advising on high-value projects across the oil and gas sector.
White & Case’s John Anderson Jr is an “experienced project finance lawyer”, “well known” for his superb handling of structured financings and acquisitions.
Ana Carolina Barretto at Veirano Advogados is a “well-known and experienced lawyer” who excels in infrastructure-related project development and financing.
Guilherme de Figueiredo Forbes at Stocche Forbes Advogados is an acclaimed project finance lawyer with major infrastructure project experience.
At Mattos Filho Veiga Filho Marrey Jr e Quiroga Advogados, Pablo Sorj ranks highly among peers who applaud his deep expertise in infrastructure projects as well as his “strong technical background”.
Carey’s Felipe Moro is recognised as a “brilliant project finance lawyer” who is “very much available and present in transactions”.
The “excellent” José Luis Ambrosy at Claro y Cia is renowned his top-notch project finance practice that sees him provide first-class counsel to lenders and borrowers.
At Morales & Besa, Myriam Barahona is regarded as “top-tier” and the “best name at the firm” for project finance matters.
Manuel Fernando Quinche at Cuatrecasas is celebrated as “exceptional” and “the best financing lawyer in Colombia” whose “knowledge in the field is immense”.
At Posse Herrera Ruiz, Mariana Posse is hailed as “a legend in Colombia” by peers who rate her as the “most experienced lawyer on the list”.
Rodrigo Borja Calisto of Lexim Abogados is a leading name in the Ecuadorian market thanks to his in-depth expertise in mining projects. One source comments, “His knowledge of the mining regime in Ecuador is unmatched in the country.”
At Galicia Abogados, Carlos de Maria y Campos S is noted for his exemplary work handling energy-related projects with impressed commentators noting that “there is not a big enough word to describe this immense practice”.
Francisco Fernández Cueto is widely considered to be “one of the most knowledgeable practitioners when it comes to energy, oil and gas, and infrastructure projects”.
Federico Santacruz González at Ritch Mueller Heather y Nicolau is highlighted as a “seasoned lawyer” in project finance with “strong experience in aeronautic law”.
Thomas Mueller-Gastell is rated as a “top-quality” project finance lawyer thanks to his “deep knowledge of the energy industry”.
At Galindo Arias y López, Diego Herrera Dutari comes highly recommended for his tremendous knowledge of project and asset financing.
The “excellent” Oscar Arrús B at Garrigues is “well known” for his profound expertise in project finance transactions and acquisitions.
At Rodrigo Elías & Medrano Abogados, Fernando Molina is highly commended for his considerable experience handling high-value energy and infrastructure projects.
Juan José Cárdenas at EY Law earns acclaim for his deep expertise in M&A and project financing, across the PPP and infrastructure sectors.
At D’Empaire Abogados, Arnoldo Troconis H is a highly skilled corporate finance lawyer who is renowned for his adept handling of project acquisitions and financings.
Global Elite Thought Leaders
Joseph Bevash enjoys a stellar reputation in the Asia-Pacific projects market, where he excels when it comes to gas and power projects.
Michael Yoshii is distinguished for his expert advice on joint ventures, financing and project development.
Clarinda Tjia-Dharmadi is a well-established figure in the Singapore market, who regularly advises sponsors and developers on project financings across various sectors from energy to mining.
Stephen McWilliams is held in high esteem by market sources thanks to his wealth of experience handling sophisticated project finance transactions across the energy sector.
Nicholas Wong is a top-rated project finance lawyer with vast international experience spanning the mining and infrastructure industries.
Geraint Hughes performs exceedingly well in this year’s research for his stellar work handling large-scale project financings across the region.
Richard Gordon is a banking and finance expert who comes highly recommended for his strong expertise in project finance transactions and acquisitions.
Ross Howard focuses his top-tier practice on the development and financing of high-value energy and natural resources projects.
Other leading individuals
White & Case’s Brendan Quinn is “great to work with” according to impressed peers who praise his “excellent work on Taiwanese projects”.
Josh Sgro is highlighted for the breadth of his experience handling large power and transportation projects.
At Herbert Smith Freehills, Erin Wakelin is a standout name thanks to her adept handling of large-scale international projects.
Gerard Pike is a first-class practitioner, highly skilled in the negotiation and financing of sophisticated renewables projects.
Jeff Clark at King & Wood Mallesons earns acclaim from respondents for his strong experience of project acquisitions and financings.
At Gilbert + Tobin, Peter Doyle is revered for his top-notch project finance practice where he regularly advises clients on PPP and social infrastructure projects.
Simon Irvine at Ashurst has immense experience advising financial institutions on major project finance transactions in the infrastructure and energy sectors.
Adam Stapledon at Allen & Overy is widely endorsed for his thorough understanding of acquisition and project financings across the energy sector.
At Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas, Cyril Shroff possesses extensive knowledge across the gamut of banking and finance matters, including project financing and capital markets transactions.
L Viswanathan ranks highly among peers for the strength of his project finance practice where he excels in energy and infrastructure projects.
Shardul Shroff at Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co is a first-class banking and finance lawyer, who earns widespread plaudits for his considerable experience advising banks on complex project financings.
At AZB & Partners, Zia Mody is a finance specialist who excels when it comes to advising on sophisticated M&A and project finance transactions.
Prashanth Sabeshan “possesses an incredible skill of attention to detail” according to impressed sources, who praise his “commercially savvy” advice.
Milbank’s Aled Davies is “very famous in the international project finance field” and earns plaudits for his deep expertise in LNG and power projects.
Takashi Akahane at Anderson Mori & Tomotsune is a celebrated name in the Japanese projects market thanks to his remarkable work on PPP and infrastructure projects.
At Kinstellar, Joel Benjamin is an esteemed corporate finance specialist who impresses with his adept handling of project financings and transactions.
Geoff Busch of Anderson Lloyd focuses his first-class practice on a spectrum of banking and finance matters, including project and structured finance transactions.
At Bell Gully, Hugh Kettle is lauded for his significant project finance expertise spanning PPPs and project development matters.
Bill McCormack at Shearman & Sterling stands out for his leading project finance practice where he excels in energy-related projects, particularly in the renewables sector.
Ben Shorten receives widespread commendations from sources who applaud his deep expertise in project finance and development.
Ashurst’s Andrew Roche is a highly respected figure across the region thanks to his superb handling of large-scale projects across the energy and natural resources sector.