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Alistair Mackie

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Energy and resources, infrastructure and commodities practice group.


Alistair is based in the London office, having previously spent five years in the Singapore office and is head of the firm’s energy and resources, infrastructure and commodities group. He has over 15 years of experience advising on infrastructure projects, particularly ports and terminals and has worked on a number of port projects in various jurisdictions, including China and South East Asia, the Middle East, West Africa and the Americas. His role is to advise private operators and investors, as well as governments in relation to concession modelling and negotiations, investment structures and the operation and development regimes. Alistair has worked on over 50 terminals worldwide inlcuding some of the major terminals and assists in relation to container, LNG, bulk and petroleum terminals as well as multi-port projects in a variety of different jurisdictions.


Articled DM MacKinnon & Co 1985-86; Lawford Kidd & Co 1986-89; qualified Scotland 1987; Holman Fenwick Willan 1989; qualified England and Wales 1991; partner 1996; transferred to the Singapore office 1998; returned to the London office 2003.


Law Society of Scotland.

London: Corporate and commercial

Commercial contracts

Within: Commercial contracts

HFW is noted for its strengths in high-risk, long-term supply, distribution and joint venture agreements; the work in this space spans sectors such as aviation, heavy industry and engineering, transport and logistics, energy and insurance. The firm is also highly active in the ports and terminals sector, and is at the forefront of the advice to clients on large port projects. Legal director Catherine Emsellem-Rope (whose areas of expertise include energy, logistics, and ports and terminals) has particular experience of drafting and negotiating high-value frame agreements for transportation and warehousing services. The firm also generates work from clients in other sectors and is particularly sought-after for advice on commercial contracts with a cross-border component. Matthew Gore, Rope and others assist Marks & Spencer with formalising contractual relationships with its UK and international supply chain service providers, as well as fine tuning existing template contracts to ensure continuity in the supply of goods. Anthony Woolich, who heads up the technology and communications team, is knowledgeable about software and outsourcing agreements, public procurement, data protection and intellectual property. Senior associate William MacLachlan is a shipping sector expert, and is knowledgeable about shipbuilding contracts, ship repair contracts, and ship sales and purchases. Practice head Alistair Mackie, Craig Neame, Elinor Dautlich and Alistair Feeney are other recommended individuals in the group.

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M&A: lower mid-market deals, £50m-£250m

Within: M&A: lower mid-market deals, £50m-£250m

The team at¬†HFW¬†provides ‚Äėexcellent service‚Äô and ‚Äėthinks outside the box‚Äô; it has particular experience in energy, financial services and ports and terminals.¬†Nick Hutton¬†leads the team and specialises in the mining, energy, trading and transportation industries, as well as insurance; he has acted for Oiltanking recently on two significant matters, namely its proposed acquisition from Galana Petroleum of a company in South Africa, and the acquisition of a jet fuel terminal and pipelines in Copenhagen from Shell.¬†Alistair Mackie¬†advised APM Terminals as majority partner in the development of a mega port and free zone project at Badagry in Nigeria. The ‚Äėwell-informed, resourceful, responsive and highly effective'¬†Alex Kyriakoulis¬†is a ‚Äėtrusted pair of hands‚Äô, and ‚Äėalways excels‚Äô; he is currently handling a significant privatisation project with value $195m for International Container Terminal Services.¬†Jayson Marks¬†is also recommended.

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