John Crothers specialises in project finance, PPPs, banking transactions and privatisations, both in the developing and developed world.
John has 30 years’ experience in large-scale projects, legal transition work, legislative drafting and assistance to governments, IFIs, lenders, sponsors and equity investors, from initial feasibility analysis to international bidding processes and financial closings, where he ensures a clear and early identification of legal issues with a view to proposing the most suitable contractual schemes.
A dual U.S. and France-qualified lawyer, John is fluent in both English and French and has extensive experience working in both civil and common law jurisdictions.
John Crothers has unique expertise in terms of (i) highly visible pilot projects (e.g. Laibin B power project, which was the first BOT in China; King Abdulaziz International Airport, which was the first Airport PPP Project in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the New Cairo Wastewater BOT Project which is the first water PPP in Egypt), (ii) representing IFIs, governments and multilateral lenders, (iii) emerging market related mandates, and (iv) "legal transition" and "policy" mandates.
He has advised international financial institutions, concession companies, operators and bidding consortia in infrastructure projects around the world including the following sectors: motorways, airports, energy, water treatment and desalination facilities and telecommunications. He frequently advises national governments, local governments and other authorities granting concessions or setting up Public-Private Partnerships. He has also drafted international “best practice” concession and PPP laws in the Middle East, Africa and Eastern Europe.
Before joining Gide, John Crothers was a counsel in the Office of the General Counsel of the EBRD in London.