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David Birchall

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McDermott Will & Emery LLP

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Energy and infrastructure.


David is a partner and member of the energy and commodities advisory practice group. He advises utilities, banks and customers on all aspects of energy law, including acquisitions, trading, renewables and regulation. His clients include major US and European utilities and banks, and specialist renewables businesses.


Trained at Herbert Smith; qualified 1993. Partner Denton Wilde Sapte (2000); partner McDermott Will & Emery (2010). David has published a number of energy articles over the past 15 years.


Law Society.


St Edwards College, Liverpool; Downing College, Cambridge (Law Degree).


Rugby league; music; trustee in the London Federation of Clubs for Young People; chair of St Matthias Boys’ Club in Hackney.

London: Finance

Commodities: physicals

Within: Commodities: physicals

McDermott Will & Emery UK LLP is a trusted advisor to major investment banks that are active in the commodities sector, and the firm also acts for numerous energy trading houses and agribusiness groups. It provides corporate and regulatory advice on large-scale commodities transactions, contracts and trading agreements. Counsel David Birchall leads the practice and has more than 25 years' experience in the market. His broad energy practice encompasses low-carbon, energy-efficient producers and specialists in renewables, as well as conventional electricity and gas clients. He recently assisted Intergen with structured off-take route to market arrangements for unhedged power from its UK assets with Citibank. He also advised JPMorgan Chase on regulatory and risk matters, as well as trading arrangements. He also counts ADDAX, The Energy Consortium and Actuant among his clients.

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London: Projects, energy and natural resources

Power (including electricity and renewables)

Within: Power (including electricity and renewables)

Counsel David Birchall heads McDermott Will & Emery UK LLP 's power offering from London and advises clients on the full gamut of mid and upstream energy transactions. His experience includes acting for clients such as InterGen, SSE and Veolio in the procurement and development of solar, wind and conventional power generation assets, as well as restructuring and commercial matters for names such as ADDAX, JPMorgan and Morgan Stanley. He is supported by senior associate Shashank Krishna who focuses on private M&A, financing and project development.

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