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With a dearth of stable greenfield projects to keep firms busy in the UK, leading infrastructure outfits have been developing strong brownfield transactional practices, complemented by financing and dispute resolution capabilities.

Internationally, the Middle East remains a popular destination for energy, transport and water projects, with London-based teams also being engaged on projects in sub-Saharan Africa, South America and other emerging markets.

Domestically, fallout from the Carillion insolvency has been generating a substantial amount of work for firms including Clifford Chance, Dentons and Hogan Lovells, while the Grenfell tragedy has strengthened safety checks and standards in the housing sector.

Meanwhile, following several years of low prices and ‚Äėhard times‚Äô, the oil and gas world has started to recover this year.

Oil prices have been creeping beyond $70 per barrel and firms are reporting a return of M&A transactions, investments and even some new projects.

A number of significant projects which had been put on hold during the downturn have now been given the green light and the cogs are turning once more.

Firms are also feeling the impact of US foreign policy doctrines, as they tighten anti-corruption and sanctions compliance demands - particularly in relation to  Russia and Iran.

This also applies to the mining and minerals space, where sanctions and regulatory compliance have always played a pivotal role in the rolling out of investments.

Another notable trend is the growing demand for rare materials such as lithium and cobalt which are used in the manufacturing of technologies such as automatic cars and batteries. This demand is driving capital towards challenging jurisdictions such as the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Renewable energy ‚Äď long considered a standalone novelty of the energy market ‚Äď has now become a staple for most leading power practices.

The domestic subsidies regime is still not providing much support for new projects, but firms are now seeing creative funding structures allowing for the establishment of the first subsidy-free builds. In the interim most outfits have developed expertise either in the financing of international projects, or the disposing and acquiring of assets on the domestic secondary market.

London teams are regularly appointed to advise on district heating schemes and energy-from-waste projects.

Apart from international work which tends to revolve around hydropower plants or sewage infrastructure, water experts are preoccupied with the upcoming regulatory changes. The upcoming pricing review facing the UK water market creates a significant demand for legal counsel among water companies, utility providers and the regulator itself.

With most players waiting until  new guidelines for the water sector become clear, there has been a dearth of new activity, with projects in the space including going work on the Thames Tideway project and a number of Ministry of Defence assignments.


Infrastructure (including PFI and PPP)

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David Lee spearheads Allen & Overy LLP 's infrastructure offering and regularly acts in high-profile, high-scale transactions. In recent highlights, he teamed up with Richard Evans to advise a consortium of bidders including Macquarie on their acquisition of the Green Investment Bank, and Sara Pickersgill collaborated with him to oversee the takeover of HS1 from pension funds OMERS and OTPP on behalf of a consortium including InfraRed and Equitix. On the financing side, Jonathan Bevan and Tim Conduit assisted the funders of the refinancing of the Beacon Rail group, and Conrad Andersen oversaw the refinancing of the Budapest International Airport on behalf of the funders, agents and security agents. Other key names include Jocelyn Land and senior associate Ed Moser . Tom Constance was recently made partner and Nigel Pritchard has retired from the firm.

The infrastructure team at Ashurst is 'commercially-focused and solution-oriented' and provides 'strong, fast, accurate and constructive advice'. Known especially for its expertise on the sponsor and lender side of large-scale infrastructure projects and the PFI/PPP space, the group is jointly headed by corporate specialist Philip Vernon and global co-head of the transport department Mark Elsey . In recent highlights, Terence Van Poortvliet continues to lead the advice to TfL with regards to the Silvertown Tunnel PPP project, and the client-recommended Derwin Jenkinson is part of the team advising the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on the landmark Thames Tideway Tunnel project. On the energy side, a number of clients have appointed the firm to oversee the financing of energy from waste facilities. Recent social infrastructure mandates include the financing of the new Treviso Hospital in Italy and the funding of 1, 750 new on-campus student rooms at the University of Hull. Clients recommend Anthony Johnson - who was recently promoted to partner - for his 'very good sector-specific knowledge and constructive negotiation style'. Other key names include Logan Mair , Jan Sanders , Patrick Boyle  and senior associates Gaby Jones and Aaron Shute .

Clifford Chance LLP 's Amy Mahon is highly recommended by clients and recently acted for funds managed by JP Morgan and APG in the disposal of 51% interest in Noatum Ports' container business to COSCO Shipping Ports. Brendan Moylan oversaw the acquisition of a majority shareholding in four regulated gas distribution networks by a consortium of household name bidders, while a group including Michael Pearson and Clare Burgess oversaw a number of PPP projects in the waste management, transport, defence and healthcare sectors. Also notable is Michael Bates who guided the sponsor of a ferry operating company through its restructuring, and James Boswell who represented a major UK airport through its refinancing by way of bank facilities private note placements. On the capital markets front, clients can rely on Stephen Curtis who specialises in structured debt financings in the infrastructure and regulated utilities space.

The 'absolutely high-quality team' at CMS is 'strong in its experience, range of services and sector coverage', and provides 'direct, to-the-point technical advice'. Following its merger in 2017, the team has recently been acting on university accommodation mandates, domestic and cross-border secondary market transactions, and disputes arising from existing PFI projects. Paul Smith is 'an excellent commercial practitioner' and led the advice to Johnson & Johnson with regards to its new partnership with Guy's Hospital in London for the procurement of a new orthopedic services and facilities. On the transport side, Robert Gray guided the EBRD and the government of Belarus through initial stages of a PPP scheme for the construction of a major road. The Manchester-based and 'exceptionally strong technical lawyer'  Chris Hallam is currently overseeing a waste management project in the UK alongside Lucy Plowright who is also a key contact. The 'very commercial and pragmatic' James Snape , Andrew Ivison , Phil Duffield and Katie Duffield - who was recently promoted to partner - are also names to note.

Clients value the 'outstanding responsiveness and the uncommon willingness of the partners to make themselves available' at Herbert Smith Freehills LLP . The infrastructure lawyers 'combine first-class deal execution skills with deep sector knowledge'. Global practice head Patrick Mitchell 'marries a fine mastery of the law with an understanding of public policy and investor priorities' and continues to advise the developer of the HS2 on all aspects of the project's first phase. The group - led by Sarah Pollock and Matthew Job - assisted Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners with the acquisition and development of four biomass power plants in the UK, and corporate partner Simon Caridia oversaw all aspects of the restructuring of the Greater Manchester Waste PFI project on behalf of Viridor Laing while Ann Levin handled disputes arising from alleged performance failures. Tim Briggs has strong regulatory and antitrust expertise and finance partner Martin Kavanagh is also a noteworthy name. The group was recently appointed to the Severn Trent and Thams Water panels. Julia Pyke left the firm for an in-house position at EDF and Henry Davey became a legal director at Squire Patton Boggs .

Hogan Lovells International LLP is known to clients for its 'outstanding service' and 'quality individuals' such as the 'strong up-and-coming new partner' Alex Harrison . In recent highlights, the team acted for investment funds, oversaw a number of existing nuclear projects and advised on high-profile energy from waste projects with the expertise of Scott Tindall.  On the financing side, Andrew Gallagher represented an African investment fund in its first debt funding transaction in the transport infrastructure sector of an African nation for the funding of capital works and improvements to several airports. Also notable is Adrian Walker who continues to lead the advice to the developer of a new nuclear project and assisted a major corporate with its bid to acquire rights to a major ongoing European interconnector project. Tarek Eltumi was also recently promoted to partner and Arun Velusami recently joined from Norton Rose Fulbright . Philip Brown and counsel Charles Ford are also notable contacts alongside practice head Philip Robb .

Known to clients as a 'strong lender-side adviser', Linklaters LLP represents an impressive client roster including names such as Macquarie, Allianz, First State and IFM. The team provides a full-service offering across the entire project life cycle and recently oversaw high-profile brown field M&A transactions. Jessamy Gallagher and Roger Barron (the latter now with Paul Hastings LLP ) acted for National Grid in the hive-out and sale of its gas distribution business to NGGD, a holding company formed specifically to own the business after the transaction. In the transport sector, Ian Andrews advised the Ontario Teachers' pension plan and Borealis on the sale of the HS1 group, and a consortium of investors appointed the group to oversee its £2bn acquisition of London City Airport. Stuart Rowson who recently assisted APG and ATP in their takeover of assets owned by infrastructure fund EISER including Belfast City Airport and the East Surrey pipelines.

Norton Rose Fulbright recently enhanced its capabilities in the infrastructure, energy and project finance sectors through its combination with Chardbourne Parke, which boasted a strong presence in the New York, Washington DC and Latin American markets. On the international front, Martin McCann is currently leading the advice to Yara Dallol with regards to the development of its new potash mine in Ethiopia and associated port terminal in Djibouti, while Chris Down is assisting Marubeni and JinkoSolar with the financing and development of the Sweihan solar PV in the UAE. Recent domestic social infrastructure mandates include Matthew Hardwick 's work on the East Slope student accommodation project which will provide and maintain of over 2000 units at the University of Sussex's Falmer campus, and the Meadows development at the University of Essex. Christopher (Chris) Brown leads the firm's financial institutional business group and is a key contact alongside Andrew Buisson and Daniel Metcalfe .

Pinsent Masons LLP 'has a deep understanding of the infrastructure and construction market and great depth in its team, with a few stand-out specialists'. In recent highlights, Pension Infrastructure Plan appointed the team to handle its acquisition of a diverse portfolio of ten UK PPP assets from Aberdeen Infrastructure Partners, and Graham Alty is currently advising the Ministry of Justice on its Prison Estate Transformation Programme which will procure up to four new prisons in England and Wales. The 'excellent' Manchester-based Mark Job represents a major international airport in light of potential high-profile construction projects, and the recently promoted partner Sonal Shah teamed up with the Paris office to handle a 49.99% share purchase in Intertoll's PPP portfolio on behalf of Aberdeen Infrastructure Funds.  Stephen Tobin heads the European projects outfit and the 'thoughtful, strategic' Nick Ogden specialises in infrastructure M&A and strategic partnership arrangements in the Manchester office. Kevin Joyce recently joined from CMS .

Addleshaw Goddard recently expanded the breadth of its infrastructure practice through the addition of energy infrastructure specialist Paul Minto in Edinburgh. The group's recent work for the Department of Transport under the leadership of Leeds-based Paul Hirst regarding its new franchise combining the current InterCity West Coast with the incoming HS2 service is a good example of its strong presence in the rail transport sector. In the social infrastructure space, Matthew Newing led the advice to a consortium as development partner for a pathfinder project for the Department of Health which will lead to the development of two new hospitals in Kingston and Tooting. David Hartley acts for SPV and asset management service Imagile in all aspects of its PFI and PPP project portfolio, including negotiation settlement arrangements and overseeing major variations to ongoing projects. The 'pragmatic and creative' Michael O’Connor leads the team and is also a name to note alongside Jacqui Langley-White and Andrew Pettinger .

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP 'is an outstanding firm in the field of infrastructure planning' and its 'extremely experienced team of solicitors always provides absolutely top-quality advice in a client-friendly accessible way', according to one client. Mark Richards is a 'solid practitioner' and impresses clients with his 'excellent client relationship and business development skills'; he is currently assisting the energy division of a Fortune 50 company with its joint venture with Co Gen for the development of a biomass power plant. National Grid recently appointed a team led by Christian Drage to advise on the second phase of its London Power Tunnels project, and James Good continues to guide Tideway through the implementation and discharge of DCO requirements associated with its Thames Tideway Tunnel 'super sewer' project. Other key names include planning expert Tim Smith  and construction partner John Hughes-D’Aeth . The team recently welcomed rail infrastructure specialist Jason Chamberlain from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP .

Burges Salmon LLP has a strong record advising public and private sector clients in energy, transport, defence and social infrastructure projects under the leadership of Ian Salter . Mark Paterson continues to act for the MoD in the procurement of the Dreadnought and Astute class submarines as part of a significant defence programme, and Brioney Thomas assists the government of Wales on the delivery of the next Wales, Border Rail and Metro services. On the energy side, Ross Fairley  and Steven James  are currently intervening in high-profile, politically sensitive UK generation projets. The Department for Education appointed a group led by Matthew Ramus to handle the implementation of two new children's services trusts in Doncaster and Slough. Also notable is Lloyd James who continues to guide Costain through various highway projects including the M4 relief road in South Wales. Key contacts also include Keith Beattie and construction specialist Marcus Harling .

Clyde & Co LLP recently expanded its senior line-up through the hire of David Hansom - who holds procurement expertise and a significant public sector client roster - from VWV (Veale Wasbrough Vizards) . The group's particular strength lies in front-end projects mandates and guides clients through ongoing PPP projects and challenging international jurisdictions. In recent highlights, Liz Jenkins led the advice to ISS Mediclean as facility manager on the extension of its services contract with the Princess Royal University Hospital, and a group of lenders appointed the team to assist with the financing of a hospital project in Africa which included an Islamic financing tranche. Robert Meakin acted for an international construction company in its appointment to design and build a series of buildings in the new administrative capital of a Northern African country. Other key names include director Robert Franklin and Clare Hatcher .

The 'dedicated' infrastructure team at Dentons is 'a top choice for PFI or PPP work'. While traditionally focused on Africa, the firm's recent merger with Maclay, Murray & Spens significantly enhanced the its offering in Scotland and its presence in the domestic infrastructure market. Practice co-head John Woolley is currently advising Gulf Energy on the delivery of Kenya's first coal power plant as part of a scheme to link Kenya, South Sudan and Ethiopia with a rail, fibre-optic, road and pipeline corridor. He is also handling the project financing of a new international airport in Rwanda on behalf of joint venture Bugesera under a PPP structure. On the domestic front, Mark Bassett acted for the Greater London Authority in the redevelopment of former Ford industrial site Beam Park, and Richard Budge assisted Doncaster iPort with the construction and planning aspects of a new logistics facility for Amazon. Rail expert Matthew Hanslip-Ward is guiding MTR through its bid for the Wales & Border grant agreement for the upgrading of the Core Valley lines. Dominic Spacie co-leads the department with Woolley and is also a key name to note alongside David Moore .

Clients praise DLA Piper for its 'excellent response times, high industry knowledge, strong team and great depth'. The group acts for an enviable client roster in high-profile domestic and international infrastructure mandates such as franchise agreements for East Anglia and South-Eastern and a major coal-fired power station and coal mine in Zambia. Practice co-head Colin Wilson is currently advising the UK Department for Transport on the Airport Capability Programme which could lead to the expansion of either Heathrow or Gatwick Airport, and continues to represent Agility Trains in a number of operational of ongoing operational matters arising from the Intercity Express Programme. In Manchester, Liam Cowell assists the Welsh Ministries with its incoming road PPP project, and the Edinburgh-based Lillian Mackenzie  is currently handling the procurement of a new cancer centre in South Wales. The name to note in Leeds is Robert Smith and Maria Pereira guided CAE Training Services through the transformation of its PFI contract with the MoD for the provision of synthetic aircrew training to the RAF. Clients also recommend the 'strategic, direct, personable and knowledgeable' Alison Fagan .

The 'extremely proactive and responsive' infrastructure lawyers at Osborne Clarke LLP 'are always working on the next thing and highlighting potential issues before they arise'. Chris Wade is based in Bristol and 'devotes a significant effort to understanding the business and the objectives of the transaction'; he recently teamed up with David North to advise Arlington Seaside as investor on the acquisition and debt financing of a portfolio of four student accommodation projects. On the energy front, James Watson represented Gas Power Developments in its acquisition and financing of gas peaking plant portfolio with merchant offtake support, and acted for John Laing Investments in its takeover and development of an onshore wind farm. Other key names to note include Andrew Normington , regulatory specialist Simon Hobday and financing expert Omar Al-Nuaimi . The team was recently bolstered by the arrival of construction litigator Rob Horne from Simmons & Simmons and Alistair Curzon from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP .

Squire Patton Boggs significantly enhanced its offering with the hire of the 'realistic, commercial and trustworthy' Nick Helm in Manchester from DLA Piper UK LLP and Ian Wood , Rinku Bhadoria and real estate specialist John Danahy in London from King & Wood Mallesons. The team 'is more than willing to go out of its way to get things done' and is one client's 'first port of call for energy and accommodation projects'. The 'very approachable and extremely well-connected' Robin Baillie  teamed up with Philippa Chadwick to lead the advice to Nu-Energy on the delivery of twelve 10MW waste-to-energy plants. In other highlights, the department handled the disposal of an interest in a school building programme, and the Leeds-based James Duckworth is currently assisting a Middle Eastern government with the development of a PPP model for the implementation of a social infrastructure project. Neil Upton , Andrew Herring and Rachel Orton are also recommended by clients. Henry Davey joined the practice as a consultant from Herbert Smith Freehills LLP .

