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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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