Amir H. Jahanguiri

Partner

Paris
Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP
21-23 rue de la Ville l'Evêque
75008 Paris
T +33 1 53 43 4540
F +33 1 40 06 9606
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Amir H. Jahanguiri is a partner in the Corporate and Financial Services Department, focusing on structured and project finance. Amir focuses on the financing of energy and infrastructure projects, public infrastructure projects and complex multi-tranched corporate and hybrid bank and capital markets debt financings. He has particular experience handling the financing of highly regulated projects.

Amir 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 Europe, North and Sub-Saharan Africa and the Middle-East. Additionally, he has been actively involved in recent years advising large French corporations in structured debt financing transactions.

Prior to joining Willkie, Amir was a partner at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP in Paris. Amir is fluent in English, French and Farsi.

Highlights

Amir H. Jahanguiri is a partner in the Corporate and Financial Services Department, focusing on structured and project finance. Amir focuses on the financing of energy and infrastructure projects, public infrastructure projects and complex multi-tranched corporate and hybrid bank and capital markets debt financings. He has particular experience handling the financing of highly regulated projects.

Amir 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 Europe, North and Sub-Saharan Africa and the Middle-East. Additionally, he has been actively involved in recent years advising large French corporations in structured debt financing transactions.

Prior to joining Willkie, Amir was a partner at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP in Paris. Amir is fluent in English, French and Farsi.

Selected Significant Matters

Amir’s significant matters include advising:

  • Project sponsor and borrower ELZ Sağlık Yatırım A.Ş. and its shareholders in the Elazıg Integrated Health Campus Project, a public-private partnership (PPP) in Turkey providing for the design, construction, equipment, financing of the health campus, comprising an 888-bed main hospital, 150-bed high-security forensic psychiatric hospital, and 60-unit oral and dental clinic
  • Port Autonome de Lomé and the Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport of the Republic of Togo on the award of concession for towage and mooring services within the port of Lomé, the most significant port in Togo, to Boluda Lomé
  • The Azzurra consortium (consisting of the Atlantia Group, EDF Invest and Aeoporti di Roma) on the bid for the privatization of Nice’s airport; the consortium will acquire the French state’s 60% interest in the company that controls three airports on the French Riviera
  • The consortium formed by the Nord de France Administrative Region’s Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the territorial Côte d’Opale Chamber of Commerce and Industry, CDC Infrastructure and Meridiam with respect to the 50-year concession agreement for the operation, maintenance and development of the sea-ports of Calais and Boulogne-sur-Mer for fifty years, including the design, completion and financing of an extension to the Calais port (“Calais Port 2015” project) representing an investment of more than €900 million
  • The lenders in the refinancing of the French A63 toll road (between Gironde and Landes), which involved a €860 million credit facility with a 25-year maturity made available to Concessionaire Atlandes
  • Exeltium SA, a project company that supplies electricity in France, in the successful refinancing of its €1.435 billion senior debt
  • The sponsors (including Meridiam, Rönesans, Sila Group, and Sam Yapi) and the project company in the second healthcare public-private partnership (PPP) in Turkey, which provides for the design, financing, construction, operation and maintenance of a new 476-bed hospital in Yozgat, Turkey
  • Meridiam and Ronesans as the main sponsors of the first healthcare PPP project in Turkey, a €550 million project that will create a major healthcare facility in Adana
  • OFI Infravia in the acquisition of a stake in Régaz Bordeaux
  • Direction des Fonds d’Epargne on the PPP project for the financing, construction, operation and maintenance of three units of Grenoble University
  • Lenders Allianz Global Investors, Crédit Agricole Corporate & Investment Bank and Société Générale in the €620 million PPP project for the financing, design, construction and maintenance of the A507 motorway (L2 Bypass) in Marseille
  • 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

Prior Experience

Prior to joining Willkie, Amir was a partner at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP in Paris.

Recognition, Honors & Awards

Chambers Europe (2016) ranks Amir as a leading practitioner in the areas of International Projects and PFI/PPP and Chambers Global (2016) ranks him as a leading practitioner in the area of International Projects in France.

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Recognition, Honors & Awards

Chambers Europe (2016) ranks Amir as a leading practitioner in the areas of International Projects and PFI/PPP and Chambers Global (2016) ranks him as a leading practitioner in the area of International Projects in France.

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