International Project Finance: Law and Practice (2nd edition)

John Dewar

The second edition of this new authority on project financing continues to provide guidance on the legal and practical issues relevant to international projects. As well as addressing the basic principles which affect the structuring and documentation of project financings, the book also explains structural, legal and contractual differences between the various sectors such as transportation, telecommunication,infrastructure/Public Private Partnerships,conventional, renewable and nuclear power, mining, and oil and gas, the latter sector focus being new to this edition. The book considers the application of English and New York law in cross-border documentation and legal and practical matters associated with running financing projects in civil law jurisdictions. Different sources of funding are also examined, such as banking and international bond documentation, and Islamic financing practice, in particular the use of Murabaha financing techniques andwith additional analysis in this edition of the growing sukuk (Isalmic bond) market. This includes the legal and documentation issues arising from the use of such financing techniques and how they interact with each other from a legal and contractual perspective. Equally significant, the book provides analysis of project defaults and work-outs giving guidance on how to manage projects when these circumstances arise. which get into trouble. The book also contains extensive coverage of dispute resolution in international projects. Project finance is used worldwide to structure and finance natural resource and infrastructure projects and practitioners must have a thorough grasp of the underlying principles in context. This book addresses this need, providing detailed guidance on practical issues such as the identification and assessment of project risk with relevant documentation such as risk matrices and checklists covering both key project contracts and the major terms of a project financing aimed at providing practical guidance to practitioners on the structuring of projects.


1. Approaching Legal Issues in a Project Finance Transaction
2. Project Participants and Structure
3. Sources of Funding
4. Project Risks
5. Allocation of Risks in Project Documentation
6. International Projects - Sector Focus
7. Insurance
8. Principle Finance Documentation
9. Official Funding Sources: Export Credit Agencies & Multilateral
10. Documentation of Project Bonds
11. Islamic Project Finance
12. Ancillary Finance Documentation
13. Project Finance in Civil Law Jurisdictions
14. Restructuring Project Financings
15. Dispute Resolution in Project Finance Transactions


John Dewar is a partner at Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP, and a member of the Project Finance Group. Mr. Dewar's practice centres on project and structured finance transactions in Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Asia. HeOver the last 20 years, he has acted for both lenders and sponsors in a wide range of industries, including power, oil and gas, LNG, petrochemicals, satellites, telecommunications, water, infrastructure and mining. John is also a memberchair of the Islamic Finance Business Unit. Mr. Dewar attended Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge (1988) and the College of Law, Guildford (1989). He is a member of the Law Society of England and Wales.