Senior Partner, C.Clement-Davies (international law and policy adviser and consultant)
Team Leader, United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Model PPP Law Group
Vice-Chair of the Bureau of the UNECE Working Party on Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs)
Christopher Clement-Davies is an international legal and policy adviser and consultant, particularly well-known for his expertise in PPPs and regulatory reform in the infrastructure and energy fields. He has had a distinguished career extending over 30 years, based mainly in the City of London, as both a lawyer and investment banker. He worked as a transactions lawyer for nearly 25 years at four of the largest international law firms-Linklaters, Dentons, Vinson & Elkins and Norton Rose Fulbright-and was a partner and team leader at three of them. He was also a director and banker for some years at one of London’s pre-eminent investment banks, S. G. Warburg (now UBS). He now works independently under his own name.
He has specialised throughout his career in energy and infrastructure projects and transactions, project finance, PPPs and privatisations. He has advised on deals all over the world, in both emerging and developed economies, with a combined value running into the tens of billions (US$), winning widespread recognition for his achievements. These have included some 25 PPP projects and a range of assignments advising on modifications to the legal and policy frameworks for PPPs. He has worked with governments, banks, financial institutions, sponsors, investors, funds and contractors, including the likes of the United Nations, the World Bank, the EBRD, IFC, ADB, IADB, AfDB, EIB and other leading IFIs. He has supported the UNECE’s activities in the PPP field for the past 20 years.
Mr. Clement-Davies is both a qualified barrister and solicitor in the UK, and a qualified financial adviser and trader in the City of London. He is a member of the Middle Temple (Harmsworth Major Entrance Exhibition) and the Law Society of England & Wales. He has a degree in Modern History from the University of Oxford (BA(Hons.)/MA) and law degrees from the University of Westminster and the Inns of Court School of Law. He was Vice-President of the Oxford Union Debating Society and winner of the Lloyd’s Bank Inter-Varsities Debating Competition. At the Middle Temple he was winner of the Colombos Public International Law Prize and of the Inns of Court Mooting Competition and Reid Shield Debating Competition.
He has chaired and lectured at numerous conferences and seminars around the world, and published over 100 articles, editorials and studies, in his areas of specialisation (including several major studies for the EBRD on PPP-related issues). He has been a member of the IBA, the International Project Finance Association, the British Institute of International and Comparative Law, and the Editorial Board of the International Energy Law Review (which he has edited for 10 years). He has also been a special adviser on PPPs to UNCITRAL and the Camdessus World Water Panel.