Amir H. Jahanguiri
Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP
21-23 rue de la Ville l'Evêque
75008 Paris, France
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Amir H. Jahanguiri is a partner in the Corporate and Financial Services Department of Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP in Paris, specializing in debt and project finance. Mr. Jahanguiri focuses on the financing of energy and infrastructure projects, public infrastructure projects and complex multi-tranched corporate and hybrid debt financings. He has particular expertise handling the financing of highly regulated projects.
Mr. Jahanguiri regularly advises host governments, regulators, sponsors, contractors, off-takers, export credit agencies and lenders on a number of projects in public and social infrastructure sectors, including seaports, roads, tunnels, airports, railways, hospitals and prisons, among others. He also advises on major projects in the water, power, petrochemical, industrial and metals, and mining sectors, mainly in France, North Africa and the Middle-East. Additionally, he has been actively involved in recent years advising large French corporations in debt financing transactions.
Chambers Europe (2012) ranks Mr. Jahanguiri as a leading practitioner in the areas of International Projects and PFI/PPP and Chambers Global (2012) ranks him as a leading practitioner in the area of International Projects in France.
Mr. Jahanguiri is fluent in English, French and Farsi.
Prior to joining Willkie, Mr. Jahanguiri was a partner at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP in Paris.
Selected Significant Matters
Mr. Jahanguiri’s significant matters includes advising:
Hélios A and Hélios B, two special purpose vehicles held by Spie Batignolles (7.5%), GEPSA (GDF-Suez group - 2.5%), BARCLAYS INTEGRATED INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECTS SARL - BIIP (Barclays’ group infrastructure fund - 56.5%) and FIDEPPP (BPCE group - 33.5%), in the €415 million PPP project for the design, financing, construction and maintenance of 4 new prisons in France
Project sponsors (Bouygues, Colas, Spie Batignolles, Alstom, Meridiam and FIDEPPP) in the 25-year PPP project to design, build, finance, operate and maintain the Nîmes to Montpellier high speed railway bypass link, providing for a total investment of €1.8 billion (named Project Finance European High-Speed Rail Deal of the Year 2012)
Lenders SMBC Europe Limited and Dexia Crédit Local on the financing aspects of a €219 million, 30-year public private partnership between the consortium Stade Bordeaux Atlantique and the city of Bordeaux for a 40,000-seat stadium expected to open in 2015 and serve as the new home of the Girondins de Bordeaux Football Club and host of the Euro 2016 football (soccer) matches
Project sponsors—construction company Bouygues and Barclays European Infrastructure Project fund—and the project company Lylopolis on the 22-year public private partnership financing and industrial contracts for the €85 million design, financing, demolition and reconstruction, technical operation and maintenance of two high schools in France’s Lorraine region
Ecomouv, a consortium lead by Autostrade per l’Italia, the leading European concessionaire for toll motorway construction and management, and its parent company, Atlantia, on the PPP contract, financing and industrial contracts for the design, construction, operation and maintenance of the Eco-tax project, an automatic taxation system of heavy-trucks on the French motorway’s network generating €2.7 billion in overall revenue for Ecomouv' and representing a €650 million investment. Project Finance International recognized this work with its 2011 Europe PPP Deal of the Year award
The European Investment Bank (EIB) on the senior financing (project-risk EIB credit and State guaranteed EIB credit facilities), equity bridge loan financing made available by the EIB, and other financing and inter-creditor matters related to its €1.2 billion contribution to the global project financing for the South Europe Atlantic High Speed Rail Line between Tours and Bordeaux, France. Project Finance International recognized this work with its 2011 Europe Rail Deal of the Year award
Banks SMBC Europe Limited, Société Générale, Crédit Agricole CIB and BBVA-Succursale de Paris on the financing aspects of a €245 million, 30-year Public Private Partnership between the city of Nice and the Nice Eco Stadium consortium for a 35,000-seat, environmentally sustainable stadium scheduled to open in 2013
Exeltium, a consortium of more than twenty companies focusing on industrial activities in France, in connection with a €1.8 billion multi-tranched and multi-sourced limited recourse financing (including a bond issue) for the purpose of purchasing electricity from EDF -- the deal was named PFI’s "Europe Power Deal of the Year" for 2010
A consortium formed by Vinci Concessions, Vinci Energies, AXA IM, SFR and TDF in connection with the €1 billion financing of the GSM-Rail project (design, construction, deployment of a GSM telecom network dedicated to the French national railway system) -- the deal was named PFI’s "Europe Telecoms Deal of the Year" for 2010
Tangier Mediterranean Special Agency and the government of Morocco in connection with the award, drafting and negotiation of all contracts for the design, construction, operation and maintenance of all phases of the Tangier Mediterranean seaport in Morocco
A French bank in connection with the financing of a hospital in Dammam, Saudi Arabia
Poweo in connection with the design, construction, financing, operation and maintenance of a CCGT power plant in Pont-sur-Sambre, France -- the first ever Combined Cycle Gas Turbine (CCGT) power plant and the first ever Independent Power Project to be limited recourse project financed in France
MTN in connection with obtaining the license for the operation of the second mobile network in Iran and the incorporation of a joint-venture with Iranian partners
NATIXIS and Société Générale (mandated lead arrangers) in connection with the financing of a greenfield hospital project in Bourgoin-Jallieu (France)
CALYON, HSBC, Bank of Scotland (the mandated lead arrangers) in connection with the €980 million financing of the Villy-Le-Pelloux to Saint-Julien-en-Genevois section of the French A41 toll-road project
Financial Security Assurance and CDC IXIS Capital Markets (the senior financiers) in connection with the €460 million index-linked bond financing of the Rouen to Alençon section of the French A28 toll-road project
Lyonnaise des Eaux de Casablanca (LYDEC), the Moroccan utility, in connection with the limited recourse bond-financing of the restructuring of its concession (water and electricity distribution and water treatment) in Casablanca, Morocco
Suez in connection with the design, construction, operation, maintenance and financing of the As-Samra water project in Jordan
1995, University of Cergy-Pontoise, D.E.S.S./D.J.C.E.
1994, Université Paris II - Panthéon-Assas, Maîtrise en Droit des Affaires
1994, University College of London, LL.M.
Corporate and Financial Services
- 1995, University of Cergy-Pontoise, D.E.S.S./D.J.C.E.
- 1994, Université Paris II - Panthéon-Assas, Maîtrise en Droit des Affaires
- 1994, University College of London, LL.M.