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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 assists clients with high-value, technically complex commercial arrangements, often involving an international dimension. Recently promoted partner Matthew Gore and newly promoted legal director Catherine Emsellem-Rope, who have experience of the ports, terminal and logistics sectors, are providing ongoing advice to Marks & Spencer on its contractual relationships with domestic and international supply chain service providers, which has involved preparing template contracts to manage the client’s relationships with with ocean carriers and freight managers, among other entities. In the energy sector, Alistair Feeney’s LNG experience sees him advise on sale and purchase agreements and terminal access contracts. Feeney also undertakes transactional and contractual advisory work in relation to crude oil and petroleum products. Technology head Anthony Woolich has expertise in software and outsourcing agreements, among other areas. Shipping and logistics head Craig Neame, Elinor Dautlich and senior associate William MacLachlan are other contacts. Alistair Mackie leads the commercial practice.

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M&A: mid-market, £50m-£250m

Within: M&A: mid-market, £50m-£250m

The team at HFW provides ‘excellent service’ and ‘thinks outside the box’; it has particular experience in energy, financial services and ports and terminals. Energy and mining M&A expert Nick Hutton heads the department; he acted for a client on its bid to acquire a Northern Irish fuel terminal and related infrastructure. He also regularly handles cross-border matters. The ‘detail-oriented’, ‘commercial’ Jayson Marks has ‘a great deal of experience’, especially in oil and gas and public M&A, and ‘knows how to get a deal completed’; his clients include Regal Petroleum. The ‘well-informed, resourceful, responsive and highly effective’ Alex Kyriakoulis is a ‘trusted pair of hands’, and ‘always excels’; AIK Banka and International Container Terminal Services are clients of his. ‘Tough but fair negotiator’ Giles Beale is ‘technically excellent’ and ‘sees the bigger picture’. Alistair Mackie is also recommended. Ports, terminals and logistics expert Matthew Gore made partner in May 2016.

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