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John Eric Podgore advises on a wide range of corporate and commercial transactions, with a particular focus on the energy sector and project-financed infrastructure in the Middle East, the former Soviet Union and Africa.

Mr. Podgore’s recent experience includes assisting clients on major acquisitions in the above-noted regions, often involving upstream oil & gas interests. In the last few years he has also advised on major industrial/infrastructure projects throughout the Middle East and North Africa. Many of such projects involve the generation or transmission/distribution of power, and he is currently assisting a client in connection with power projects in West Africa.

Mr. Podgore is also experienced in navigating issues of political risk associated with projects in frontier and emerging markets, including leveraging the capabilities of international financial institutions and export credit agencies. He filed the first-ever successful ‘lender’ claim under a major lender’s political risk insurance policy with the U.S. Overseas Private Investment Corporation, in relation to a major project-financed power plant.

Mr. Podgore also routinely advises on complex cross-border transactions spanning various business sectors, from life sciences to telecommunications. He frequently bridges linguistic and cultural barriers to negotiate effective joint ventures and enduring commercial arrangements.

In addition to the largely private sector-oriented mandates described above, Mr. Podgore advises clients on issues relating to U.S. government contracting, U.S. government affairs and U.S. regulatory issues with extraterritorial impact (including U.S. sanctions in respect of Iran).

Prior to joining Dechert in 2012, Mr. Podgore served as a local partner in the Dubai office of an international law firm.

Significant Representations

  • An independent exploration and production company on the acquisition of an upstream oil & gas interest in Turkey.
  • Multiple developers on major industrial/infrastructure projects in jurisdictions including Syria, Libya, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Yemen, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates.*
  • A developer consortium on the largest independent water desalination and power plant tendered to date (located in Jubail, Saudi Arabia).*
  • A developer on an integrated cement production facility in Syria, including quarrying operations and a captive power plant.*
  • A GCC developer on the acquisition and upgrade of Libya’s largest oil refinery.*
  • Various international oil & gas companies on the acquisition of upstream interests in the Middle East (including in the context of technical service contracts in Baghdad-controlled Iraq), the former Soviet Union and Africa (including the aborted acquisition of a significant offshore gas asset in North Africa, where the transaction documents were executed but not all conditions precedent were satisfied).*
  • A GCC energy company in the context of an oil refinery joint venture in East Africa.*
  • A major Russian client on the establishment of a joint venture and development of a project-financed steelrolling/rebar mill in the UAE.*
  • A Dubai-based conglomerate on the acquisition of significant shareholdings in multiple U.S. companies specializing in green technologies and renewable energy.*
  • The seller on the sale of a majority stake of Uzbekistan’s largest mobile phone service provider.*
  • A UAE quasi-governmental entity on a world-class, project-financed chemical sector infrastructure project in Uzbekistan.*
  • A number of foreign investors on business operations and joint ventures in the GCC, including the incorporation of companies within the UAE and its many free zones.*

*Matter handled prior to joining Dechert.

Education

Princeton University, A.B., 1993, magna cum laude
Damascus University, Faculty of Law, 1994, Fulbright Scholar
Saint Petersburg State University, Faculty of Law, 1996
Duke University School of Law, J.D., 1997

Bar Admissions/Qualifications

District of Columbia
New York

Memberships

Association of International Petroleum Negotiators
American Business Council of Dubai & the Northern Emirates, Past President (2011 and 2012) and ex officio member of its Board of Directors 

Languages

English
French
Russian
Arabic