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Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP

James W. Head

James W. Head

Senior Attorney

Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP
D.C., U.S.A.

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Jamie’s practice focuses on project finance and infrastructure, at home and abroad.

Jamie’s practice focuses on project finance and infrastructure, particularly in the energy and transportation industries.

Jamie has extensive experience advising and representing clients on large-scale infrastructure developments and public-private partnerships (“P3s”) around the world, including in Tanzania, Uganda, Mozambique, Rwanda, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Burundi, Cameroon, Ghana, Nigeria, Croatia, Kosovo, Serbia, Bosnia, Turkey, Cambodia, and the United States.

Prior to joining the firm, Jamie served as a Judge Advocate in the US Navy JAG Corps where he worked on a variety of international, criminal, and civil law issues.

Relevant Experience

  • Advising the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) in connection with multiple investments, including a $40 million loan to a helium and gas liquefaction project in South Africa, a $45 million loan to a warehouse operations project in Argentina, and a $50 million loan to an oil production facility project in Kurdistan, Iraq.
  • Advising the developer in a $1.8 billion urban redevelopment project in Richmond, Virginia, which includes a $250 million sports and entertainment arena funded by the City of Richmond through tax increment financing bonds.
  • Advising a short-listed proposer on its bid to acquire the proposed long-term lease and concession of the University of Iowa Utility System.
  • Advised a leading infrastructure fund on a long-haul fiber-optic project in the United States.
  • Advised a leading transportation infrastructure fund on its bid to acquire a long-term concession and lease of the parking system at Sky Harbor International Airport in Phoenix, Arizona.
  • Advised the Virginia Department of Transportation on the DBFOM procurement of the $2.1 billion I-66 HOT Lanes Project in Northern Virginia, the largest P3 tendered to date by the Commonwealth of Virginia.
  • Advised the sponsor on the Michigan Freeway Lighting Project, the groundbreaking project with the Michigan Department of Transportation that used a P3 to upgrade and maintain freeway lights in Detroit’s tri-county area.
  • Advised the government of the Republic of Srpska, Bosnia, and Herzegovina in the development of an approximately €300 million, 42-kilometer motorway PPP project between Banja Luka and Prijedor in northwest Bosnia and Herzegovina.
  • Advised the Federal Government of Nigeria and Nigerian Bulk Electricity Trading PLC (NBET) in connection with all aspects of:
    • the restructuring and privatization of Nigeria’s electricity sector,
    • the groundbreaking $1.2 billion Azura-Edo independent power project,
    • over 2,000 MW of thermal independent power projects,
    • the procurement of long term PPAs in relation to PV solar projects with an aggregate capacity of 1,125 MW and an estimated capital cost of $1.76 billion,
    • the development of hydroelectric projects, and
    • the procurement of long term PPAs in relation to a number of wind farms with an aggregate capacity of 400 MW.
  • Advised the International Finance Corporation and the Republic of Ghana in connection with introduction of private sector participation into the Electricity Company of Ghana, one of the largest distribution utilities in Sub-Saharan Africa, through a 20 year concession.
  • Advised multiple solar project development companies in the development, financing, and acquisition of solar projects around the United States.
  • Advised the Government of Kosovo in relation to the renovation and development of approximately 1,200 MW of lignite-fired combined heat and power plants in Pristina.
  • Advised Hrvatska Elektroprivreda (HEP), the national electricity company of the Republic of Croatia, on an international tender for the design, engineering, financing, construction, operation, and maintenance of a new €1.4 billion, 500 MW coal-fired power plant at Plomin in Istria, Croatia.
  • Advised the Government of Uganda on the development and operation of the Bujagali hydroelectric facility located on the River Nile. The project constitutes the largest-ever private sector investment in the region and was awarded Project Finance magazine’s “African Power Deal of the Year.”
  • Advised Energies de Grands Lacs and the Governments of Burundi, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Rwanda on the development of the 145 MW Ruzizi III Regional Hydroelectric Dam, which will be located on the border between Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo and will sell capacity and energy to the utilities of Burundi, Rwanda, and the DRC.
  • Advised the sponsors on the development and financing of a $650 million fiber optic cable system connecting South Africa, Mozambique, Madagascar, Kenya, Tanzania, India and Marseilles, France. The SEACOM deal involved eight jurisdictions, including Mauritius, Mozambique, Tanzania, Kenya, India, Djibouti, Egypt, and South Africa. The deal was awarded Project Finance magazine’s “African Telecoms Deal of the Year.”

Bar Admissions

  • Virginia

Education

BA, University of Virginia, Political and Social Thought, with high distinction, Phi Beta Kappa, 2003
Areas of Practice
Professional Career

Professional Associations

  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, Virginia Bar Association 

  • Former Member, Virginia Board for Professional and Occupational Regulation
  • Former President, Tredegar Society, American Civil War Museum
  • Fellow, Royal Geographical Society
  • Member, Chatham House
Articles

  • Competitive Tenders for IPPs in Africa—A Practical Guide

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