Ali Stopford is an associate in the London office of Latham & Watkins and a member of the Project Development & Finance Practice.

Ms. Stopford’s experience includes advising:

LNG

  • ENN Energy in connection with the negotiation of long-term LNG purchase arrangements with producers based in Louisiana, USA
  • A multinational commodity trading company in connection with the negotiation of an LNG sale and purchase agreement
  • A major international bank on a US$72 million loan relating to the acquisition of five LNG carriers by a joint venture between NYK and Geogas*

Oil & Gas

  • A multinational commodity trading company in connection with its crude oil offtake arrangements in Nigeria
  • A multinational commodity trading company in connection with a framework agreement to amend its offtake arrangements and related financing terms with a Texas based upstream oil company
  • A multinational commodity trading company in connection with a crude oil prepayment agreement with a Dubai based trading company
  • NNPC in connection with a US$1.04 billion financing used to acquire a minority stake in Dangote Refinery
  • The lending syndicate on Phase 1 of a US$920 million crude oil refinery; the Phase 1 facility is a US$220 million limited recourse facility for the development of a 30,000 barrels per day (bpd) crude distillation unit and storage facility in Central Africa*

Other experience

  • HSBC on a US$1.2 billion joint programme with the Asian Development Bank to support the supply chains of COVID-19 related products in Asia and the Pacific*
  • A commodities fund as lender in relation to the amendment of a pre-export finance facility for the export of sugar cane and hydrous ethanol*
  • The lending syndicate on a €70 million metals borrowing base facility to three borrowers advanced against inventory, cash, and receivables*
  • The lending syndicate on a €150 million multi-jurisdictional borrowing base facility advanced against receivables arising from trading energy*
  • A development finance institution on a mezzanine level US$32 million refinancing of a wastewater plant in Jordan*
  • A major international bank and UK Export Finance on a €95 million export credit facility for the development, supply, and installation of various solar pumping systems in Uganda*
  • A major international bank and UK Export Finance on €95 million facilities for the second phase of the development of the Obetsebi-Lamptey Interchange in Ghana*
  • A major international bank and UK Export Finance on €35 million facilities for the development of water pumping systems in Ghana*
  • A major international bank on a €21 million export credit facility to a corporate borrower for the development of an automated warehouse in Russia*
  • International bank in relation to release documentation for the prepayment and cancellation of two facilities: a road infrastructure project financing and a wind farm project financing*

*Matter handled prior to joining Latham

Bar Qualification

  • England and Wales (Solicitor)

Education

  • GDL, BPP Law School, London, 2016
    Distinction
  • BSc, London School of Economics and Political Science, 2013
    2.1