Eric A. S. Richards


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As a top corporate and project finance attorney, 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 clients on projects involving investment in US seaports, and on international deals such as the acquisition of airports in Northern Ireland and Sweden.

As Co-Chair of the Project Finance & Development group, Eric's practice focuses on project finance and infrastructure investment and development. Eric represents sponsors, developers, investors, financial institutions, and others in investment-related transactions involving infrastructure assets across a wide range of sectors. He 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.


Honors & Awards

  • Recognized as a “Market Leader” in Industry Sectors: Logistics, Transport (2019-2020) and Project Finance (2018-2020) by IFLR1000
  • Selected as a Project Finance MVP by Law360 (2018)
  • Recommended by The Legal 500 in the category of Project Finance (2018-2019)
  • Financial Times: North American Innovative Lawyers - Most innovative North American law firms 2015: Enabling clients business (2015)
  • Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business - Nationwide Projects and Public-Private-Partnerships (2010-2019)
  • Chambers Global: The World's Leading Lawyers for Business - USA - Projects (2011 and 2012) and USA - Projects: PPP (2012 and 2019)
  • “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

  • “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.