Projects, energy and infrastructure teams recognised at IJGlobal Awards

Global law firm Norton Rose Fulbright received Global Legal Adviser of the Year, Asia Pacific Legal Adviser of the Year and North America Legal Adviser of the Year accolades on July 13, 2020 at the IJGlobal Awards 2019, which recognised the best energy, infrastructure and mining deals and firms from around the world over the past year.

A leading publication for the energy and infrastructure market, IJGlobal also honoured the firm with 13 Deal of the Year awards for transactions completed in Asia Pacific, Europe & Africa, Middle East & North Africa and North America.

Nick Merritt, Norton Rose Fulbright’s Global Head of Infrastructure, Mining and Commodities, commented: “These accolades affirm our position as a market leader for project finance work in the infrastructure and energy sectors. We would like to congratulate all of our clients on their wins, and we are pleased to have been able to make a positive contribution to each and every of the named projects. We have had a strong year advising on many first-of-its-kind type projects and are grateful for the industry recognition from our peer group which continues to recognise our global scope and knowledge in the development and financing of ever more complex projects around the world.”

Anne Lapierre, Norton Rose Fulbright’s Global Head of Energy, said: “Being recognised for our involvement in a wide range of highly complex projects in oil, gas and renewables is a testament to the strength of our global team. While this year may present challenges to our clients, we remain committed to helping them achieve their objectives related to global projects.”

The firm advised on 13 award-winning transactions at the IJGlobal Awards 2019:

Asia Pacific

  • Asia Pacific Telecoms Deal of the Year – Kacific-1 Satellite
  • Advised Kacific Broadband Satellites Group on credit facilities totalling US$160 million to finance the construction, launch, ground system and initial operation for Kacific-1, a Boeing-built next-generation high-throughput Ka-band satellite. Led by Nick Merritt.
  • Asia Pacific Hydro Deal of the Year – Tina River Hydro
  • Advised Korea Water Resources Corporation and Hyundai Engineering Company Ltd as sponsors on the 15-MW Tina River Hydro Development Project. The deal marks the first large-scale infrastructure P3 project in the Solomon Islands. Led by Nick Merritt.
  • Asia Pacific Waste Deal of the Year – East Rockingham EfW
  • Advised a group of five senior financiers on the East Rockingham EfW project, which will be the second waste-to-energy facility in Western Australia aimed at addressing Australia’s growing waste crisis. The project was developed by a consortium led by Tribe Infrastructure Group, New Energy Corporation and Hitachi Zosen Inova. Led by Jo Crew.

Europe and Africa

  • European Portfolio Refinancing Deal of the Year – Project Keane Refinancing
  • Advised Brookfield Renewable Energy Partners on the Refinancing of an entire portfolio of onshore wind assets, which includes 17 360-MW projects in Ireland. Led by Rob Marsh.
  • European Refinancing Deal of the Year – Beatrice Offshore Wind
  • Advised a consortium of lenders on the senior debt refinancing of the Beatrice offshore wind project in Scotland. The consortium comprises 29 commercial and institutional lenders and 24 hedging banks. Led by Rob Marsh.
  • European Restructuring Deal of the Year – Irish Schools Bundle 5
  • Advised DIF infra 4 Limited as shareholder of Inspiredspaces Bundle 5 (Ireland) Limited on the restructuring and financing of completion works in relation to the Irish Schools Bundle 5 PPP project. Led by Mark Berry.
  • African Refinancing Deal of the Year – Société Ivorienne de Raffinage
  • Advised Africa Finance Corporation on the debt financing of Société Ivoirienne de Raffinage under a multi-currency long-term credit agreement for approximately US$675 million. Led by Anne Lapierre.
  • African Power Deal of the Year – Bridge Power
  • Advised the lenders to the Bridge Power Project in Ghana, sponsored by General Electric, Endeavour Energy and the Quantum Group. The project is a fast-deployment dual-fuelled LPG and natural gas power project, comprising approximately 400 MW of combined cycle power generation technology. Co-led by Martin McCann, Charles Whitney, Dan Metcalfe and Dan Giemajner.

