State Grid’s Strategic Investment in Greece’s Independent Power Transmission Operator

Shearman & Sterling advised China state-owned State Grid as the preferred strategic investor on the acquisition of a 24% interest of Independent Power Transmission Operator, a wholly owned subsidiary of Greece state-owned Public Power Corporation

The signing ceremony was held in Athens, Greece on Friday, December 16, 2016. The transaction represents China’s second-largest investment in Greece in recent months.

Public Power Corporation is the biggest power producer and electricity producer in Greece and engages in the generation, transmission and distribution of electricity, holding assets in lignite mines, power generation, transmission and distribution.

The Shearman & Sterling team included partners Sean Wang (Picture) (Beijing/Hong Kong-Project Development & Finance), Lee Edwards (Beijing-Mergers & Acquisitions), George Karafotias (London-Mergers & Acquisitions) and Stephen Mavroghenis (Brussels-Antitrust); associates Claude Jiang (Shanghai-Project Development & Finance), Michael Skouras, Nick Withers (both London-Mergers & Acquisitions) and Athina Kontosakou (Brussels-Antitrust); and international specialist Chongxiao Liu (Hong Kong-Project Development & Finance).

Involved fees earner: George Karafotias – Shearman & Sterling; Lee Edwards – Shearman & Sterling; Michael Skouras – Shearman & Sterling; Nick Withers – Shearman & Sterling; Xiaogang Wang – Shearman & Sterling; Claude Jiang – Shearman & Sterling; Chongxiao Liu – Shearman & Sterling; Stephen Mavroghenis – Shearman & Sterling; Athina Kontosakou – Shearman & Sterling;

Law Firms: Shearman & Sterling;

Clients: State Grid Corporation of China (SGCC);