Project development and finance

A&O Shearman is a global leader in project development and finance, with a team of more than 80 partners and 250 lawyers across the globe.  

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We advise sponsors, project developers, construction companies, governments and lenders on all aspects of major projects, from initial structuring and risk allocation to financing and dispute resolution. 

We deliver innovative and bankable solutions for our clients in a range of sectors including energy and natural resources, infrastructure, mining and metals, and transportation.

We have extensive experience of all forms of project financing solutions, from commercial bank to bond financings, export credit, development finance, and Shari'ah-compliant structures. 

We advise in the most challenging jurisdictions and work with our clients to develop novel solutions, including split-risk arrangements, political risk insurance and project restructurings. 

A truly global projects offering 

Our team is equally conversant in New York law, English law, and local laws around the world, and through our Global Experts and Markets group we partner with the best firms globally to advise our clients wherever they operate. 

Our team has deep expertise in engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contracts, advising on the biggest and most complex and projects globally. We understand construction risks and the methods for managing them, and ensure the appropriate alignment of construction arrangements with the wider project and financing structure.  

Top-tier litigation and arbitration advice 

Our energy and natural resources arbitration group represents major international energy companies, financial institutions, state-owned entities and governments in high-profile, high-value disputes. We act on investment treaty arbitrations, litigation, negotiation, mediation and expert determination, and are recognized as market leaders in disputes arising under the Energy Charter Treaty. Our team brought the first ever claim under that treaty and has advised on more cases since then than any other firm. 

Sophisticated regulatory counsel 

We also have one of the world’s leading environmental practices. Our lawyers handle all types of regulatory and compliance matters for a wide range of energy, mining and natural resources, infrastructure and transport and financial institution clients, including sustainability and ESG regulation; climate transition programmes; decarbonization; environmental risk management; carbon pricing/trading; corporate reporting and disclosure; governance and risk management; and international trade law.  

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