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A&O Partner David Christensen Joins U.S. Projects Team

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06 January 2020

Christensen moves to the U.S. after 7 years in A&O’s Australian offices

Allen & Overy announced that partner David Christensen has joined the firm’s U.S. Projects, Energy, Natural Resources & Infrastructure (PENRI) team in New York, effective January 2, 2020. David spent the past 7 years in A&O’s Australian offices (and, prior to that, A&O’s London office).

David’s practice focuses on representing clients on the acquisition, financing and development of domestic and offshore infrastructure, energy and natural resources transactions and other structured finance arrangements. He has deep experience on complex multi-source and cross-border financing transactions, including bank/bond and ECA-backed financings.

“We are pleased to welcome David to the New York office to continue growing our Americas PENRI team,” said Kent Rowey, New York partner and Head of A&O’s U.S. PENRI practice. “David is a seasoned energy and infrastructure lawyer. He brings tremendous expertise advising on major infrastructure and energy projects across the globe, particularly in sophisticated bank and capital markets financings.”

David was named partner at A&O in 2014. He has earned several industry distinctions, most recently a Leading Lawyer – Highly Regarded in IFLR1000 for Project Finance, a Best Lawyer Australia award in 2019 for his work in Banking & Finance and Project Finance & Development, and he was named a “Recognised Practitioner” by Chambers & Partners Asia Pacific for Project Finance.

Some of David’s notable engagements include advising:

  • Port of Melbourne on the multi-source refinancing program for its AUD4.6bn acquisition facilities.
  • Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets (MIRA) and the Public Sector Pension Investment Board on the AUD1.6 billion acquisition of the 40-year concession to operate South Australia's Land Services Group.
  • The export credit agencies and commercial bank lenders in relation to the USD7.2 billion project financing of the Roy Hill iron ore mine, rail and port project in Western Australia.
  • The Independent State of Papua New Guinea and the State-affiliated project participants in relation to their participation in and the USD14 billion project financing of the PNG LNG project.

“I am very excited to be joining the A&O team in the U.S. after spending many years working on transactions that involve American financial institutions,” said David. “I look forward to using my background in cross-border and multi-source financing to guide our clients to even greater success.”

For further information in the U.S., please contact Samantha Norquist at pro-a& or in the UK, Susanna Robinson at