Middle East and North Africa

  • MENA Water Deal of the Year – Taweelah IWP
  • Advised lenders, including Natixis, Siemens Bank and Mizuho Bank, to the successful bidding consortium, led by ACWA Power, on the US$1.2 billion Taweelah desalination independent water project (IWP) in Abu Dhabi. Led by Jo Emerson-Taqi and Paul Mansouri.

North America

  • North America Battery Storage Deal of the Year – Lāwa’i Solar and Energy Storage
  • Advised Societe Generale as lenders on the financing of the combined 20 MW solar PV and 20 MW/100 MWh AES Lāwa’i Solar and Energy Storage Project in Kauai, Hawaii – the largest operational solar and storage system in the world. Co-led by Ben Koenigsberg and Jim Berger.
  • North America Utility Deal of the Year – ESAP Modernisation Project
  • Advised the Department of Justice in providing procurement advice and transaction support services to Public Services and Procurement Canada for the Energy Services Acquisition Program’s Energy Service Modernisation P3 project. Led by John Naccarato.
  • North America Wind Deal of the Year – Clearway Repowering
  • Advised Clearway Energy on the US$381 million repowering of two Texas wind farms – the 161 MW Wildorado wind farm in Oldham County and 121.9 MW Elbow Creek wind farm in Howard County. Co-led by Rob Eberhardt and Jim Berger.
  • Latin America Water Deal of the Year – BRK Ambiental
  • Advised sponsor BRK Ambiental Participações S.A in relation to the BRL denominated IDB financing provided in respect of BRK’s wastewater infrastructure project in Recife and Goiana in northeast Brazil. Led by Charlie Johnson.
  • At last year’s awards, IJGlobal recognised Norton Rose Fulbright as Legal Adviser of the Year – North America (private sector) and the firm advised on 18 Deals of the Year. The year prior, Norton Rose Fulbright was named Global Law Firm of the Year and Europe and Africa Law Firm of the Year, while advising on 15 Deals of the Year.

Multiple wins for Pinsent Masons at China Business Law Awards

International law firm Pinsent Masons has won in three categories and two Belt and Road Deal of the Year awards at China Business Law Journal’s annual awards.

The categories the firm won for were:

  • Construction & Infrastructure
  • Education
  • Industrials & Manufacturing

Helena Chen, Joint Head of China said, “We are extremely proud to have received this recognition – which demonstrates the strength of our legal expertise in the Chinese market. We’ve been offering a complete range of legal advisory services to clients for more than 37 years, supporting businesses in both international and domestic operations. These awards reflect this, as well as our market leading position.”

Wei Liu, Head of China Corporate team said, “We have many long-term clients in these sectors, showing the trust they have in us and the services we provide. We are very delighted to be recognized in such a wide breadth of specialities.”

China Business Law Journal’s annual China Business Law Awards are judged on a number of criteria, including nominations received from in-house counsel and other qualified observers.

Pinsent Masons has also received two “Deal of the Year – Belt and Road” awards by China Business Law Journal for its work on the Greece MINOS 50 megawatts concentrated solar power project, and a Nigerian railway and port project.

Mark Hu, partner of Beijing office and the lead partner of the two winning projects, said, “We are thrilled to win the Belt and Road Deal of the Year awards again this year. We have been supporting Chinese clients on their outbound investments in Belt and Road countries since the inception of the initiative. We provide a chain of services throughout the life cycle of projects, including the investment, contracts, project development and financing, disputes resolution, compliance, and our experience spans across infrastructure and energy sectors.”

Pinsent Masons has been operating in China since 1983, and has three offices in Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong. Recent highlights in China include advising China Education Group on its AUD $128 million acquisition of King’s Own Institute, which was China Education’s first overseas acquisition, and one of the few overseas acquisitions by Chinese investors in the education sector. The team has also advised BP Ventures on its investment in R&B Tech, which was BP’s first investment in artificial intelligence (AI) technology in China.

Linklaters triumphs at the City of London’s Clean City Awards

Linklaters has been awarded the Chairman’s Cup – the highest accolade – in the Large Site category, at the City of London Corporation’s Clean City Awards.

