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Mayer Brown has an award-winning Projects group that is regularly involved in some of the largest and most innovative projects across the globe. Our team delivers projects excellence to our clients worldwide.

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Project Finance Group of the Year 2017

Finance Deal of the Year Award

Mayer Brown JSM won the Finance Deal of the Year: Project Finance award at The Asian Lawyer’s Asia Legal Awards 2016, the first for the firm. The prize was awarded for the firm’s work on the financing of the US$830 million Panca Amara Utama ammonia plant in Indonesia, the first locally-sponsored private ammonia plant in the country.

2015 IFLR Americas Project Finance Team of the Year

Energy
With extensive experience bringing award-winning projects to completion, we can structure, negotiate, and document the full array of project and financing agreements for energy projects, including large scale renewable energy, power, oil and gas.

  • Australia Export/Guangdong LNG. Represented the vessel sponsors providing the transportation for the project initially using two 138,000cbm LNG tankers. This was China’s first LNG import project and Australia’s largest-ever export contract.
  • Freeport LNG. Represented ConocoPhillips in its $1 billion joint venture formation and financing for its interest in the Freeport LNG Plant/Terminal in Texas.
  • Lake Charles Petrochemical Plant. Represented BNP Paribas as lender in a $4 billion credit facility to finance Sasol Ltd.’s $8.1 billion petrochemical facility in Lake Charles, Louisiana.
  • Tahrir Petrochemical Project. Representing five different government lender agencies (US Ex-Im Bank, Korea Eximbank, KSure, SACE and OPIC) in the $7.5 billion Tahrir Petrochemical naptha cracker project in Egypt.
  • EBIC Ammonia. Advised US Export-Import Bank in the $600 million gas-to-ammonia EBIC project in Sokhna, Suez, Egypt.
  • Saudi Arabian Petrochemicals. Advised BP and the subsequent sponsors on the $4.5 billion project development of a downstream and petrochemicals facility in Saudi Arabia.
  • Turkmenistan-East China Pipeline. Represented China National Petroleum Corporation in the proposed 6,250 km, $9.5 billion gas pipeline from Turkmenistan to East China.
  • Costa Rican Wind. Represented senior lenders in connection with the long-term project financing of the Orosí 50MW wind farm project in the Guanacaste Province of Costa Rica, including the construction of a 230 kilovolt, 20 kilometer transmission line and interconnection facilities. Latin America Wind Deal of the Year 2013.
  • Mexican Solar Power. Actedas lead counsel to the North American Development Bank (“NADB”) and the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (“OPIC”) as the lenders in the financing of the Los Santos Solar Park project. The project consists of design, construction and operation of 20 MWAC photovoltaic solar park located in the municipality Ahumada, Chihuahua.

Transportation infrastructure
Our extensive track record of advising public and private clients on a variety of ground-breaking transactions involving roads, airports, ports, mass transit and other transportation assets gives us a unique level of market credibility.

  • Bang Yai – Rat Burana Transit. Advised a consortium of project managers led by Systra SA for the 40 km extension of the Mass Rapid Transit of Thailand (MRTA) Purple Line (Bang Yai – Rat Burana) in Bangkok.
  • Denver FasTracks Eagle P3. Represented the underwriters in the first transit project to utilize an allocation of tax-exempt private activity bonds for the construction of three new commuter rail lines in Denver, CO. North America Transportation Deal of the Year 2010.
  • Ohio River Bridges—East End Crossing. We represented, as sponsors’ counsel to WVB East End Partners, LLC, on a design-build-finance-operate-maintain PPP for the East End Crossing, a planned toll bridge and roadway crossing the Ohio River Kentucky and southern Indiana. 2013 “National Deal of the Year” and North America Project Bond Deal of the Year 2013.
  • Puerto Rico Airport. We represented the Puerto Rico Public-Private Partnerships Authority, a public corporation of the government of Puerto Rico, and the Puerto Rico Ports Authority on the approximately $2.6 billion, 40-year agreement to lease the San Juan Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport. The airport is the first major airport to be leased in the United States under the FAA’s pilot privatization program. North America Transport Deal of the Year 2013.
  • Rutas de Lima. We represented Goldman, Sachs & Co., BBVA, Credicorp Capital and Banco de Crédito del Perú as underwriters and loan arrangers on the mixed senior secured bond and senior secured loan for the $1 billion Rutas de Lima project, a public-private partnership (PPP) toll road project in Lima, Peru. Project Finance Deal of the Year 2014 in the category of Public Private Partnerships (PPP).
  • Sociedad Concesionaria Autovía de la Plata. Represented Sociedad Concesionaria Autovía de la Plata as English law counsel in the issuance of €184.5 million of its 3.169% project bonds due 2041. The issuer is sponsored by Meridiam, a global infrastructure finance firm, and leading Spanish construction companies Acciona Infraestructuras and Cintra Infraestructuras. The proceeds of the offering were used to refinance the issuer’s outstanding debt incurred in the construction of the A66 Autovía de la Plata highway in Spain.
  • Via Parque Rímac. Represented our clients in the development and financing of the nearly $1 billion toll road in Lima, Peru. Latin America PPP Deal of the Year 2012, Best Infrastructure Financing, Andean Region 2013, and 2013 Americas Capital Markets Tax Deal of the Year.

