Mayer Brown, a leading global law firm, announced today that Thomas L. Eldert has joined the firm as a partner in the global Projects Group and the Banking & Finance practice in Washington, DC. Mr. Eldert comes from Morrison & Foerster, where he was a member of the Project Finance and Development Group.

“Tom is highly regarded for handling domestic and international project finance transactions in emerging markets such as Afghanistan, Indonesia, Iraq, Jordan, Mexico and Turkey,” said partner Barry Machlin, co-leader of Mayer Brown’s Projects Group. “He enjoys an outstanding reputation in Washington, DC and has strong relationships with agencies based there that are active in financing global projects, including the Overseas Private Investment Corporation, Export-Import Bank of the United States and the US Department of Energy. His unique combination of skills and experience will benefit our clients around the world and further enhance our presence in one of the largest and most important global project finance markets.”

Referencing Mayer Brown’s global platform as a key factor in his decision to join the firm, Mr. Eldert said, “I am excited to join a firm with a strong global presence and a superior projects group that will enable me to expand my existing practice across all of the important regions for projects, including the Middle East, Latin America and Asia. I look forward to joining a firm with a reputation for excellent legal work and a client-focused approach in the project finance space, and continuing to advise clients on a wide range of transactions, particularly those involving renewable energy, infrastructure, hotels, power and oil and gas.”

Mr. Eldert’s practice focuses on the representation of lenders, borrowers, contractors and government entities in all aspects of project development and finance transactions, as well as representation of political risk insurers in both transactional and claims resolution matters.

He has represented domestic and international clients in transactions in a variety of industries, including power, pipelines, hotels, ports, manufacturing and retail in jurisdictions including Turkey, China, Indonesia, Afghanistan, Iraq, Japan, Bolivia, Mexico, Colombia, Uruguay, the Dominican Republic, Qatar, Thailand, Vietnam and the US.

Mr. Eldert has experience representing governmental entities and multilateral organizations in connection with project finance and development matters, including Export-Import Bank of the United States and Overseas Private Investment Corporation. Mr. Eldert also has significant experience in renewable energy projects, including those eligible for the US Department of Energy Loan Guarantee Program.

Mr. Eldert holds a JD degree from Harvard Law School and a BA from Williams College.