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About James Chapman

James is a partner in our energy, transportation and infrastructure team and a member of our global transactions group. James is based in our London office.

He has extensive experience in the energy, natural resources and infrastructure sectors, as well as experience in general finance and restructuring work.

James has worked with public sector and private sector (for both lender and sponsor) clients on a variety of mandates in  energy (especially energy transition including CCUS, hydrogen, and renewables but with significant experience in power, LNG and oil and gas) and infrastructure on project development and financing, M&A and restructuring.

During his time at Freshfields, James has spent time on secondment at ExxonMobil and ADNOC.


Recent work

  • Solvay on its joint venture with Orbia for EV battery materials
  • A major European cement manufacturer on its CCUS strategy and projects
  • one of the world’s leading energy companies on the development of its global contracting framework for hydrogen sales, including for export arrangements from Australia and the Middle East
  • SSE and Equinor as co-investors in the first operational greenfield gas-fired power stations in the UK to be constructed with CCUS technology
  • a major international energy company on the legal, risk and liability framework for the trans-national shipment and storage of CO2 from one Southeast Asia country into another
  • a Middle Eastern investment fund on its divestment of interests in solar and wind farms in Saudi Arabia
  • ZIM Shipping on its low-carbon LNG fuel bunkering arrangements
  • a North Sea operator on its suite of CCUS projects and documentation
  • the lenders on the restructurings of the EUR1.1bn Etlik and EUR800m Izmir and Kocaeli Turkish hospital PPPs
  • the lenders on the bridge and project financing of the EUR500m Malta LNG to power project
  • an IPP in Qatar on negotiating the extension of its PPA
  • an IPWP in Qatar on potential payment disputes
  • Solvay on its joint venture with Orbia to build EV material supply facilities in the US
  • EDF Energy on the development of the Sizewell C nuclear new build project
  • SSE on its GBP1bn sale of waste-to-energy assets to First Sentier
  • Mitsui & Co., Ltd on its investment in the Arctic LNG 2 project and associated infrastructure
  • Amey on their exit from the Birmingham roads PFI
  • Arclight Capital Partners on their purchase, management and subsequent sale of the SIRGES and FUKA midstream assets
  • the Official Receiver in relation to the liquidation of Carillion
  • Urenco in relation to the construction of chemicals processing facilities
  • Arclight Capital Partners on their sale of a 786MW natural gas-fired combined cycle plant in Spain
  • Ratio Oil Exploration on the financing and refinancing of its stake in the Leviathan gas field
  • the lenders on Saudi solar IPP project bids
  • the sponsors (Macquarie, Cintra and Porr) on the D4R7 Slovakian road PPP
  • IGas Energy on its capital restructuring
  • Advising the lenders to Eurostar on the 2021 refinancing.


  • New York University School of Law, United States (LLM)
  • Oxford University, UK (MA in jurisprudence, first class honours)