Samuel Burleton is an associate in the London office of Latham & Watkins and a member of the firm’s Finance Department.

Mr. Burleton advises clients on project development and finance, and other project-related transactions, primarily in the power, renewables, mining, and infrastructure sectors; with a particular focus on investment in emerging markets. Prior to joining Latham, Mr. Burleton trained and qualified at an international law firm in London where he advised lenders, governments, development finance institutions, export credit agencies, sponsors, and borrowers on the financing of projects in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa.

Mr. Burleton’s experience includes advising:

Power and Renewables

  • The lenders in connection with the project financing of an Open Cycle Gas Turbine (OCGT) power station in the United Kingdom
  • Microsoft’s Climate Innovation Fund on the financing of Climeworks’ first-of-a-kind commercial-scale, renewable carbon capture and mineralization plant in Iceland
  • Standard Chartered Bank, CDC Group, Absa, Société Générale, Hungarian Export-Import Bank, and the Emerging Africa Infrastructure Fund on project financing of the Bridge Gas to Power Project in Ghana (African Power Deal of the Year, by IJ Global 2019 and PFI Awards 2019)*
  • IFC and EBRD on the financing of the 158MW Cibuk Wind Farm in Serbia and subsequent shareholder restructuring*
  • The Republic of Angola on CESCE, Euler Hermes, and OeKB supported facilities in relation to the construction of the Lauca Hydroelectric Power Plant*
  • A development bank on the refinancing of a hydroelectric power station in Uganda* 


  • The lenders on the acquisition financing of multiple energy storage terminals in the United Kingdom and across the globe
  • IFC and Islamic Development Bank in relation to the restructuring of Airport Group International P.S.C. and the Queen Alia International Airport, Jordan following the original US$473 million project financing*
  • The lead developer on the joint build and development of submarine fiber optic cable systems in Europe and the Middle East
  • Aegean Motorway S.A. on the restructuring of the Maliakos-Kleidi motorway project in Greece*
  • GuarantCo in connection with the financing and construction of Classic Fashion's garment manufacturer facility in Jordan*
  • A syndicate of lenders in relation to the financing of Ikeja City Mall in Lagos, Nigeria*
  • An African sovereign in relation to the construction and financing of a solid waste and recycling plant*


  • Compagnie des Bauxites de Guinée on the c. US$800 million expansion financing of its Sangaredi bauxite mine in western Guinea*
  • Alufer Mining Limited with the restructuring and refinancing of the US$205 million project financing of its Bel Air bauxite mine in Guinea*
  • The commercial lenders to African Minerals Ltd with the restructuring of the Tonkolili iron project in Sierra Leone*

Oil & Gas

  • HSBC, Lloyds Bank plc, ING Bank, Deutsche Bank, and other commercial lenders on INEOS’ reserved-based lending facility
  • An energy company on a multi-billion dollar export credit agency framework agreement
  • Trafigura on the senior debt refinancing and US$100 million mezzanine financing for Genser Energy’s expansion of their existing gas pipeline network with a 100km trunk line to Kumasi (Ghana's second largest city), the development of a 200mmscf/d gas processing plant in Prestea and the expansion of an Natural Gas Liquid storage terminal at the Takoradi Port
  • TotalEnergies on the financing arrangements in relation to the sale to ShaMaran Petroleum Corp. of 100% of the shares of TEPKRI Sarsang A/S, a Danish oil & gas exploration and production company that holds an 18% production sharing interest in the Sarsang block, which is located in the Kurdistan region of Iraq
  • The global coordinators and joint bookrunners on the financing and intercreditor arrangements in connection with Energean PLC's US$450 million offering of Rule 144A/Reg S high yield senior secured notes
  • JP Morgan, Africa Finance Corporation and Diamond Bank in connection with the restructuring of a US$100 million financing provided to Depthwize Nigeria Limited to facilitate the construction and acquisition of drilling rigs to be used in the Nigerian delta*

*Matter handled prior to joining Latham

Bar Qualification

  • England and Wales (Solicitor)


  • LPC, BPP Law School, Holborn
  • Bachelor of Laws (Hons), University of Southampton
  • BA (Hons), University of King’s College (Halifax)

Languages Spoken

  • English