Eric A. S. Richards


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As a top corporate and project finance attorney and Co-Chair of O'Melveny's Corporate Department, Eric Richards has been redefining the way major infrastructure projects are developed and financed. While based in Los Angeles, his work spans the globe, advising both private and governmental clients on projects involving investment in US airports, seaports, and other transportation assets, and on international deals such as the acquisition of airports in Northern Ireland and Sweden.

Eric’s practice focuses on project finance and infrastructure investment and development. He represents sponsors, developers, investors, financial institutions, and others in investment-related transactions involving infrastructure assets across a wide range of sectors. Eric is particularly experienced in transactions involving transportation infrastructure, including airports, seaports, rail, and surface transportation projects, as well as public-private partnerships and the privatization of governmentally-owned assets. He has worked on transactions throughout a majority of the United States, Asia, Latin America, Europe, and Africa. Recognized as one of the leading infrastructure lawyers in the United States by several leading publications, Chambers & Partners notes among other things that Eric is “a go-to PPP lawyer for the redevelopment, improvement and expansion of airport terminals,” and IFLR 1000 has recognized Eric as a project finance Market Leader.


Honors & Awards

  • Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business - Nationwide Projects and Public-Private-Partnerships (2010-2022)
  • Recognized as a “Market Leader” in Industry Sectors: Logistics, Transport (2019-2021) and Project Finance (2018-2021) by IFLR1000
  • Selected as a Project Finance MVP by Law360 (2018)
  • Recommended by The Legal 500 US in the category of Project Finance (2018-2022) and Transport: Aviation and Air Travel - Litigation and Regulation (2021)
  • Financial Times: North American Innovative Lawyers - Most innovative North American law firms 2015: Enabling clients business (2015)
  • Chambers Global: The World's Leading Lawyers for Business - USA - Projects (2011 and 2012), Projects: PPP (2016-2023) and USA - Projects: PPP (2012, 2019, 2020 and 2021)
  • “Top 20 Lawyers in California Under 40” (2000)
  • Project Finance: Deal of the Year (2007 and 1999)


Bar Admissions

  • California


  • Harvard Law School, J.D., 1989: cum laude
  • Yale University, B.A., Economics and Political Science, 1986

Professional Activities


  • American Bar Association
  • National Bar Association
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association

Author or Co-Author

  • Infrastructure: Where we’re going and how we plan to get there,” Daily Journal
  • “Rethinking Infrastructure Finance and Development Under Biden,” Bloomberg Law
  • “Private Participation in Public Infrastructure Airport Development,” Airport Finance and Development, The Deal Magazine
  • “Promoting Your [Public-Private] Partnership Prospects,” The Deal Magazine

Speaker or Panelist

  • P3 Airport Summit
  • Airports Council International (ACI)
  • American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE)
  • American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA)
  • Securities Industry Group
  • Investment Counsel Association of America
  • Project Finance International
  • LaGuardia Gateway Partners (LGP) in its winning bid for the complete redevelopment and long-term operation of the Central Terminal Building (CTB) at New York LaGuardia Airport; total redevelopment costs are expected to exceed US$4 billion.
  • The redevelopment of LaGuardia’s Central Terminal Building will be a landmark transaction and become the largest public-private partnership to be undertaken anywhere in the world.
  • Plenary Group and Edgemoor Infrastructure in their winning US$460 million bid for a public-private partnership with the City of Long Beach, California to develop and finance the City’s new civic center complex.
  • Airports Worldwide in the acquisition of Belfast International Airport, as well as a 90.1 percent stake in Stockholm-Skavsta Airport, and management contracts for various U.S. airports and airport terminals.
  • Macquarie Infrastructure Partners in its acquisition of a 49% stake in NYK Ports LLC from Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha.


In the News

Law360: O’Melveny Adds 5th Partner In London With Gibson Dunn Hire

April 24, 2023

Global Legal Chronicle: JFK’s US$4.2 Billion New International Terminal 6 Development Project

November 22, 2022

Informed Infrastructure: O’Melveny Advises on US$4.2 Billion Deal to Develop New International Terminal 6 at John F. Kennedy International Airport

November 21, 2022

The Bond Buyer: JFK’s Latest P3 Terminal Deal Marks ‘Final Piece’ of Airport Transformation

November 18, 2022

Infralogic: JFK Terminal 6 P3 Reaches Financial Close

November 17, 2022

Law360: US$4.2B JFK Terminal To Break Ground Next Year, NY Gov. Says

November 17, 2022

Law360: California Powerhouse: O’Melveny

August 5, 2022

The American Lawyer: As M&A Quiets and Headwinds Pick Up, Dealmakers Reckon With a Slowdown

March 23, 2022

Texas Lawyer: Building an Energy Team in Texas, O’Melveny Adds King & Spalding Partner With LNG Experience

November 18, 2021

Law360: O’Melveny Nabs Energy Dealmaker From King & Spalding

November 18, 2021

Reuters: O’Melveny & Myers LLP Adds Energy Dealmaker Amid Firm’s Texas Growth

November 17, 2021

Project Finance International: Infra Enthusiasm Up on Passing of Senate Bill

September 24, 2021

O’Melveny Recognized as a Leader for Satisfaction, #1 for Tech, in The American Lawyer’s 2021 Midlevel Associates Survey

August 24, 2021

Mergers & Acquisitions: Design, Engineering Companies to Benefit from Potential Infrastructure Bill

July 22, 2021

Mergers & Acquisitions: The Infrastructure Bill’s Impact on PE: What’s at Stake?

July 22, 2021

Mergers&Acquisitions: Infrastructure Investment Soars as Legislation Looms

July 2, 2021

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