Christopher McIsaac is focused on the development and financing of complex infrastructure projects.
Christopher has a broad-based finance experience including lender and sponsor representation across a range of industry sectors, particularly oil and gas, power generation and other energy projects. He is Counsel to commercial lenders, export credit agencies, multilateral development institutions, and project sponsors.
Christopher has structured, drafted and negotiated credit facilities involving recourse, non-recourse, mezzanine, capital lease, and offshore trust structures, among others. He has also structured and documented a variety of equity arrangements on behalf of sponsors and developers including: the negotiation of project contracts with concession grantors, power purchasers and other offtakers, EPC contractors, equipment suppliers, and fuel suppliers; negotiated and documented financing arrangements in the public and private markets involving commercial banks, export credit agencies, multilateral development institutions, institutional lenders, and underwriters.
Christopher spent nearly five years in Asia, where he was the attorney in charge of the Singapore office of a major New York law firm.
- IDB and US Ex-Im Bank in connection with the financing of the 50 MW Palmatir wind project in Uruguay, which is being developed by Abengoa using turbines supplied by Gamesa
- IDB and OPIC in connection with the approximately US$180 million financing for the development, construction and operation of Phases I and II of the expansion and upgrade of the Juan Santamaría International Airport in Costa Rica
- IFC, IDB, EIB and Proparco in connection with the 35-year BOT concession for the design, finance, construction, operation and maintenance of the US$337 million Transjamaica Highway Limited toll road refinancing and expansion
- JBIC and IDB in the US$1.4 billion completion of the Rodoanel toll road project in São Paulo
- IDB, JBIC, IFC, CAF and EIB in connection with the financing of the $5.25 billion Panama Canal Expansion Project
- IDB in connection with the Reventazon Hydroelectric Project in Costa Rica, an approximately US$1 billion, 306 MW project sponsored by ICE, the state-owned utility
- Siemens in connection with its equity investment in the Longview Power Project in West Virginia, one of the few, if not the only, baseload coal-fired power plants permitted in the United States in the last decade. We handled the Section 203 application and FERC approval of Siemens Financial Services' acquisition of a 10.75% interest in the project
- The US Department of Energy in connection with the financing of an 800 MW distributed solar (PV) project on commercial rooftops in 28 States sponsored by ProLogis and NRG, as part of our larger DOE Loan guarantee program assignment
News and client work
Career and qualifications
- University of North Carolina, (B.A. with Highest Honors) 1982
- University of Virginia School of Law (J.D.) 1985
- Admitted as an Attorney-at-Law in Virginia 1985
- Admitted as an Attorney-at-Law in the District of Columbia 1986
- Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy, 1985
- Partner, Winston & Strawn, 1995
- Joined Clifford Chance as a Partner 2006
- Adjunct professor of law at Georgetown University Law Centre, and teaches a seminar on project financing in emerging markets
Awards and citations
Christopher McIsaac has been ranked as Band 2 in Chambers USA - Projects (Nationwide). Christopher McIsaac is "constructive and good with the agencies," according to sources. His expertise is concentrated in the energy sector with ability across oil and gas and traditional power generation projects. He is noted for his ability to advise sponsors and lenders on complex structured financings.
Chambers USA 2017 - Projects