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Allen & Overy LLP’s ‘pragmatic, commercial and responsive’ practice has a strong foothold in the UK water sector, where it advises on major M&A, as well as bank and bond financings. David Campbell advised Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ as documentation coordinator for a syndicate of 12 banks in a £900m revolving credit facility for Severn Trent Water Limited. Conrad Andersen heads the practice.

Malcolm Lombers and James Quinney lead Herbert Smith Freehills LLP’s practice, which is noted for its ability to provide ‘practical advice in difficult negotiations’. Infrastructure head Patrick Mitchell and finance partner David Wyles acted for the Bazalgette consortium on its successful bid to become the infrastructure provider for the Thames Tideway tunnel. Tim Briggs has ‘excellent industry knowledge’ and is also recommended.

Led by Julian Davies and Michael Cutting, Linklaters LLP has experienced an increase in M&A, project finance and regulatory mandates in the water sector. Mark Nuttall and Charlotte Morgan have been advising Thames Water on all aspects of Thames Tideway tunnel project. Other clients include Yorkshire Water and Affinity Water.

Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP’s group regularly handles finance, planning, environmental and regulatory matters. Oliver Glynn-Jones has been leading the team acting for key client Thames Water in a £55m dispute brought by the Canal & River Trust regarding Thames Water’s right to abstract water from the River Lee. Keith Stella is also recommended.

Greenberg Traurig Maher LLP’s team is headed by Gillian Sproul and Lisa Navarro, who is noted for her ‘very strong regulatory insight’. Navarro successfully acted for Bristol Water in a £128m dispute brought against Ofwat regarding set prices for 2015-19. Stephen Tupper left to found Tuppers Law.

At Pinsent Masons LLP, practice head Adrian Eakin advises on the procurement and operation of water, wastewater and waste infrastructure projects. Clients include United Utilities, Severn Trent and UK Flood Barriers.

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