Orrick hires ex-Skanska exec to infra team

The law firm has hired Kenneth Schuhmacher as a partner in its energy and infrastructure group.

Law firm Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe has hired a former top executive at developer Skanska Infrastructure Development North America as a partner in its energy and infrastructure group.

Kenneth Schuhmacher, formerly general counsel and commercial director of Skanska Infrastructure, will be based in New York.

Schuhmacher focuses principally on infrastructure-related and energy-related transactions. He has over 20 years’ experience in development and project finance, privatisation and acquisitions both in the US and internationally within infrastructure, power (including IPPs) and oil and gas projects.

He has represented developers, borrowers, lenders, multilaterals, export credit agencies, issuers, off-takers, governments and national utilities in all phases of development, financing and acquisition of US and international projects, including projects in the Middle East, Africa and the Indian sub-continent.

“Ken is widely respected as one of the leading practitioners in the PPP and infrastructure market,” said Dan Mathews, co-head of Orrick’s Energy & Infrastructure Group. “We are very excited to add him and expand our team at a time when our clients in this market are more increasingly active.”

While at Skanska, Schuhmacher oversaw a range of projects on both the business and legal side, including the successful financial close of the Elizabeth River Crossings Project and managed all of its North American legal matters.

Prior to joining Skanska in 2012, he was a partner with Latham & Watkins in its Project Finance Group.

“I have had the opportunity to be at the table with the Orrick infrastructure team in connection with numerous projects, and I believe the quality of the group is unmatched. I could not be more excited to join at a time when this practice is growing in the US and internationally. I am particularly excited about the pipeline of PPP projects in the US, as well as the group’s work in Africa,” said Schuhmacher.