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Jessica Stratford

Counsel (admitted in England & Wales, not admitted in Australia), entitled to practise foreign law only


Jessica Stratford

Counsel (admitted in England & Wales, not admitted in Australia), entitled to practise foreign law only


Jessica is an English law qualified banking and finance lawyer with a wide range of experience advising financiers, sponsors and borrowers on cross-border project finance, corporate finance and leveraged finance transactions.

She has particular expertise advising on energy and mining projects in the APAC region as well as sub-Saharan Africa. Jessica has previously worked at our London and Paris offices. Pursuant to her status as a registered foreign lawyer in Western Australia, she is also entitled to practise Australian law under the supervision of an Australian legal practitioner.

Experience highlights



Level 12, Exchange Tower, 2 The Esplanade
WA 6000

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Admitted as a solicitor, England and Wales, 2011


BA, Law with French Law, Magdalen College, Oxford University, 2006

Other noteworthy experience


  • EMR Capital on the financing of its acquisition of the Golden Grove base and precious metals mine in Western Australia and related refinancing.
  • Proparco on its mezzanine financing of the 72 MW Krnovo wind farm in Montenegro. The project won the EMEA Finance Project Finance – Best Sustainability Deal in 2016.
  • CDC and Norfund on the acquisition of a portfolio of power plants and associated infrastructure in five African jurisdictions (Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Kenya, South Africa and Tanzania). The portfolio includes gas-fired IPPs and a gas-to-power project.
  • African Development Bank, Development Bank of Southern Africa, FMO and Proparco on the financing of the 120MW Itezhi-Tezhi hydropower project in Zambia.
  • NEXI and a syndicate of commercial banks on the USD1.43bn debt financing of the Az Zour North IWPP, the first independent water and power project in Kuwait. The project won the IFLR Middle East Project Finance Deal of the Year in 2014.
  • International Finance Corporation, Standard Bank and OFID on the financing of the 80MW Gulf Energy (Athi River) HFO power project in Kenya.

Pro bono

  • Assisting the UNHCR with a research project looking at the international and domestic legal frameworks relating to child protection and their application to child refugees, across a number of countries in the Asia-Pacific region.