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Allen & Overy LLP advises on big-ticket transport and social infrastructure projects; practice head David Lee is leading the advice to Macquarie, MIRA and USS as bidders in the privatisation of the UK’s Green Investment Bank. Conrad Andersen has experience in regulated utilities and also assisted, with senior associate Erika Singer, a consortium of buyers with their £2bn acquisition of London City Airport. In terms of cross-border work, Tim Conduit acted for Société Générale on the refinancing of the construction costs of the Passante di Mestre toll road around Venice, and he also, alongside Singer and Andersen, advised the funders to the €4bn multi-sourced refinancing of electricity distribution business Ellevio. Richard Evans and Sara Pickersgill handled, for a multinational consortium, the acquisition of a 30% interest in EP Infrastructure from Energetický a průmyslový holding Other notable clients include Allianz, Morgan Stanley and First State.

Ashurst’s infrastructure offering was recently bolstered by the arrival of Jason Radford from the New York office and Yann Alix from Herbert Smith Freehills LLP; the team acts for clients such as Babcock, Balfour Beatty and Crossrail. Philip Vernon is global co-head of corporate projects and recently worked alongside Patrick Boyle to advise the Education Funding Agency on the privately financed element of the £2bn Priority Schools Building Programme, while Logan Mair acted for a preferred bidder in a proposed waste to energy facility project. The team’s key contacts also include finance specialist Nikhil Markanday and Jan Sanders, who works in the corporate team and specialises in infrastructure M&A. Senior associates Gaby Jones and Aaron Shute focus on domestic and international M&A work; Jones advised a public sector entity on several secondary school developments, and Shute handled, for Abertis, the acquisition from AIMCo of a 50% interest in the Autopista Central toll road in Chile.

The infrastructure team at CMShas an in-depth knowledge of the law and the industry context’, and the partners ‘are adept at ensuring the knowledge cascades down the team over time’. The recent merger with Nabarro and Olswang has enhanced the firm’s enviable client roster and added to its global and UK presence through the gain of offices in Manchester and Sheffield. Robert Grayis exceptional’ and ‘consistently performs at a very high level, and is generous in ensuring that clients are properly advised’; he recently assisted Aspire Defence with the extension of project Allenby Connaught, which involved granting a new £1.1bn construction sub-contract variation from the original PFI deal. Paul Smith, who ‘consistently proves himself to be invaluable’, is representing funders, sponsors and contractors on several PFI project disputes in sectors including health, roads and social housing. On the energy side, Phil Duffield is leading the advice to Low Carbon regarding two battery storage projects secured under National Grid’s first Enhanced Frequency Response regime tender. Co-head Andrew Ivison assisted senior funders with the financing of a new rolling stock to replace the trains of numerous lines run by the East Anglia franchise.

Clifford Chance LLP’s team of ‘smart, commercial and responsive’ lawyers is described as ‘one of the best’ and services an impressive client roster, which includes 3i Infrastructure, J.P. Morgan and Goldman Sachs. The ‘fantastic’ Michael Bates focuses on banking and capital markets work and recently advised Rock Rail East Anglia on the procurement and £620m financing of rolling stock for the East Anglia franchise, and assisted Global Infrastructure Partners on the financing of its acquisition of 20% stake in Gas Natural. Brendan Moylan sits in the private equity team and is ‘great across the board’; he was part of the team acting for USS on its acquisition of the Moto Group and the subsequent sale of a 40% stake to CVC Capital Partners. Corporate partner and M&A specialist Amy Mahon has ‘a deep understanding of what clients want and what is worth a fight’. Michael Pearson was promoted to partner.

Patrick Mitchell leads Herbert Smith Freehills LLP’s global infrastructure team and works closely with Adrian Clough, who has substantial expertise in the privatised rail sector. Recent highlights include Julia Pyke and Matthew Job advising EDF on the corporate, administrative and construction arrangements of the Hinkley Point C nuclear project while Sarah Pollock acted for Scandinavian clients in the acquisition of the Brigg, Snetterton and Kent biomass power plants. Additionally, Mitchell acted alongside Job for High Speed Two Limited on the construction elements of phase 1 and the procurement of two types of rolling stock for the new HS2 north-south rail line project. Simon Caridia, Martin Kavanagh, who has extensive experience in emerging markets, and the recently promoted Silke Goldberg are also key contacts. Other notable clients include Macquarie, Tideway and DIF. John Balsdon joined Latham & Watkins.

