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Gelencsér, Etienne

Etienne Gelencsér


Etienne Gelencsér is a partner in Shearman & Sterling’s Tokyo office. His practice primarily focuses on finance transactions, including acquisition, project and structured finance and he regularly represents both financial institutions and corporate clients. His practice also involves the representation of sponsors and investors in private equity transactions, including fund formation, fund investment and related portfolio acquisitions.

Etienne has been recognized as a leading lawyer in the major legal directories including: Projects & Energy and Investment Funds by Chambers Asia; Banking & Finance and Project Finance by IFLR1000; and Banking and Finance in Japan by Who's Who Legal. He has also been named one of Law360’s “Rising Stars” under the age of 40.

Selected Experience

  • Erdenes Oyu Tolgoi LLC, a Mongolian state-owned company, regarding joint venture and financing matters for the US$10 billion Oyu Tolgoi copper and gold project, the largest financial undertaking in Mongolia’s history and one of the largest mine financings completed to date, which project is jointly owned by Rio Tinto and Erdenes - Awarded “Asia Pacific Mining Deal of the Year”, by Project Finance International (PFI), 2015
  • JBIC in its 30% equity investment in JX Nippon Oil Exploration (EOR) (a subsidiary of JX Nippon Oil & Gas Exploration Corporation) in connection with the development of the cogeneration, carbon capture sequestration and enhanced oil recovery project in West Ranch oil field in Texas with NRG Energy Inc.
  • JBIC, Nexi and the commercial lenders in support of a consortium led by Mitsui & Co. Ltd. bidding for the Sonora pipeline project in Mexico
  • Osaka Gas and Mitsubishi Corporation in their joint acquisition and financing of a portfolio of solar power generation projects in Ontario, Canada from Recurrent Energy
  • J-Power, Itochu and Adaro as sponsors on the Central Java IPP project in Indonesia
  • Qalhat LNG in its investment in Senboku Natural Power Company, a wholly owned subsidiary of Osaka Gas, which owns and operates several power stations in Osaka
  • Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation, in the development of an India-focused infrastructure fund in cooperation with Kotak Mahindra Bank


  • Co-author of “The Basel effect”, February 2014, Project Finance


  • Murdoch University,  LL.B. and B.A., 1997



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