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Project Finance 2019

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Robert Nelson Jr is “an excellent choice for project finance counsel in the most challenging of circumstances” who “uses his considerable creativity and intelligence to find paths to success that at first appear closed”.


Robert Nelson’s practice focuses on cross-border transactions and dispute resolution in energy, infrastructure, and mining. He has worked extensively in Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe and MENA.

Mr Nelson has played a leading role in the development and financing of over 100 energy and infrastructure projects worldwide, including many landmark projects that have won global or regional recognition, as well as the successful resolution of major global energy project disputes. He has also led a number of high-profile energy M&A transactions, at both company and project levels (with matters valued at up to $15 billion).

He works throughout the oil and gas value chain, with a focus on downstream and LNG projects – including many of the most complex projects in the world. In power, his experience includes conventional (including LNG/power), renewable (solar, wind, biofuels, biomass, cogeneration, hydro, waste-to-energy) and nuclear, with transactions ranging from the world’s first-ever utility-scale solar power project to the UAE’s $20 billion nuclear programme. His infrastructure work includes a broad variety of P3 transportation and water projects. He represents sponsors, private equity and SWF investors, lenders, and contractors, with significant work for leading clients including Arclight, Bechtel, BHPBilliton, Chevron, China Development Bank, Dow Chemical, IFC, GE, JBIC, Mahindra & Mahindra, Masdar/Mubadala, Mitsui, Reliance, Riverstone, and Royal Dutch Shell.

Mr Nelson graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College, and he has a JD from Columbia Law School and an MPA (international finance) from Princeton University. He also worked on a doctorate in law at the University of Munich. He speaks French, German and Norwegian, and has a working knowledge of Spanish.

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