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Mark Russell

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Linklaters Business Services

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Projects, Energy and Infrastructure


Mark advises a wide range of sponsors, financial institutions and trading houses on some of their most complex, sensitive and/or high-profile transactions.

He has a particular expertise, across 35 countries (including 20 in Africa), in:

 major energy infrastructure development and financing transactions;

  • joint ventures, acquisitions and disposals in the energy sector; /LI>
  • energy trading arrangements and related financing structures; and
  • commercial contracts across the full energy value chain.
Recent key deals of significance include advising:

Eni on the development and financing of its floating and onshore LNG projects in Mozambique, and related joint venture and M&A transactions;

  • Tullow on the development of its upstream oil interests in Kenya and Uganda;
  • Black Rhino Group on the development and financing of a cross-border product import pipeline in Ethiopia and Djibouti;
  • Essar on its inventory management and financing arrangements in respect of the Stanlow Refinery in the UK;
  • GDF Suez on its participation in the NuGen nuclear power project in the UK;
  • Total on the development of the Shtokman LNG project in Russia;
  • the White Rose consortium (Alstom, BOC/Linde and Drax) on the development of its power generation with carbon capture and storage project in the UK;
  • the sponsors on the development of the 500MW Greater Gabbard offshore wind farm in the UK; and
  • lBP on its global hydrocarbon and metals trading arrangements with INEOS


2015 - Partner, Linklaters
2009 - 2015 Managing Associate, Linklaters
2005 - 2009 Associate, Linklaters
2003 - 2005 Trainee Solicitor, Linklaters (London and Moscow)




Solicitor of the Supreme/Senior Court(s) of England and Wales


2001 - 2002 Oxford Institute of Legal Practice, Oxford
1997 - 2001 Trinity College Dublin, LL.B (Hons)

London: Projects, energy and natural resources

Oil and gas

Within: Oil and gas

At Linklaters LLP 'responsive times are very short and the industry knowledge is exceptional mainly due to the team's extensive track record in project finance deals'. In recent highlights, the 'very commercially-minded' practice co-head Daniel Tyrer led the advice to the Area 4 Partners with regards to the development of the Coral FLNG project in Mozambique, and Matthew Keats applied his deep understanding of the Russian market to assist the lender group with the multi-source financing for the construction of the Yamal LNG project. Mark Russell represented Eni in the sale of 35.7% stake in Eni East Africa, which equates to 25% indirect participating interest in Area 4, to a wholly-owned subsidairy of ExxonMobil. Ilia Ditiatev 'is able to reach compromises even in the most challenging stalemates between lenders and borrowers' and was recently made partner; she is another key name to note alongside Fiona Hobbs who jointly heads the practice with Tyrer. Other noteworthy clients include Rosneft, National Grid, BP and Total.

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