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The Legal 500 Hall of Fame Icon The Legal 500 Hall of Fame highlights individuals who have received constant praise by their clients for continued excellence. The Hall of Fame highlights, to clients, the law firm partners who are at the pinnacle of the profession. In the United Kingdon, the criteria for entry is to have been recognised by The Legal 500 as one of the elite leading lawyers for eight years. These partners are highlighted below and throughout the editorial.
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Overview

Projects, energy and natural resources rankings are split across five tables in the Legal 500 London rankings. These cover infrastructure (both funds work and PFI and PPP); mining & minerals; oil and gas; power  - which includes electricity, nuclear and renewables - and natural resources.  Some of the firms with the most rankings across the group include Pinsent Masons, Hogan Lovells, Allen& Overy, Linklaters, Baker McKenzie , Herbert Smith Freehills and Shearman & Sterling.


Infrastructure (including PFI and PPP)

Index of tables

  1. Infrastructure (including PFI and PPP)
  2. Leading individuals: Hall of Fame
  3. Leading individuals
  4. Next Generation Partners
  5. Rising stars

Leading individuals: Hall of Fame

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Allen & Overy LLP is an expert in sophisticated infrastructure transactions. Led by the well-regarded David Lee, the team has a deep bench of lawyers advising  on the full range of infrastructure-related matters, including fundraisings, acquisitions, refinancings, sales and PPP deals, working  on both greenfield and brownfield projects. The firm's client portfolio is similarly broad, with the group regularly acting for players active in airport, road, rail, renewables and tech infrastructure projects. Richard Evans and Sara Pickersgill are well versed in EU-wide infrastructure M&A transactions. Jonathan Bevan and Jocelyn Land know respectively the rail and energy sectors well. The well-regarded Conrad Andersen left for Latham & Watkins in summer 2018.

Practice head(s):David Lee

Other key lawyers:Richard Evans; Sara Pickersgill; Jonathan Bevan; Jocelyn Land; Tim Conduit

Key Clients

John Laing Infrastructure Fund

Department for Transport (DfT) and HM Treasury

OTPP, AimCo and Wren House Infrastructure Management

IFM Investors

3i

Equitix

DWS

Macquarie Capital | Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets │ Green Investment Group

Borealis │ OMERS Infrastructure

Work highlights

  • Advised Dalmore Capital and Equitix Investment Limited on the acquisition of the publicly listed John Laing Infrastructure Fund Limited for £1.4bn by a consortium led by funds managed by Dalmore Capital and Equitix Investment Management.
  • Assisted the lenders to Global Infrastructure Partners - CACIB, ING and BNP Paribas - on its acquisition of the renewable energy project developer, Equis Energy.
  • Advising Macquarie on the disposal of its Green Investment Group’s interests in the Westermost Rough and Lincs offshore wind farms to funds managed by Arjun Infrastructure Partners.
  • Advised AMP Capital Investors on its acquisition of a 49% stake in London Luton Airport from Aerofi S.à r.l.
  • Counseled MEIF 5 and WSIP on their acquisition of port terminal group HES International from private equity owners Riverstone and the Carlyle Group.

Ashurst fields a team of lawyers handling an impressive breadth of infrastructure asset classes, including energy and resources, transport and digital infrastructure, among others. It also has notable expertise in waste and biomass deals as well as in PPP/PFI projects. The group's clients comprise of government agencies, municipal authorities, funders, sponsors and contractors. Philip Vernon heads the UK's projects division and is well versed in privatisations and project financing. Mark Elsey and Terence Van Poortvliet are key contacts in matters in the transport sector, while Cameron Smith is regularly instructed in the energy field. Logan Mair advises on greenfield PPP projects.

Practice head(s):Philip Vernon

Other key lawyers:Mark Elsey; Terence Van Poortvliet; Cameron Smith; Logan Mair; Anthony Johnson; Patrick Boyle

Testimonials

'The practice at Ashurst is an industry leader in all aspects of development of environmental infrastructure projects.  It always approaches projects in a pro-active and innovative manner, seeking to find solutions and identifying key issues for negotiation.'

'The team has extensive experience in, and a sound working knowledge of, the UK waste management sector and benefits from its position as an important practice within the wider partnership.'

'Ashurst has excellent sector specific knowledge and very accessible staff.'

'Cameron Smith is committed, energetic and effective at all times.'

'Anthony Johnson is outstanding. He is commercial, accessible and provides consistently high quality advice.'

'Logan Mair is excellent in developing strategies and seeing wider commercial implications.'

'Patrick Boyle and Logan Mair have  clear insight into their client's motivations and an ability to address those motivations with their advice.'

Key Clients

Babcock International Plc

Balfour Beatty Investments

BAM PPP PGGM Infrastructure Cooperative UA

Assured Guaranty (Europe) plc

Meridiam

Interserve

Iridium Concesiones de Infraestructuras, S.A.

Lendlease

Amey

Crossrail

HM Treasury

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra)

Department for Transport (DfT)

Transport for London

Hitachi Rail Europe Limited (Hitachi Rail)

Keolis

Fomento de Construcciones y Contratas, S/A/ ('FCC')

Wheelabrator Technologies

Shanks/Renewi plc

Brockwell Energy

Green Investment Group

Covanta Energy

Sodexo UK

Korea Export Import Bank (K-EXIM)

European Investment Bank

Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ

HSBC

SMBC

BP plc

Macquarie Infrastructure Debt Investment Solutions (MIDIS)

Allianz Global Investors GmbH

Blackrock Infrastructure Fund

Blackstone

Brookfield Infrastructure Fund

Deutsche Alternative Asset Management

Work highlights

  • Lead adviser for the procuring authority Transport for London in relation to the Silvertown Tunnel project.
  • Advised a consortium led by Dalmore Capital, and comprising Fiera Infrastructure, Semperian PPP Investment Partners and Swiss Life Asset Managers on the agreed acquisition of resource management, recycling, and energy recovery company Cory Riverside Energy from Strategic Value Partners and its affiliates, EQT Credit, Commerzbank, and other shareholders.  
  • Counselled Connect Plus on the refinancing of commercial debt for the M25 PPP Project at better pricing terms.
  • Continue to advise the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on the landmark £4.2bn Thames Tideway Tunnel Project.
  • Advising the European Investment Bank and two other funders on the Social Housing Bundle 1 in Ireland, assisting on the primary financing and project documentation.

Clifford Chance LLP is a go-to practice for infrastructure investors, such as specialist infrastructure funds, pension funds, sovereign wealth funds, and public authorities seeking advice in buying and selling infrastructure assets. The team works closely with the firm's strong finance and private equity department for integrated assistance. Practice head Michael Bates and James Boswell are key contacts in financing matters. Other noted individuals are Clare Burgess and Steve Curtis, who both have capital markets experience. The team lost private equity expert Amy Mahon to Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP in November 2018, with Brendan Moylan leaving for Latham & Watkins several months earlier.

Practice head(s):Michael Bates

Other key lawyers:Michael Pearson; James Boswell; Clare Burgess; Steve Curtis; Spencer Baylin

Testimonials

'The team stands out with senior partner involvement throughout and a deep bench. It is able to  draw on depth of experience in any field required.'

'Clifford Chance is one of the strongest players in the market.'

'Spencer Baylin has a hands-on approach, is very commercial and provides great advice.'

'James Boswell gives excellent advice on financing and efficient interaction with bank counsel.'

Key Clients

3i Infrastructure

OMERS Infrastructure

Ardian

EQT Infrastructure

Macquarie Infrastructureand Real Assets

Global Infrastructure Partners

Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan

Hermes Infrastructure

JP Morgan Infrastructure

First State Investments

Work highlights

  • Advised Global Infrastructure Partnerson its £4.46bn acquisition of half of the interest in the Hornsea offshore wind project from developer Orsted.
  • Assisted  Ardian with the sale of its 49% interest in London Luton Airport to AMP Capital.
  • Advised 3i Infrastructure on its investment in a consortium with Danish pension fund, ATP, for the acquisition of Tampnet from EQT Infrastructure.
  • Advised Infracapital on the acquisition of the Energetics Group from Macquarie and the related bank financing for the Energetics Group.
  • Clients Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets formed a consortium with Danish pension funds PFA, PKA and ATP; the team advised on TDC's €5.9bn public-to-private acquisition financing, for which the consortium made an offer.

CMS has a strong infrastructure practice and is regularly engaged by international funders, investors, contractors and by public clients from a variety of sectors, such as energy, health, education, defence, waste management, and transport. The group has ample experience advising on PFI/ PPP matters and covers the full life cycle of a project, including potential disputes. Paul Smith is a key contact for novel ways of project investment. James Snape advises national and international clients from the  waste, biomass and renewable energy industry; he and Smith jointly lead the group, while Jonathan Dames heads up the project finance practice.

Practice head(s):Paul Smith; James Snape

Other key lawyers:Jonathan Dames; Katie Duffield; Hugo Coetzee; Philip Duffield

Testimonials

'What makes this practice unique is their awareness of the wider project's environment and their ability to problem-spot issues behind the limited scope of their engagement using wider market experience.'

'It is a given that the team knows their stuff and can provide insightful advice, at the extreme edges of what is supposed to happen on infrastructure projects. What sets them apart is the fact that it is always fun to work with them, no matter how grim the circumstances.'

'Jonathan Dames is a top-quality financing lawyer.'

Key Clients

Allianz

Altrad

AMP

Anesco

Arup

Aspire

Asura

Aviva Investors

Babcock & Wilcox

Balfour Beatty

Bank of Ireland

Bank of Scotland

Work highlights

  • Acting for the financial investors in connection with the €9.5bn financing for Gazprom's subsidiary NordStream 2 in connection with the development and financing of the NordStream 2 pipeline project.
  • Acted for JP Renewable Energy Company Limited in relation to all project-financing aspects of its acquisition of 25% of the equity in the special purpose vehicle owning the Triton Knoll Offshore Wind Farm following an auction process.
  • Advised The Hospital Company in relation to the Royal Liverpool University Hospital, work covered  various issues through the construction phase, Carillion’s insolvency, the implementation of its contingency plans, engagement with funders and special managers.
  • Assisting the joint venture between Blackrock, Kosmos and Veolia as SPV in respect of the EPC Contract for the design, build, operation and financing of a 30-year 150MW waste to energy facility in Mexico City.
  • Advised senior creditors, Credit Agricole, KfW-Ipex and EKF, in respect of the design, build, operation and financing of a onshore wind farm in Vasternorrland in central Sweden.

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP is well-positioned in the market with a comprehensive offering, which ranges from experience in infrastructure M&A in the secondary market, restructurings, financings and refinancings to greenfield project development and infrastructure disputes. The firm's client portfolio includes sponsors, funds, insurers and lenders. Practice head Patrick Mitchell has more than 25 years experience in the field and is a key contact for transactions. David Wyles has a strong track record advising investors and lenders. Gavin Williams is experienced in acting for pension funds, sovereign wealth funds and GP-managed funds.

Practice head(s):Patrick Mitchell

Other key lawyers:Silke Goldberg; Gavin Williams; David Wyles; Matthew Job; Sarah Pollock

Testimonials

'The team has a great level of experience in EU and UK energy regulation. Their advice is always practical and to the point. What makes this team stand out from competitors is their commercial acumen and the understanding of the client's goals.'

'HSF has a very professional, diligent and responsive practice.'

'Silke Goldberg stands out as one of the most educated energy lawyers in the UK. Her outstanding language skills greatly help her to be perfectly attuned to the development of European energy regulation and practice.'

'John Taylor and David Wyles, who are excellent communicators and technically very strong, are to be commended for the excellent service they provide.'

Key Clients

AENA

Allianz Capital Partners

Amber Infrastructure

Brookfield Infrastructure Debt

Arcus Infrastructure

Dalmore Capital

DIF

DWS

Electricite de France

Equitix

First State

GIC

GLIL

HICL

iCON Infrastructure

InfraRed

iSquared

JP Morgan Infrastructure

London Luton Airport

Partners Group

QIC

Sumitomo Corporation

Thames Water

Tideway

Transmission Capital Partners ('TCP')

UBS Infrastructure

Vantage Infrastructure

Work highlights

  • Advising High Speed Two (HS2) on the phase one main civil engineering works and rolling stock of the project.
  • Advised London Luton Airport in relation to its agreements with Luton Borough Council for the development of a Mass Passenger Transport System which will be known as the Luton DART.
  • Assist the Bazalgette Consortium, comprising Amber Infrastructure, Dalmore Capital, Allianz and DIF with the the establishment of its Whole Business Securitisation Platform and all of its debt raisings regarding the Thames Tideway Tunnel.
  • Acting for NNB on the development of Sizewell C (SZC), which is a proposed new nuclear power station in Suffolk; this includes advice on income model, contracting strategy and construction-related matters.
  • Advising the Aena and First Statement Investments consortium in relation to their bid for the concession of Sofia Airport, Bulgaria.

Hogan Lovells International LLP fields a large team of dedicated lawyers who handle the full gamut of infrastructure-related matters and are regularly involved in significant transactions. The group's work is mostly international, and it is active in a variety of challenging jurisdictions The firm's client portfolio comprises a mix of engineering and construction companies, public entities and Development Finance Institutions. Noted practitioners include Andrew Gallagher, expert in project finance matters, and Philip Brown, who knows the secondary market space well. Adrian Walker has experience in assisting the private as well as public sector in projects. Philip Robb leads the practice.

Practice head(s):Philip Robb

Other key lawyers:Andrew Gallagher; Philip Brown; Adrian Walker; Alex Harrison; Charles Ford

Testimonials

'Hogan Lovells is a visible competitor in the market.'

'Andrew Gallagher is a very good practitioner in the field.'

Key Clients

Department for Transport

Fluor

IFC

FMO

BP

Bechtel

Société Générale

Lockheed Martin

EDF

EIB

Work highlights

  • Advised EIB on the £900m capital markets bond refinancing of the M25 motorway PPP project owned by the Connect Plus consortium, which included the refinancing of a large tranche of senior commercial bank debt and interest rate swaps alongside the provision by EIB of £380m of fixed rate long term debt.
  • Assisted Senior Lenders to the project company developing the Royal Liverpool University Hospital, a major PPP project under construction by Carillion at the time of its insolvency and one of the largest distressed PPP assets arising out of the Carillion collapse.
  • Advised the owners of the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company, which is the company operating the ferry service between the Isle of Man and five ports in the UK and Ireland, on its sale to the Isle of Man Government.

Linklaters LLP enjoys a stellar reputation in the infrastructure area. It is a go-to firm for a variety of clients, such as infrastructure funds and private equity houses but also public entities, on matters including project finance and construction, acquisitions, refinancings and disposals. The team is jointly led by Ian Andrews, who is well versed in secondary infrastructure deals,  Jessamy Gallagher, who specialises in acquisitions in the infrastructure and energy sector, and Stuart Rowson, who is a key contact in financings.

Practice head(s):Ian Andrews; Jessamy Gallagher; Stuart Rowson

Other key lawyers:Julian Davies; Ross Schloeffel

Key Clients

Macquarie

IFM

First State Investments

DWS

OMERS Infrastructure

PSP Investments

National Grid

Allianz

Cerberus

Capman Infrastructure

ACP

Work highlights

  • Acted for Secured Creditors Lloyds Bank, HSBC, Barclays, European Investment Bank, on a refinancing by Connect Plus, which was tasked with managing London’s M25 motorway.
  • Advised IFM Investors on the €2bn sale of its minority stake in 50Hertz to China State Grid in two separate transactions.
  • Assisted a consortium of Allianz Capital Partners, AXA Investment Managers and OMERS with the financing of their bid for the acquisition of a 49.99% stake in Altice's 'fibre to the home' business, which provides high speed internet to consumers across France.
  • Advised Budapest Airport and its shareholders on the amendment and extension of its existing €1.4bn debt facilities.
  • Acted for the purchasers Sunsuper and TCorp on their joint acquisition of a strategic stake in Bristol and Birmingham International Airports from Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan Board.

Norton Rose Fulbright has considerable experience in providing advice around PPP projects in both emerging and developed markets. The team is regularly involved in significant deals, where it acts for banks, funds and public entities, among others. Martin McCann heads up the global business practice, while finance specialist Rob Marsh leads the London energy, infrastructure and natural resources team. Chris Brown is another expert in the banking and finance area, who knows a variety of industries well. Madhavi Gosavi is particularly well versed in financings in emerging markets. Charles Whitney is a key contact in energy projects.

Practice head(s):Martin McCann; Rob Marsh

Other key lawyers:Mark Berry; Chris Brown; Madhavi Gosavi; Charles Whitney; Matthew Hardwick; Daniel Metcalfe; Chris Down

Testimonials

'The team combines competence with solid experience managing complex processes'

'NRF go back a long way in infrastructure. One certainly gets a serious assurance of quality from a practice that can draw on experience that spans from having done the legals for the Greater Northern railway in the 1840s, right up to complex PPPs for the megaprojects of today.'

'Chris Brown has exceptional insight and a great network in the infrastructure field. He gives quiet assurance in communicating his very considerable wisdom.'

'Matthew Hardwick and his team step up to meet challenges where certain other City firms shy away. He shows real commitment to understanding business objectives and helping to realise these.'

Key Clients

Absa Bank Limited

AMG Pension Fund

Armstrong Energy Limited

Balfour Beatty

BP

Commonwealth Bank of Australia

European Investment Bank

Greencoat UK Wind plc

Hellenic Republic Development Fund

Hermes Investment Management

John Laing Infrastructure

JP Morgan

Lloyds Banking Group

Octopus Investments

Orange SA

Sacturino Limited

Standard Bank

Standard Chartered Bank

The Renewable Infrastructure Group Limited

Baltic Connector Oy

Laing O’Rourke

INA-INDUSTRIJA NAFTE, and Spain’s Tecnicas Reunidas, S.A.

TAV Havalimanlari and Al-Rajhi Group

Ministry of Finance

Eurasian Resources Group

Stanbic Bank Kenya

Compagnie des Bauxites de Guinee

Marubeni Corporation and Techint Chile S.A.

Work highlights

  • Advised the Hellenic Republic Asset Development Fund on the privatisation of 14 regional airports, which involved preparing reports for the Greek government, submissions to the European Commission, Expression of Interest and request for proposals, as well as drafting concessions and related commercial contracts.
  • Assisted the CJV of Laing O’Rourke and OHL with the restructuring of its role on the CAN$3.6bn Centre hospitalier de l’Université de Montréal project in Montreal.
  • Advised the Ministry of Finance of Angola on the financing of commercial contracts for the design, construction and operations of three hospitals and two power substations in Angola, securing UK Export Finance support worth more than $500m.
  • Counselling Lenders on the Bridge Power Project in Ghana, sponsored by General Electric, Endeavor Energy and Sage Petroleum.
  • Advising lenders on the Kenyan Roads Programme, which aims to construct up to 10,000 km of new roads across the country; these are the first PPP projects in Kenya.

Addleshaw Goddard is well versed in PPP and PFI related matters. The team is engaged by public and private clients and has considerable experience in infrastructure projects in the renewable, information and communication technology sectors as well as transport. Work includes  advising infrastructure asset funds and investors on the PFI secondary market regarding the buying and selling of stakes. Practice head Richard Goodfellow splits his time between Leeds and London and is a key contact for energy and renewable matters. Paul Hirst in Leeds has particular experience of the rail industry.

Practice head(s):Richard Goodfellow

Other key lawyers:Paul Dight; Oliver Carruthers; Paul Hirst; Ursula Gould

Key Clients

Keolis UK

Amey Rail

Department for Transport

London Luton Airport Limited

Hitachi Rail Europe Limited

Societe Generale

Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation

Scotia Gas Networks

National Grid Electricity Transmission Plc

Network Rail

Semperian

InfraRed Capital Partners

West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA)

Low Carbon Contracts Company

Circular Waste British Columbia Inc

Luton Borough Council

MUFG Bank

Mizuho Bank

Work highlights

  • Advising the Department for Transport on a multi-year mandate on the rail franchise that will combine the current InterCity West Coast services with the development and introduction of High Speed 2 services.
  • Assisted Scotia Gas Networks with revisiting the funding and security structures of its £250m Gas to the West project.
  • Counselled Low Carbon Contracts Company in connection with the sale of 50% of the Hornsea 1 offshore windfarm project from Orsted to Global Infrastructure Partners.
  • Advising the West Midlands Combined Authority on all rail aspects of  the planned expansion of the Midland Metro tram system in the West Midlands to serve Brierley Hill via Dudley.
  • Assisting London Luton Airport Limited in respect of its plans to expand the airport and the possible delivery models for each element of the airport's expansion.

The team at Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP has considerable experience in infrastructure transactions as well as in equity and debt financing infrastructure matters for the energy sector. It is able to provide comprehensive support across the full range of infrastructure-related matters and, post merger, has been taking on increasing amounts of international work.  Practice head Mark Richards is regularly instructed by private and public clients, particularly in PFI/ PPP matters. Jason Chamberlain is an expert in railway infrastructure projects. Project finance specialist Tom Eldridge joined from Mayer Brown International LLP in October 2018.

Practice head(s):Mark Richards

Other key lawyers:Jason Chamerlain; Alex Hadrill; Tom Eldridge

Testimonials

'BCLP's team has a strong emphasis on client care and professionalism at every level.'

'Mark Richards is a solid practitioner and has excellent client relationship and business development skills; he is very much the industry face of the firm.'

'Associate Alex Hadrill is extremely professional, knowledgeable and always thinking ahead in transactions.'

Key Clients

National Grid

Ancala Partners

Angel Trains

North River Resources

Homes England

Bazalgette Tunnel Limited

Amber Infrastructure

Halite Energy Group

INA d.d. & MOL Group

Heathrow Airport

Work highlights

  • Advise Tideway on the implementation and discharge of development consent order requirements in connection with London’s £4.2bn Thames Tideway Tunnel.
  • Assisting Highways England’s Contract Development & Assurance team and the General Counsel’s Office with producing and implementing new contract forms that will enable investment in the Roads Investment Strategy.
  • Advised Angel Trains on the procurement, leasing and financing of 665 new Bombardier Aventra electric multiple-unit passenger vehicles.
  • Advised mining development company North River Resources in raising $21m to fund the construction phase of the Namib Lead and Zinc mining project in western Namibia.
  • Advised Croatian multinational oil company INA and its parent company MOL Group on the purchase of the entire issued share capital of ENI Croatia.

Burges Salmon LLP is noted for its expertise in the transport, energy and defence sectors, and is often instructed by the Ministry of Defence. The team is regularly involved in the procuring, developing and funding of nuclear power and rail projects, and also advises on renewable energy, water, and waste-management related matters. Ian Salter heads up the Bristol-based practice, which also comprises of Mark Paterson and Keith Beattie, who are both able to provide comprehensive advice in a variety of industries. Matthew Ramus had a busy year in the education and defence area, while Lloyd James was involved in several energy and highways construction projects. Brioney Thomas is noted for her rail expertise.

Practice head(s):Ian Salter

Other key lawyers:Mark Paterson; Keith Beattie; Matthew Ramus; Lloyd James; Brioney Thomas; Nick Churchward

Key Clients

Central Government - Ministry of Defence, Department for Transport, Department for Education, Foreign & Commonwealth Office, Home Office

Abellio

Greater London Authority

FirstGroup (TOC owner group) and its TOCs (First Capital Connect, First Greater Western, ScotRail, First/Keolis Transpennine and Hull Trains)

Ascent

Transport for London

Marks & Spencer plc

Highways England

Costain Ltd

Transport for Wales

Work highlights

  • Advised the Ministry of Defence on the confirmation of a large work and funding package regarding the procurement of the Dreadnought and Astute class submarines.
  • Counselling Transport for Wales on its procurement of the next £5bn Wales and Border Rail Service and Metro on behalf of the Welsh Government.
  • Continue to advise the Isle of Anglesey Council in connection with all aspects of its response to the proposed development of a new nuclear power station at Wylfa along with a new 400KV grid connection.
  • Advising SSE/Fluor on all aspects of its development work in this 3,500MW offshore wind zone, an energy project undertaken in Scotland.
  • Continued to advise the Cayman Islands Government on a range of issues connected with the delivery of a new waste management system, including recycling and waste-to-energy infrastructure.

Clyde & Co LLP impresses clients with broad sector knowledge, which includes advising on social, energy, transport, and commercial development projects. Its areas of expertise include transactional support, project planning and financing as well as PFI/PPP projects work. John Morris and Liz Jenkins jointly lead the practice; the latter is noted for her experience in international infrastructure projects, particularly in emerging markets. She also advises on  facilities management and public sector outsourcing contracts. Mary Anne Roff, who divides her time between London and Newcastle, joined the group in 2019 from Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP.

Practice head(s):John Morris; Liz Jenkins

Other key lawyers:Clare Hatcher; David Hansom; Olivia Blessington; Laura Coates

Testimonials

'The team has an excellent understanding of the commercial drivers underpinning PFI schemes from all sides of the table which makes negotiations more efficient and straightforward. They are solution driven rather than point scoring which is refreshing and makes working with them easy and reassuring.'

' Clyde & Co LLP has outstanding accessibility.'

'Liz Jenkins' experience is second to none and she understands the client's business and the role it plays in PFI/PPP schemes.'

'Senior associate Olivia Blessington is thorough, reliable and a pleasure to work with.'

'Liz Jenkins and senior associate Laura Coates are very accessible. They are always on hand to review and give guidance on legal issues. They provide context around important legal decisions including highlighting the risks efficiently.'

Dentons has considerable experience in the secondary projects market, as well as advising on operational change and asset management matters in the infrastructure sector. Beyond its national practice, the group is also involved in rail, roads and airport projects on an international level, particularly in Africa. The team is jointly led by Dominic Spacie, Matthew Hanslip-Ward and the Edinburgh-based Euan Wilson. Mark MacAulay in Glasgow is a key contact in procurement matters. Stewart Maciver, also in Edinburgh, has significant experience of infrastructure transactions.

Practice head(s):Dominic Spacie; Matthew Hanslip-Ward; Euan Wilson

Other key lawyers:Mark Macaulay; Stewart Maciver; Claire Armstrong

Testimonials

'This practice has excellent internal coordination of resources to provide support, and is able to respond quickly and effectively to all challenges.'

'Dentons has a strong knowledge and practical problem solving skills.'

 

Key Clients

BWP Issuer, BWP Project Services Limited and BWP Services

Her Majesty's Government and the Official Receiver to Carillion plc

Semperian

Sir Robert McAlpine

Morgan Sindall Investments

3i Infrastructure

Network Rail Infrastructure Limited

Transport for London

Infrastructure Managers Limited

Dalmore Capital

Gulf Energy

Mota Engil/ Bugesera Airport Company Limited

Aviva Public Private Finance Limited

BASF/Wintershall

Ministério dos Recursos Mineirais (MIREM) – Mozambique's Ministry of Mineral Resources

Gulf Energy Ltd

Work highlights

  • Acted on the refinancing of the Thameside PPP Prison Project, which included advising BWP on negotiations with the Ministry of Justice.
  • Appointed by Her Majesty's Government to advise in respect of contingency planning regarding Carillion's financial difficulties, as well as being retained by the Official Receiver acting  as liquidator of several Carillion companies.
  • Providing Network Rail with procurement and contract advice on the Crewe Area Works Project, a infrastructure project primarily facilitating the connection between HS2  and the West Coast Main Line.
  • Advising TfL on its £250m delivery partner contract for its program of track renewals and maintenance works.
  • Advising Bugesera Airport Company Limited, a joint venture between the Mota-Engil, Aviation Travel and Logistics Holdings Limited, on the development of a new $418m international airport in Rwanda.

The infrastructure group at DLA Piper is well positioned in the market, assisting public and private sector clients with various matters. It has a particularly strong PPP practice, advising on closed PPP deals, as well as on the sale of infrastructure assets and refinancings. Head of the international projects group, Colin Wilson, know the transport, defence and health sectors well. In Manchester, Liam Cowell is increasingly involved in deals in the social infrastructure and waste area, while Alison Fagan is a key contact in contentious matters. The practice was bolstered by the arrival of corporate expert Martin Nelson-Jones from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP in September 2018.

Practice head(s):Colin Wilson

Other key lawyers:Maria Pereira; Liam Cowell; Alison Fagan; Martin Nelson-Jones; Allison Page; Lillian Mackenzie; Dimitri Papaefstratiou; Robert Smith

Testimonials

'The lawyers in DLA's team are personable, detail focused and prompt. They are able to bring other resources to the table where questions cut across different specialities.'

'The DLA team are extremely diligent and have excellent market knowledge.'

'Alison Fagan is a brilliant lawyer with a deep understanding of the commercial and legal structures of the PFI industry. This allows her to provide incisive and insightful advice to clients in all parts of the market and to be a trusted adviser on long term strategy as well as the details of individual disputes.'

'Maria Pereira has deep knowledge of the field and can navigate difficult negotiations.'

Key Clients

Department for Transport

Welsh Government

Balfour Beatty Investments

John Laing

Nord LB

Highways England

GE Healthcare

Babcock International

Hitachi Rail Europe

KEPCO

Work highlights

  • Advising Hitachi Rail Europe on all aspects of its bid to design, build, test, commission and supply new rolling stock to London Underground Limited for the Deep Tube Upgrade Programme.
  • Counselling the UK Department for Transport on the multi billion pound Airport Capability Programme, which is an airport expansion of Heathrow, in connection with legal issues relating to the planning process.
  • Advised Mytilineos on the limited recourse vendor financing and the EPC contract and related contractual documentation for a bridge power plant at Tema, Ghana.
  • Assisting Velindre University NHS Trust on the design, build, finance and maintenance of a new centre for the delivery of specialist cancer services.
  • Advised Credit Suisse Energy Infrastructure Partners and E.ON on their investment into, and financing of an onshore wind farm, the Nysäter project in Sweden.

Osborne Clarke LLP's team is a key name for sponsors, investors and contractors in the infrastructure space. Areas of expertise include advising on project finance matters and multiple aspects of PFI projects. The practice has been particularly active in the student accommodation and social infrastructure; telecoms; renewables and conventional energy spaces. Chris Wade leads the group; who has experience advising private and public clients on a national and international level. Andrew Normington focuses on the financing, procurement and acquisition of PFI / PPP projects across energy, social infrastructure and transport. Omar Al-Nuaimi is a key contact in finance matters. The team is based in Bristol but acts for national and international clients.

Practice head(s):Chris Wade

Other key lawyers:Andrew Normington; Omar Al-Nuaimi; James Watson; Simon Hancock

Key Clients

EE Limited

Solarplicity

John Laing Environmental Assets Group Limited (JLEN)

Nord LB

The Renewables Infrastructure Group Limited (“TRIG”)

Green Frog Power

Triple Point

Equitix

Campus Living Villages

Gas Power Developments (GPD)

Dutch Infrastructure Fund (DIF)

Arlington Advisors

Work highlights

  • Continue to act for EE on the £1.2bn Home Office Emergency Services Network Project Contract project to provide a next generation communication system for the three emergency services and other public safety users.
  • Acting for Civitas Living on the successful bid for the University of York's £113m procurement for the PFI design, build, finance and operation of a new student accommodation at the University's East Campus.
  • Advised Gas Power Developments on the acquisition and financing of a six-site gas peaking plant portfolio with commercial offtake.
  • Advised  Gazeley on its purchase of a six-acre plot of land in the heart of London with the aim of developing a three-storey logistics facility.
  • Advised Solarplicity on the £120m sale of 133MW of solar assets.

The team at Pinsent Masons LLP is experienced in a variety of infrastructure-matters,  advising from the procurement stage through to structuring, funding and delivery. It is instructed by contractors and funders and is well versed in PFI/PPP matters. Richard Laudy leads the team, which also includes  Manchester-based construction and engineering specialist Mark Job as well as infrastructure expert Nick Ogden. Stephen Tobin is a key contact in project finance. Sonal Shah knows transport and defence projects well. Kevin Joyce has expertise in contentious matters.

Practice head(s):Richard Laudy

Other key lawyers:Mark Job; Nick Ogden; Stephen Tobin; Sonal Shah; Kevi Joyce

Work highlights

  • Advised a consortium of 8 international oil companies on new hydrant leases at Heathrow Airport.
  • Drafted and negotiated the joint venture agreement with Mota-Engil for Yapı Merkezi İnşaat ve Sanayi as EPC contractor on a rail project in Tanzania.
  • Acting for Transport for London on the Sutton Link project, a high-capacity public transport route between Sutton town centre and Merton.
  • Advised Skanska Balfour Beatty in relation to £6bn DBFO Contracts for widening the M25 and operation and maintenance for 25 years.
  • Advised a local authority on the procurement of an EfW facility to be funded under the Prudential Borrowing regime.

The team at Shearman & Sterling LLP offers support in a wide array of international infrastructure projects, including toll roads, ports, tunnels, airports, and rail, among others. Nick Buckworth has more than 30 years' experience in the field and heads up the firm's global finance practice. Sanja Udovicic's area of expertise is advising sponsors and lenders in infrastructure transactions.  The team received a significant recruitment boost with the hire of partners Tim Sheddick and Katie Hicks from Baker McKenzie in late 2018. They focus on public and private infrastructure M&A transactions and infrastructure acquisition financing and refinancing respectively.

Practice head(s):Nick Buckworth

Other key lawyers:Sanja Udovicic; Tim Sheddick; Katie Hicks

Key Clients

Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets

First State Investments

CDPQ

Work highlights

  • Advised Golar in connection with its entry into a Preliminary Agreement with BP Mauritania Investments and BP Senegal Investments in their capacity as block operators regarding the provision of a floating liquefied natural gas vessel to support the development of the GTA Project in Senegal and Mauritania.
  • Advised PKA, PFA, ATP and funds managed or advised by Macqurie Infrastructure and Real Assets on the take private of listed Danish telecoms company TCF A/S, for a total consideration of $6.6bn.
  • Advised funds managed by First State Investments and Hermes on the acquisition of Scandlines from 3i Group and funds advised by 3i.
  • Assisting Macquarie European Infrastructure Fund and Macquarie European Infrastructure Fund III on the sale of their stakes in Brussels Airport.

Slaughter and May has a strong track record in infrastructure projects and transactions, where the team is involved on an international level in a variety of fields, including renewable energy, electricity storage, oil and gas pipeline and airports, among others. Michael Corbett, together with Hywel Davies, heads up the infrastructure, energy and natural resources practice; he has considerable experience in the corporate and corporate finance matters, including equity and debt capital markets. Richard Todd specialises in the project aspects of international energy and infrastructure projects. Given the firm's corporate strength, the team is frequently called in to advise on infrastructure-related sales and acquisitions.

Practice head(s):Michael Corbett; Hywel Davies

Other key lawyers:Richard Todd; Robin Ogle; Ed Fife

Testimonials

'The team provides a consistently high standard of work and can be trusted to run deals independently. Projects are always planned in exceptional detail and clients never have to worry about deadlines and deliverables being missed.'

'Hywel Davies is one of the top two or three commercial lawyers in the City'

 

Key Clients

Wren House

OMERS

Ørsted

Arsenal Football Club

Tottenham Hotspur Football Club

GIP (Global Infrastructure Partners)

Lendlease

Essex County Council

Drax Group

Work highlights

  • Advised Ørsted on its disposal of a 50% interest in the 1.2GW Hornsea 1 offshore wind farm to Global Infrastructure Partners.
  • Advised GIP on the sale together with its co-investors of a 50.01% shareholding in London Gatwick Airport to VINCI Airports.
  • Assisted Drax Group on the acquisition of Scottish Power’s portfolio of pumped storage, hydro and gas-fired generation assets from Scottish Power Generation Holdings, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Iberdrola.
  • Advising Buckeye Partners on the English law aspects in relation to the sale of its equity interest in VTTI BV to IFM Investors and Vitol for $975m.
  • Advising the Department for Transport in relation to the tender of the new West Coast Partnership franchise for HS2.

White & Case LLP has an impressive 'one stop shop' offering, which covers advising clients on capital markets, financing/ refinancing of brownfield infrastructure, M&A, and PPP-related work. The team was enhanced by the arrival of Simon Caridia from Herbert Smith Freehills LLP at the beginning of 2019. Caroline Miller Smith leads the group  in EMEA and is a highly reputed practitioner in greenfield and brownfield transactions as well as in complex financings. Carina Radford is another financing expert in the group, assisting clients from various infrastructure sectors including rail, ports, airports, and energy assets, among others. Caroline Sherrell has particular experience of private equity related matters. Mark Castillo-Bernaus  heads the product development and finance group globally from London.

Practice head(s):Caroline Miller Smith; Mark Castillo-Bernaus

Other key lawyers:John Cunningham; Simon Caidia; Carina Radford; Caroline Sherrell

Testimonials

'White & Case fields a team of excellent lawyers.'

