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Samuel E. Saunders


Samuel E. Saunders

London +44-20-7959-8900+44-20-7959-8900 +44-20-7959-8950+44-20-7959-8950
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Sam Saunders is an associate in the Firm’s General Practice Group. Sam’s practice concentrates on project and corporate finance and restructuring transactions. He has acted on a wide variety of transactions across the credit spectrum, including investment grade and high yield debt offerings, leveraged finance, export credit and multilateral finance, distressed debt, bankruptcy and insolvency matters. Sam also has experience in a range of corporate and commercial transactions, including project development arrangements, M&A and joint venture arrangements.

Sam has particular expertise on renewable energy transactions, hydrogen, sustainable finance and ESG-matters and has authored numerous articles on these topics.

Sam also helps coordinate the Firm’s London office pro bono practice, with a particular focus on international development, sustainability and human rights matters.

Prior to attending Stanford Law School, Sam obtained a B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. in civil and environmental engineering.


  • Various clients on sustainable finance and ESG-related matters, including green and sustainability-linked bonds and loans, sustainability disclosures, the Equator Principles, the IFC Performance Standards, SEC and other regulatory requirements and other ESG-related standards
  • The coordinating committee of bank creditors in the global restructuring of renewable energy sponsor Abengoa
  • The sponsors of Rovuma LNG (Mozambique) on the proposed project financing of a $30B LNG liquefaction project
  • SoftBank Group Corp on various secured forward and collar transactions monetizing positions in public companies using ISDA and GMSLA-based documentation
  • The Adecco Group on the acquisition financing for its acquisition of Akka Technologies SE
  • First Quantum Minerals Ltd. and its Zambian subsidiaries in an agreement with the Government of Zambia to resolve matters involving the Kansanshi and Sentinel copper projects and secure the basis of their $1.25 billion expansion project to extend the life of the Kansanshi copper-gold mine and $250 million investment to develop the Enterprise nickel deposit
  • The ECOWAS Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency in drafting and implementing an ECOWAS directive on gender assessments for energy projects (pro bono)