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Burges Salmon LLP

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Bristol, Edinburgh, London

Jonathan Eves

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Burges Salmon LLP

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Corporate finance.


Partner in the corporate finance team with a particular focus on corporate finance transactions in the energy sector. Details of significant deals: acting for various developers, funders and institutional investors on investment in, and the acquisition and disposal of, renewable energy projects and portfolios across a range of technologies; advising GDF SUEZ on its acquisition of leading independent wind energy developer, West Coast Energy. This deal was shortlisted for Deal of the Year at the 2015 New Energy & Cleantech Awards; advising Infinis Energy pic on the sale of its hydro portfolio to Dwr Cymru Welsh Water and H20 Power Limited for £20.5 million; acting for Infinergy Limited on the sale of two operational wind farm projects (Castle Pill and Ferndale) and on equity investment in, and project financing of, the Wear Point wind farm; and advising the European retail group, Louis Delhaize, on the sale of The Garden and Leisure Group to The Garden Centre Group.


Trained at Burges Salmon and qualified into the corporate team in September 2006. Appointed as a corporate partner with effect from 1 May 2015.


Member of ICAEW Corporate Finance Faculty.


Attended Royal Belfast Academical Institution; St. Peter’s College, Oxford, BA (Hons) in Law, 2000-03.


Playing rugby for Chew Valley RFC 1st XV where he was club captain from 2009-11.

South West: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: Bristol

Within: Corporate and commercial: Bristol

Burges Salmon LLP handles a high volume of complex corporate transactions, and is able to leverage its 'best-friends' network of overseas firms in matters with cross-border elements. The team acts for high-profile clients across a number of sectors, notably energy, food and beverages, hotels and leisure, and education. The team is jointly led by Richard Spink and Chris Godfrey; Spink has expertise in corporate reorganisations in the private equity space, while Godfrey has a strong track record in M&A, funds work and IPOs. Jonathan Eves, who has been a partner since 2015, excels in complex corporate matters in the energy sector. Recently promoted director Tim Roberts specialises in M&A, with a particular focus on the leisure and tourism industry. Senior associate Alex Lloyd is also highly recommended.

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  • Restoring environmental damage: putting a price on ecosystem services

    On 7 August 2009 a 40-inch pipeline ruptured, spilling 5,400 cubic metres of crude oil into the soil and groundwater of La Crau nature reserve in southern France, a habitat protected under French and European law. The operator had to excavate and replace 60,000 tons of soil, install 70 wells to pump and treat groundwater and 25 pumps to skim oil from surface water, at a cost in the region of €50m. However, this was just the primary remediation (that is, restoring the site to the state it would have been if the damage had not occurred). The operator was also required to compensate for the damage to the habitats and the loss of the ecosystem services that would otherwise have been provided by La Crau nature reserve. Measures included purchasing land outside of the nature reserve and contributing to its management for a period of 30 years (over €1m), monitoring the water table for 20 years (over €500,000), monitoring fauna over three years (€150,000) and rehabilitation in accordance with best available ecological techniques (nearly €2m). Overall, the compensatory restoration (to compensate for the amount of time that the ecosystem was impacted) and complimentary restoration (to compensate for elements of the ecosystem that had been permanently lost) came to more than €6.5m. 

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