With ‘one of the best teams in infrastructure’, Hogan Lovells International LLP is ‘responsive to needs and knowledgeable in the industry’. The firm handles major projects work across all infrastructure sectors and its client roster includes GE, EDF and BP. Andrew Briggs attracts praise from clients along with ‘great problem solver’ and financing specialist Andrew Gallagher, and the ‘very pragmatic and consideredScott Tindall. Recent highlights include Richard Tyler advising EIG and Africa Finance Corporation on a debt facility for New Age, an oil and gas group focused on the development of upstream fields in Africa and Philip Brown assisting Meter Fit 5 Limited as project company on the £1bn financing of the Meter Fit 5 programme roll-out. The team is headed by Adrian Walker, who represents clients such as Dutch Infrastructure Fund and Rio Tinto. Counsel Florian Agnel is also recommended.

Linklaters LLP handles infrastructure transactions, major financings and refinancing matters, and new-build projects, both in emerging markets and domestically. Recent highlights include Fiona Hobbs and Andrew Jones, who heads the firm’s Africa group, acting for the lenders on the proposed financing of a rail line built by Vale in Mozambique running from the Tete mine to Nacala, and former global infrastructure group leader Bruce White advising the European Investment Bank (EIB) on the financing of Project Spark, the first phase in the government’s nationwide smart meter roll-out programme, and Project Thistle, which involved a £40m funding partnership between the EIB and two other commercial banks. Matthew Keats, who specialises in Russian and CIS matters such as the financing of the Yamal LNG deal in Russia, Jeremy Gewirtz, who leads the London energy and infrastructure team, Richard Ginks and Richard Coar are all also recommended.

Norton Rose Fulbright fields ‘a team of specialists who are able to work collaboratively to achieve financial close’. The ‘knowledgeable, collaborative and solutions-drivenMatthew Hardwick recently acted for two English universities on the East Slope student accommodation project, which consists of the provision and maintenance of over 2000 housing units. Chris Brown is advising the Hellenic Republic Development Fund on the privatisation of 14 regional airports, and Daniel Metcalfe acted for Citibank, Goldman Sachs and Standard Chartered Bank as lenders of revolving credit facilities provided to IHS to refinance existing group debt and fund its tower building programme. Global head of business Martin McCann leads the firm’s infrastructure work and services its impressive client roster, which includes Balfour Beatty, Deutsche Bank, Infrared and new win National Grid. Mark Berry is also recommended.

Pinsent Masons LLPprovides good access to partner level input backed up by strong and very able juniors’, delivering ‘quick responses, good commercial acumen and industry knowledge’. The firm was recently engaged by Indo UK Healthcare Private and UK Global Healthcare to advise on the implementation of a major health programme supported by the Indian and British governments aiming to build 11 hospitals and 89 polyclinics across India, and acted for Ferrovial Aeropuertos on the proposed acquisition of Glasgow, Aberdeen and Southampton airports from Heathrow Airport Holdings. Michael Watson acts as head of the global finance and projects group and has ‘broad sector expertise’ from which ‘he can quote useful precedent’. The team, which was recently bolstered by the arrival of planning partner Gareth Phillips from Watson Farley & Williams LLP, is led by Stephen Tobin and includes ‘first-class’ finance specialist Apicksha Patel.

Manchester-based Michael O’Connor heads Addleshaw Goddard’s national infrastructure, projects and energy group, which ‘demonstrates an excellent ability to engage in complex client situations and great flexibility’. Paul Hirst is providing strategic advice to the Department for Transport (DfT) on structuring a new rail franchise combining the current InterCity West Coast services with the development of HS2 services. Legal director Rob Thompson, noted for his ‘skill and precision’, is part of the team acting for a subsidiary of the Danish Ministry of Transport on a tunnel connecting Denmark to Germany, while Simon Courie represents a leading Nigerian PPP developer in its bid for the development of a $1bn deep sea port project. Matthew Newing joined from Charles Russell Speechlys LLP where he led the projects practice. David Hartley, who heads the London PFI and PPP team, Andrew Pettinger and Jacqui Langley-White are also key contacts.

Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP is ‘an extremely strong firm in the field of infrastructure planning’, where Tim Smith is ‘one of the big players’ according to one source. The practice handles both domestic and international work, especially in connection with infrastructure asset transactions, regulatory issues and dispute resolution cases. Clients recommend ‘very able planning lawyer and safe pair of hands’ Daniel Freiman, who ‘always gets the job done and is an absolute pleasure to work with’, and experienced planning and environmental partner James Good, who ‘applies himself with extreme diligence to his clients’ cases’. Mark Richards heads the team and has acted for clients such as Amber Infrastructure and Aviva Investors.

