The book provides a basic introduction to the legal and financial issues that arise at each stage of a project finance transaction. It contains a comprehensive overview of the concept of project finance and includes extensive coverage of the overall legal structure and the key clauses in both project and finance documents. It also has chapters on project preparation, procurement, sources of finance, financial and credit support issues, restructuring, and investment dispute settlement.

The Third Edition includes new material on (1) recent guidelines in the environmental, social and human rights fields that impact project preparation and implementation; (2) the huge increase in Chinese financing of infrastructure as part of China's Belt and Road Initiative; (3) the impact of the discontinuation of the use of LIBOR as the benchmark for syndicated loan pricing; (4) new developments in the financing of renewable energy projects; (5) the general impact of the 2017 changes in US tax law on international project finance transactions; and (6) recent developments in the use of investor-state arbitration as a means to resolve investment disputes.

The book and its appendices also feature useful checklists for risk analysis, due diligence, concession and loan agreement terms, credit support, methods of evaluating source of finance, tax and accounting issues, and sources of additional reference material on project finance.

Imprint: West Academic Publishing
Series: Nutshells
Publication Date: 05/14/2020

John M. Niehuss, University of Michigan Law School


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