Norton Rose Fulbright named Project Finance Global Law Firm of the Year

Global Business June 2021

Global law firm Norton Rose Fulbright has been awarded Project Finance Global Law Firm of the Year in The Asset Triple A Infrastructure Awards.

Judges for The Asset, an Asia-based financial publication, recognised the firm’s role on a number of high-profile financings across different regions of the world. The Asset highlighted in particular the firm’s work in the renewables sector, including work on the following matters:

  • Al Dhafra
    Advising a consortium of EDF Renouvelables S.A. (EDF-R) and Jinko Power (HK) Company Limited (Jinko Power) on the project financing and development of the Abu Dhabi-based 2GW Al-Dhafra Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Independent Power Producer project (Charles Whitney
  • Dogger Bank
    Advising a consortium of lenders on the financial close of the first two phases of Dogger Bank offshore wind farm (Rob Marsh)
  • Green bus financing
    Advising Société Générale on the first structured green bus financing for Transdev (Christine Ezcutari)
  • Shipping green loan
    Advising Crédit Agricole CIB on the first shipping green loan Jolco for two LNG-powered car carriers which are operated by Seven Yield, one of which is available for use under a loan term contract by Volkswagen (Simon Hartley)

Charles Whitney, EMEA head of energy at Norton Rose Fulbright, commented:

“We are delighted to be recognised as Project Finance Global Law Firm of the Year by The Asset. This is a prestigious award and recognition of our team’s success in implementing our strategy of being a go-to law firm for renewables transactions, as demonstrated by our work on Dogger Bank and Al Dhafra (the largest offshore wind and solar projects, respectively, in the world at the moment). Our team is actively supporting clients in Asia and elsewhere on renewables projects and other projects that are contributing towards the Energy Transition.”

Christine Ezcutari, EMEA co-head of transport at Norton Rose Fulbright, added:

“There is significant innovation across the transport industries, complementing the drive of governments across the globe to reduce carbon emissions. Projects that support decarbonisation not only in transport, but also across others sectors, are a key focus for Norton Rose Fulbright as we look ahead, and we have a number of market-leading matters in the pipeline over the coming months.”

Nick Merritt, global head of infrastructure, mining and commodities at Norton Rose Fulbright, added:

“We are grateful for this international recognition from one of Asia’s leading business publications, as well as our clients’ support. Many congratulations to the developers and lenders also recognised, who we are proud to work alongside.”

Norton Rose Fulbright has one of the largest projects practices globally, with more than 350 project finance lawyers located across 52 offices. Representing lenders, sponsors, developers, institutional investors, contractors, operators and government entities in major domestic and cross-border projects, the Norton Rose Fulbright projects practice offers clients a comprehensive understanding of the issues impacting the sector as well as commercial and practical solutions to manage risk and ensure that projects reach a timely and cost-effective financial close.  The team has extensive experience in transport, social and energy infrastructure.

A market leader with over 200 years’ experience advising the transport sector, Norton Rose Fulbright’s transport finance practice consists of a 150+ strong global team that advises all key participants on asset finance transactions – advising banks and financiers, lessors, export credit agencies, operators including airlines, train operating companies, ship owners and cruise lines and OEMs.

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