Burges Salmon LLP has particular expertise in transport, energy and defence infrastructure work, acting for public and private sector clients such as Costain, the Greater London Authority and Highways England. Keith Beattie advised Ascent on the closing of its Fixed Wing and Rotary Wing programmes, which involved separate project financings, while Mark Paterson assisted the Ministry of Defence (MoD) on the procurement of the Successor and Astute class submarines. In the transport sector, Brioney Thomas is currently overseeing the procurement of the next Wales and Borders Rail Service and Metro on behalf of Transport for Wales; she is supported in this matter by real estate partner Philip Beer, John Houlden, who heads the firm’s procurement and state aid team, and construction expert Marcus Harling. The practice is led by Ian Salter and includes Steven James.

Clyde & Co LLP recently strengthened its planning practice with the appointment to partner of Brian Greenwood and Stephen Webb and also secured several new client wins including U+I, WE Black and Anchor Trust. Liz Jenkins, who jointly leads the department with Clare Hatcher and Robert Meakin, is acting for Dexia on the transfer of loan stock in relation to the Miles Platting social housing project. Meakin worked with the Dubai office on a high-value development project in North Africa. Other key contacts include corporate partner Simon Vere Nicoll and legal director and project finance specialist Robert Franklin. The firm was also instructed to advise a major fund on the documentation for a range of worldwide investments into infrastructure assets, also assisting with the establishment of co-investment vehicles and alternative means to access the underlying investment. Senior associate Brett Hartley joined Morgan Stanley as an executive director.

White & Case LLP’s infrastructure lawyers ‘are knowledgeable, practical and focus on the points that matter’, with Saul Daniel and John Cunningham recommended for their ‘commercial, responsive and communicative’ approach. In terms of international work, Caroline Miller Smith and Philip Stopford are advising Vale on the development and financing of the $4.4bn Nacala Corridor project in Malawi which involves a new greenfield rail line and the rehabilitation of existing brownfield lines, while Ellis Baker is working closely with partners in the Doha and Abu Dhabi offices on several rail projects forming part of the planned Gulf Cooperation Council railway network. On the transactional side, Caroline Sherrell acted, with the assistance of associate Thomas Cambidge, for Flughafen Zurich on the proposed sale of its 5% shareholding in Bangalore International Airport to Fairfax. Capital markets expert Gavin McLean is also a key name.

The ‘very responsive and flexible’ team at Browne Jacobson LLP is known to clients as ‘extremely pragmatic, genuinely enthusiastic and exceptionally knowledgeable’. Department co-head Stephen Matthew is advising an Asian government on the procurement of a waste management PFI project, and is acting for the London borough of Enfield in the selection of a joint venture partner for the development of the Montagu industrial estate, a strategic phase in the Meridian Water project undertaking. The team assisted specialist house association Local Space with its £250m financing by major banks including Barclays of a major housing programme for low income families and the homeless in Newham. Key contacts in Nottingham include Peter Ware, who handled a significant health procurement matter on behalf of a public body, and Craig Elder, who jointly heads the team with Matthew. Procurement and projects solicitor Nick Hurley assists the partners with a wide array of mandates, including a district heating scheme.

DLA Piperhas a strong team in place under the leadership of’’ Colin Wilson, which ‘excels in the PFI project area’ and clients are ‘always impressed by the speed at which its lawyers respond’. Maria Pereira and Wilson were part of the team advising the DfT on the high-profile Airport Capability programme, which is due to involve the expansion of either Heathrow or Gatwick airport. Other highlights included acting for Hitachi Rail on the New Tube for London scheme and assisting Agility Trains with ongoing operational matters arising from the Intercity Express Programme. The firm recently strengthened its contentious construction capabilities by hiring David Moss and Paul Giles from Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP and Alison Fagan from Addleshaw Goddard. Other contacts include Mark Dwyer, who recently joined the financial markets unit from Slaughter and May, power project expert Nigel Drew and the Manchester-based Liam Cowell who specialises in the transport and roads sectors.