Key Clients

Brookfield Infrastructure

Arcus Infrastructure Partners

JPMorgan Asset Management

First State Investments

Arjun Infrastructure Partners

Goldman Sachs Infrastructure Partners

Antin Infrastructure Partners

Infracapital

Vale

MUFG

International Finance Corporation (IFC)

Mitsui

SMBC

Work highlights

  • Represented Antin Infrastructure Partners and Goldman Sachs’ West Street Infrastructure Partners on their £538m P2P acquisition of CityFibre Infrastructure Holdings by way of a scheme of arrangement.
  • Advised Lightsource and its founders on the $200m investment by BP on the launch of the 'Lightsource BP' solar power partnership, a transaction which is a combination of the sale of shares by existing shareholders and subscription for shares in Lightsource.  
  • Acted for Vale and Mitsui & Co. on the development and $2.73bn refinancing of the landmark Nacala Corridor Railway and Port Project, where the team advised on all aspects of the transaction including project development and drafting and negotiating project, corporate and finance documents.
  • Advised Nord Stream as project company on the partial refinancing via two replacement loans from an intermediate company funded by €628m of privately placed 10 year fixed rate secured notes.
  • Counselling a consortium consisting of Alsim Alarko, Mak-yol İnsaat, Sat & Company JSC, SK Engineering and Korea Expressway Corporation, in connection with the construction and operation of the Big Almaty Ring Motor Road (BAKAD).

Baker McKenzie impresses with its broad and international practice, which covers various industry sectors. The team, which is led by Mike Webster, regularly advises on transactions, the commercial aspects of projects and portfolio management. It is particularly experienced in financing matters, as well as in equity structuring, capital raisings and foreign investments. Marc Fèvre specialises in project development, financing and secondary market transactions. Another area of expertise is the resolution of infrastructure-related disputes; Steve Abraham and Kate Corby are the highlighted key contacts in such contentious matters. Tim Sheddick left for Shearman & Sterling LLP in December 2018.

Practice head(s):Mike Webster

Other key lawyers:Marc Fèvre; Steve Abraham; Kate Corby

Key Clients

First State Investments

Fiera Infrastructure

Suez

Itochu Corporation

Marguerite Fund

Anaklia Development Corporation

Inter Terminals Ltd

UK Export Finance

Standard Chartered Bank

Macquarie

BBGI

Bayern CN

ACCIONA

AMP Capital

Antin

CDPQ

Edwardian Hotels

Bayern CN

Work highlights

  • Advised funds managed by First State Investments and Hermes Investment Management on the €1.7bn acquisition of ferry operator Scandlines from 3i Group.
  • Assisted Fiera Infrastructure on the acquisition of a platform of UK solar PV assets from Macquarie Principal Finance.
  • Advising water and waste management company, Suez and Itochu Corporation as sponsors on their bid for the €300m 25-year PPP to develop a new system to treat the municipal waste of the City of Belgrade.
  • Advised BBGI on the acquisition of the 1/3 interest not already held by it in the East Down Education Partnership PFI project in Northern Ireland.
  • Represented the UK ECA (UKEF) and SCB as lenders in connection with the financing of the design, construction, commissioning and operation of a new runway for the international airport in Uganda.

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP fields a large team of experienced lawyers, who are regularly involved in infrastructure projects across the energy, transport and social infrastructure sectors. It is also instructed to advise on PPP projects and clean energy matters. The firm has different practice heads for various areas, with Robert Pitcher serving as  European co-head of the international energy & infrastructure group. Alex Doughty knows the financing space, including credit support and performance bonds, well. Stephen Hill and Mark Dennison are key contacts in the renewable energy sector, for transactions and financing respectively. Conrad Purcell left for Bird & Bird LLP in late 2018 and Michael Grimes departed as well.

Practice head(s):Robert Pitcher

Other key lawyers:Alex Doughty; Stephen Hill; Mark Dennison;

Testimonials

'Eversheds Sutherland is a very visible player in the market.'

Key Clients

Deutsche Bahn

Blackrock

SDCL

InfraCo

Pensions Infrastructure Platform

GuarantCo

Macquarie

E.ON

Rwanda Development Board

IFC

CK Holdings

Work highlights

  • Advising lenders, Dexia, FMS-WM, HSBC Bank plc, JP Morgan, Lloyds, Nationwide, MUFG, on amendments to the M40 Motorway Project following the collapse of Carillion, which involved amendments to, and a novation of, the operations and maintenance contract to Egis.
  • Assisted Sembcorp Industries with the £216m purchase of UK Power Reserve from management and private equity firms Equistone and Inflexion.
  • Counseled HS2 and the Secretary of State for Transport on the structuring and procurement of a preferred development partner for the £6.4bn mixed use regeneration of the Euston estate.
  • Advised a consortium bidding for the Toronto Metrolink Project, which will have more than $20bn in fixed infrastructure and rolling stock investments.
  • Acted as advisers to CGN EE in relation to its acquisition of a majority stake in North Pole Vindkraft, the holding company for Markbygden ETT, which is involved in the construction of Europe’s largest single site onshore windfarm in Markbygden, Sweden.

The team at Gowling WLG has a busy practice advising on defence, transport and infrastructure PPP matters. Other areas of expertise include providing advice on procurement and financing. The group has a strong national practice but has also been taking on growing amounts of work internationally, particularly in Africa and the Middle East, where international projects head Jonathan Brufal is particularly involved. Birmingham-based Stephen Kenny leads the national projects practice and is experienced in the delivery of government projects. Andrew Newbery has been active in the PPP/ PFI space for manyyears. Sarah Sasse heads up the public sector practice.

Practice head(s):Jonathan Brufal; Stephen Kenny

Other key lawyers:Andrew Newbery; Sarah Sasse; Dominic Richardson

Key Clients

Ministry of Defence

OFWAT

Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS)

Kuwait Authority

United States Agency for International Development Power Africa

International Finance Corporation

Government of Kenya

Sumitomo Corporation

Department of Health

Crossrail Ltd

Amey plc

Siemens Project Ventures

Veolia Middle East

GuarantCo

Oman Power and Water Procurement Company

St Modwen

Statkraft UK

Rockfire

Sanctuary Housing Association (Sanctuary Care)

Solihull MBC

Bacanora Lithium PLC

Armpower CJSC

Renco SpA

Nuclear Decommissioning Authority

Work highlights

  • Provide legal support to Highways England regarding the procurement of the A303 Amesbury to Berwick Down road/tunnel project.
  • Dealing with project and property documentation for the new Finsbury Park Underground station Step Free Access.
  • Appointed as international counsel advising the OPWP on the procurement of a clean coal-fired power station in Oman.
  • Advised Bacanora Lithium on the debt funding of the Sonora lithium project in Mexico.
  • Continue to advise the Ministry of Defence, as sole legal adviser, on Project Marshall, a PPP seeking to appoint a private sector provider to be responsible for the design, acquisition, installation and delivery of military air traffic management services.

With the arrival of high profile partners Conrad Andersen from Allen & Overy LLP in September 2018 and Brendan Moylan from Clifford Chance LLP in November 2018, Latham & Watkins' infrastructure practice has been able to hit the ground running. The team offers legal support to funds, direct investors, insurance companies, and pension plans investing in the infrastructure sector,  offering advice on  private equity, banking and project finance matters of transactions. The broad practice puts special emphasis on deals in the energy, utilities, transport, social infrastructure and technology sectors.

Practice head(s):Conrad Andersen; Brendan Moylan

Testimonials

'Latham & Watkins understands the sector and the needs of the business. The team has a wide breadth of knowledge in other sectors and looks to see if there is an advantageous applicability.'

Key Clients

IFM Investors

3i Infrastructure

Macquarie Infrastructure & Real Assets

Goldman Sachs Infrastructure Partners

Global Infrastructure Partners

Universities Superannuation Scheme

CPDQOMERS Infrastructure

Morgan Stanley Infrastructure Partners

CPPIB

Work highlights

  • Advised 3i Group on the €350m acquisition and refinancing of the waste treatment and disposal company Attero.
  • Acted for OMERS Infrastructure on its co-investment into VTG AG.
  • Advised CityFibre on its accordion, capex, and revolving credit facility.
  • Represented Global Infrastructure Partners in connection with its acquisition of Italo – Nuovo Trasporto Viaggiatori.
  • Advised First State Investments on the €800m acquisition and refinancing of Finerge.

Active across a variety of industries, the team at Milbank offers comprehensive advice on the development, construction and financing of infrastructure projects. It is instructed to assist in procurement, M&A and restructurings by sponsors, investors, lenders, and governmental authorities in particular. Matthew Hagopian heads up the firm's London projects, energy and infrastructure finance group, in which John Dewar is a well-versed member. Clive Ransome has considerable experience in various jurisdictions. Manzer Ijaz is another highlighted individual.

Practice head(s):Matthew Hagopian

Other key lawyers:John Dewar; Clive Ransome; Manzer Ijaz

Testimonials

'Milbank has a team of great people.'

Work highlights

  • Advised BlackRock and KKR on their partnership with ADNOC in connection with a $4bn midstream pipeline infrastructure agreement.
  • Assisted Athens International Airport as issuer of up to €665m bond loans connected to a 20-year extension to the original concession granted to manage and operate Athens International Airport.

Simmons & Simmons covers an impressive range of matters in the infrastructure space. It provides counsel on matters such as M&A transactions and secondary trading; project finance and refinancing; and international PPPs. The team regularly acts as trusted adviser to governments and infrastructure funds, and it has noteworthy expertise in sectors such as rail and transport, defence and waste. Andrew Petry has particular experience in banking and project finance, while Juliet Reingold is a key contact for PPP-related issues. Patrick Wallace has longstanding experience, which also expands to assisting clients in privatisations, commercial contracts and trading, and regulatory matters. Iain Duncan is head of the department.

Practice head(s):Iain Duncan

Other key lawyers:Andrew Petry; Juliet Reingold; Patrick Wallace; Rose-Anna Burnett

Testimonials

'The team's strengths are that its advice is based on very good comprehension of the projects, priorities and procedural specifics. Reflection of all sides of a concrete business situation is demonstrated and excellent legal solutions are advised.'

'The individuals show knowledge, experience, excellent communication and understanding of complicated legal cases.'

'Patrick Wallace is intelligent, efficient and always proposing very helpful legal solutions.'

Key Clients

ING Bank N.V., BNP Paribas and NatWest Markets

Macquarie Bank Limited

European Investment Bank, NordLB, KfW IPEX-Bank and HSH Nordbank

Mainstream Renewable Power

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

Ministry of Defence and UK Government Investments

Bulgarian Energy Holding EAD (BEH)

A major energy company

Ministry of Defence

Government of Kenya, State Department for Petroleum

Dragados and Mace

Brookfield Infrastructure UK Limited

CDPQ

NextEnergy Solar Fund

Work highlights

  • Advised the joint bookrunners, ING Bank, BNP Paribas and NatWest Markets, on a €500m issue of green bonds by Royal Schiphol Group.
  • Continue to advise Macquarie on a borrowing base revolving facility for Foresight’s renewables project portfolio, currently comprising 14 solar and wind assets in the UK.
  • Assisting the BEIS with the £9bn Nuclear Liabilities Fund and decommissioning of eight nuclear power stations operated by EDF.
  • Counselling Mainstream on its renewable energy joint ventures with pan-emerging markets private equity investor Actis in relation to renewable energy generation platforms in Africa and Chile, including Lekela Power and Aela Energia.
  • Continued to advise the lenders of the €800m Markbygden ETT 650 MW wind farm in Sweden in connection with the sale of the Green Investment Group’s interest and 50% of GE’s interest in the project to a Chinese investor.

Squire Patton Boggs' practice specialises in transportation, general infrastructure and social programs. The team is experienced in advising on developing greenfield projects, acquiring assets, financing matters and risk management. It cooperates closely with other departments within the firm, such as tax, construction and regulatory, adding value for clients. Leeds-based James Duckworth is well versed in assisting with public procurement matters, advising on government and real estate development projects. Nick Helm in Manchester has expertise in project finance and PFI/PPP contracts. Andrew Herring knows the rail and metro sector well, while Rachel Orton focuses on real estate. Robin Baillie left forCrowell & Moring in February 2019.

Practice head(s):Ian Wood; Trevor Ingle

Other key lawyers:James Duckworth; Nick Helm; Andrew Herring; Rachel Orton

Stephenson Harwood has traditionally had a strong practice in PFI/ PPP projects work but, increasingly, the team has also been focusing on asset management matters such as secondary market acquisitions and refinancings. It is also involved in various energy from waste and biomass projects. The group is headed by Jonathan Cripps, who has longstanding experience advising public and private clients particularly from the transport, energy and accommodation sectors. Rubin Weston is a key contact in financing matters and is well versed in developing markets. Rebecca Carter's expertise in PPP/ PFI related matters is also notable.

Practice head(s):Jonathan Cripps

Other key lawyers:Rubin Weston; Rebecca Carter; Will Lewis; Phil Harris; Richard Pike

Testimonials

'The team has an in-depth understanding of the client's position and delivers prompt and willing service. It also reacts well to feedback.'

Key Clients

North London Waste Authority

Hitachi Europe Limited

London Borough of Barking and Dagenham

Albany SPC Services Limited

Covanta Energy Limited

Semperian PPP Investment Partners Group Limited

European Bank for Reconstruction and Development and Black Sea Trade and Development Bank

Interpipe

NIBC Bank N.V.

Equitix Limited

3i Group plc

Dalmore Capital Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising North London Waste Authority on its North London Heat and Power Project, an energy recovery facility to recover energy from waste.
  • Assisting the London Borough of Barking & Dagenham with the procurement of five school building projects within its boroughs via a Strategic Partnership Agreement.
  • Advised Covanta Energy as a shareholder in, and O&M Contractor to, the Rookery South EfW project.
  • Advised Semperian on its acquisition of a 50% stake in the Fife Hospital private finance initiative .
  • Assisting Interpipe with the restructuring of its entire debt portfolio of over $1bn.

Niche law firm Trinity International LLP has a strong focus on emerging markets, in particular on Africa. It is regularly instructed by developers, financial institutions and governments to advise on financing, transactional, commercial, and construction-related matters. As the firm is exclusively focused on the projects market, the team can showcase an impressive breadth of sector expertise, ranging from airports and roads to telecoms and renewables. Simon Norris can provide clients with comprehensive knowledge in a variety of industries and areas. Paul Biggs is well versed in airport/ port and power mandates, while Jennifer Gladstone specialises in project, construction and finance documentation. Other key contacts are Patrick Leece, Fiona Gulliford and Kaushik Ray.

Practice head(s):Paul Biggs

Other key lawyers:Simon Norris; Fiona Gulliford; Kaushik Ray; Patrick Leece; Luke Muchamore; Jennifer Gladstone

Testimonials

'The Trinity team has a unique set of complementary skills, practical views, and a real understanding of its clients' underlying businesses. Whether it be project finance, M&A, shareholder matters or other, Trinity has the capability to provide top notch advice.'

'The breadth of experience that the team can draw on within the UK and across the continent gives them unparalleled familiarity with what is bankable. Trinity's lawyers propose pragmatic solutions, fitting for the context.'

'Simon Norris is singled out for his excellent commercial understanding and pragmatic approach.'

'Paul Biggs has the best-of-breed expertise and a real understanding of the African project finance landscape.'

Kaushik Ray is noted for his 'commercial acumen and ability to solve complex problem; he also has a tireless work ethic and excellent project management skills.'

'Patrick Leece and Luke Muchamore offer support and assistance at all hours as required. Both have gone over and above what has been received from competitors.'

'Jennifer Gladstone is a wonder. She has a superhuman ability to deliver at the highest standards for days on end and is also very astute in reading her counterparties and negotiating the best position for her clients.'

The team at Trowers & Hamlins LLP acts for predominantly public clients in the infrastructure space, with special expertise in environmental projects and national social infrastructure; this includes advising on developments in the education, housing, care and healthcare fronts. It has particular experience of how to restructure traditional PFI models and also advises on PFI-related disputes. In addition to work from the UK, Trowers also picks up mandates from the Middle East and Asia in the energy, water and transport sectors, in which Oman-based Thomas Wigley is particularly involved. James Hawkins and Paul McDermott jointly head the practice. Scott Dorling has experience of the housing sector, while Helen Randall is the PFI and PPP key contact in education matters.

Practice head(s):James Hawkins; Paul McDermott

Other key lawyers:Amardeep Gill; Thomas Wigley; Scott Dorling; Helen Randall; Lucy Doran; Hilary Blackwell

Testimonials

'The team is able to join the two completely different worlds of contractors and suppliers seamlessly, whilst maintaining excellent credibility in both areas. To do so so well is unique.'

'Trowers & Hamlins LLP stands out for impeccable service, high partner involvement and good public sector knowledge.'

'James Hawkins is both technically able and pragmatic. His service level is always outstanding.'

'Hilary Blackwell and Lucy Doran provide standout depth of legal knowledge combined with the ability to explain things in a simple way.'

Key Clients

Greater London Authority

West Midlands Combined Authority

Amey

Homes England

Enfield Council

Graveshal BoroughCouncil

Cheyne Social ImpactProperty/Fund

Museum of London

Bouygyes

Stevenage Borough Council

Southwark Council

National Electric PowerCompany (Jordan)

Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust

Bath and North East Somerset

Secretary of State for Education

London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham

Malaysian Resources Corporation Berhad

London Borough of Sutton

London Borough of Waltham Forest

Oxfordshire County Council

Northamptonshire County Council

Work highlights

  • Acted as the lead international adviser to the Electricity and Water Authority in relation to choosing a bidder for the development of the Al Dur II IWPP.
  • Advising the West Midlands Combined Authority on the public sector's first intervention into the telecommunications market as part of the Urban Connected Communities 5G Project.
  • Assisted the Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust with the procurement process of the PPP led redevelopment of the St Pancras Hospital site to a mental health centre.
  • Advising London Councils on an initiative to increase the supply of  temporary accommodation for homeless households, as well as cutting the increasing cost burden.
  • Assisting Dubai Electricity and Water Authority with the next phase of its solar PVIPP programme.

The team at Weil, Gotshal & Manges (London) LLP impresses with a broad practice, which handles transactional and finance work in the infrastructure space. Core areas of focus are transport, energy, TMT and social builds. The team - which works with a client roster including private equity sponsors, pension funds and multi-asset managers - is led by corporate partner James MacArthur and finance specialist Paul Hibbert. In early 2019, the practice was strengthened by the arrival of Sidley Austin LLP partner Mark Thompson, who is well versed in private equity and M&A transactions.

Practice head(s):James MacArthur; Paul Hibbert

Other key lawyers:Mark Thompson

Key Clients

Antin InfrastructurePartners

AMP Capital

Macquarie

OMERS Infrastructure

First State Investments

Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan

NIBC Infrastructure Fund

iCON Infrastructure

Brookfield Asset Management

Europa Capital Partners

Vinci

Work highlights

  • Advised Antin Infrastructure Partners in its separate acquisitions of Silver Holdings and  FirstLight Fiber.
  • Assisted Antin Infrastructure Partners with the refinancing of the Hesley Group.
  • Advised First State Investments on its financing of the acquisition of a majority stake in Scandlines from 3i Group.
  • Advised NIBC Infrastructure Partners on its €362m sale of a majority stake in the Welcome Break Group Limited.
  • Advised VINCI Airports on its £2.9bn acquisition of a majority stake in Gatwick Airport Limited.

Bevan Brittan LLP is well versed in assisting clients from the public and private sector alike and has particular industry expertise in waste, energy, health and property regeneration infrastructure. The team's workload mostly comprises advising on infrastructure/ PPP projects and delivery models as well as advising on the contract management of these and related disputes matters.  Practice head Nadeem Arshad is regularly instructed by international contractors and project developers in relation to his experience in the waste and energy sectors. Sharon Renouf is the firm's health PFI/PPP expert, and Louise Robling is the key contact for contentious matters. The team is based in Bristol.

Practice head(s):Nadeem Arshad

Other key lawyers:Sharon Renouf; Louise Robling; Nathan Bradberry

Key Clients

Viridor

Morgan Sindall Investments

Engie Urban Energy

Sheffield City Council

North Yorkshire County Council

Birmingham City Council

Barts Health NHS Trust

North West Anglia NHS Foundation Trust

Work highlights

  • Advising North Yorkshire County Council on a number of operational issues in respect of its 25 year PPP waste project with Amey Cespa, including on the PPP contract, the financing documentation and the sub-contracts.
  • Acting for the North West Anglia NHS Foundation Trust in relation to the resolution of several disputes arising from the defective design and construction of Peterborough City Hospital, as well as in relation to disputes arising out of multiple service failures.
  • Advising Sheffield City Council on the renegotiation, potential re-procurement and/or termination of its integrated PPP contract with Veolia Environmental Services.
  • Assisting Legal & General and Newcastle University with the Newcastle District Energy PPP, regarding the procurement of the district energy supply for the Science Central site.
  • Advising Cambridgeshire County Council on its £730m waste management PFI with Amey Cespa.

Bird & Bird LLP is noted for its public procurement expertise. With the arrival of specialist Stuart Cairns, who is well versed in the awarding of works, services and supplies contracts in a variety of national and international projects, the group has secured multiple new instructions from the public sector. It is particularly active in the defense and security sector, where it advises global aerospace and defence contractors; Elizabeth Reid is a key contact in this space. Roger Bickerstaff, who jointly heads the group with Cairns, specialises in EU procurement law issues with a focus on IT projects. Jeremy Sharman advises on procurement in the telecommunications, health, defence and media sectors for suppliers, as well as public authorities. Associates Chris Murray and Claire Gamage are also noted.

Practice head(s):Stuart Cairns; Roger Bickerstaff

Other key lawyers:Elizabeth Reid; Jeremy Sharman; Chris Murray; Claire Gamage

Testimonials

'The partners and associates are highly engaged and always client-facing, with a good overview of the market. Their international connections shape and augment the London offering.'

'With Stuart Cairns and Chris Murray the London team has been enhanced with a tried and tested duo that brings energy and gravitas as well as litigation experience.'

Key Clients

Isavia ohf (Major Development Plan)

Clare County Council (CCC) and University of Limerick (UL)

C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group

Interoute Communications Limited

Landsvirkjun

Smart DCC Ltd

Isavia ohf (Explosive Detection System)

Viapath LLP

Landsnet

General Authority for Civil Aviation

Aquila Air Traffic Management Services Limited

Work highlights

  • Acted as lead advisers to Isavia in respect of its £1-2bn Major Development Plan at Keflavik International Airport, which requires substantial redevelopment to service existing capacity and allow for future growth.
  • Advise Clare County Council and University of Limerick in connection with the securing of a major acre site as a Strategic Development Zone, and thereafter the International procurement procedure to identify and appoint a developer to design, fund and deliver Europe's newest University Town.
  • Assisted Viapath LLP, a partnership formed by Guy’s & St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust, with its bid for a pathology services contract to service nine NHS Trusts Clinical Commissioning Groups under the Competitive Dialogue procedure.
  • Counseled Smart DCC Limited on various procurement processes.
  • Acts for Interoute in its proceedings issued in the Technology and Construction Court against Anglian Water, after the client was unsuccessful in a tender process run by Anglian Water and issued proceedings on the basis that the process was unlawful in a number of ways.

Browne Jacobson LLP is known  for a balanced infrastructure practice, which is engaged by the public as well as private sector. The team has considerable experience in advising clients on PPP projects as well as on procurement matters. Nottingham-based Craig Elder, who is well versed in transactional work, and Stephen Matthew jointly lead the group. The latter recently was involved in several regeneration projects. Senior associate Nick Hurley is also recommended.

Practice head(s):Craig Elder; Stephen Matthew

Other key lawyers:Nick Hurley; Michael Mousdale

Key Clients

Chichester District Council

London Borough of Havering

London Borough of Ealing

London Borough of Enfield

Melton Borough Council

Lincolnshire County Council

Blackpool Borough Council

Manchester City Council

Walsall Council

London Borough of Croydon

Work highlights

  • Advising Manchester City Council in a variety of matters regarding its city centre district heating project, which will be delivered through a wholly owned SPV group with multiple companies.
  • Assisted the London Borough of Havering with commercial aspects regarding its development projects Bridge Close and Rainham and Beam Park.
  • Acted for the London Borough of Ealing in the procurement of its development of a site in Southall which will deliver a mixed use scheme with numerous housing units as well as commercial and retail space.
  • Advised the London Borough of Enfield on all aspects of the selection of a joint venture partner to develop the Montagu Industrial Estate.
  • Acted as project advisers to Derby City Council with regards to a significant energy from waste PPP project.

Devonshires Solicitors LLP is instructed by private and public clients from a wide range of industry sectors, such as leisure, housing, transport, education, energy, and healthcare. Led by Paul Buckland and Robert Turner, the team knows project finance particularly well, and it works closely with the firm's capital market team. Buckland is noted for his experience in PFI/ PPP and EU procurement matters, while Turner is well versed in the commercial aspects of infrastructure projects. Caroline Mostowfi specialises in regeneration and development projects.

Practice head(s):Paul Buckland; Robert Turner

Other key lawyers:Kris Kelliher; Caroline Mostowfi

Fladgate LLP’s team contains lawyers with commercial, corporate and construction backgrounds. As a result, it is able to assist its clients, which include investors, consortium-members, contractors and public sector bodies, on a variety of infrastructure matters, such as refinancing and renewables work, as well as procurement and PFI/PPP projects. The practice is led by Andrew Bessemer Clark, who has experience in mergers and acquisitions. Sam Tye also specialises in M&A work as well as advising on joint ventures and corporate finance matters in the infrastructure field. David Weare  meanwhile has a strong skillset in disputes and construction matters. Alan Woolston left to become a legal counsel at Engie in August 2019.

Practice head(s):Andrew Bessemer Clark

Other key lawyers:Sam Tye; David Weare

Key Clients

John Laing Investments Limited

Equitix Limited

Pinnacle Group

Leeds PFI SPV 2 Limited

Genesis Energy

Aylesbury Vale Parkway Limited (AVP)

Support Services (BTP) Limited

Equitix Healthcare (Surrey) Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised John Laing Investments on the sale of its interest in the Runcorn I Energy Recovery Facility for £54m.
  • Assisted Equitix, which acquired Foresight VCT plc’s interest in several PFI projects, covering the transaction, due diligence and the process of putting warranty and indemnity insurance in place.
  • Advised the John Laing Group on the disposal of its entire holding in the City Greenwich Lewisham PFI, Coleshill Parkway, Aylesbury Vale Parkway and Lambeth Social Housing Project to JLIF Limited Partnership.
  • Counselled Pinnacle Group on its sale of a 50% stake in the Lambeth Social Housing PFI project to JLIF Limited Partnership.
  • Advised Leeds PFI SPV 2 Limited on refinancing an existing PFI project relating to the provision, operation and maintenance of premises for mental health services in Leeds.

Mayer Brown International LLP fields a team of experienced lawyers, who are regularly instructed to advise on infrastructure transactions. The group is noted for its construction and engineering expertise, assisting governments, purchasers and suppliers from a variety of sectors. Practice head Michael Regan and Sally Davies are key contacts in this area, with both particularly well versed in contentious matters. It is also involved in various international project financings and in transactions in the oil & gas sector. Jonathan Stone, Jonathan Olson-Welsh and counsel Tamsin Travers are also part of the construction & engineering group.

Practice head(s):Michael Regan

Other key lawyers:Sally Davies; Jonathan Stone; Jonathan Olson-Welsh; Tamsin Travers

Key Clients

Costain

UniCredit Bank

EBRD

Work highlights

  • Advise Costain on a variety of projects, including the Manchester waste PFI and the Port of Felixstowe project.
  • Assisting EBRD and UniCredit as joint financing providers for the construction and operation of Centerra Gold Inc’s Öksüt gold mine and related infrastructure in the Kayseri region of Turkey.

Mills & Reeve LLP has a broad practice supporting its clients in public-private partnerships and procurement matters. The team has a strong track record in projects in the student accommodation, aerospace & defence, and health sectors. In Cambridge, practice head Raith Pickup and Andrew Ray are names to note. Adrian Luto and Justin Hennessey both have corporate expertise. Principal associate Jens Henniker Heaton focuses on projects and commercial contracts in the infrastructure space. Stuart Thompson is knowledgeable in disputes.

Practice head(s):Raith Pickup

Other key lawyers:Julie Marshall; Andrew Ray; Adrian Luto; Justin Hennessey; Jens Henniker Heaton

Testimonials

'The team has exceptional sector experience and expertise which sets them apart. Their knowledge and skill is second to none.'

'The depth of knowledge of the lawyers acting is exceptional. The team is responsive, supportive and very quick at understanding issues presented to them and suggesting practical solutions for resolving matters.'

'Raith Pickup is exceptional.'

'Jens Henniker Heaton is an outstanding associate, who gives clear practical advice to progress matters and has good drafting skills.'

'Andrew Ray is exceptionally smart, creative, pragmatist and a business closer. He is someone who pushes the deal forward.'

'Stuart Thompson is extremely knowledgeable in his field, excellent at untangling complex issues and presenting practical solutions.'

The practice at Sharpe Pritchard LLP advises a range of clients including authorities, regulated utilities and trusts as well as contractors and bidders from the private sector. The team is involved in several national infrastructure projects, advising on commercial, regulatory and construction law aspects. Practice heads Roseanne Serrelli and Nicola Sumner have both well established expertise in procurement, PFI/PPP and contractual matters. Gemma Townley is noted for her experience in IT and general digital infrastructure projects; she and Peter Collins were made partner in 2018.

Practice head(s):Roseanne Serrelli; Nicola Sumner

Other key lawyers:Gemma Townley; Peter Collins; Jane Crees

Testimonials

'Sharpe Pritchard has an excellent knowledge of market trends and precedent on government infrastructure projects. Their advice is pragmatic and straightforward even when the underlying issues are complex.'

'Sound experience and knowledge of regulated utilities and a unique set of legal and regulatory characteristics through working with government departments, economic and environmental regulators and the companies themselves.'

'Roseanne Serrelli is always an absolute delight to deal with. She commands absolute respect across the commercial teams on the project.'

'Nicola Sumner is an absolute expert on public procurement. Her advice is always excellent and timely.'

Key Clients

Bazalgette Tunnel Limited (Thames ‘Super Sewer’)

Thames Water Utilities

Houses of Parliament  (Corporate Officer of the Houses of Parliament)

Portsmouth Water

West London Waste Authority

Suffolk County Council

Hertfordshire County Council

Cambridgeshire County Council

Ministry of Justice

Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea

London Borough of Southwark

Milton Keynes

Warrington BC

Work highlights

  • Advising Thames Water in relation to the Thames Tideway Tunnel project regarding legislative, regulatory and contractual issues.
  • Assisted Tideway in relation to the Thames Tideway Tunnel project with variations to the main construction contracts for the tunnel.
  • Counselled Hertfordshire County Council on a project for the development of its surplus land assets with a joint venture partner.
  • Assisted Portsmouth Water’s delivery partner, Agilia, with the strategy for the procurement of the Havant Thicket Reservoir.
  • Acted for the West London Waste Authority in relation to its £1.4bn PPP project for management of waste in West London.

The infrastructure sector group at Travers Smith LLP brings together specialists from a number of the City firm's teams, with M&A and private equity lawyers joined by commercial, competition, employment, finance, real estate, environment and tax experts to provide a cross-practice transactional team. The firm's client portfolio includes listed companies as well as infrastructure funds, and the group is particularly active in the renewables, water, construction and airports sectors. Practice head Spencer Summerfield also leads the corporate department at the firm, while newly promoted partners Mohammed Senouci and Jonathan Walters are also an integral parts of the team.

Practice head(s):Spencer Summerfield

Other key lawyers:Mohammed Senouci; Jonathan Walters

Testimonials

'The team is known for its fantastic level-headed attitudes and providing an execution-driven service. They also have extremely fast response times and are dedicated to clients.'

'Spencer Summerfield and Jonathan Walters both are very commercial and open to discussion with and views of other advisers. They both work in a collaborative and 'one team' way with other deal advisers to ensure the best combined advice and appropriate legal protection.'

Key Clients

3i Infrastructure

AMP Capital

Arjun Infrastructure Partners

Ancala Partners

BUUK Infrastructure

Challenger Infrastructure Fund

GLIL Infrastructure

Northleaf Capital Partners

Peel Group

Pensions Infrastructure Platform

Work highlights

  • Advised 3i Osprey on the sale of its stake in Anglian Water to Dalmore Capital and GLIL Infrastructure.
  • Advised Breedon Group on the acquisition of Lagan Group Limited for a consideration of £455m.
  • Advised Basalt Infrastructure Partners on its disposal of its interest in Alkane Energy to Infinis Energy Management.
  • Advised Ancala Partners on its acquisition of South Downs Capital Limited from South Downs Trustees.
  • Assisted Arjun Infrastructure Partners with the acquisition of two combined heat and power plants, Beckton Energy Limited and Rothes CoRDe Limited from iCON Infrastructure Partners II and its co-investors.

Winston & Strawn LLP has a particularly strong standing with governments all over the world, which it advises on matters ranging from PPP projects, project development and financing, to regulatory issues, privatisations and commercialisation programs. The team is also regularly instructed by other parties such as investors and contractors to handle transactions and financings. James Simpson leads the practice and has more than 30 years' experience in the area, enabling him to advise across a broad spectrum of matters.  Newly made-up partner Jason Parker is active in the Middle East as well as in Africa. Stephen Jurgenson  left for Clyde & Co LLP  in summer 2019.

Practice head(s):James Simpson

Other key lawyers:Jason Parker; Conor Boyle

Testimonials

'A well-briefed team, with good knowledge of the particular requirements and difficulties associated with a range of  situations.'

'Jason Parker is hands-on, knowledgeable and proactive with his advice. An extremely capable transactional and project development lawyer whose Middle East and sector experience brings much added value.'

 

Key Clients

Electrogas Malta Limited

Emirates Water and Electric Company (formerly ADWEA)

SEPLAT Petroleum Development Company Plc

Rabigh Refining & Petrochemical Company

Energy Capital Vietnam

Work highlights

  • Continue to advise Electrogas Malta on ongoing aspects of the Delimara 4 LNG-to-Power project.
  • Acting for Energy Capital Vietnam on a $4bn LNG-fuelled power plant project in Vietnam.
  • Advising on an Abu Dhabi government capital investment programme which forms a part of Plan Abu Dhabi 2030.
  • Acting as project counsel on a liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal and distribution facility in Sardinia.
  • Advising on the construction of a 60-mile gas pipeline system in Ohio.


Mining and minerals

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  2. Leading individuals: Hall of Fame
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Herbert Smith Freehills LLP provides complete coverage to a stellar client base in the mining sector. This includes having mining sector experts in specialist areas such as tax, employment and pensions, technology and corporate crime and investigations. Practice head Greg Mulley specialises in public and private M&A, IPOs and other equity fundraisings, joint ventures, listed company issues and corporate governance. The team was recently bolstered by the promotion to partner of Laura Hulett, who focuses on complex M&A and project financing transactions.

Practice head(s):Greg Mulley

Other key lawyers:Laura Hulett

Testimonials

'The key strengths of this team are the depth of its industry experience and the global connectivity of the team.'

'Greg Mulley and Laura Hulett are particularly notable. Greg takes a holistic view of the client relationship and is focused on delivering the best the firm has to offer them.'

Key Clients

BHP

Anglo American plc

Lonmin plc

Ferrexpo Plc

South32

ArcelorMittal

Elementis plc

Anglo Pacific Group plc

Lazard

Norilsk Nickel

Work highlights

  • Advised Elementis in relation to the acquisition of Mondo Minerals Holding B.V. from Advent Mondo.
  • Acting for the Norilsk Group in claims pertaining to the sale of its interest in two nickel mines in southern Africa – the Nkomati mine in Mpumalanga, South Africa and the Tati mine near Francistown, Botswana - under two sale and purchase agreements.
  • Advising Lonmin on its recommended all-share takeover by Sibanye-Stillwater.
  • Advising Kasbah Resources Limited, on the financing, construction, joint venture arrangements and equity raising for its Achmmach Tin Project in Morocco.
  • Advising Africa Finance Corporation and Afreximbank in connection with the financing for the development of the Colluli potash project in Eritrea by Danakali Limited alongside the Perth office.

A wide range of big-name clients turn to the dedicated mining team at Linklaters LLP for support on complex, high-profile and novel legal issues. The team, jointly led by senior partner Charlie Jacobs , Toby Grimstone , David Avery-Gee and Andrew Jones, boasts particularly strong capabilities across corporate, finance and contentious work, and recently provided English law advice to US mining tools maker ESCO on its $1.3bn takeover by London-listed engineering giant Weir Group.

Practice head(s):Charlie Jacobs; Toby Grimstone; David Avery-Gee; Andrew Jones

Testimonials

'Linklaters shows strong industry experience underpinned by deep relationships with key industry players.'

'This is an experienced team with sufficient depth and knowledge base possessing great tenacity and discipline during the toughest periods of the deal.'

'The team at Linklaters is known for its consistent work quality and engagement on all levels, as well as its great communication and interpersonal skills.'

'Toby Grimstone is one of, if not the most reliable lawyer to have by your side for complex and challenging deals. His impressive ability to keep calm and composed and carry on under immense pressure whilst producing quality work and negotiating well makes him a clear standout.'

Key Clients

Glencore

Anglo American

Rio Tinto

ArcelorMIttal

Gold Fields

KAZ Minerals

Sibanye Gold

Evraz

Endeavour Mining

Newcrest Mining

Work highlights

  • Acted as English law counsel and global antitrust counsel to ESCO in connection with its acquisition by Weir.
  • Advised Endeavour Mining Corporation on all legal aspects of the disposal of 80% of the Tabakoto gold mine in the Republic of Mali to BCM Investments Limited.
  • Acted for Glencore in a claim brought against it by MMG Swiss Finance and Minera Las Bambas in the English courts, which arose out of Glencore's sale of a Peruvian copper mine in 2014.
  • Acted as US counsel to Gold Fields Limited on its joint venture with Asanko Gold.
  • Acted for the lead managers on the issuance of $1.6bn in new bonds as part of Metinvest's refinancing of $2.3bn of debt.

