James A. Baker, IV

Department Chair - Global Projects (Firmwide) Partner

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Washington, D.C.

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  • Barrick Gold Corporation – sale of 50% of its interest in the Jabal Sayid copper mining project in Saudi Arabia to Ma’aden, the Saudi national mining company
  • Ivanhoe Mines Ltd. – various aspects of its development of the $4.5 billion Oyu Tolgoi copper/gold mining project in the South Gobi region of Mongolia, including negotiation of a stability agreement with the government of Mongolia and advice concerning various investment treaty considerations 
  • Interros Holdings – advice to the $9.5 billion Moscow-based private investment firm in the creation of IST Capital Partners, a $2 billion private equity fund in which Interros was the anchor investor and in the subsequent creation of Altpoint Capital Partners 
  • East Mediterranean Gas JSC – development and construction of a subsea gas pipeline transporting natural gas from the Sinai peninsula in Egypt to Israel 
  • Hyundai Motor Company – representation in the siting and construction of its first U.S.-based production facility in Montgomery, Alabama, a factory that currently manufactures 300,000 vehicles per year 
  • Norilsk Nickel – representation of the Russian mining giant in its landmark acquisition of a controlling interest in Stillwater Mining, a U.S.-based publicly traded (NYSE) mining company, the first such acquisition by a Russian company 
  • Petrochemical Industries Company (K.S.C.), a subsidiary of Kuwait Petroleum Corporation - representation in its negotiations of a proposed multi-billion dollar joint venture with The Dow Chemical Company combining the two companies’ plastics businesses 
  • Ivanhoe Energy Inc. - advice relating to its development of heavy oil reserves in Ecuador and in respect of certain domestic litigation relating thereto 
  • PepsiCo, Inc. – negotiation of a dispute settlement involving the company’s decision to terminate its relationship with its local bottler in Saudi Arabia 
  • Aventis – successor to the merger of Rhone Poulenc and Hoechst and a major European pharmaceutical manufacturer – postmerger counsel in the divestment of various non-core businesses 
  • Azerbaijan International Operating Company (AIOC) – development of the BTC Pipeline transporting oil from the Caspian Sea at Baku to the Mediterranean port of Ceyhan, Turkey 
  • Silver Opportunity Partners, a member of the Electrum Group of companies- advice in respect of its acquisition of Sterling Mining Company in a Chapter 11 bankruptcy auction proceeding 
  • Smart Hydrogen Corp – advice in its U.S. regulatory clearances relating to a $250 million equity infusion into Plug Power Inc., a U.S.-based technology development company and producer of hydrogen fuel cells 
  • BGR Holdings– general corporate representation of the Washington-based government affairs and strategic advisory firm and its various affiliates 
  • Duncan MacNeill Group – representation of the British-Indian investment firm in joint venture negotiations with Australian-based oil and gas exploration company and in the subsequent listing of the latter on the Australian Stock Exchange 
  • Ministry of Energy and Water of the Republic of Lebanon – advice in the formulation, drafting and implementation of a legislative and regulatory framework for the exploration and development of domestic gas and oil reserves, both onshore and offshore 
  • U.S. chemical manufacturing company – advice regarding its efforts to license a patented process involving the national petrochemical company of a sanctioned country through the U.S. Office of Foreign Asset Controls (OFAC) 
  • Large U.S. casualty and liability insurance company – advice concerning its creation of an internal compliance program intended to ensure compliance with Patriot Act requirements and OFAC sanctions programs