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Infrastructure

The Infrastructure team at Vinson & Elkins has experience in structuring and development financing of concession-based projects, public-private partnerships (PPP), and in acquisitions, disposals, and privatizations of infrastructure portfolio assets and projects throughout the world. Our clients include buy-side and sell-side entities, sponsors, equity investors, financiers, contractors, and public sector participants who benefit from our experience, including in connection with complex regulatory requirements and the UK's PPP model, both in the UK and as it has been applied in jurisdictions around the world.

V&E lawyers provide a comprehensive service to clients on all phases of such acquisitions and projects, and our Infrastructure team is completely integrated into our broader network of offices. The practice is represented by multiple areas of law, including our Project Development and Finance, Mergers & Acquisitions, Private Equity, Capital Markets, Finance, Government Contracts, Environmental Regulatory (including Energy Regulatory), Tax, and Intellectual Property practices, allowing us to bring the right experience and skills to any transaction.

Our lawyers advise clients on infrastructure acquisitions and projects in both developed and emerging markets and across a diverse range of industries, including:

  • Airports
  • Data centers
  • Electric power
  • Fiber networks and cable television systems
  • Heavy and light rail/mass transit systems
  • Hospitals and other medical facilities
  • Industrial complexes and manufacturing facilities
  • Pipelines
  • Ports
  • Rail and terminals
  • Roads, toll roads, and toll bridges
  • Renewables
  • Sports facilities
  • Telecommunication towers
  • Transportation and logistics
  • Waste oil recycling
  • Water and wastewater

Additional Information

Practice Highlights

  • A joint venture among Korean Gas Corp (KOGAS), Lotte Chemical, STX Energy, and Uzbekneftegas, on the development of the approximately $4 billion Surgil upstream gas and petrochemicals project and the Asian Development Bank, KEXIM, and KSure-led financing thereof; Project Finance International’s “Petrochemical Deal of the Year 2012”, Infrastructure Journal’s “Oil and Gas Deal of the Year 2013”, The American Lawyer’s “Global Finance Deal of the Year: Project Finance (Asia) 2014”, and the largest project financing in Central Asia
  • An African telecom infrastructure company on the acquisition and leaseback of telecom towers in various African countries (e.g. Chad, Congo B, Côte d’Ivoire, DRC, Gabon, Ghana, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda), together with related equity investment and build-to-suit arrangements
  • A privately owned hedge fund sponsor on the acquisition of telecom tower asset infrastructure in Latin America
  • The Panama Canal Authority in relation to construction and engineering aspects of the $5.25 billion Panama Canal Expansion Program; the project is currently in construction, and V&E represents the Canal Authority in multiple DAB proceedings and in ICC arbitration
  • BP in the $2.4 billion sale of its Texas City refinery and a portion of its retail and logistics network in the Southeast United States to Marathon Petroleum
  • Enbridge Energy Partners in a $2.6 billion joint venture with Marathon Petroleum Corporation to construct the Sandpiper pipeline project, an approximately 610-mile interstate crude oil pipeline originating in North Dakota
  • Highstar Capital in the formation of, and equity commitment to, NorthStar Midstream, a joint venture with NorthStar Transloading focused on energy transportation infrastructure in the Bakken Shale