Norton Rose Fulbright has a thriving dedicated mining practice, acting on major deals across jurisdictions including Latin America and Africa. It has recently advised on some of the most innovative, challenging and high-profile transactions in the market, such as Randgold's multibillion-dollar merger with Barrick. The group also played a key role in the Bacanora lithium project in Mexico, Cupric’s Khoemacau copper and silver project in Botswana, and the Yara potash project in Ethiopia, among others. 'Excellent' global head of business Martin McCann leads the team, working with EMEA corporate chief Raj Karia, energy disputes specialist Holly Stebbing, 'stand-out' counsel Daniel Giemajner and well-regarded senior associate Felicity Brown, cited as a potential 'future leader'.

Practice head(s):Martin McCann

Other key lawyers:Raj Karia; Holly Stebbing; Felicity Brown; Daniel Giemajner

Testimonials

'The team has a deep knowledge and expertise in the project and mining sectors in Africa and Mark Berry is excellent when advising on legal issues, technical issues but also on strategy.'

'My view is that this is the team to work with when it comes to complicated and complex deals as they have a unique expertise in structuring and adapting to any changes in the project needs.'

'The mining experts at Norton Rose Fulbright are well connected and they have seen and done it all before.'

'Martin McCann is excellent, especially in relation to the structuring of complex deals. Mark Berry combines excellent legal and technical expertise. Poupak Bahamin has extensive knowledge of Africa deals and the local legal regimes.'

'Daniel Giemajner stands out. He shows an excellent handling of issues with the lender's legal counsel.' 

'Felicity Brown is undoubtedly the best associate in London. Her ability to quickly grasp complex situations and negotiate positions for her clients is exceptional and her attention to detail and work ethic are second to none. She will be a future leader of her field without doubt.'

Key Clients

Allied Gold

Alufer

Appian Natural Resources Fund

Aureus Mining

Banro

Bellzone Mining Rio Tinto

BHP Billiton

BNP Paribas

Caterpillar Finance

Centamin plc

Centerra Gold Inc

Compagnie des Bauxites de Guinee

EIB

Endeavour Mining

ERG

FMO

First Rand Bank (RMB)

KfW

La Mancha

Lundin Gold Inc

Nedbank

Petropavlovsk Plc

Red Kite Mine Finance

Roxgold

Shalina Resources

Standard Bank

Standard Chartered Bank

Societe Generale

Taurus Mining Fund

Tizir Limited

TrueGold

Yara International

Work highlights

  • Advised Compagnie des Bauxites de Guinee in connection with the $800m expansion of its Sangaredi bauxite mine in western Guinea.
  • Advising Yara Dallol in relation to the financing and development of its new potash mine in Ethiopia and associated port terminal in Djibouti.
  • Advising the lenders (including Société Générale, Nedbank KfW and SEK) in relation to the $1bn financing of Ivanhoe’s greenfield Platreef platinum mine in South Africa.
  • Advised Randgold Resources Limited on its $18.3bn merger with Barrick Gold Corporation.
  • Advised Shalina Resources on the $130m financing of the development of a new SXEW copper and cobalt processing plant in the Democratic Republic of Congo, plus related hedging and offtake arrangements.

White & Case LLP's team continues to act on a steady stream of market-leading deals and recently advised Newmont Mining on its $10bn merger with Goldcorp. The mining team advises on the full spectrum of issues including corporate and M&A, project development and finance, banking, capital markets, FRI, regulatory, antitrust, disputes and white-collar mandates. Global mining and metals head Rebecca Campbell is able to draw on her previous in-house experience at BHP Billiton, working in tandem with cross-border expert Peter Finlay. Oliver Wright recently joined the team as counsel from an in-house position at Mubadala Investment Management.

Practice head(s):Rebecca Campbell

Other key lawyers:Peter Finlay

Testimonials

'Industry knowledge and commercial acumen.'

'Rebecca Campbell and John Tivey bring deep industry knowledge from experience in mining houses.'

Key Clients

Kazatomprom

Newmont-Goldcorp Merger

Sirius

Grupo Mineros S.A

Mechel PXF

Noble Group

Trafigura Pte Limited

MMG

Largo

EGA

Petra Diamonds

Work highlights

  • Represented a syndicate of banks, including Credit Suisse and J.P. Morgan, as global coordinators on the successful listing of NAC Kazatomprom on the London Stock Exchange.
  • Acted for Newmont Mining Corporation in connection with its $10bn acquisition of Goldcorp.
  • Advised on the acquisition of a gold portfolio from Yamana Gold in Latin America on behalf of Grupo Mineros.
  • Advising the PXF creditors on the ongoing financial restructuring of the Mechel Group, one of Russia’s leading mining and metals companies.
  • Advised independent commodity trading and logistics company Trafigura on the establishment of a novel 'true sale' commodities securitisation programme.

The global mining group at Allen & Overy LLP works with renowned mining supermajors such as Vale, Rio Tinto, BHP and Anglo American across a wide range of practice areas including M&A, projects, banking and finance, capital markets, antitrust, dispute resolution, environmental and derivatives. In London, the team is led by head of corporate Dominic Morris, who advised EMR Capital alongside Perth-based Geoff Simpson on the acquisition of an 80% interest in the Lubambe Copper Mine in Zambia from Africa Rainbow Minerals and Vale.

Practice head(s):Dominic Morris

Key Clients

Rio Tinto

Vale

Randgold Resources plc

Sirius Minerals plc

NordGold

Anglogold Ashanti

Cameco Corporation

Fortescue Metals Group

Sherritt International Corporation

Resource Capital Funds

Work highlights

  • Advised Aristus on the sale to AIM-listed Highland Gold Mining Limited of three Russian limited liability companies owning one operating gold mine and two significant licence areas in the Russian region of Chukotka.
  • Advised a large European Union headquartered metallurgy, energy and EPC company on the US and EU sanctions risks associated with a number of proposed investments and contracts in Iran.
  • Acted for infrastructure funds MEIF 5 and WSIP on their acquisition of HES International from private equity owners Riverstone and the Carlyle Group.
  • Advised Sirius Minerals on a take-or-pay supply agreement between its wholly owned subsidiary York Potash Ltd, OFD Supply Inc. and Cibrafertil Companhia Brasileira de Fertilizantes for the supply and resale of POLY4 into Brazil and other countries in South America.
  • Advised Guinea Alumina Corporation on the environmental and regulatory law aspects of the EGA/GAC bauxite mining project in Guinea.

Ashurst's mining experts are particularly known for their work on M&A and fundraising mandates, African project development, as well as advice to companies in the mid-tier/junior sector. The multi-disciplinary group is led by Yann Alix, who works for an enviable client roster active in Francophone Africa as well as Europe, Latin America and Central Asia. Matthew Wood recently joined the team as head of the African project finance sub-team from White & Case LLP's Abu Dhabi office.

Practice head(s):Yann Alix

Other key lawyers:Tom Mercer

Key Clients

Managem

Newcrest Mining

Vedanta

Rio Tinto

Rusal

Sirius Minerals

Iluka Resources

Anglo American

Kansanshi Mining

Work highlights

  • Advised Newcrest Mining on the sale of its 89.9% interest in the Bonikro Gold Mine in Ivory Coast to Forbes & Manhattan and Africa Finance Corporation.
  • Advised Managem on the development of the Tri-k gold project in Guinea.
  • Advised China New Era Group and China Geo-Engineering Corporation on their €200m joint venture with Anglo-African Minerals.
  • Acted for Vedanta Resources on the acquisition by its Indian listed subsidiary of approximately 90% of the paid up share capital of Electrosteel Steels Limited.
  • Assisted South32 in relation to an internal restructuring of some of its UK operations.

Baker McKenzie's London mining team operates as part of the wider firm's global offering, and has historic strength in advising on international exploration and mining projects across the world. The practice's stellar client list also includes investors, traders, financiers and other key stakeholders, covering the full life cycle of mining projects. Recently, the group has been advising clients on the increasing demand for new battery materials and the impact of the ongoing energy transition. The practice added significant regulatory expertise during 2018 with the hire of Christopher Jones from the European Commission, where he had served as deputy director for energy, while former Clifford Chance LLP corporate partner Kathy Honeywood has also joined the team.

Practice head(s):Richard Blunt; Mike Webster

Other key lawyers:Mike Webster; Kathy Honeywood; Steve Abraham

Key Clients

Rio Tinto

Saudi Arabian Mining Company (Ma'aden)

Nyrstar

Anglo Pacific Group

Anglo American

Vitol

Vale

Capital International

Talis Capital

Arcelor Mittal

BCM International Group

Liontaine Holdings Ltd

Arrium

MILPO

LafargeHolcim

Alamos Gold

Rio Tinto

Work highlights

  • Advising Anglo-Pacific, the only listed company on the London Stock Exchange focused on royalties connected with the mining of natural resources, on a royalty acquisition.
  • Advised BCM International Group on the acquisition of the Tabakoto gold mine in Mali from Endeavour Mining Corporation.
  • Advised the borrower, Alliance Altyn, in connection with attracting a $180m project financing from VTB Bank for the construction of mining facilities and processing plant at Jerooy gold ore deposit in the Kyrgyz Republic.
  • Advised Nyrstar on a high-value dispute with Century Mining Limited relating to legacy offtake agreements, as well as commercial arrangements.
  • Assisted Severstal Management JSC on the proposed commission agreement between Cambay Services Limited and Avima Iron Ore Limited.

The full-service mining offering at Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP was recently strengthened by the arrival of project finance expert Tom Eldridge from Mayer Brown International LLP. His broad transactional experience covers project development, project finance, PPP/PFI, ECA/export finance and various forms of off-take and royalty finance. Under the leadership of Alexander Keepin, the team acts for major publicly traded mining companies, mining funds, as well as project finance lenders, offtakers, traders, investment banks and brokers specialising in the sector, and a number of governments, particularly in Africa.

Practice head(s):Alexander Keepin

Other key lawyers:Tom Eldridge

Testimonials

'Sector specialists who also have broad ECM knowledge are rare in mining, but Alexander Keepin and the Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner team provide this seamlessly.'

'Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner provides regular transactional service in mining which is of an exceptional standard.'

'Tom Eldridge is a very experienced, solutions-focused lawyer.'

Key Clients

Resolute Mining

Berkeley Energia

Petropavlovsk

Ncondezi Energy

Prairie Mining

Zanaga Iron Ore

JP Morgan Cazenove

Liberum Capital

Numis Securities

Peel Hunt

Work highlights

  • Advised Berkeley in connection with the admission of its ordinary shares to the standard listing segment of the Official List of the FCA and to trading on the Main Market for listed securities of the London Stock Exchange.

  • Acted for Uranium Royalty Corporation on its cornerstoning of the Yellow Cake AIM IPO.
  • Advised on the Main Market IPO of Danakali, the potash company focused on the development of the Colluli Potash Project in Eritrea.
  • Assisting the mandated lead arrangers with the $120m project financing made available to Turkish joint venture company Acaia Maden Isletmeleri for the construction of the Gokimak copper mine in Kastamonu,
  • Advising on the rescheduling and restructuring of a silver concentrates prepayment offtake agreement with Avino Silver & Gold Mines Ltd in relation to concentrates delivered from Mexican mines on behalf of Samsung C&T Corporation.

Clifford Chance LLP's global mining offering is jointly led by 'client-centric' corporate expert David Lewis and project finance specialist James Pay. The team acts for clients in the world's leading mining jurisdictions, including China, Chile, Peru, Brazil, Indonesia and key African jurisdictions including Guinea, Ghana, the DRC and South Africa. Recently, a particularly strong area of focus has been advising investors and lenders in relation to sanctions and other complex regulatory matters and changes of law. Also notable is the firm's capabilities in the restructuring space as well as the field of investment protection.

Practice head(s):David Lewis; James Pay

Testimonials

'Broad multi-specialist practice that can provide market-leading advice on a variety of areas, such as capital markets and tax.'

'David Lewis is very client-centric.'

Key Clients

Antofagasta

Eramet

Kingsgate Consolidated

EVRAZ

GFG Alliance

Glencore

Guinea Bauxite Company

Arrowhead Resources

Vale

VTB Capital

Pacific Wildcat Resources

Work highlights

  • Representing a Bahraini company against an international mining company in LCIA arbitration in connection with disputes arising out of a long-term iron ore supply agreement as well as in relation to a replacement long-term supply agreement between the parties.
  • Advising Arrowhead Resources Limited in an ICSID investment dispute with the Arab Republic of Egypt arising under the Australia-Egypt BIT.
  • In coordination with its Perth and Hong Kong offices, the firm advised Churchill Mining Plc and Planet Mining Pty Ltd on an investor-state arbitration under the UK-Indonesia and Australia-Indonesia Bilateral Investment Treaties.
  • Acted for Deutsche Bank in connection with its role as a senior creditor and new trade finance provider in the context of a complex cross-border restructuring.
  • A cross-border team advised BNP Paribas, HSBC, The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, a member of the Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group and Santander UK as active bookrunners in the syndication of Glencore's refinancing of its short-term revolving credit facilities.

The multi-disciplinary team at Fieldfisher is especially strong in the small-to-mid cap market, but advises the full spectrum of explorers, developers and producers, as well as investors, banks, metals traders, investment banks and brokers from its London and Paris offices on mining projects throughout the world. Jonathan Brooks' team recently successfully defended Atalaya in the Court of Appeal to confirm a previous High Court verdict which stated the client was not in breach of its contract with Astor Management.

Practice head(s):Jonathan Brooks

Testimonials

'This team is known for its good knowledge of the mining sector across public markets, debt market and M&A.'

'Jonathan Brooks is extremely responsive, knowledgeable about the sector with a good range of contacts. He takes a commercial view, shows flexibility on billing and recovery of fees.'

'Dominic Gurney-Champion gives clients good commercial advice across the piece and is able to bring in other partners on very specific advice. He is mindful of the costs and will always try to find an efficient way of reaching the desired outcome.'

Key Clients

Africa Finance Corporation

Amur Minerals Corporation

Atalaya Mining plc

Central Asia Metals plc

Dalradian Gold Limited

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development

Fusion Capital AG

KEFI Minerals plc

Kalahari Metals Limited

Kodal Minerals plc

Mirabaud Securities

Osisko Gold Royalties Ltd

Orion Minerals NL

SigmaRoc plc

SP Angel Corporate Finance

Strongbow Exploration Inc.

Tembo Capital

Terrafame Group Ltd

Traxys Europe S.A.

Vardar Minerals Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising AIM-quoted Amur on a convertible loan facility of up to $10m with Cuart Investments PCC and YA II PN, in an investment consortium arranged by RiverFort Global Capital.
  • Defended AIM and TSX-V-quoted Atalaya on its hearing in the Court of Appeal against a judgment of the High Court in London in March 2017, relating to a claim by Astor Management that deferred consideration due to it in relation to the Rio Tinto copper mine had become payable.
  • Advised Dalradian on English legal and regulatory aspects of a transaction to take the formerly AIM and TSX-quoted company private, structured by way of a recommended takeover by Orion Mine Finance under a Canadian plan of arrangement.
  • Advising the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development on Bank of China's $120m participation in a $295m syndicated loan arranged by EBRD to be made to JSC ShalkiyaZinc.
  • Advised Kalahari Metals Limited on  an investment agreement to give AIM-quoted Metal Tiger the right to acquire 50% of Kalahari Metals.

Hogan Lovells International LLP provides the full spectrum of legal services to mining and extractive businesses across the whole life cycle of projects. The team's enviable client roster includes both private and publicly traded mining companies engaged in the gold, copper, coal, iron, silver, nickel, diamond, uranium, and platinum industries. Adrian Walker's group also regularly advises financial institutions and other investors with interests in the sector. The international reach of the practice was significantly strengthened by the arrival of Arun Velusami and senior associate Shah Jahan Khandokar, who sits within the banking and finance group - both joined from Norton Rose Fulbright. Disputes partner Kieron O’Callaghan is praised for 'having the ear of clients'.

Practice head(s):Adrian Walker

Other key lawyers:Kieron O'Callaghan

Testimonials

'Kieron O'Callaghan has experience in many forms of arbitration and is very much at home in energy disputes. He has the ear of clients because he is thoughtful, measured but also determined to get them the result they seek.'

Work highlights

  • On behalf of ENRC, the team recently secured a significant Court of Appeal decision which has re-established the importance, and applicability, of legal professional privilege, including in the context of internal investigations.
  • Acting for Cunico Resources in an investment claim against the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia before ICSID.
  • Representing a Russian high-net worth individual and businessman, who was served with an English Claim Form at Heathrow Airport for payment of moneys alleged to be owed under a partnership agreement in respect of mining investments in Russia.
  • The firm cemented at appeal the victory it obtained at trial for Astor in the Commercial Court trial in a €60m dispute that examined, amongst other issues, the extent of a duty of good faith between contracting parties and the ambit of reasonable endeavours clauses.

Mayer Brown International LLP's recent mining highlights include its work for the Government of Oman on its plan to develop mining as one of five pillars of non-petroleum economic diversification currently being fast-tracked by the sultanate. The 'well respected' Ian Coles leads the London team, which works in tandem with the international firm's US and Asia counterparts on mining projects across the world, particularly in Latin America and South East Asia.

Practice head(s):Ian Coles

Testimonials

'Very well respected leadership, particularly Ian Coles.'

'Ian Coles is highly skilled and trusted. He has a unique ability to look through a complex problem and to charter a potential course through it.'

Key Clients

UniCredit

Ohridska Banka

Standard Bank

Nedbank

Africa Finance Corporation

Medea Future Materials Fund

Citibank

Macquarie

HSBC

Women in Mining

BNP Paribas

ING

Société Générale

KfW IPEX

Barclays Bank

Investec

Scotiabank Europe

SRK Exploration Services

Sumitomo Corp Mining & Metals

Work highlights

  • Represented UniCredit Bank and the EBRD in a $150m term facility for the construction and operation of Centerra Gold Inc’s Öksüt gold mine and related infrastructure in the Kayseri region of Turkey.
  • Advising Société Générale, Investec and Ohridska Banka in their role as mandated lead arrangers in connection with the project financing of the SASA/DOO lead and zinc mine located in Macedonia.
  • Represented pan-African multilateral development finance institution, Africa Finance in its role as lender on a $20.5m bridge facility and a $20m term loan facility.
  • Acting for Medea on the $20m loan to ASX-listed Vector Resources in connection with its acquisition of the Adidi Kanga mine in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
  • Advising SRK in its role as principal contractor in connection with the development of the Oman mining industry by the Government of Oman.

The London mining team at Milbank was recently boosted by the arrival of a four-partner restructuring team from Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP including its former global financial restructuring co-chair Yushan Ng and partners Jacqueline Ingram, Karen McMaster and Sinjini Saha. The firm's wide-ranging mining finance capabilities were also bolstered by the addition of capital market partners Apostolos Gkoutzinis and Rebecca Marques and another nine lawyers from Shearman & Sterling LLP. Project finance veteran Phillip Fletcher retired at the end of 2018.

Practice head(s):Mazer Ijaz; John Dewar

Key Clients

Absa Bank

African Development Bank

BNP Paribas

EBRD

EFIC

EIB

Emerging Africa Infrastructure Fund

KfW

IFC

Yellow Cake plc

US-Exim

Bacchus Capital

JBIC

KEXIM

Ivanhoe Mines

Work highlights

  • Advised the lending group in the context of a major project where Turquoise Hills Resources, Rio Tinto, and their respective advisers are working together to finalise a $4bn project financing facility for the Oyu Tolgoi Project.
  • Acted for Yellow Cake as a specialist company to operate in the uranium sector and hold long term physical uranium on the successful listing of its ordinary shares on AIM.
  • Advised a syndicate of seven lenders in connection with the $350m financing for the development and construction of the Fruta del Norte gold project in Ecuador.
  • Advised the lenders n connection with the $900m financing for the development, financing, construction and operation of the Mina Justa copper-silver-gold mine located in the Ica region of Peru.

The mining offering at DLA Piper, which is led out of Sheffield by EMEA sector lead Petra Billing, aims to takes a holistic approach to client needs and provide sector-specific advice locally, nationally or internationally, drawing on the firm's huge global footprint. Sarah Thomas has significant experience of advising on major infrastructure projects, both in the UK and internationally and across a range of sectors, particularly focusing on the energy, mining, process and water sectors.

Practice head(s):Petra Billing

Testimonials

'DLA Piper's broad range of experience both in the UK and internationally adds new perspective and insight to clients' businesses.'

'The advice from DLA Piper on mineral property matters is second to none, which provides the necessary confidence to the operational side of the business. Petra Billing and Roger Collier are standout partners.'

'This team truly delivers a unique level of unconditional care, attention and uncompromising support, many times under much pressure and frustration when circumstances beyond control pop up to complicate matters.

'The mining lawyers at DLA Piper always find time to communicate, explain, elaborate, advise and generally offer a supporting hand.'

'The team has the breadth of knowledge, commercial perspective and tenacity to resolve problems. Sandy Telfer is outstanding when it comes to mineral planning applications and Sheila Irvine shines in commercial property support for mineral and other commercial property transactions.'

'Associates Nadia Gehlen and Jennifer Keogh provide quick and efficient turnaround.'

'JP Douglas-Henry, Jamie Curle, Sean McGuiness and Bridgette De Bourbon continuously demonstrate their professionalism through 24/7 hard work, showing a genuine and unrestricted commitment to their clients.'

Key Clients

Government of Kenya

Aggregate Industries (UK) Limited/ LafargeHolcim

Tarmac/CRH

The Coal Authority

Ineos Upstream Limited

Republic of Guinea

Ibstock Brick Limited

Sibelco UK (Unimin)

Tata Steel UK Limited

Syrah Resources

RecyCoal

Work highlights

  • Acted for the Republic of Kenya in respect of an ICSID claim brought by the mining investor, Cortec with potential costs in excess of $3.5m.
  • Ssupported the Ineos Group on its successful application for 21 petroleum exploration and development licences under the 14th UK Licensing Round.
  • Advising the Ministry of Mines and Petroleum of the Government of Afghanistan in relation to the award of three mining concessions for the exploration and exploitation of gold and copper projects.
  • Advised Adenia Partners on its acquisition of a controlling stake in Kanu Equipment Limited.
  • Advised Sibelco UK Limited on the taking of an Option for Lease relating to extensive mineral reserves at Chelmsford with potential deal value of £6m.

Gowling WLG's mining team, which has 'a deep knowledge and understanding' of the industry', has expertise across a range of matters, including AIM listings, project management and cross-border mandates, particularly with regards to joint ventures, farm-ins, equity, debt, project financing and broader corporate work. The firm's client roster primarily consists of small to mid-cap companies such as Hummingbird Resources and Bacanora Lithium, but also includes financial institutions, investment banks, individual directors and investors. Natural resources head Charles Bond leads the team, while principal associate Susan Johnston is also recommended.

Practice head(s):Charles Bond

Other key lawyers:Sefton Collett

Testimonials

'Charles Bond and his team provide excellent client service, with a deep knowledge and understanding of their clients' businesses, the industry and the challenges they face. They are always available and willing to help with practical efficient advice. Their costs are competitive and critically they really do put service before invoicing and short term fees, to build long term relationships (which many firms do not). We see this team as our trusted advisers, and have been pleased to recommend them to other companies.'

'User friendly, always available, sound, sensible, relevant and pragmatic advice.'    

'Personable, part of the team approach, always goes that bit further with advice, you feel as if it matters.'

'Charles Bond and Susan Johnston are both excellent.'

'Andrew Wright is extremely knowledgeable and experienced.'

Key Clients

Hummingbird Resources plc

Bushveld Minerals Ltd

AfriTin Mining Ltd

Firestone Diamonds plc

Eurasia Mining plc

Bacanora Minerals Ltd

Highland Gold Mining Ltd

Strategic Minerals plc

Altyn plc

Phoenix Global Mining

Sylvania Platinum

Work highlights

  • Acted for Firestone Diamonds in a firm placing, placing and open offer which raised gross proceeds of $25m through the issue of new ordinary shares to both institutional and other investors including the ongoing participation of two of the client's major shareholders, RCF and Pacific Road.
  • Advising Stellar Diamonds on its Tribute Mining Agreement and Revenue Sharing Agreement with Octea in relation to Octea's Tonguma mining license in Sierra Leone which is adjacent to the client's Tongo license.
  • Handled the demerger of Greenhills Resources, which is now held 100% by AfriTin Mining, from client Bushveld Minerals.
  • Represented Bacanora Lithium in its $460m debt and equity fundraising.
  • Acted for Highland Gold Mining regarding the English law aspects of its acquisition of a gold mine and two significant license areas in Russia from Aristus Holdings.

HFW's mining offering is jointly led by Nick Hutton and Brian Gordon, who splits his time between Singapore and London as head of the global practice. The group has extensive experience in the development of greenfield mining projects, from the acquisition of mining and surface rights, through the construction of mine infrastructure, to the drafting of operating and off-take contracts. In recent highlights, the team advised a listed mining group on its sale by tender of a 30% interest in two major Indonesian mines for $1.3bn to a major Indian electricity generation company, and represented a London-based consortium on a large scale mining project in Northern Angola.

Practice head(s):Nick Hutton; Brian Gordon

The mining team at Latham & Watkins continues to handle significant mining and metals instructions, advising across a variety of practice areas. Recent highlights include advising on the TALEX aluminum project in Dubai and the Alba Line 6 expansion project in Bahrain. Led by Craig R Nethercott, the cross-departmental group covers the full life cycle of mining projects and acts for clients in the downstream, midstream and upstream sectors.

Practice head(s):Craig Nethercott

Key Clients

Rio Tinto Alcan Inc.

Norsk Hydro ASA

Aluminium Bahrain B.S.C.

Ma’aden

ArcelorMittal S.A.

Mubadala Development Company PJSC

Global Aluminium

Royal Hill Mining

EVRAZ plc

Work highlights

  • Oversaw the acquisition by Volcan Investments of Vedanta Resources, a UK-based global diversified metals and mining company, representing the independent directors of Vedanta Resources.
  • Advised SABIC Lenders on its $1bn issuance of 4% Guaranteed Notes due 2023; and $1bn issuance of 4.5% Guaranteed Notes due 2028.
  • Representing the Republic of Colombia in an ICSID arbitration against Eco Oro Minerals Corp, under Chapter 8 of the Canada-Colombia Free Trade Agreement.
  • Handled the acquisition by Norsk Hydro of Rio Tinto Iceland, an Iceland-based aluminium plant, of Aluminium & Chemie Rotterdam, a Netherlands-based chemical plant, and of Alufluor, a Sweden-based producer of aluminium fluoride.
  • Advised on a term loan facility forTaweelah Aluminium Extrusion Company, a UAE-based advanced aluminium extrusion plant, to refinance existing debt.

Pinsent Masons LLP continues to build upon its traditional strengths in the fields of construction and planning, translating its relationships into an enviable contractor client base and expanding its mining offering. Recently, the group has been advising on major UK-based projects, such as its work for Sirius Minerals subsidiary York Potash on the lease of land for storage facilities with Redcar Bulk Terminal. This facet of the practice has been bolstered by the arrival of construction specialist John Woolley from Dentons. The firm is also building up a record of regulatory mandates in the emerging markets of Africa.

Practice head(s):Akshai Fofaria

Other key lawyers:John Woolley; Jon Harris

Key Clients

Wishbone Gold plc

Anglo-American

Sirius Minerals

Aggregate Industries UK Limited

Kier Infrastructure and Overseas Limited

Patersons of Greenoakhill Limited

Hillhouse Quarry Group Limited

African Minerals Limited

Ecole Nationale Superieure des Mines

Work highlights

  • Advised Arden Partners as sole bookrunner on the $2m secondary placing carried out by Main Market-listed Rainbow Rare Earths Limited.
  • Acted for Wishbone Gold on a capitalisation of directors' fees and cancellation of $2m investment agreement, and termination and settlement of an equity sharing agreement.
  • Overseeing the training of civil servants from numerous African countries on negotiation strategies and mineral policy for Ecole des Mines.

Simmons & Simmons' mining team is adept at advising on complex projects in emerging countries, as demonstrated by its work for De Beers on its new operations and purchasing arrangements in Sierra Leone. The practice's stellar client base also includes banks, alternative lenders, private equity investors and major mining companies, which Iain Duncan and his team advise on the full spectrum of matters. Key lawyers include 'exceptional' Paris-based partner Yves Baratte and the well-regarded Paul Baker in London.

Practice head(s):Iain Duncan

Other key lawyers:Yves Baratte; Paul Baker

Testimonials

'Yves Baratte is exceptional. Very intelligent, but with outstanding soft skills in terms of client management and understanding our business. Extremely responsive.'

'The uniqueness of this practice is largely driven by the qualities of Paul Baker. Paul is very responsive to client needs and very quick on the uptake.'

'Exceptional knowledge and on-the-ground experience of francophone Africa. Particularly adept not just with their legal transactional skills, but in helping to manage relationships with host governments.'

Key Clients

Anglo American PLC/ Kumba Iron Ore / De Beers

Orion Resource Partners / Orion Mine Finance

Resource Capital Funds (RCF)

Sandstorm Gold

Pala Investments

First Quantum Minerals Ltd

Macquarie Bank and Macquarie Capital

SNC Lavalin

Africa Finance Corporation

Gemfields Plc

Sumatra Copper & Gold PLC

Mondo Minerals

Work highlights

  • Advised Orion Mine Finance and Fusion Capital on the sale of Lynx Resources, the owner of the SASA zinc, lead and silver mine in the Republic of Macedonia, for $402.5m to Central Asia Metals.
  • Acting for Gemfields Limited in the defence against allegations of human rights abuses said to have occurred at a mine in Mozambique, which is a joint venture part-owned by a Gemfields subsidiary.
  • Assisting De Beers in connection with its purchase and export of diamonds in West Africa from artisanal miners as part of its Gemfair programme.
  • Advising Orion Mine Finance on its debt financing arrangements in relation to Ongopolo Mining Limited’s copper project and on copper offtake arrangements relating from Ongopolo’s Tschudi open pit copper mine in Namibia.
  • Represented the Indonesian Government in a bilateral treaty arbitration brought by Indian Metals & Ferro Alloys Limited under the India-Indonesia BIT.

Sullivan & Cromwell LLP's London mining group is headed by Stewart Robertson and also includes Craig Jones. High profile matters the pair have advised on include acting for Centerra Gold on the ongoing restructuring of its Kumtor gold mine project in Kyrgyzstan.   Other partners with experience of mining include London managing partner Richard Pollack , who also co-head's the firm's private equity group, who has a track record of advising prestigious clients such as BP on high-value and strategic corporate matters. Vanessa Blackmore has substantial experience on the capital markets front, while European credit and leveraged finance practice head Presley Warner is a key name on the banking and finance side. Jamieson Logie recently relocated to the US firm's Hong Kong office to head up the Asia-Pacific projects practice.

Practice head(s):Stewart Robertson

Other key lawyers:Craig Jones; Richard Pollack; Vanessa Blackmore; Presley Warner

Bird & Bird LLP's London mining offering was kickstarted in 2017, when Clive Hopewell and Adam Carling joined from Charles Russell Speechlys LLP. The team, which has since recruited two more lawyers, regularly represents African state-owned entities, public and private corporations, institutional and private investors, among others, on the full spectrum of mining matters, while also draw on the wider firm's credentials in technology and intellectual property. The 'personable' Hopewell is regarded as 'one of the go-to lawyers in the natural resources sector'.

Practice head(s):Clive Hopewell

Other key lawyers:Peter Knight; Adam Carling; Nicholas Heap; Sharon O’Donnell

Testimonials

'This is a professional team that will always go the extra mile without fuss or negotiating.'

'Bird & Bird is known for its strong industry knowledge combined with exceptional transaction experience.'

'The firm fields a senior team dedicated to client coverage, particularly in the AIM space. It is renowned for its practical approach in dealing with issues.'

'Bird & Bird provides practical and solid legal advice in pressured and difficult circumstances. Clive Hopewell and Nick Heap are valued advisers.'

'Clive Hopewell is one of the go-to lawyers in the natural resources sector.'

'Clive Hopewell is personable, quick to respond to queries and has a no nonsense/point-scoring approach.'

'Senior associate Sharon O'Donnell has outstanding knowledge of the natural resources space.'

Key Clients

Canaccord Genuity Limited

LKAB Minerals

Asiamet Resources Limited

Gemfields plc

Jangada Mines Plc

Harvest Minerals Limited

Randgold Resources Ltd (now Barrick Gold)

Garrison Capital

Canaccord Genuity

Berenberg

Hannam & Partners

WH Ireland

Work highlights

  • Assisting Canaccord Genuity, a Canadian full-service investment banking and financial services company, with the listing of Kore Potash Limited on the AIM market of the London Stock Exchange.

  • Advised LKAB Minerals on its acquisition of the business of Francis Flower, comprising two companies Francis Flower (Northern) Ltd and Gurney Slade Lime & Stone Ltd.
  • Acted for Asiamet Resources Limited on two placings of new shares in 2018 to raise totals of $10m and $3.3m respectively.
  • Represented Regius Resources Group Limited in connection with the acquisition of nine ruby assets in Mozambique by Fura Gems Inc. from Mustang Resources Ltd (ASX-listed) and Regius for a total consideration of A$15m, payable in cash and shares.
  • Overseeing the management of a global trade mark portfolio - involving brand clearance, brand protection and associated enforcement action - for Gemfields.

The mining team at Clyde & Co LLP is especially strong in emerging markets and covers the full supply chain of natural resources, from discovery to closure. On the contentious front, the group advised the insurers of a large consulting engineering firm in relation to Federal Court of Australia proceedings which alleged that it was responsible for the collapse of underground mine workings, and advised one of the world’s largest commodities traders on the acquisition of 96 mining licenses in Brazil. Maurice Kenton and Christopher Duffy lead the team.

Practice head(s):Maurice Kenton; Christopher Duffy

Other key lawyers:Philip Mace; Peter Hirst

At litigation powerhouse Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP, the mining disputes team sits under the banner of the broader energy and natural resources practice. Under the leadership of Ted Greeno, the group handles a broad spectrum of cases concerning every stage of the mining process, from disputes over the operation of mining concessions and breaches of drilling and mining services contracts, to those arising under mining offtake and marketing agreements, project finance and trade finance loan facilities, and investment treaty arbitrations. The firm also has strong capabilities in the tax disputes space.

Practice head(s):Ted Greeno

Other key lawyers:Stephen Jagusch QC; Anthony Sinclair; Jenni Lajzerowicz

Key Clients

AngloGold Ashanti

Samax Resources Ltd

Geita Gold Mine Ltd

North Mara Gold Mine Ltd

Work highlights

  • Represented AngloGold Ashanti’s local Ghanaian subsidiary in an ICSID arbitration against the Republic of Ghana pursuant to an ICSID arbitration clause in a concession agreement initially seeking a value of $422.9m.
  • Represented a mining company in an international commercial arbitration against the Government of Tanzania seeking a settlement value worth over $1bn in relation to a dispute over the impact of new laws to regulate the mining sector.
  • Represented North Mara Gold Mine in a dispute against Diamond Motors Limited over a drilling services contract for a mine site in Tanzania, relating to an arbitration award as well as further claims concerning breaches of contract.

Key names in Shearman & Sterling LLP's mining offering include project development and finance specialist Nicholas Buckworth, the US firm's former London head, and his successor as City chief, Matthew Readings, who heads up the firm's global antitrust group. The global metals and mining practice is led out of New York by Cynthia Urda Kassis. Recently promoted partner Anthony Lepere and senior associate Tom Pound, who recently joined from Baker McKenzie, are also well regarded.

Energy and natural resources is one of the core pillars of Watson Farley & Williams LLP's global practice. In London, the firm's offering - which is led by finance and corporate expert Jan Mellmann - regularly advises on high-stakes M&A transactions, international disputes, regulatory changes and legislation drafting, as well as contractual negotiations.

Practice head(s):Jan Mellmann

Key Clients

Chaarat Gold Holdings Ltd

EBRD

Daniel Stewart

MRI Trading AG

Work highlights

  • Advised long-term client Chaarat Gold on the acquisition by one of its wholly owned subsidiaries, Chaarat Gold International Limited, of Kapan Mining and Processing CJSC.
  • Advising long-term client Chaarat Gold on the successful placements of $40m convertible secured loans with both new and existing investors.
  • Assisted Daniel Stewart as corporate adviser and broker to Peruvian gold and silver producer VI Mining on its admission to trade on London’s NEX Exchange Growth Market.
  • Acted for long-term client Chaarat Gold on its $20m placement of a mixture of equity and short term Senior Secured Convertible Loan Notes to selected investors.

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP fields a multidisciplinary mining team, comprising capabilities in corporate, commercial, banking, litigation and real estate. Corporate partner Andrew Collins sits at the head of the sector group which covers a wide range of issues including farm-in and farm-out agreements, financing transactions, private placings and IPOs, as well as competition and regulatory matters.

Practice head(s):Andrew Collins

The mining team at CMS, which is jointly led by London-based duo partner Christopher Bowes and Chris Rae, advises on all aspects of minerals and waste planning including appeals, infrastructure agreements and restoration obligations for a client roster including Tarmac, Sibelco and Marshalls. Bowes is a planning specialist, while Rae focuses on real estate matters.

