Charles is a banking lawyer specialising in energy project finance and project development. He advises developers, commercial banks and Export Credit Agencies/multilateral financing institutions on power, petrochemical and oil and gas projects.
He is described as having a “diplomatic result driven approach” and works on projects located in the EMEA region, Africa, South America and Russia/the former Soviet Union and most recently has worked in Turkey, Central Asia, West Africa and the Middle East. Most of his work involves advising on complex, multi-sourced project financings involving multiple export credit agencies/multilateral financing institutions.
He has advised on a $4 billion petrochemical project financing in Central Asia (largest project financing ever in the region) involving 4 export credit agencies and 2 development banks, the multi-billion dollar Brass LNG in Nigeria and numerous I(W)PPs in Turkey, the Middle East and Africa. He has advised on upstream oil and gas financings in Kuwait, Nigeria, Ghana, Central Asia and Venezuela. In the power sector, he has advised both developers and lenders/ECAs on project financings in both single buyer markets in the Middle East, Africa and elsewhere as well as on merchant power projects, most recently in Turkey.
Charles has a unique practice advising on export credit agency financings. Nearly all of his transactions involve one or more export credit agencies and complex intercreditor arrangements. He also regularly advises commercial lenders on due diligence and full faith and credit issues in connection with export credit agencies, recently leading a global team of lawyers advising on a large due diligence exercise encompassing over 20 export credit agencies around the world.
From 2003 until 2005 he was based in our office in Milan.
Charles graduated with honors from the Business School and Law School at the University of Georgia and obtained an LLM with honors from the London School of Economics. He is qualified to practice in England and New York.