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Squire Patton Boggs

Nick Helm

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Squire Patton Boggs

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Real Estate



London: Projects, energy and natural resources

Infrastructure (including PFI and PPP)

Within: Infrastructure (including PFI and PPP)

Squire Patton Boggs significantly enhanced its offering with the hire of the 'realistic, commercial and trustworthy' Nick Helm in Manchester from DLA Piper UK LLP and Ian Wood , Rinku Bhadoria and real estate specialist John Danahy in London from King & Wood Mallesons. The team 'is more than willing to go out of its way to get things done' and is one client's 'first port of call for energy and accommodation projects'. The 'very approachable and extremely well-connected' Robin Baillie  teamed up with Philippa Chadwick to lead the advice to Nu-Energy on the delivery of twelve 10MW waste-to-energy plants. In other highlights, the department handled the disposal of an interest in a school building programme, and the Leeds-based James Duckworth is currently assisting a Middle Eastern government with the development of a PPP model for the implementation of a social infrastructure project. Neil Upton , Andrew Herring and Rachel Orton are also recommended by clients. Henry Davey joined the practice as a consultant from Herbert Smith Freehills LLP .

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North West: Projects, energy and natural resources

Project finance and PFI

Within: Project finance and PFI

Squire Patton Boggs¬†acts for sponsors, bidding consortia, contractors, funders and the public sector on project finance and PPP schemes across the education, energy, defence, healthcare, social housing and emergency services sectors. The team is advising the three project companies and investor group, which includes Equitix, on its batched Healthcare PFI scheme, in relation to the Carillion liquidation. Team head Nick Helm¬†is ‚Äėknowledgeable, keen, responsive, helpful, courteous and is always interactive with clients‚Äô and joined in 2017 from DLA Piper UK LLP. Julian Scott¬†is active on battery storage and gas peaking projects.

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North West: Public sector

Local government

Within: Local government

Key contacts at Squire Patton Boggs¬†are Mark Barker¬† who along with Giles Chesher¬†are ‚Äėexceptionally knowledgeable. Both appear able to give clear and concise advise 100% of the time. Definite strengths include their industry knowledge which was invaluable for the Council‚Äô. The team was pleased to addNick Helm¬† to its ranks from DLA Piper UK LLP¬†. Highlights included advising Preston City Council on the redevelopment of the City‚Äôs indoor market for a leisure led scheme comprising a multi-screen cinema, high quality restaurant units and a multi-storey car park. In other matters the team was appointed by the Local Government Association to advise on the local government pension scheme. The team provides an ‚Äėexcellent level of service and has very good knowledge. Its response time are always very quick‚Äô.

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North West: Real estate

Commercial property: Manchester

Within: Commercial property: Manchester

Squire Patton Boggs is regularly instructed on development and regeneration mandates across the chemicals, sport, transport, infrastructure and leisure sectors, and also handles real estate finance matters. The team advised Warrington Borough Council on its £211m acquisition of a business park and advised Watkin Jones on the forward funding sale of a portfolio of six student development schemes to a new Luxembourg-based investment fund, set up by Generation Estates and Europa Capital. The team also acted for Watkin Jones on the development of a mixed-use scheme in Bournemouth. HB Villages, Create Developments, Bell Developments and Unique Boutique Hotels are also clients of the team, which is headed by Mark Gaffney, who handles a range of property development and regeneration matters, and advises on property joint ventures, public sector funding, leasing, management and portfolio transactions. Jonathan Brooke regularly advises developer clients on strategic land acquisitions and assembly matters and Mark Barker specialises in development work, and has a particular emphasis on complex and strategic regeneration projects. Nick Helm, who joined in 2017 from DLA Piper UK LLP is a member of the firm's infrastructure team and regularly advises on project finance and PPP mandates.

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Within: Construction

Squire Patton Boggs¬†is praised for its ‚Äėexcellent industry knowledge and legal expertise‚Äô and handles contentious and non-contentious construction and engineering matters. The team advises on large infrastructure projects, regeneration schemes and is noted for its energy and hospitality and leisure sector expertise. Contentious construction and engineering specialist Sean McCay¬†is ‚Äėvery articulate, with an ability to explain very complicated legal matters in a way that is easy to understand‚Äô and is ‚Äėan excellent tactician with a calm, reassuring and authoritative manner that secures results‚Äô.¬†Julian Scott¬†is active on projects and non-contentious construction matters and is experienced in projects across the energy, leisure, hospitality and retail sectors. Nick Helm, who recently joined from DLA Piper UK LLP, is active across infrastructure project finance and PFI and PPP schemes.

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