Practice head(s):Chris Bowes; Chris Rae

Testimonials

'The mining team at CMS has a combination of a deep understanding of the mineral and waste management sector, specialist legal skills, and a solution-oriented approach.'

Key Clients

Tarmac

Sibelco

Marshalls

North York Moors National Park Authority

Hargreaves Services plc

Work highlights

  • Provided advice in connection with a controversial minerals planning appeal at Messingham Quarry, advising on a complex appeal and parallel planning applications.
  • Advising the majority of the UK’s leading waste management contractors on all regulatory aspects of landfill of former quarries and on the acquisition and divestiture of former quarry landfills.
  • Advising North York Moors National Park Authority on planning matters relating to the Sirius Minerals potash project in North Yorkshire.

At Dentons, the mining offering covers corporate and M&A matters including share and business transactions, fund matters and equity capital markets under the leadership of Neil Nicholson. Other key names include Will Gunston  and Evgenia Laurson, who focus on insolvency and restructuring and project financing matters respectively.

Practice head(s):Neil Nicholson

Other key lawyers:Evgenia Laurson; Will Gunston

The corporate finance lawyers at Druces LLP handle transactions for mining companies which range from equity capital raising for early stage exploration companies, through to the issue of listed debt to fund the acquisition of operating assets, and substantial takeovers. The group also handles disputes and bilateral investment treaty arbitration, while the tax team advises on international structures. The offering was significantly bolstered by the firm's merger with Ronaldsons in 2018 which added Dominic Traynor and Stephen Ronaldson to its broader corporate practice. Associate Jack Kemmish also joined from Kerman & Co .

Practice head(s):Dominic Traynor

Other key lawyers:Stephen Ronaldson

Testimonials

'The Druces lawyers are down to earth and just get on with things. They have a very wide range of skills but as a medium-sized team are willing to admit where they may have a gap in knowledge or experience. It is very refreshing.'

'Druces provides a full range of relevant advisory services. Clients frequently instruct them for M&A, fundraising, share option schemes, Market Abuse Regulations, HR contracts, major supplier contracts, company secretarial and general corporate advice.'

'Dominic Traynor has experience of both advising and being part on the board of directors for natural resources companies.'

'Dominic Traynor is very knowledgeable on corporate and governance matters. He is particularly commercially savvy and has good knowledge of the sectors he supports. He is good at finding solutions to problems and is very personable and reliable.'

Key Clients

Alexander Mining PLC

Amedeo Resources

Goldplat PLC

Greatland Gold PLC

Katoro Gold PLC

Kibo Energy PLC

Red Rock Resources PLC

Regency Mines PLC

Rockfire Resources PLC

SigmaRoc PLC

Savannah Resources PLC

Thor Mining PLC

Work highlights

  • Advised AIM-listed Savannah Resources PLC on its £11.5m fundraising.
  • Advising SigmaRoc on the £15m acquisition of CCP Building Products.
  • Represented Cradle Arc plc in a £5.5m fundraising, acquisition of a copper mine in Botswana and re-admission to AIM.
  • Handled the disposal of Kibo Nickel to Standard-listed Opera Investments plc and its subsequent de-listing from the Standard List and admission to AIM.
  • Advised Amedeo Resources PLC on the production of a circular and announcements seeking shareholder approval for the company delisting from AIM.

The London team at Canada-headquartered firm Fasken represents a diverse client roster of brokers, corporates, mining companies, banks and investors. Jodi Katz , Thomas Wexler and managing partner Al Gourley are some of the key names to note. The firm has substantial experience in cross-border transactions, IPOs and corporate finance mandates within the natural resources sector.

Practice head(s):Al Gourley

Other key lawyers:Jodi Katz; Thomas Wexler

Fladgate LLP's full-service offering has built up a particularly strong presence in the emerging markets of Africa and Eastern Europe, and the firm's recent recruitment of Sandra Bates - who specialises in complex, cross-border transactions - from Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP has bolstered its capabilities on mandates involving Canadian capital markets and Canadian public and private companies. The group recently advised TransGlobe Energy Corporation on its introduction to AIM, becoming the first AIM company listed on three separate major stock markets.

Practice head(s):Paul Airley; Nigel Gordon

Key Clients

Tri-Star Resources plc

Cenkos Securities plc

Chesterfield Resources plc

Jubilee Metals Group plc

SP Angel / Sula Iron & Gold

Vast Resources Plc

Avesoro Resources Inc

Pan African Resources

Xtract Resources

Work highlights

  • Advised AIM-listed Tri-Star Resources, a technology and mineral processing company, on a number of matters including a $6m investment in Oman joint venture company SPMP and a £4.4m open offer to shareholders through the issue of new ordinary shares.
  • Advised AIM and Alt-X listed Jubilee Metals Group on the £2.8m acquisition of a 29% interest in BMR Group.
  • Advised SP Angel on a placing for Sula Iron & Gold plc to acquire a cobalt licence.
  • Advised a mining company on the acquisition of the entire issued share capital an exploration company on a share for share basis, raising £2m by way of a placing and a subscription.
  • Advised an AIM listed mining company with operations in Romania and Zimbabwe, on the provision of funding for a Romanian minerals company with a substantial interest in a brown field perimeter in the ‘Golden Quadrilateral’ of Western Romania.

The mining team at K&L Gates LLP has particularly strengths in equity capital markets work, dispute resolution and environmental law, as well as advising on competition and trade regulations. The London team, led by Paul Tetlow, advises on both domestic UK deals and international matters for a varied client roster which includes industry associations such as the Cobalt Institute and the European Precious Metals Federation.

Practice head(s):Paul Tetlow

Other key lawyers:James Green

Key Clients

Lucapa Diamond Company Limited

Mozmin Resources Pty Limited

Rich Pro Investments Limited

Orica Minova Ekochem

Lubelski Węgiel Bogdanka S.A.

Freeport McMoran Inc.

Climax Molybdenum, B.V.

Bellzone Mining PLC

CRH plc

International Molybdenum Association

Work highlights

  • Advised Rich Pro Investments Limited on its takeover of ASA Resource Group PLC.
  • Advised Bellzone Mining, a company developing the Kalia iron ore resource in the Republic of Guinea, on a successful non-pre-emptive cash-box placing to raise £1.6m.
  • Advised Lubelski Węgiel Bogdanka on major dispute with Acciona Construcción and Mostostal Warsawa.
  • Advising Climax Molybdenum/International Molybdenum Association on regulatory issues.

The natural resources team at London commercial and corporate firm Kerman & Co advises a mix of mining clients on public and private M&A, debt and equity financing, disputes and commercial contracts. The group, led by Peter Kohl, is especially strong with regards to transactions for companies quoted on the Main Market and AIM market of the London Stock Exchange. Una Deretic and Joan Yu are also key names.

Practice head(s):Peter Kohl

Other key lawyers:Una Deretic; Joan Yu

Key Clients

Jade Resources Limited

Panthera Resources Plc

Nordgold

Gerald Metals Groups

Highcountry Cameroon Limited

Metals Exploration Plc

Capital Metals Ltd

ARC Minerals Ltd

Work highlights

  • Advised Panthera Resources Plc on its admission to AIM.

Memery Crystal LLP's team is focused on equity capital markets transactions for mining companies, particularly those with projects in Africa, and maintains a strong reputation in advising on listings on AIM and the Main Market, as well as secondary fundraisings and dual listings. The group also advises on M&A, debt finance and private equity investments in the mining sector.

Practice head(s):Michael Dawes; Nick Davis

Testimonials

'The Memery Crystal team is exceptionally competent and hard working, with nothing ever being 'too much'. What really makes this team stand out is its strategic commercial approach to many legal situations and the open, friendly, family manner in which it interacts with clients.'

'The team always conducts itself in a professional manner and its strengths lie across all elements of work streams as part of their mandate. The practice's key capabilities are closely aligned with minerals and mining which means it is perfectly poised to assist clients in getting the best outcome possible.'

'It is their individual levels of competence, their willingness and ability to work long hard hours whenever the situation demands, and the open and friendly way in which they continue to interact with their clients, no matter how large the challenge, that sets the Memery Crystal attorneys apart from the rest.'

'This group engages in proactive thinking as opposed to reactive actions. Clients should value its transparency, efficiency and quality of work as well as its attention to detail.'

Key Clients

Danakali Ltd

MOD Resources Ltd

Petra Diamonds

Kropz

Rainbow Rare Earths

Tethyan Resources

Shanta Gold Ltd

Work highlights

  • Advised Danakali on its dual listing on the London Stock Exchange’s Main Market.
  • Acted for Kropz on its admission to AIM, fundraising and its $40m acquisition of Cominco Resources.
  • Assisted Shanta Gold Limited with its partial buyback and rollover of a convertible mini bond.

Reed Smith LLP's mining team covers the buying, selling, financing and transport of raw materials as well as issues in the transport sector, especially contractual matters and disputes. In New York, arbitration and commercial litigation expert Kyri Evagora is the key name on the contentious front, while Jonathan Solomon leads the EMEA and South East Asia trade and commodities trade practice.

Practice head(s):Richard Swinburn

The mining experts at South West firm Stephens Scown LLP provide a full service, covering corporate acquisitions and commercial advice, property, planning and regulatory approvals, as well as strong litigation capabilities from its offices in Devon and Cornwall. The group has a strong track record in advising on new UK mining developments for clients such as Wolf Minerals and Strongbow Exploration.

Practice head(s):Simon Trahair-Davies

Other key lawyers:Simon Gawler; Chris Tofts; Sarah-Jane Williams

Testimonials

'The entire team is excellent throughout and has a very user-friendly approach.'

'This is a specialist minerals team.'

Key Clients

The Imerys Group

Strongbow Exploration Inc/Strongbow Exploration UK

Raymond Brown Group

E & JW Glendinning Limited

Portland Stone Firms Limited

Cornwall Resources Limited

GD Harries & Co

Work highlights

  • Advising on the proposed listing of Canadian mining company, Strongbow Exploration Inc, on the London AIM Stock Exchange.
  • Advised on the Secured Note Financing of Strongbow Exploration by Osisko Gold Royalties Ltd in relation to the reopening of a Cornish tin mine.
  • Acting for one of the landowners in relation to the purchase by Homes England of a former china clay works near Marsh Mills in Plymouth which it is expected will become a development of more than 600 homes.
  • Acting for the tenant in relation to the grant of a new mineral lease in respect of existing operations.
  • Advising on an agreement between a landlord and tenant to decommission a site with a history of long-running minerals relating processing.


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The energy and natural resources experts at Allen & Overy LLP advise the firm's enviable client roster of national oil companies (NOCs), international oil companies (IOCs), independent oil and gas companies, and funders on the entire life cycle of assets in the sector, from consenting and planning through to construction, financing and operation, and ultimately their refinance or sale. In recent highlights, Gareth Price's team continued to advise on the $6bn Bapco modernisation project in Bahrain, and the Rovuma liquefied natural gas (LNG) project in Mozambique. John Geraghty, who has extensive experience in international transactions, Andrew Castle and Troy Edwards are also key contacts. Ed Moser was recently promoted to partner and Conrad Andersen departed to Latham & Watkins.

Practice head(s):Gareth Price

Other key lawyers:John Geraghty; Jeremy Parr; Mark Levy; Andrew Castle; Troy Edwards; Lorraine Bayliss; Ed Moser

Key Clients

Total

TAP

Trans Adriatic Pipeline AG (TAP), a joint venture between BP, SNAM, SOCAR, Fluxys, Enagás and Axpo

Palestine Energy Transmission Company Ltd

Swala Oil & Gas (Tanzania) plc

The Project Company (TAPI Pipeline Company Limited)

Hitachi

Engie

Work highlights

  • Advising TAP AG, the company implementing the Trans Adriatic Pipeline project, which encompasses the development, construction and financing of a 10 bcm gas pipeline commencing at the border between Turkey and Greece, crossing northern Greece, Albania and the Adriatic Sea, and ending in Italy.
  • Advised the financiers of Swala Oil & Gas (Tanzania) plc's acquisition of up to 40% of the shares in PAE PanAfrican Energy Corporation from Orca Exploration Group, for a cash and share consideration of up to $130m.
  • Advising the project company on all aspects of the Turkmenistan to Pakistan, Afghanistan and India (TAPI) gas pipeline project, including all government, construction, gas transportation and financing matters.
  • Advising Eland Oil and Gas on the amendment of a $35m facility to $75m and on converting it from a term loan to a reserve based facility.
  • Advising the United Nations' Office of the Quartet on the structuring of the Gas for Gaza project.

Ashurst's oil and gas practice is trusted by supermajors, smaller IOCs, NOCs, service providers, banks and national governments to handle the full gamut of matters, including midstream and upstream M&A, alternative financing, LNG import agreements and high-stakes dispute resolution. Michael Burns co-heads the global practice and is based in London with financing expert Huw Thomas and the highly recommended Julia Derrick. Senior associate Quentin Robinson recently acted on significant project development mandates in Africa.

Practice head(s):Michael Burns

Other key lawyers:Huw Thomas; Julia Derrick; Quentin Robinson

Testimonials

'Ashurst has the capacity, team spirit and the firepower to get complex deals over the finish line within very challenging time periods'

'The oil and gas practitioners at Ashurst proactively progress a transaction with many tasks being carried out in the background, making life for an in-house lawyer much easier.'

'This team is synonymous with low ego excellence.'

'Quentin Robinson always meets required timelines, and is reliable, professional and friendly.'

'Quentin Robinson provides timely, accessible and practical advice in a straightforward and always affable manner. He is razor sharp and incredibly diligent and hardworking.'

'Michael Burns is not only an excellent lawyer but also very commercially minded. He provides great value-added across the whole transaction, spotting issues that one normally would not expect from a lawyer. In negotiations, Michael is extremely versatile and able to adapt to different situations and to deal with challenging counterparts.'

'One of Michael's main strengths is his ability to build and manage cross-functional teams seamlessly.'

'Michael Burns is a very pragmatic lawyer - a direct communicator who is easy to work with. He is a very outcome-focused practitioner and his commercial sharpness and manner make transactions run smoothly.'

'Huw Thomas is a go-to on the financing side and Julia Derrick for oil and gas transactions. They are both easy to work with, efficient, knowledgeable and team up well with other disciplines which may be relevant.'

Key Clients

BP

Sasol

OMV

EnQuest

Kuwait Petroleum Corporation

Total

Siccar Point

Gunvor Group

Woodside

Petronas

Work highlights

  • Advised both Kuwait Petroleum International (in its capacity as an investor in the project company) and Kuwait Petroleum Corporation (in its capacities as a supplier of feedstock and offtaker of the refined products and in relation to certain financing matters) on the Duqm Refinery in Oman.
  • Acted for OMV on its acquisition of Shell's upstream business in New Zealand.
  • Advised EnQuest PLC regarding a financing agreement for $175m with funds managed by Oz Management.
  • Advised Merlon International LLC in relation to the agreement to sell its subsidiary company Merlon Petroleum El Fayum Company, which owns oil and gas assets in Egypt.
  • Advising Brookfield on commercial arrangements relating to the acquisition of the East-West Pipeline in India from Reliance Industries Limited.

Baker Botts (UK) LLP recently welcomed Lewis Jones into Mark Rowley's London team from Morgan, Lewis & Bockius UK LLP; the addition significantly bolstered a team already adept in energy and natural resources project development, project finance, corporate and M&A transactions, sanctions and trade law, and dispute resolution. The group's stellar client roster includes names such as BP, Gazprom, Petrogas, Qatar Petroleum and Rosneft, and recently expanded with the addition of new clients such as Gore Street Capital. Hamish McArdle, who has expertise in Africa and Middle East M&A and upstream development work, and senior associate Rob Butler are also noted team members.

Practice head(s):Mark Rowley

Other key lawyers:Hamish McArdle; James Douglass; Lewis Jones; Rob Butler

Testimonials

'This team possesses deep market knowledge, a straight-to-the-point methodology and swift response rates.'

Key Clients

Steelhead LNG

Gore Street Capital

Work highlights

  • Representing Steelhead LNG, the leading Canada-based energy and natural resources company focused on LNG project development in British Columbia.

Clients have continued to seek out the advice of Clifford Chance LLP's oil and gas team on a number of sophisticated, landmark disputes and transactions, such as Engie on the sale of its portfolio of upstream LNG assets to Total for $2bn. Also notable is the group's advice on sanctions, antitrust, cyber security, and large political and regulatory shifts in the economies of emerging markets. Graham Phillips and dispute resolution and arbitration expert Alex Panayides co-head the broad practice, which includes dedicated construction and environment sub-groups.

Practice head(s):Graham Phillips; Alex Panayides

Other key lawyers:Russell Wells

Testimonials

'Clifford Chance provides a depth of experience across sectors and this helps clients solve issues and problems that they face. The team interacts well across its business units to provide a seamless service.'

'Graham Phillips is very user friendly - he is a real problem-solver and has an excellent knowledge of the sector. He is extremely well liked and respected by executive teams and performs to a consistency high standard.'

Key Clients

Shell

Total

Engie

Equinor

Kuwait National Petroleum

Soco International

Sinopec

SOCAR

Trans Adriatic Pipeline

Offshore Drilling Holding S.A.

Nord Stream

Chrysaor

Work highlights

  • Advised Engie on the sale of its portfolio of upstream LNG assets to Total for $2bn.
  • Advised Soco International plc on its class 1 acquisition of Merlon Petroleum.
  • Acting alongside the firm's Paris office to assist a diverse lender group of international financial institutions (FIs), export credit agencies (ECAs) and commercial lenders with the financing of an 878km-long natural gas pipeline, valued at approximately €5.4bn.
  • Defending a consortium of international oil companies in an ICC arbitration under English law against allegations of fraudulent misrepresentation and breach of contract in connection with the sale of an oil mining licence in Africa.
  • Advising the sponsors in relation to the financing of a 400MW greenfield power and liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) project that will be built near the Tema Oil Refinery in Ghana.

The oil and gas team at CMS is renowned for its work on high-profile, varied and complex deals across all aspects of the oil and gas sector, covering upstream, midstream and downstream activities, for an enviable client list of industry leaders. As part of its full-service practice, the group assists clients with alternative decommissioning liability structures, developed with in-house tax specialists. The team's close relationships with governmental and regulatory bodies also benefit its outstanding energy disputes offering. Senior partner and UK chairman Penelope Warne leads the team alongside Jonathan Woolf and Matthew Culver. On the contentious side, Robbie Leckie was recently made partner and Terry de Souza joined as a consultant from Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP. Bob Palmer recently departed to Mayer Brown International LLP.

Practice head(s):Penelope Warne; Jonathan Woolf; Matthew Culver

Testimonials

'This is a first-class international upstream and M&A practice together with market-leading UK Continental Shelf upstream knowledge.'

'The team is very strong and knowledgeable about the market and the technical aspects of energy projects.'

'Their practical approach to legal matters sets the oil and gas lawyers at CMS apart. They are mindful of cost efficiencies and very fast to respond. They provide advice in line with the latest trends.'

Key Clients

EDFE

National Grid

Equinor

OMV

BP

Dragon Oil

Cyprus Hydrocarbons

GasLog

Schlumberger

Chrysaor

Taqa

EnQuest PLC

Work highlights

  • Advising BP on its acquisition of the entire share capital of Chargemaster plc, the UK’s leading operator of electric vehicle charging networks.
  • Appointed to act for Taqa on the acquisition of additional interests in the Atrush field in Kurdistan from Marathon Oil, which was structured as a joint bid with ShaMaran Petroleum, a Canadian oil and gas operator.
  • Advised Noreco on the English law elements of its transformational deal to purchase Shell’s upstream oil and gas business in Denmark.
  • Represented Neptune E&P UK Ltd in a High Court dispute concerning the £1.5bn Cygnus Project, which provides approximately 6% of the gas consumed in the UK.
  • Representing Taqa in a dispute with Amec concerning the Cladhan Field in the North Sea.

Dentons' oil and gas offering covers the full value chain both at home and abroad under the joint leadership of Danielle Beggs and David Tennant. The firm's recent caseload includes, in particular, big-ticket corporate transactions and major project development matters in challenging jurisdictions. In Aberdeen, the firm recently welcomed counsel Kenny Paton from Webber Wentzel, who now leads the oil and gas team. Charles Wood, whose areas of expertise include LNG and gas projects and sales, is also a key contact.

Practice head(s):Danielle Beggs; David Tennant

Other key lawyers:Charles Wood; Humphrey Douglas; Liz Tout; Alistair Black; Kenny Paton

Testimonials

'The depth of experience at Dentons is almost unique in this sector. All areas of projects, energy and natural resources are covered by this team. The DNA of the firm could be reasonably said to be rooted in the "energy sector" and the firm has only gone from strength to strength.'

'The key members of the team have stayed together over many years which is a positive sign in a profession which often sees movement of senior lawyers between firms.'

'The Dentons team is highly skilled with a broad spectrum of experience which allows it to tailor the service to provide for our requirements. The group really makes an effort to get to know our business, which has resulted in it being recognised as a go-to firm within the industry.'

'The team shows in-depth knowledge of the gas agreements structure and was able to bridge the gap for any commercial matters as well.'

'Dentons is known for its human engagement, simplicity in communications, and reassuringly professional and capable approach.'

'Liz Tout, Danielle Beggs, Charles Wood and David Tennant are the core of this group.'

'Danielle Beggs consistently goes above and beyond to support clients when requested.'

'Torquil Law makes a real effort to understand his clients and their requirements. He is a very impressive individual.'

Key Clients

BASF/Wintershall

Centrica Storage Limited

Energy Networks Association

Government of India

Hurricane Energy Plc

National Grid Gas

Noble Energy

Oman Gas Corporation

Work highlights

  • Advised Centrica Storage Limited on its entry into a construction and tie-in agreement and a processing and operating services agreement for the tie-in of the Tolmount field to the Easington terminal and for the terminal to be used as the host facility for Tolmount gas.
  • Advised Noble Energy on pipeline solution for Leviathan and Tamar gas exports to Egypt.
  • Advised Hurricane Energy Plc on the farm-out of 50% of its interests in the Lincoln and Warwick assets to Spirit Energy Limited.
  • Advising Wintershall Holding GmbH on its acquisition of a 10% stake in the Ghasha concession, located offshore Abu Dhabi.
  • Advising Indonesian state-owned oil and natural gas company Pertamina on its first joint venture agreement with Rosneft, the Russian state-owned oil company, to jointly develop the new Tuban refining and petrochemical complex in East Java.

The oil and gas team at DLA Piper is best known for upstream, midstream and downstream oil and gas transactions, especially when it comes to the acquisition of producing and exploration assets, refinery and pipeline financings and acquisitions, and LNG terminals and related projects, and politically sensitive international energy sector disputes in emerging markets. The contentious facet of the practice is jointly led by James Carter and Philip Chong and has developed a significant expertise in gas pricing and pipeline rights arbitration cases for clients such as Gazprom. Charles Morrison specialises in Africa-related work, and Dimitri Papaefstratiou has extensive experience in international matters.

Practice head(s):Charles Morrison; James Carter

Other key lawyers:Dimitri Papaefstratiou; Philip Chong

Testimonials

'This is a flexible and personable team which provides excellent and commercially oriented legal advice.'

'DLA Piper has real expertise in the most complex and difficult disputes relating to energy-related projects and investments.'

'The firm has very extensive experience in M&A projects and financing transactions across the geographies it is engaged in and provides valuable insight into the market dynamics and legal frameworks effective in those regions.'

'This team is known for its first-class knowledge of traditional instruments, letters of credit and guarantees, as well as more complex structures. It boasts a deep legal commercial insight, especially in Sub-Saharan Africa.'

'The DLA Piper lawyers combine huge commitment with energy and judgement.'

'Dimitri Papaefstratiou is an excellent, knowledgeable and friendly professional who, together with a team of great lawyers, provides his valuable experience and high level of industry knowledge in high-profile international energy infrastructure mandates.'

'Philip Chong is a standout partner, with an excellent reputation for work coming out of Russia and the CIS states as well East and South East Asia. James Carter is a hardworking and impressive younger partner.'

'The particular partners who stand out are Jean-Pierre Douglas-Henry and James Carter. Both have a huge commitment and energy combined with judgement as well as the gravitas and ability to focus a team and lead it.'

'Dimitri Papaefstratiou's reliability and subtle advice is something clients require when they enter into complex projects and transactions, always keeping the commercial benefits for the client in mind.'

Key Clients

Ineos

Oando plc

China Petroleum Pipeline Bureau (CPP) (a subsidiary of CNPC)

Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation

Vitol

Mytilineos SA

Gazprom

Victoria Oil & Gas plc

DEFA - Natural Gas Company of Cyprus

Wintershall Nordsee

Frontier Oil Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Mytilineos S.A. on the limited recourse vendor financing and the EPC contract and related contractual documentation for a 424MW combined cycle gas turbine (CCGT) bridge power plant at Tema, Ghana.
  • Advising Cyprus's state owned National Gas Public Company (DEFA) on the supply of LNG to Cyprus and the procurement of the necessary infrastructure facilities.
  • Advised several major onshore unconventional gas operators in the UK - including Ineos - on all planning, litigation and real estate matters.
  • Acting for Gazprom in a series of SCC arbitration proceedings, as well as related Swedish court proceedings, against Ukrainian supplier Naftogaz relating to the pricing, supply and transit of natural gas.
  • Advising the project company (and its shareholders) on the development of the gas interconnector from the Serbian-Bulgarian border, through Serbia up to the Serbian-Hungarian border.

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP's client base includes supermajors, independents, financial buyers, traders, Asian corporates and banks. The oil and gas team, led by Lewis McDonald, who recently relocated from the Tokyo office, handles corporate, finance and specialist work. The team also has an impressive contentious offering; James Baily has expertise in cross-border and gas and LNG price review disputes, among other areas. In recent highlights, the group acted for BP in a multibillion-dollar inter-conditional UK-Alaska transaction between the client and ConocoPhillips, which constitutes one of the first such international transactions between two global energy majors in the past 20 years. Other key contacts include Reza Dadbakhsh, who handles M&A, cross-border transactions and entries into mature and emerging markets. Stephen Murray retired from the profession.

Practice head(s):Lewis McDonald

Other key lawyers:Steven Dalton; Reza Dadbakhsh; James Baily;

Testimonials

'The Herbert Smith Freehills team has an exceptional dedicated oil and gas finance team which is well run, well resourced and capable of delivering exceptional results.'

'Thomas Bethel and Rakhee Patel make an exceptional team - they have fantastic knowledge of their subject matter, and are proactive, creative, innovative and always willing to try to find a solution to complex issues.'

'Steve Dalton is very responsive and knowledgeable (at high and detailed levels) of all aspects of the project he works on.'

'Andrew Hamel-Smith has an encyclopedic knowledge of the project legal documents and the history of their evolution. This is extremely helpful.'

Key Clients

BP

Chevron

Gazprom

BHP Billiton

ENI

Repsol

Perenco

JX Nippon

Tullow Oil

Cuadrilla

Edison

Premier Oil

North Caspian Operating Company N.V.

Kerogen

Carlyle

Warburg Pincus

Vitol

Mercuria

Centrica EMT

Englehart

Cheniere

Glencore

PTTEP

CNOOC

KOGAS

Sinopec

Mitsubishi

Mitsui

PetroChina and Petroineos

BNP Paribas

Citi

Credit Agricole

HSBC

ING

Macquarie Bank

Natixis

RBC

Societe Generale

Standard Chartered Bank

VTB

Work highlights

  • Advised BP on a multibillion-dollar inter-conditional UK-Alaska transaction between the client and ConocoPhillips.
  • Advising Woodside Energy and its joint venture partners in relation to the development and project financing of the SNE Project, located offshore Senegal.
  • Advised Lloyds Bank and Santander as lenders on the £358m hybrid project and leverage financing facilities to finance Antin Infrastructure's contribution towards the construction and operation of infrastructure at the Tolmount gasfield in the North Sea.
  • Advising Natixis, Bank of Montreal and Deutsche Bank (as mandated lead arrangers) on an acquisition senior secured reserve based financing to Norwegian Energy ASA Company (Noreco) on Noreco's acquisition of 100% of the issued share capital of Shell Olie-og Gasudvinding Danmark B.V.
  • Advised BTG Pactual E&P B.V. on the sale of African oil and gas joint venture company Petrobras Oil & Gas BV, and advised POGBV on a $755m upsizing of its now $2bn reserve-based lending facility secured over offshore oil and gas assets in Nigeria.

The multi-disciplinary oil and gas team at Latham & Watkins advises a diverse mix of investors, ranging from private houses and NOCs to banks and oil majors, as well as governments and service providers. The team is particularly strong in the cross-border M&A space but covers the full gamut of matters, including dispute resolution, anti-bribery issues and sanctions. The London team is jointly led by corporate expert Simon Tysoe and Islamic finance and Middle East specialist Craig Nethercott. Kem Ihenacho heads the Africa practice and is also a name to note, along with John Balsdon. Chirag Sanghrajka was recently promoted to partner.

Practice head(s):Simon Tysoe; Craig Nethercott

Other key lawyers:John Balsdon; Kem Ihenacho; Sophie Lamb QC

Testimonials

'Latham and Watkins has a strong projects and energy and natural resources practice. The strength of the practice is due both to the experience (and involvement) of key partners as well as the knowledge and diligence of the associates.'

'JP Sweny is an excellent attorney who combines legal know-how with pragmatic advice.'

Key Clients

Anadarko Petroleum Corporation

The Carlyle Group

Chevron Corporation

ExxonMobil Corporation

NNPC

Shell

Aker BP

Seplat Petroleum Development Company Plc

Indian Oil Corporation Limited

Tullow Oil

Work highlights

  • Represented the borrowers and sponsors in the project financing for the development and construction of the Penco Lirquén LNG terminal connected to the regional gas transmission system and the Central El Campesino power plant, located in the Biobío region of Chile.
  • Acted for the sponsors (including ENH, the national oil and gas company) in respect of the financing of an integrated upstream and midstream gas and LNG project in Mozambique.
  • Acted as international co-counsel for Schlumberger, the world's largest oilfield services company, in its tripartite agreement with the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and First Exploration & Production to develop the Anyala and Madu fields, offshore Nigeria.
  • Representing NNPC with respect to the financing of a 614km gas pipeline project development from Ajaokuta-Kaduna-Kano.
  • Representing Royal Dutch Shell Plc and The Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Ltd in two sets of group actions brought in the English High Court on behalf of thousands of residents of the Bille and Ogale communities in the Niger Delta.

Norton Rose Fulbright has been advising on five different financings in connection with the Southern Gas Corridor project, including three financings for the Shah Deniz gas field and a financing in connection with the pipeline for a total of approximately $2.5bn. Other highlights for Rob Marsh's multi-disciplinary oil and gas team pertain to its enviable work in the fields of energy disputes, LNG-to-power and strategic M&A. The team also includes Nick Prowse, who has extensive upstream and downstream experience.

Practice head(s):Rob Marsh

Other key lawyers:Nick Prowse

Testimonials

'Its experience in a multitude of diverse cases gives Norton Rose Fulbright the upper hand and its clients the comfort that they are in the right hands. The fact that its practitioners are very thorough and have an excellent grasp of substantial legal issues is a huge plus.'

'James Rogers and Mathew Buckle are true professionals with solid knowledge of international arbitration practice and a good sense of the business.'

Key Clients

BP Plc

Brookfield Renewable Power

Deutsche Bank

Eni

ExxonMobil

Greencoat UK Wind plc

IFC

Macquarie

Marubeni

Ministry of Finance of Angola

National Commercial Bank of Jamaica

Shell

Work highlights

  • Advising lenders on multiple financings for over $2.5bn in connection with the Southern Gas Corridor project.
  • Acted for Petrofac on the sale of a 49% interest in the company’s operations in Mexico, including Santuario, Megallanes and Arenque, to Perenco.
  • Represented Shell in a $183m Commercial Court dispute between Go Science Limited (in liquidation) and multiple defendants based in the Netherlands, all of which are Shell entities.
  • Advised INA-Industrija nafte, d.d. on the front-end engineering design for the residue upgrade project at its Rijeka refinery in Urinj, Croatia.
  • Advising Baltic Connector Oy on all the English law aspects of the Balticconnector, a bi-directional natural gas pipeline project which will connect the Estonian and Finnish gas grids.

White & Case LLP's oil and gas offering in London bolstered its senior ranks through the promotion to counsel of Meredith Campanale, Adrian Lawrence and Catherine Andrews, and the promotion to partner of Kamilla Azamat. The full-service team is led by Philip Stopford and recently advised Energean on its London IPO - one of many pace-setting mandates in the market. On the contentious side, Mark Clarke has extensive experience in complex disputes in a wide range of jurisdictions. The firm's outstanding client roster includes major integrated oil and gas companies, independent exploration and production (E&P) companies, NOCs, private equity funds, and oilfield service companies, among others.

Practice head(s):Philip Stopford

Other key lawyers:Mark Clarke; Jason Kerr; David Baker; Mark Castillo-Bernaus;

Testimonials

'The depth of expertise of the front-end construction team at White & Case is unparalleled.'

'The group has an unmatched capability for financing work in the petrochemical sector. The practice's knowledge of the sector and project finance, commercial understanding and application, availability and depth of resources, and partner engagement is all hard to fault.'

'White & Case is a go-to firm for oil and gas. The partners staff matters appropriately and, importantly, know both the legal and commercial aspects of matters that they are involved in.'

'The team provides a highly tailored service able to deal with unique commercial and legal circumstances, rather than a generic template to try to force into all situations.'

'Daniel Garton is a highly experienced construction specialist giving high-quality, practical advice. His no-nonsense manner quickly earns him the trust of clients and counterparts.'

'Jason Kerr is a big hitter who is well known in the market for his deep knowledge of emerging markets. He also knows how to manage various parts of the client relationship and get transactions done.'

'Meredith Campanale is a rising attorney who is able to work well with the more senior partners while taking on ownership of her transactions. She is a very knowledgeable attorney.'

'David Baker is highly commercial and practical, very personable and protective of his clients' legal position. Henry Brendon is well beyond his years and one of the most able associates in London.'

Key Clients

Saudi Aramco

Eni

Total

Noble Energy

Qatar Petroleum

Energean

EIG / Harbour Energy / Chrysaor

Carbon Holdings

Ghana National Petroleum Corporation

NNPC

Blue Water Energy

Nostrum

Seplat

PUMA Energy

HESS

ADNOC

MOL

KazMunaiGas

ADES International

Uzbekneftegas

Vitol

INPEX

Work highlights

  • Advised Energean Oil & Gas plc, an independent oil and gas E&P company focused on the eastern Mediterranean, on its IPO on the main market of the London Stock Exchange, which values the company at around £695m .

  • Advised Qatar Petroleum and its two affiliates Qatargas OpCo and RasGas OpCo on the integration of all of the activities and assets of RasGas OpCo into Qatargas OpCo.
  • Advising Carbon Holdings as sponsor on all aspects of the proposed petrochemical complex in Egypt.
  • Advising one of the world’s largest energy corporations in a multibillion-euro arbitration concerning a dispute arising out of the price renegotiation of a multibillion-euro long-term gas supply contract.
  • Advised the International Finance Corporation (IFC) and a syndicate of around 20 development finance institutions and commercial lenders on the financing of the $1bn expansion of a world-scale urea fertilizer production facility near Port Harcourt, Nigeria.

Akin Gump LLP has a full-service oil and gas practice which includes a leading restructuring team. The contentious facet was recently strengthened by the arrival of Julian Nichol from Bracewell (UK) LLP and is currently acting in a number of high-stakes disputes, such as defending Russian energy conglomerate Renova in $1bn BVI litigation concerning the ownership of Russia’s largest power generation business. Justin Williams has particular expertise in complex, high-value international arbitrations. Marc Hammerson recently moved to Stephenson Harwood.

Practice head(s):John LaMaster; Justin Williams

Other key lawyers:Julian Nichol

Testimonials

'Akin Gump is an excellent law firm - one of the best in the industry.'

'John LaMaster's strengths include breath of knowledge, responsiveness, clarity of arguments and efficiency.'

Key Clients

Perella Weinberg UK Partners LLP

Coastline Exploration

SDX Energy

LUKOIL

Bridas Corporation

Private placement noteholders of Premier Oil

Xcite Energy

Ad hoc committee of lenders to Endeavour International Corp

The bondholders of Afren plc; and, separately, the administrators of Afren plc

Tatneft

GAIL (India) Ltd

Dommo Energia

Ad Hoc Bondholders of the Seadrill Group

Renova

Work highlights

  • Advising Coastline Exploration on a significant project to explore for oil and gas offshore Somalia.
  • Advising Perella Weinberg UK Partners LLP in connection with the restructuring of Kuwark Energy PLC.
  • Representing SDX Energy in connection with its proposed acquisition to purchase upstream oil and gas assets from BP in Egypt.
  • Advising the ad hoc bondholder group in relation to the restructuring of the Seadrill Group, a NYSE and Oslo Børs listed offshore drilling contractor with a $17bn capital structure.
  • Acting for Tatneft, Russia’s fifth biggest oil company, in $380m English litigation proceedings against four Ukrainian oligarchs.

