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Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

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Iwan Walters

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Eversheds Sutherland

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Iwan is a Partner in our corporate practice group.

Iwan is very active with the Clean Energy and Sustainability Group advising on biomass, solar, wind and tidal energy projects. Iwan has extensive experience advising buyers and sellers in relation to onshore wind farm projects in England, Wales and Scotland. Iwan has also advised clients in relation to many of the Round 2 and Round 3 offshore wind farm projects together with leading on most of our biomass transactions.

Iwan lead the Eversheds team that advised BNP Paribas on its acquisition and financing of the Sleaford biomass plant from ECO2. Iwan also advised Pennant Walters and InfraRed on their joint development of the Maesgwyn and Pant Y Wal on shore wind farms in South Wales.

Iwan has also been very active advising clients on investments and developments of solar pv projects in the UK.

Iwan’s clients range from utilities, private equity and infrastructure funds to banks and developers.

Iwan has advised on a wide variety of transactions including corporate reorganisations, joint ventures, equity and debt fund raising, mergers and public takeovers.

Iwan has acted for a large number of UK and foreign-owned businesses and has advised on a number of high-profile domestic and international transactions. Iwan spent two years working in Hong Kong and has recently been very active in advising clients on transactions in Iran, Morocco and South East Asia.

Iwan was named by Legal Week as one of the up and coming M&A parters in January 2016.

Iwan is listed as a notable practitioner by Chambers saying that he is “strong on the corporate side of energy work”. Iwan is the only lawyer listed by Chambers for 2016 as up and coming for Energy and National Resources work.

Iwan is a regular speaker at conferences and is a member of the Renewable UK Cymru Strategy Group.

Iwan worked in London and Hong Kong for Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer before joining Eversheds in January 2007.

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Welsh Fluent

London: Projects, energy and natural resources

Power (including electricity and renewables)

Within: Power (including electricity and renewables)

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP provides 'strong support in the specialist area of procurement and real estate', according to one client. In recent highlights, CGN Europe - a subsidiary of a Chinese state-owned utility - instructed a team led by Jason Lovell to oversee its acquisition of onshore wind assets in Ireland, and the group is currently leading the advice to National Grid on a complex business separation and subsequent sale proceedings. Cardiff-based  Iwan Walters assisted EDF with the disposal of five onshore wind assets to Greencoat UK Wind, and Birmingham's David Jones is currently intervening in the EPC contract negotiation ownership, EPC and cabling arrangements with regards to a major interconnector project between the UK and mainland Europe. The team's construction and engineering arm was recently bolstered by the arrival of Richard Streeter from CMS and the corporate offering benefited from James Vernon 's hire from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP. Michelle T Davies heads the firm's clean energy practice and co-heads the team with Robert Pitcher who spearheads the international infrastructure and energy outfit.

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Wales: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: Cardiff and South Wales

Within: Leading individuals

Iwan Walters - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Within: Corporate and commercial: Cardiff and South Wales

With four partners based out of the firm’s Cardiff office – following the recent transfer of Charles Reynard from Leeds – and also able to leverage the expertise of practitioners spread out across the UK and internationally, Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP is well-placed to represent corporates and private equity sponsors in a significant volume of predominantly mid-market transactions. ‘Pragmatic, responsive and knowledgeable‘ team head Paul Pugh has superb credentials for handling private equity work and recently acted for Pollen Street Capital on the acquisition of a majority stake in insurance broker, Miles Smith. ‘Technical, diligent and helpful‘ principal associate Richard Franklin regularly works alongside Pugh on transactions and also frequently takes the lead himself as demonstrated by his recent representation of Places for People Group on its acquisition of the remaining 50 percent share in MDH Group. Leveraging its ‘first-class‘ energy credentials, the team regularly handles M&A mandates in the sector including Iwan Walters’ recent representation of Shell on its acquisition (subject to regulatory approvals) of First Utility. Michelle Davies is also recommended for corporate work within the energy sector. Other clients include Forestry Commission, Welsh government and EDF Energy Renewables.

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Wales: Projects, energy and natural resources

Project finance and PFI

Within: Leading individuals

Iwan Walters - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Within: Project finance and PFI

Benefiting from 'strong industry knowledge' and the ability to leverage a large international network, Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP provides a multi-disciplinary offering to a range of clients including investors and financiers engaged in energy, transport and social infrastructure projects including those structured on a PFI/PPP basis. Recognised by one client as providing the 'same high-quality advice that a magic circle law firm will provide, while giving a more hands on and cost-effective solution', the team is best-known for its expertise within the renewables space where it has begun to handle an increased volume of instructions from institutional investors including investment funds such as Blackrock and Macquarie. 'Truly an expert in her field', Michelle Davies spearheads much of the clean energy work handled by the team and is praised for her 'excellent knowledge of the industry and power value chain'. Corporate partner Iwan Walters has significant experience within the renewables sector and recently advised EDF Energy Renewables on its disposal of a majority stake in five of its UK onshore wind farms to Greencoat UK Wind. Other recommended practitioners include Jean-Pascal Boutin, who heads up the energy regulatory team; Rob McNabb, who has extensive experience of advising on the construction of renewable energy projects both in the UK and abroad; and senior associate Philip Barratt ,who regularly assists Walters on renewables corporate transactions.

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