John Woolley jointly heads Dentons’ UK infrastructure practice and works closely with Matthew Hanslip-Ward, who heads the firm’s rail group and recently acted for Construcciones y Auxiliar de Ferrocarriles on the design, manufacturing, supply and maintenance contracts for two fleets of rolling stock for TransPennine Express. Associate Tom Guilfoyle and project finance co-head Dominic Spacie teamed up to advise Equitix and Shanghai Tunnel Engineering on the Silvertown road tunnel under the Thames, which is still at pre-qualification stage, while Stephen Ashworth is acting for several local authorities on the establishment of three garden communities as part of a government initiative. David Moore, who has a particular expertise in the transport sector across Europe, the Middle East and Africa, recently joined the team from Clyde & Co LLP. Other notable clients include Akiira, Santander, and the Government of Mozambique.

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP has ‘a longstanding and strong commitment to the public sector’ and its lawyers are ‘comfortable thinking outside the box’. In recent developments, Anne Harris advised National Grid on its multibillion-pound transfer of its gas distribution business to a new entity, and financing experts Mark Dennison and Conrad Purcell joined from Norton Rose Fulbright. Jackie Heeds, who has ‘great legal skill and superb ability to lead a multi-disciplinary team’, acted for Continental Railway on the Mayfield regeneration project in Manchester. On the international front, Howard Barrie is advising the PPP office of Bangladesh on the scoping, feasibility, development and procurement of its extensive PPP programme. The practice is jointly led by waste practice leader Michael Grimes, international energy and infrastructure team head Robert Pritcher and Alex Doughty, who specialises in project finance.

Gowling WLG handles high-value defence and transport infrastructure PPP work domestically and has recently increased its international presence, especially in Africa, where Andrew Newbery, who joined the firm in 2016, is acting for the Emerging Infrastructure Fund and GuarantCo on its loan to a fuel storage provider to fund existing commercial agreements and a new independent power project. Projects practice head for the UK Stephen Kenny recently advised new client MUJV on the extension of the Connaught PFI with the MoD and also acted for the South London Waste Partnership on the procurement of a long-term contract for waste and recycling collection, street cleaning and maintenance. Birmingham-based senior associate Alexandra Poynter assisted Kenny in both these matters. Other notable client wins include Natixis, Greenage Power and Exim, who has appointed the firm to assist with the financing structure of the NuGen nuclear power project in Moorside.

Acting for clients such as BNP Paribas, Mitsui and Goldman Sachs, Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP handles high-value infrastructure work in the transport, energy and telecoms sectors. John Dewar, who heads the practice with Suhrud Mehta, led a team, which included senior associate Oliver Irwin, advising SES on the refinancing of its senior and junior project finance facilities and assisting it with its acquisition of 100% of shares in O3b. The team also advised Seaborn Networks in its financing of the first submarine connection cable between New York and São Paulo, and assisted an international financial holdings company with the financing of its transatlantic submarine fibre optic cable. On the international front, Clive Ransome and Mehta acted for a group of high-profile banks on a bid to acquire the retail arm of an Italian rail operator, and Neil Caddy handled the $910m financing of HNA’s acquisition of Swissport on behalf of the arrangers, including the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China.

Osborne Clarke LLP’s 11-partner practice is split between Bristol and London and is headed by Chris Wade, who focuses his practice on the university, secondary market, road and energy sectors. DIF appointed the team to oversee its acquisition of SSE’s three remaining street lighting PFI projects in the UK, and the Bristol-based Catherine Wolfenden acted for Siemens in its public procurement challenge against Abellio in connection with its rolling stock contract for the new East Anglia franchise. In the university sector, Wade has recently advised bidders on the delivery of student accommodation for the universities of Falmouth and St Andrews. Simon Hancock is assisting EE with its programme to provide a next-generation communication system to the UK emergency services. As for emerging markets work, the team continues to assist a leading UAE contractor with its joint venture to deliver a mixed-use development and related infrastructure at Saadiyat Island. Omar Al-Nuaimi and Andrew Normington are additional key contacts. Matthew Heywood joinedClyde & Co LLP’s Dubai construction team in July 2017.

Sharpe Pritchard operates mainly in the public sector with a particularly strong specialism in waste management infrastructure; numerous county councils, including Hertfordshire and Nottinghamshire, instructed the firm to oversee their waste PFI projects and make necessary variations. The team also advised Thames Water Utilities Limited and Bazalgette Tunnel on the procurement, construction and commercial aspects of the Thames Tideway Tunnel. Nicola Sumner previously acted for the West London Waste Authority with regards to its residual waste services PPP and continues to handle project-related issues such as the potential integration of a combined heat and power facility and the commissioning of the energy-from-waste facility and associated rail infrastructure. Roseanne Serrelli heads the department, which was recently bolstered by the arrival of associate Steve Gummer from Allen & Overy LLP. Recently-appointed partner Jane Crees plays a fundamental role in the team and is also a key contact.

