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Anthony Giustini

Partner

Clifford Chance, Paris
Practice area Project development & finance, Banking & finance, PFI PPP
Sector Energy & resources
Tel +33144055926

Anthony Giustini

Partner

Anthony Giustini specialises mainly on project development and finance transactions in the oil and gas, petrochemical, power projects, mining and infrastructure sectors, in markets throughout the world.

Anthony is particularly experienced in Africa-related matters and is the Regional Managing Partner for Africa.

Career and qualifications

  • Princeton University (AB) 1981
  • Harvard Law School (JD) 1984
  • European University Institute (LLM) 1985
  • Admitted as an Attorney-at-Law in New York 1985
  • Admitted as an attorney-at-law in Washington DC 1988
  • Admitted as an avocat in Paris 1990
  • White & Case, lawyer and Partner, Paris and New York 1985
  • Joined Clifford Chance as a Partner 2001
  • Speaks English, French and Italian

Awards and citations

  • "Clifford Chance is ‘the best in town and gives clients real value for money’. The firm provides ‘superb in-depth analysis and knowledge of project finance’ and its ‘ability to link legal and commercial aspects is outstanding’. The Paris hub stands out for its top capabilities on both domestic and international projects and is involved in several of France, Europe and Africa’s landmark power, hydropower, gas, renewables and pipeline projects including major domestic offshore projects and brownfield transactions. Abroad, the practice is assisting the Maltese Government with a 215MW gas-fired power plant and a LNG storage and degasification facility project. The first-class team is led by Anthony Giustini, Nikolaï Eatwell and Daniel Zerbib. David Préat is a key name for public law matters in France and abroad. Also strongly recommended are Delphine Siino Courtin and Benjamin de Blegiers, who is ‘a must when it comes to M&A transactions in the energy and infrastructure sector’. Richard Tomlinson is another name to note."
    Legal 500 EMEA, France, Industry Focus: Energy, 2018
  • "The ‘extremely professional’ Clifford Chance is ‘above the pack’, ‘provides high quality work’ and is ‘the best in town and gives clients real value for money’. The firm provides ‘superb in-depth analysis and knowledge of project finance’ work and its ‘ability to link legal and commercial aspects is outstanding’. The 38-lawyer team stands out for its leading capabilities on both domestic and international projects but is also involved in large transport and construction projects in Africa and Turkey: notably, the practice is assisting HSBC and sponsors Meridiam and Rönesans with the project bond financing of the Turkish Elazig health campus, and several lenders with the financing of the Turkish Bursa health centre. In France, the practice is involved in most of the country’s few ongoing large greenfield projects, including advising Transdev’s biding consortium on the Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport Express rail project. Other work included high-profile instructions in the energy sector, including involvement in many of France, Europe and Africa’s landmark power, hydropower, gas, renewables and pipeline projects: it is assisting the Maltese Government with a 215MW gas-fired power plant and a LNG facility project. Practice heads Anthony Giustini, Nikolaï Eatwell and Daniel Zerbib are some of the market’s finest advisers. David Préat is a key name for public law matters in France and abroad and also strongly recommended are Delphine Siino Courtin and Benjamin de Blegiers, who is ‘a must when it comes to M&A transactions in the energy and infrastructure sectors’. Richard Tomlinson is also involved."
    Legal 500 EMEA, France, Project Finance, 2018
  • Anthony Giustini is described as "very commercial" by clients. He enjoys an impressive reputation in the energy and natural resources field, regularly assisting clients with PFI, PPP and project finance issues. He often advises banks and commercial lenders on cross-border matters, with a strong focus on Africa.
    Chambers Europe, France, Energy & Natural Resources, 2018
  • Anthony Giustini co-leads the firm's Africa group. He enjoys an excellent reputation for his practice within which he is notably active on the lender side of major energy or infrastructure projects. He has experience working in a range of jurisdictions, including Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Interviewees commend his commercial approach and report that he is "doing amazing international work."
    Chambers Europe, France, International Projects, 2018
    Chambers Global, France, Projects: International Projects, 2018
