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  Mitchell Silk


New York

Mitchell is a partner in Allen & Overy’s Projects, Energy & Infrastructure group and head of the U.S. China group based in New York. He has particular expertise in the energy and infrastructure sectors, and is becoming increasingly active in projects in these sectors involving disruptive technology. He advised on many of China’s landmark project financings in a number of sectors and on China’s largest investment in Colombia, as well as on major wind, solar, gas, coal and nuclear power, water, mining and transportation project and real estate acquisitions and financings in the U.S., Asia, Latin America, Caribbean and Africa. He also has considerable private investment funds experience and as fund counsel to numerous sponsors on the structuring, formation, marketing and financing of a number of international real assets funds in the property, infrastructure and energy, mining and real property sectors. He also regularly advises large pension and other funds on their fund investments and co-investments. Mitch also specializes in advising Chinese banks in their strategic expansion in the U.S. and their on-going operations, including advising on acquisition financing in the US (including take private transactions) that involve multiple jurisdictions and complex regulatory, financing and corporate issues as well as their AML and other regulatory compliance requirements. Mitchell is fluent in Mandarin and Cantonese Chinese.

Professional qualifications

Admitted: Bar of the State of Pennsylvania, 1987

Admitted: Bar of Washington, D.C., 1989

Admitted: Bar of the State of New York, 1990

Academic qualifications

Certificate of Advanced Studies in Law, Beijing University (awarded a U.S. National Academy of Sciences fellowship), 1987

J.D., University of Maryland School of Law, 1986

B.S.F.S., cum laude, Georgetown University School of Foreign Service, 1983

National Taiwan Normal University, 1979–1980

Published work

'China asset management: The state of play in onshore and offshore China-related private investment funds', October 2011, Mitchell Silk, Ji Zou, and Jillian Ashley

The Changing Landscape of the U.S. Energy Market: The Political Dimensions of China’s Entry into the U.S. Solar Power Sector, Summer 2011, Mitchell Silk and Jillian Ashley

The Changing Landscape of the U.S. Energy Market: Is China taking over the world? The case of China’s entry into the U.S. wind power sector, Summer 2011, Mitchell Silk and Jillian Ashley

The Changing Landscape of the U.S. Energy Market: Natural gas-fired electric power plants: A key element for future U.S. energy policy, Summer 2011, Mitchell Silk, Paul Mohler and Noah Baer

The Changing Landscape of the U.S. Energy Market: U.S. Shale Gas Developments: Investment opportunities from the wellhead to the burner tip, Summer 2011, Mitchell Silk and Paul Mohler

'Is China Good For Latin America?', Latin Lawyer

'Is China Taking Over the World?', Chicago Journal of International Law

'Hola Comrade: Latin American Firms Prepare for the Chinese Gold Rush', Latin Lawyer, September 2005, with Richard Malish

'Financing Options for PRC Water Projects', The China Business Review, July-August 2000, with Simon Black

'Case Study – Chengdu No. 6 Water Plant', Project Finance International, 23rd February, 2000, with Simon Black

Taiwan Global Trade and Investment Law, Oxford University Press, 1994

Numerous chapters and articles on project finance, water and power development, banking law, international law, Chinese law and the protection of intellectual property rights

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