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Mark Richards

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Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner HRO

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Projects, Energy and infrastructure.


Head of projects, energy and infrastructure finance team. Retains a high profile in the energy and infrastructure market through his non-exec director role at the International Project Finance Association (IPFA) and regular chairing slots at industry events. Acted for Amber who won and became preferred bidder on the Priority Schools Building Programme after their bid for the role as Aggregator Vehicle - one of the largest PF2/PPPs in procurement (debt value c.£750m). Mark regularly acts for Heathrow Airport, Thames Water, 3i Infrastructure and Ingenious Renewables,  working on a number of renewable energy and utility related mandates and a variety of infrastructure deals for commercial banks. Mark continues to advise banks and sponsors on a wide range of infrastructure and energy transactions, energy assets and international PPP work. He has also taken part in a number of large oil & gas transactions, including an inventory / storage financing transaction.


Admitted to the State Bar of New York 1998; trained Berwin Leighton (now Berwin Leighton Paisner); qualified 1999 England and Wales; partner Berwin Leighton Paisner 2006.


Law Society; New York Bar; non-executive director and council member of the International Project Finance Association (IPFA); member of CityUK PPP and Projects Group; member of the Advisory Council for The Infrastructure Forum; and member of the Finance & Performance Committee – Royal United Services Institute (RUSI).


Kings’ Norton School for Boys, Birmingham; Brunel University (1996 LLB Hons 2(1)); College of Law, London (1997).


Cycling, walking, cinema, music.

London: Projects, energy and natural resources

Infrastructure (including PFI and PPP)

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Mark Richards - Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP

Within: Infrastructure (including PFI and PPP)

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP 'is an outstanding firm in the field of infrastructure planning' and its 'extremely experienced team of solicitors always provides absolutely top-quality advice in a client-friendly accessible way', according to one client. Mark Richards is a 'solid practitioner' and impresses clients with his 'excellent client relationship and business development skills'; he is currently assisting the energy division of a Fortune 50 company with its joint venture with Co Gen for the development of a biomass power plant. National Grid recently appointed a team led by Christian Drage to advise on the second phase of its London Power Tunnels project, and James Good continues to guide Tideway through the implementation and discharge of DCO requirements associated with its Thames Tideway Tunnel 'super sewer' project. Other key names include planning expert Tim Smith  and construction partner John Hughes-D’Aeth . The team recently welcomed rail infrastructure specialist Jason Chamberlain from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP .

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Power (including electricity and renewables)

Within: Power (including electricity and renewables)

The 'easy to work with' and 'competent' power team at Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP is recommended by clients for energy-from-waste projects especially with regards to the contractual and construction aspects. The firm acts for clients such as National Grid, Ancala and major retailers in matters across the energy supply chain under the leadership of Adam Dann . Recently, Dann and Kiran Arora advised EDFES - a joint venture between EDF and Dalkia - on its acquisition of Imtech from Endless, and Mark Richards is currently assisting the University of Cambridge with all aspects of utility provision at the North West Cambridge Development. Ed Coulson and Andrew Hockley continue to represent National Grid and Scottish Power in their respective claims for damages arising from alleged overcharges paid for the purchase of high voltage power cables following the EU's 2014 cartel decision. The firm's energy disputes practice is spearheaded by Segun Osuntokun while Christian Drage specialises in planning issues.

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Within: Water

James Marshall and Andrew Hockley have substantial expertise and experience in the regulatory and competition fields and jointly lead the water offering at Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP . In parallel with the firm's ongoing counsel to Thames Water with regards to competition, construction, corporate governance, finance and dispute resolution issues, the team also recently handled Ancala's contested acquisition of listed water company Dee Valley under the supervision of Mark Richards and Nicholas Myatt . On the contentious front, Caroline Pope represented a construction company in a series of claims for delay, additional costs and misrepresentation arising from a contract for the design and construction of a new waste water treatment plant in Northern England. Other notable clients include Tideway, the University of Cambridge and Wren Renewables.

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London: Public sector

Infrastructure (parliamentary)

Within: Infrastructure (parliamentary)

Headed by Partners Mark Richards and Adam Dann, the infrastructure team at Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP  assists a broad range of clients  across the transport and infrastructure industries including aviation, rail, road and shipping. Others to note include Deborah Greenwood and Christian Drage .

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