  • "Clifford Chance has ‘excellent’ expertise and is particularly recommended for the most complex projects. The firm often advises export credit agencies and commercial lenders on the financing of Africa’s largest power projects and also assists state entities; acts on projects in France and Europe, covering oil and gas, conventional energy and renewables, as well as transport and other infrastructure in France and Africa. Highlights included advising the Maltese government on the development and financing of a 215MW gas-fired power plant and an LNG storage and degasification facility, as well as assisting the lenders with the financing of the 450MW Azura-Edo IPP project in Nigeria. Anthony Giustini, Daniel Zerbib and public law expert David Préat are market-leading figures, as is the ‘very responsive and highly knowledgeable’ Nikolaï Eatwell. Delphine Siino Courtin, ‘dealmaker’ Benjamin de Blegiers and Richard Tomlinson are also recommended."
    Legal 500 EMEA, France, Project Finance, 2017
  • "Clifford Chance has ‘excellent’ expertise and is particularly recommended for high-profile projects. The firm often advises export credit agencies and commercial lenders on the financing of large African power projects – such as the financing of the 450MW Azura-Edo IPP project in Nigeria – and also routinely assists state entities. It is handling energy projects in France and Europe, and is particularly active in the oil and gas and renewable energy sectors. Highlights included advising the Maltese government on the development and financing of a 215MW gas-fired power plant and an LNG storage and degasification facility. Anthony Giustini, the ‘very responsive and highly knowledgeable’ Nikolaï Eatwell, Daniel Zerbib and public law expert David Préat are leading market figures. Delphine Siino Courtin, ‘dealmaker’ Benjamin de Blegiers and Richard Tomlinson are also recommended."
    Legal 500 EMEA, France, Energy, 2017
  • Anthony Giustini advises on project finance, PFI, PPP and construction in various sectors. These include petrochemicals, mining, infrastructure, as well as oil and gas. He recently advised a pool of senior lenders on the financing of an USD890 million open cycle gas turbine project in Edo State in Nigeria.
    Chambers Europe, France, Energy & Natural Resources, 2017
  • Head of department and co-head of the firm's Africa group, Anthony Giustini is highly respected in the area of project finance. Sources say he is "one of the reference lawyers for project work in Paris and France." A client adds: "He is very sensible, logical and very good at speaking to lenders." He recently advised the pool of lenders on the USD409 million financing of the Dakar toll road extension.
    Chambers Global, France, Projects: International Projects, 2017
    Chambers Europe, France, International Projects, 2017
  • Anthony Giustini remains a highly respected reference on the market for project development and finance in oil and gas, petrochemicals, power and mining. He has a particularly strong reputation for international projects. "He is brilliant on large transactions involving government entities and very big project financings," notes one contented client.
    Chambers Europe, France, Energy & Natural Resources, 2016
  • A leading name on the market, Anthony Giustini has a wide project finance and development practice and co-heads the firm's Africa group. He is most active in the fields of oil and gas, petrochemicals, power, mining and infrastructure. One client notes: "Tony is, as far as I'm concerned, the best. He's got the experience, has seen it all, is incredibly calm and is a master at negotiation."
    Chambers Europe, France, Projects: International Projects, 2016
  • "Clifford Chance’s impressive energy projects practice often advises lenders and is involved in numerous large hydropower, conventional and renewable energy project financings in Africa, as well as high-profile renewable energy projects in France. The practice is assisting the lenders with the financing of the 450MW Azura gas turbine power project in Nigeria and has been advising Eolien Maritime France on three major offshore wind farm projects. The firm also handles oil and gas and mining work, as well as some energy M&A. Key figures in the practice include co-head of the firm’s Africa practice Anthony Giustini, co-head of the North Africa practice Delphine Siino Courtin, Nikolaï Eatwell and David Préat, who is a reference in public law. Laurent Schoenstein is also involved in some M&A-related work; Richard Tomlinson was promoted to partner".
    Legal 500 EMEA, France, Energy, 2016
