K&L Gates’ Project Finance practice operates from multiple offices in Asia, Australia, Europe, the Middle East, and the United States. We have worked on projects in locations spanning the globe, including the Americas, the countries of Europe, the Middle East, and Africa; Russia and Central Asia; and the Asia-Pacific region, including Australia.
Our practice is founded on major projects in developed and emerging markets across the globe. Our project finance lawyers work closely with lawyers in other practices, including Energy, Infrastructure and Resources, Investment Management, Restructuring & Insolvency, Derivatives & Structured Products, and Public Finance. We also work closely with our Africa and our Latin America practice groups.
We regularly represent borrowers, lenders, and credit enhancement providers in financing of a wide range of infrastructure projects. Our borrower clients include private and public sponsors, developers, and promoters of projects. On the lender/credit enhancer side of the equation, our clients include commercial banks; non-bank private lenders such as infrastructure funds, private equity firms and separately managed accounts; and credit agencies, multilateral financial institutions and development banks.
We have the full breadth of skills needed to bring major projects to fruition across a broad range of sectors, including electric power, energy, water, wastewater, transportation, waste management, mining, telecommunications, and social infrastructure. We are uniquely positioned to take borrowers through the entire cycle of project financing from initial structuring of a financeable set of project documents to successful financial close. For lenders, we are equally well positioned to provide expert due diligence on all types of projects and prepare and negotiate financing documents for a successful financial close.
Our project finance team has extensive experience in structuring, documenting, and implementing a wide range of limited-recourse financing structures for major projects. In the financing phase of infrastructure projects, we advise on traditional project financing, structured finance, taxable and tax-advantaged debt, equity, and intercreditor arrangements, as well as tax increment financing, taxable and tax-advantaged debt, project and municipal bonds, and securitizations. We also have experience in workouts and restructurings involving complex projects.
In handling complex project finance transactions, we draw upon the knowledge and skills of our lawyers in related practice areas. Our integrated multidisciplinary approach gives our clients seamless access across our platform to focused advice that allows them to make the best decisions for their projects and execute those decisions in the most effective manner. Our strength in risk management and insurance coverage, tax, real estate, land use, environmental permitting, regulatory matters, and public policy in multiple jurisdictions enables us to provide high quality representation to borrowers or lenders from the earliest phase of the project through financial close and beyond.
In conjunction with lawyers in our Derivatives & Structured Products practice, we are also familiar with the documentation, regulatory, and counterparty issues in hedging of price, interest rates, and foreign exchange risk across a wide range of regions, currencies, and industries.