The multi-disciplinary energy, mining and infrastructure team at Baker McKenzie covers corporate M&A, project development, project finance and dispute resolution, but also complementary areas such as tax and structuring, trade and compliance, cyber security, and regulatory and environmental law, among others. In recent highlights, the group advised Shell's New Energies division on its agreements to acquire 100% of sonnen, the German battery manufacturer and leader in smart energy storage systems for households. Key contacts include Richard Blunt, who specialises in M&A, joint ventures, private equity and project development, and Susannah Davies. Kathy Honeywood and Christopher Jones joined the team from Clifford Chance LLP and the European Commission respectively.

Practice head(s):Richard Blunt; Marc Fevre; Neil Donoghue; Mike Webster

Other key lawyers:Susannah Davies; David Duncan

Key Clients

Vitol

Capital International

LafargeHolcim

Lightsource BP

Marubeni

Shawcor

ACCIONA Energía

Itochu

Shell

Work highlights

  • Advised Shell's New Energies division on its agreements to acquire 100% of sonnen, the German battery manufacturer and leader in smart energy storage systems for households.
  • Advised Inter Pipeline Ltd and its European storage subsidiary, Inter Terminals Ltd, on the acquisition of 100% of the issued share capital of NuStar Energy's European bulk liquid storage business for cash consideration of $270m on a debt-free/cash-free basis.
  • Acting as part of a cross-border team to represent the Kazakh national gas operator, KazTransGas (KTG), in its dispute with the government of Georgia concerning the appointment of a special receiver over KTG's Georgian subsidiary.

Bracewell (UK) LLP has a traditional and well-established strength in the transactional space of the oil and gas sector, which is complemented by its  growing dispute resolution sub-team. Recently, the firm has been actively involved in the private equity space, as demonstrated by its advice to the Carlyle Energy Fund and CVC Capital on a $2bn reserve-based lending facility to support the acquisition by Neptune Energy of a global oil and gas portfolio from Engie. Upstream sector specialist Jason Fox leads the team, while Adam Blythe has expertise in African and cross-border transactions. Oliver Irwin joined the firm from Milbank to strengthen the financing offering and Nina Howell arrived as a partner from Bracewell (UK) LLP.

Practice head(s):Jason Fox

Other key lawyers:Tracy London; Oliver Irwin; Adam Blythe; Darren Spalding

Key Clients

Ophir Energy

Alcazar Energy Partners

Genel Energy

Premier Oil PLC

Bank of Tokyo Mitsubishi, Societe Generale, Nochu Bank

European Bank for Reconstruction and Development

Equinor (previously known as Statoil)

Neptune Energy

EOG Resources

Eni SPA

Work highlights

  • Collaborated with the Houston office to assist Cheiron Petroleum Group with its first upstream debt transaction for an independent oil and gas company in the newly deregulated Mexican market.
  • Advised Neptune Energy in connection with the debt financing aspects of the $3.9bn acquisition of a majority stake inEngie E&P International.
  • Advising Sumitomo Mitsui Corporation Europe Limited and the lead arranger and documentation bank for the syndicate of lenders on a reserve-based facility to Trident Energy.
  • Advised Eni on the sale of a 10% interest in the upstream petroleum concession in Egypt containing the super-giant Zohr gas field.
  • Advising Savannah with respect to the restructuring of the commercial arrangements with the current operator, Frontier Limited, and the PE investment of a South Africa-based infrastructure fund, in relation to both the upstream and midstream businesses at the Uquo Marginal Field.

Clyde & Co LLP has significant expertise in major oil and gas disputes, significant corporate and commercial transactions, offshore energy matters, and risk management in emerging markets. High-profile clients such as Total and Chevron entrust their marine, regulatory, health and safety, insurance, projects, construction and employment issues to the team, which is jointly led by Guildford-based David Bennet and Michael Wachtel. On the contentious side, David Leckie is the name to note.

Practice head(s):David Bennet; Michael Wachtel

Other key lawyers:David Leckie; Philip Mace

Key Clients

Total

Chevron

PetroSaudi International

Schlumberger

New Age

Sasol

Scottish Power

SIMEC

OMV

Savannah Petroleum

Work highlights

  • Representing PetroSaudi in various claims now amounting to close to $2bn.
  • Advising Savannah Petroleum on the acquisition of several upstream and midstream oil and gas assets in Nigeria from Seven Energy International Limited.
  • Acting for OMV in connection with the sale of its wholly owned subsidiary, which holds a 49% interest in the Cercina-Cercina Sud, El Ain-Gremda, El Hajeb-Guebiba and Rhemoura concessions located onshore and offshore in Tunisia.
  • Advising global shipping company CMA CGM on a contract for the use and supply of marine LNG as the propulsion fuel for nine new container ships.
  • Representing Ghana National Petroleum Corporation in connection with changes in circumstances and renegotiations of terms regarding the development of natural gas discoveries in the Offshore Cape Three Points (OCTP) contract area.

With the arrival of Arun Velusami from Norton Rose Fulbright, Hogan Lovells International LLP added a wide range of projects and mandates in the emerging markets of Africa to its caseload. This facet of the practice now sits alongside the firm's well-established domestic UK offering. Well-known for its full-service practice, Ben Sulaiman's team continues to act for the Shah Deniz consortium as project counsel on the landmark pipeline project. On the contentious front, energy dispute specialist Ben Hornan was recently appointed to the partnership. Richard Tyler departed the firm and Steven Bryan joined Paul Hastings LLP.

Practice head(s):Ben Sulaiman

Other key lawyers:Arun Velusami; Ben Hornan; Kieran O'Callaghan

Work highlights

  • The firm continues to act as sole project counsel for the entire consortium, led by BP, on the $45bn Shah Deniz 2 Gas Project.

Linklaters LLP is well known for acting for numerous international oil and gas companies and leading lenders and sponsors, including financial institutions, wealth funds and private equity houses, on their M&A, development and financings of oil and gas assets, from exploration blocks to oil storage facilities and refineries. A varied client roster including majors such as Eni, BP, Total, Gazprom, Essar and Rosneft continues to appoint the full-service team, led by Fiona Hobbs and Daniel Tyrer, to advise across the full spectrum of the oil and gas sector. In recent highlights, the group assisted LetterOne Holdings with the $21bn merger of its oil and gas subsidiary DEA Deutsche Erdoel AG with Wintershall Holding GmbH. Ilia Ditiatev has extensive experience in projects in Russia and the CIS.

Practice head(s):Fiona Hobbs; Daniel Tyrer

Key Clients

ExxonMobil

Eni

CNPC

Galp

Kogas

ENH

LetterOne Holdings S.A.

Rosneft

National Grid

Macquarie

Work highlights

  • Advising the Area 4 consortium (led by ExxonMobil and Eni as operators) on the development of the Rovuma LNG project, which will produce, liquefy and sell natural gas from the gas fields of the Area 4 block offshore Mozambique, and its related long-term sale of LNG.
  • Advised LetterOne Holdings S.A. on all legal aspects of the $21bn merger of its oil and gas subsidiary DEA Deutsche Erdoel AG with Wintershall Holding GmbH to form a leading independent oil and gas company headquartered in Western Europe.
  • Advised Essar Oil (UK) Limited on the acquisition and inventory financing of the Kingsbury and Northampton Terminals and the stock of oil products held within them.
  • Advising Rosneft on its concession with the Kurdistan Regional Government of Iraq to operate the main oil export pipeline in Kurdistan and in relation to the award of five production-sharing contracts in the Kurdistan Region and oil prepayment agreements.
  • Advised Macquarie and Swisslife on the €591.2m refinancing of Società Gasdotti Italia S.p.A., comprising bank facilities and the European Investment Bank (EIB) debt.

Milbank's London-based energy and natural resources team works with lenders and other financial institutions, private equity and hedge funds, energy companies, other sponsors and developers, and government institutions on their highest-profile energy and natural resources mandates, both at home and abroad. Matthew Hagopian and Manzer Ijaz jointly head the oil and gas team with particular expertise in project development and financing.

Practice head(s):Matthew Hagopian; Manzer Ijaz

Other key lawyers:Clive Ransome

Key Clients

HSBC

SACE

The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation

First Abu Dhabi Bank PJSC

MUFG Bank

BNP Paribas Fortis

DZ BANK

Delek Drilling

Noble Energy

Gás Natural Açu

Next Decade

Work highlights

  • Advised HSBC Bank Plc as ECA arranger, SACE and the commercial banks with respect to a $500m SACE-covered loan made available to Reliance Industries Limited for its expansion of the $15bn Jamnagar Refinery in India, the largest refinery complex in the world.
  • Advising the lenders in the restructuring of the Damietta LNG project.
  • Advising Delek Drilling and Noble Energy on the acquisition of an existing pipeline and on key shareholder, gas transportation and other commercial and operational arrangements in connection with the monetisation of the Leviathan and Tamar gas fields offshore Israel through domestic gas and potentially LNG export sales.
  • Advising the ECAs and commercial bank lenders on the $4bn financing of the SNE deepwater oilfield located within the Senegalese portion of the Mauritania-Senegal-Guinea Bissau Basin.
  • Advising the sponsors on all aspects of the project development and financing of a natural gas hub and power project located at the Port of Açu, Brazil.

The full-service offering at Pinsent Masons LLP has significant expertise in foreign jurisdictions and has developed particular strength in North Sea infrastructure deals as well as the decommissioning of oil and gas assets. The team also has notable capabilities in the fields of restructuring, dispute resolution, capital markets and regulation. Aberdeen-based Bob Ruddiman leads the firm's global oil and gas team. In London, Paul McGoldrick is the key contact; he has extensive experience in upstream joint ventures, project development, corporate matters, and asset acquisitions and disposals.

Practice head(s):Bob Ruddiman

Other key lawyers:Paul McGoldrick; George Booth; Akshai Fofaria; Katharine Davies

Testimonials

'The team provides timely legal support.'

'Pinsent Masons' lawyers have extensive industry and commercial knowledge, including practical business experience within the oil and gas industry.'

'This group is known for its excellent knowledge of oil and gas contracts, and commercial drivers.'

'Paul McGoldrick is highly respected by commercial and legal counterparties, and technically and commercially very sound. He is a good man to have on your team.'

'George Booth is a leading partner in the Middle East team, and wields in-depth understanding of the English law and oil and gas industry, as well as the needs of the customers.'

'Louise Forster is a key point of contact with supreme industry insight, as well as an elite lawyer. Louise ensures invaluable continuity and safeguarding of all advice. She is a unique lawyer with the ability to turn work around on short notice and quickly perceive the problem and meet clients' needs.'

Key Clients

BP

Shell UK

Total E&P UK Limited

Ithaca Energy

Siccar Point Energy

Faroe Petroleum

Talisman Energy

Suncor Energy Services Inc

Aker AS

John Wood Group plc

Work highlights

  • Advising Mutual Energy on a £250m infrastructure project to bring natural gas to western counties of Northern Ireland.
  • Advising Oriental Energy on the fallout from the $1.5bn collapse of Afren Plc.
  • Acting for Ithaca Energy as part of a cross-office team in relation to the acquisition of the Greater Stella Area oil and gas licences and associated infrastructure interests of Dyas UK Limited and Petrofac Limited.
  • Acted for the consortium of oil and gas companies which constructed the CATS Pipeline (the CATS parties) in a complex contractual dispute against Teeside Gas Transportation Limited.

The oil and gas team at Shearman & Sterling LLP advises NOCs and IOCs, governments, investors and financial institutions on the entire oil and gas value chain. The practice handles matters in the sector ranging from project finance and M&A to litigation and international arbitration. Project development and financing specialist Iain Elder leads the team, which was bolstered by the arrival of Timothy Sheddick and Katie Hicks from Baker McKenzie and counsel Lachlan Poustie from Allen & Overy LLP.

Practice head(s):Iain Elder

Other key lawyers:Sanja Udovicic; Nick Buckworth

Key Clients

Bahrain Petroleum Company

Golar LNG Limited

Engie

Export-Import Bank of Korea (K-Exim)

The Dow Chemical Company

Barclays

Sasol

Mitsui

Topaz Energy and Marine

Angola LNG

Petronas

BNP Paribas

Arab Republic of Egypt

Cairn Energy

Work highlights

  • Advising SACE and the SACE lenders on the financing for the modernisation and expansion of the Middle East Oil Refinery in Egypt.
  • Advising Golar LNG Limited on the development of the Fortuna floating liquefied natural gas (FLNG) project to be developed by Golar with its partners Ophir Energy and GEPetrol (the national oil company of Equatorial Guinea).
  • Acting as lenders’ international legal counsel on the financing of the West Nile Delta Project in offshore Egypt.
  • Acting as legal adviser to Bapco on all aspects of the $6bn Bapco Modernisation Programme in Bahrain.
  • Represented a syndicate of banks in connection with the offering of senior secured bonds due 2029 and 2047 by Abu Dhabi Crude Oil Pipeline LLC.

Iain Duncan's team at Simmons & Simmons is particularly known for its experience in the midstream sector, where it regularly advises on the development and financing of LNG projects, bulk storage terminals and international pipeline projects. Clients include international energy companies, developers, governments and financial institutions. Adrian Nizzola has particular expertise in matters in the Middle East, while Patrick Wallace regularly advises on high-profile, politically sensitive matters, and has extensive experience in Africa, Central and Eastern Europe, and Asia.

Practice head(s):Iain Duncan

Other key lawyers:Adrian Nizzola; Adam Cooper; Patrick Wallace

Testimonials

'Clients appreciate this team for its to-the-point advice, efficiency and well-run structure'

'Adrian Nizzola is an industry expert and a joy to work with'

Key Clients

International Finance Corporation, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, Commercial International Bank (Egypt)

European Investment Bank, NordLB, KfW IPEX-Bank and HSH Nordbank

Mainstream Renewable Power

Bulgarian Energy Holding EAD

Macquarie Bank Limited

TBEA International Ltd and TBEA New Energy Ltd

NextEnergy Solar Fund

Work highlights

  • Advising the lenders in connection with the project financing of a bulk liquids terminal for the import and storage of gasoil, LPG and LNG, and berthing of two floating storage and regasification units at Sokhna Port, Egypt.
  • Continuing to advise BEH, the Bulgarian state gas company, on a variety of matters including on the proposed development of the Interconnector Greece-Bulgaria (IGB) international pipeline and on BEH’s participation in the Alexandroupolis LNG project in Greece.
  • Acted for BP on the sale of a multiple occupancy chemicals site in the UK.

Along with complex and high-profile M&A transactions, project development, financings and disputes, Vinson & Elkins RLLP's energy lawyers also advise on the day-to-day contractual, commercial and regulatory aspects of the industry. The team, led by Alex Msimang and Nabil Khodadad, is especially strong in the international upstream transactional space. In recent highlights, the firm advised on the issuance of three high-value energy company high-yield bonds for Neptune Energy, Aker BP and Tullow Oil, respectively.

Practice head(s):Alex Msimang; Nabil Khodadad

Other key lawyers:Andrew Nealon; Shaun Lascelles

Testimonials

'In-depth industry knowledge, accessibility and high standards make this team stand apart from the rest.'

'Alex Msimang is a trusted adviser defined by his high standards, accessibility, short turnaround time, communication skills and accurate advice.'

Key Clients

Africa Oil Corp

Woodside

Uz-Kor

SOCAR

MCC EuroChem OJSC/Joint Stock Company EuroChem Northwest

Occidental Petroleum Corporation

Equinor ASA (formerly Statoil)

Ministry of Oil of the Republic of Iraq

Uzbekneftegaz

Delonex Energy Limited

Vitol Investment Partnership II Ltd.

Nauticol Energy

STAR Rafineri

SOCAR Turkey Enerji A.S. and BP

ProjetBecancour

Decco

Mota-Engil

Newmont Mining Corporation

Work highlights

  • Advised PetroVida Holding B.V. on all aspects of its acquisition of a 50% equity interest in Petrobras Oil and Gas B.V. from Petrobras International Braspetro B.V. for $1.407bn.
  • Advised Equinor in connection with its acquisition of a 25% interest in the offshore Roncador field, one of Brazil’s largest producing oil fields, from Petrobras.
  • Advising SOCAR GPC on its proposed development and financing of a gas processing plant and petrochemicals facility in Azerbaijan.
  • Providing ongoing advice to STAR Rafineri, a subsidiary of SOCAR Turkey Energy AS, on the expansion of the SOCAR Turkey Aegean Refinery (STAR).
  • Representing Saipem in its ICC claim against a Gazprom entity over a terminated contract to build the South Stream gas pipeline between Russia and southern Europe.

The oil and gas offering at Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP is currently advising Halite Energy Group on gaining consent for an underground gas storage facility in newly created salt caverns in Lancashire. On the international front, Adam Dann's team is assisting ALSF and the government of The Gambia with the delivery of legal and capacity building services in connection with the review and negotiation of petroleum exploration and licensing arrangements in The Gambia. The contentious facet of the practice is headed in London by George Burn and regularly represents a stellar client base in high-stakes disputes. The team also includes Simon Buchler and senior associate Helen Miller, who is dual qualified in the UK and Australia.

Practice head(s):Adam Dann

Other key lawyers:George Burn; Alexander Keepin;

Key Clients

Pantheon Resources Inc

Halite Energy Limited

Hellenic Petroleum S.A.

Ancala Partners

Jadestone Energy

SDX Energy Inc

INA, d.d. & MOL Group

International consortium of Ferrostaal (Germany), Fauji (Pakistan), and Holdor Topsoe (Denmark)

Peel Hunt

Work highlights

  • Advised INA (a Croatian multinational oil company) and MOL Group (the parent company of INA) on the purchase of the entire issued share capital of Eni Croatia b.v. from Eni.

  • Advised Jadestone Energy on its institutional placing and admission to trading on AIM.
  • Advised SDX Energy on the proposed placing and readmission of an enlarged share capital to trading on AIM.
  • Advising longstanding client Halite on its onshore gas storage project in Lancashire, including in relation to equity and debt investment into the project.
  • Advised joint bookrunners Peel Hunt, finnCap and GMP First Energy in relation to Independent Oil & Gas PLC’s conditional placing.

The energy lawyers at Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP specialise in acquisitions and disposals, delivering projects, raising funds and resolving problems in the most sensitive and challenging markets. Recent work highlights include divestments and restructuring of upstream assets for Shell, CNOOC and NIOC, joint-venturing for Shell and Gunvor, and project development of LNG terminals for LNG Canada and New Caledonia. Also notable is the firm's energy disputes practice. The team led by Robert Pitcher and Jubilee Easo was recently joined by construction expert Jessica Neuberger from Ashurst. Conrad Purcell departed to Bird & Bird LLP.

Practice head(s):Robert Pitcher; Jubilee Easo

Other key lawyers:Alex Doughty

Key Clients

Shell

Naftiran Intertrade Company Sarl (NICO)

ENI

Wartsila

CNPC

Ecopetrol

Work highlights

  • Acted for and assisted Shell in its sale of Shell Exploration and Production Oman and its 17% participating interest in the Mukhaizna field in Oman to Indian Oil Corporation.
  • Representing NIOC as respondent in one of the world’s largest oil and gas arbitrations in relation to the supply of Iranian gas to the UAE under a long-term gas sales agreement.

The main pillar of Fieldfisher's oil and gas practice is private M&A and field development, but the team also advises its diverse client base on matters pertaining to capital markets and commodity transportation and sales. Practice co-head Matthew Williams and regulatory expert Elisabeth Blundson recently joined from Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (Europe) LLP. Currently the group is advising President Energy on the development of fields in Argentina and Paraguay, and Echo Energy on the development of its oil and gas concessions in Argentina. On the contentious front, the firm covers a broad range of disputes relating to contractual issues, projects, technical and construction matters, corporate and shareholder issues, and trade and distribution.

Practice head(s):Dominic Gurney-Champion; Matthew Williams; Stuart Carter

Other key lawyers:Elisabeth Blundson; Dougall Molson; Brad Isaac

Key Clients

BP

Total S.A

CGG

National Petroleum Company South Abu Zeneima Ltd

Gulfsands Petroleum

Hansa LAPS Ltd

JSC KazMunaiGas Exploration Productions

Independent Oil and Gas plc

Echo Energy plc

Karoo Energy plc

North Sea Natural Resources Limited

Cabot Energy plc

Pipeline System (CLH-PS) Ltd

CLH S.A

President Energy plc

LLP PSA (operating on behalf of the Ministry of Energy of the Republic of Kazakhstan)

ElecLink Ltd

Interconnector (UK) Limited

KMG Kashagan BV

JSC KazTransGas

Nemo Link Limited

INEOS Upstream Limited

Eni

World Fuel Services Corp

JSC National CompanyKazMunai Gas

San Leon Energy

Discover Exploration Limited

Justin Crusteam Ltd

Lateral Resources Ltd

Texas LNG

Trafalgar Oil & Gas LLC

North Sea Natural Resources

Corallian Energy Ltd

Infrastrata

Peninsula Petroleum

Svenska Petroleum Exploration

British Pipeline Agency

Occidental Petroleum Corporation

Angus Energy Plc

T.D. Williamson, Inc.

Dart Energy (East England) Limited

Libya Oil Holding Ltd

Work highlights

  • Advising nominated adviser Smith & Williamson and joint brokers Mirabaud Securities and Stifel on the acquisition of US oil and gas assets by Diversified Gas & Oil plc and placing to raise $250m on AIM.
  • Acted for AIM- listed Echo Energy plc on a subscription and placing, raising £8.5m before expenses.
  • Advised AIM- listed Cabot Energy plc on a subscription, placing and open offer raising $16.5m together with the acquisition of the remaining 25% of Cabot's producing oil assets in north west Alberta, Canada.
  • Acted for AIM- listed oil and gas company San Leon Energy on an £11m secured convertible loan from major shareholder Toscafund Asset Management LLP.
  • Acted as English legal advisers for JSC KazMunaiGas Exploration Production in respect of $1.95bn tender offer launched by the company for its GDRs and shares, valuing the company at $5.6bn, and its de-listing from the Official List of the London Stock Exchange and the Kazakhstan Stock Exchange.

The oil and gas offering at Haynes and Boone CDG, LLP recently underwent significant expansion through the arrival of Mark Johnson from Reed Smith LLP, Anna Nerush from Addleshaw Goddard and Myles Mantle from Jones Day. The team, led by Glenn Kangisser, advises oil field operators, contractors, suppliers and insurers on a range of contracts and disputes relating to the procurement of offshore equipment, including seismic vessels, drilling rigs, and ships (among them diving and other offshore support vessels). The firm is also noted for its substantial LNG capabilities. Australia-qualified associate Phoebe Anderson specialises in offshore E&P projects.

Practice head(s):Glenn Kangisser

Other key lawyers:Will Cecil; Mark Johnson

Testimonials

'Haynes and Boone has deep specialist industry knowledge and experience.'

'The attorneys at Haynes and Boone are very knowledgeable when it comes to LNG shipping with a broad understanding of both the legal and commercial aspects.'

'Will Cecil, Glenn Kangisser and Amanda Larrington are particularly notable.'

'Andreas Silcher is very open, direct and honest in his approach.' 

Key Clients

Seadrill Ghana Offshore Limited

TMS Cardiff Gas Ltd

Stolt- Nielsen

Stena LNG

Stena Drilling Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising a drilling contractor on a substantial dispute relating to a long-term drilling contract with Tullow Ghana Limited for the "West Leo" semi-submersible drilling unit.
  • Acted for a drilling contractor in relation to the sale of the Stena Clyde.
  • Acted for a prominent operator in relation to its ongoing LNG carrier fleet expansion, which saw an order of ten vessels in total over the past 12 months from two Korean yards.
  • Advised TMS Cardiff Gas Ltd throughout 2018 in relation to its bids on a number of public tenders (to EDP, Jera, Gazprom, Pavillion Energy, Cheniere and Shell) for the long-term chartering of LNG tonnage.
  • Acted for Stena Drilling Limited and more recently also Stena Spey Drilling Limited, being the manager and owner respectively of a semi-submersible drilling rig, the “Stena Spey”, in a dispute with a contractor, CKT Projects Limited (now in liquidation and formerly Hertel Technical Services Limited).

Ince fields a global team from London under the leadership of Simon Hems. While traditionally strong on the contentious front, the firm recently expanded its transactional side through its merger with Gordon Dadds. This union increased the team's litigation, corporate and employment expertise, as well as adding a range of complementary services in areas such as tax, private wealth and immigration. The team's main areas of expertise in the oil and gas space lie in floating production and storage matters as well as decommissioning mandates, especially in the North Sea, for its contractor-heavy client roster. Anna Macdonald was recently promoted to the partnership.

Practice head(s):Simon Hems

Testimonials

'This firm has outstanding knowledge of the maritime and offshore services industry and the lawyers are attuned to what is important to their client's company.'

'Gillie Belsham is a very smart, pragmatic, energized and seasoned partner.'

'Rania Tadros is a smart, talented and experienced lawyer with additional great potential.'

Key Clients

Golar

Pacific Drilling

Heerema

Tidewater

Celsius

Subsea 7

Songa Offshore, now owned by Transocean

Work highlights

  • Advised longstanding client Golar LNG Limited on the $960m sale and leaseback of its FLNG vessel, the Hilli Episeyo, with CSSC (Hong Kong) Shipping Company Limited.
  • Acting for Pacific Drilling, a former New York Stock Exchange-listed company focused on deepwater oil drilling, in a highly contentious case concerning the construction of a drilling unit called the Pacific Zonda.
  • Advised Heerema Hartlepool on a large energy construction dispute relating to topside modules for the Cygnus gas field, one of the largest gas field developments in the southern North Sea.
  • Acted alongside the Dubai office to advise NYSE-listed Tidewater Inc. on certain due diligence aspects of its $1.25bn merger with NYSE-listed GulfMark Offshore, Inc.
  • Advised Celsius Tankers in relation to two new-build contracts with Samsung Heavy Industries for the construction of two LNG carriers (with an option for further vessels), each with a value of $187m.

K&L Gates LLP is an international practice focused on upstream conventional and unconventional oil and gas, including shale, coal bed methane (CBM) and underground coal gasification (UCG). Practice head Paul Tetlow and James Green are particularly active in equity capital markets and private equity, acting for both listed and unlisted clients and brokers in the sector. The team's energy expertise is supported by the firm's traditional strength in insurance coverage.

Practice head(s):Paul Tetlow

Other key lawyers:James Green

Testimonials

'This is a great oil and gas firm with worldwide reach.'

'Paul Tetlow is an excellent lawyer who is very experienced, calm and pragmatic. Clients rely on his expert counsel.'

Key Clients

NBT AS

Cluff Natural Resources PLC

Cenkos Securities plc

Stifel Nicolaus Europe Limited

Faroe Petroleum plc

Corinth Pipeworks Holdings S.A. (previously Corinth Pipeworks S.A.)

Elektrocieplownia Stalowa Wola

finnCap Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Cluff Natural Resources Plc, an AIM-quoted natural resources investing company with a high-impact exploration and appraisal portfolio focused on the Southern North Sea gas basin, on a subscription to raise £750,000 and a subsequent placing and subscription to raise a further £2m.
  • Acted for finnCap Ltd and Cenkos Securities plc, as placing agent on the placing and open offer by Guernsey-based Chariot Oil & Gas Limited, which engages in the oil and gas exploration business along with its subsidiaries.
  • Advising Stifel Nicolaus Europe Limited, as nominated adviser and broker to Wentworth Resources, on the re-domiciliation of Wentworth Resources, which involved its transformation from a company registered in Alberta, Canada, to one registered in Jersey, Channel Islands; changes to management; and the de-listing of the company from the Oslo Børs.
  • Advised leading independent oil and gas company Faroe Petroleum on its defence of a hostile takeover offer by DNO ASA.
  • Advising Corinth Pipeworks SA in relation to two major international projects, the Trans-Adriatic Pipeline and the Trans-Anatolian Pipeline.

From London, King & Spalding LLP advises on major LNG export and import projects around the world, including Anadarko’s Mozambique project. The team also covers a diverse range of M&A, corporate and project development work in the upstream sector, including production sharing contracts and licences, joint operating agreements, and gas transportation and sales agreements. In recent highlights, Martin Hunt and his team advised Sierra Oil & Gas on the first major upstream corporate deal in Mexico since the energy reforms of 2014. Also notable is the team's dispute resolution offering, which has a particular emphasis on commercial and investor-state arbitration within the sector. Nina Howell moved to Bracewell (UK) LLP and Gary Pegg retired from the profession.

Practice head(s):Martin Hunt

Key Clients

Anadarko Petroleum Company

Transocean

Baker Hughes, a GE Company

Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation

Total

Sierra Oil & Gas

German LNG Terminal GmbH (a joint venture between Gasunie, Vopak and Oiltanking)

Sequa Petroleum

SigmaBleyzer Investment Group LLC

Shell and Chevron

Work highlights

  • Advised Baker Hughes, a GE company, on its agreement to acquire 5% of the shares in ADNOC Drilling for an initial consideration of $550m.
  • Represented Sierra Oil & Gas in the execution of an agreement that will result in Sierra's business being integrated with Deutsche Erdoel AG, an international independent exploration and production company headquartered in Germany.
  • Advised Transocean Ltd, one of the world's largest offshore drilling contractors, on its deal to acquire Songa Offshoreat, at a value of $3.4bn.
  • Representing oil majors Shell and Chevron in an ICC arbitration against the Republic of the Philippines.
  • Successfully represented oil giant Reliance in a $1.7bn UNCITRAL case relating to a production-sharing contract with the Indian government.

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (Europe) LLP's London-based energy and infrastructure team has recently made several significant hires, including private equity specialist Paul Doris from Watson Farley & Williams LLP and international arbitration expert Mark Beeley from Vinson & Elkins RLLP; practice head James Atkin also joined the firm's Tokyo office in 2018 before relocating to London in 2019. The firm has also added some notable new clients, such as ExxonMobil and BW Offshore, to its already diverse roster. Other key contacts in the team are of counsel Joanna Kay, who specialises in international transactions, and senior associate Rebecca Downes. Matthew Williams departed to Fieldfisher and Peter Roberts retired from the profession.

Practice head(s):James Atkin

Other key lawyers:Paul Doris; Mark Beeley; Joanna Kay; Rebecca Downes

Testimonials

'Orrick offers excellent service and has never failed to provide good work even on very tight timescales.'

'Joanna Kay is a very experienced lawyer who provides a good commercial sounding board and is able to grasp complex ideas and translate them into well-drafted agreements. Rebecca Downes is an extremely thorough and diligent lawyer who leaves no stone unturned in her consideration of legal drafting.'

'Rebecca Downes has extensive knowledge in the oil and gas industry and is a valuable asset in assisting in-house counsel with navigating through the complexities of manufacturing and selling equipment.'

Key Clients

Axpo Trading AG

Azito Energie S.A.

BW Offshore

DNO ASA

EP UK Investments Limited

ExxonMobil

InfraCapital

Next Decade LNG

OKEA Holdings Limited

Petroineos/PetroChina

RAK Gas LLC

Seacrest Capital Group Ltd

Storengy

Tullow Ghana Limited )

Vedanta Ltd

Work highlights

  • Advising Tullow Ghana on arrangements for the $200m-plus sale and subsequent transportation of associated and non-associated gas from a number of offshore fields in Ghana.
  • Advised Seacrest Capital, as the majority shareholder of Norwegian E&P company OKEA AS, in connection with OKEA’s $526m acquisition of Royal Dutch Shell’s interests in the Draugenand Gjøa fields offshore Norway.
  • Acting for Storengy in matters associated with its Stublach underground gas storage facility, including the development of physical storage services contract terms and gas transfer arrangements relating to product repurchase agreements.
  • Advising Axpo Trading on multiple LNG purchase and sale arrangements, gas sales agreements and LNG charter parties.
  • Representing Vedanta and Marubeni in their 14-year dispute with the government of India over the allocation of profits from the Ravva oil and gas field, offshore India.

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom (UK) LLP advises an enviable client roster including names such as ExxonMobil, Toshiba and the republic of South Sudan on both transactional and contentious matters. Lorenzo Corte and David Kavanagh QC jointly lead the practice, which has recently handled significant issues in the corporate M&A, banking and finance - usually on the lender side - and capital markets space. Also notable on the contentious front is Karyl Nairn QC.

Practice head(s):David Kavanagh QC; Lorenzo Corte

Other key lawyers:Karyl Nairn QC

Some of Slaughter and May's most notable recent work in the oil and gas sector includes advising Ensco on its proposed $12bn merger with Rowan, and assisting Maersk Oil with its $8.1bn acquisition by Total. Along with high-value, strategic corporate transactions, the team also handles high-profile and 'bet the farm' disputes pertaining to commercial contracts, international arbitration enforcement and allegations of corruption and white-collar law breaches. Hywel Davies, who is described by clients as 'one of the top two or three commercial lawyers in the City', leads the practice.

Practice head(s):Hywel Davies

Testimonials

'The standards set by Slaughter and May are unrivaled in the City, both in terms of individual and technical excellence.'

'Slaughter and May wields very strong legal and commercial skills across corporate and finance issues.'

'Hywel Davies is one of the top two or three commercial lawyers in the City. Rebecca Cousins is also very highly recommended. They are both excellent technical lawyers who are very commercial, practical and solutions-oriented.'

'The Slaughter and May associates are a cut above the rest. Jack Wharton is a very good example of this.'

Key Clients

INEOS

Wren House

Premier Oil

Centrica

Repsol

Maersk Oil

Aker Energy

Kosmos

Shell

Ensco

Seadrill

Aker Energy

PTTEP

Spirit Energy

Wood Group

SHV

United Energy Group

Work highlights

  • Advised Maersk Oil on the energy, antitrust, compliance and competition law aspects of its acquisition by Total SA.
  • Advising Ensco on its proposed combination with Rowan Companies plc pursuant to which Ensco will acquire Rowan in an all-stock transaction to be effected by way of a UK court-sanctioned scheme of arrangement.
  • Acting for Buckeye Partners, L.P. on the English law aspects in relation to the sale of its 50% equity interest in VTTI BV to IFM Investors and Vitol for $975m as part of its strategic review.
  • Advising on the formation of Spirit Energy, a joint venture in the oil and gas exploration and production sector between Centrica (69%) and the owner of Bayerngas Norge AS, Stadtwerke München GmBH (31%), Munich’s municipal utilities company.
  • Advising BHP Billiton Petroleum Great Britain Limited on the disposal of its interests in the Bruce and Keith North Sea oil and gas fields and associated infrastructure to Serica Energy (UK) Limited.

The transactional and disputes lawyers at Stephenson Harwood have a strong focus on sub-Saharan African oil and gas mandates, ranging from advising on investments, sales, storage, delivery and long-term contracts to litigation. On the transactional side, the team is particularly active in private and public M&A and fundraising. The client roster consists mainly of independent E&P companies. Marc Hammerson recently re-joined the firm from Akin Gump LLP .

Practice head(s):Marc Hammerson; Tony Concagh; Stuart Beadnall; Andrew McLean

Other key lawyers:Rubin Weston

Testimonials

'The Stephenson Harwood team differentiates itself from its competitors because it is focused on finding effective legal solutions, not selling legal services.'

'The firm has excellence in all capabilities, and takes the time necessary to understand the legal and associated needs of its clients.'

'Max Lemanski is an eminent lawyer: technically excellent, pragmatic, shrewd and resolute. He brings a breadth of experience to provide valuable insight, and never loses focus on what he and his clients need to achieve.'

'Stuart Beadnall remains a doyen in shipping, offshore construction and energy.'

'Alex McCue is noteworthy, bright and very capable.'

Key Clients

Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC)

Eland Oil & Gas

Fugro

Green Africa Power

Heerema Marine Contractors

Lightsource Renewable Energy Limited

Petrobras International

Seaway Heavy Lifting

Valero Energy

PDVSA

Covanta Energy

Siberian Coal Energy Company (SUEK)

European Bank for Reconstruction & Development

Work highlights

  • Represented PDVSA in series of disputes concerning a drilling contract between PDVSA, a subsidiary of Petroleos de Venezuela, the Venezuelan state-owned oil company, and an offshore services contractor in Venezuela.
  • Defended NNPC against numerous attempts by IPCO (Nigeria) Limited to enforce a Nigerian arbitration award in England.
  • Acted for SUEK on a $1bn pre-export financing from a lending syndicate.

Chris Kilburn's team at Watson Farley & Williams LLP recently added to its partnership ranks with the promotion of Heike Trischmann. The group regularly advises its varied client roster of national governments, banks, major and minor oil companies and investors on the full gamut of issues relating to their businesses. In recent highlights, the team has been advising a syndicate of banks regarding a $180m reserve-based senior facility agreement made to Energean to develop the Prinos Basin in offshore Greece.

Practice head(s):Chris Kilburn

Other key lawyers:Jan Mellmann; Heike Trischmann

Testimonials

'Watson Farley & Williams provides a consistently high standard and responsive service.'

'The team works effectively and efficiently together. The attorneys are willing to bounce ideas off one another in a proactive effort to seek solutions rather than simply taking direction from clients.'

'One of the greatest strengths of this team is its unique ability to cooperate internally to support the client. There are specialists in different fields which is quite important when it comes to related issues.'