  • "Clifford Chance has the ‘best lawyers in town’ for French project finance work and is involved in major domestic road and infrastructure projects, as well as mandates internationally. It is assisting the International Finance Corporation (IFC) with the financing of the Adana health campus. The firm also has an impressive energy project practice, where it often advises lenders. It is involved in many conventional power, hydro and renewable energy project financings in Africa, such as assisting the lenders with the 120MW Kribi power plant expansion financing in Cameroon. Key figures in the team for international projects include Anthony Giustini, who jointly heads the firm’s Africa practice, Delphine Siino Courtin, who jointly heads the firm’s North Africa practice, as well as Nikolaï Eatwell and recently promoted partner Richard Tomlinson. For domestic project finance work, David Préat stands out for public law aspects, while Daniel Zerbib and recently promoted partner Benjamin de Blegiers are ‘outstanding individuals either on the banks or sponsor side’."
    Legal 500 EMEA, France, Project Finance, 2016
  • Co-head of the firm's Africa practice Anthony Giustini is extremely knowledgeable of Africa-related matters. He handles finance transactions and project development work in the mining and infrastructure sectors.
    Chambers Global, France, Projects: International Projects, 2016
  • A leading name in the market, Anthony Giustini has a wide project finance and development practice and co-heads the firm's Africa group. He is most active in the fields of oil and gas, petrochemicals, power, mining and infrastructure. One client notes: "Tony is, as far as I'm concerned, the best. He's got the experience, has seen it all, is incredibly calm and is a master at negotiation."
    Chambers Global, France, Projects: International Projects, 2016
  • "Leading the Africa practice, Anthony Giustini a highly regarded project finance lawyer with long-standing experience on mandates in emerging economies."
    Chambers Global, France, Corporate/M&A, 2015
  • Anthony Giustini is "without a doubt" one of the foremost project finance advisers acting in Africa. Sources highlight his "extremely practical approach" and "gazillion years of experience" in African energy projects. He co-heads the Africa practice from the Paris office.
    Chambers Global, Africa-wide, Projects & Energy, 2015
  • Paris-based Anthony Giustini is best known for his finance practice, while sources are also unanimous in endorsing his African expertise, calling him a "top lawyer". He is one of the co-heads of the firm's Africa group.
    Chambers Global, Africa-wide, Corporate/Commercial, 2015
  • Anthony Giustini leads the firm's Africa practice. He focuses on project development and finance matters and handles work for both sponsors and lenders in the power, oil and gas, infrastructure and mining sectors. Impressed clients describe him as "just top notch: extremely experienced, straight to the point, realistic, commercial and someone who considers the context all the time."
    Chambers Global, France, Projects: International Projects, 2015
  • Anthony Giustini co-heads the worldwide projects group. He has 27 years of experience in this area, focusing mainly on the development and financing aspects of oil and gas, mining, infrastructure and energy projects across EMEA. One source describes him as "a legend in his own right. Probably one of the most experienced projects lawyers out there. He's excellent at mitigating risk and outstanding at resolving deadlocks in tough negotiations."
    Chambers Europe, Projects: International Projects, 2014
  • "Anthony Giustini is a highly respected practitioner who focuses on the development and financing of major power, infrastructure and natural resources projects. In the words of one interviewee: "He's technically very strong and good at making things happen - this is the type of lawyer I like." Recent activity includes advising SOCAR on the development of an integrated oil, gas and petrochemicals complex."
    Chambers Europe, Energy & Natural Resources, 2014
  • "Anthony Giustini "has a great practice, and is a name that always comes up for Africa." He is involved in transactional work in the energy sector and is sought out for large financing mandates."
    Chambers Global, Africa-wide, Corporate/Commercial, 2014
  • Anthony Giustini stands out among commentators for his high level of activity, extensive experience and the practical, specific local advice he offers clients. One source described him as "a real pleasure to work with - even though he's under a lot of pressure he's always in a good mood."
    Chambers Global, Africa-wide, Projects & Energy, 2014
  • "Paris is the hub of Clifford Chance’s worldwide projects practice. The team includes some 30 lawyers who meet ‘the highest standards’ and assist financial institutions and sponsors on landmark projects globally. It advised the export credit agencies on the Bosphorus Tunnel project in Turkey and represented International Power-GDF Suez and Nareva on the 1,300MW Safi integrated power project. Anthony Giustini co-heads the firm’s global practice."
    Legal 500, Project Finance and Energy: Project Finance, 2014

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