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Addleshaw Goddard

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Alan Shanks

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Addleshaw Goddard

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Energy, shipping and infrastructure.


Alan is head of the Finance and Projects division in Scotland. He is a banking partner specialising in advising clients on financing in the energy sector, including oilfield services, renewable energy, shipping and related services. Alan acts for a number of major companies and financial institutions in the UK and internationally, with particular experience in MENA and Caspian transactions. Alan was a central figure in the establishment of the firm’s Aberdeen office. He previously led HBJ Gateley's Dubai office.


Trained HBJ Gateley; qualified in Scotland and is also qualified in England and Wales 2000; solicitor HBJ Gateley 2000-02, associate 2002-05, partner 2005 to date, head of Dubai office 2009, head of energy 2010 to 2013; head of energy, shipping and infrastructure 2013 to 2016; head of banking in 2016.  Alan played a central role in the merger between HBJ Gateley and Addleshaw Goddard, taking a seat on the Finance and Projects divisional board in June 2017 as well as heading this team in Scotland.




Law Society of Scotland.


Edinburgh Academy; University of Aberdeen and L’Université Pierre Mendes France, Grenoble, France (1998 LLB Hons with options in French Law).

London: Finance

Transport finance & leasing

Within: Transport finance & leasing

Based out of London but also able to leverage a strong regional presence, Addleshaw Goddard provides a 'commercial and pragmatic service' across the spectrum of transportation asset classes. Following the recruitment of Clive Smith towards the end of 2017 from Osborne Clarke LLP, the firm has increased visibility in the rail sector in light of his high-profile domestic work for manufacturers, train operators, lessors and financiers on the procurement, finance, leasing, maintenance and modification of new and existing rolling stock fleets, in both the passenger and freight markets. Edinburgh-based Alan Shanks provides ship financing expertise, while Rebecca Garner heads up the firm's aviation offering.

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Scotland: Finance

Banking and finance

Within: Banking and finance

Addleshaw Goddard's finance and banking team is highly active in asset-based lending matters, social housing financings and debt capital markets issuances. The group's client base includes many of the major UK banks, alternative lenders and a variety of borrowers. The practice is led by energy sector acquisition finance expert Alan Shanks, and fields Tom Speirs, who specialises in financings in the healthcare and social housing sectors; Catriona Smith in the Aberdeen office, who focuses on the onshore and offshore renewable energy sectors and shipping work, and Euan Cluness who has a strong track record in asset-based lending, corporate lending and acquisition finance mandates.

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Scotland: Projects, energy and natural resources

Energy (excluding oil and gas)

Within: Energy (excluding oil and gas)

Addleshaw Goddard's group is recognised in Scotland for its work in the onshore wind sector, where it  advises a range of established developers, funders, contractors, and new market entrants. While the team is notably strong in corporate and financing matters, the planning consent and dispute resolution teams are increasingly active in the space. Alan Shanks heads up the practice, and Paul Minto advises on energy and climate change regulatory issues.

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