I am pleased to introduce the second edition of The Project Finance Law Review, which now includes new chapters covering completion guarantees, construction risk and dispute resolution and conflict of laws risk. This edition builds on the work from the inaugural edition, expanding both the scope and depth of the resource offered.
As noted last year, many of the classic project finance texts are becoming increasingly dated as the years go by, while project finance itself continues to evolve with the markets it serves. The purpose of this volume is to provide a living guide to project finance that will be updated on a regular basis, while still tackling the core project finance concepts that every practitioner needs to understand.
This volume seeks to cover the most salient topics while leaving scope for expansion into other key areas (such as mezzanine financing, government funding, and environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues) in future editions. As discussed briefly at the end of Chapter 1, all three of these areas have been in great flux, with newer funding sources (e.g., private equity, pension funds and sovereign wealth funds), changes in the bond insurance market and more substantial environmental restrictions (particularly with respect to climate change concerns) in effect at key lending institutions all combining to change the complexion of the project finance market. The next several years should bring increased clarity to all of these subjects, including particularly the future of project finance in the large oil and gas industry.
I would like to express my thanks to all of the authors of this second edition, and particularly those who have contributed new chapters or who undertook significant updates to their earlier work. Their efforts have allowed this volume to be more useful than ever as we enter a new decade facing increasing uncertainty in global markets, including the project finance market. It is the hope of all of the authors that this volume not only will be of use to all of its readers today, but also will continue to grow in scope and utility in the years ahead.
David F Asmus
Sidley Austin LLP