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Andrew Davies

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DLA Piper LLP (US)

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Andrew Davies acts for listed and private companies on sales, acquisitions, restructuring and joint ventures both in the UK and cross border. Andrew also acts for management teams and venture capitalists in private equity transactions and debt-funded buy outs. Andrew has a long track record of cross border M&A and leads Global and FTSE100 relationships for DLA Piper.

Andrew is the Location Head in Leeds for the corporate group.

North West: Projects, energy and natural resources


Within: Energy

DLA Piper UK LLP fields a ‘quality’ team that acts for sponsors, developers and funders on projects and disputes(often with an international element) in the nuclear, embedded generation, renewables and energy from waste arenas, acting. The team advised Vital Energi Solutions on a series of energy efficiency schemes, which includes a £50m district heat network and energy efficiency project in Manchester’s Civic Quarter and a £26m energy efficiency project with Gloucestershire NHS Foundation Trust. The team also represented Severfield (UK) on a £14m claim against contractor, Duro Felguera UK, in relation to the Carrington Combined Cycle Gas Technology Power Station Project and advised Stobart Biomass Products on operational issues at a 40MW biomass facility at the Port of Tilbury. Andrew Davies is experienced in the waste and energy sectors where he handles project finance mandates. Also recommended are legal directors Sidrah Arif, who is ‘responsive, and proactively seeks solutions to issues’ and has solar industry expertise, and Ben Morton, who was recently promoted. Contentious construction lawyers David Moss and Paul Giles, who heads the national contentious construction team, are key members of the department, as is consultant Nigel Proctor, who is regularly instructed on energy projects, and has particular expertise in the procurement of all types of EPC, operating and maintenance contracts. Darren Walsh leads the energy sector team.

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Project finance and PFI

Within: Project finance and PFI

DLA Piper UK LLP attracts praise for its ‘in-depth industry knowledge’, ‘ability to deliver to tight and challenging deadlines’ and ‘excellent track record in highly complex projects’. The team acts for energy and infrastructure sponsors, developers and investors on the bid, financing and operational issues related to complex projects, both nationally and internationally. The public sector is a key area of focus and the team advised the Welsh Government on its forthcoming road PPP project relating to sections 5 and 6 of the A465. Balfour Beatty Investments, Greater Manchester Waste Disposal Authority, Transport for Greater Manchester, Kelda Water Services and Mersey Gateway Crossing Board are also key clients. Team head Darren Walsh  is regularly engaged by energy sector clients on project finance matters. Liam Cowell is a ‘good project lead’ and is praised for his ‘ability to give a good steer and overall direction to a project’, particularly large-scale infrastructure projects.  Also recommended are the ‘knowledgeable’ Andrew Davies , who is ‘very practical, approachable, hardworking and committed’, and consultant Nigel Proctor, who  is ‘very experienced and is able to give valuable insights’, particularly in owner-funded and project-financed infrastructure projects; Proctor also has particular expertise in the procurement of EPC, operating and maintenance contracts. Other key figures include contentious construction lawyer Alison Fagan handles PFI and PPP projects and disputes, and legal directors Sidrah Arif, who is engaged in banking and project finance transactions, and Ben Morton, who was recently promoted.

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Yorkshire and the Humber: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: Leeds, West Yorkshire, North Yorkshire

Within: Corporate and commercial: Leeds, West Yorkshire, North Yorkshire

DLA Piper UK LLP is ‘unquestionably a top-tier practice’ as ‘one of the best firms in the region’ with ‘exemplary response times, considerable industry insight and an absolutely top-notch team’. Andrew Davies and Matthew Duncombe lead the corporate and commercial practices respectively; Davies is experienced in the retail and aviation sectors, and Duncombe’s expertise encompasses the hospitality, leisure, retail and manufacturing sectors. Jonathan Procter leads the firm’s financial services advice, Stephen Atkinson is the key name for M&A advice for private equity clients and legal director Paul Routledge regularly handles cross-border transactions. Hospitality sector specialist Wendy Harrison and John Gallon, who handles capital markets transactions, are also names to note. Recent highlights include assisting the Wellcome Trust with its joint venture with Queensway and the creation of a new hotel brand, advising Brewdog on its £213m sale of a stake in the business to TSG Consumer Partners and acting for Nisa Retail on its acquisition by the Co-operative Group. Marriott, Yorkshire Water, Booths and Q Hotels are also clients.

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  • Sentencing guidelines for corporate manslaughter

    In February 2010 the Sentencing Guidelines Council (the SGC) issued definitive guidelines to courts on imposing appropriate sentences for corporate manslaughter and health and safety offences causing death. The SGC states that fines imposed on companies found guilty of corporate manslaughter should not fall below £500,000, while fines in respect of health and safety offences that are a significant cause of death should be at least £100,000. Crucially, the SGC declined to provide for a fixed link between the imposed fine and the turnover or profitability of the offending company.

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