Jessica Stratford

Senior Registered Foreign Lawyer (admitted in England & Wales, not admitted in Australia), entitled to practise foreign law only

Jessica is an English law qualified banking and finance lawyer with a wide range of experience advising financiers, sponsors and borrowers on cross-border project finance, corporate finance and leveraged finance transactions. 
She has particular expertise advising on mining, energy and resources projects in the APAC region as well as sub-Saharan Africa. Jessica has previously worked at our London and Paris offices. Pursuant to her status as a registered foreign lawyer in Western Australia, she is also entitled to practise Australian law under the supervision of an Australian legal practitioner.


Representative matters

USD750m: A group of financial institutions as lenders on the financing of Emirates Global Aluminium’s development of a 12 mtpa bauxite mine, rail and port project in Guinea.

USD1,025m: Fortescue Metals Group on their syndicated revolving credit facilities.

AUD134m: A global financial institution and the Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility on the financing of Kalium Lakes’ Beyondie Sulphate of Potash Project in Western Australia.

USD100m: Pilbara Minerals on their Nordic project bond issue to raise funding for development of the Pilgangoora lithium project in Western Australia.

Pro bono

Assisting the UNHCR with a research project looking at the international and domestic legal frameworks relating to child protection and their application to child refugees, across a number of countries in the Asia-Pacific region.



Admitted as a solicitor, England and Wales, 2011


BA, Law with French Law, Magdalen College, Oxford University, 2006


French, English
A&O Shearman was formed on May 1, 2024 by the combination of Shearman & Sterling LLP and Allen & Overy LLP and their respective affiliates (the legacy firms). Any matters referred to above may include matters undertaken by one or more of the legacy firms rather than A&O Shearman.