Press Release

Kirkland Advises Global Infrastructure Partners on Investment in RIO Grande LNG's $18.4 Billion Project Financing

Kirkland & Ellis counseled Global Infrastructure Partners on its investment in RIO Grande LNG, a joint venture with TotalEnergies (NYSE: TTE), NextDecade, GIC and Mubadala Investment Company. RIO Grande LNG will own and operate the first three liquefaction trains and related common facilities (Phase 1) of the multi-plant integrated natural gas and liquefaction and liquefied natural gas export terminal facility to be at the Port of Brownsville in southern Texas. The $18.4 billion project financing for Phase 1 is the largest greenfield energy project financing in U.S. history and underscores the critical role that LNG and natural gas will continue to play in the global energy transition.

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The Kirkland team was led by corporate partner Melissa Kalka and debt finance partners Rohit Chaudhry and Kelann Stirling; and included corporate partners Andy Calder, Allan Kirk, Patrick Moneypenny, Randy Santa Ana, Jennifer Gasser and Pat Corrigan; debt finance partner Sebastian Chan; capital markets partner Julian Seiguer; and tax partners David Wheat, Steve Butler and Joseph Tootle.