Joseph A. Tato


Joseph Tato is a partner and the chair of the firm’s Global Project Finance and Infrastructure Practice Group. He also is the chair of the firm’s Africa Practice Group. Mr. Tato regularly represents independent power producers, equity investors, project sponsors, financial institutions, and governments in the development and financing of power, oil and gas, LNG, water and wastewater, telecommunications, waste management and other infrastructure projects in the US, Africa, Latin America and Europe. He also represents sponsors and financial institutions in restructurings and workouts in the energy and infrastructure areas.

Selected Activities

  • Director, Covanta Energy Corporation (formerly Ogden Corporation), NYSE Listed (2000–04).
  • Steering Committee, U.S.-South Africa Business Forum (2010-ongoing).
  • Assistant Secretary and Counsel to the Board of Directors of SITA U.S.A., a subsidiary of SUEZ Environnement (1996–99).
  • Lecturer at conferences sponsored by the Africa Energy Forum, the Pan African Energy Congress, the International Project Finance Association and the International Private Water Association.


  • Co-author, “Southern Exposure: Doing Business in Latin America,” Los Angeles Lawyer (1996).

Awards and Recognition

  • Chambers Global Recognition
  • Projects & Energy – Africa
  • Projects – U.S.


  • New York University School of Law, 1979, J.D., Moot Court Board Chairman
  • Columbia College, 1975, B.A., magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa

Bar Admissions

  • New York
  • New Jersey