White & Case LLP 's infrastructure practice covers the full spectrum of work from front end project development issues to brown field transactions under the leadership of experienced project finance expert Caroline Miller Smith . In terms of new build projects, Philip Stopford and Carina Radford are part of the team overseeing Vale and Mitsui's development and financing of the Nacala Corridor railway and port project in Mozambique and Malawi. The firm was also appointed to represent the sponsors to the Izmir Bayrakli and Kocaeli integrated health campus PPP projects in Turkey, and private equity partner Caroline Sherrell advised newly-formed infrastructure fund on its acquisition of 45% interest in Welcome Break from ING and Challenger. Other notable clients include Allianz, First State, the European Investment Bank and Deutsche Bank. Mark Castillo-Bernaus heads the firm's EMEA energy, infrastructure, project and asset finance group and is also a key contact.

Known to clients for its 'quality lawyers, commercial advice and outstanding flexibility', Baker McKenzie fields practitioners such as Tim Sheddick who 'focuses on the important bits and doesn't get lost in worthless fights' and co-heads the practice with Mike Webster .  In recent highlights, the group collaborated with its Brussels colleagues to advise two infrastructure funds on strategic exit procedures for their indirect interests in a major European airport, and Marc Fèvre is currently leading the advice to the sponsor to a hospital PPP programme in Eastern Europe. Experienced M&A partner David Duncan recently arrived from Allen & Overy LLP  and represented an infrastructure fund in its successful bid for a portfolio of rooftop solar assets across England. Other key names include senior associates Tom Pound and Rhiannon Williams .

Browne Jacobson LLP 's client roster includes both central and local government entities in the health and social infrastructure spaces. Nick Hurley recently advised the borough of Watford on the redevelopment of the Watford Health Campus via an asset-backed vehicle, and acted for the government of Malaysia on the procurement of a £100m waste-to-energy incinerator in Kuala Lumpur. On the property side, Nottingham-based Craig Elder collaborated with Neil Walker for the procurement of a long-term operator of several leisure centres on behalf of the borough of Dacorum. Stephen Matthew heads the practice and is currently assisting a number of local government authorities with urban regeneration and district heating schemes. Also notable are Anthony Nagle who represents the UK Debt Management Office, Peter Ware and Anja Beriro .

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP 's London-based project and energy team consists of infrastructure experts such as Jackie Heeds and Howard Barrie who previously acted for clients such as National Grid and international PPP offices. On the project financing front, clients can rely on experts like Conrad Purcell , Mark Dennison and Alex Doughty . At the head of the team sit Michael Grimes who is based in Leeds and holds strong expertise in waste management, and Robert Pitcher who also heads the firm's international group.

Gowling WLG fields a 'broad and capable offering across all sectors' with 'deep insight into the public sector'. The team - led by the 'exceptional' Stephen Kenny - is 'designed to optimise the client's legal position, commercial and financial position' and is currently advising Highways England on the procurement of the Stonehenge Highways project. Director Dominic Richardson has a strong track record in the rail sector and counselled new client CRRC on a contract with TfL for the supply of wagons to be used on Engineering trains. Internationally, the government of Kenya recently appointed a team led by Andrew Newbery to oversee the Muranga Water PPP; Newbery is also assisting US-EXIM on the proposed financing structure of a new UK nuclear project.

Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP holds a strong reputation for finance transactions in emerging infrastructure markets, as demonstrated by John Dewar and Phillip Fletcher 's advice K-Exim and a group of commercial banks with regards to the financing of a four-unit nuclear power project in the Middle East. On the conventional power front, Matthew Hagopian acted for the sponsors of a natural gas hub and power project in South America in the development and financing of the assets. Also notable is Clive Ransome who assisted an African infrastructure entity with the refinancing of its existing debt and handled the negotiation, financing and development of a nuclear project in Eastern Europe on behalf of the sponsors. Other key names include Manzer Ijaz .

Mills & Reeve LLP 's infrastructure team impresses clients with its 'response times, business acumen and industry knowledge' and recently welcomed Adrian Luto and Justin Hennessey to its London branch through the firm's merger with Maxwell Winward. The firm holds a strong expertise in the student accommodation field but Andrew Ray and Alasdair Poore recently also acted for the MoD in the designing of an open communications system and the rolling out of procurements to deliver it as part of Project Morpheus from the Cambridge office. Also based in Cambridge is practice head Raith Pickup who 'is exceptional in this field' and assisted clients a number of universities on separate DBFO projects for student accommodation with the support of principal associate Jens Henniker Heaton . Clients in the healthcare sector also engaged Julie Marshall , David Stead and Bridget Archibald .

Simmons & Simmons is an experienced adviser to the central government on transport, waste, energy and defence infrastructure mandates, but also has international PPP and PFI capabilities. Practice head Richard Dyton is currently acting for Momentum Infrastructure - a joint venture of three leading contractors - in its bid for enabling and civil work contracts on the HS2 network, while Adrian Nizzola and Patrick Wallace are leading to advice to the government of Kenya with regards to the commercialisation of the large oil discovery in the Lokichar basin. On the financing side, Adam Cooper assisted a group of lenders including the IFC with the financing of a bulk liquids terminal for the import and storage of gasoil, LPG and LNG. Andrew Petry , Juliet Reingold and managing associate Simon Kenolty are also key names. Other notable clients include the MoD, the EBRD and TfL.

Clients recommend Stephenson Harwood 's Jonathan Cripps and senior associate Phil Harris who recently advised a new client on issues arising from the insolvency of the contractor on a portfolio of five projects. In other highlights, the firm oversaw a number of significant debt portfolio restructurings and represented lenders and sponsors in financing transactions. Also notable is senior associate Ian Pumfrey who supported Carter to assist the North London Waste Authority on its energy recovery facility in Enfield. Experienced project finance partner Rubin Weston joined the practice from Baker Botts (UK) LLP to bolster its offering, specifically in Russia and Eastern Europe. Among the firm's enviable client roster feature new names such as 3i and Hitachi.

According to one client, 'it is very difficult to find another firm with such depth of knowledge when it comes to energy projects and financing in Anglophone Africa' as Trinity International LLP . The boutique offering is spearheaded by Paul Biggs who 'is exceptionally knowledgeable on the African power sector' and recently acted for sovereign fund Ghana Infrastructure Investment Fund in its proposed investment in a new docking facility with the help of client-recommended senior associate Jo Sykes . In other highlights, a team including 'phenomenal lawyer and great project manager' Fiona Gulliford and led by 'financing expert' Kaushik Ray is currently representing the sponsors of the development, construction and operation of a new multi-commodity, deep-sea dry and liquid bulk port in West Africa, and Simon Norris advised a group of lenders on the financing of the acquisition of locomotives for a rail line in sub-Saharan Africa. Other names to note include the 'extremely hardworking' corporate specialist Conrad Marais and Hugh Naylor .

Trowers & Hamlins LLP 'provides an excellent service' and 'supports the delivery of projects on even the tightest timescales' through its 'deep understanding of the legal implications of procurement'. Amy Shaw 'is a highly capable lawyer' who 'provides pragmatic, commercially-focused advice on a range of complex property-related matters'; she recently teamed up with 'PPP thought leader' Tonia Secker to advise the Hyde Housing Association  on its PPP with Brighton Council for the delivery of 'living wage' homes. Paul McDermott and Birmingham-based Christopher Plumley assisted UGC with the PPP arrangements to bring forward the 'UK Central Hub', a mixed-use business and innovation area on the proposed HS2 station in Birmingham. Other key names include Sara Bailey and Scott Dorling who continue to guide the borough of Enfield through the development of a new residential and business district as part of the Meridian Water PPP.

Roger Bickerstaff  leads the infrastructure team at Bird & Bird alongside Stuart Cairns, who recently joined from Pinsent Masons with associates Chris Murray and Claire Gamage . In recent highlights, Andrew Renton led the advice to Purfleet Centre regarding its development agreement with Thurrock Council for its regeneration project, and Marco Nicolai acted for Interxion in the expansion of its data centre facilities in London. On the energy side, Michael Rudd is currently assisting funders with a number of anaerobic digestion biogas projects in the UK, including several gas-to-grid schemes, and Matt Bonass intervened in new solar projects and significant secondary market transactions. Legal director Carol Cloughley specialises in the procurement of large construction and engineering projects.

Known especially for its strong work in the power and oil and gas sectors, Baker Botts (UK) LLP recently enhanced its project finance and structured lending expertise in emerging markets through the hire of James Douglass from King & Wood Mallesons and its capabilities in the energy transactions space were bolstered with the arrival of Lewis Jones from Morgan, Lewis & Bockius UK LLP . Recent work highlights in the energy space include Hamish McArdle 's advice to a gas distribution consortium company with regards to transportation arrangements, project financing and commercial disputes against competitors. Douglass acted for the independent operator of a European LNG terminal in O&M agreements and various chartering and financing issues. Robin Mizrahi and senior associate Laure Berthelot left for Covington & Burling LLP .

Bevan Brittan LLP has 'the strength and depth to advise on a wide range of issues' and its practitioners 'have an excellent understanding of the waste industry'. The waste and energy team is spearheaded by the client-recommended Nadeem Arshad in Bristol and recently welcomed Carly Caton from Pinsent Masons LLP to bolster its healthcare offering in the London office. The Bank of Ireland appointed a team led by London-based senior associate David Moore to advise on the voluntary termination of Solihull Council's leisure PPP scheme, and Nathan Bradberry teamed up with Arshad to assist Resource Recovery Solutions with the development of waste management assets - namely with regards to the insolvency of its key technology supplier and construction delays.

Paul Buckland 's team at Devonshires Solicitors LLP acts for contractors, public sector entities and project sponsors in financing and capital market transactions, and was recently strengthened by the arrival of Robert Turner from Dentons . Greenwich Leisure appointed the group to advise on its community hub and stadium regeneration project in York, and Kris Kelliher was part of the team assisting London & Quadrant on its acquisition of 51% of Barking Riverside to form a joint venture with the Great London Authority. In other highlights, the group is overseeing the procurement of PFI social housing for Woking Council and Philip Barden is currently litigating several contractual disputes.

Clients describe Fenwick Elliott LLP as 'excellent on all fronts - outstanding response times and a thorough understanding of performance-based PFI give this firm a crucial advantage'. The 'knowledgeable, responsive, thorough and helpful' Simon Tolson heads the infrastructure practice which primarily focuses on disputes across the full project life cycle. A major construction company appointed a team led by Tony Francis as part of a joint venture to advise on the contracts with the operator and local authorities with regards to the construction of a tram network in England, and Richard Smellie represented an international state-owned hydro power, engineering and construction in ICC arbitration proceedings arising from a planned city development in the Middle East. Ted Lowery is 'an accomplished and diligent disputes lawyer' and another key contact alongside Nicholas Gould who specialises in construction disputes. The team recently expanded through the hire of three associates and the promotion to partner of Lyndon Smith .

Fladgate LLP intervenes in significant secondary market PFI transactions, project restructurings and the development of energy and rail projects both in the UK and internationally. Infrastructure investment fund Innisfree appointed a team led by David Weare to represent its interests in ten education projects comprising 260 schools, namely with regards to disputes. Practice head Andrew Bessemer Clark is currently leading the advice to four project companies on their role in the updating of street lighting in Dorset, Islington, West Sussex and Nottingham to LED lights, and Alan Erwin assisted BTS Biogas as contractor with its EPC contract with Mapledurham AD for the development of an anaerobic digestion plant in South Oxfordshire. In the rail sector, Alan Woolston has been representing the Go-Ahead group in a range of construction, regulatory and contentious mandates regarding the delivery of new passenger service lines and a new station near Coventry Arena, among other projects.

Mayer Brown International LLP 's Tamsin Travers  was recently promoted to partner and was part of a team led by Tom Duncan to advise SSE and its joint venture partners as developers of the Beatrice offshore wind farm project on ICC arbitration proceedings arising from a subsea services EPC contract. A major construction company engaged Jonathan Stone to oversee the design and construction of a new terminal at a major UK port to accommodate a new international fleet, and practice Michael Regan represented a construction company in a series of disputes including the recovery of costs related to damages to a car park which the client designed and constructed. Clients can rely on Robert Flanigan for capital markets mandates and Chris Fellowes handles transactional construction matters such as tenders and procurement contracts.

Sharpe Pritchard LLP is especially prominent in the public sector where it advises numerous borough and county councils on PFI waste management projects. The main names to note are practice head Roseanne Serrelli , Jane Crees and Nicola Sumner who previously assisted the the West London Waste Authority with its residual PPP and continues to oversee various projects including an energy-from-waste plant with its associated infrastructure.

Travers Smith LLP 's particular strength lies in acting for sponsors such as Macquarie and Northleaf and infrastructure funds in mid-market brown field transactions. The practice is led by corporate specialist Spencer Summerfield who recently advised Ancala on its acquisition of anaerobic digestion group Biogen from Bedfordia and Kier. A collection of funds managed by a longstanding client appointed the group to oversee its acquisition of the holding company of a utility provider and distributor, and senior associate Jonathan Walters was part of the team which guided Arjun Infrastructure Partners through its acquisition of a two solar farm portfolios from Hazel Capital and Anesco.

The infrastructure team at Winston & Strawn London LLP handles 'first-of-its-kind' international projects across a range of jurisdictions under the leadership of James Simpson who co-heads the firm's global project finance outfit. Stephen Jurgenson recently transferred to London from the Dubai office and is part of the team advising Electrogas Malta on all aspects of its LNG-to-power project. Several institutional investors engaged a team spearheaded by Rebecca Finn and supported by the New York office and associate Conor Boyle to handle a private placement of non-recourse senior secured bonds with a 2.73% coupon. Also notable is of counsel Jason Parker who continues to assist a joint venture company with the development and financing of a recently-expanded petrochemical and petroleum refining complex in the Middle East.


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Mining sits at the core of Linklaters LLP 's multi-disciplinary practice which advises the full gamut of clients under the joint leadership of Charles Jacobs , Toby Grimstone and David Avery-Gee . Longstanding client Glencore recently appointed the team to oversee its acquisition of 31% stake in Mutanda and 10.25% in Katanga from Fleurette Properties. Corporate partner James Inglis worked closely with allied firm Allens to handle Rio Tinto's sale of its Australian subsidiary Coal & Allied Industries to Yancoal, and Avery-Gee intervened in Newcrest regarding its subscription for 10% of the issued share capital in AIM-listed SolGold. On the financing side, Fiona Hobbs and head of the Africa group Andrew Jones oversaw the $2.73bn project financing for the construction and refurbishment of a 912km coal railway line through Mozambique and Malawi as well as the Nacala port in Mozambique to service the Vale and Mitsui mine on behalf of a group of investment and commercial banks.

Described simply as 'the best' by one client, the 'excellent' mining and minerals team at Norton Rose Fulbright advised CBG on the expansion of its Sangaredi bauxite mine in western Guinea which involves the construction of additional rail and port infrastructure. Global practice head Martin McCann acted for Yara in the financing and development of their new potash mine in Ethiopia and the associated port terminal in Djibouti. On the banking side, the client-recommended Simon FT Cox handled the issuance of guaranteed notes on behalf of longstanding client Petropavlosk to raise funds for the refinancing of loans provided pursuant to its banking facilities. Holly Stebbing is also a key name to note alongside corporate practice head Raj Karia , projects specialist Mark Berry and dispute resolution expert Neil O’May.

The 'personable' lawyers at White & Case LLP 'are extremely capable, react quickly and have a deep understanding of the commercial drivers of a transaction'. A team led by Rebecca Campbell and corporate specialist Allan Taylor recently acted for Pallinghurst in its £211m hostile takeover offer for Gemfields, and Peter Finlay - who 'gets to the heart of a problem very quickly' - advised a group of lenders on the multi-million dollar financing of the Sangaredi bauxite mine expansion in the Republic of Guinea. Contentious highlights include Charles Balmain 's counsel to a global mine company with regards to a tax indemnity claim under its SPA for the purchase of a copper project in South America. Also notable is the IPO of Russian energy group EN+ which was complicated by sanctions imposed on a number of entities and individuals involved.

London-based Dominic Morris jointly heads Allen & Overy LLP 's global mining offering with Geoff Simpson who sits in Perth. In recent highlights, Richard Hough collaborated with the corporate department to advise Odey on the restructuring of debt held by a number of its funds into equity in Tri-Star, and Richard Browne handled the AIM de-listing of Sirius Minerals and subsequent listing on the premium segment of the LSE. Vale appointed the group to re-negotiate Mitsui's $1bn investment in the Moatize coal mine and related rail and port project in Mozambique, and Jamie Durham intervened in Volcan's investment in Anglo American shares through two separate issues of mandatory exchangeable bonds by wholly-owned Volcan subsidiaries. On the contentious front, Mark Levy represented the Republic of Pakistan in an investment treaty arbitration arising from a gold and copper mining project in Balochistan brought by Tethyan Copper. Also notable are David Lee and Jeremy Parr who co-head the firm's global infrastructure and energy groups respectively.