The Simmons & Simmons infrastructure practice acts for clients such as the MoD, the EBRD and TfL. Practice head Richard Dyton, and managing director Simon Kenolty are acting for Momentum, a joint venture of three contractors, on bidding for enabling and civil works for the HS2 project. In the emerging markets sphere, Adrian Nizzola collaborated with the Dubai office to assist the government of the Republic of Somaliland with a concession arrangement with DP World in connection with the operation, management and maintenance of the Berbera sea port. The team is also equipped to handle contentious matters and James Pollock has recently handled several contractual disputes in the Middle East. Simon Moore joined the firm’s Bristol office from Mubadala, a development company owned by the government of Abu Dhabi, and is a key contact along with Andrew Petry and Juliet Reingold, who is co-head of the government group.

Robin Baillie and Philippa Chadwick head Squire Patton Boggs’s UK infrastructure and project finance practices respectively. The infrastructure team was strengthened with the hire of rail sector specialist Andrew Herring from DWF and Neil Upton from King & Wood Mallesons. Recent highlights include Anna Le Jehan and Baillie acting, alongside a team of the firm’s US-based lawyers, for John Laing Infrastructure Fund on its acquisition of the PPP concession for 23 services plazas in the US and a related refinancing of the project debt facilities and advising a Middle-Eastern government entity on the development of a PPP model and legal framework. Recent client wins include Infrared, Macquarie and the West Midlands Combined Authority.

Trinity International LLP provides ‘the best value for money of any PPP infrastructure projects in emerging markets’, according to one client. The infrastructure team has significantly grown, as shown by the promotion to partner of Jennifer Gladstone, the arrival of Fiona Gulliford from Gide Loyrette Nouel LLP and several promotions to counsel. Kaushik Ray, with the assistance of counsel Luke Muchamore, acts for Senegal Minergy and its sponsors on the development, construction, ownership and maintenance of a multi-commodity port in Bargny-Sendou, while Simon Norris, who ‘has outstanding knowledge of IPP deals and government contracts in Africa’, is advising the Standard Bank of South Africa and Stanbic Bank Kenya on the financing of the acquisition of wagons for the Rift Valley Railways fleet. Head of private equity Hugh Naylor represented a transnational developer with the documentation and financing structure for the construction of a toll road in Zambia.

Trowers & Hamlins LLP mainly handles domestic social infrastructure PPP work, but is also present in the Middle East and South East Asia. Paul McDermott leads the practice and is working alongside Lucy Doran to structure a new PPP model for the delivery of care homes in Bridport, while Scott Dorling is advising the Enfield Council on the Meridian Water regeneration project, which aims to deliver 8000 new homes as well as retail and cultural facilities under a new hybrid funding structure consisting of private, bank and public investments. Other highlights included Helen Randall acting for Hambleton District Council on its joint venture for the multi-use redevelopment of the of the former Northallerton prison site, and James Hawkins assisting Amey with the insolvency of Energos, a key contractor on two of its waste PFIs in the UK, which involved a claim on behalf of the client against Energos and a dispute regarding the intellectual property of the insolvent entity.

Baker McKenzie’s team advised the arrangers of First State’s refinancing of the HH Ferries group, and corporate and M&A specialist Tim Sheddick, who assisted a major financial services client with its acquisition of a gas distribution business from a leading infrastructure entity. Other highlights included Marc Fèvre acting, alongside colleagues from the Johannesburg office, for the lender on the Elazig hospital PPP in Turkey. On the public sector side, the government of the British Virgin Islands instructed the team to oversee its airport expansion programme, with Mike Webster leading in this matter. Associate Tom Pound regularly supports Sheddick and is also a key contact alongside M&A partner David Allen and project finance expert Calvin Walker. Paul Hibbert joined Weil, Gotshal & Manges (London) LLP in 2017.

Bevan Brittan LLP represents public sector clients, including various city councils and London boroughs, in matters relating to energy efficiency, waste-to-energy projects, and district heating. Recent highlights include advising Nottingham City Council on the redevelopment of the Eastcroft energy-from-waste plant and assisting the London borough of Sutton on a district energy project involving the supply of energy from a recovery facility and the development of heat transmission and connection infrastructure. Nadeem Arshad leads the energy and resources team and acts for the University of Newcastle with respects to the procurement of a major district energy project as part of its development of the Science Central site. Other notable names include Nathan Bradberry and solicitor Thomas Graham. All named individuals are based in Bristol.

