McDermott Expands its Global Energy and Infrastructure Practice with the Addition of a Project Development Partner in London
International law firm McDermott Will & Emery announced today the appointment of Shah Jahan Khandokar as a partner in its global Energy & Infrastructure Practice in London. Shah Jahan joins the Firm’s 50-plus strong global energy team operating across jurisdictions and helping clients resolve complex issues arising from both macro trends and local issues within the industry.
Shah Jahan is a project development lawyer with extensive experience in energy and infrastructure projects advising across the full energy spectrum.
He joins from Hogan Lovells where he served as a member of the Firm’s energy and natural resources leadership team.
“As global energy markets continue to offer opportunities to our clients, we are very pleased to further strengthen our UK and global energy & infrastructure platform with his hire,” said Hamid Yunis, Managing Partner of McDermott’s London office. “Shah Jahan is a talented and energetic lawyer with good international projects experience and will be a great asset helping our clients make the most of the high levels of transactional activity in both conventional and renewable energy markets.”
“Shah Jahan’s appointment in London will further bolster our global energy offering as we continue to focus on guiding our clients through the challenges of the highly-specialized energy sector, added Harris Siskind, global head of McDermott’s transactions practice. “We are excited to welcome Shah to our dedicated, full-service team delivering coordinated counsel around the world and looking after our clients’ transactional and regulatory needs.”
Shah Jahan has broad experience in a range of energy subsectors including conventional power, renewables, hydrogen, oil and gas, LNG, and trading. He focuses on international energy projects, advising foreign investors/sponsors, lenders, and host governments in multiple jurisdictions including Africa, Asia and the Middle East. His clients include multilateral organisations such as the World Bank Group, power developers, international energy companies, mining companies and trading houses.
He has advised on a variety of high value low-carbon projects, including advising a consortium led by BP and SOCAR on one of the world’s largest energy projects, the US$40 billion Shah Deniz 2 gas project in Azerbaijan, advising the lenders in connection with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s US$1 billion Sudair 1,500 MW solar PV plant and representing multiple sponsors and lenders in relation to Egyptian FiT projects (solar and wind totaling US$1.5 billion. He also recently advised the Government of Uzbekistan and the International Finance Corporation on the procurement of the Sirdarya 1,200 – 1,600 MW CCGT power plant and a host government on the procurement of CCUS projects, and continues to advise the management company of an emerging markets energy platform in its US$500 million fund raising and the sponsors of several Asian energy and infrastructure projects.
“I am delighted to be joining McDermott as it continues to build out its robust energy offering,” said Shah Jahan. “The Firm’s impressive global platform, which includes numerous low-carbon and infrastructure specialists, and its truly international mindset will allow me to offer my clients superb support at a time when the sector is undergoing huge growth and volatility in equal measure.”
Shah Jahan is ranked by Legal 500 and Best Lawyers as a Rising Star and One to Watch, respectively. He is the most recent addition to the Firm’s rapidly growing Energy & Infrastructure practice, joining a group of several energy industry heavy hitters such as Clarinda Tjia-Dharmadi, and Merrick White in Singapore, Denmon Sigler, Jack Langlois, Jibin Luke, Kevin Brophy and Andy Lehman in Houston, Marcus Helt in Dallas and Parker Lee, Jim Salerno, Robert da Silva Ashley and Emeka Chinwuba in New York.
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