Mining
No matter how complex the deal or remote the operation, our mining team is likely to have worked on a similar assignment before and can identify likely issues and resolve them quickly. Our Mining practice is regularly ranked in the top tier of legal providers for mining and minerals by the leading independent legal directory guides. According to Chambers Global 2010, "Mining is a niche area where Mayer Brown is especially singled out for praise."

  • Yaramoko Gold Project. Advised the lenders, including Société Générale and BNP Paribas on the financing and development of Roxgold Inc.'s Yaramoko gold project in Burkina Faso.
  • Nordic Mines. Advised Nordic Mines on the restructuring of the project finance facilities provided by its lenders. The restructuring, which included the write-down of lender debt from EUR 45.1 million to EUR 12.5 million and this year involved the subsequent purchase by the company of the remaining outstanding claims of the lenders, is of strategic importance as it will enable Nordic Mines to move forward with a new strategic main owner.
  • Wolf Minerals. Advised Wolf Minerals Limited on the financing for the construction and development of a tin and tungsten mine in Hemerdon, Devon. Upon financial close, this will be the first mine in the UK to be financed for several years and, once the project is complete, a mine that has been closed for more than 60 years, will be reopened. European Mining & Metals Deal of the Year 2013.
  • Endeavour Mining. Advised UniCredit Bank AG, Societie Generale, BNP Paribas, ING Bank N.V and Deutsche Bank AG on the refinancing of a revolving corporate loan facility for Endeavour Mining Corporation, which included an increase in the available facility from $200 million to $350 million. African Mining Deal of the Year 2013.
  • New Liberty Gold Project. Advised Nedbank Capital and Rand Merchant Bank on the US$88 million senior debt facility made available to Aureus Mining in relation to the New Liberty gold project, Liberia’s first gold producing mine. Development Funding Deal of the Year Award 2013.

Ports/Maritime 
We have extensive experience with port development, acquisition and privatization transactions and a wide range of maritime infrastructure matters.

  • Kingston Container Terminal. Represented the Port Authority of Jamaica on its agreement with the majority French-owned company Terminal Link/CMA CGM Consortium to privatize the Kingston Container Terminal.
  • Panama Canal. Representing the Panama Canal Authority in the construction and associated works contracts related to the Panama Canal Expansion Program—a $5.25 billion project. Project Finance Deal of Year 2009.
  • Embraport. Acted for Empresa Brasileira de Terminais Portuários SA, a port operator, on all aspects relating to the financing of the port of Santos, Brazil expansion.
  • Equatorial Guinea Port. Advised a sponsor with a concession to construct and operate the first private port and related facilities in Equatorial Guinea.
  • Hong Kong Harbour. Advised Western Harbour Tunnel Company on tender documents and HK$5.2 billion financing and HK$3.5 billion refinancing for a 30-year franchise for the BOT Western Harbour Crossing Project.
  • Port of Americas. Representing the Port of the Americas Authority with negotiations for the long-term operating concession for the $750 million container terminal project in Ponce, Puerto Rico.
  • Port of Portland. Counsel to the Port of Portland in connection with the potential long-term concession and lease of the Port’s Terminal 6 marine container terminal.
  • Sokhna Port. Advised an export credit agency in connection with a financing for the Sokhna Port in Egypt, the first private port in that country.
  • Valparaiso Seaport. Represented DEG (German Investment and Development Company, a subsidiary of the KfW banking group) and other lenders in connection with the project financing of the privatization of the Chilean seaport of Valparaiso.
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