In today’s rapidly growing global investment economy, you can make an impact in emerging markets, while still making a return on your investment – it’s an area of finance that aligns with our team’s experience and passion. For many years, we’ve worked with private funds, DFIs, governmental agencies, and commercial banks on projects throughout the developing world. We stand ready to help you, with a deep bench of attorneys experienced in equity and debt finance, a targeted impact economy practice, and support from a transatlantic energy sector team with more than 80 attorneys.


Our US team represents both public and private impact investors, including several government development finance institutions, in international project finance, export finance, microlending and renewable energy transactions. Sample projects include sustainable agriculture, microfinance, renewable energy, potable water, high-quality schools, medical clinics, affordable housing and developmental infrastructure, to name a few. Geographically, we have been involved most significantly in Central and South America, Africa, Southeast Asia, India, the Middle East, and parts of Europe.  We pride ourselves on providing practical, affordable, client-and-project-focused advice to our clients participating in these markets. 


In the UK, our lawyers have extensive experience acting for development finance institutions as well as a range of commercial banks and funds focused on emerging markets. The team advises on equity financings, joint venture arrangements, fund raisings, and debt financings in emerging markets such as Africa, South East Asia, the Middle East, and Eastern Europe. 

Our transactional attorneys are experienced in managing local counsel and collaborating with other groups in the firm. The International Development Finance Team is supported by attorneys who concentrate their practice on energy and natural resources, tax law, environmental compliance, non-profits, litigation, and other areas. Being able to consult with these lawyers, who also have experience advising on development finance transactions, means that our clients experience seamless, high-quality service from our team. 

Who We Represent: 

  • Development Finance Institutions in the US, UK, France,  and Africa
  • Governmental Agencies 
  • Private Equity Funds
  • Diversified financial institutions and banks
  • Private Foundations
  • Fund Managers 

Our team is part of the firm’s broader Impact Business Group led by Pamela Rothenberg in our Washington, D.C. office.