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DLA Piper UK LLP handles local, national and international projects and is particularly adept at PFI and project finance mandates in the energy, infrastructure and transport sectors. The team is advising the Welsh government on the development of a suite of documents for the procurement of PPPs, in line with the priorities set out in the Wales Infrastructure Investment Plan; and is advising the same client on a £350m road PPP project. It also advised Balfour Beatty Investments on its bid for a student accommodation project, procured by the University of Hull. Darren Walsh heads the North West projects team and is experienced in advising energy sector clients on project finance. He is assisted by Liam Cowell, who garners praise for his ‘client-focused approach’ and is recommended for his experience in infrastructure deals across the transport, energy and waste sectors; the ‘commercially savvy and affable’ Andrew S. Davies, who advises on project finance in the waste and energy sectors, as well as engineering and infrastructure projects; and consultant Nigel Proctor. Also recommended are Alison Fagan, who joined from Addleshaw Goddard in 2016 and is recommended for PPP and PFI disputes; and legal director Sidrah Arif, who is noted for project finance mandates. Nick Helm joined Squire Patton Boggs.

The ‘commercially aware’ team at Pinsent Masons LLP handles a range of UK and international projects spanning the infrastructure, energy and transport sectors for blue-chip companies and public-sector bodies. The team is advising the Ministry of Justice on the £1.3bn Prison Estate Transformation Programme, and is assisting Bouygues with several contracts in relation to a £1.35bn financed scheme, which includes a contract with the Battersea Power Station project company. It is also advising London Borough of Wandsworth on a joint venture to deliver an innovative and landmark regeneration scheme in Clapham Junction, London. Other clients include Sellafield and the Homes and Communities Agency. Graham Alty heads the projects team; he is ably assisted by Scot Morrison, who has ‘excellent client skills’ and leads the structured solutions team, and Mark Job, who leads the construction and engineering team. Legal director Ian Fairclough recently joined from Ashurst.

Addleshaw Goddard fields an ‘experienced’ Manchester-based team that works closely with the firm’s offices in Leeds and London on project finance and PFI matters. It is particularly noted for its experience in the transport, healthcare and education sectors. Team head Michael O’Connor is ‘very strong in PPP and PFI matters’. Alison Fagan joined DLA Piper UK LLP in 2016.

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP has ‘strong individuals’ and ‘good partner engagement’ and draws strengths from its national, and international network of offices. It is experienced across energy, transport and social infrastructure projects. In Manchester, PFI and PPP specialist Jackie Heeds handles a range of housing, education, street lighting, accommodation, health, defence and leisure sector projects. Heeds is leading advice to Transport for Greater Manchester on its multimillion-pound procurement of a new operational and maintenance contractor for the Manchester Metrolink light rail system. She is also leading advice for Continental Railway, on the £550m Mayfield Regeneration Project, in Manchester.

CMS acts for a range of UK contractors and investors, and also has expertise in PFI disputes. The team is advising Zeus Renewables on the construction of a £100m plant in Wales. Chris Hallam heads the projects, construction and infrastructure team, and senior associate Arwyn Jones, who recently relocated to the Manchester office, handles a range of PFI disputes. Associate David Turner, who has relocated to Manchester from Sheffield, is also recommended.

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