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Covington's Project Development and Finance practice represents clients on the acquisition, development, financing, restructuring, and divestiture of projects in the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, India, Africa, and Asia. Our global team advises energy companies, independent power producers, developers, sponsors, joint ventures, equity investors, government entities, and lenders in all aspects of project development and project finance.

Our broad array of experience spans several industries, including oil and gas (upstream, midstream, and downstream), power generation, transmission and distribution (thermal, renewables and energy storage), infrastructure (roads, bridges, ports, airports, parking, sewers, and water), mining and metals, sports and entertainment, and transportation, among others.

The team’s accolades over the last three years have included at least eight “deals of the year” by leading trade journals.

Full-Service Project Development and Finance Capabilities
We have represented clients through all stages of a project’s development, including planning, acquisition, construction, financing and refinancing, and operations. We are experienced in structuring, drafting, and negotiating the complex contractual arrangements required to construct and operate projects and to obtain debt financing. And our international tax lawyers routinely advise on tax minimization structures for major projects around the world. 

Unique Government Affairs and Public Policy Support
We also use our extensive insight about the workings of governments around the world to provide practical project development advice. Our clients benefit from the experience of our more than 120 former government officials, diplomats, and regulators, who work seamlessly with our teams of litigators, regulatory lawyers, and deal makers.

Regulatory Compliance and Disputes Counsel
Our team also advises companies around the world on regulatory compliance, particularly sanctions and anti-corruption/FCPA laws, and conducts special investigations. Our litigation teams and International Arbitration practice are well positioned to help project development and finance clients resolve the most complex disputes. We have represented major corporations in some of their most significant disputes, including lawsuits and arbitrations involving multi-billion dollar controversies.

  • Chambers Global (2020)
    • Projects & Energy (Africa-wide and Middle East-wide)
  • IFLR Middle East Awards, Project Finance Deal of the Year (2019)
  • PFI Awards
    • Middle East - Power Deal of the Year (2019)
    • Middle East and Africa - Refinancing Deal of the Year (2018)
    • Middle East and Africa - Power Deal of the Year (2018)
    • Middle East and Africa - Bond Deal of the Year (2017)
  • IJ Global Awards
    • African Refinancing Deal of the Year  (2018)
    • European Airports - 14 Greek Airports (2017)
    • MENA Project Bond - ACWA Power Bond Facility (2017)
    • MENA Power - Fadhili Combined Heat and Power (CHP) Plant (2017)