Now in its 25th year, the Clean City Awards Scheme promotes and rewards best practice in waste management by City of London businesses, recognising efforts and commitment to adopting sustainable waste management practices. This year, there were 107 entries from businesses across the City.

Linklaters received particular commendation for its “Ditch the Dispo” campaign, now in its fourth year, which has prevented one million sets of plastic cutlery from entering circulation since 2017, in addition to, 140,000 coffee cups and lids per annum since 2018.

Suzanne Roberts, Global Environment Practitioner at Linklaters, comments: “Linklaters is immensely proud of being recognised by the City of London Corporation as one of the trailblazers in implementing bold and successful waste minimisation initiatives.

We have continually challenged stakeholders to support new initiatives, the circular economy and minimise our environmental impacts. As a result, we have many well-established initiatives embedded in our work culture and continue to identify opportunities to reduce waste creation further.”

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Dentons Hong Kong awarded Pro Bono Law Firm Award

Dentons Hong Kong has received the Bronze Law Firm Award from the Law Society Pro Bono and Community Work Recognition Programme 2019. This programme aims at promoting and encouraging Hong Kong legal practitioners serving pro bono and community work.

Hong Kong Partner Julianne Doe was also recognised for her outstanding dedication to pro bono and community service, by being the recipient of the Distinguished Community Service Award and the Individual Gold Award at the same programme.

Commenting on this achievement, Julianne, who is also Chair, Dentons’ WomenLEAD for Hong Kong, said: “These awards reflect our ongoing commitment to volunteering pro bono/community service, demonstrating creation of social value in our community and in line with our professionals’ global commitment to apply our legal and business skills, passionate commitment and boundless energy to helping others. Not only do we get involved personally, we create a platform for young people to do so by participating in university initiatives which allow law students to come into our office and be inspired by the pro bono work we do.”

“The Hong Kong office is extremely delighted to receive these recognitions and I would like to thank Julianne for passionately leading the pro bono efforts of Dentons Hong Kong for many years,” said Keith Brandt, Hong Kong office managing partner.

Arent Fox announces 2020 Diversity Scholarship recipients

Arent Fox LLP is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2020 Arent Fox Diversity Scholarship. Each second-year law student will receive a $20,000 award and participate in the firm’s 2020 Summer Program.

Since 2006, the firm has annually awarded diversity scholarships to promising law students. The Diversity Scholarship is part of the firm’s broader efforts to recruit, retain, and promote women, lawyers of color, and LGBTQ lawyers, and to ensure that adequate firm resources are dedicated to their training, mentoring, and business development.

The following students demonstrated a commitment to learning and practicing law at the highest level:

  • Rita Liu (Washington University School of Law) – BOS Office
  • Destiny Planter (University of North Carolina School of Law) – DC Office
  • Fernanda Jara (Loyola Law School, Los Angeles) – LA Office
  • Tisha Martin (University of North Carolina School of Law) – NY Office
  • Derek Ha (University of California, Berkeley, School of Law) – SF Office

“On behalf of the Firm, I want to congratulate Rita, Destiny, Fernanda, Tisha, and Derek on their strong applications and many accomplishments so far,” said Chief Diversity Officer Chris Norton. “With the addition of the Boston office, this will be our first year with five Diversity Scholars, and we look forward to working with them next summer.”

The scholarship will be paid in two installments: $10,000 during the student’s second-year summer and another $10,000 paid when the student returns to Arent Fox as an associate after graduation.

Karen Baxter shortlisted in the This Can Happen Awards 2019

Lewis Silkin LLP is delighted that Karen Baxter has been shortlisted for ‘Most inspiring Leader of the Year’ at the This Can Happen Awards 2019. The awards celebrate excellence in workplace mental health and Karen has been shortlisted for her work on Lewis Silkin’s This Place Minds campaign.

The awards were launched this year to celebrate and recognise companies and individuals who have shown excellence in their approach towards positive mental health for their employees and colleagues.

The awards ceremony takes place on 21 November in Central London.

Karen has also been invited to speak at the This Can Happen Conference on 25 November about the campaign she is leading at Lewis Silkin around mental health in the workplace.

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