The multi-disciplinary mining team at Ashurst is particularly strong in M&A and fundraising transactions for listed entities with assets in emerging markets such as Africa. JP Morgan Cazenove recently appointed the group as sponsor to handle the listing of Sirius on the LSE as a move up from the AIM, and Tom Mercer acted for the independent directors of Vedanta in the investment by Volcan - its majority shareholder - in Anglo American. Yann Alix - who heads the firm's Africa group - intervened for Newcrest as the seller in the disposal of 89.9% interest in the Bonikro gold mine to Forbes & Manhattan and Africa Finance Corporation. The mining offering is headed by corporate partner Michael Robins and supported by Nick Williamson who specialises in M&A, corporate finance and ECM mandates.

Clifford Chance LLP 's 'very professional, very presentable' mining team is 'reachable around the clock'. The London team recently collaborated with its Shanghai, Hong Kong, Paris, Singapore and Australia colleagues to assist longstanding client Eramet with the sale of 57% stake in one of its subsidiaries to Tsingshan, and Adrian Cartwright and John Connolly acted for the underwriters in connection with the IPO of Polyus Gold alongside the Moscow office. James Pay - who jointly leads the practice with David Lewis - oversaw all aspects of the multi-billion dollar development and financing of a bauxite mining and alumina processing plant project in Africa. Recent contentious highlights include representing a major global mining group in an investigation by the FCA pertaining to the acquisition and subsequent impairment of a competitor leading to allegations of breach of disclosure obligations.

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP 's mining practice fields strong dispute resolution and finance capabilities under the leadership of corporate expert Greg Mulley . Lonmin recently appointed a group including Stephen Wilkinson and Robert Moore to oversee its recommended all-share takeover by Sibanye-Stillwater, and Nicholas Peacock represented Vedanta in a bilateral investment treaty arbitration against an Asian government arising from the imposition of a retrospective tax. Gregg Rowan acted for ArcelorMittal with regards to its claim against a Ukrainian subsidiary, an formed senior manager and the Luxembourg-based group holding company on the grounds of alleged breach of contract. David Walton and Will Breeze are also key names on the financing side while John Ogilvie  handles a wide range of disputes. Other notable clients include BHP, Newcrest, South32 and JP Morgan Cazenove.

The broad multi-disciplinary mining offering at Hogan Lovells International LLP advises clients on financing transactions, M&A mandates, regulatory issues, disputes and the construction and planning aspects of projects. On the projects front, practice head Adrian Walker is currently overseeing the contractual aspects of a mine expansion in Africa, and Crispin Rapinet collaborated with the Washington DC and Johannesburg teams to review the anti-bribery compliance policy of a global mining company. Kieron O’Callaghan led the advice to a bank with regards to claims against a large Eastern European mining group on the grounds of alleged breach of loan arragnements. Sarah Shaw recently joined the corporate department from Allen & Overy LLP and construction disputes specialist Angus Rankin arrived from an in-house position at Mitsubishi. David Moss retired from the partnership.

Mayer Brown International LLP 's 'consistently strong' mining practice is 'a centre of expertise' and recently acted for the lead arrangers on the amendment and restatement of a revolving corporate loan facility for Endeavour Gold. Clients recommend practice head Ian Coles , the 'outstanding and extremely personable' Tom Eldridge and Rachel Speight for their 'commercial outlook and experience'. In recent highlights, the group advised on a number of project financing mandates for clients such as Investec and Société Générale who act as funders of the Sasa lead and zinc mine in Macedonia, and disputes arising from operational and royalty agreements. Danuta De Vries was promoted to counsel within the finance department and Rebecca Bothamley  was recently promoted to the partnership in the corporate securities and construction and engineering teams respectively.  Tamsin Travers was promoted counsel in the construction and engineering team.

One client describes Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP 'the best for mining project financing' mandates and consultant Cathy Marsh as 'simply the best in the field'. A group of lenders including the EIB and the African Development Bank recently appointed the group to handle the restructuring of the financing for the Moma Titanium Mineral Sands project in Mozambique and the provision of a new money super senior debt facility. Manzer Ijaz - who co-leads the mining practice - is currently advising a mining company as borrower on a platinum group metals and gold deposit project in Africa, and Phillip Fletcher is acting as lender counsel to export credit agencies and development financial institutions with regards to the expansion of a gold mine. Also notable are practice co-heads John Dewar and Clive Ransome and restructuring specialist Nick Angel .

Sullivan & Cromwell LLP boasts a strong borrower and sponsor practice with a particular expertise in project bonds and capital markets as part of complex financing structures. In recent highlights, Craig Jones is currently acting for Intergeo MMC in the construction and financing of its copper project in Siberia. The team also advised Rio Tinto as sponsor and Oyu Tolgoi as project company on the multi-source financing for the Oyu Tolgoi copper and gold mine in Mongolia, and Ambatovy engaged the firm to oversee a complex equity restructuring. On the contentious front, Centerra Gold appointed a team led by Stewart Robertson to resolve its international arbitration against the government of Kyrgyzstan with regards to the Kumtor gold mine project.

The mining offering at Baker McKenzie was recently bolstered by the arrival of corporate expert David Duncan from Allen & Overy LLP . Senior associate Tom Pound supported practice head Richard Blunt to advise Anglo Pacific on its acquisition of a gross revenue royalty interest with regards to the Piaui nickel and cobalt project in Brazil, and Adam Farlow was part of a cross-jurisdictional team acting for Nyrstar in the issuance of senior guaranteed notes due 2024 to raise funds towards the conditional tender offer on the client's outstanding senior convertible bonds. On the projects side, Mike Webster and senior associate Rhiannon Williams oversaw the development of several gold mining projects in Central Asia and the Middle East.

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP represents major publicly traded mining companies, funds, investment banks and brokers with its full-service offering which was recently strengthened and broadened through its high-profile merger. Especially strong in capital markets mandates, practice head Alexander Keepin recently advised JP Morgan Cazenove and Peel Hunt on an underwritten fundraising for Central Asia Metals and its readmission following its acquisition of the Sasa mine; he also acted for a syndicate of brokers on a fundraising for Avesoro to partially fund the acquisition of the Youga and Balogo gold mines in Burkina Faso. In other highlights, the group assisted an East African government with the development of its model mining agreement to encourage and facilitate investment in its mining industry, and senior associate Patrick Lilly was part of the team overseeing the IPO of an offshore gold mining company with assets in Francophone Africa.

Fieldfisher recently won a number of high-profile clients such as Terrafame and Trafigura through the arrival of structured finance expert Dougall Molson from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP . The 'very good and commercially focused' mining team is spearheaded by corporate partner Jonathan Brooks who collaborated with the client-recommended Brad Isaac and Dominic Gurney-Champion and associate Naomi Nguyen to advise Atalaya on a fundraising to finance the expansion of its Rio Tinto copper project in Spain and the consolidation of its offtake arrangements with XGC. Matt Hinxman recently acted for the EBRD in a $350m syndicated loan to a Kazakh company for the expansion of the Shalkiya zinc and lead mine, and Colin Gibson is part of the team representing Atalaya in its appeal against a High Court decision relating to a claim for outstanding deferred consideration payment with regards to the Rio Tinto mine. Other key clients include Fusion Capital, Kodal Minerals and Osisko Gold.

HFW 's London-based 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 was recently appointed to handle the sale by tender of a 30% interest in two major Indonesian mines for $1.3bn to an Indian electricity generation company, and to represent the captive insurers of an international mining company in property damage, increased working costs and business interruption claims brought by a joint venture with regards to severe weather conditions in Queensland where the operation of nine mines were affected. Other key contacts include Sarah Taylor , Haydn Dare and Giles Beale .

At Latham & Watkins 'the quality is without question' and the mining team is 'outstanding in all cases'. Recent capital markets work includes Francesco Lione 's advice to the initial purchasers - including Goldman Sachs and Santander - on their acquisition on the senior note issuance by Ferroglobe and Globe Specialty Metals, and practice head Craig Nethercott led on a number of financing matters such as Taweelah's financing as borrower of its aluminium extrusion plant in Dubai. Simon Tysoe is 'easy to work with and highly knowledgeable' and another noteworthy contact alongside John Balsdon . Other key clients include Rio Tinto, Ma'aden, ArcelorMittal and Royal Hill.

Pinsent Masons LLP represents blue chip clients such as Anglo American , Sirius Minerals and African Minerals across the full life cycle of mining projects. In recent highlights, Jon Harris acted for Opera Investments' £5.5m placing and acquisition Kibo Gold by way of reverse takeover and admission to the AIM as Katoro Gold, and the Glasgow-based legal director Ross McDowall continued to advise Kier on planning, environmental and construction issues arising from its mining operations in East Ayrshire. On the construction side, Sarah Thomas is currently assisting a minerals company with a range of health and safety, planning and infrastructure procurement issues arising from its proposed mine development. The practice is spearheaded by Akshai Fofaria who holds a strong expertise in the African mining industry especially with regards to 'front-end' matters.

The mining and minerals outfit at Shearman & Sterling LLP is jointly led by Jason Lehner in New York and Cynthia Urda Kassis in the London office and intervenes in corporate, financing, international arbitration and capital markets mandates. A team led by Trevor Ingram and David Dixter recently represented the underwriters as joint global coordinators on the $1bn rights offering by Sibanye, and M&A specialist Jeremy Kutner is currently assisting a major global mining company on the potential sale of a third of its interest in a South American coal mine. On the contentious front, Alexander Uff is representing two African subsidiaries of a global mining and exploration company as respondent in ICC arbitration proceedings brought by a South African contractor. Iain Elder , Nicholas Buckworth and counsel Anthony Lepere are key names to note in the project development and finance sub-team.

Clients describe the 'utterly reliable' mining offering at Simmons & Simmons as 'extraordinarily well suited to handle the most complex and difficult assignments' especially for 'Francophone countries where they are simply the best'. Orion and Fusion Capital instructed the group to handle the sale of Lynx Resources - the owner of the Sasa zinc, lead and silver mine in Macedonia - to Central Asia Metals, and the client-recommended Yves Baratte teamed up with Iain Duncan , Adam Cooper and Andrew Petry to oversee a major equity and debt investment into a major bulk commodity mining project on behalf of two private equity funds. The arrival of Stuart Dutson from Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP significantly bolstered the firm's international arbitration capacities namely for cases pertaining to Africa, China and the Middle East; he is currently acting for the government of Indonesia in a bilateral treaty arbitration brought by Indian Metals & Ferro Alloys in the context of an investment in a coal mine in Kalimantan.

With particular experience in emerging markets, Clyde & Co LLP acts for clients such as Anglo-American Minerals and Glencore across the full life cycle of mining projects. Maurice Kenton sits in the firm's international arbitration team and previously represented insurance clients in property damage and business interruption claims; he jointly leads the practice with corporate expert Chris Duffy who assists quoted and non-quoted companies with a wide array of issues. Also notable on the corporate side is Philip Mace who previously handled the $200m sale of Brazilian Iron Ore to a major international trading company by a leading Brazilian mining company.

Neil Nicholson heads the mining offering in Dentons 's London office with substantial corporate M&A experience including share and business transactions, fund matters and equity capital markets. He is supported by insolvency and restructuring specialist Will Gunston and Evgenia Laurson who focuses on project financing matters in the energy sector and splits her time between London and Moscow. The firm's recent merger with Maclay, Murray & Spens added a significant Scotland-based strength to its overall offering, particularly in the domestic space.

The 'very good' mining team at DLA Piper for its 'great adaptability to circumstances and great understanding of clients' cultural environments'. Head of the UK and EMEA mining sector Petra Billing is based in Sheffield and led the advice to Aggregate Industries and LafargeHolcim on a dispute arising from the encroachment of individuals within the premises of a non-operational mine for which the client retains restoration and aftercare obligations. In other highlights, legal director Michael Wright successfully represented Wentworth Woodhouse in a large subsidence claim, and of counsel Ben Sanderson and Kate Cervantes-Knox are currently assisting an African government with international investment treaty arbitration proceedings brought by a mining investor and its associated companies related to the alleged expropriation of a license. The firm also provides ongoing counsel to its mining clients with regards to impact of Brexit on the existing WTO rules.

FASKEN 's client roster includes a wide array of entities including brokers, corporates, mining companies, banks and investors. The main names to note within the firm's mining and minerals offering are Jodi Katz , Thomas Wexler and managing partner Al Gourley who has substantial experience  in cross-border transactions, IPOs and corporate finance mandates within the natural resources sector.

At Gowling WLG the mining offering is 'comprehensive and well-informed in the specialist area of mining project financing and small to mid-cap transactions'. Especially recommended are the 'very intelligent' and 'excellent professionals' Charles Bond and consultant Andrew Wright who recently represented Phoenix Global Mining on its AIM flotation. A team supported by 'deeply knowledgeable' principal associate Susan Johnston acted for Bushveld in its acquisition of 78.8% stake in Strategic Minerals from Evraz; Bond also led the advice to Bushveld regarding the demerger of Greenhills - its tin-focused subsidiary - which is now wholly-owned by AfriTin. Other key names to note include Sefton Collett who specialises in equity capital markets.

The mining offering at Reed Smith LLP covers the buying, selling, financing and transport of raw materials and has a particular strength in the transport sector where it handles contractual issues and disputes. Jonathan Solomon heads the firm's EMEA and South East Asia trade and commodities trade practice while Kyri Evagora represents a variety of clients across commercial litigation, arbitration and mediation proceedings from the New York office. Other notable names include Richard Swinburn , Paul Skeet and Alex Andrews .

Described as 'brilliant' by one client, the services provided by Watson Farley & Williams LLP 's mining outfit 'are exactly what one would expect from a firm of this calibre' and 'delivered in a sensible and cost-effective manner'. Recently strengthened by the arrival of new corporate head Chris Kilburn from the Singapore office, the offering also welcomed Colin Graham from Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (Europe) LLP and consultant Rob Askew from the EBRD.  Jan Mellmann 'is one of the best and most approachable lawyers in the city', according to one client; his 'first-rate knowledge of the area is superbly complemented by his sound expertise in M&A and capital markets'. Recent work highlights include a series of high-value equity capital market listings and fund raising mandates, the successful appeal and enforcement of an international arbitration award and the combination of two mining companies. Daniel Saunders  was recently promoted to the partnership in the corporate department and senior associate Svetlana Sorokina-Wilson joined from Locke Lord LLP .

Bird & Bird LLP recently welcomed new mining practice head and equity capital market expert Clive Hopewell and corporate partner Adam Carling from Charles Russell Speechlys LLP , legal director Nicholas Heap from Fieldfisher and senior associate Sharon O’Donnell from Locke Lord LLP . This brand-new team recently acted for Asiamet Resources on a placing of new shares to raise capital for a definitive feasibility study and drilling operations, and Jangada Mines instructed the group to oversee its admission to the AIM and an associated fundraising of £2.5m. Peter Knight advised an African government on amendments to its mining law, and Carling represented Mwana Africa in a dispute with its controlling shareholder.

The full-range mining practice at Charles Russell Speechlys LLP services a client roster of mining companies, banks and investors in commercial law, corporate M&A, dispute resolution and project financing issues. On the contentious front, one of the main names to note is John Sykes who specialises in international commercial disputes but also handles arbitration and mediation cases. Clients rely on Chris Putt for corporate finance and complex governance matters. Adam Carling and Clive Hopewell departed to join Bird & Bird LLP .

Fladgate LLP has a particular expertise in mining transactions in Africa and Eastern Europe. In recent highlights, practice co-head Nigel Gordon assisted Xtract Resources with a capital raising by way of placing and acted for Papua Mining in its acquisition of the entire issued share capital of BGM Investments and a conditional placing to raise up to £2m. Tri-Star instructed a team led by David Robinson to handle a series of transactions to restructure its balance sheet, including the conversion of loan notes into equity, and Paul Airley oversaw Opera's acquisition of Kibo Gold from Kibo Mining and the admission of the new group to the AIM. Senior associate Zehra Kofturcu is also name to note.

Julian Makin heads the mining and minerals offering at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP and focuses on equity and debt capital markets in the energy and natural resources space. Gabriel Mpubani is co-head of the firm's Africa focus group and leads the London energy, transport and infrastructure practice.

K&L Gates LLP 's mining offering advises a broad range of domestic and international clients on equity capital market and M&A transactions, dispute resolution and regulatory compliance issues. QG Africa recently instructed the group to handle its investment in Guernsey-registered company Toro Gold, and Bellzone engaged a team led by James Green to oversee its placing to raise approximately £1.5m. In other highlights, John Magnin successfully represented a global mining company in a dispute against a US corporate finance house claiming an incentive fee following the reconstruction of a major part of the client's business. Paul Tetlow spearheads the London practice and co-leads the firm's global mining department. Other key clients include RTG Mining, Orica Minova Ekochem and Central Rand Gold.

