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Baker McKenzie

100 NEW BRIDGE STREET, LONDON, EC4V 6JA, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 020 7919 1000
Fax:
Fax 020 7919 1999
DX:
233 LONDON CHANCERY LANE WC2
Email:
Web:
www.bakermckenzie.com

Mike Webster

Tel:
Work 020 7919 1308
Email:
Baker McKenzie LLP

Work Department

Energy, mining and infrastructure.

Position

Mike Webster heads the Energy, Mining and Infrastructure Industry Group for the Europe, Middle East and Africa region and is the Global Infrastructure Group leader. For more than 25 years, he has assisted clients in major project development and construction law projects and related transactions. Mike focuses his practice on energy, mining, transport, water and infrastructure transactions across Europe, the Middle East and Africa. His wide client base includes companies in the petrochemical, mining, water, power, infrastructure and construction industries.

Career

Articled Baker McKenzie; qualified 1988; associate in corporate and construction group, London 1988-91; associate in projects group, Hong Kong 1992-93; associate in projects group, London 1994-95; partner 1995 to date; head of energy, mining and infrastructure for the EMEA region.

Languages

English

Education

Cambridge University (Jesus College) (B.A.) (1985); Cambridge University (Jesus College) (Master of Arts) (1986); College of Law at Guildford (S.F.E.) (1986); King's College London, UK (Master of Science) (1990)


London: Projects, energy and natural resources

Infrastructure (including PFI and PPP)

Within: Infrastructure (including PFI and PPP)

Known to clients for its 'quality lawyers, commercial advice and outstanding flexibility', Baker McKenzie fields practitioners such as Tim Sheddick who 'focuses on the important bits and doesn't get lost in worthless fights' and co-heads the practice with Mike Webster .  In recent highlights, the group collaborated with its Brussels colleagues to advise two infrastructure funds on strategic exit procedures for their indirect interests in a major European airport, and Marc Fèvre is currently leading the advice to the sponsor to a hospital PPP programme in Eastern Europe. Experienced M&A partner David Duncan recently arrived from Allen & Overy LLP  and represented an infrastructure fund in its successful bid for a portfolio of rooftop solar assets across England. Other key names include senior associates Tom Pound and Rhiannon Williams .

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Mining and minerals

Within: Mining and minerals

The mining offering at Baker McKenzie was recently bolstered by the arrival of corporate expert David Duncan from Allen & Overy LLP . Senior associate Tom Pound supported practice head Richard Blunt to advise Anglo Pacific on its acquisition of a gross revenue royalty interest with regards to the Piaui nickel and cobalt project in Brazil, and Adam Farlow was part of a cross-jurisdictional team acting for Nyrstar in the issuance of senior guaranteed notes due 2024 to raise funds towards the conditional tender offer on the client's outstanding senior convertible bonds. On the projects side, Mike Webster and senior associate Rhiannon Williams oversaw the development of several gold mining projects in Central Asia and the Middle East.

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Water

Within: Water

Baker McKenzie 's Jannan Crozier recently handled the carve-out issues arising from Suez's all-cash acquisition of GE Water in partnership with Canadian investment company CDPQ, and Tim Sheddick oversaw Macquarie's sale of its 26.315% stake in Thames Water through auction with the help of associate Tom Pound . In other highlights, construction and projects specialist Mike Webster continues to advise a mining company on its treated water supply arrangements for its phosphates and related process plants complex in the Middle East.

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London: Real estate

Construction

Within: Construction

Arbitration specialist Steve Abraham leads the contentious team at Baker McKenzie, with Mike Webster heading up the transactional team. The firm principally acts for employers or owners on large and complex heavy engineering and process plant projects, often in the context of privately financed structures, but also has a booming practice in high-profile commercial, residential and industrial developments in the UK and internationally. Recent highlights include advising Maybank and a consortium of lenders in relation to the $215m financing of the initial phases of the Royal Wharf development in the Docklands; and advising a consortium of Suez and Itochu as the successful sponsors on their bid for the 25-year PPP to develop a new system to treat the municipal waste of the City of Belgrade.

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