Hunton & Williams invests in Energy and Infrastructure offering with the promotion of Dr. Kirk A. Lovrić
06 Aug, 2012
Hunton & Williams’ London office has announced the promotion of Dr. Kirk A. Lovrić to counsel. Based in the UK, but spending much of his time in Central and Eastern Europe, Dr. Lovrić works in the firm’s international energy and infrastructure team, which advises on projects across the globe, with a focus on frontier and emerging markets.
Fluent in English, Croatian and Serbian, Dr. Lovrić specialises in transport and energy infrastructure projects in Central and Eastern Europe, with a particular focus on Public Private Partnership (PPP), transactions structured as Independent Power Projects (IPPs), and oil and gas project finance deals. Notable experience includes advising on the €650 million Phase 2B Bina Istra PPP Motorway project in Croatia; the €3 billion Bar–Boljare PPP motorway project in Montenegro; and the €360 million Zagreb–Macelj PPP motorway project in Croatia. In 2011 Dr. Lovrić advised the Government of Croatia on the Zagreb Airport PPP project, and he has recently been appointed legal counsel to Hrvatska Elektroprivreda on the development of the Plomin C 500MW power plant in Croatia.
Dr. Lovrić has also advised on the €360 million Trakia Motorway Project in Bulgaria; €3 billion D1 PPP Motorway project in Slovakia; and €1.9 billion A3 PPP Motorway project in Romania. Dr. Lovrić has also been active advising both the Croatian and Bulgarian Government’s on the development of pipelines, such as South Stream.
Dr. Lovrić has over 20 years experience in the energy and infrastructure field, first as a policy adviser in the public sector and then as a lawyer focusing on project development in infrastructure, energy and resources. He also holds a PhD in commerce and economics from the University of New South Wales in which he examined the economics of involving the private sector in the delivery of public sector services.
Dr. Lovrić, commented: “Central and Eastern Europe is in desperate need of new infrastructure, and the region also has considerable demand for new power plants. In addition to technical legal expertise, developing infrastructure and energy projects requires an in-depth knowledge of the regions in which these projects are being developed. We are leading the market in this respect and we will continue to invest in this area.”
Bridget Treacy, managing partner of Hunton & Williams’ London office, added: “This is an area of our business where we see huge scope for growth and we see Kirk playing a key part in this. He really is a leader in infrastructure and energy project development in Central and Eastern Europe and it is a great pleasure to promote him.”