Kerman & Co LLP recently acted for new client Panthera on its restructuring as part of its listing on the AIM and assisted longstanding client Metals Exploration with certain transactional issues arising from its $21m mezzanine debt facility. Una Deretic handled the acquisition of a limited partnership, a third-party investment and a number of joint venture arrangements on behalf of Jade Resources. On the contentious side, consultant Sean Nolan advised Norgold on a dispute with the lead contractor on an open pit mine in Africa; he also oversaw the internal reorganisation and restructuring of the business and a series of loan facilities. Other key names include equity capital markets expert Simon Holden and head of the Asia Pacific region Joan Yu who regularly represents clients in complex cross-border transactions. Peter Kohl heads the firm's corporate department and leads the mining sector offering.

Jointly led by Michael Dawes and Nick Davis , the mining offering at Memery Crystal LLP is especially strong in acting for mining companies with assets in Africa, private equity funds and financial lenders. Among recent work highlights feature Davis' work for SigmaRoc with regards to its acquisition of Ronez - a LafargeHolcim subsidiary - funded by the placing of new ordinary shares and convertible notes, and new client Rainbow Rare Earth's admission to the Main Market of the LSE by Lesley Gregory and Kieran Stone . Also notable is director Melanie Talbot who sits in the corporate department and holds a particular expertise in corporate governance issues; she supported Davis in the debt restructuring of Shanta Gold's Investec loan and its takeover of Helio Resources.

Litigation boutique firm Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP 's Anthony Sinclair is currently representing AngloGold Ashanti in its dispute against the government of Ghana arising from the latter's decision to abruptly remove military security forces from the client's concession in Obuasi which has since been overrun with illegal miners. Sinclair is also acting for this client in an international arbitration against the government of Tanzania arising from new laws introduced to regulate the local mining industry.  Ted Greeno leads the practice with substantial experience in a wide range of litigation; he recently advised an African energy distribution company on its arbitration against a local copper mining company arising from allegedly excessive pricing of energy supply to the claimant's mine. Also notable are Mark Hastings , Stephen Jagusch QC and of counsel Jenni Lajzerowicz who arrived from Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP .

Stephens Scown LLP is based in Exeter and provides the full gamut of mining and minerals advice to an impressive client roster. Strongbow Exploration recently engaged a team led by consultant Sally Norcross-Webb to handle its listing on the AIM, and Christopher Tofts continues to advise Imerys Minerals on a series of mandates including a claim for compensation against Dorset County Council following its modification of its ball clay pit planning permission. On the corporate front, Simon Trahair-Davies led on the sale of a redundant china clay processing plant.


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The 'highly responsive and creative' oil and gas team at Allen & Overy LLP impresses clients with its 'excellent business acumen' and 'strength in depth'. On the projects side, Troy Edwards and Lorraine Bayliss are currently advising TAP - a joint venture between BP, SNAM, SOCAR and others - on all aspects of the Trans-Adriatic Pipeline which will commence on the border between Turkey and Greece and run until Italy. John Geraghty handled Total's acquisition of Engie's portfolio of upstream and midstream LNG assets, and acted for the CPPIB in its $1.23bn acquisition of 45% stake in the Corrib gas field from Shell. Recent financing highlights include Andrew Castle's closing of the first stage of financing for an African oil company seeking to purchase shares in another company. The practice is jointly spearheaded by Gareth Price and Jeremy Parr with the support of arbitration and energy disputes expert Mark Levy .

Clients praise Ashurst 's 'quick responses and professional advice' and lending expert Huw Thomas and upstream M&A specialist Michael Burns are singled out as 'pragmatic and capable'. The practice covers the full life cycle of oil and gas projects and recently advised EnQuest on its acquisition of 25% of BP's interest in the Magnus field, the Sullom Voe terminal and two pipelines under the supervision of Julia Derrick . A major international conglomerate instructed a team led by Philip Thomson - who co-heads the practice with Burns - to oversee its provision of financing facilities to a private equity-backed independent oil and gas company which recently acquired substantial upstream assets in Northern Europe; also notable on the financing front is Nikhil Markanday 's counsel to two major banks as lenders in relation to bridge facilities for the partial funding of a major gas pipeline. The team is also currently intervening in the development of major projects, and Matthew Saunders is representing a number of LNG sellers in a dispute with a buyer arising from a long-term SPA.

Having been recently strengthened by the arrival of James Douglass from King & Wood Mallesons, the oil and gas practice at Baker Botts (UK) LLP recently acted for Rosneft in its investment in joint operations and acquisition of a 30% participating interest in the Shorouk offshore gas block from Eni. Practice head Mark Rowley is currently advising Quantum on all project structuring and development as well as the commercial and financing issues related to the Tema LNG floating receiving terminal in Ghana, and Hamish McArdle is acting for a major gas company in the sale of a portfolio of UK onshore shale licenses to a leading investor in the sector. Other key names include international dispute resolution partner Jay Alexander who recently represented a Middle Eastern state-owned energy company in a dispute with an independent oil company arising from contested obligations and liabilities in the context of a closed long-term contract for the operation of valuable assets, and senior associate Rob Butler. Former practice co-head Robin Mizrahi joined Covington & Burling LLP  with senior associate Laure Berthelot.

Alex Panayides , Graham Phillips and Ashvin Seetulsingh jointly head Clifford Chance LLP 's global oil and gas offering which recently handled Engie's $2bn sale of its portfolio of upstream LNG assets to Total, and assisted Shell with the disposal of a portfolio of North Sea interests and associated infrastructure to Chrysoar for $3.8bn. Russell Wells collaborated with a cross-office team to advise lenders on the development of a major cross-border gas pipeline project, and Brendan Moylan acted for a consortium of heavyweight investors in its agreement with a utilities company to acquire a 61% shareholding in its regulated gas distribution networks. The team also intervenes in contentious matters such as Audley Sheppard and Roger Best 's representation of a Middle Eastern state-owned investment company in an LCIA arbitration concerning contractual claims against an Asian sovereign wealth fund. Other key clients include Kerogen, Statoil and Petrofac.

The oil and gas practice at CMS is headed by the 'extremely knowledgeable and very experienced' Bob Palmer ; he and his team 'understand the industry extremely well and know what it takes to deliver an efficient, effective and value-added service to clients'. In recent highlights, OMV appointed the group to handle its acquisition of 24.99% shares in OJSC Severneftegazprom and JSC Gazprom for a stake in the Yuzhno-Russkoye giant gas field in Siberia from Uniper. Jonathan Woolf led a team acting for BP in its disposal of its entire interest in the Grangemouth terminal to INEOS and the sale of interests in a number of gas fields to Serica. On the contentious front, Phillip Ashley is 'a disputes lawyer who truly understands the business and how clients wants to be advised on litigation'; he is representing Dragon Oil in its dispute with Kuwait Energy over interests in Block 9 in Iraq. Richard Sinclair heads the firm's LNG practice while Andrew Shaw leads on offshore construction and supply chain matters. Also notable is associate Mick McArdle whose 'diligence and attention to detail ensures all work streams progress in a controlled manner'.

The sizeable global oil and gas practice at Dentons has a historic strength in emerging markets such as Africa, South America and the Middle East and recently bolstered its domestic presence through its merger with Scottish firm Maclay, Murray & Spens. Danielle Beggs and David Tennant - who jointly head the UK team - recently acted for the trading arm of a major gas producer in its entry into a gas sales and terminal agreement for the largest greenfield LNG-to-power project in Africa, and Alistair Black advised Pertamina on its first joint venture agreement with Rosneft to develop the new Tuban refining and petrochemical complex in East Java. Other key names include James Dallas who recently assisted the Government of Mozambique with the development of LNG export projects, and Charles Wood who has strong experience in regulatory mandates and upstream commercial issues. Among the firm's many recent new clients feature Vitol, Gazprom Neft and Cadent Gas.

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP provides 'competent and timely advice on short notice' and its oil and gas practitioners are praised by clients for their 'generous support, timely advice and client-oriented approach'.  Rachel Lidgate and Reza Dadbakhsh were recently promoted to the partnership and Alexander Currie relocated to London from another office. A team headed by Craig Tevendale is currently representing a major oil and gas field operator in cost recovery disputes with a Central Asian government, and William Breeze acted for two lenders in the refinancing of an international oil and gas company's syndicated multi-tiered reserve-based facilities. Also notable is James Baily 's defence a group of oil majors as the owners of the Andrew Field in the North Sea in a Commercial Court claim brought by Scottish Power seeking damages following an extended shut-in of the field. Other key clients include Chevron, BNP Paribas, Cuadrilla and Vitol.

Hogan Lovells International LLP 'is first-rate for oil and gas work' according to one client who also describes Kieron O’Callaghan and counsel Ben Hornan as 'excellent lawyers'. The practice is led by Richard Tyler who currently acts as project counsel to the Shah Deniz consortium for the development of the landmark project, and is collaborating with Steven Bryan to advise Statoil on the proposed sale of its interests in the Teesside oil terminal. A major global oil company also appointed the group to oversee its entry into an African market through the procurement of an ultra-deep water project in the Atlantic Ocean, and counsel Ben Sulaiman continues to represent an oil major in the corporate, project development, commercial contract and maritime treaty advice arising from its high-profile discovery asset in Africa alongside Markus Burgstaller . The team was recently bolstered by the arrival of Sarah Shaw from Allen & Overy LLP and Arun Velusami from Norton Rose Fulbright .

Norton Rose Fulbright fields an 'experienced, highly-qualified team with in-depth knowledge of the oil and gas world'. A group of lenders appointed the group to advise on multiple financing transactions for over $2.5bn in connection with the Southern Corridor gas project, and Stephen Rigby acted for Hermes Investment Manager as part of the consortium which acquired a 61% stake in regulated gas distribution networks from National Grid. On the commercial front, Geoff Peters represented the ACG consortium - which includes BP, Chevron and ExxonMobil - in its negotiations with the government of Azerbaijan and its oil company to extend the Azeri-Chirag-Deepwater Gunashli production sharing agreement. The main names to note for contentious work are Neil Miller and Holly Stebbing . The 'excellent' practice head Nick Prowse always provides 'appropriate advice' and is also recommended.

White & Case LLP 'provides an extremely high level of service' through 'fast responses, deep industry knowledge and very strong teams individually put together for every transaction'. The practice recently acted for Harbour Energy, a special investment vehicle established by EIG, in its agreement to lead the $3bn acquisition by Chrysoar of a portfolio of North Sea assets from Shell.  Philip Stopford led the advice to Carbon Holdings on all aspects of the proposed Tahrir petrochemical project in Egypt, and Saul Daniel is currently assisting Saudi Aramco in its potential joint venture with Pertamina to expand and develop the latter's refinery in Indonesia. Also notable are Jason Kerr , Mark Clarke - who heads the EMEA oil and gas disputes practice - and the 'well-prepared' Mark Castillo-Bernaus who 'fights hard for the right result'. Along with the opening of a Houston office, the practice also bolstered its offering with the promotion to partner of Kamilla Azamat .

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld 's oil and gas offering covers corporate transactions, regulatory matters and energy disputes under the leadership of corporate specialist John C. LaMaster and litigator Justin Williams . The team is currently advising Soma on its new exploration project in offshore Somalia. and the Palestine Power Generation Company appointed the group to oversee its project to develop a power plant in Northern Palestine which will initially be fuelled by natural gas from Israel and then from Gaza. James Terry and Marc Hammerson acted for Nordic Trustee on the acquisition of the Xcite North Sea oil business by a SPV by Norwegian bond holders. Richard Hornshaw is also a key name to note; he represented Tatneft in English Court proceedings against four Ukrainian defendants seeking the recovery of $400m arising from allegations of fraud which allegedly deprived the client of revenue. Julian Nichol joined the firm's project finance group from Bracewell (UK) LLP .

Richard Blunt 's oil and gas offering at Baker McKenzie is currently advising Shell on its involvement in the Baltic LNG project and recently negotiated a production sharing contract with the government of Salah Aldeen in Iraq on behalf of Crown Energy. In other highlights, Tim Sheddick recently represented Macquarie in its consortium agreements regarding the all-cash £3.6bn acquisition of a 61% stake in National Grid's UK gas distribution business, and Neil Donoghue continues to counsel a power generation company alongside Calvin Walker with regards to the financing, construction and development of a new gas-fired plant in the UK. Steve Abraham is one of the main names to note for dispute resolution and international arbitration, and Marc Fèvre handles greenfield developments and project financing mandates. Corporate specialist David Duncan recently joined the firm from Allen & Overy LLP .

Bracewell (UK) LLP 'is slick and its responsive and personable lawyers are true experts in their field'.  One client regards practice head Jason Fox as 'the foremost expert in his field'; he recently acted for Delek Drilling on its $1.75bn financing for the development of the Leviathan gas field in offshore Israel, and assisted Neptune Energy with the debt financing of its $3.9bn acquisition of a majority stake in Engie. On the corporate side, Alastair Young advised Apache on the sale of its operated interest in the SAGE system and the Beryl pipeline to Ancala, and Martin Stewart-Smith led the advice to ENI with regards to the disposal of its 30% interest in the Shorouk upstream petroleum concession in Egypt to Rosneft. Also notable are Ben James, Darren Spalding and Adam Blythe who was recently promoted to partner.

The 'professional, responsive and first-class' oil and gas at Clyde & Co LLP provides 'flexibility to assist on anything from larger transactions to smaller more discrete mandates' and has a particular strength in dispute resolution. Philip Mace 'has first-hand knowledge of the industry and addresses matters promptly' and the 'very astute, determined and experienced commercial litigator' Richard Power 'fights his clients' corner very effectively'. Petrosaudi recently appointed a team led by David Bennett - who co-leads the practice with Michael Wachtel - to resolve its dispute with Venezuelan state oil company PDVSA who hired the client's drilling rig and alleged ceased to pay fees and avoided delivering invoices. On the advisory side, Mark Walsh advised the subsidiary of an oil exploration company in the hive down of its interest in a major North Sea infrastructure asset which it held under a joint venture. Peter Stewart and David Hesse joined the firm's international arbitration offering from Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP .

Clients describe DLA Piper as 'very flexible and commercially oriented'. The 'reasonable and reliable' Dimitri Papaefstratiou - who recently became head of the London energy and infrastructure projects team - 'always looks for the best solution for the client'. Sinopec recently appointed the team to handle its proposed acquisition of 75% of the shares in Chevron South Africa and 100% of Chevron Botswana, and Charles Morrison is part of the team which has been advising on all procurement, construction and engineering issues arising from the Interconnector Greece-Bulgaria. On the contentious front, Philip Chong is representing Gazprom in a series of claims in two separate high-value arbitration proceedings in relation to two contracts with Ukrainian entities; other names to note for dispute resolution are James Carter and legal director Christina Lawrence . The arrival of counsel Kevin McGrory , who has substantial experience working on transactions in Africa and the Middle East, from PA Resources.

Latham & Watkins is noted for the 'remarkable strength of its team' jointly spearheaded by Simon Tysoe and Craig Nethercott , especially in the private equity and cross-border M&A space. Buckeye appointed the group to handle its acquisition of a 50% stake in independent global marine terminal business VTTI, and Tysoe oversaw Uniper's sale of 25% stake in the Yuzhno-Russkoye gas field to OMV. On the financing side, Matthew Brown represented the borrowers and sponsors in the financing of the Penco Lirquén offshore LNG terminal and a connected gas-fired combined cycle power plant in Chile, and Clement Fondufe teamed up with Tysoe to advise Assala Energy - a Carlyle portfolio company - on the reserve-based lending facility for the acquisition of oil production assets in Gabon. Sophie Lamb successfully obtained the dismissal of two group claims against client Shell brought by thousands of residents in the Niger Delta on the grounds of alleged environmental pollution and human rights violations. Other key clients include ExxonMobil, Chevron and Anadarko.

At Linklaters LLP 'responsive times are very short and the industry knowledge is exceptional mainly due to the team's extensive track record in project finance deals'. In recent highlights, the 'very commercially-minded' practice co-head Daniel Tyrer led the advice to the Area 4 Partners with regards to the development of the Coral FLNG project in Mozambique, and Matthew Keats applied his deep understanding of the Russian market to assist the lender group with the multi-source financing for the construction of the Yamal LNG project. Mark Russell represented Eni in the sale of 35.7% stake in Eni East Africa, which equates to 25% indirect participating interest in Area 4, to a wholly-owned subsidairy of ExxonMobil. Ilia Ditiatev 'is able to reach compromises even in the most challenging stalemates between lenders and borrowers' and was recently made partner; she is another key name to note alongside Fiona Hobbs who jointly heads the practice with Tyrer. Other noteworthy clients include Rosneft, National Grid, BP and Total.

Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP recently acted for Korean export credit agency K-sure and a host of other parties in the structuring and documentation of a complex multi-jurisdictional financing of an ethane ship under the leadership of John Dewar , and Clive Ransome is currently representing the lenders in the restructuring of the Damietta LNG project in Egypt. Also notable is Matthew Hagopian who is currently assisting the sponsors of a natural gas hub and power project in Brazil with all documentation and project financing aspects, and Manzer Ijaz who was part of the team overseeing the acquisition of an existing pipeline and related infrastructure as well as the development of a LNG export business in Northern Africa. Other key clients include Standard Chartered Bank, Husky Energy and JBIC.

Pinsent Masons LLP has an 'exceptional' team led by Aberdeen's Bob Ruddiman that 'balances well the needs of a junior resources company listed on the AIM and the business fundamentals of oil and gas and the fast-moving UK market'. The firm's oil and gas lawyers are 'knowledgeable, proactive and available' but Paul McGoldrick 'knows the industry extremely well' and is described by one client as 'a highly-respected leader in this space'. In recent highlights, Aberdeen-based Shirley Allen acted for Shell in its disposal of $3.8bn of UK assets to Chrysoar, and Rosalie Chadwick - who heads the firm's corporate finance department from Glasgow - advised Ithaca Energy on its takeover by Delek. On the projects side, George Booth continues to represent major oil companies in the development of their respective oil field interests in the Middle East. Also notable are head of the firm's Africa practice  Akshai Fofaria and Katharine Davies who sits in the litigation department and has a strong track record in commercial disputes.

Shearman & Sterling LLP covers the full gamut of oil and gas work including complex cross-border transactions, project financing and dispute resolution for an enviable client roster featuring names such as Mitsui, Petronas and BNP Paribas. Recent financing highlights include practice head John Inglis 's advice to SACE and its lenders with regards to the financing of the expansion of the Midor oil refinery in Egypt, and Sanja Udovicic is currently acting as international counsel to a group of lenders in the financing of the West Nile Delta project in offshore Egypt. Iain Elder is a key name to note for projects work as shown by his intervention in the development, project financing, construction and operation of a petroleum refinery in Uganda on behalf of the project company; also notable in this space is Nicholas Buckworth who represented the western shareholders in the Nordstream 2 in their gas transportation agreement negotiations. Delek also appointed a group led by George Karafotias to handle its cash offer for the acquisition of Ithaca.

Simmons & Simmons 's Adam Cooper advised the lenders on the project financing of a bulk liquids terminal for the import and storage of gas oil, LPG and LNG in Egypt alongside Adrian Nizzola . Also notable on the projects front is Patrick Wallace 's work for the Bulgarian state gas company with regards to the Greece-Bulgaria international pipeline as well as its participation in the Alexandroupolis LNG project in Greece, and the commercialisation of the Lokichar Basin oil discovery through two separate infrastructure projects on behalf of the government of Kenya. Michael Gavey oversaw the formation of a $1bn collaborative investment fund designed to tackle climate change on a global level on behalf of the World Economic Forum, and Jayne Bentham is currently representing a Turkish state entity in ICC arbitration proceedings pertaining to the construction of a pipeline as well as in enforcement proceedings in Jersey.

The 'responsive, accessible and thoroughly trustworthy' oil and gas offering at Vinson & Elkins RLLP is described as 'first class' by one client. The team is 'very attentive to the needs and urgencies of the matters clients approach them with' and spearheaded by Alex Msimang who 'is a to-the-point adviser and always available'. In recent highlights, associate Nadine Amr supported Msimang to handle Statoil's $2.5bn acquisition of a 66% interest and operational capacity in the offshore Carcara field from Petrobas, and Shaun Lascelles teamed up with counsel Simon Rootsey to oversee Vitol's sale of a 50% stake in the VTTI group to Buckeye Partners for $1.15bn. Key names on the projects side include construction specialist Andrew Nealon and finance expert Nabil Khodadad who are currently assisting SOCAR with its proposed development of a gas processing plant and petrochemical facility in Azerbaijan. On the contentious side, James Loftis is representing ExxonMobil in annulment arbitration proceedings brought by Argentina with regards to an award against it on the grounds of its violation of the US-Argentina bilateral treaty agreement.

The newly formed Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP fields an enhanced offering following the merger of the two entities and the recruitment of George Burn from Vinson & Elkins RLLP as global head of the international arbitration group. Alexander Keepin advised SDX Energy on its acquisition of a portfolio of oil and gas production and exploration assets in Egypt and Morocco from the administrators of one of Circle Oil's subsidiaries, and assisted the AIM-listed Pantheon with its $12.5m placing to accelerate its drilling activities in key areas. Peel Hunt instructed the group to oversee the readmission to the AIM of Serica Energy with regards to its proposed acquisition of certain North Sea assets from BP, and Adam Dann continues to represent a state-owned in certain aspects of the development and potential marketing of its offshore oil and gas potential.

Legal director and M&A specialist James Vernon recently joined Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP 's oil and gas team from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP and acted for Essar in its $12bn disposal of Essar Oil. Other recent highlights include advising National Grid on the separation and subsequent sale of its gas distribution business, and Greg Hammond's advice to China National Petroleum Corporation in its acquisition of an 8% stake in a high-value onshore barrel onshore  concession project in Abu Dhabi. On the financing side Alex Doughty advised an oil company on a debt financing and subsequent restructuring of various facilities pertaining to the upgrade and expansion of an oil refinery in Eastern Europe. Robert Pitcher and Greg Hammond co-head the department. Other key clients include Shell, Lukoil, Vitol and Eni.

Haynes and Boone CDG, LLP is 'a standout law firm' and 'a major player in the energy market, especially for drilling-related disputes', according to one client. The oil and gas lawyers are 'very client-focused and capable' and have 'an ability to manage cases efficiently and effectively'. The group represented a drilling contractor in a Commercial Court claim arising from the early termination of its contract for a semi-submersible unit, and represented Stena in High Court proceedings against Tullow regarding sums the client claimed were payable during the period of suspension of a contract. Key advisory work includes advising on the negotiation of shipbuilding contracts with a Korean company on behalf of Oceanus, and assisting TMS Cardiff Gas with its bids on a number of public tenders for the long-term chartering of LNG tonnage. Practice head and 'first-rate strategist' Glenn Kangisser is noted for his 'excellent legal and practical knowledge and considerable client skills' while clients recommend Simon Curtis for his 'unrivaled experience in the area'. Tom Ferns and Nicholas Foss-Pedersen joined from Rosenblatt and Teena Grewal , Fiona Cain and Helen Conybeare-Williams were promoted to counsel.

The 'very attentive' contractor-focused oil and gas lawyers at Ince & Co 'have an outstanding knowledge base of the industry and react quickly as the matters develop'. In recent highlights, the practice handled the sale and leaseback of an LNG carrier to Chinese state-owned shipping company COSCO on behalf of Golar, and Jonathan Goldfarb - assisted by Mona Patel and Stephen Jarvis  - provided cross-border counsel to longstanding Gaslog with regards to an SPA to acquire 20% shareholding in Gastrade. On the contentious front Chris Kidd continues to lead the advice to a drilling contractor in connection with a claim against a shipyard arising from the severely delayed construction of a deep water drilling rig due to the shipyward's alleged failure to deliver the vessel on time. Simon Hems heads the practice and is also a key name to note alongside Renaud Barbier-Emery and Matthew Stratton . Clients also recommend 'remarkably driven and experienced' managing associate Phillippa Hook who 'ascertains the real issues quickly providing innovative but sound solutions instantaneously'. Jeremy Farr , Clare Kempkens and Charles Lockwood joined K&L Gates LLP .

The practice at K&L Gates LLP covers both conventional upstream and unconventional oil and gas mandates such as shale, coal-bed methane gas and underground coal gasification. Team leader Paul Tetlow and James Green are particularly active in the private equity and capital markets space; they recently acted for Faroe Petroleum in its Norwegian bond issue of $100m to fund ongoing development costs, and Green advised Hancock Natural Resource Group on the restructuring of the Waste Asset - a waste-to-energy partnership - following the sale by the Green Investment Bank of its interests in the partnership to Bioenergy. On the corporate side, Howard Kleiman led the advice to Halliburton on its acquisition of downhole sand-control technology company Darcy Technologies. Ian Meredith is currently representing the countries of Spain and France in their challenge against declaratory awards obtained by various defendants in international arbitration following the loss the M/T Prestige oil tanker off the coast of Spain in 2002.

King & Spalding LLP recently handled the $3.4bn acquisition of Songa for Transocean and continues to advise Anadarko on its landmark Mozambique LNG project. Garry Pegg and his team were appointed by the Ghana National Petroleum Corporation to oversee the implementation of the Tema LNG project including re-gasification and storage facilities and related infrastructure. Thomas Sprange QC and Sajid Ahmed are currently representing Reliance in three disputes against the government of India on the grounds of cost recovery, gas pricing and gas migration arising from a production sharing contract, and Egishe Dzhazoyan is leading the advice to a group of investors in their claim against the state of Kazakhstan following its allegedly illegal seizure of the clients' petroleum operations in 2010. Other notable contacts include Martin Hunt and Hywel Jones .

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (Europe) LLP¬†'never fails to provide an excellent service even on a tight timescale'. The 'very pragmatic and solution-focused'¬†Peter Roberts¬†'is a true expert in his field'. The team is currently advising Tullow on complex arrangements for the sale and transportation of gas from a number of offshore fields in Ghana, and¬†Joanna Kay¬†and¬†Rebecca Downes¬†supported Roberts to assist Maersk Oil with the development of the crude oil export pipeline from¬†Lokichar to Lamu in Kenya. Also notable is¬†Matthew Williams¬†who is currently acting for Azito Energie and its joint venture shareholders on the phase 4 expansion of its gas-fired power project in C√īte d'Ivoire.¬†James Atkin¬†recently joined the firm's Tokyo office as co-head of its global oil and gas practice from¬†Vinson & Elkins LLP. Other key clients include the European Investment Bank, Orion Energy and Powell Industries.

With significant capabilities in both the transactional and contentious space, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom (UK) LLP services an enviable client roster including names such as ExxonMobil, Toshiba and the republic of South Sudan. Lorenzo Corte acted for Engen in the sale of select downstream assets across Africa to the Vitol and Helios-owned Vivo Energy in exchange for a minority stake in Vivo, and advised a major global oil company in the acquisition of a 25% indirect interest in the Area 4 offshore block in Mozambique from Eni. David Kavanagh QC - who jointly leads the practice with Corte - successfully represented Ukrainian entrepreneur Gogol Bogolyubov in his appeal to the English High Court following the Court's decision to strike out his damages claim and discharge a worldwide freezing injunction. Also notable on the contentious front is Karyl Nairn QC . Financing highlights include Mark Darley 's work for Vivo with regards to a new $200m term loan facility to fund a dividend recapitalisation, and the new revolving credit facility which he handled for VTTI to refinance its existing facilities.

Sullivan & Cromwell LLP¬†'s 'up-and-coming'¬†oil and gas team provides a¬†'very strong service' and is noted for its 'quick responses' and¬†'in-depth, insightful and practical analysis'. ¬†London managing partner¬†Richard Pollack¬†acted for BP on its agreement with Bridas to form a new integrated energy company by combining their interests, while the 'technically outstanding'¬†Kathryn Campbell¬†and John Horsfield-Bradbury¬†led the advice with regards to BP's $3.1bn SEC-registered bonds debt offering. Also notable are¬†Vanessa Blackmore¬†who assisted Statoil with its ‚ā¨20bn euro medium-term notes programme, and¬†Presley Warner¬†who teamed up with¬†Christopher Howard¬†to represent the administrative agent and lenders in revolving credit facility agreement in relation to the refinancing and bankruptcy protection of Gulfmark Offshore. Clients also single out the 'high-performing' senior associate¬†Emily Deddens¬†.

John Conlin 'is a relaxed and driven negotiator' and his oil and gas team at Watson Farley & Williams LLP provide an 'on-point, commercially expedient and high-quality legal service'. Clients also recommend dispute resolution expert Robert Fidoe who 'is an outstanding lawyer' and 'adept at managing complex technical disputes with a good eye for the crucial points'. Joe Levin recently advised a syndicate of banks including ING and BNP Paribas as lenders on a $1.55bn reserve-based lending facility to Chrysoar for the acquisition of a portfolio of UK North Sea from Shell, and the client-recommended Heike Trischmann acted as lead international counsel to a number of stakeholders within the government of Pakistan during the initial stages of an integrated LNG terminal project. In corporate highlights, Jan Mellmann assisted Saffron with its agreement to acquire the Italian oil and gas portfolios of Sound Energy and Po Valley Energy. Rod Chooramun is noted for his 'excellent management skills and strong commercial instincts' while Andrew Hutcheon has a strong track record in the energy disputes space. Colin Graham recently joined from Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (Europe) LLP .

Global co-head of project finance¬†James Simpson¬†jointly leads the oil and gas at¬†Winston & Strawn London LLP¬†with¬†Zo√ę Ashcroft¬†who also leads the London corporate and finance department. Recently bolstered by the transfer of¬†Stephen Jurgenson¬†from the firm's Dubai office, the practice advised Electrogas on all aspects of the innovative LNG-to-power project in Malta; of counsel¬†Jason Parker¬†also collaborated on this mandate. Parker and Simpson also teamed up as project counsel to a joint venture planning to build an LNG terminal and distribution facility in Southern Europe.

The 'precise and relevant' oil and gas team at Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP is 'excellent on all accounts', according to one client. Practice head Paul Stockley and Aberdeen's Richard Cockburn are both noted as 'switched on and service-minded' and recently welcomed Thomas Williams from Boodle Hatfield LLP as litigation and international arbitration partner. Chrysaor instructed the firm to handle its acquisition of a number of North Sea assets from Shell, and Serica appointed the firm to assist with its takeover of BP's interests in the Bruce, Keith and Rhum gas fields in the North Sea. Tom Beezer is based in Southampton and represented Endeavour Energy in its dispute with joint venture partners regarding the costs of rig decommissioning operations in the North Sea. On the domestic front, Alex Hirom continues to advise Barking Power on the contractual aspects of the conversion of a large gas-fired power plant in East London.

The multi-disciplinary oil and gas offering at Addleshaw Goddard advises a wide array of domestic and international clients on downstream, midstream and upstream matters from its London, Leeds and Manchester offices. Angus Rollo and Guy Winter are the names to note in the London office; they have substantial experience handling corporate transactions in the sector such as BP's sale of its Belfast fuel terminal to Puma Energy. Gary Sector is rated for shale gas, coal bed methane or underground coal gasification projects. Corporate expert Anna Nerush is also recommended.

Bird & Bird LLP 'is increasingly regarded as an important oil and gas practice in London', according to one client. The 'very organised and cohesive' team 'has a strong set of dispute resolution partners and some outstanding senior associates'. In recent highlights, 'excellent advocate' and arbitration specialist Garreth Wong teamed up with Peter Knight to settle a dispute against Shell, Total and Mitsui for Vopak and Energas with regards to an LNG terminal in Mexico. Andrew Renton is currently advising Gazprom on the refurbishment and extension of the Pancevo refinery complex in Serbia, and Tom Snaith acted for Gates Corporation in its strategic acquisition of Techflow - a fully integrated engineering, manufacturing and commercial operation. Other key names include international co-head of the energy and infrastructure group Matt Bonass , securities and equity capital markets expert  Clive Hopewell and Adam Carling - both of whom recently joined from Charles Russell Speechlys LLP .

E&A Law Limited 'is extremely capable and knowledgeable with regards to the energy sector and EU energy law', according to one client. The 'very bright and proactive' director Ana Stanic 'knows how to build and present her case in a very convincing way' and 'she can turn her hand to concepts and strategies outside of most lawyers' remit'. Recent work includes substantial regulatory mandates, such as Stanic's advice to Milieu in connection with its report for the European Commission to analyse the laws of EU member states and the foreign ownership of energy infrastructure. Other notable work highlights includes acting for a European political party in its preparation of an analysis of the legislative changes proposed by the Commission and their effects on the energy market and climate change ambitions.

Fieldfisher advises clients on oil and gas infastructure matters, regulatory issues and energy disputes. Stuart Carter and associate Naomi Nguyen were part of the team which handled Cabot Energy's acquisition of the entire issued share capital of Rockhopper Civita, and Nodir Sidikov teamed up with Jonathan Brooks to advise KazMunaiGas Exploration on its offer to buy back shares and other securities held by minority stakeholders. Other names to note include Oliver Abel Smith , Dominic Gurney-Champion and Brad Isaac who have a strong track record in the banking and finance space, and Arik Aslanyan who spearheads the firm's Russia and CIS department. The firm's enviable client roster also includes names such as Total, President Energy and Eni.

