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Andrew Compton

Counsel, New York

“I advise lenders, project sponsors and other project participants on the structuring and financing of complex domestic and cross-border matters that are financed on a limited recourse project finance basis.  I have significant sector knowledge and support my clients in finding commercially creative solutions for their transactions.”

Overview

Professional experience

Education and qualifications

Overview

Andrew is a counsel in the Global Energy and Infrastructure Group based in New York. He represents export credit agencies, commercial lenders, project sponsors, multilateral development agencies and other project participants in a wide range of domestic and cross-border project financing transactions, with particular emphasis on the power (including renewables), oil and gas and infrastructure sectors.

Andrew has been recognized by Legal 500 U.S. as a recommended lawyer. He has also spent time working in both Hong Kong and Tokyo, where he was recognized by Legal 500 Asia Pacific as both a recommended practitioner and a “Next Generation Lawyer”.

Work highlights

Andrew has led, or has been a key advisor, on many major project finance transactions. These include advising on the following award-winning mandates:

  • a US-based equity fund in connection with the development and financing of various distributed solar projects across the US
  • the consortium of Vinci, Aeroports de Paris and Astaldi on the US$900m expansion development and financing of the Arturo Merino Benitez Airport in Santiago, Chile 
  • China Development Bank and a consortium of commercial lenders on the US$1.9bn development and financing of the three-tranche (U.S. dollar, Pakistan rupee and Islamic financing) Thar mine-mouth power plant in Pakistan
  • Eksport Credit Fonden of Denmark and a consortium of commercial lenders on the proposed US$2.5bn development and financing of the Cape Wind offshore wind farm off the coast of Massachusetts, U.S.
  • the consortium of PT Medco Indonesia, Itochu Corporation, Ormat International and Kyushu Electric Power Company on the US$1.6bn development and financing of the Sarulla geothermal power project in Indonesia, the largest geothermal project financing globally to date 
  • Japan Bank for International Cooperation and a consortium of commercial lenders on the US$4.3bn development and financing of the Central Java power project in Indonesia

Professional experience

Andrew frequently speaks at industry and client conferences.

Andrew’s recent publications include:

“A mile marker on China’s One Belt One Road”, International Financial Law Review, June 2016

“Official Funding Sources: Export Credit Agencies and Multilateral Development Banks”, International Project Finance – Law and Practice (Second Edition), Oxford University Press, 2015

Education and qualifications

Andrew studied public policy and management at the University of Southern California and holds a Juris Doctor from Cornell Law School.

Andrew is an active member in the New York community, and a frequent volunteer with Hope for New York and Big Brothers Big Sisters of New York City. He is also an active participant in the firm’s pro bono program.