Emeka Chinwuba has joined Baker McKenzie as a Partner in the North America Banking, Finance & Major Projects Practice, bringing more than 15 years of experience advising on project finance transactions in the power and infrastructure sectors.
Based in New York, Emeka has advised clients in general bank finance transactions, project development and finance transactions in a variety of areas, including conventional and renewable energy power projects, infrastructure projects and US public private partnership (P3) transactions. He also has handled transactions related to asset acquisitions, holding company and investment grade financings, as well as parking and toll road concessions. In addition, he has counseled on complex financing projects in the US, South America, Middle East and Africa.
"We are focused on further strengthening our transactional and project finance practices in New York, and Emeka will bring highly valuable insights to our clients seeking guidance on their energy and infrastructure transactions," said Jose Moran, Chair of Baker McKenzie's North America Banking, Finance & Major Projects Practice. "Emeka's depth of experience handling project financings for leading companies in the infrastructure space and across the energy spectrum, including the independent power, oil and gas, Midstream and LNG sectors in the US and Africa, will make him a sought-after adviser for many of our clients. We are very pleased to add him to our growing and dynamic team."
A dual-qualified lawyer in Africa and the US, Emeka previously completed a year-long secondment to the Abu Dhabi-based renewable energy company Masdar, a subsidiary of Abu Dhabi's sovereign fund, Mubadala Investment Co., where he advised on the development and financing of renewable energy projects.
Attorneys in the Firm's North America Banking, Finance & Major Projects Practice advise on all aspects of cross-border and domestic financing across a broad range of industries. The practice is experienced in local and international banking and finance laws, regulations and customs, and is staffed by attorneys with deep language and cultural connections to the region.
"Emeka is another standout addition to our team, as we continue to enhance our transactional capabilities in New York and throughout North America," said Colin Murray, Baker McKenzie's Managing Partner in North America. "His truly global practice will be an immense asset to many of our clients as they expand into new markets, particularly in the US and Africa."
Added Emeka, "Baker McKenzie's renowned global platform will allow me to further expand my practice and the services I offer my clients. I am very pleased to join the Firm's talented transactional team in New York."
Emeka received his LL.B. from the University of Nigeria, his B.L. from Nigerian Law School and his LL.M. from Columbia Law School. He is licensed to practice in New York and Nigeria.
Baker McKenzie has added more than 40 partners in North America over the last two years, as it continues to strengthen its presence in key markets. In New York specifically, the Firm has added 10 partners and counsel in a range of practices, with a focus on the Firm's cross-border transactional capabilities. Recent additions include bankruptcy attorney Blaire Cahn, funds lawyer Karl Egbert and employment litigator Meredith Kaufman.