With a particular strength in corporate transactions in Africa and Eastern Europe, the oil and gas offering at Fladgate LLP is spearheaded by Paul Airley who recently advised Roxi Petroleum on the proposed merger of its key assets, including the BNG project in Kazakhstan. David Robinson assisted PowerHouse Energy with a £2.5m placing and loan note conversion, and Grant Gordon and Nigel Gordon handled Eco Oil & Gas' admission to AIM and £5.09m placing. Also notable is consultant Neil Vickers who acted for Cantor Fitzgerald, GMP FirstEnergy and Stifel Nicolaus as joint bookrunners on a $40m accelerated bookbuild to enable TSX and SDX Energy to acquire the oil and gas assets of Circle Oil in Egypt and Morocco.

Graham Watson has experience in private and public M&A, capital markets and general commercial corporate advice and co-heads Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP 's oil and gas offering with the New York-based Elliot Friedman . The group regularly handles project financing mandates and energy disputes, especially with regards to LNG projects in emerging markets.

Gowling WLG has substantial experience in the regulatory space as shown by John Cooper 's counsel to the Northern Ireland Authority for Utility Regulation with regards to an appeal brought to the Competition and Markets Authority by Firmus Energy. The group is overseeing a number of other disputes and arbitrations under the supervision Gordon Bell , Tom Price and Michael Darowski . Daniel Wood is currently leading the advice to a multinational engineering contractor with regards to monetary and scheduling issues arising from the reconstruction of a fuel storage facility in the UK, and practice head David Ponsford recently acted for Synergy Global Consulting in the negotiation and finalisation of a resettlement services agreement with a major oil and gas with activities in East Africa.

HFW 's oil and gas outfit is led by litigator and experienced arbitrator Paul Dean and represents oil majors, independents and service companies at every stage of a project's life cycle. Also notable on the contentious side is Alistair Feeney who previously acted for BP. With regards to advisory work, clients can rely on Nick Hutton and Jayson Marks for corporate and commercial mandates such as M&A transactions, joint ventures, equity capital markets and farm-ins.

The oil and gas lawyers at the 'truly excellent' Kerman & Co LLP 'respond with alacrity, give excellent advice and have an all-encompassing knowledge of the market'. Praised as a 'tour de force', Simon Holden is recommended by clients alongside Una Deretic who 'provides excellent commercial and pragmatic advice'. In parallel with substantial capital markets mandates including share offers and fundraisings, the group handled Petrogas' $21m acquisition of seven sites and associated businesses from the Carsley Group under the supervision of Deretic and associate Coral Yu .  Corporate practice head Peter Kohl and solicitor Jack Kemmish are also key contacts.

The London oil and gas team at Locke Lord LLP covers every discipline in the oil and gas sector and fields an Africa and Latin America desk. James Channo is managing partner in the London office and acts as co-chair of the firm's EMEA international transactions practice; he recently acted for Shore Capital in the admission of Touchstone Exploration's common shares to trading on the AIM, and advised Bahamas Petroleum on the firm and conditional placing of new ordinary shares to raise £2.6m on the AIM. Kevin Atkins and senior counsel Nicholas Jennings handled several corporate mandates such as the acquisition of downstream assets in the North Sea. Also notable is Atkins' collaboration with Kevin Heath to oversee arbitration proceedings arising from the alleged breach of joint operation agreement obligations with regards to the development of an offshore project in Africa.

Robert Hamill spearheads the oil and gas offering at Mayer Brown International LLP and focuses on corporate finance, M&A and joint ventures. Along with the recently promoted partner Rebecca Bothamley he handled the equity fundraising of $19.5m for ongoing drilling operations in the Niger Delta on behalf of Eland Oil & Gas whom he also advised on shipping and offtake agreements. Devi Shah  and of counsel Alexandra Wood acted for the supervisors of Alpha Petroleum in the ongoing implementation of a company voluntary agreement of North Sea development and production company Alpha Petroleum. Salamander Solutions instructed the group to oversee its acquisition of MC AAA as part of its wider consolidation of heater cable technology companies.

Lisa O’Neill and counsel Elisabeth Moseley are the key names to note in McDermott Will & Emery UK LLP 's oil and gas practice. In recent higlights, the pair acted for industrial gas company Praxair in the global divestments to be made by the client and the Linde group required for their merger. An independent UK oil and gas company instructed the group to handle the sale of assets and the an asset swap transaction in Africa, while O'Neill assisted a new client with a farm-down and joint venture in West Africa.

Memery Crystal LLP 'has an excellent corporate financing and disputes, especially in the junior space, and is able to provide project and M&A services from its London office'. The practice is jointly led by Michael Dawes and Nick Davis ; Dawes led the advice to longstanding client Tlou Energy on an equity placing to raise A$5.2m, and Kieran Stone acted for Rose Petroleum in the reorganisation and subsequent fundraising of £3m through secondary placing of ordinary shares. In other highlights, an international oil and gas company instructed the group to oversee its proposed takeover via scheme of arrangement, and Andrew Titmas teamed up with Jane Marsden to handle Idemitsu Kosan's disposal of its entire issued share capital to Rockrose Energy. Capital markets expert and chairman Lesley Gregory is also a key contact.

The oil and gas practice at Michelet & Co Ltd. has a strong track record in the shipping and offshore space where David Gardner is currently representing an offshore drilling company in proceedings against a major drilling contractor who alleges the vessels recently ordered by the client are in violation of the claimant's patents. Associate Antony Brook - who joined from Ince & Co with Hsu Mei O’Neill - is also a key name to note and recently advised a drilling contractor on the regulatory implications of its proposed sale of its older jack-up rigs for recycling. The team also welcomed Helle Kjærstad and Neila Cheeks from Reed Smith LLP .

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius UK LLP's team represents sponsors, lenders, government and private equity investors across the downstream, midstream and upstream oil and gas sectors in a wide range of corporate matters. In recent highlights, the firm acted for High Power Petroleum in its acquisition of a majority stake in Cabot Energy. Lime Rock appointed a team led by Stephen Walters to oversee the sale of oil field services company TWMA to Buckthorn, while Bruce Johnston assisted VTB Bank as a partial guarantor of a $5.5bn loan by Interesa Sanpaolo to Glencore and Qatar Holding. Other key contacts include capital markets expert Carter Brod. Lewis Jones moved to Baker Botts (UK) LLP.

Ted Greeno spearheads the dispute resolution practice at Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP and is regarded by one client as 'simply the best oil and gas litigator in London'. He is currently representing a UK oil company in a potential dispute with a Middle Eastern government with regards to a long-term gas lifting agreement and an associated production sharing arrangement with the support of Jenni Lajzerowicz who recently arrived from Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP. James Bremen is leading the advice to a major independent oil company in two parallel dispute against its former EPC contractor in relation to a project in Central Asia, more specifically pertaining to the construction of undersea pipelines under two separate contracts. The group is also currently assisting a Canadian entity as claimant with a claim seeking damages on the basis that its joint venture partner breached an express duty of good faith and misrepresented the state of affairs.

Shepherd and Wedderburn represents British independent exploration and production companies in cross-border M&A and capital market transactions, and is described as 'the best oil and gas outfit in Scotland and one of the best in the UK' by one client. Practice head Stephen Trombala 'has strong business acumen and provides a dedicated team' which 'is plugged into the oil and gas market'. Petrolneos appointed the group to develop a suite of procurement suites for its relationships with third party supplier and contractors, while Trombala advised Celtique Energie on the sale of two of interests in two French permits to Investaq Energie. The 'thorough, knowledgeable' and recently promoted partner Ben Pilbrow  'is a rising star'; he has vast experience representing clients across all forms of dispute resolution including international arbitration and mediation. Also recently made partner is Tom Swan who acts in regulatory and corporate matters.

Slaughter and May 's oil and gas offering is particularly strong in corporate transactions and financing mandates. Steven Galbraith and Hywel Davies are the main names to note; they are currently leading the advice to Aker Energy with regards to its acquisition of Hess' interests in Ghana, and recently acted for Maersk in the competition and energy law aspects of the $8.1bn sale of Maersk Oil to Total.

Stephenson Harwood 's Stuart Beadnall has a strong track record dealing with the maritime aspects of the oil and gas industry and recently advised an offshore contractor on its floating production, storage and offloading vessel in connection with an oil field in the North Sea. Max Lemanski is currently representing the owner of a floating production storage and offloading unit undergoing a complete refit pursuant to its redeployment from the North Sea to the coast of Brazil, and the group recently handled an increasing volume of new LNG, FSRU and FLNG-related mandates. On the contentious side, clients can rely on Haris Zografakis - who heads the commodities practice - and Sean Gibbons who most recently handled a commercial litigation case pertaining to alleged unpaid fees on behalf of a state-owned oil and gas company.


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Spearheaded by Gareth Price and Jeremy Parr , the power team at Allen & Overy LLP handles the full spectrum of projects, financing, M&A and dispute resolution work for a enviable client roster. On the nuclear front, Troy Edwards is collaborating with Price to advise Hitachi and Horizon on the development of a new-build plant in the UK. Internationally, the EBRD and its co-lenders appointed a team led by Lorraine Bayliss and Jaspal Gillar to oversee the financing - some of which through Islamic tranche - of six projects in the Ben Ban development, and Mark Walker acted for the Palestine Energy Transmission Company in the purchase of electricity distributed by a regulated Israeli entity at four connection points in the West Bank as well as the associated PPA. Also notable are John Geraghty , David Lee and Richard Evans who intervened in significant mandates in the renewables space such as the privatisation of the Green Investment Bank. Engie, Macquarie and Goldman Sachs are also key clients.

Ashurst provides  'very commercial, pragmatic and invaluable' advice  underpinned by an 'excellent knowledge of the power sector'. The lawyers in the power team 'are the best at understanding the wider picture and clients' business drivers', with the 'eager, responsive, approachable' Cameron Smith draws particular praise. In recent highlights, practice head David Wadham acted for Banks Renewables on the development and financing of three onshore wind farms, and Antony Skinner advised the Santander, Barclays and others as lenders on the refinancing of solar assets. Recent front-end projects work includes assisting a major global technology company with the restructuring of two Asian projects following the insolvency of its EPC joint venture partner, and Matthew Saunders is defending a heavyweight corporate client in SCC proceedings filed by an electricity distributor in relation to a Swedish law contract. Senior associate Peter Grayson is also a key contact alongside counsel Nicholas Hilder  and newly promoted partner Anthony Johnson .

Clifford Chance LLP is 'excellent across the board' and 'provides an outstanding service on all accounts' through 'responsive, commercial and pragmatic solutions', according to one client. Brendan Moylan recently acted for a consortium in the purchase of renewable assets across a range of jurisdictions from a multinational developer and operator, and corporate partner David Lewis collaborated with finance to handle the auction share sale of an onshore wind farm in the UK on behalf of an American owner and operator. Clare Burgess oversaw the capital markets aspects of the sale of material assets in two separate offshore wind projects on behalf of the bidders, while James Pay and David Metzger oversaw the projects and construction issues respectively. Internationally, Jeremy Connick guided a number of clients through the financing of several large-scale projects in Africa. Finance expert Ashvin Seetulsingh comes heavily recommended by clients and is also a key contact alongside Nicholas Hughes and Nigel Wellings .

The power and renewables team at CMS fields 'very strong partners', stands out by its 'excellent industry knowledge' and is described by one client as 'a clear market leader'. The firm's client roster includes investors, utilities, independent developers and regulators and was bolstered by significant new corporate clients after its merger. In recent highlights, the team - led by Robert Lane - closed a number of power purchasing agreements for household names in the retail and technology space, and is currently advising on numerous energy-from-waste projects. Recent contentious work includes regulatory appeals, commercial and joint venture disputes with regards to the development of large-scale projects, and international arbitration; some of the main names to note in that space include Rob Wilson and Steven Williams .Head of the clean energy focus group Munir Hassan and Charles Currier - who co-heads the UK corporate practice - are also both heavily recommended by clients.

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP is 'one of the best' in the power space, according to one client who values its 'punctual and excellent business acumen, tailored advice and knowledge in the regulatory field'. A team led by Sarah Pollock and Matthew Job continues to assist Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners on its acquisition and development of four biomass plants in the UK with the support of senior associate Hannah Roscoe , and two central UK government entities instructed Stephen Rayfield 's outfit to oversee the privatisation of the Green Investment Bank including the passage of new legislation. The 'approachable and professional' Silke Goldberg is currently advising Aquind on its interconnector project between Lovedean and Le Havre, and Patrick Mitchell teamed up with Job and Catherine Howard to act for a major energy company in its upcoming nuclear projects. The firm's client roster also features BNP Paribas, Centrica, National Grid and Mitsui. Julia Pyke departed the firm to take up an in-house role at EDF.

At Linklaters LLP clients get 'an excellent service all around', 'very good client access and strong continuity which helps with repeat deals'. The department handles a healthy variety of project financing mandates, corporate transactions and disputes, and is currently assisting the central government with its future nuclear strategy. Among the names to note feature the 'very commercial and approachable' John Pickett and the 'formidably bright' infrastructure and projects practice head Jeremy Gewirtz who collaborated with the corporate team to advise Mitsui and ENGIE on the sale of the portfolio containing the Saltend, Deeside and Indian Queens UK power plants to Energy Capital Partners. Richard Ginks recently oversaw a 40% shareholding acquisition in the Sheringham Shoal offshore wind farm on behalf of Equitix while Charlotte Morgan plays a key role in the firm's nuclear offering. Also notable is the 'excellent, solution-driven and commercial' Richard Coar who jointly spearheads the renewables practice with Pickett and is currently leading counsel to the project company on the financing and development of the Triton Knoll offshore wind farm.

Norton Rose Fulbright is currently acting for the lenders to the Triton Knoll offshore wind farm project under the leadership of Rob Marsh , and Chris Down teamed up with EMEA energy head Charles Whitney to lead the advice to Marubeni and JinkoSolar as sponsors on the financing and development of the Sweihan solar PV project in the UAE. Daniel Metcalfe and Andrew Hart also handled a number of significant financing mandates. On the capital markets side, Stephen Rigby advised Greencoat on its $340m equity offering as part of its new share issuance programme and plan to acquire several wind farms. JP Morgan appointed Chris Grieves to oversee its acquisition of Infinis' onshore wind portfolio. Richard Hill has a particular expertise in the construction and contractual aspects of energy projects and spearheads the team from London. Nicholas Pincott retired from the partnership.

Richard Blunt spearheads the energy, mining and infrastructure department at Baker McKenzie which was recently strengthened by the arrival of M&A specialist David Duncan from Allen & Overy LLP . The group recently advised clients on a number of innovative project-financing and high-profile transactions in the power space; Calvin Walker and Marc Fèvre worked with the firm's Frankfurt office to assist Bayerische Landesbank and Arab African International Bank as lenders on the financing of a solar photo voltaic plant in Egypt, and Charles Whitefoord represented Lightsource in the creation of a strategic platform with Blackrock Real for the acquisition and ownership of UK solar assets. Also notable is Neil Donoghue who recently oversaw all aspects of the chapter 11 filings of a US manufacturing company - which involved significant regulatory issues in the nuclear space. Other notable clients include BP, Suez and Marubeni whom senior associate Tania Arora counselled on the procurement and decommissioning of a coal-fired power plant in Botswana.

The 'easy to work with' and 'competent' power team at Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP is recommended by clients for energy-from-waste projects especially with regards to the contractual and construction aspects. The firm acts for clients such as National Grid, Ancala and major retailers in matters across the energy supply chain under the leadership of Adam Dann . Recently, Dann and Kiran Arora advised EDFES - a joint venture between EDF and Dalkia - on its acquisition of Imtech from Endless, and Mark Richards is currently assisting the University of Cambridge with all aspects of utility provision at the North West Cambridge Development. Ed Coulson and Andrew Hockley continue to represent National Grid and Scottish Power in their respective claims for damages arising from alleged overcharges paid for the purchase of high voltage power cables following the EU's 2014 cartel decision. The firm's energy disputes practice is spearheaded by Segun Osuntokun while Christian Drage specialises in planning issues.

Dentons is one client's 'go-to choice for financing mandates' and fields a 'huge team' which impresses through its 'excellent service, thoroughness and willingness to go the extra mile'. With a particular strength in the solar power space, the group continues to advise a leading international solar farm developers on its strategic partnership with an operator to accelerate the client's expansion overseas through the acquisition of assets across Europe; practice co-head Charles July also acted for Statoil in its first solar project development. Lucille De Silva teamed up with Candice Chapman to handle the acquisition of shareholding in UK renewable companies for a leading Asian utility provider, and the IFC appointed the group to oversee the implementation of its Scaling Solar Program in Ethiopia to support the local power utility in the selection of private sector partners to deliver 250MW of solar PV projects. The firm recently completed its merger with Maclay, Murray & Spens which significantly bolstered the firm's presence in the small to mid-scale projects space - particularly regarding onshore wind, hydroelectricity and combined heat and power generation - and in terms of energy regulation.

