Project Finance Partner - Sub-Sahara Africa/emerging Markets focus

Court 1 Capital
Central London, UK
13 Sep 2019
13 Oct 2019
Contract Type
Full Time
Our client is an established smaller office of an international law firm which has a profitable and directory rated finance practice and a disputes practice that covers a broad range of litigation and international arbitration work.

It's finance practice has focussed to date on its core areas including structured finance, general syndicated and bi-lateral lending, mezzanine finance, trade and commodities finance and receivables finance.

The partners in London all come from large international law firm backgrounds and have expertise in numerous emerging and frontier markets including Russia/CIS, sub-Sahara Africa, Maghreb, the Middle East, Asia and Latin America.

Their clients include financial institutions, trade finance banks, import/export banks, funds, corporate borrowers and trustees. On the commodities side, they have a strong track record in advising on all types of commodities such as metals, oil & gas and softs.

The firm's Executive Committee has taken the decision as a part of its core strategy to broaden and expand its London offering. As a result, they are committed to hiring a partner/team in the area of project finance. They have a small presence currently within project finance which is Africa focussed. They have strong connections lenders and also with sponsors and developers typically in the emerging markets including Sub-Sahara Africa. The target market is for small to mid-sized projects across sectors such as energy, infrastructure, telecoms etc. There is much potential to generate work from their existing client base.

Individuals with a strong track record of working in emerging markets particularly those in sub-Sahara Africa and the Middle East would be of particular interest. You will have a background in project finance acting primarily for sponsors and developers.

In addition to your technical expertise, you will also have experience of dealing with the challenges of working on deals involving the emerging markets and understanding to issues in dealing with local ministries and governments and the challenges that arise.

You will have built up your own strong network of client connections and be confident in originating some work from your connections although a self-financing practice whist welcome is not essential as they will have work available from their own clients and therefore high level of technical skillset will be important.

This is an outstanding opportunity to join a firm that is an attractive alternative to the usual offerings of the large international law firms where you will be head of project finance with mandate to build on their small but profitable team.

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