Key Clients

Aban Offshore

Azimuth Group

BNP Paribas

Broadfields

CalEnergy Resources

Citibank

Coro Energy

DNB

Enterprize Energy

European Bank for Reconstruction and Development

ING Bank

Natixis

Work highlights

  • Advising a syndicate of banks regarding a $180m reserve-based senior facility agreement made to Energean to develop the Prinos Basin offshore Greece.
  • Advised Coro Energy Plc on its potential cash and shares bid for Ophir Energy Plc, valuing Ophir at approximately £462m.
  • Advised Aban Singapore, a wholly owned subsidiary of India’s Aban Offshore, on its acquisition, via its wholly owned subsidiary Caldera Petroleum, of a 100% interest in two oil and gas blocks in the UK North Sea for a non-cash consideration of $75m.
  • Advised independent Namibian oil and gas explorer Azinam on its divestment to ExxonMobil Namibia, an affiliate of ExxonMobil Corporation, of a 30% stake in Petroleum Exploration Licence 44 in offshore Namibia.
  • Acting for PTT Public Company Limited, the Thai state-owned SET-listed oil and gas company, in a multimillion-dollar dispute in respect of claims and counterclaims arising out of the failed design, supply and implementation of an integrated Commodities Trading Risk Management system procured from a major US-based global IT systems and software supplier.

Winston & Strawn LLP¬†is especially strong in the corporate, financing and project development matters, and recently expanded its presence in the petrochemical space. The team has continued to be particularly active in the LNG field, where it acts for sponsors and other entities across the world. The practice is jointly led by James Simpson, who has extensive experience advising on international transactions in the oil and gas sector, and Zo√ę Ashcroft, who is noted for her expertise in transactions in emerging markets (particularly Sub-Saharan Africa).¬†Jason Parker¬†was recently promoted to the partnership.

Practice head(s):James Simpson; Zoë Ashcroft

Other key lawyers:Stephen Jurgenson; Jason Parker

Testimonials

'Winston's practice stands out in that it can truly deliver and manage a global transaction with multiple jurisdictions involved. It delivers a seamless and practical service.'

'Stewart Worthy and Nicholas Usher are both great - excellent deal captains!'

Key Clients

Electrogas Malta Limited

Emirates Water and Electric Company (formerly ADWEA)

SEPLAT Petroleum Development Company Plc

Shebah Exploration and Production Company Limited

Rabigh Refining & Petrochemical Company

Energy Capital Vietnam

Work highlights

  • Advising Electrogas Malta on all aspects of the groundbreaking Delimara 4 LNG-to-power project.
  • Acting for Energy Capital Vietnam in a $4bn LNG-fuelled power plant in Bac Lieu, Vietnam.

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP continued to expand its presence in the oil and gas sector throughout 2018 with a number of key client gains and the opening of an office in Houston. Recently, the group has been active on the supplier side of the market, where it is advising Ovo on its purchase of Spark Energy Limited and the associated supplier of last resort process. Of particular note was the firm's work for Serica on its acquisition of interests in the Bruce and Keith fields from BP, Total, BHP and Marubeni and BP's interest in the Rhum field.

Practice head(s):Richard Cockburn

Other key lawyers:Alex Hirom

Testimonials

'This team is practical, knowledgeable about regulatory and industry matters, and has the right level of attention.'

Key Clients

Chrysaor

Cuadrilla Resources

Endeavour

EQT Infrastructure

National Tube Stockholders (NTS)

Noble Energy, Inc.

OMV Petrofac

Schlumberger

Serica Energy

Shell

Stork

Sumitomo Corporation (Summit Petroleum)

Tampnet

Tekmar Energy Limited

The Oil and Gas Authority

Third Energy

Total E&P UK Limited

Vitol Group (Vitol SA and Vitol E&P)

Work highlights

  • Advised Serica Energy on its acquisition of BP, Total, BHP and Marubeni's interests in the Bruce and Keith fields, and the Rhum field from BP.
  • Advising Cuadrilla on a wide range of oil and gas and associated issues relating to its onshore shale gas operations, including the development work for Cuadrilla's Preston New Road site.
  • Advised Barking Power Limited on the contracts to convert a large gas-fired power plant in East London on behalf of Barking Power Ltd.
  • Advised Third Energy Holdings Limited on the sale of subsidiary company Third Energy Offshore Limited to Anglo-Dutch Hague and London Oil plc (HALO).
  • Advised Countrywide Farmers in relation to the sale of its LPG distribution business to Flogas.

The energy and utilities lawyers at Addleshaw Goddard have recently handled a number of significant transactions in the oil and gas space across a number of jurisdictions. The full-service offering covers the acquisition, divestiture, structuring, development and financing of oil and gas assets across the entire energy value chain, including upstream, midstream and downstream. In recent highlights, the group advised BP on its investment in solar developer Lightsource. In London, the main name to note is Guy Winter, while Richard Goodfellow and John Emerton are based in the Leeds office. Anna Nerush recently joined Haynes and Boone CDG, LLP.

Practice head(s):Guy Winter; Richard Goodfellow; John Emerton

Other key lawyers:Angus Rollo; Sarah Vasani

Key Clients

BP

Macquarie Principal Finance (MPF) (part of the Macquarie Group)

Consortium of banks, including MUFG Bank, Societe Generale, SMBC and Mizuho Bank

SSE plc (Retail)

National Grid Electricity

Transmission plc

Northern Ireland

Electricity Networks Limited

Foresight Metering Limited

SSE plc (Seagreen)

Muse Developments Limited

Scotia Gas Networks (SGN)

West Yorkshire Combined Authority

Work highlights

  • Advised SGN on the £250m Gas to the West project, which is delivering gas to 40,000 homes in the west of Northern Ireland.

Oil and gas is a fast-growing sub-group of Bird & Bird LLP's wider energy and utilities practice. While the group covers the full gamut of sector matters, including M&A and equity capital markets, it is most renowned for its expertise in intellectual property and dispute resolution issues. The team's clients include oil and gas majors, IOCs and NOCs, and E&P companies. Matt Bonass and capital markets specialists Clive Hopewell and Nick Heap lead the team. Andrew Renton left the firm to start his own practice but maintains a consultant role.

Practice head(s):Matt Bonass; Clive Hopewell; Nicholas Heap

Other key lawyers:Peter Knight

Testimonials

'This team is known for its good knowledge of the oil and gas sector and, in particular, companies in the mid and small cap space. This knowledge makes it unique and able to provide specialist and tailored advice.'

'Clive Hopewell is an excellent lead partner in all transactions thanks to his good sector knowledge and strong commercial acumen.'

Key Clients

Canaccord Genuity Limited

WH Ireland Limited

Carpatsky Petroleum Corporation

Work highlights

  • Advised Canaccord Genuity Limited, as nominated adviser and broker, on the admission to the AIM Market of the London Stock Exchange of TransGlobe Energy Corporation, with a market capitalisation on admission of approximately $200m.
  • Acted for WH Ireland Ltd, the nominated adviser and broker, on the re-admission to the AIM Market of the London Stock Exchange of UK Oil & Gas Investments plc and a series of pre-admission fundraisings, raising gross proceeds of £12.5m.
  • Handled the complete retrial of all issues dealt with in Stockholm arbitration, including allegations of fraud, validity of agreements, and corporate identities, on behalf of Carpatsky Petroleum Corporation regarding its dispute with Ukrnafta OJSC.
  • Acting as lead counsel in a multi-jurisdictional dispute including a $680m LCIA arbitration regarding a joint venture investment in one of Africa's largest oil and gas companies, involving complex shareholder and financial arrangements spanning Panama and the BVI.

Ana Stanic leads the practice at boutique firm E&A Law Limited, which handles matters including upstream oil and gas issues, EU energy regulations, and investment treaty and commercial arbitration in the sector. Clients include energy companies, states and international financial institutions. The team has particular experience in South East Europe and the CIS. The addition of Maurice Sheridan from Matrix Chambers further strengthens the firm's EU, environmental and energy law offering.

Practice head(s):Ana Stanic

Other key lawyers:Maurice Sheridan

Testimonials

'This practice has the expertise of a large firm in a boutique format.'

'Ana Stanic has an in-depth knowledge of EU energy law. She knows how to build and present her case in a very convincing way and can explain complicated legal issues in a very clear and understandable way. Moreover, she can work very well in a team where she provides very valuable contributions, not only with regard to her own area of expertise but also with regard to that of others, thereby contributing in a very positive and significant manner to the overall result.'

'Ana Stanic is very knowledgeable in this field.'

Key Clients

Milieu

Energy Charter Treaty Secretariat

European Parliament

Work highlights

  • Worked with Milieu as the key EU legal adviser to prepare a report for the European Commission to analyse the laws of EU member states and key energy exporting countries concerning foreign ownership of energy infrastructure – the European Commission’s flagship project.
  • Ana Stanic was invited to give evidence to the to the European Economic and Social Committee on 8th March 2018 on the implications of the European Commission’s proposal to amend the gas directive to address concerns over Nord Stream 2.

The energy and natural resources team at Fladgate LLP covers a wide range of legal disciplines, including commercial contracts, corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, construction and engineering contracts, and projects. The group has particular experience in Africa and Eastern Europe. The firm has continued to expand its capabilities with the recent addition of Sandra Bates from Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP to the partnership and TransGlobe Energy to its client roster. Practice co-heads Paul Airley and Nigel Gordon are capital market specialists.

Practice head(s):Paul Airley; Nigel Gordon

Key Clients

TransGlobe EnergyCorporation

PennPetro Energy plc

Caspian Sunrise plc (formerly Roxi Petroleum plc)

Eco (Atlantic) Oil & Gas Limited

Angus Energy plc

Work highlights

  • Advised TSX and NASDAQ-listed TransGlobe Energy Corporation, an independent international oil and gas company with exploration and production operations in Egypt and Canada, on its introduction to AIM.
  • Handled the standard listing of PennPetro Energy plc, an oil and gas company with assets in Texas.
  • Advised AIM-listed Caspian Sunrise plc on the acquisition of Kazakh company 3A Best Group JSC, for a consideration of $24m to be satisfied in shares.
  • Advised Cenkos Securities on two placings for £9.22m and £5.56m, both in the UK and Australia, for 88 Energy Limited.
  • Advised AIM-listed Sirius Petroleum plc on its re-admission to AIM as an operating company and $21.5m fundraising.

The arrival of practice head Anna Howell and commercial litigation and international arbitration expert Jeffrey Sullivan at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher brought significant new strength to the energy practice. The group represents leading energy majors, state-owned enterprises and emerging sector players on strategic and high-stakes deals, often in challenging jurisdictions. Also notable is the team's strong track record in the private equity space. Real estate partner Jeremy Kenley and tax specialist Sandy Bhogal also recently joined from Mayer Brown International LLP.

Practice head(s):Anna Howell

Other key lawyers:Jeffrey Sullivan; Mitasha Chandok

Key Clients

Chevron

Carlyle

Kerogen Capital

Elliott Advisors

Marathon Oil

First Reserve

Schlumberger

PTTEP

KUFPEC

Nauticor GmbH

Anadarko Petroleum

Work highlights

  • Advising Anadarko in connection with the sale of LNG to potential buyers in Asia from the 12.88m tonne per annum LNG project the client and its co-venturers are developing in the Republic of Mozambique.
  • Advising Marathon Oil Company on the auction disposal of its entire UK North Sea portfolio of oil and gas assets, including interests in the Brae and Foinaven fields and the Sage pipeline, to RoseRose Energy plc.
  • Advising Murphy, a US-based oil and gas company, on the divestment of its two primary Malaysian subsidiaries, Murphy Sabah Oil Co., Ltd. and Murphy Sarawak Oil Co., Ltd., to a subsidiary of PTT Exploration and Production Public Company Limited.

Gowling WLG is especially strong across the regulatory space but also oversees the implementation of new natural gas markets, the acquisition, financing (equity and debt) and divestiture of oil and gas exploration and development projects, and the acquisition, divestiture and development of pipeline and refining projects. Practice head Charles Bond has extensive experience advising clients in the sector on flotations, secondary funding, and public and private M&A, and the team's recent work includes assisting longstanding client Cape plc with its introduction to the Main Market of the London Stock Exchange. David Ponsford departed to Teacher Stern LLP.

Practice head(s):Charles Bond

Other key lawyers:John Cooper; Daniel Wood; Gordon Bell

Kerman & Co acts for companies involved in transactions in a large number of jurisdictions across the world, particularly in Africa and Asia. Peter Kohl's group has a strong reputation in the oil and gas sector, particularly in emerging markets, where it represents both private and public sector clients. Una Deretic, Joan Yu and experienced litigator John Evans are also key names to note.

Practice head(s):Peter Kohl

Other key lawyers:Una Deretic; Joan Yu; John Evans

Key Clients

Applegreen Plc / Petrogas

Baron Oil Plc

Columbus Energy Resources Plc

Empyrean Energy Plc

Ebioss Energy

Infrastrata Plc

Midway Resources International

United Oil & Gas Plc

Victoria Oil & Gas

Work highlights

  • Advised Applegreen Plc in connection with its acquisition of a 50.01% majority stake in Welcome Break and the admission of its enlarged share capital to trading on AIM.
  • Advised United Oil & Gas on its admission to AIM.
  • Advised Victoria Oil & Gas on its ongoing fundraising of £13.57m.
  • Advised Columbus Energy Resources in connection with its acquisition of Steeldrum Oil Company Inc and entry into a new short-term convertible security facility.

Locke Lord LLP regularly represents major and independent oil and gas ‎companies, public and private pipeline and midstream companies, and power generation companies, among others.‎ The team assists with a broad array of matters in the sector, including M&A, capital markets, joint ventures, project development and litigation. The practice also has a strong international element: Kevin Atkins leads the Africa desk from London, while practice head James Channo leads the Latin America sub-group.

Practice head(s):James Channo

Other key lawyers:Kevin Atkins

Testimonials

'The Locke Lord team has incredible knowledge of the key issues surrounding licences and transfers of assets in challenging jurisdictions. In addition, the team is incredibly accessible and efficient when it comes to energy transactions.'

'Kevin Atkins and Nick Jennings worked as a great team. Their responsiveness and ability to get directly to the relevant issues was exceptional, even though they were managing other engagements at the same time.'

Mayer Brown International LLP is best known for its cross-border M&A and fundraising capabilities in the oil and gas upstream sector. The team handles both public and private M&A and debt and equity fundraising, as well as M&A within the refining space. Also notable is the firm's track record in the fields of dispute resolution, environmental, regulatory and legislative matters across all segments of the industry. Robert Hamill, who has notable expertise in acting for listed companies, leads the team, which was strengthened by the arrival of Bob Palmer, the former head of the energy, projects and construction team at CMS. Chris Fellowes recently retired from the profession.

Practice head(s):Robert Hamill

Other key lawyers:Bob Palmer

Key Clients

Eland Oil & Gas Plc

Velocys plc

Klesch & Company Limited

EF Realisation Company Limited (50% Shareholder in Lonestar Energy Resources Inc (Nasdaq)

Cummins Power Generation Ltd.

Salamander Solutions

Work highlights

  • Advising Eland Oil & Gas on various commercial contract negotiations, including transfer of the operatorship for licence area OML 40, local joint venture arrangements and its 2018 share buy-back programme.
  • Advising Velocys regarding an equity fundraising to fund ongoing operations, in particular the company's bio-refinery operations in the US and UK.
  • Advising Salamander Solutions on the acquisition of MC AAA Limited, a leading UK-based designer and manufacturer of heater cables for use in the oil and gas industry.
  • Representing the company voluntary arrangement (CVA) supervisors in the ongoing implementation of the complex CVA of a North Sea oil and gas development and production company, Alpha Petroleum Resources Limited.

Corporate expert¬†Lisa O‚ÄôNeill¬†and counsel Elisabeth Moseley¬†are the key contacts in McDermott Will & Emery UK LLP's oil and gas team.¬†The pair previously advised Petrobras on the sale of its interests in Block BC-10 in the Campos Basin, Brazil, for $1.54bn, and¬†handled the ‚ā¨5bn divestment of the majority of Praxair‚Äôs businesses in Europe to Taiyo Nippon Sanso Corporation.

Practice head(s):Lisa O'Neill

Other key lawyers:Elisabeth Moseley

The practice at Memery Crystal LLP has a strong international focus, significant cross-border transactional experience and a strong reputation for equity capital markets work, particularly in the natural resources and technology sectors. A particular recent focus of the firm has been on the secondary UK Main Market listing for overseas resource companies, providing them with a platform to access London’s liquidity and deep capital markets. This has led to several client gains such as MOD Resources, Danakali, Pure Gold and Alio. Firm CEO Nick Davis leads the practice.

Practice head(s):Nick Davis

Other key lawyers:Michael Dawes

Key Clients

Columbus Energy Resources

Tlou Energy

Sterling Energy

Chariot Oil and Gas Ltd

Gulf Keystone Petroleum

Rose Petroleum

Green Dragon Gas

Work highlights

  • Advised Columbus Energy Resources Plc on its secondary fundraising.
  • Advised Tlou Energy Ltd in its £1.4m (A$2.5m) raise and potential further fundraising.
  • Acted for Chariot on its recent strategic placing and open offer, which raised approximately $17.5m.

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius UK LLP's team represents sponsors, lenders, governments and private equity investors across the downstream, midstream and upstream oil and gas sectors in a wide range of corporate matters. Stephen Walters advises on public and private mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, private equity and other equity financing transactions, while Bruce Johnston handles energy and infrastructure transactions, workouts and restructurings.

Dispute resolution boutique firm Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP has substantial experience in the oil and gas industry. Ted Greeno and his team regularly act on disputes concerning upstream, midstream and downstream oil and gas, long-term gas and LNG supply agreements. Other notable contacts are Stephen Jagusch QC, who heads the firm's global international arbitration practice, and of counsel Jenni Lajzerowicz.

Practice head(s):Ted Greeno

Other key lawyers:Stephen Jagusch QC; Jenni Lajzerowicz

Key Clients

Barra Energia

Work highlights

  • Successfully represented Barra in establishing that it was entitled under Brazilian law to exercise its forfeiture rights under an AIPN Model Form JOA without paying compensation.

The oil and gas team at Shepherd and Wedderburn is led from Edinburgh by Stephen Trombala and best known for its work for British independent exploration and production companies in worldwide M&A and capital markets transactions. The firm's client roster also includes investment banks and sponsors seeking advice with regards to upstream oil and gas matters. Tom Swan advises on regulatory, licensing and procurement issues, among others.

Practice head(s):Stephen Trombala

Other key lawyers:Paul Hally; Keir Willox; Tom Swan

Key Clients

Cairn Energy plc

IGas Energy

Delonex Energy

Gulf Marine Services

Celtique Energie

Petroceltic

OMV Petrom

North Sea Midstream Partners

ERVIA (Formerly called Bord Gais Eireann)

Cluff Natural Resources plc

INEOS

TDE Services Kft.

BRL Ltd

SOCO plc

Marin Subsea Ltd

Petroineos Trading Ltd

Delphian Ballistics Ltd

Work highlights

  • Acting for Aminex plc in its up-to-$40m farm-out of a 50% interest in the Ruvuma PSA, Tanzania.
  • Acting for SOCO plc on the sale of its upstream Angolan interests to Quill Trading Corporation and WMLC Resources.
  • Acting for Celtique on its divestment of a 30% interest in the Wressle oil field, onshore UK.
  • Acting for HSBC on amendments to Ineos' borrowing base facility, following its acquisition of the Forties Pipeline.
  • Acting as external general counsel to Cairn, leading its negotiations and strategy in connection with the Indian tax authorities’ attempts to use retrospective legislation to levy tax in respect of the 2007 IPO of Cairn India and subsequent dividends.

Squire Patton Boggs has primarily been active on the contentious front under the leadership of Ben Holland, who recently represented Overgas Inc. AD of Bulgaria in its claim against Gazprom Export of Russia in relation to EU competition law violations caused by the cutting off of gas. However, the team also regularly advises on M&A, regulatory and infrastructure matters. The firm recently welcomed Sub-Saharan Africa infrastructure partner Peter Wright from Simmons & Simmons to its broader energy team.

Practice head(s):Ian Wood; Trevor Ingle

Other key lawyers:Ben Holland

Key Clients

Mytrah Energy

DDI Holdings

Overgas

Regulatory Authority of Bermuda

Calon Energy

Ener-G

Ineos

EDF

Work highlights

  • Acted for DDI and four other co-defendants in a High Court claim brought by Gazprom Export LLC.
  • Advising Ineos on planning and property matters relating to the development of wells for the production of shale gas in England.

Sullivan & Cromwell LLP's practice is especially strong on the borrower and sponsor side, with a particular expertise in project bonds and capital markets as part of complex financing structures. The vast majority of the team's work is based in challenging jurisdictions such as Mozambique, Mongolia and Kazakhstan. Rio Tinto, Oyu Tolgoi and Centerra Gold all feature in the firm's stellar client roster. Craig Jones is a notable contact on the project financing front, while Stewart Robertson  has substantial expertise in the international arbitration and litigation space. In recent highlights, the group advised Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan Pipeline Company on the closing of a refinancing term loan facility of $1.6bn.

Practice head(s):Richard Pollack

Other key lawyers:Craig Jones; Stewart Robertson

The London office of Wikborg Rein, Norway's only international firm, focuses on energy, offshore and shipping. The oil and gas team is particularly strong in the LNG and FLNG space where it covers projects, finance, shipping and trade. The group led by Chris Grieveson recently welcomed Jonathan Goldfarb, Renaud Barbier-Emery and senior lawyer Ina Lutchmiah from Ince, and dispute resolution expert Shawn Kirby was recently promoted to the partnership.

Practice head(s):Chris Grieveson

Other key lawyers:Renaud Barbier-Emery; Jonathan Goldfarb; Shawn Kirby; Ina Lutchmiah

Testimonials

'Wikborg Rein has brilliant industry insight and very specialised experience.'

'Renaud and his team have a deeply ingrained client service philosophy on a broad spectrum of projects from litigation to contractual negotiation.'

'At Wikborg Rein, outstanding industry knowledge translates into instantaneous response times and commercially oriented advice delivered by a very strong bench of knowledgeable partners.'

'Wikborg Rein has a strong track record and experience both in corporate legal matters and in the more specialised drilling and offshore services sectors.'

'Professionalism and depth of experience is what makes this team unique.'

'Renaud Barbier-Emery performs exceptionally well. He exhibits both brilliant written and verbal communication and is also fast and diligent. He is a great problem solver when unforeseeable hurdles arise, and is flexible in terms of work processes.'

'The lawyers at Wikborg Rein are reliable, competent and friendly. Standout personnel are Renaud Barbier-Emery and Ina Lutchmiah. Both are responsive and provide timely advice.'

'What makes Renaud Barbier-Emery and Ina Lutchmiah stand out is their goal-oriented approach. They have the experience and intrinsic knowledge of the industry to understand rapidly what the goal of the transaction is and transcribe it into the proper legal frame.'

Key Clients

Transocean

Noble Corp.

Bonheur ASA / Fred.Olsen

Dolphin Drilling

Maersk Drilling

GSP Holding SA

Exmar NV

GasLog

BW LNG

Golar LNG

Naftogaz of Ukraine

Queiroz Galvão Exploração e Produção

Höegh LNG Ltd

George Economou group companies (Ocean Rig)

Work highlights

  • Acted for Ocean Rig UDW Inc and DryShips Inc in successfully defending claims from a former agent, Hamylton Padilha of HPOR, in connection with long-term drilling contracts for two deepwater drilling rigs with Petrobras.
  • Acting for Naftogaz of Ukraine against Gazprom in the English enforcement proceedings of one of the largest arbitration awards ever handed down ($2.6bn) and the highest value freezing injunction in the UK court.
  • Advised Exmar on its agreements with YPF for the long-term employment of the Caribbean FLNG unit (renamed Tango FLNG) at Bahia Blanca in Argentina.
  • Advising BW on one of the leading gas-to-power projects at Port Acu in São João da Barra, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.


Power (including electricity, nuclear and renewables)

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Allen & Overy LLP continues to advise on an impressive mix of deals across the energy spectrum, including large-scale project financing work in the renewables space, such as Hornsea, Dudgeon and the Crystal Rig III onshore wind farms. Team leader Gareth Price focuses on all aspects of the development, acquisition, disposal and funding of energy and infrastructure assets around the world with a particular interest in developments that contribute to solving the 'trilemma' of energy security, affordability and decarbonisation. Other key partners include Troy Edwards and Chris Andrew. Ed Moser was recently promoted to partner; infrastructure specialist Conrad Andersen left to join Latham & Watkins.

Practice head(s):Gareth Price

Other key lawyers:Troy Edwards; Chris Andrew

Key Clients

Hitachi

European Bank of Reconstruction and Development

Green Investment Group

Goldman Sachs Infrastructure Partners

Palestine Energy Transmission Company Limited

Macquarie Capital

Engie

Ørsted

Work highlights

  • Advising Hitachi/Horizon Nuclear Power Ltd on the development of new-build nuclear power plants in the UK.
  • Advised on all aspects of the sale by the Fred. Olsen Renewables group of a 49% equity stake in a portfolio comprising the operational Brockloch Rig and Crystal Rig III onshore wind farms located in Scotland, and the subsequent holdco financing of the group’s retained 51% interest in the portfolio.
  • Advising the Mandated Lead Arrangers and PP Noteholders on the refinancing of the first offshore wind farm that was financed with the benefit of CfD support, using a mixture of floating rate bank debt and fixed rate institutional debt on a common platform.
  • Advised on the refinancing of the 537MW Race Bank offshore wind farm off the north Norfolk coast.
  • Advised Allianz Capital Partners on its 26.2% equity investment in the NeuConnect 1.4GW, 670km HVDC interconnector project and the terms of its agreement with the other shareholders in the project developer NeuConnect Britain.

The team at Ashurst advises on the development, financing, operation, acquisition and privatisation of power and renewables projects worldwide, including conventional power, nuclear, onshore and offshore wind and solar, as well as hydroelectric, tidal and geothermal projects. Recent highlights have included Antony Skinner's team advising on the £207m restructuring and refinancing of Allington EfW facility in Kent and the Eastcroft EfW facility on behalf of FCC Environment as sponsor. As an example of its interaction with the recent influx of Asian investment into the industry, the firm advised Octopus on the disposal of its portfolio of 15 PV assets, a deal funded by Korea Investment & Securities. Global utilities head David Wadham, who is now based in Japan, is praised for his 'commercial acumen'. Tom Duncan joined from Mayer Brown International LLP to strengthen the dispute resolution facet of the practice, while project finance expert Simon Moore arrived from Simmons & Simmons .

Practice head(s):Antony Skinner

Other key lawyers:Matthew Saunders; Cameron Smith; Tom Duncan; Simon Moore

Testimonials

'Ashurst provides excellent expertise, drive and service delivery in reviewing project and financing agreements and advising lenders.'

'The team is practical and pragmatic: its experts don't complicate things and have a good understanding of commercial matters and the key driving factors behind them which underpins their solid guidance and high quality advice to lenders.'

'Ashurst is known for its combination of all the components required to support a complex industrial development.'

'David Wadham has excellent commercial acumen and delivers sound and pragmatic advice at very short notice.'

'David Wadham offers specialist knowledge and extensive expertise in the power market internationally. His detailed insights on precedents combined with commercial acumen enable him to come up with a pragmatic and balanced approach to solve issues and keep the process moving. He is very analytical and provides compelling guidance and high quality advice to his clients. He is always responsive and able to fully grasp any concern of the clients and proposes adequate ways of mitigating them.'

'The firm's strength is based on sufficient knowledge and abundant experiences in the sector.'

'Tara Waters coordinates and follows all processes, which is invaluable when it comes to executing a transaction in timely manner.'

Key Clients

ACWA Power

FCC

Octopus Investments

JBIC

Green Investment Group

Brockwell Energy

Conrad Energy

Itochu Corporation

Mitsui & Co

Kansai Electric Power Company

Blackrock Global Energy Fund

Work highlights

  • Advised JBIC, EKF and the 16 commercial lenders in relation to all aspects of the development, construction and financing of the 950MW Moray offshore wind farm off the coast of Scotland.
  • Advised the lenders on the £174m refinancing of a biomass and landfill gas portfolio owned by Octopus Investment, which was one of the largest transactions of its kind and the first major UK biomass deal in 2018.
  • Advised Kansai on its agreement to acquire a 16% stake in the 860MW Triton Knoll offshore wind farm.
  • Advised on the acquisition of Cory Riverside Energy from Strategic Value Partners and its affiliates, EQT Credit, Commerzbank, and other shareholders.
  • Advised Banks Renewables, the renewable energy division of the Banks Group, on the £82m refinancing of seven of its existing wind farms across northern England.

Clifford Chance LLP, which has a well-established nuclear practice, also handles matters across the whole of the renewables sector, covering onshore and offshore wind, solar, biomass, hydro, waste and emissions trading, while it also has a market-leading reputation in establishing renewable energy joint venture platforms. In recent highlights, the team advised Global Infrastructure Partners on the £4.46bn acquisition of a 50% interest in the Hornsea 1 offshore wind farm, while it has also advised EDF on the development of Hinkley Point C nuclear power station.

Practice head(s):Nicholas Hughes

Other key lawyers:James Pay; Jeremy Connick

The full-service power team at CMS has particular strength in advising on issues relating to the regulatory landscape, and frequently handles novel, cross-border projects and transactions in the renewable power space. Recent work has included advising on issues arising from solar PV, floating offshore wind, energy storage and electric vehicle infrastructure. The team is led by Robert Lane, who has 'a wealth of knowledge and experience' and Munir Hassan; key team members include corporate co-head Charles Currier and well-regarded of counsel Juliet Stradling. Recently new additions to to the team include finance expert Paul Simpson from Shearman & Sterling LLP and consultant Terry de Souza from Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP. Robbie Leckie was promoted to partner, while Richard Sinclair took up a new role as general counsel at South Hook Gas.

Practice head(s):Robert Lane; Munir Hassan

Other key lawyers:Charles Currier; Sarah King; Philip Ashley; Juliet Stradling

Testimonials

'CMS is a strong all-around firm, with a good balance of corporate, financing and projects expertise.'

'The team are very knowledgeable and work with their clients to deliver clear and concise advice and outputs in line with our needs. They are also able to readily access other financial market expertise from within the group and manage their input to deliver an efficient service. We have used CMS for many years and have benefited from their consistently high quality advice.'

'I have always found CMS's team to be both highly skilled but perhaps most importantly, highly personable and pragmatic. They are always prepared to take a sensible commercial view.'

Key Clients

SSE

EDF

National Grid

Vattenfall

UK Power Networks

Centrica

NeuConnect

RWE

GE

Neptune Energy

NIE Networks

ESB

Work highlights

  • Advised AES on issues arising from the introduction of a new market design in Ireland and in particular its failure to obtain capacity contracts in the first capacity auction on the island.
  • Advising National Grid across many aspects of its business, including (i) the legal separation of the System Operator business from the Transmission Owner business, (ii) the imposition by Ofgem of the Competition Proxy Model for the Hinkley-Seabank Transmission link and (iii) uncertainty mechanisms under the RIIO-1 price control.
  • Advised on a bond issue by Northern Ireland Electricity Networks, working closely with the capital markets team. The team has also advised UK Power Networks on its £10bn EMTN programme.
  • Advising on two high-profile electricity interconnector projects, NeuConnect and Greenlink.
  • Advising Sembcorp in relation to their proposed Tees CCGT project, their existing onsite generation and supply arrangements at their complex Wilton International site in Teeside.

DLA Piper recently strengthened its London energy offering with the hires of Sarah Thomas from Pinsent Masons LLP and Martin Nelson-Jones from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP. The group is particularly strong when it comes to high-profile, large-scale wind and solar power acquisitions, sales, financings and refinancings, including the development of emergent technologies and trends including corporate PPAs, battery storage, and smart metering. The key partners in the team are the 'exceptional' Natasha Luther-Jones, who co-chairs the global energy and natural resources team, and the 'extremely smart' Dimitri Papaefstratiou.

Practice head(s):Natasha Luther-Jones; Dimitri Papaefstratiou

Testimonials

'This is an extremely capable team in all aspects of renewable infrastructure financing. Key capabilities include power purchase agreements, legal due diligence for financing transactions, corporate structures, property and planning law.'

'The team shows real dedication to doing great energy and infrastructure work in Africa and encompasses both projects and project finance capabilities.'

'Natasha Luther-Jones always provides an exceptional service. She is an excellent networker and able to connect clients to make deals happen.'

'Dimitri Papaefstratiou is an extremely smart lawyer, practical in approach who really seeks to understand the client's business too address its legal challenges. He has shown great commitment to the Nigerian and Kenyan power markets in particular but has a broad practice that also encompasses infrastructure projects in Europe.'

Key Clients

Credit Suisse Energy Infrastructure Partners AG (CSEIP)

E.ON

Element Power

Norddeutsche Landesbank Girozentrale (Nord/LB)

Greencoat UK Wind

DekaBank Deutsche Girozentrale

Mytilineos SA

John Swire & Sons (including its subsidiary Argent Energy)

National Grid

Engie

European Federation of Energy Traders (EFET)

Work highlights

  • Advised Credit Suisse Energy Infrastructure Partners and E.ON on their investment into and financing of one of the largest onshore wind farms in Europe, the 475MW Nysäter project in Sweden.
  • Advised global renewable energy developer, Element Power, on the sale of its wind power projects, battery storage projects, grid services and asset management business covering Ireland, the UK and the Nordics, to Statkraft.
  • Advised Norddeutsche Landesbank (Nord/LB) on the project financing for the construction and operation of a wind farm in the United Kingdom for German developer Energiekontor.
  • Advised Mytilineos on the limited recourse vendor financing and the EPC Contract and related contractual documentation for a 424MW CCGT bridge power plant at Tema, Ghana.
  • Assisted the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan on the structural and legal issues related to the Intergovernmental Agreement and the Power Purchase Agreement for the electricity interconnector between Turkmenistan, Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP advises on the full gamut of power matters, covering biomass, energy from waste, solar, offshore wind and tidal energy. The team handles everything from greenfield project development and secondary M&A to refinancing transactions. Silke Goldberg has been advising on a number of interconnectors between the UK and other jurisdictions, and the firm has a long-established relationship with EDF, building on the successful financial investment decision on Hinkley Point C in 2016. The practice is led by Lewis McDonald, who recently relocated to London from the firm's Tokyo office, while energy and infrastructure finance partner Matthew Job is also recommended.

Practice head(s):Lewis McDonald

Other key lawyers:Silke Goldberg; Sarah Pollock; Matthew Job

Testimonials

'The team provides strong regulatory advice in the energy field.'

'The Herbert Smith team has good links with the energy industry upstream, midstream and downstream. It appears to communicate very well internally which allows insights and experience to be shared. This really does set it apart from the rest of the market.'

'This is a strong, proactive team in raising potential issues and offering creative solutions to problems.'

'Silke Goldberg provides valuable counsel to her clients - her knowledge of energy regulation is excellent.'

'Matthew Job is particularly strong at interrogating commercial intent to ensure all issues have been appropriately thought through and offering up creative solutions.'

'Helen Beatty is an excellent senior associate. She is proactive and efficient with good knowledge of the sector.'

Key Clients

BNP Paribas

Citi

Credit Agricole

HSBC

ING

Macquarie Bank

Natixis

RBC

Societe Generale

Standard Chartered Bank

VTB

Amber Infrastructure

Aquind

Burmeister & Wain Scandinavian Contractor

Cavendish Nuclear Limited

Centrica plc

CGN Europe Energy

Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners

Department for Business Innovation & Skills

Drax

EDF

EDF ER

Energinet.dk

ENGIE

Government of Sierra Leone

GridLink

Hartree

InterGen

KWAP

Work highlights

  • Advised SDCL Energy Efficiency Income Trust on its fundraising of £100m via a premium listing on the London Stock Exchange, and its acquisition of 12 energy and energy efficiency projects which formed the seed assets for this IPO for £87m.
  • Advising Aquind, a private interconnector development company, on the development of a 240km-long power interconnection project between the UK and France.
  • Representing Standard Chartered Bank and its Hong Kong subsidiary in a string of investment arbitrations concerning its investment in a power station in Tanzania.
  • Advising NNB (a subsidiary of EDF) on the development of a proposed new nuclear power station in Suffolk.
  • Advised the lenders on the $135m debt financing for solar rooftop projects in India for Azure Power.

Linklaters LLP has the ability to support clients on every aspect of wind power projects and regularly advises on the planning and development of UK offshore assets. The magic circle firm's full-service offering handles OFTO sales, equity sell-downs, refinancings and decommissioning, among other matters, both at home and abroad. In recent highlights, the group oversaw the development of Moray and Triton Knoll, two of the three UK offshore wind projects to receive Contracts for Difference (CFDs) in the latest government round, and has been acting for the sponsors on the financing of a new lignite fired power station in Kosovo. Key partners include the 'super smart' Jeremy Gerwirtz, 'Mr Renewables' John Pickett, the 'commercial and knowledgeable' Richard Coar and Charlotte Morgan , who also leads the firm's UK Government offering. Long-serving global projects head Bruce White recently retired from the partnership and now serves as a consultant.

Practice head(s):Jeremy Gerwirtz; John Pickett; Richard Coar

Other key lawyers:Charlotte Morgan

Testimonials

'Linklaters has specific sector expertise. The team is a trusted partner for banks and sponsors alike, with good strength throughout.'

'Jeremy Gerwirtz is super smart, accessible and knowledgeable.'

'John Pickett is known as 'Mr Renewables'. He is very knowledgeable on the sector and is always accessible.'

'Richard Coar is very commercial and knowledgeable, particularly on renewables. He is very approachable and a real pleasure to work with.'