Specialist construction firm Fenwick Elliott LLP has a strong focus on contentious projects work. Tony Francis assists clients with dispute avoidance and has previously handled multi-million pound cases involving Crossrail, a major international airport and the Channel Tunnel Rail Link. On the international front, Richard Smellie represents one of the largest Chinese construction companies in international arbitration proceedings regarding a major Middle Eastern development project, and Jeremy Glover acted for a contractor in a dispute related to the rehabilitation and construction of a road of national importance in Asia. David Bebb and Jatinder Garcha are the key contacts on the non-contentious side and their work has included advising specialist subcontractors working in the high-end residential development sector, especially in London and the South East. They also lead the education team, which includes Victoria Russell and acts for clients such as King’s College London and University College London on construction law matters. Practice head Simon Tolson is also recommended.

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP’s Alan Rae Smith has substantial experience in privatisation, PPP and financing work, with an emphasis on large energy infrastructure projects in emerging markets such as Africa and the Middle East. Nicholas Bliss recently retired.

Michael Regan leads Mayer Brown International LLP’s infrastructure team, which provides ‘an excellent level of service across all sectors’ and was recently strengthened by the appointment to partner of Jonathan Stone, the arrival of Tom Eldridge from Dentons, and the hire of contentious construction associate William Clerke from Norton Rose Fulbright South Africa Inc’s Cape Town office. On the contentious side, Tom Duncan represents Costain in numerous disputes related to the Manchester waste PFI and the port of Felixstowe, and is defending, with Regan, a contractor pursued for significant damages to a car park and negligence in its design and construction of a hospital, specifically with regards to the pipework. In non-contentious work, Robert Flanigan advised Ausol on its refinancing through the issuance of project bonds and entering into a junior subordinated junior facility. Other key contacts include Sally Davies, who co-leads the construction and engineering professional indemnity team, and construction and engineering contracts expert Jonathan Olson-Welsh.

The ‘advice is extremely thorough’ at Mills & Reeve LLP and clients value its ‘deep experience’. Cambridge-based consultant Peter Rout, whose ‘outstanding drafting and negotiation skills are beyond anyone else’, joined the practice from Transport for Greater Manchester, whom he is advising on their Metrolink expansion project alongside Birmingham-based Martino Giaquinto. Practice head Raith Pickup, who also sits in the Cambridge office, is acting for the MoD on all legal aspects of contracts related to TyTAN, an innovative support arrangement for the UK’s fleet of Typhoon aircraft. He also acts for clients in the education sector and is assisting Uliving with its student accommodation project for the University of Gloucestershire, and is acting for the University of Hull on its accommodation project with UPP. On the healthcare side, Bridget Archibald oversaw an agreement to facilitate the construction of an integrated care centre in East Hull, and is currently guiding an NHS trust through the procurement of a partner to build, refurbish and equip a renal dialysis unit.

Under the leadership of corporate finance specialist Mark Horton, Slaughter and May primarily handles brownfield asset disposals, acquisitions and refinancing matters for clients in the transport and waste-water management sectors.

Stephenson Harwood acts for clients such as Hitachi Rail, Green Power Africa, and the city of Cape Town, whom practice leader Jonathan Cripps is advising on the next phase of its integrated transport and urban development project. The firm recently assisted Dutch Infrastructure Fund with its acquisition of shares in two operational toll road projects in Ireland from Cintra, a Spanish company, and handled the planning and contract negotiation on behalf of Heads of the Valleys Development Company regarding a significant capital investment programme into a world class motorsports complex in Wales. Rebecca Carter and senior associate Ian Pumfrey supported Cripps on his advice to the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital on the design and construction of new healthcare facilities in Stanmore. Senior associates Will Lewis and Phil Harris have strong experience in economic and social infrastructure projects work and are also key contacts.

Winston & Strawn London LLP’s co-chair of the global project finance and infrastructure department James Simpson recently handled the refinancing of two sewage treatment plants in the Middle East, and advised a public body on the regulatory, contractual and contentious aspects of the development of a major tunnel project. Of counsel Katharine Sonneborn acted for the institutional lenders on the refinancing of the Sea-to-Sky Highway improvement project, a transportation PPP in Vancouver, and Rebecca Finn is working with the New York office and London associate Conor Boyle to oversee a private placement for the financing of the construction of two undersea vehicular tunnels in the Faroe Islands.

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