DLA Piper fields an 'excellent, very personable and commercial' team with 'great sector knowledge across all levels'. Clients especially note the 'effective and practical' Philip Chong who has 'strategic insight, sharp intelligence and good judgment' and heads the international arbitration department in Europe. In recent highlights, Natasha Luther-Jones was recently promoted to global co-chair of energy and natural resources and led the advice to Nord/LB on the financing of a wind farm project in Sweden; Dimitri Papaefstratiou was made head of energy and infrastructure projects in London and assisted Mytilineos with the limited recourse vendor financing and contractual documentation for a combined cycle gas turbine plant in Ghana. On the M&A side, Jon Hayes led a multi-jurisdictional team to handle GE's $1.65bn acquisition of LM Wind Power. The Manchester-based Darren Walsh is a finance specialist and recently represented clients such as KEPCO KPS and the Liverpool Combined Authority.

The power offering at Hogan Lovells International LLP covers energy generation, regulation, storage, infrastructure and supply on behalf of regulated entities, utility suppliers, distributors and lenders across the full spectrum of sectors. The recently promoted partner Alex Harrison , Nicholas Roberts and Ben Higson were recently appointed as sole legal counsel to the Crown Estate with regards to its wind, tidal and gas storage portfolios, and Philip Robb recently advised John Laing on all aspects of its new £137m bank facilities for the financing of acquisitions of new renewable assets. Also notable is Adrian Walker 's work for a global engineering company with regards to the development of a new nuclear asset, and a global partnership arrangement with an oil and gas major negotiated by Richard Tyler for a solar asset manufacturer. On the contentious front, Roberta Downey is representing the main contractor of a major offshore wind farm in a number of disputes and arbitration proceedings against a range of parties including an international subcontractor and the project owner. The team was recently strengthened by the arrival of Arun Velusami from Norton Rose Fulbright and Sarah Shaw from Allen & Overy LLP .

Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP recently advised K-Exim and other commercial banks on the financing of the four-unit Barakah nuclear power project in Abu Dhabi, and Wilmington Trust appointed the group to oversee the financing of a portfolio of six separate solar PV projects sponsored by Scatec. John Dewar heads the practice and led the advice to the credit export agencies and Egyptian lenders for the financing of the Port Said wind farm, while Matthew Hagopian is currently assisting the sponsors with the first stage of the financing and development of a natural gas hub and power project in Brazil. Clive Ransome has particular expertise in the EMEA power space and Manzer Ijaz is currently overseeing a number of LNG-to-power and conventional thermal plant projects. Senior associate Munib Hussain is also a key name to note.

The 'excellent' power offering at Pinsent Masons LLP 'is deeply committed to the success of the industry generally and its clients' business'; its practitioners 'are extremely knowledgeable about the procurement process, construction contracts and they go the extra mile'. Gareth Phillips is currently leading the advice to Orsted on all planning and property matters arising from the Hornsea offshore wind farm, and continues to assist joint venture partners Hive and Wirsol Energy with all planning and property matters associated with the Cleve Hill Solar Park in Kent. A team spearheaded by Peter Feehan is currently overseeing the implementation of electric vehicle charging points across the UK for joint venture Ionity, while Leeds-based and heavily-recommended construction expert Melanie Grimmitt is handling the procurement of an EPC contractor and long-term maintenance arrangements with regards to new CCGT projects at the Eggborough and Kings Lynn B sites. On the corporate front, Carsten Rumberg acted for BayWa in the disposal of its last remaining UK solar assets to a fund managed by Greencoat Capital. Paul Rice leads the practice and is also a name to note alongside Richard Griffiths , the 'technically excellent' Graham Alty and the 'extremely hardworking and committed' Caroline Ramsay .

The 'tremendous' power team at Shearman & Sterling LLP is 'unbeatable for Middle Eastern power projects', according to one client. Known as 'undoubtedly one of the big names in the emerging markets power space', Nicholas Buckworth 'has outstanding gravitas and knows how to drive a big deal to close'; he recently acted for the sponsors in the development of a solar photovoltaic power plant project in Eastern Europe. The team - spearheaded by the 'responsive, knowledgeable and always available' Iain Elder - also represented BTMU and its co-lenders to Marubeni and Jinko with regards to the Sweihan solar project in Abu Dhabi, while practice head John Inglis is currently advising a lender group on the financing of the 1.320MW Balkhash coal-fired thermal plant in Kazakhstan. Also recommended by clients is Sanja Udovicic .

Simmons & Simmons holds a strong track record in the power sector, especially for the financing and development of solar projects in the UK and abroad, and large-scale power projects in the Middle East and Africa. In recent highlights, practice head Patrick Wallace and Andrew Petry advised the lender consortium on the debt financing of the Markbygden wind farm in Sweden, and Iain Duncan continued to assist Mainstream with its renewable energy joint ventures with private equity investor Actis pertaining to its generation plants in Africa and Chile. Also notable are Steven McNab and Adrian Nizzola who handled substantial mandates in the renewables space. The team recently welcomed finance expert Jen Yee Chan and corporate partner David Parkes from King & Wood Mallesons, and real estate and professional indemnity specialist Emily Monastiriotis arrived from Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP .

White & Case LLP 's energy practice recently saw the promotion to partner of Kamilla Azamat and Meredith Campanale 's promotion to counsel. On the project development side, Philip Stopford and Kirsti Massie are currently acting as counsel to the project company and Al Nowais as sponsor with regards to a 2.640 MW coal-fired power plant in Egypt's Ayoun Moussa area, and Caroline Miller Smith and Ellis Baker are advising Star Capital and Eurotunnel on their proposed power 75km-long interconnector project between the UK and France. The team is also representing a contractor in the negotiation of its EPC contract for the construction of a new nuclear plant in Eastern Europe. In terms of brown field M&A, John Cunningham was part of the team which assisted the UK subsidiary of an international energy group with its acquisition of two combined cycle gas turbine stations from a leading energy company. Mark Castillo-Bernaus co-heads the London power offering with global head Massie and recently oversaw the granting of a project finance facility for the development of an independent power plant with Jason Kerr and counsel Chris Duncan . Other notable clients include HSBC, Enerjisa and Acergy.

At Addleshaw Goddard , the 'partner-led, very responsive and professional' power offering lets its 'in-depth knowledge of the sector drive its counsel'. Independent developer Harmony Energy Storage appointed a team led by the 'technically excellent' practice co-head Guy Winter to oversee its joint venture arrangement with investor Long Harbour for the procurement and operation of three separate electric energy storage facilities in England. Rob Thompson 'sets high standards technically' while Leeds-based practice co-head Richard Goodfellow 's 'experience provides valuable perspective'; the pair recently acted for an industrial client in the development of a new merchant energy-from-waste plant Australia. Also notable in Leeds is Paul Dight who has been assisting a major utility distributor with the regulatory issues arising from a procurement contract for IT services, while Angus Rollo handled BP's acquisition of a minor equity stake in Lightsource from the London office. On the contentious front, John Emerton specialises in litigation and represents clients such as SSE, Engie and Yorkshire Water.

The power team at Baker Botts (UK) LLP is headed by Lewis Jones who recently joined from Morgan, Lewis & Bockius UK LLP following the departure of former practice head Robin Mizrahi to Covington & Burling LLP . In recent highlights, the practice acted for an energy company in the financing and development of a diesel-fired power station in Africa, and an African energy generation company appointed the group to handle all project and finance documentation related to a hydro power plant. Also notable is the ongoing work for the lenders on a municipal energy-from-waste project in the Middle East, the negotiation of an operation and maintenance agreement for an LNG-to-power project in Europe on behalf of an independent operator, and the procurement of a solar IPP in Northern Africa.

Bird & Bird LLP 'provides a very high level of service'; the 'responsive and dedicated' power lawyers 'care almost about the business of their clients as the clients themselves' and differentiate themselves through a 'genuine understanding of the sector'. Renewables sector head Elizabeth Reid and Matt Bonass  - described by one client as 'a cool customer who works extremely well under pressure' - continue to jointly advise investment fund Bluefield on a number secondary market deals, and acted for Abbey Renewables in its disposal of 14 wind farms across the UK. In the biogas and anaerobic digestion space, Michael Rudd represents funders in all contractual and financing arrangements. Other highlights include handling the negotiation of a long-term contract for the procurement of a combined heat and power plant, counselling the EBRD on the implementation of an enabling legal framework for energy performance contracting in Ukraine, and high-value mandates in the solar power space for clients such as Capital Stage, Green Hedge and Unisun.

The 'excellent' team at Bracewell (UK) LLP is spearheaded by Tracy London who is 'always available, extremely knowledgeable' and 'has deep sector-specific expertise in the power sector' especially with regards to construction issues. The London office is exclusively dedicated to the energy space and recently advised independent developers on their financing of solar projects in the Middle East and Africa. In other highlights, London is currently representing BNP Paribas and Societe Generale as lenders to Engie with regards to their bid for the 300MW Sakaka solar project in Saudi Arabia. Martin Stewart-Smith is also notable and acting for a leading metal and mining company in its role in the procurement and operation of two conventional power projects.

The cross-departmental power team at Burges Salmon LLP 'provides excellent and seamless service, has market-leading knowledge knowledge of the renewables sector and fields sizeable, responsive and innovative resources'. Corporate finance partner Jonathan Eves , construction specialist Lloyd James and Will Woodall 'are all experts in solar PV and energy storage deals' and 'go above and beyond to meet clients' expectations'. Along with highly sensitive and complex new-build nuclear mandates, the team - jointly spearheaded by 'true expert' Ross Fairley and Ian Salter - recently continues to advise Orsted on the Hornsea offshore wind farm, and acted for Maas Capital in its partnership with Solarplicity for the installation of rooftop solar facilities to feed housing associations across the UK. Also notable is Fairley's ongoing counsel to Wave Hub regarding marine, regulatory, real estate, construction, insurance and commercial contracts issues; and Gary Soloman and Julian Boswall continue to represent a local authority in its response to the proposed development of a new nuclear power station with a new connection grid.

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP provides 'strong support in the specialist area of procurement and real estate', according to one client. In recent highlights, CGN Europe - a subsidiary of a Chinese state-owned utility - instructed a team led by Jason Lovell to oversee its acquisition of onshore wind assets in Ireland, and the group is currently leading the advice to National Grid on a complex business separation and subsequent sale proceedings. Cardiff-based  Iwan Walters assisted EDF with the disposal of five onshore wind assets to Greencoat UK Wind, and Birmingham's David Jones is currently intervening in the EPC contract negotiation ownership, EPC and cabling arrangements with regards to a major interconnector project between the UK and mainland Europe. The team's construction and engineering arm was recently bolstered by the arrival of Richard Streeter from CMS and the corporate offering benefited from James Vernon 's hire from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP. Michelle T Davies heads the firm's clean energy practice and co-heads the team with Robert Pitcher who spearheads the international infrastructure and energy outfit.

Fenwick Elliott LLP is a specialist construction firm and 'has an outstanding and well-deserved reputation in this field, especially for international solar, wind, nuclear and hydroelectricity projects'. In the offshore wind sector, Tony Francis and Karen Gidwani continue to provide strategic advice to contractors and OFTOs with regards to construction contracts and dispute resolution. Nicholas Gould recently assisted a public sector entity in a delay damages claim against a contractor instructed to refurbish a power plant in Eastern Europe. Clients especially praise 'fantastic strategic thinker and team manager' Richard Smellie and the 'relentlessly hardworking and clear-thinking' Thomas Young ; Lyndon Smith was promoted to the partnership and is currently representing a leading hydroelectric company in arbitration proceedings arising from the contested valuation of variation, delays and disruption costs pertaining to a major infrastructure development in the Middle East.

Derek Goodban leads the power practice at Gowling WLG from Birmingham. In London, Gareth Baker and Andrew Newbery advised Rockfire Capital on all financing aspects of the acquisition of two solar portfolios from Wirsol Energy, and the pair assisted Primrose Solar with the disposal of its last remaining UK solar farms to Equitix. On the contentious front, Daniel Wood represented E.ON in the development of its rectification strategy and ensuing legal proceedings arising from a fundamental failure discovered during the construction of wind turbines at the Robin Rigg offshore farm. The team - led by Birmingham's John Cooper - continues to oversee the implementation of the government's smart meter programme; Cooper also defended the Northern Ireland utility regulator in two separate appeals brought by Firmus Energy and SONI. Other key clients include Octopus, Natixis and Opus Energy.

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (Europe) LLP recently gained several new high-profile clients such as Trailstone and BB Energy and bolstered its power offering with the hire of Paul Doris from Watson Farley & Williams LLP . The firm has a strong presence in the renewables space; Anthony Riley advised BlackRock and NextEnergy on their respective acquisitions of operational solar assets in the UK. Bioenergy Infrastructure Group benefited from practice head Matthew Williams ' advice on its acquisition of biomass and energy-from-waste facilities from Macquarie, while Alexander Janes assisted Canadian Solar as borrower with its £41.85m financing from Bayerische Landesbank of a series of solar projects. Edward Humphries represented an investment fund in the purchase of senior notes to refinance several project finance loans and is also a key contact alongside senior associate Rebecca Downes , of counsel Elisabeth Blunsdon and John Deacon .

The renewables practice at Osborne Clarke LLP has a particular expertise in solar projects and recently gained in strength through the arrival of project finance partner Alistair Curzon from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP and financial services regulatory expert Michael Lewis from Pinsent Masons LLP . Solarplicity appointed the group to advise on the $160m investment by Maas Capital for the installation of panels to generate power for affordable housing in England and Wales, James Watson handled the acquisition, development and re-financing of an onshore wind farm, and practice head Simon Hobday acted for Gas Power Development in the purchase and financing of a six-site gas peaking plant portfolio with merchant offtake. On the regulatory side, Catherine Wolfenden is part of the team assisting a group of energy companies with a judicial review of Ofgem cuts to the embedded benefits scheme, and on the contentious front Adrian Lifely is currently representing a UAE-based oil trader in a Commercial Court claim against an oil major pertaining to payments for LPG shipments.

Squire Patton Boggs continued to expand upon its energy and natural resources offering in London with the hire of Ian Wood and Rinku Bhadoria from King & Wood Mallesons, Henry Davey from Herbert Smith Freehills LLP and Peter Wright from Simmons & Simmons . Currently spearheaded by Neil Upton , the team continues to advise the government of Fiji on the establishment of a legal and regulatory framework to enable the corporatisation of the Fiji Electricity Authority, and Calon Energy instructed the group to oversee the development of the Willington green field combined cycle and gas turbine project. In further highlights, Robin Baillie , Trevor Ingle and Leeds-based Matthew Mulqueen are currently assisting Equitix with the equity financing of a new UK energy recovery facility in Warwickshire, and John Danahy is part of the team intervening in the establishment of a portfolio of utility-scale battery storage facilities on behalf of the Volta Energy group. Legal director Sushma Maharaj is also a key name to note.

Trinity International LLP specialises in energy transactions in emerging markets under the leadership of Paul Biggs who has substantial experience in the sub-Saharan sector. A team including Biggs, Kaushik Ray and senior associate Jo Sykes - among others - recently acted for the project company of the Amandi IPP in Ghana, and Simon Norris acted as lead counsel to the project company with regards to the development and financing of the Azura gas-to-power IPP in Nigeria. On the solar front, Fiona Gulliford teamed up with counsel Luke Muchamore and others to oversee the development and financing of the Bangweulu project in Zambia, and Jennifer Gladstone and Conrad Marais assisted the project company of the Corbetti geothermal project in Ethiopia with all issues arising from the development of the project since its inception.

Watson Farley & Williams LLP 'is well-known in the offshore wind sector' and the 'practical, precise and highly responsive' power team has 'second to none knowledge of the sector'. In recent highlights, Lightsource instructed the team to handle its partnership platform with UK Climate Investments to fund the development, acquisition and ownership of a solar power generation asset in India, and practice head Evan Stergoulis acted for a group of institutional investors in the long-term financing of its acquisition of a 50% stake in the Walney Extension offshore wind farm. Also notable is Martin Lucas 's counsel to longstanding client Vattenfall on its acquisition of UK gas and electricity supply company iSupplyEnergy, and Henry Stewart 's work for BayernLB and RBS as funders to Canadian Solar's UK portfolio. The team also includes Ravinder Sandhu , Daisy East and Simon Alsey . Paul Doris became a partner at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (Europe) LLP .

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP represents developers, major utility companies, leading energy companies such as Vattenfall and Orsted, and independents. Recent corporate highlights include Sebastian Briggs 's advice to longstanding client RES on the sale of the Port Tyne battery storage project, while Simon Hughes oversaw a number of project developments such as the Dudgeon offshore wind farm and associated mandates such as the construction of a landward cable to connect the plant to the National Grid and the real estate aspects the incoming OFTO disposal. Ofgem appointed practice head Chris Towner , planning partner Jon Bower and construction expert Alex Hirom to assess the implications of developing a new regime to competitively tender new, separable and high-value transmission assets. The dispute resolution offering recently represented an electricity generator in a dispute with a utility provider arising from its SSA under the leadership of Ian Newcombe ; Thomas Williams recently joined the energy disputes team from Boodle Hatfield LLP .