Key Clients

Triton Knoll Offshore Wind Farm Limited

Moray Offshore Wind Farm (East) Limited

EDP Renováveis

Diamond Green Europe Limited

Department of Business Energy and Industrial Strategy

Equitix Investment Management Ltd

Dalmore Capital Limited

ENGIE

China Three Gorges Corporation

Pensions Infrastructure Limited

Cory Riverside Energy

ContourGlobal Kosovo LLC

SSE Copenhagan Infrastructure

China Resources

Equinor ASA

Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company PJSC

Green Investment Group

OGCI Climate Investments LLP

Brockwell

Covanta

Innogy SE

Octopus Investments

Work highlights

  • Advising BEIS in relation to four UK based nuclear projects (Horizon, NuGen, Sizewell and Bradwell), and the sustainable funding model which will be used for future projects beyond Horizon.
  • Advised the vendor (and, separately, the lenders to one of the unsuccessful bidding consortia) on the sale of 100% of Cory Riverside Energy, in which Strategic Value Partners was the majority selling shareholder, to a consortium led by Dalmore Capital.
  • Acted for a consortium of Dalmore Capital and Pensions Infrastructure Platform in respect of their acquisition (and related financing) of a 49% minority stake in EDF Energy Renewables Limited’s UK wind generation portfolio comprising 24 wind farms with a total capacity of approximately 550MW.
  • Acting for the sponsors on the development and financing of a new 470MW lignite fired power station in Kosovo.
  • Serving as lenders counsel to a club of financiers including Korean Export Credit Agencies, Multilateral and Development Financial Institutions, Islamic Development Bank, and local and international commercial banks on a project to construct, own, manage and operate a solar power station with a gross capacity in Konya’s Karapinar district in Turkey.

The full-service power practice at Norton Rose Fulbright covers the full spectrum of energy matters, both in the UK and internationally. Recently, the team has been particularly active in the area of thermal power projects across a wide range of emerging markets, as well as the development of gas-fired plants such as, in Ghana, the 400MW Bridge gas-fired project and the 192MW Amandi gas-fired project. On the nuclear front, the group continued to advise on the set-up of uranium trading activities and in relation to the nuclear defence sector, in particular, in relation to third party nuclear liability. Rob Marsh co-chairs the firm's renewable energy practice, while Charles Whitney heads the EMEA energy team. Long-serving partner Richard Hill recently left to join White & Case LLP.

Practice head(s):Rob Marsh

Other key lawyers:Andrew Hart; Charles Whitney; Chris Down

Testimonials

'Norton Rose Fulbright is developing a broad and deep expertise in developing markets.''

'This team is defined by the depth of its knowledge accompanied by its very strong commercial understanding of the deal. This equips it to help find efficient and elegant solutions to challenges in negotiation.'

'Andrew Hart is calm in a crisis and able to manage multiple parties to bring complex issues to a successful resolution. He listens carefully to the client and will step in to ensure the client's needs are met.'

'The individuals within the team are approachable, flexible and very collaborative in their approach. Both Andrew Hedges and Suncica Miletic are so easy to work with. They are always willing to work through positions together, never belittling the client's lack of legal understanding and proactive in solving the negotiation in a way that works for both parties.'

Key Clients

Brookfield RenewablePower

Confidential No

Deutsche Bank

Greencoat UK Wind plc

IFC

Jinkon

Macquarie

Marubeni

Ministry of Finance ofAngola

National CommercialBank of Jamaica

Neoen S.A.

Work highlights

  • Advising a consortium of lenders led by IFC (and also including African Development Bank, Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, CDC, OeEB and Finnfund) on the Nubian Suns Feed-in-Tariff Financing programme – the $653m financing of a programme of 13 solar power projects in Egypt.
  • Advising Proparco and FMO on the project financing of a 51MW solar PV project in Jamaica.
  • Advising the lenders on a 750MW coal fired power project in Colombia. The project is being developed by Sloane Energy.
  • Advising on project financing for the Kuwait Authority for Partnership Projects' new Waste-to-Energy PPP project near Kuwait City.
  • Advised Marubeni Corporation on its sale of a 25% stake in the UK’s Westermost Rough Offshore Wind Farm to Green Investment Group.

White & Case LLP works with a roster of premium clients across all major legal disciplines in the power sector, handling high-profile transactions such as project development and financing work on the Thabametsi 630MW coal baseload IPP project in South Africa, and the £318m acquisition of two combined cycle gas turbine power stations from Centrica by EP UK Investment. Debt financing expert Simon Caridia recently joined the team from Herbert Smith Freehills LLP, while other key partners include global power industry head Kirsti Massie and international project finance partner Jason Kerr.

Practice head(s):Kirsti Massie; Mark Castillo-Bernaus

Other key lawyers:Jason Kerr; Meredith Campanale; Simon Caridia

Key Clients

Acergy

Abu Dhabi Water and Electricity Authority, Carbon Holdings

Enerjisa

Eskom

HSBC

Investec Bank plc

Iberdrola

Wintershall

EN+

PetroSaudi International

LG Chem

United Chemicals Company

SAT

Citibank

Deutsche Bank

Energetický a průmyslový Holding

STEAG GMBH

Star Capital

Qatar Petroleum

MOL and Saudi Aramco as well as numerous export credit agencies such as US Ex-Im

Hermes

Coface

Korea Ex-Im

JBIC

Al Nowais Investments LLC

Neoen SAS

AfDB

TDB

Finnfund

Hedet Vindpark Oy

MBH Power Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Investec and a syndicate of banks including National Westminster Bank and Qatar National Bank on loan facilities to SCCL Holdings Ltd of up to £140m.
  • Advising the lenders in relation to a project finance facility granted to the sponsors and developers of the 630MW Thabametsi coal baseload independent power producer project under the power procurement program of the Republic of South Africa.
  • Advising AfDB, TDB and Finnfund in relation to the financing of a geothermal power plant at Menengai, Kenya.
  • Advised Lightsource and its founders on the $200m investment by BP on the launch of the 'Lightsource BP' solar power partnership.
  • Representing electrical utility Teollisuuden Voima Oyj in multiple disputes with a supplier consortium comprising Areva and Siemens, relating to the construction of a nuclear power plant in Finland.

Addleshaw Goddard works with a big-name roster of energy majors and corporates with increasing energy requirements. Renewables and the decentralisation of energy generation are a particular of focus for the team, with significant sources of work coming from its thriving smart metering practice. The team is also active in the nuclear energy space, advising on new builds, decommissioning, research and development. Major recent work has included advising Macquarie Principal Finance on its agreement with Amazon to fund and develop roof-top solar panels on Amazon's UK bases. Richard Goodfellow heads up the firm's infrastructure, projects and energy group.

Practice head(s):Guy Winter; Richard Goodfellow; John Emerton

Other key lawyers:Simon Courie; Angus Rollo; Sarah Vasani; Oliver Carruthers

Key Clients

Macquarie Principal Finance (MPF) (part of the Macquarie Group)

Consortium of banks, including MUFG Bank, Societe Generale, SMBC and Mizuho Bank

SSE plc (Retail)

National Grid Electricity Transmission plc

Northern Ireland Electricity Networks Limited

Foresight Metering Limited

SSE plc (Seagreen)

Muse Developments Limited

Scotia Gas Networks (SGN)

West Yorkshire Combined Authority

Work highlights

  • Advised MPF on its agreement with Amazon to fund, develop and operate roof-top solar panels on Amazon's fulfilment centres across the UK.
  • Advised the lenders providing project financing for the acquisition of offshore transmission systems to be owned and operated by a consortium led by Diamond Transmission Corporation.
  • Supporting SSE on its proposed merger with npower.
  • Advising NGET (part of National Grid) on the entry into of an asset maintenance contract for the Sellindge convertor station.
  • Assisting Northern Ireland Electricity Networks with new competition requirements by the Utility Regulator in Northern Ireland which introduced contestability in the electricity connection markets.

The energy, mining and infrastructure offering at Baker McKenzie covers all fuels and technologies from coal, electricity, and oil and gas-fired to nuclear, with particular recent activity in the solar, wind and biofuels fields. The firm also covers traditional long-term PPA-backed, PWPA-backed, tolling and merchant power models, base-load, mid-merit and peaking plants, cogeneration and captive plants. In recent highlights, the group advised Lightsource BP on the sale of seven solar farms to Blackrock Real Assets, and represented Japanese conglomerate Hitachi on its $11bn acquisition of Swiss engineering group ABB. Richard Blunt leads the London energy, mining and infrastructure group, Neil Donoghue heads up the global nuclear practice, and Marc Fèvre leads the global renewables group. Christopher Jones and Kathy Honeywood recently joined the team from the European Commission and Clifford Chance LLP respectively.

Practice head(s):Richard Blunt; Marc Fevre; Neil Donoghue; Mike Webster

Other key lawyers:Kathy Honeywood; Christopher Jones

Key Clients

Fiera Infrastructure

Lightsource BP

Marubeni

Kepco

EDF

Suez

Westinghouse

General Electric

ACCIONA Energía

Itochu

Marguerite Fund

Hitachi

Shell

Ellomay Capital

InfraRed Capital Partners

Engie

POSCO

Work highlights

  • Advised Fiera Infrastructure on the acquisition of a 41MW platform of UK solar PV assets from Macquarie Principal Finance, the principal financing and investing arm of Macquarie Group’s Corporate and Asset Finance division.
  • Advising the Sponsors and Project Company in connection with the development, design, financing, supply, construction, ownership, commissioning, testing, operation and maintenance of a 600MW coal-fired power generation plant in South Africa.
  • Acted as co-counsel to Westinghouse, the global leader in nuclear engineering, technology, fuel and services in relation to their sale to Brookfield Business Partners and their emergence from Chapter 11 as a reorganised company.
  • Acted as legal counsel to KEPCO in relation to all aspects of the construction, development and financing (on a project finance structure) of the 5,600 MW Barakah Nuclear Power Project in Abu Dhabi.

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP handles a broad range of work across the full spectrum of the power supply chain, advising in relation to large-scale IPPs, IWPPs and other power generation projects, particularly in the Middle East, Africa and Asia, and on the networks distributing that power. As an example of the firm's capabilities in the dispute resolution space, the team advised National Grid Electricity Transmission on its claim for £143m in damages for overcharges it paid for the purchase of High Voltage Power Cables. Finance head Adam Dann is a key member of the projects and energy team, while project finance specialist Tom Eldridge recently joined the practice from Mayer Brown International LLP.

Practice head(s):Adam Dann

Other key lawyers:Kiran Arora; Deborah Greenwood; Kenneth Addly; Tom Eldridge

Key Clients

EDF Energy Services Ltd

National Grid Group

Scottish Power

University of Cambridge

Berkeley Energia Ltd

Ancala Partners

Reactive Technologies Limited

AGR Renewables

Work highlights

  • Advised National Grid on its £650m North Wales electricity connection project, which will be the world's deepest operational electricity line.
  • Advised Berkeley Energia Limited in connection with the admission of its ordinary shares to the standard listing segment of the Official List of the FCA and to trading on the Main Market for listed securities of the London Stock Exchange.
  • Acted for National Grid in its high-profile claim for damages due to overcharges paid for the purchase of High Voltage Power Cables.
  • Advising a major retailer on the rollout of a major programme of renewable energy projects across the retailers estate, including a Corporate PPA programme.
  • Advising a Fortune 50 corporate on a joint venture with Co Gen on the development of a 15MW biomass energy from waste power plant.

The energy practice at Burges Salmon LLP is well-known for its expertise on nuclear matters, with Ian Salter - described as 'the Rolls-Royce of the nuclear sector' - a key player. The firm also has an enviable client list and considerable expertise in the offshore and onshore wind, solar, biomass and energy-from-waste arenas, as well as areas involving innovative technologies such as electric vehicles and flexible battery storage. Ross Fairley and his renewables team recently advised on the financing and rollout of Electric Vehicle London Taxis and the Heathrow chauffeur service electric vehicles.

Practice head(s):Ross Fairley; Ian Salter

Other key lawyers:Ian Truman; Nick Churchward; Julian Boswall

Testimonials

'The energy and power lawyers at Burges Salmon are very commercial and practical. They are not interested in scoring legal points and focused on getting the deal done.'

'The team works hard to build lasting relationships with clients - getting to understand the client's needs and operating environment and being pro-active. Nothing is too much trouble.'

'Burges Salmon is an independent law firm that delivers the best mix of advice, service and value. The team is driven by the clients' needs and focuses on best outcomes for clients. It provides a perfect delivery in partnership with clients for business-critical issues: this includes transparent billing, appropriate resource allocation, and impeccable partner attention, plus best value for money service!'

'Known for its practical, pragmatic and can-do attitude, the energy lawyers at Burges Salmon are prepared to take a view and do not get caught up in the legal theory. They work in the realms of how the law works in practice.'

'If you got stuck on a desert island and could only take one lawyer - take Ian Salter.'

'Ian Salter is still the Rolls-Royce of the nuclear sector. No nuclear deal can be successful without him! He is a must-have in every nuclear project! He is very measured and calm in his approach that can make the difference.

'Ian Truman is the rising star of Burges Salmon. He thinks around client needs to ensure he delivers the right solutions.'

'Julie Book is a great transaction manager - no problem fazes her'

Key Clients

EDF

ENGIE/InternationalPower/GDF Suez

Dong Energy/Ørsted

Marine Energy Testing Area

RWE/npower

Seagreen (a SSE/ Fluor JV)

Marks & Spencer plc

Zenobe

Magnox Limited

Forsa Energy

OFGEM

Green Investment Group

Cayman Islands Government

Work highlights

  • Advising Ørsted, the largest energy company in Denmark, on the Hornsea Project One offshore wind project.
  • Seagreen Wind Energy was awarded exclusive development rights for the Firth of Forth Zone in the UK’s Round 3 offshore wind farm development programme, the largest energy project ever undertaken in Scotland. Burges Salmon has been advising SSE/Fluor since 2010 on all aspects of its development work in this offshore wind zone.
  • Acting as counsel to Wave Hub, the world’s first wave energy array testing facility on a wide variety of matters, including ongoing advice in the marine, energy regulatory, real estate, construction, commercial contracts, insurance and power area.
  • Advising the Cayman Islands Government on the delivery and procurement of a new waste-to-energy scheme and waste management system.
  • Advised key utility client ERG on the £163m sale of 100% of the shares in Brockaghboy Wind Farm Limited to Greencoat UK Wind Holdco.

Dentons' energy, transport and infrastructure team has a strong reputation for its work on high-value corporate M&A and financing matters. Lucille De Silva is a renowned expert in the field of solar PV and has advised on a number of key transactions such as Hanwha Q Cells' Yeka project in Turkey. The group is led by Charles July, who is adept at handling project development work, project and acquisition finance, private M&A and regulation in the energy sector.

Practice head(s):Charles July

Other key lawyers:Lucille De Silva; Mark Cheney

Testimonials

'The team at Dentons is well connected and has a great understanding of precedent matters and industry standards.'

'The team is very responsive and has proved to be agile in its thinking. It combines strong M&A knowledge with strong commercial advice. Its experts liaise easily with their colleagues from other jurisdictions when needed, which is very helpful to provide a full picture of the overall matter. The relationship partner is always involved, which ensures that the client always has a senior representative to efficiently manage the relationship.'

'Lucille De Silva is very hands-on and responsive.'

'Charles July and his team act with high integrity, efficiency and a 'can-do' attitude with practical solutions to complex issues.'

'Lucille De Silva has a very longstanding track record in M&A transactions. She has a very strong understanding of the main features of renewable energy projects, which has proved invaluable when shaping the negotiation contracts with counterparties.'

Key Clients

Authority for Electricity Regulation , Oman

Centrica

Hanwha

International Finance Corporation

LCCC (Low Carbon Contracts Company)

Lightsource BP

OFGEM

Oman Power and Water Procurement Company

Sports Direct

Tenaga Nasional Berhad

UK Government BEIS

Work highlights

  • Advising Equinor on a major South American solar PV project, having advised on its first solar development project in Brazil last year.
  • Advising International Finance Corporation on the implementation of its Scaling Solar Program in Ethiopia.
  • Advising a 50:50 joint venture established between Hanwha Solar and Kalyon in relation to the design and construction of Turkey's largest solar farm.
  • Advised the lenders (Lloyds Bank and Scottish Widows) in relation to the £24m institutional investor financing of a 25MW portfolio of solar assets in the UK.
  • Advised Sports Direct on an on-site PPA and lease for a new build gas turbine generation project on land owned by Sports Direct, near one of its industrial sites.

The practice at Hogan Lovells International LLP has of late been advising on matters relating to electric vehicles and charging infrastructure, energy-from-waste, green financing and grid connection, in parallel with its broader renewables work in the solar and wind sectors. Arun Velusami, who focuses on energy and power projects in Africa, and corporate M&A expert Sarah Shaw joined the team from Norton Rose Fulbright and Allen & Overy LLP  respectively.

Practice head(s):Alex Harrison

Other key lawyers:Arun Velusami

Testimonials

'This firm always puts clients first. Its energy lawyers show a great understanding of the risk appetite of their clients and adapt to their needs.'

'Sarah Shaw has a strong sense of ownership and partnership with the clients as opposed to being just another legal adviser. She has a pragmatic approach to address commercial issues, very strong availability and engagement, and is willing to take commercial risks for the firm to build relationships and gain long term clients.'

Key Clients

The Crown Estate

Flour

Evermore Energy

EDF

European Investment Bank

Exelon Corporation

GE

Iberdrola

International Finance Corporation

Infracapital Partners

John Laing Environmental Limited

Macquarie

Mars

Work highlights

  • Serving as sole legal adviser to the Crown Estate in relation to its wind, tidal and gas storage portfolios in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
  • Advised Fluor on the sale to SSE of Fluor's 50% stake in the Seagreen offshore wind farm projects under development by Seagreen Wind Energy.

Milbank's energy team works with a broad range of clients, including lenders, private equity and hedge funds, energy companies, sponsors and developers and government institutions, both in the UK and internationally. The US firm's full-service offering has particular expertise in the field of financing as showcased by its work for Centrais Elétricas de Sergipe on the financing for the Porto de Sergipe I Thermoelectric Complex in Brazil. The firm recently significantly bolstered its restructuring and capital markets capabilities with a flurry of high-profile lateral hires from rival firms. Key partners include respected project finance expert John Dewar.

Practice head(s):John Dewar; Clive Ransome

Other key lawyers:Matthew Hagopian

Key Clients

Mercuria Energy Trading

Santander

Natixis

ING

Centrais Eléctricas de Sergipe

Patria

Work highlights

  • Advised Mercuria on its proposed investment in Harbour Energy, an entity in which EIG Partners is a significant shareholder, and its co-investment with Harbour in an entity that would acquire Santos Limited, a public company, for $10.3bn.
  • Acted as as lender's counsel in connection with a financing to Sonnedix Power Holdings, indirect owner of a portfolio of 1.3GW of solar PV projects located in Puerto Rico, Chile, France, England, Italy, Spain and Japan.
  • Represented Centrais Eléctricas de Sergipe in connection with the development and greenfield project financing, involving IDB, of Porto de Sergipe I Thermoelectric Complex in Brazil.
  • Advised the export credit agencies and the global and Egyptian lenders on Engie, Toyota Tsusho corporation, Eurus Energy and Orascon’s bid to act as lenders international counsel on the $450m 262.5MW wind farm near Port Said in Egypt.
  • Advised the sponsors on all aspects of the project development and financing of a natural gas hub and power project located at the Port of Açu, Brazil.

Pinsent Masons LLP's team has been busy acting for purchasers and vendors of renewable energy assets, and the project finance sub-team continues to represent both sponsors and banks in UK wind farm and solar refinancings. The group has significant expertise in low carbon projects, energy regulation, energy trading, offshore wind and has recently been advising its stellar client roster on the closure of the Renewables Obligation subsidy scheme. Global practice head Paul Rice and his team also handle significant volumes of work in relation to nuclear power and interconnectors.

Practice head(s):Paul Rice

Other key lawyers:Richard Griffiths; Peter Feehan

Testimonials

'The team has developed a strong understanding of the industry. It has continued to enhance its capability in the field to continue to deliver a strong offering to the nuclear sector. Its key capabilities include major projects of a unique nature, complex public procurement and alternative commercial delivery models.'

'This team is very commercially focused - its practitioners understand what clients want to achieve and go after it. Whilst many firms talk about sectoral focus, Pinsent Masons really seems to understand the sector and how it is evolving.'

'Graham Alty stands out as a partner with a genuine and ongoing interest in the nuclear sector, with the drive and commitment to ensure that resource and capability is always on hand to support the business.'

'Ian McCarlie is very well connected and really knows the sector.'

'Melanie Grimmett is very responsive, and solutions-driven. Brilliant at finding a way through when the usual solutions aren't available.'

'David Ross manages to adopt a highly commercial perspective in giving sound advice on real estate matters.'

'When it comes to closing an acquisition, Jennifer Malcolm will do what it takes to make things happen.'

Key Clients

E.ON

Orsted (formerly DongEnergy)

Centrica

Drax Group

Engie

BayWa

InfaRed/TRIG

NTR Plc

RWE 5 years

Element Power

Carlton Power/Wainstones Energy

Eggborough Power Limited / EPH Holdings

Green Investment Group

London Array Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising Ionity GmbH in relation to the roll-out of its high powered charging e-mobility network in the UK.
  • Advising Ørsted on all planning and property matters associated with the Hornsea Project Three Offshore Wind Farm.
  • Advising joint venture partners Hive Energy and Wirsol Energy, on all planning matters associated with the Cleve Hill Solar Park, in Kent.
  • Advising Drax on all planning matters relating to its Re-Power Project at the existing Drax PowerStation site.
  • Advised ARENKO Cleantech Limited on a 41MW battery storage project in Bloxwich, Wallsall.

Shearman & Sterling LLP's power offering handles complex cross-border transactions in challenging jurisdictions and market conditions, including emerging and frontier markets. John Inglis, now of counsel, has a long-established reputation for his work on the development and financing of energy and natural resource projects; former London chief Nick Buckworth is another key member of the practice. Katie Hicks and Timothy Sheddick recently joined the team from Baker McKenzie, with counsel Lachlan Poustie  coming on board from Allen & Overy LLP.

Practice head(s):Iain Elder

Other key lawyers:Nick Buckworth; Sanja Udovicic

Key Clients

The Dow Chemical Company

IFC

Bahrain Petroleum Company ("BAPCO")

Sasol

ACWA Power

Engie

K-Sure

China Exim

Japan Bank for International Corporation ("JBIC")

Export-Import Bank of Korea ("K-EXIM")

Work highlights

  • Advising Vertroelektrane Balkana in connection with the development and financing of the first wind farm in Serbia.
  • Advising on the development and financing of the Sharjah Multi-fuel Waste-to-Energy project in the Emirate of Sharjah, United Arab Emirates.
  • Acting as lenders' international legal counsel on the development and financing of the 1,320MW Balkhash coal-fired thermal power plant in Kazakhstan.
  • Acted for CTRG, Sasol and EDM, on all aspects of the development and project financing of a 175MW gas engine IPP at Ressano Garcia in Mozambique.
  • Advising GE's Power division on the $3.25bn sale of its Distributed Power business to Advent International.

Simmons & Simmons regularly advises on acquisitions, development and financing of renewables projects, often as part of major platforms for developing large numbers of projects on similar terms. The group is particularly known for its experience in the African, European and UK renewables markets. Iain Duncan heads the UK energy, natural resources and infrastructure group; other key partners include 'strong deal leader' Andrew Petry and Patrick Wallace.

Practice head(s):Iain Duncan

Other key lawyers:Andrew Petry; Patrick Wallace

Testimonials

'Although this is a relatively small team, everyone has substantial experience and performs in a professional and disciplined way. It provides substantial partner time on transactions, which ensures that clients are properly looked after.'

'Andrew Petry is a strong deal leader and is an eloquent and nice personality. He has a wide raft of experience and has seen a lot.'

Key Clients

European Investment Bank, NordLB, KfW IPEX-Bank and HSH Nordbank

Mainstream Renewable Power

Bulgarian Energy Holding EAD

Macquarie Bank Limited

TBEA International Ltd and TBEA New Energy Ltd

A major energy company

NextEnergy Solar Fund

Work highlights

  • Advised the lenders of the award-winning €800m Markbygden ETT 650 MW wind farm in Sweden – thought to be the biggest in Europe.
  • Advising Mainstream on its renewable energy joint ventures with pan-emerging markets private equity investor Actis in relation to their renewable energy generation platforms in Africa and Chile.
  • Advised Macquarie on a borrowing base revolving facility for Foresight’s renewables project portfolio, currently comprising 14 solar and wind assets in the UK.
  • Advising Globeleq on the implications of the regulatory reform taking place in Cameroon’s power sector, in particular the unbundling of the transmission operations from the distribution operations.
  • Advised TBEA, a privately-owned Chinese power developer, on its potential investment in the Tyligul wind farm project.

The full-service practice at Squire Patton Boggs frequently advises on renewable energy projects, including large offshore wind and clean technology projects and matters relating to the UK capacity market. The team also has a track record of work on major international energy and infrastructure projects in markets including Africa and the Middle East, as well as privatisation work in Asia. Key members of the team include Ian Wood, Rinku Bhadoria, the 'outstandingly good' Neil Upton, and legal director Henry Davey, who joined from Herbert Smith Freehills LLP in 2017.

Practice head(s):Ian Wood; Trevor Ingle

Other key lawyers:Rinku Bhadoria; Neil Upton; Henry Davey

Testimonials

'The Squire Patton Boggs team has a real willingness to make sure everything gets done. Its practitioners provide very sound advice and seriously good team work. They put a real emphasis on the structuring and commercial context which are the two most essential parts of the project.'

'Neil Upton is outstandingly good. Even after thirty years in the City there is no-one better for the job.'

'Robert Broom is a real standout.'

Key Clients

EDF Energy Renewables

Myrtah Energy

Airvolution Energy

Regulatory Authority of Bermuda

Calon Energy Ltd

Fiji Electricity Authority

MHI Vestas Offshore Wind

Magnox Ltd

Volta Energy Group Ltd

Vestas Wind Systems

Ener.G

RES UK & Ireland Limited

Sumitomo Corporation IJ Systems

Greencoat Capital

Frontier Investment Management A/S

Equitix

Lewis Windpower

Social Energy

Green Running

North British Windpower

Peel Developments

Work highlights

  • Acting for EDF Energy Renewables in relation to the £701m sale in 2018 of a 49% minority stake in 24 of its UK wind farms to Dalmore Capital and the Pension Infrastructure Platform.
  • Advising Raksha Energy Holdings Limited on its successful offer to acquire the issued ordinary share capital of AIM-listed Mytrah Energy Limited.
  • Advising MHI Vestas Offshore Wind as wind turbine manufacturer and installer on the drafting and negotiation of the contract for the supply and installation of wind turbines for the 950MW Moray East Offshore Wind Farm, Scotland.
  • Advising the Regulatory Authority of Bermuda on legislative and regulatory regime required to establish an independent electricity regulator.

Watson Farley & Williams LLP has a strong credentials for its work in the renewable energy, conventional energy and energy infrastructure sectors. Henry Stewart leads a full-service energy team, supporting clients throughout the entire lifecycle of renewables projects. The group's international reach was recently bolstered with the hire of finance and corporate partner Titus Edjua, who previously led the Africa sub-team at Clifford Chance LLP.

Practice head(s):Henry Stewart

Other key lawyers:Evan Stergoulis

Key Clients

Equinor (formerly Statoil)

Lightsource BP

NatWest (formerly RBS)

Ørsted

Vattenfall

BayernLB

Canadian Solar

Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners

Hitachi Zosen Inova

Statkraft

EKF

Investec

Work highlights

  • Advising Danish export credit agency, EKF, on its provision of guarantees to commercial and institutional lenders on a £3.5bn+ multi-tranche financing package to Global Infrastructure Partners for the acquisition of a 50% stake in Ørsted’s 1.2 GW Hornsea One offshore windfarm.
  • Advising Canadian Solar on the £191.2m sale of its 142MW UK solar photovoltaic portfolio to Greencoat Solar Assets II Ltd.
  • Advising Nord/LB on the project financing of Sweden’s second largest onshore wind farm, and one of Europe’s largest onshore wind clusters.
  • Advising BBE on the sale of transmission assets valued at approximately £193m to Diamond Transmission Partners BBE Ltd.
  • Advising CIP on its investment for construction of the onshore wind farm Blue Cloud Wind Energy LLC in Texas.

Akin Gump LLP recently secured a coup with the hire of Bracewell (UK) LLP project finance expert Julian Nichol, whose practice focuses on the acquisition, disposal, development and financing of independent power generation projects and electricity transmission and distribution assets. The London practice operates in tandem with the US firm's offices around the world; Nichol works alongside John C. LaMaster, who has decades of experience of a wide range of international energy transactions.

Practice head(s):Julian Nichol; John LaMaster

Key Clients

Palestine Power Generation Company

Shams Ma’an Power Company

Wentworth Clean Power

AMEA Power

Work highlights

  • Advising the Palestine Power Generating Company on a transaction to develop a power plant in Jenin in the northern part of the West Bank of Palestine.
  • Advising Shams Ma’an Power Company in relation to ongoing matters, including amendments to the financing arrangements, of Jordan’s largest Round 1 solar PV Project.
  • Advising Wentworth Clean Power on the development of three waste-to-energy projects in the UK.

Baker Botts (UK) LLP is especially renowned for its oil and gas work in the emerging markets of Africa, and the recent arrivals of Lewis Jones from Morgan, Lewis & Bockius UK LLP and Nick Collins from Jones Day have strengthened its capabilities in the fast-growing areas of renewable energy and battery storage. The team is led by London, Dubai and Riyadh partner in charge Mark Rowley.

Practice head(s):Mark Rowley

Key Clients

Steelhead LNG

Gore Street Capital

Work highlights

  • Advising Gore Street Capital on two acquisitions and developments of battery storage projects in Essex.

The energy offering at Bird & Bird LLP was significantly bolstered in late 2018 by the arrival of financing expert Conrad Purcell, who joined from Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP. The practice has been building a reputation for renewable energy M&A, and it has also been active in the areas of energy infrastructure, energy management and the digitalisation of grids and transmission assets. On the contentious front, the team handles disputes arising from the construction and procurement of major projects, as well as intellectual property issues.

Practice head(s):Matt Bonass; Michael Rudd; Elizabeth Reid; Carol Cloughey; Peter Willis; Ronald Hendrikx

Other key lawyers:Stuart Cairns

Key Clients

Pioneer Point Partners

Bluefield Partners

Next Energy

Honeywell Smart Energy

Pure World Energy

SMART DCC

JDR Cable Systems

Ingenious

DS Smith Paper Limited

Friotherm AG

Work highlights

  • Advised Pioneer Point Partners, a private investment partnership that specialises in infrastructure assets in the energy and environmental sectors, on the acquisition of UK energy platform, Brockwell Energy Limited.
  • Advising Bluefield in connection with various corporate PPA opportunities that it is seeking to pursue with large corporate and industrial consumers in the UK and in Europe.
  • Advising Honeywell Smart Energy in connection with the negotiation of its strategic long term contract with Scottish Power for the supply of the next generation of SMETS 2 compliant smart meters as part of the national rollout in the UK.
  • Supported SmartDCC, the regulated entity responsible for the implementation of the £12bn National Smart Metering Programme, on a series of contract discussions with its telecoms and IT service providers.
  • Advising Friotherm since 2015 on nuclear projects in the UK.

Bracewell (UK) LLP, which is exclusively focused on the energy sector, broadened its offering in late 2017 with the launch of an energy disputes practice spearheaded by John Gilbert and Damian Watkin, who joined from K&L Gates LLP and McDermott Will & Emery UK LLP respectively. Their arrivals were followed by the hire of energy finance specialist Oliver Irwin from Milbank. The London office has a particular focus on work in emerging economies including Africa, the Middle East and Latin America, while it also advises private equity houses on acquisitions in the energy sector.

Other key lawyers:Oliver Irwin; Martin Stewart-Martin

Key Clients

Equinor (previously known as Statoil)

Alcazar Energy Partners

Fotowatio Renewable Ventures (FRV)

Société Générale

Nochu Bank

Bank of Tokyo Mitsubishi UFJ

Arabia Trading and Consulting Company

Obton A/S

European Bank for Reconstruction and Development

Ahli United Bank

Arab Banking Corporation

Mashreq Bank

National Bank of Bahrain

National Bank of Kuwait

Work highlights

  • Advising Alcazar Energy Partners on the project development of its Al Shobak wind farm project in Jordan.
  • Advising Equinor on its tender arrangements for commercial contracts including the contracts for supply and installation of the wind turbine generators for the Empire Wind Project.
  • Advising FRV in connection with a ‘Design, Build, Operate and Transfer‘ contract with the Water Authority of Jordan for a 50MW solar project in Jordan.
  • Advised on the acquisition of Hydro-Electric Power Station and Project Development Rights in Rwanda.
  • Advising EBRD in relation to a 30MW/60MWH energy storage project in Jordan.

The energy team at Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP stands out for its work on projects in emerging markets, transactional work for Chinese state-owned enterprises and 'whole lifecycle' nuclear work. Michelle Davies, who set up the firm's international clean energy and sustainability Group 17 years ago, continues to lead that group from the Cardiff office, working in tandem with energy and infrastructure co-head Robert Pitcher in London. Stephen Hill recently led the firm's team on one of Europe's largest solar transactions during 2018 - infrastructure fund Greencoat Solar Assets II's purchase of 24 solar farms across the UK. Construction and engineering expert Jessica Neuberger joined the firm from Ashurst while Conrad Purcell left for Bird & Bird LLP .

Practice head(s):Robert Pitcher; Michelle Davies

Other key lawyers:Stephen Hill

Testimonials

'Broad spread of capabilities together with an international presence.'

'Friendly and approachable, together with the ability to condense broad legal issues into more simple concepts.'

Key Clients

Shell

Blackrock

CGN Europe Energy

Gresham House

Severn Trent

Alfanar

Wartsila

Greencoat

Faro Energy

Thames Water Group

Macquarie

Work highlights

  • Advised UK infrastructure fund Greencoat Solar Assets II on a competitive auction process to acquire 24 solar farms comprising 142MW across the UK from Canadian Solar Inc.
  • Acted for a new investment trust company managed by Gresham House Asset Management, on the £100m initial public offering of shares on the Specialist Funds Segment of the London Stock Exchange’s Main Market and associated acquisition of a seed portfolio of energy storage systems with a capacity of 70MW.
  • Successfully advised Singapore-based Sembcorp Industries on the purchase of UK Power Reserve, an independent operator of small-scale generators, from management and private equity firms Equistone and Inflexion.
  • Advising Alfanar on the financing of the construction of a ground mounted solar project in Egypt as part of the Egyptian Round II Solar PV Feed-In Tariffs Program which is part of the largest renewables programme in Egypt.
  • Advised Faro as issuer on the establishment of an innovative and bespoke self-arranged $100m programme for the issuance of secured bonds, and the first certified Green Bond for solar energy in Brazil which was issued under the programme.

Specialist construction firm Fenwick Elliott LLP has strong credentials for its work on energy projects and international arbitration relating to such matters. The firm's client roster includes entities at all levels of the construction supply chain, including employers, contractors, architects, institutional investors, governments and consultants in the UK and worldwide. Key partners include international arbitration specialist Richard Smellie, while the firm significantly boosted its ranks during 2018 with the addition of eight associates and senior associates.

Practice head(s):Simon Tolson; Tony Francis; Richard Smellie; Nicholas Gould

Testimonials

'Quick, hands-on, and practical advice. An excellent knowledge of construction law. Can handle all kinds of involvement from front row to back office. Excellent value for money.'

 

The energy group at Gowling WLG focuses on working for government and regulator clients, both in the UK and overseas, and for developer clients, particularly in new and challenging markets or jurisdictions. On the back of high volumes of project development activity with onshore renewables, the firm has seen an uptick in capacity market work comprising of project development, M&A transactions and financing mandates. The team is also notably active in the smart infrastructure and technology space, as demonstrated by its advice to the UK Government on the £11bn smart metering programme. Former energy head Derek Goodban recently left to join National Grid as UK general counsel.

Practice head(s):Jonathan Brufal; Gareth Baker; John Cooper; Andrew Newbery

Other key lawyers:Gus Wood

Key Clients

Mytrah Energy Limited

Brockwell Energy Limited

Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS)

SmartestEnergy Limited

Gas and Electricity Markets Authority (Ofgem)

Statkraft Markets GmbH

GuarantCo

Armpower CJSC

Sumitomo Corporation

Veolia Middle East

Renco SpA

Siemens Project Ventures

AGES Energy Ltd

EOG Resources, Inc.

Work highlights

  • Advised Brockwell Energy Limited on securing the backing of Pioneer Point Partners together with Davidson Kempner European Partners.
  • Advising AGES Energy Ltd on its development of a multi-site solar farm in Sierra Leone.
  • Advising BEIS on its smart meter programme – a £11bn programme of installing smart meters in all domestic and small business premises in Great Britain.
  • Advising Ofgem on its new gas and electricity code, the Retail Energy Code.

Lux Nova Partners Limited is a specialist renewable energy boutique firm founded by 'great strategic thinker' Tom Bainbridge , Sandy Abrahams and Louisa Cilenti; the team was recently strengthened by the arrival of energy disputes expert Stephen Lister from Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP. The firm handles a diverse range of matters, covering district heating and cooling, alternative routes to market, community energy finance and emerging market renewables. The team has recently been advising a number of clients on grid and private wire clean energy PPAs in the UK, disruptive supply models, as well as the innovative structuring of community renewable energy financings. Nikola Zahariev is also well-regarded by clients.

