James W. Head’s practice focuses on project finance and infrastructure, at home and abroad. Jamie’s practice focuses on project finance and infrastructure, particularly in the energy and transportation industries.
Jamie has extensive experience advising and representing clients on large-scale infrastructure developments and public-private partnerships (“P3s”) around the world, including in Tanzania, Uganda, Mozambique, Rwanda, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Burundi, Cameroon, Ghana, Nigeria, Croatia, Kosovo, Serbia, Bosnia, Turkey, Cambodia, and the United States.
Prior to joining the firm, Jamie served as a Judge Advocate in the US Navy JAG Corps where he worked on a variety of international, criminal, and civil law issues.
- Advising the Federal Government of Nigeria and Nigerian Bulk Electricity Trading PLC (NBET) in connection with all aspects of:
- the restructuring and privatization of Nigeria’s electricity sector,
- the groundbreaking $1.2 billion Azura-Edo independent power project,
- over 2,000 MW of thermal independent power projects,
- the procurement of long term PPAs in relation to PV solar projects with an aggregate capacity of 1,125 MW and an estimated capital cost of $1.76 billion,
- the development of hydroelectric projects, and
- the procurement of long term PPAs in relation to a number of wind farms with an aggregate capacity of 400 MW.
- Advising the International Finance Corporation and the Republic of Ghana in connection with introduction of private sector participation into the Electricity Company of Ghana, one of the largest distribution utilities in Sub-Saharan Africa, through a 20 year concession.
- Advised the Virginia Department of Transportation on the DBFOM procurement of the $2.1 billion I-66 HOT Lanes Project in Northern Virginia, the largest P3 tendered to date by the Commonwealth of Virginia.
- Advised the sponsor on the Michigan Freeway Lighting Project, the groundbreaking project with the Michigan Department of Transportation that used a P3 to upgrade and maintain freeway lights in Detroit’s tri-county area.
- Advised multiple solar project development companies in the development, financing, and acquisition of solar projects around the United States.
- Advising the Government of Kosovo in relation to the renovation and development of approximately 1,200 MW of lignite-fired combined heat and power plants in Pristina.
- Advised Hrvatska Elektroprivreda (HEP), the national electricity company of the Republic of Croatia, on an international tender for the design, engineering, financing, construction, operation, and maintenance of a new €1.4 billion, 500 MW coal-fired power plant at Plomin in Istria, Croatia.
- Advised the Government of Uganda on the development and operation of the Bujagali hydroelectric facility located on the River Nile. The project constitutes the largest-ever private sector investment in the region and was awarded Project Finance magazine’s “African Power Deal of the Year.”
- Advising Energies de Grands Lacs and the Governments of Burundi, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Rwanda on the development of the 145 MW Ruzizi III Regional Hydroelectric Dam, which will be located on the border between Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo and will sell capacity and energy to the utilities of Burundi, Rwanda, and the DRC.
- JD, University of Virginia, Raven Society, Student Member of the Board of Visitors, Honor 150 Award Winner, 2006
- BA, Political and Social Thought, University of Virginia, with high distinction, Phi Beta Kappa, 2003
- District of Columbia
- Member, American Bar Association
- Member, Virginia Bar Association
- Former Member, Virginia Board for Professional and Occupational Regulation
- Former President, Tredegar Society, American Civil War Museum
- Fellow, Royal Geographical Society
- Member, Chatham House
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