Hunton swoops for project finance partner

Andrew Thomas has switched from Canadian law firm Fasken Martineau to the London office of Hunton & Williams.

US law firm Hunton & Williams has bolstered its global energy and infrastructure practice with the hire of project finance partner Andrew Thomas in its London office.

Thomas was previously at Canadian law firm Fasken Martineau where he helped develop that firm’s energy and natural resources-focused international finance practice. While there, he advised on projects across Africa, the Middle East, Asia, Europe and North and South America.

As well as project finance, Thomas’s past experience also covers acquisition finance, structured finance, capital markets, distressed debt and banking matters relating to the development, construction, financing and operation of international businesses.

Deals that Thomas has worked on include Star Petroleum’s $2 billion oil refinery in Thailand and GTB TransBolivianos’ investment in the $2.15 billion Bolivia to Brazil natural gas pipeline.

Ferdinand Calice, an energy partner at Hunton & Williams in London, said in a statement that Thomas would be a “perfect fit” for the firm’s energy and infrastructure team, which is “currently very active meeting our clients’ demands in the surging energy and infrastructure sector in Africa and Eastern Europe”.

He added that Thomas would enhance the firm’s ability to serve clients on “complex cross border financing transactions out of London”.

Hunton & Williams’ global energy practice has more than 100 lawyers dedicated to energy and infrastructure globally. It is acting for Croatian state utility HrvatskaElekroprivreda on the development and construction of a 500-megawatt coal-fired power plant, and Nigerian Bulk Energy Trading on multiple IPP (independent power producer) projects in Nigeria.