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Lauren Davies

Lauren Davies Counsel, Energy Transactions & Projects

Lauren’s practice focuses on project finance. She has advised on matters in the oil and gas, petrochemical, mining and metals, power and other sectors. Lauren has experience representing sponsors and lenders in connection with the development and financing of international projects. 

Experience Highlights

  • STAR Rafineri A.Ş. a subsidiary of the State Oil Company of the Azerbaijan Republic (SOCAR) and its sponsors on the development and financing of a $6 billion greenfield oil refinery in Turkey on the Aegean Sea. This is the largest project financing in Turkey and involves the largest and most diverse group of ECAs for any multi-source financing in Turkey to date. The STAR project sets new benchmarks for project financings in Turkey in terms of amount and tenor of facilities. The Project won 10 awards including Infrastructure Journal’s “European Oil and Gas Deal of the Year 2014”
  • A joint venture among Korean Gas Corp (KOGAS), Honam Petrochemical Corp, STX Energy and Uzbekneftegas, on the development and financing (led by the Asian Development Bank, KEXIM, and KSure) of the approximately $4 billion Surgil upstream gas and petrochemicals project; 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
  • SOCAR GPC on its proposed multibillion dollar development and financing of a gas processing plant and petrochemicals facility in Azerbaijan
  • SOCAR Polymer on the approximately $800 million development and  financing of facilities for the production of polypropylene and high-density polyethylene in the Republic of Azerbaijan
  • Eurochem on the construction and financing of an approximately $1 billion dollar ammonia complex to be located within the existing Phosphorit industrial complex at Kingisepp in the Russian Federation
  • A Norwegian energy company in development and financing of the approximately $20 billion Phase 1 of the Shtokman gas, condensate and LNG project with Gazprom and Total
  • SOCAR Turcas Petrokimya AS on a $1 billion loan facility arranged by Credit Suisse to refinance an existing acquisition loan facility and to finance the final installment of the purchase price for Petkim Petrokimya Holding AS
  • A State-owned oil company and an Asian investor on the construction and financing of multibillion dollar Mubarek petrochemicals project in Uzbekistan
  • A Toronto Stock Exchange and AIM-listed company on a $600 million seven-year loan facility to be provided by Qatar Holding LLC, the investment arm of Qatar’s sovereign wealth fund, and a $150 million loan note facility to finance the development of the Skouries and Olympias gold projects in Greece
  • A Turkey-based petrochemical company in connection with the construction, financing, and operation of a container port on the Aegean coast of Turkey


Contact Details

London

T +44.20.7065.6023
M +44.772.008.8725
ldavies@velaw.com
20 Fenchurch Street
24th Floor
London EC3M 3BY
United Kingdom
Local time: 5:45 PM
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Lauren's Practices

  • BPP Law School, LPC with Distinction, 2008
  • University of Manchester, L.L.B. First Class, 2006 
  • Admitted to practice: Solicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales
  • Selected to the London Rising Stars list, Super Lawyers (Thomson Reuters), 2015

Solicitors and Registered Foreign Lawyers. A list of partner names is available for inspection at 20 Fenchurch Street, 24th Floor, London, EC3M 3BY. Vinson & Elkins RLLP is a limited liability partnership formed under the laws of New York authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (No. 0079019).