Project Development & Finance

Abengoa Transmision Sur
Latin American Transmission Deal of the Year (2014) – IJ Global
Americas Bond Deal of the Year (2014) – Project Finance International

Advised Abengoa Transmisión Sur S.A., Abengoa, S.A, Asa Iberoamérica S.L., and Abengoa Perú S.A. in connection with the purchase and sale of $432 million principal amount of the Abengoa Transmision Sur S.A.’s 6.875% Senior Secured Notes due 2043. The Notes refinanced bank loans incurred by Abengoa Transmisión Sur S.A. to finance the construction of the project and are secured by substantially all of its assets and shares of capital stock.

Los Ramones II (Sur) Pipeline
Latin America Downstream Oil & Gas Deal of the Year (2014) – IJ Global
Project Finance Deal of the Year (2014) – Latin Lawyer
Americas Oil & Gas Deal of the Year (2014) – Project Finance International

Advised Credit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank, Natixis, New York Branch, Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation, Banco Nacional de Obras y Servicios Publicos, S.N.C., BBVA Bancomer, S.A., Institucion de Banca Multiple, Grupo Financiero BBVA Bancomer, Nacional Financiera, S.N.C., Institucion de Banca de Desarrollo and Mizuho Bank, Ltd., as lenders, in connection with the approximately $890 million senior secured financing related to the development, construction, operation and maintenance of the Los Ramones Sur gas transportation system, sponsored by Pemex and GDF Suez.

Sigma Alimentos Named Best Syndicated Loan – LatinFinance, 2014
Advised the Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, Ltd. as sole lead arranger, sole bookrunner and global coordinator in connection with a $1 billion financing for Sigma Alimentos, S.A. de C.V.'s acquisition, through certain of its Spanish subsidiaries and pursuant to a public tender offer, of the equity interests in Campofrio Food Group, S.A.

Guyana Goldfields Project

Mining & Metals Deal of the Year (2014) – IJ Global
Corporate Development Award 2014 – Mining Journal Outstanding Achievement Awards
Advised International Finance Corporation (IFC), Export Development Canada (EDC), ING Capital LLC, Caterpillar Financial Services Corporation and The Bank of Nova Scotia, as senior lenders, in connection with the $185 million financing, consisting of two tranches, a $160 million facility and a $25 million cost overrun facility, related to the construction and development of the Aurora Gold project, located in Guyana, South America.

Dow Chemical Joint Venture Ranked 'Highly Commended' by 2014 FT Innovative Lawyers Awards
Shearman & Sterling advised Dow Chemical on the joint venture construction and operation of a $20 billion Saudi petrochemical complex. This project was praised as "highly commended" at the Financial Times Innovative Lawyers Awards 2014.
FT Innovative Lawyers Awards, 2014

Firm’s Work on Mostorod Refinery Project Recognized at Infrastructure Journal Awards 2013
Shearman & Sterling was acknowledged at the Infrastructure Journal Awards 2013 for its work for Egyptian Refining Company (Mostorod, Egypt). The ERC financing won “Overall Deal of the Year” and “Deal of the Year - Oil & Gas.”

Firm's Work Recognized at Project Finance Magazine Awards 
Shearman & Sterling was acknowledged at the Project Finance Magazine awards 2012 for its work on four winning deals:

Firm Scores Hat Trick at Project Finance International’s 2012 Awards
Shearman & Sterling advised on 3 winning deals featured on the Project Finance International 2012 Awards “Roll of honour”. Project Finance International magazine recognized the firm’s outstanding work in three areas:

Firm Awarded IFLR’s “Project Finance Deal of the Year” 2012 for Role in Mostorod Refinery Project
Shearman & Sterling was honored as a recipient of IFLR’s “project finance deal of the year” for its role on Africa’s largest-ever project finance deal. The firm advised the project sponsor, Egyptian-listed private equity firm Citadel Capital, and project company Egyptian Refining Company on the US$3.7 billion financing for the redevelopment of the Mostorod refinery.

Power and Infrastructure Work in Middle East, Asia-Pacific Honored at PFI Awards 
Shearman & Sterling won Project Finance International's "Middle East Infrastructure Deal of the Year" for its work on the US$300 million Muharraq wastewater treatment plant project in Bahrain. The deal closed successfully on schedule despite ongoing turbulence in the country and elsewhere in the Middle East. The firm was also awarded "Asia-Pacific Power Deal of the Year" for its involvement in securing the US$1.4 billion 18-year debt facility for the US$1.95 billion AES-VCM Mong Duong Power Co in Vietnam. The deal was the first independent power producer (IPP) in Vietnam to reach financial close since 2003. Mong Duong is the largest private sector power project in the country.
—PFI Awards, 2011

Shearman & Sterling Cleans Up At Infrastructure Journal Awards
Shearman & Sterling won "Oil and Gas Legal Advisor of the Year" and "Power Legal Advisor of the Year" at the prestigious Infrastructure Journal Awards in London. The firm was also shortlisted for Global Legal Adviser of the Year.
—Infrastructure Journal Awards, 2010

Shearman & Sterling Dominates Infrastructure Journal League Tables
Shearman & Sterling’s global leadership in the Projects sector has been recognized in Infrastructure Journal’s latest league table results, which monitor deals closed in the first six months of 2007. The firm has dominated a number of the league table’s legal adviser categories and has been ranked as the top legal adviser for closed Power deals globally. The firm also ranked as the No.1 Projects Legal Adviser in the Middle East and North Africa. Globally Shearman & Sterling is ranked in the top three overall for closed deals. The firm also features in the top five legal advisers for the North America and Petrochemicals categories and the top 20 legal advisers for the Transport, Mining, and Renewables adviser in the wind sector, categories.