The Bristol-based power offering at Bevan Brittan LLP is led by Nadeem Arshad and advises on district heating schemes, energy-from-waste and innovative projects such as energy storage and smart grids. Supported by recently promoted partner Nathan Bradberry , the group recently assisted Resource Recovery Solutions with the contractual arrangements, intellectual property and funding implications relating to the Derby Waste PPP project following the firm's original appointment to minimise the impact of the insolvency of the project's gasification technology supplier. Sheffield City Council engaged the practice to oversee an interconnector project between the E.ON Blackburn Meadows biomass plant and the client's municipal waste energy recovery facility.

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP 's Chris Putt has a strong track record in domestic and international corporate finance transactions; he jointly heads the power outfit with David Berry who specialises in corporate and commercial mandates such as joint ventures, outsourcing and long-term commercial relationships. The Energy Technologies Institute instructed the group to oversee the funding, design, build, testing and commercialisation of a waste gasification plant in partnership with a co-funding technology provider, and Berry acted for Bellway Homes in its negotiation of an ESA with Engie to operate a district heating system for a residence connected to the biomass-fuelled combined heating and power plant. Kevin Forsyth renewed the entire operation and maintenance agreements for the next ten years on behalf of the owning consortium and operator of a major offshore wind farm. Other notable clients include Tim Ball and construction expert David Savage .

Clyde & Co LLP 's power team is jointly headed by Clare Hatcher and Mark Walsh who sits in Guildford and was recently bolstered by the arrival of legal director Richard Eglington from Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP and dispute resolution and international arbitration expert Alejandro Garcia from Winston & Strawn London LLP . On the corporate front, the group recently advised the SIMEC group on its acquisition of Rio Tinto subsidiary Alcan Aluminium which owns two hydroelectric plants in Scotland, and Simon Vere Nicoll teamed up with Hatcher to handle the purchase of Green Highland Renewables from Ancala on behalf of GFG Alliance. Recent project development includes negotiating the development agreement and grid connection for a new wind farm to be developed by SIMEC at Glenshero. Senior associate Mark de la Haye supported Walsh to represent a developer as claimant in a contractual variation dispute against a contractor engaged to procure components of an offshore wind farm.

Chris Pritchett 's team at Foot Anstey was recently bolstered by the arrival of senior manager and tax specialist Rhys Pippard from Pinsent Masons LLP and corporate partner Patrick Somers from DLA Piper . British Solar Renewables appointed the team to handle 'Project Osprey' and 'Project Tyrell' - the sale of major solar parks to asset manager Next Energy and Bluefield Solar, respectively, under the leadership of property expert Stuart Cleak , while Ian Stubbs is currently advising NEC Energy on the design, installation and operation of two battery storage facilities in the UK. Other notable clients include the Eden Project, Arenko, BNRG and Camborne Energy.

HFW 's power offering has a particular expertise in the offshore wind sector where it services clients on the full range of advisory and contentious matters. On the projects side, Max Wieliczko acts as the firm's international head of construction and represents contractors and construction companies in the procurement and development of various generation assets such as waste-from-energy facilities. He is supported by senior associate Richard Booth . Michael Sergeant and consultant Steven Paull feature among the names to note for arbitration work in the industry.

Ince & Co 's power team has a strong track record in the renewables space, particularly in the field of offshore wind power projects, and practice leader Martin Sandgren was recently instructed by a leading Central European utility companies to advise on all the regulatory, due diligence and tender process issues arising from its proposed investment in the UK offshore wind market. A major Chinese power company also appointed Sandgren's outfit - which includes managing associate Nirada Griffiths - to intervene in its acquisition of a large offshore wind farm in Northern Europe. The group was also engaged by five different contractors and suppliers to intervene in four different tender and contract mandates with regards to a single UK offshore wind farm.

Lux Nova Partners Limited 'is a true boutique sector-leading firm', according to one client who values the outfit's ability to 'understand the changing economics of energy schemes and provide commercial insights with practical support to assist transactions'. Tom Bainbridge is recognised by clients as 'a strategic thinker' and collaborated with the 'agile and dedicated' Louisa Cilenti and 'rising star in renewable energy and infrastructure financing' Nikola Zahariev  - who was recently promoted to partner - to advise new market entrant CORE on its acquisition of the Newton Downs solar farm from Good Energy. Also notable is the 'very responsive and knowledgeable' Sandy Abrahams who acted for Mongoose Energy in its acquisition and associate financing of three separate operational operational ground-mounted solar parks with three co-located utility scale batteries.

Counsel David Birchall heads McDermott Will & Emery UK LLP 's power offering from London and advises clients on the full gamut of mid and upstream energy transactions. His experience includes acting for clients such as InterGen, SSE and Veolio in the procurement and development of solar, wind and conventional power generation assets, as well as restructuring and commercial matters for names such as ADDAX, JPMorgan and Morgan Stanley. He is supported by senior associate Shashank Krishna who focuses on private M&A, financing and project development.

Recently Prospect Law Ltd 's Edward De La Billiere and nuclear expert Claire Harvey led the advice to Huntingdon Ingalls Industries with regards to its market entry strategy to the UK's nuclear decommissioning market, and a Middle Eastern government entity instructed the group to assist with the procurement and implementation of a large-scale renewables program. Edmund Robb is a key contact alongside litigation specialist James Hilsdon . The team recently welcomed environmental law solicitor Andrew Waite from Ashurst and experienced commercial and corporate practitioner Oliver Williams from Hong Kong firm Haldanes, Solicitors and Notaries .

Tim Pharoah and Paul Stacey are among the key power and renewables contacts at Slaughter and May . The team recently assisted Drax with the issuing of $300m senior secured notes, and Impello instructed the group to advise on its sale to The Shell Petroleum Company. Also notable is the work for Innogy with regards to the merger of Npower with SSE's domestic retail operations in the UK.

Stephenson Harwood 's specialist power offering covers the development, financing, disposal and acquisition of projects. Notable clients in the solar space include Lightsource while E.ON and Drax feature among the firm's key with regards to biomass and coal to co-firing conversion schemes. Corporate partner Andrew McLean co-heads the firm's consumer and energy practices. Other notable contacts include Graeme Barton , Rebecca Carter , Jonathan Cripps and Ron Nobbs who specialises in construction and engineering issues - both advisory and contentious - with regards to the full gamut of projects.

Sullivan & Cromwell LLP¬†'s¬†Presley Warner¬†and¬†Christopher Howard¬†advised the coordinating committee of bank creditors with regards to the restructuring of renewables company Abengao which had consolidated financial and trade debt of more than ‚ā¨20bn. On the transactional side, Nikolaos Andronikos¬†teamed up with Ben Perry¬†to assist New Energy Investments as selling shareholder on four offerings representing all of its remaining equity in DONG. Also notable are¬†John O‚ÄôConnor¬†and¬†Vanessa Blackmore¬†who acted for Enel in its $5bn three-tranche offering of notes.

Dominic FitzPatrick  - who was recently elected UK senior partner -spearheads the energy, infrastructure and projects team as well as the corporate practice at Taylor Wessing LLP while Paul Glass sits in the dispute resolution and investigations department. Matthew Jones and David Quinlan are among the main names to note for construction and engineering matters, particularly with regards to procurement structures for domestic and international energy and infrastructure projects. For private equity mandates, clients can rely on James Goold and Robert Vidal is the firm's EU, competition and trade group.

At Trowers & Hamlins LLP the 'expert knowledge is excellent and the teams are always responsive and supportive during complex negotiations'. Christopher Paul 's project-led practice acts for clients across a wide range of jurisdictions but has a particular expertise in district heating mandates. In recent highlights, the team advised Energiesprong - an innovative residential housing refurbishment project in the Netherlands based on the concept of 'zero net energy' - on the structuring of a similar offer in the UK following the European Commission's promise of a grant for such projects. A property developer also appointed the group to oversee its procurement of an independent distribution network operator for the provision of electricity to its multi-phase development, and Megan Coulton supported Paul in his work for public and private sector clients in district heating schemes and utility connection arrangements. Thomas Wigley relocated to the firm's Muscat office and is also a key contact.


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Conrad Andersen heads the water team at Allen & Overy LLP with the support of Tim Conduit . In recent highlights, Richard Evans teamed up with Andersen to advise a consortium comprised of OMERS and Wren House - two infrastructure asset managers - on their acquisition of a 26.315% stake in Kemble Water which holds Thames Water. Following Mark Friend 's counsel to Severn Trent with regards to the creation of Water Plus - a non-household retail joint venture with United Utilities - he recently oversaw the antitrust and regulatory aspects of its takeover of Dee Valley Water. On the banking side, Jonathan Melton and Daniel Fletcher represent a major UK bank as arranger in the maintenance of a euro medium-term note programme for a major water company. Also notable is Gillian Holgate who sits in the corporate department. The firm recently promoted Tom Constance to the partnership and Nigel Pritchard retired.

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP provides 'excellent service, timely delivery and consistently high-quality advice' under the joint leadership of regulatory expert Tim Briggs and infrastructure M&A specialist Malcolm Lombers . Global infrastructure head continues to advise Tideway and Bazalgette on the construction, regulatory and financing issues arising from the development of the landmark Thames Tideway Tunnel project. On the corporate front, London corporate leader Ben Ward was part of the team acting for the selling funds in the proposed sale of a 53.69% equity interest in Kendra, the ultimate holding company of Yorkshire Water. Southern Water appointed the firm to oversee its PR19 price control review, and Dina Albagli continues to counsel a leading UK water company on new and existing financing and credit facilities.

The water offering at Linklaters LLP covers the full gamut of corporate and M&A, financing, regulatory and competition issues in the sector. Reza Taylor was recently promoted to partner within the finance department and is part of the team advising each of the seven securitised UK water companies on CayCo onshoring, which involves the replacement of Cayman-incorporated companies in their finance groups with English companies. Also a finance expert, Mark Nuttall recently teamed up with managing associate Elisabeth Johnson to counsel Thames Water with regards to its debut issuance into the Canadian bond market. Significant recent corporate highlights include assisting 3i Infrastructure with the sale of its stake in Anglian Water to a consortium of Dalmore Capital and GLIL Infrastructure, and the sale of Southern Water's non-household retail business to Business Stream - a subsidiary of Scottish Water. Julian Davies heads the practice while Michael Cutting leads the regulatory advice.

Baker McKenzie 's Jannan Crozier recently handled the carve-out issues arising from Suez's all-cash acquisition of GE Water in partnership with Canadian investment company CDPQ, and Tim Sheddick oversaw Macquarie's sale of its 26.315% stake in Thames Water through auction with the help of associate Tom Pound . In other highlights, construction and projects specialist Mike Webster continues to advise a mining company on its treated water supply arrangements for its phosphates and related process plants complex in the Middle East.

James Marshall and Andrew Hockley have substantial expertise and experience in the regulatory and competition fields and jointly lead the water offering at Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP . In parallel with the firm's ongoing counsel to Thames Water with regards to competition, construction, corporate governance, finance and dispute resolution issues, the team also recently handled Ancala's contested acquisition of listed water company Dee Valley under the supervision of Mark Richards and Nicholas Myatt . On the contentious front, Caroline Pope represented a construction company in a series of claims for delay, additional costs and misrepresentation arising from a contract for the design and construction of a new waste water treatment plant in Northern England. Other notable clients include Tideway, the University of Cambridge and Wren Renewables.

Andrew Newbery spearheads Gowling WLG 's water team and was part of the outfit counselling Sumitomo, Osaka Gas and National Holdings Group with regards to their bid for the project financed AZ Zour North 2 integrated water and power plant in Kuwait. In recent highlights, the team acted for the World Bank and the government of Kenya in the procurement of a water supply project, and advised MUJV - a joint venture between Veolia and UK Power Networks - on its sub-contracts with Aspire Defence for the expansion of the Allenby Connaught PFI with the MoD. On the regulatory side, Birmingham-based John Cooper has experience acting for governments, private entities and regulators; Andrew Litchfield is currently representing a factory operator in its response to a criminal investigation by the Environment Agency on the grounds of pollution charges. Jonathan Brufal heads the Africa group and recently relocated to London from the Dubai office.

Greenberg Traurig, LLP has particular expertise in the regulatory space and continues to assist Bristol Water with its compliance programme which involves quarterly audits and reports to Ofwat. Practice co-head Lisa Navarro recently teamed up with Henrietta Walker advised Northumbrian Water on the creation of its joint venture with Anglian Water to participate in the non-household retail market. Gillian Sproul co-heads the practice with Navarro and has a strong track record in defending regulated utilities in antitrust investigations and obtaining merger clearances.

The sector-led, multi-disciplinary water team at Hogan Lovells International LLP is spearheaded by Philip Robb . Recent financing work includes acting for a group of banks as lead arrangers in the closing of the project financing of Sohar independent water project in Oman after assisting the lenders throughout the bid phase, and Andrew Gallagher 's counsel to an investment bank with regards to its financing of a landmark UK infrastructure project. On the regulatory side, counsel Charles Ford advised existing investors in the sector on the impact of the ongoing PR19 review and the potential effects of the Labour Party's utilities reform plan. Steven Bryan handles corporate matters within the energy, projects and natural resources sector and was recently joined in the department by Sarah Shaw from Allen & Overy LLP .

The 'overall excellent level of service' provided by Pinsent Masons LLP is especially apparent in its 'very prompt responses' and 'thoroughly competent approach to complex issues of law'. Notable recent highlights include construction specialist Michael Allan 's work for the Aberdeen Harbour board with regards to the Nigg Bay expansion project, Neal Morris ' ongoing counsel to a joint venture of leading UK contractors in connection with the procurement of the Thames Tideway Tunnel project.The client-recommended Gordon McCreath sits in Glasgow and is currently leading a cross-office team to advise the Environment Agency on all compulsory purchase and property matters in relation to the construction of a new flood relief channel for the Thames. The practice is led by Belfast's Adrian Eakin who is a name to note alongside Edinburgh's Chris McGarvey and Claire Gregory  who leads the firm's environment practice from Manchester. Other key clients include United Utilities, Severn Trent and Veolia.

Known for its 'great response times, highly-tailored and relevant sector advice, and very impressive industry knowledge', the water team at Addleshaw Goddard represents clients such as United Utilities, Danaher and several leading UK water companies. Edinburgh's Andrew Walker recently handled Castle Water's acquisition of the entire issued share capital of non-domestic water retailer Cobalt Water, and 'very impressive advisor' Rona Bar-Isaac assisted a key market player with regulatory mandates in the context of retail and antitrust issues. David Shaw is a utilities expert and recently oversaw proposed variations to abstraction licenses on behalf of a UK water company. Richard Goodfellow heads the firm's energy and utilities group and is also a key name to note.

Burges Salmon LLP 's Bristol-based water practice leader Michael Barlow continues to provide ongoing commercial liability advice to water supply company Affinity Water with regards to the HS2 project, the route of which is due to cut through a number of the client's assets. Ofwat appointed the firm to oversee its procedures and processes in connection with PR19 as part of its Water2020 programme, Gary Soloman is currently acting for the Environment Agency and the Canal & River Trust in a £20m scheme for the implementation of innovative fish passes in the Severn and its major tributary. Other key names include experienced litigator and environmental law specialist Simon Tilling , infrastructure practice head William Gard and Steven James .

Shepherd and Wedderburn 'is without peer in its understanding of the water industry, its governance and competition framework', according to one client. Clients are especially impressed by Edinburgh's 'remarkably responsive and outstanding competition lawyer' Gordon Downie who is known as 'the thinking man or woman's lawyer', and Glasgow-based Liz McRobb who 'is supportive beyond any expectation, ploughs through the most detailed documents and produces succinct informative analyses'. Water Plus, a new commercial water retailer created by Severn Trent and United Utilities, appointed the team to draft and negotiate its ITaaS outsourcing arrangements with Crimson, and infrastructure partner Gareth Parry continues to advise a water company on the contractual changes to the operation of a waste water treatment facility. Other highlights include providing regulatory advice to clients such as the Water Industry Commission for Scotland with regards to the retail market framework. Technology and media expert Joanna Boag-Thomson and regulation and competition partner John Grady are also key names to note.

Winston & Strawn London LLP represents governments, project sponsors, developers, equity investors, contractors and service companies across a wide array of industry sectors. Practice head James Simpson is currently assisting a government-owned company with a number of high-profile infrastructure projects with a range of developers, including a significant port project. The firm's advice covers regulatory, financing, contractual, project implementation and dispute resolution issues.


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