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Christopher McGee-Osborne

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Christopher has more than 30 years' experience at Dentons, working across the Energy, Transport and Infrastructure sector, and is co-chair of the Firm's global practice. He specialises in the drafting and negotiation of commercial contracts for regulated utility companies and in project development, regulation and privatisation. Christopher has advised private and public sector clients on the development/procurement of approximately 40 projects in the energy, rail and defence industries, many of which have been project financed and which have an aggregate value of c. £85 billion. He sits on the CBI's International Trade & Investment Council.

Recent work includes: advising the UK government (DECC) on its carbon capture and storage commercialisation competition; advising a UK public utility on a project to corporatise and dispose of non-core energy assets; advising the Oman government on the development of a wholesale spot market for electricity generation; advising on regulations for inception of rooftop solar in Oman; advising Virgin and Stagecoach on the termination of the East Coast passenger rail franchise; and advising a UK government department on a c. £10 billion series of critical national infrastructure procurements.

London: Public sector

Administrative and public law

Within: Administrative and public law

Christopher McGee-Osborne and Catherine Bingham co-head the government sector group at Dentons which serves an impressive roster of governmental, regulator and corporate clients. Multi-disciplinary teams advise on procurement, environmental and other areas in addition to the public and administrative law, especially in the telecoms sector. It has been appointed to a number of government panels, including the central government General Legal Services Panel. Recent work includes advising the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and other government entities on the procurement of their global fixed and mobile voice and data telecoms network and services. It is also advising Ofgem on a range of matters including  an offshore transmission asset licensing process. Other noted contacts include Stephen Ashworth and Mark Bassett.

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London: Transport


Within: Leading individuals

Christopher McGee-Osborne - Dentons

Within: Rail

Dentons has ‘great industry knowledge’ and provides ‘very practical advice’ across infrastructure development and operation light rail and trams, franchises and concessions, operations, regulation, competition, rolling stock procurement and maintenance, finance, technology, environment, safety and disputes across the rail sector; it is ‘always fully up to speed with industry changes’. Rail head Matthew Hanslip Ward is advising MTR on its joint venture bid for the West Coast Partnership (WCP) with Guangshen Railway Corporation; advised MTR on its bid for the new Wales and Borders franchise; is advising Alstom on a proposed joint venture arrangement with Stagecoach Group in relation to Stagecoach's bid for the South Eastern franchise; and continued to advise MTR on the £1.4bn concession to operate Crossrail. Christopher McGee-Osborne is advising Virgin and Stagecoach on issues relating to the East Coast Main Line passenger rail franchise. David Moore advised the Rail Delivery Group on its review of the current franchise agreement template and proposed amendments from various industry stakeholders and advised it on developments to the rail industry alliancing framework agreement. Real estate head Virginia Glastonbury, counsel Martin Watt and senior associate Jonathan Smith, who ‘impresses with his response times’ and is ‘always right in the detail of the issue’, are also recommended.

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