Practice head(s):Tom Bainbridge; Sandy Abrahams; Louisa Cilenti

Other key lawyers:Stephen Lister; Nikola Zahariev

Testimonials

'The Lux Nova team has a huge depth of knowledge of all matters relating to renewable energy and energy finance. The energy practitioners bring an equal passion and commitment to large infrastructure projects and local community initiatives.'

'These lawyers are true specialists in their field, which is especially noticeable in contract negotiations where a solid foundation in the subject matter is required to deliver appropriate risk management.'

'Lux Nova is a highly motivated and skilled specialist law firm with a clear focus on renewable energy.'

'This team is united by close communication and a shared commitment to delivering excellent service to its clients. This is a pragmatic and flexible outfit which still makes sure that all legal angles are covered.'

'Louisa Cilenti is personable, knowledgeable and responsive; a real pleasure to work with.'

'Louisa Cilenti is deeply knowledgeable and experienced. She acts with an energy and skill that makes her stand out amongst her peers. Her attention to detail is fantastic as is her commitment to her clients.'

'Nik Zahariev is deeply committed to renewable energy and supporting communities. He brings this passion to his work, making sure his client is well protected and represented.'

'Stephen Lister is very capable and able to bring himself up to speed very quickly. He is flexible in the way he works and is always ready and willing to provide assistance, often at quite short notice.'

'Tom Bainbridge shows excellent attention to detail, turns work round rapidly and was always available.'

'Tom Bainbridge is a great strategic thinker.'

'Louisa Cilenti is a very strong commercial lawyer and brings wealth of expertise and experience.'

'Sandy Abrahams knows her stuff and is very client-friendly.'

'Louisa Cilenti combines thorough legal knowledge with efficiency, pragmatic commercial judgement and a passion for community energy and renewables.'

'Nik Zahariev makes sure that all the client's concerns are listened to and that no details remain unaddressed.'

Key Clients

Department of Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy

SSE

Bayerische Landesbank

Lendlease

Renewable Energy Assurance Ltd

Pure Leapfrog

Jordan Wind Project Company

Open Utility/ Piclo

London Borough of Enfield/ energetik

Pinnacle Power

 

International Renewable Energy Agency

Environmental Finance

Royal Devon & Exeter NHS Foundation Trust

Work highlights

  • Advising the London Borough of Enfield on the structuring and contracting for its ambitious Lee Valley Heat Network  and closing numerous connection and supplyagreements with developers and customers.
  • Advising the Indian Government owned, largest energy services company in theworld on the cross-border acquisition of Edina’s energy efficiency and CHP business
  • Advising market-disrupter, Open Utility develop the framework for Flex Platformtrials with 6 DNOs successfully establishing a flexibility services market place.

The 'incredibly committed' energy group at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (Europe) LLP, which is led by John Deacon, was recently strengthened by the arrival of arbitration expert Mark Beeley from Vinson & Elkins RLLP and well-regarded Herbert Smith Freehills LLP lawyer Hannah Roscoe, who joined as a partner. Managing associate Matthew Stott is also recommended. In recent highlights, the group advised on the £150m Drakelow energy-from-waste facility development, and represented NextEnergy Solar Fund on its £125m acquisition of over 110MW of solar power projects in the UK. Anthony Riley left to join Winston & Strawn LLP and Peter Roberts retired from the profession.

Practice head(s):John Deacon

Other key lawyers:Edward Humphries; Mark Beeley; Matthew Stott

Testimonials

'The team at Orrick has excellent knowledge of the market and lots of experience within the renewable space.'

'The team is incredibly committed and goes the extra mile to get deals done. It is excellent at driving a process and seeing it through to completion efficiently and effectively.'

'Yolanda Yong deserves a special mention as she's an extremely talented and prepared professional. The quality of her counsel is top-notch!'

Key Clients

Azito Energie S.A.

BlackRock Renewable Power Group

Bluefield Solar Income Fund (Bluefield)

European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)

Capital Dynamics

BW Offshore

Next Decade LNG

NextEnergy Solar Fund

EP UK Investments Limited

Axpo Trading AG

InfraCapital

EnergieKontor

ENGIE Global Markets

IPM Energy Trading Limited

Future Earth Energy

Hudson Clean Energy Partners

Canadian Solar

Work highlights

  • Acted for Future Earth Energy, the developers of the 15MW Drakelow Renewable Energy Centre, on a £150m energy-from-waste facility in Derbyshire.
  • Advised NextEnergy on the acquisition of two large operational solar portfolios and an operational rooftop portfolio of combined commercial and residential properties.
  • Advising Azito Energie S.A. and its joint venture shareholders, Globeleq and IPS, on the Phase 4 expansion project of the Azito gas-fired power project in Azito, Cote d’Ivoire.
  • Advised BlackRock on the drafting and negotiation of a 197.4MW 15-year corporate power purchase agreement with Alcoa, an international aluminium producer with significant plants in Norway at approximately €200m.
  • Advising ENGIE Global Markets as lead external counsel on the negotiation of all power, gas and carbon trading agreements.

Osborne Clarke LLP has a particularly strong reputation in the the decentralised energy industry and for its work on matters pertaining to the adoption of innovative energy solutions. As an example, the group advised Centrica on its electric vehicle offering and acted for an international electric vehicle manufacturer regarding its market entry analysis across numerous legal service lines. The team, which is split between London and Bristol, has notable capabilities in the fields of regulation, financing and energy management across solar, biomass and the overall renewables market. While Clare King has moved to Freeths LLP, restructuring partner Will Gunston joined from Dentons and Matthew Germain was promoted to partner.

Practice head(s):James Watson; Simon Hobday; Matthew Lewis

Testimonials

'The lawyers at Osborne Clarke are very experienced in the sector and have worked on both sides of the fence so they can offer informed solutions to unlock potential issues.'

'Carl Thompson is very knowledge and commercially astute.'

'Duncan Parker is a rising star, very bright and with bedside manners.'

Key Clients

Foresight

RWE Generation

WPD

John Laing Environmental Assets Group Limited (JLEN)

The Renewables Infrastructure Group Limited (TRIG)/InfraRed Capital Partners

Open Energi

Solarplicity

nPower and Innogy

Equitix

Green Frog Power

Centrica

Limejump

Work highlights

  • Advising Centrica on its Local Energy Market trial in Cornwall, a programme exploring flexible, smart energy solutions in the UK, while also advising on the rollout of its 'Hive' Internet of Things product.
  • Acted for Green Frog Power on the £100m development and project financing of existing and new flexible gas-fired power generating capacity in the UK.
  • Advised Limejump on its trading of aggregated units and batteries in the UK Balancing Mechanism market.
  • Advised Solarplicity, one of the UK’s leading renewable energy providers, on the £120m sale of 133MW of solar assets.
  • Advised John Laing Environmental Assets Group Limited on deals to acquire three anaerobic digestion assets, totalling over £54m.

Slaughter and May¬†has strong credentials in the offshore wind sector - the magic circle firm recently advised Danish energy giant √ėrsted on its $4.46bn disposal of the Hornsea 1 wind farm to Global Infrastructure Partners. The firm, which works with premium clients such as Centrica and Drax, has been acting for innogy on the merger of Npower with SSE‚Äôs domestic retail operations, and also previously advised the¬†UK Government¬†on its reforms of the electricity market.

Practice head(s):Hywel Davies

Other key lawyers:Azadeh Nassiri; Richard Todd

Key Clients

Ørsted

Drax Group

Centrica

RWE/Innogy

Work highlights

  • Advised Ørsted on its disposal of a 50% interest in the 1.2GW Hornsea 1 offshore wind farm to Global Infrastructure Partners.
  • Acted for Drax Group on the acquisition of Scottish Power’s portfolio of pumped storage, hydro and gas-fired generation assets.
  • Advised Arsenal FC on the installation and operation of its new battery-powered electricity storage facility at the Emirates Stadium.
  • Advising Mitsubishi on its strategic acquisition of a 20% stake in Ovo Energy, a leading independent UK-based energy supply business.
  • Advising Impello Limited, the parent entity of the First Utility group, on its sale to The Shell Petroleum Company Limited.

Trinity International LLP is a niche law firm with a defined focus on projects, finance, corporate and commercial transactions in emerging markets. Paul Biggs spearheads the London-based group, which recently advised African power developer Globeleq on the financial close of the Malindi Solar photovoltaic solar project in Kenya. In 2018 the firm also advised the Government of Seychelles and the Seychelles Energy Commission on structuring, procurement and negotiations for an innovative floating solar energy project.

Practice head(s):Paul Biggs

Other key lawyers:Kaushik Ray; Simon Norris; Jennifer Gladstone; Fiona Guildford

The dedicated energy lawyers at Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP are known for acting for an enviable international client roster including developers of new electricity generation projects, leading power companies and independents. Historically strong in matters of real estate and consenting, the firm's recent focus has been on the field of renewables and gas-fired power plants where  Christopher Towner and Paul Stockley's team continues to advise on high-profile corporate and commercial transactions, energy regulation matters and high value disputes.

Practice head(s):Chris Towner; Paul Stockley

Other key lawyers:Simon Hughes; Sebastian Briggs

Key Clients

Centrica (including British Gas, Centrica Energy and Centrica Storage)

East Anglia Offshore Wind Ltd

EDF Energy Renewables Ltd

OFGEM

Renewable Energy Generation

Renewable Energy Systems

RWE (including RWE Npower and RWE Npower Renewables)

Scottish Power Renewables / Scottish Power Generation

Temporis Fund

The Renewables Infrastructure Group (TRIG)

Work highlights

  • Advised Ofgem on the implications of developing a new regime to competitively tender new, separable and high value transmission assets.
  • Advised Vattenfall Norfolk Vanguard, a 1.8GW offshore wind proposal located off the coast of Norfolk, on the strategic land assembly for the onshore infrastructure connected with the Dudgeon Offshore Wind Farm.
  • Advised Ovo Energy on all aspects of its acquisition of Spark Energy Limited.
  • Advised the Crown Estate on the delivery of sub-sea cables, completing documents enabling a cable to cross UK territorial waters and completing the licence permitting works to begin.
  • Advised Dudgeon Offshore Wind Limited (a joint venture between Equinor, China Resources and Masdar) on the completion of the lease and associated rights for the project's shore base at Great Yarmouth.

Bevan Brittan LLP 's national power practice, which is led from the firm's Bristol base, handles power and energy mandates across England, Scotland and Wales. The group advises clients on developing and financing assets as well as on a broad range of legal issues including planning, property, construction, corporate, regulatory, funding and disputes issues. Nadeem Arshad s group has a strong track record on regulatory work, as well as the retail sector.

Practice head(s):Nadeem Arshad

Other key lawyers:Nathan Bradberry

Key Clients

Argent

Legal & General

North Yorkshire County Council

Viridor

Sheffield City Council

Whitehill & Borden Limited

Engie

Liverpool City Council

Birmingham City Council

London Borough of Barking & Dagenham

Newcastle University

Work highlights

  • Advising North Yorkshire Council on operational issues relating to its 25-year PPP project with Amey Cespa.
  • Advised Resource Recovery Solutions, a joint venture created by waste management company Renewi and Interserve, on the £950m Derby Waste PPP Project.
  • Advising master developer BXS LP on all the utilities and district energy aspects of the Brent Cross South regeneration development in North West London.
  • Advising Viridor on a major Energy/Waste PPP project in Scotland which involves the development of the £154m Glasgow Recycling and Renewable Energy Centre.
  • Advised Sheffield City Council on the renegotiation, potential re-procurement and/or termination of its major integrated PPP Contract with Veolia Environmental Services.

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP is best known for its corporate, commercial and project advisory skills, particularly in the waste energy and offshore wind sectors. Key partners in the team are construction specialist Kevin Forsyth, the corporate finance-focused Chris Putt and commercial lawyer David Berry. The practice was bolstered in 2018 by the arrival of associate Edidem Basiekanem, who has brought experience of private M&A and private equity transactions in Africa.

Practice head(s):Kevin Forsyth; Chris Putt

Other key lawyers:David Berry

Key Clients

Aegis

Perpetuus Tidal Energy Centre Ltd

Encor Power plc

Petrofac

Bellway Homes

Guernsey Electricity Ltd

ANSA McAL

Work highlights

  • Advised Daystar Power Group and its founder, Sunray Ventures, on a $10m equity stake in Daystar by Verod Capital Management and Persistent Energy.
  • Advised ANSA McAL (Trinidad) and its joint venture entity Tilawind IBC  (Barbados) in the negotiation of services and knowledge transfer agreements relating to the operation of a joint venture renewable power business in Costa Rica.
  • Advising on the purchase of a brownfield site comprising a 635-acre site currently known as Huntspill Energy Park in Somerset on behalf of Salamanca Group, now called This is Gravity Limited.
  • Advised Guernsey Electricity on the development and implementation of a strategy for the rollout of a completely new Power Purchase Agreement contract structure for its commercial customer base.

Clyde & Co LLP is especially renowned for its strength in the energy insurance sector, representing both onshore and offshore clients. The practice, which is jointly led by Clare Hatcher and Guildford-based disputes specialist Mark Walsh, recently handled the defence of a claim for $80m brought by a US consortium over the cancellation of a contract for the construction of a power station near Bombay, and has also been defending a $140m business interruption claim for loss of a submarine cable between Australia and Japan.

Practice head(s):Clare Hatcher; Mark Walsh

Other key lawyers:Lucy Frith

Testimonials

'The team is extremely knowledgeable about the construction industry and disputes including adjudication and litigation. They are growing, which will really help expand the non-contentious side of the team.'

'Lucy Frith is absolutely outstanding. She is an excellent lawyer who is able to assimilate vast quantities of information down to the key points and provide relevant commercial and legal advice.'

Property, construction and infrastructure, including energy, are among the core pillars of Foot Anstey's practice. The energy team, which is led by commercial partner Chris Pritchett in Bristol, has a key emphasis on emerging technologies as well as better-established generation and distribution projects. Patrick Wetherall recently joined the firm in Bristol as a property litigation partner from Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP along with legal director Mark Li .

Practice head(s):Chris Pritchett

Key Clients

Omnio Energy

Pivot Power LLP

Centrica

NEC Energy Solutions

Eden Geothermal

Arenko Group

Aspen Infrastructure

Immersa Group/BatteryStorage.io

Eden Project

British Solar Renewables Limited (BSR)

Work highlights

  • Advising battery storage development company Omnio Energy on supply contracts and warranties with German and Far East Suppliers, asset management arrangements and innovative contractual proposals with end-user customers.
  • Advising Pivot Power on project documents for the largest battery storage pipeline in the world, conceived in partnership with National Grid.
  • Advised Pivot Power on its £2m battery storage project at the Emirates Stadium.
  • Advising on a large scale solar development in South Wales, with work including drafting and agreeing options for lease with 11 landowners including for grid yard, production of certificates of title for all separate land interests for the sale of site to large solar fund.
  • Advised Eden Geothermal Limited on the development of a ground breaking deep geothermal project, a joint venture between the Eden Project and EGS Energy.

HFW is particularly active in the UK offshore wind sector; the firm's construction team regularly represents a variety of industry players across the full range of their project lifecycles, from procurement to construction. The firm's offering also includes significant dispute resolution and international arbitration capabilities. Richard Booth was recently promoted to partner within the construction space.

Practice head(s):Max Wieliczko

Other key lawyers:Richard Booth

Key Clients

HOCHTIEF Solutions AG and HOCHTIEF (UK) Construction Limited

Kuwait Oil Company KSC

VolkerWessels Group (including VolkerFitzpatrick; VolkerInfra; Volker CI; VolkerHighways; VolkerStevin; VolkerRail)

Visser & Smit Hanab b.v.

Clugston Construction Limited

Julius Berger Nigeria plc

Hurley Palmer Flatt

Singapore Airlines Limited

Buro Four Project Services

Work highlights

  • Advising a large French electric utility company developing a new hydro power plant in South America alongside a local developer.
  • Retained by an international EPC contractor to advise on the terms of an EPC contract for the export cable installation for a major Round 3 offshore wind farm in the North Sea.
  • Instructed by a major European EPC contractor to negotiate and draft the EPC Contract for the array cable package for this round 3 wind farm off the coast of Scotland.
  • Advising Clugston Construction Limited on the construction of a number of Energy-from-Waste Projects in the UK.
  • Retained by VolkerTrenchless Solutions to advise on a number of contracts for HDD projects, including the HDD tunnelling required for the landing of the IFA2 interconnector cable on UK shores.

Howard Kennedy LLP's energy team regularly represents clients including utilities, project developers, large industrial consumers, property developers, funders, venture capital trusts, sponsors and energy services companies on transactions both within the UK and internationally. The group has a special focus on distributed energy transactions and property and energy projects. Anita Kasseean recently joined the firm as head of planning and environment from Heathrow Airport, while international arbitration and litigation expert Duncan Bagshaw joined from Stephenson Harwood .

Practice head(s):Jonathan Cohen

Key Clients

Eggborough PowerLimited

National Transmission and Despatch Company Limited

Galliard Homes

Gresham House New Energy (previously Hazel Capital)

Ballymore

Triple Point Investment Management LLP

Berkeley Homes

City & Docklands

Octopus

Swan Housing Association

F3 Group

Coronation Power Ltd

Battersea Power Station Development Company Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising Eggborough Power Limited on its electricity supply and connection agreements and the decommissioning of its large site, including the wider site property reconfiguration and its future plans for the site.
  • Advising Swan Housing Association on its procurement and development of a district energy scheme to serve residential and commercial customers on a large urban regeneration scheme in Blackwall.
  • Acting for an energy storage and gas peaking plant developer on its development of a large portfolio of energy storage sites consisting of 216MW of development energy storage assets.

Ince is particularly prevalent in the offshore wind sector, representing clients including contractors and suppliers. The group is increasingly advising large international utilities on renewable energy projects and major cross-border investments in renewable energy assets. In addition to construction matters, the team assists with issues including share purchase agreements, financing facilities and other transaction and project agreements and other matters such as permits, concessions, environmental and regulatory matters. Anna Macdonald was recently promoted to partner. Former practice head Martin Sandgren has left the firm.

Other key lawyers:Chris Kidd; Anna Macdonald

Key Clients

Terrafirma Roadways

Work highlights

  • Advising Terrafirma Roadways on a major market entry sub-supply contract for a major UK power transmission project – National Grid’s Richborough-Canterbury power line which is part of the 1GW Nemo cable link between the UK and Belgium.

Specialist firm Prospect Law Ltd fields its own electrical engineers, surveyors and other professionals to comprehensively advise clients on energy and infrastructure projects under the joint leadership of Edward De La Billiere and Edmund Robb. The firm continues to grow in the nuclear and renewable energy markets, advising on contracts worth up to £1bn, with the firm’s nuclear work continuing to focus on the operation and decommissioning of nuclear sites. The firm also advises on the regulatory regime for the development of power generation assets. The group recently made several lateral hires, including environmental specialist William Wilson from Burges Salmon LLP, insurance partner Mark Tetley from Price Forbes & Partners, and employment specialist Philippa Wood from Keystone Law .

Practice head(s):Edward de la Billiere; Edmund Robb

Testimonials

'This is a team that is highly professional, skilled and knowledgeable about various areas of law. The service it provides is of the highest standard and its lawyers are not afraid to take on complex cases.'

'Edmund Robb is truly one of the best barristers around. He is not afraid to take on new and extremely complex areas of law. His skeleton arguments are always of the highest standard. As an advocate, he is skilled, polished and has been opposite some top barristers and has still come out on top.'

'Technical knowledge and understanding of contracts, law and business. Good personal relationships, understanding, commitment and support.'

Key Clients

Countryside Renewables Ltd

Underwater Construction Corporation UK Ltd

Envirofusion Ltd

The Radioactive Material Transport Users Committee

Brooke Energy Group

Waste Facilities Audit Association

Glen Conan Hydro Partnership LLP

Low Level Waste Repository

Molegrove (Civils) Ltd

Work highlights

  • Advised an installer and operator for biomass energy systems, in relation to various issues surrounding entitlement to Renewable Heat Incentive payments from Ofgem.
  • Acted for Envirofusion in a public law challenge to the grant of planning permission for its £25m Energy from Waste project in Derby.
  • Advised Skye Hydro in relation to a challenge raised by Ofgem into the effectiveness of the commissioning of its hydro-electric scheme.
  • Deployed in-house regulatory and business consultants, alongside lawyers, to identify and assess business opportunities and advise on contracting terms and risk on behalf of Underwater Construction Corporation.

The national power team at Shakespeare Martineau LLP focuses on regulated networks, retail supply and metering, and energy projects with a particular emphasis on renewables, reserve power and energy storage. The main names to note in London are Mark Bartholomew and practice head Andrew Whitehead, who divides his time between the capital and Birmingham. The firm has a longstanding relationship with National Grid and a substantial track record of work in the sector.

Practice head(s):Andrew Whitehead

Other key lawyers:Mark Bartholomew

Key Clients

Npower

National Grid

Octopus Energy

Cadent Gas

Grain LNG

Flogas

BritNed

First Utility

Wales & West Utilities

Robin Hood Energy

Spark Energy

Elgin Power

EPEX Spot

Shunfeng Investments

Certas Energy

Western Riverside Waste Authority

IWWS UK

Foundation Capital

Microgeneration Generation Services

Tollan Energy

Our Power

Bryt Energy

Greenstar Energy/Hudson Energy

Veo Oy

Statera Energy

UK Power Reserve

Work highlights

  • Advising on the complex contractual arrangements for the Nemo Link subsea infrastructure project between the UK and Belgium on behalf of National Grid.
  • Acting for longstanding Midlands energy supplier client Iresa on one of the year’s most high-profile energy supplier insolvencies, and subsequently for the Birmingham office of Deloitte as administrators.
  • Advising National Grid on the contractual framework of its flagship 'Power Potential' project with UK Power Networks.
  • Acting for Coventry-based energy supplier client First Utility, a subsidiary of Shell, in its acquisition of the customers of small supplier Usio following that company’s insolvency.

Taylor Wessing LLP's energy, infrastructure and projects team is spearheaded by Dominic FitzPatrick, who also leads the corporate group. The firm also has substantial capabilities in the construction and engineering space, as well as in private equity, where James Goold is renowned for his expertise. On the contentious front, Paul Glass is the name to note.

Practice head(s):Dominic FitzPatrick


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  2. Leading individuals: Hall of Fame
  3. Leading individuals
  4. Next Generation Partners
  5. Rising stars

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The practice at Allen & Overy LLP oversees both clean and dirty water schemes which entail a range of project structures from build, operate and transfer(BOT) schemes and PFI projects, to concession arrangements and privatisations. Its practitioners have substantial experience across the whole of infrastructure fundraising, both greenfield and brownfield, PPP, acquisitions, refinancing, sales and other aspects. Tim Conduit focuses on work in the bond, bank and institutional debt markets. Ed Moser was recently promoted to the partnership, while Conrad Andersen left to join Latham & Watkins .

Practice head(s):Tim Conduit; Richard Evans; Sara Pickersgill

Other key lawyers:Ed Moser

Key Clients

John Laing Infrastructure Fund

Department for Transport (DfT)

HM Treasury

OTPP, AimCo and Wren House Infrastructure Management

IFM Investors

3i

Equitix

DWS

Macquarie Capital | Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets │ Green Investment Group

Borealis │ OMERS Infrastructure

Work highlights

  • Advised the funder (OCM Credit Portfolio LP, by its general partner, OCM Credit Portfolio G.P. Inc) on the refinancing of a £400m holding company bond due to mature in April 2019 via private placement debt purchased by OMERS.
  • Advised the funders on the refinancing of a £400m holding company bond due to mature in April 2019 via private placement debt purchased by a number of institutional investors.
  • Advising BNP Paribas on the Anglian (Osprey) Water update 2018.
  • Advising Morgan Stanley on the private placement financing of Anglian Water.
  • Advised the lenders and the agent on the working capital facility put in place to refinance the holding company revolving credit facility agreement due to mature in April 2019.

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP represents the UK’s regulated water companies and their investors. Andrew Hockley's team regularly acts on corporate, finance, construction, planning, environmental and regulatory matters in the water industry. Having recently expanded its client base, the firm also continues to work for Thames Water on its Lot 2 Panel, for high-value projects, litigation and regulatory investigations. Competition specialist James Marshall has significant experience of antitrust and regulatory issues in the water sector.

Practice head(s):Andrew Hockley

Other key lawyers:James Marshall

Key Clients

Thames Water

Tideway

Port of London Authority

Work highlights

  • Advising Tideway on the £4.2bn 'super sewer' project.
  • Advised the Port of London Authority on strategic partnering arrangements with CEMEX UK to improve ship unloading infrastructure at Cemex’s Northfleet terminal.

Gowling WLG advises governments, regulators, utilities and developers on all aspects of water, wastewater and desalination projects and frameworks, from a regulatory perspective to ground-breaking infrastructure PPP projects in developing countries. In recent highlights, the Sumitomo Corporation and Veolia consortium appointed Andrew Newbery's group to assist with their bid for the Taweelah RO IWP project in Abu Dhabi. Former head of energy David Goodban departed the firm to become UK general counsel at National Grid.

Practice head(s):Andrew Newbery

Other key lawyers:John Cooper; Jonathan Brufal

Key Clients

OFWAT

Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS)

Severn Trent

Sumitomo Corporation

Veolia Middle East

Government of Kenya

Work highlights

  • Advised the consortium comprising of Sumitomo Corporation and Veolia Middle East in relation to its bid for the Taweelah Independent Water Project in Abu Dhabi.
  • Advising the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy on its smart meter programme.
  • Advising on the Muranga Water PPP project in Kenya.

The team at Herbert Smith Freehills LLP has vast experience of regulation and restructuring within the water sector. Recently, the group was appointed to assist Southern Water in connection with its PR19 price control review, and advised the Bazalgette Consortium on its successful bid to undertake the financing, construction, operation and maintenance of the Thames Tideway Tunnel. The group is jointly led by experienced M&A expert Malcolm Lombers and regulatory specialist Tim Briggs.

Practice head(s):Tim Briggs; Malcolm Lombers

Other key lawyers:Patrick Mitchell

Testimonials

'The team appears more practical in its advice and more willing to learn about its perceived strengths and weaknesses from the client's viewpoint.'

'Tim Briggs and Andrew North are knowledgeable about competition and regulatory matters relating primarily to the water industry Price Review 2019 in very practical ways. They are easy to work with, flexible and willing to work to accommodate the client's changing demands as necessary.'

Key Clients

Severn Water

Tideway

Southern Water

Thames Water

Bristol Water

Work highlights

  • Advising DIF, InfraRed and Allianz Capital Partners on the corporate, regulatory and merger control aspects of the restructuring of their interests in Daiwater, and securing merger control clearance from the European Commission.
  • Advising Bristol Water on its £125m bilateral term loan and revolving credit facilities.

At Linklaters LLP, the dedicated water team covers all facets of the sector including M&A, financing, competition and regulations. Michael Cutting recently retired from the profession and was replaced as head of water regulation by Natura Gracia, who now jointly leads the practice with structured finance partner Julian Davies. Finance specialist Reza Taylor  is relationship partner for a number of major water companies.

Practice head(s):Julian Davies; Natura Gracia

Other key lawyers:Mark Nuttall; Reza Taylor; Elisabeth Johnson

Testimonials

'This is a strong team that has a leading advisory role in the water sector built on experience from the past decade. From partner to associate the service is high quality in analysing issues and paying attention to detail when executing transactions.'

'Mark Nuttall's knowledge and experience is invaluable when called upon and this is reinforced day to day by James McGivern and Lizzie Johnson as managing associates. All are professional at all hours of the day and when managing the sometimes unrealistic demands of their client!'

Key Clients

Anglian Water

Assured Guaranty

South East Water

Southern Water

Sutton and East Surrey Water

Thames Water

The Royal Bank of Scotland

Welsh Water

Yorkshire Water

Indaqua

Work highlights

  • Advising six of the seven securitised water companies on CayCo Onshoring. This involves the replacement of Cayman-incorporated companies in their finance groups with English-incorporated companies.
  • Advising Thames Water and Anglian Water on their next Ofwat price control review.
  • Acted for Allianz Global Investors as Noteholder Representative on behalf of certain Allianz affiliates on their purchase of €50m 4.30% Secured Senior Private Placement Notes due February 2028 issued by Portuguese water and wastewater concession holding company Indaqua.
  • Advised Southern Water on its group-wide capital restructuring, swap restructuring and refinancing.
  • Following the Green Bond issuance by Anglian Water in 2017, Linklaters advised Anglian Water on a further five Green Bond issuances (c.£600m) over the year into different markets (the US private placement market, the UK public market and a direct investment by an institutional investor).

Addleshaw Goddard's dedicated water group covers a wide variety of disciplines, from regulatory, construction and litigation, to environmental and transactional, acting for regulators, water companies and suppliers alike. In recent highlights, Rona Bar-Isaac's London-based team has been working with water companies at the forefront of planning strategy for the effective use of the direct procurement regime and its implications for PR19 planning, and assisted South East Water with its disposal of its non-household retail business to Castle Water.

Practice head(s):Rona Bar-Isaac; Mike Shaw

Testimonials

'The team combines an in-depth knowledge of the sector with a broader knowledge of regulation and competition to deliver a round and very practical service.'

'Addleshaw Goddard has great experience and reputation in this sector. Clients can have confidence instructing this team knowing they are going to get a certain standard.'

'Rona Bar-Isaac works on both competition and water related issues which is not a common combination. This allows her to provide well-balanced advice that combines the challenges introduced by competition with the reality of the water sector.'

'Matthew Collingwood-Cooper stands out. He is technically very able and doesn't miss a trick.'

Key Clients

Southern Water

United Utilities More

South East Water

Yorkshire Water

Castle Water

Portsmouth Water

Work highlights

  • Handled the sale of Invicta Water Limited, which operated South East Water's non-household retail business, to Castle Water Limited.
  • Advising United Utilities on its major works frameworks for Asset Management Period 7 – spanning its entire water and wastewater infrastructure.

Baker McKenzie has a long history of involvement in the development of water and waste projects. The firm regularly advises bid leaders, construction companies, consortium partners or their lenders in many large P3 projects, including resolving disputes in the sector. Also notable is the group's extensive experience with structuring outsourcing and public private partnership contract arrangements and experience with water and wastewater outsourcing contracts, including involvement with municipal water outsourcing projects. The wider group was recently strengthened by the hire of Kathy Honeywood from Clifford Chance LLP and regulatory expert Christopher Jones from the European Commission.

Practice head(s):Richard Blunt; Marc Fevre; Neil Donoghue; Mike Webster

Other key lawyers:Kathy Honeywood; Christopher Jones

Key Clients

Suez

Work highlights

  • Advising Suez, Itochu Corporation and Marguerite Fund as sponsors on a bid for the largest PPP ever signed in Serbia.

As well as providing general commercial legal advice within the context of the sector, Burges Salmon LLP assists with a range of other sector-specific requirements. These include: providing assurance in relation to regulatory submissions, licensing issues, and defending prosecutions or investigations of licence infringements, and health and safety matters. The team, which is primarily based in Bristol, but also draws on the firm's London presence, is led by Michael Barlow, who has substantial experience both on the contentious and advisory side of the sector and leads the firm's wider energy, power and utilities sector group.

Practice head(s):Michael Barlow

Other key lawyers:Simon Tilling; Chris Worrall; Noel Beale

Testimonials

'The team bases its counsel on its long experience advising the water sector across a number of issues. As a result, it provides well-tailored advice based on the best knowledge of the industry.'

'The team understands the subtleties of water-related law and how it works in the real world. Its ability to place the legal framework into practical and understandable language is almost unique.'

'Noel Beale deserves special attention when discussing the water sector. He spent a long period in Ofwat which gives him a very deep knowledge of the industry. This experience allows him to also understand how the regulator is likely to react to different actions which in a heavily regulated industry allows him to have very particular insight of the sector.'

'Michael Barlow has a fundamental understanding of what matters to clients and how to make the law work for them, rather than the other way around.'

Key Clients

Canal & River Trust

Water Services Regulation Authority (OFWAT)

Environment Agency and Canal & River Trust

Affinity Water

Wessex Water

Dwr Cymru/Welsh Water

Work highlights

  • Representing Canal & River Trust in arbitration proceedings with Bristol Water connected with its largest supply of water.
  • Advising Ofwat on PR19, including advice on aspects of the regulator’s interactions with companies notably in relation to process.
  • Assisting OFWAT with the drafting of a fair process for the PR19 determinations, particularly the Initial Assessment of Plans stage, which importantly placed companies into different categories for the remainder of the review process and had financial consequences.
  • Prepared and updated a suite of real estate precedents for Affinity Water, including self-lay agreements and railway and non-railway land easements.
  • Acted for Wessex Water on the defence of a prosecution for water pollution, resulting in the largest enforcement undertaking accepted by the Environment Agency.

Greenberg Traurig, LLP has substantial strength in the regulatory landscape of the water sector and has an excellent track record in the contentious space. Clients such as Bristol Water frequently appoint the firm to advise on matters in the water sector, such as challenges before the Competition and Markets Authority to Ofwat's PR19. Lisa Navarro and Gillian Sproul jointly lead the practice.

Practice head(s):Lisa Navarro; Gillian Sproul

Testimonials

'Lisa Navarro is a leader in her field of water regulation. Known for her excellent technical knowledge of a difficult regulatory landscape and unique insight, she is also very hard working.'

Key Clients

Bristol Water

Work highlights

  • Having settled Ofwat's Competition Act investigation into Bristol Water in March 2015, the group has since then continued to provide a formal monitoring role providing assurance of compliance with those commitments to Ofwat.

The energy and utility practitioners at Hogan Lovells International LLP provide a fully integrated 'cradle-to-grave' service across all investor and funding bases from greenfield, brownfield, regulatory asset and M&A and encompassing fund formation through to dispute resolution and refinancing and restructuring. The team, which includes Philip Robb and counsel Charles Ford, recently strengthened its international offering through a number of strategic hires, although long-serving partner Steven Bryan departed to join Paul Hastings LLP .

Practice head(s):Philip Robb

Other key lawyers:Charles Ford; Julian Craughan

Key Clients

Brookfield Infrastructure Partners

EIB

Northumbrian Water

Infracapital

Affinity Water

UBS

Morgan Stanley

JGC

Work highlights

  • Advising Affinity Water (the largest water-only utility in England) on the substitution of the issuer under its £1.1bn whole business securitisation structure that Affinity use to finance its regulated activities.

Pinsent Masons LLP's London office boasts substantial expertise on the construction front, and head of construction advisory and disputes Neal Morris advised a joint venture of leading UK contractors in connection with the procurement of the Thames Tideway Tunnel project. The environmental law team is led from Manchester by Claire Gregory. Former practice head Adrian Eakin moved to Riyadh for a new role at the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia National Centre for Privatisation.

Other key lawyers:Neal Morris; Gordon McCreath; Claire Gregory

Shepherd and Wedderburn has four partner teams that advise across water, energy, telecoms and payment systems markets in the UK and Ireland, as well as internationally, and the water team was recently appointed by Ofwat as sole legal adviser on the Thames Tideway Tunnel project. In parallel with the firm's strong regulatory capabilities, Gordon Downie's Scotland-based team is also strong on the construction and engineering front, as well as the litigation side where it recently worked on the nine defective sludge treatment tanks at Daldowie.

Practice head(s):Gordon Downie

Other key lawyers:Liz McRobb; John Grady

Testimonials

'Gordon Downie and Liz McRobb are outstanding. They are very responsive and work collaboratively with their clients' teams to facilitate the desired outcome. They are comfortable engaging at an early stage and, as such, the implementation process is almost always easier than it could be.'

'The team has a wealth of experience which is second to none in Scotland.'

'David Anderson is extremely good with clients and is able to identify with clarity and concissions the potential upsides and downsides of the various steps and tactical moves that arise in the context of litigation.

'Antonia Pacitti is thoroughly organised and is a great asset to have when the pressure is on.'

Key Clients

Ofwat

West Dunbartonshire Council

Green Highland Renewables (Hydro Power Projects)

Northumbrian Water Group

A FTSE 250 PLC Water company

Water Industry Commission for Scotland

Water Plus (Severn Trent and United Utilities JV)

Wessex Water

2020 Renewables (Glenmuckloch Pumped Storage Hydro Scheme)

Glenmuckloch Pumped Storage Hydro Limited (JV of Forsa Energy and Buccleuch Estates)

Ayr Environmental Services

South West Water

SMW Limited

Work highlights

  • Providing a range of advice and support to Water Plus across commercial contracts, regulation and financial services throughout the year.
  • Advising a local authority on the procurement of the UK’s first large-scale water source heat pump district heating system.
  • Providing regulatory advice to the Water Industry Commission for Scotland on a wide market review exercise with a view to reform the retail market arrangements in Scotland.

Winston & Strawn LLP's James Simpson advises project sponsors, developers, investors, contractors, operating companies, service companies, and governments on large-scale water and wastewater projects and related financings around the world, including Central and Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Turkey.

Practice head(s):James Simpson

Other key lawyers:Stephen Jurgenson

Key Clients

Electrogas Malta Limited

Emirates Water and Electric Company (formerly ADWEA)


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