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Project Finance

The forefront of developing innovative structures and solutions


Infrastructure and energy projects connect and power our economies, creating growth opportunities for developed and emerging markets alike. 

We understand the challenges that project participants face across the entire spectrum of developing and financing projects.

We work with our clients to develop innovative project financing structures and solutions. Our role as trusted advisers goes beyond simply advising on the financing of a project and extends to strategic advice and analysis, contract negotiation and the structuring, planning and documentation aspects of transactions.

Our sector specialists can advise you on projects across energy, natural resources and infrastructure, including market-leading rail and road projects, the most complex power projects globally (eg the largest nuclear and most innovative renewables projects), LNG financings and transactions across the LNG value chain, and the largest reserve-based lending, structured commodity and upstream oil and gas project financings.

Our global team is at the forefront of developing innovative multi-source project financing structures and solutions including project bond financings, working with lenders, ECAs/DFIs, sponsors, governments, trading houses and other project participants. 

Recent Experience

Nord Stream 2

Advising the project company on the financing and development of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline project between Russia and Germany via the Baltic Sea

Sydney Light Rail PPP

Advising ALTRAC in relation to the restructuring of the Sydney Light Rail PPP Project

Sangomar Oil & Gas Project

Advising Woodside Energy and its joint venture partners in relation to the development and financing of the Sangomar Oil & Gas Project, offshore Senegal

Thames Tideway Tunnel

Advising Tideway on the financing, construction and delivery of the £4.2 billion Thames Tideway Tunnel project in the UK

Nachtigal Hydropower Project

Advising EDF, IFC and Government of Cameroon on the financing and development of a 420MW hydroelectric power plant at Nachtigal in Cameroon

Amur GPP

Advising Gazprom Pererabotka Blagoveschensk on the financing of the €13 billion Amur Gas Processing Plant in Eastern Siberia 

Insights and updates

15th September 2021
Herbert Smith Freehills has been named Project Finance Team of the Year at the IFLR...
19th April 2021
As the new US administration unveils a $2.3trn infrastructure plan, we size up the opportunities...
31st March 2021
This is our fourth annual review of Japan-Australia M&A transactions and prevailing the trends driving...
10th March 2020
The National Electricity (Victoria) Amendment Bill 2020 ( Bill ) introduced by the Victorian Government...

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