#1 Rankings from Chambers Global
Shearman & Sterling was awarded first place rankings in the areas of Projects and Projects & Energy: Middle East in the Chambers Global 2007 client guide.  Partners Kenneth MacRitchie and Nicholas Buckworth, both from London and Philip Dundas Jr., from Abu Dhabi, were recognized as leading lawyers in these categories.

The International Who’s Who of Project Finance Lawyers 2007
The International Who’s Who of Project Finance Lawyers 2007 identified partner Kenneth MacRitchie (London) as one of the “most highly-regarded individuals” globally in the area of project finance.  The guide’s research confirms Shearman & Sterling’s reputation as a “project finance powerhouse” and notes the contributions of partners Nicholas Buckworth (London), Philip Dundas (Abu Dhabi), Bill McCormack (Singapore), David Platt (London) Cynthia Urda Kassis (New York) and Of Counsel Edward Turner (Hong Kong).

North American Mid-Stream Oil & Gas Deal of the Year 2006
ProjectFinance selected Canaport LNG as its "North American Mid-Stream Oil & Gas Deal of the Year 2006." Shearman & Sterling represented the designated lenders on the project financing of the development of the Canaport LNG regasification facility in Canada, the first new LNG receiving terminal on North America's east coast in over 30 years.

North American Merchant Deal of the Year 2006
ProjectFinance selected NE Energy as its "North American Merchant Deal of the Year 2006." Shearman & Sterling represented Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan, Barclays and WestLB, as arrangers, in connection with the first and second lien acquisition credit facilities to be used by NE Energy, Inc. in connection with the acquisition of certain power generating assets located in the United States from Northeast Utilities Inc.

Firm of the Year
Who's Who Legal 2006 named Shearman & Sterling "Firm of the Year" in project finance.

Best Project Finance Lawyer
Shearman & Sterling was named "Best Project Finance Lawyer" in The Asset  Asian Triple A  Awards 2004.  In the area of project finance, Shearman was applauded for its unparalleled track record in 2004, which included the Optimal Group's limited recourse refinancing in Malaysia, the TA Orange limited recourse financing in Thailand, the Mindanao power project and the Meizhou Wan power project.
—The Asset Asian Triple A, 2005

Legal Advisor of Year
Shearman's Project Development and Finance Group was recently named "Legal Advisor of Year - Power" by Infrastructure Journal.
Infrastructure Journal, 2005

Latin America Project Finance
"This firm has one of the leading practices in the industry for projects in Latin America, where it benefits from a commitment to the sector going back over 50 years. This position was recently cemented when it opened an office in São Paulo, Brazil. Clients report that the firm 'has a good knowledge of the local legal and economic issues' in the area. It also has strong relationships with Japanese banks, which are prolific investors in Latin American schemes."
Chambers USA, 2005

Classic Projects Lawyer
"According to clients, the lawyers here are skilled at finding solutions to complicated issues, and can 'mesh colliding worlds into a common viewpoint.' The team's most visible presence is 'classic projects lawyer' Cynthia Urda Kassis. Clients appreciate the fact that she is 'all business and no posturing,' and one satisfied client went so far as to report that she is 'one of the smartest, most thorough and competent lawyers I've ever used.'"
Chambers USA, 2005

Playing to its Strengths
"Clients commend this firm's 'practical advice and close partner involvement.'  It is a tight-knit operation which is, 'energetic and commercial,' in its outlook.  The group focuses on four core sectors: power, telecoms, oil and gas, and infrastructure, acting for both borrowers and lenders.  It continues to eschew a volume-based business in favor of high-end transactions, which naturally play to its strengths as an international firm."
Chambers Global, 2004/2005

Project Finance Asia
"This 'finely-tuned team' received warm market support. A friend to sponsors and lenders alike, its projects portfolio marginally favors the former but is characterized by an enviable diversity and quality. The firm's Hong Kong arm operates as part of an Asian network encompassing offices in Singapore and Tokyo; consequently, it enjoys a reach into all corners of the Asian market. Interviewees praised the team's 'knack of sniffing out and grasping the best projects around,' which stems from its ability to advise on both US and English law capabilities."
Chambers Global, 2004/2005

"Projects/PFI Team of the Year"
The Lawyer Awards 2004 honored Shearman & Sterling as "Projects/PFI Team of the Year" for its precedent-setting work in Egyptian LNG, a natural gas liquefaction facility.  This $1.35 billion (£736m) project financing was Egypt's largest ever.  As a result of the project, Egypt is set to become the world's seventh largest exporter of liquefied natural gas by 2006.
The Lawyer, 2004

"Finance Team of the Year"
According to Legal Week, Shearman was named "Finance Team of the Year" as part of The Client Survey Awards 2004.
Legal Week, 2004

Project Finance Praise
"Shearman & Sterling (London) LLP enters the tables on the back of its superb project finance capabilities. Key transactions have included advising BG, Petronas of Malaysia, Gaz de France and Egyptian General Petroleum Corporation on the development and financing of the $1.35bn Egyptian LNG project."
UK Legal 500, 2004

Legal Advisor of Year
Shearman's Project Development and Finance Group was named "Global Oil & Gas Legal Adviser of the Year 2003"
Infrastructure Journal, 2003


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