Of Counsel

Saudi Arabia + 966.13.831.4600 Washington + 1.202.879.7651

Javade Chaudhri has worldwide experience assisting private and public-sector companies in transactions and projects in many industry sectors and geographies. He advises companies on domestic and international mergers, acquisitions, and strategic alliances as well as corporate governance, compliance, and internal investigations. He also handles complex international litigation and arbitration under the rules of major arbitral institutions.

Javade has structured and negotiated infrastructure, manufacturing, technology, oil & gas, health care, and education transactions all over the world, especially in Asia, the Middle East, and Africa. He counsels companies on anti-bribery and other compliance matters. He has conducted numerous FCPA and fraud investigations. He has advised governments, development agencies, and nongovernmental organizations on transactions, transformation, and privatization programs.

Javade previously served (2003-2013) as the general counsel and chief compliance officer for Sempra Energy, a Fortune 250 company with gas and electric utilities in the United States, Mexico, and South America as well as fossil fuel and renewable energy power plants, natural gas pipelines, LNG receipt terminals, and a worldwide commodities trading business. Prior to that, Javade was the general counsel and corporate secretary of Gateway, a $10 billion global technology company.

He serves on a number of nonprofit boards, including the University of California's Global Policy and Strategy School, the San Diego Zoo Global, the U.S.-Asia Institute, Asian Americans Advancing Justice, Institute of the Americas, and the Rumie Initiative. He frequently lectures at institutions in the United States and around the world.


  • Consortium of Marafiq, Amwal, and Veolia develop large Independent Sewage Treatment Plant in Saudi ArabiaJones Day advised the consortium of sponsors consisting of The Power and Water Utility Company for Jubail and Yanbu (Marafiq), AlAmwal AlKhaleejiah AlThaniya, and Veolia Middle East, in connection with the project close and financial close of the Jeddah Airport 2 Independent Sewage Treatment Plant Project located in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
  • Saudi businessman brings investment arbitration proceedings against Middle Eastern stateJones Day represents a Saudi Arabian businessman in investment arbitration proceedings against a Middle Eastern state.
  • Global engineering company conducts internal investigation into Middle East business partnerJones Day represented a global engineering company in an internal investigation into the company’s relationship with a high-profile business partner in the Middle East.
  • Wafra Capital Partners invests in Maritime Asset PartnersJones Day advised Wafra Capital Partners, Inc. regarding its investment in Maritime Asset Partners S.à r.l., a joint venture with Nergaard Investment Partners, Landmark Holdings Company, Arne Blystad, Nicholas Roos, and ASL.
  • Jennmar enters into acquisitions and divestitures agreement with DYWIDAG Systems InternationalJones Day advised Jennmar in its agreements to conduct a series of international acquisitions and divestitures with DYWIDAG Systems International ("DSI").
  • Major management consultancy receives strategic counseling on African health care developmentJones Day provided counseling to a major management consultancy firm on strategic issues in considering a business concept to develop health care facilities in west Africa using government offset contracts.
  • NRG Yield acquires largest wind farm in North America for $2.5 billionJones Day advised NRG Yield, Inc. in the acquisition of the Alta Wind facility located in Tehachapi, California for $870 million, plus the assumption of $1.6 billion of non-resource project financings and subject to customary working capital adjustments.
  • Speaking Engagements

    • February 25, 2016
      2016 Executive Roundtable Series – The 3 a.m. Issue: From Data Breaches to Hurricanes, Legal Strategies for Protecting Your Company by Preparing for, Insuring Against, and Responding to Catastrophic Risks
    • April 22, 2015
      2015 Speakers Series: Commercial, Political, and Regulatory Risks: Bringing the Rule of Law to Your Foreign Investments
    • March 5, 2015
      Investing in Africa: Preparing and Protecting Foreign Investment Through Local and International Mechanisms
    • February 25, 2015
      Executive Roundtable Series - Commercial, Political, and Regulatory Risks: Bringing the Rule of Law to Your Foreign Investments
    • September 23, 2014
      Executive Roundtable Series: Enterprise Risk Management - State of the Art Strategies & Solutions
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