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Apart from a number of high-profile mega-projects such as HS2 and the Heathrow and Gatwick expansion plans, the domestic infrastructure market remains rather barren for all but the leading firms. Most UK-based activity originates from the secondary market, where most outfits find steady work in asset recycling, brownfield projects and re-financings. The emerging markets of Africa and the Middle East, for example, do however generate a stable and lucrative amount of work, especially in the energy infrastructure sphere. European clients also consulted London firms to advise on several high-value transport infrastructure projects, namely with regards to highway toll and tunnel schemes.

With oil prices stabilising at around fifty dollars per barrel, the main oil and gas players such as Allen & Overy LLP and Herbert Smith Freehills LLP notice a slight and slow revival of upstream transactional work, while others have found a secure work stream in the LNG and pipeline space, especially in emerging markets.

Eroding political support for onshore renewables projects in the UK has pushed clients and firms to adopt more creative funding schemes in order to operate virtually subsidy-free, while a political desire to preserve oil reserves in the Middle East leads to an ardent demand for clean power generation and storage projects. Offshore wind farms, waste-to-energy plants, storage and transmission mandates continue to generate work alongside more innovative generation projects such a number of tidal lagoons in Wales. For nuclear work, the promise of Hinkley Point C and several other proposed UK new-build plant projects is continuing heavyweight investments from foreign entities, while decommissioning mandates also remain attractive.

The UK’s highly regulated water sector continues to be an active area, thanks in part to high-value infrastructure projects such as the Tideway Thames Tunnel and Ofwat activity. This includes its recent opening of the non-household retail market as part of its move towards a more competitive retail space. Firms such as Greenberg Traurig, LLP have kept busy advising on competition law issues, particularly with respects to the prevention of regional monopolies. Internationally, the Middle East is home to numerous independent water treatment, wastewater management and desalination projects, while Central Asia and other jurisdictions continue to approach firms for advice on the development, financing, and selling or acquisition of hydropower assets.


Infrastructure (including PFI and PPP)

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Allen & Overy LLP advises on big-ticket transport and social infrastructure projects; practice head David Lee is leading the advice to Macquarie, MIRA and USS as bidders in the privatisation of the UK’s Green Investment Bank. Conrad Andersen has experience in regulated utilities and also assisted, with senior associate Erika Singer, a consortium of buyers with their £2bn acquisition of London City Airport. In terms of cross-border work, Tim Conduit acted for Société Générale on the refinancing of the construction costs of the Passante di Mestre toll road around Venice, and he also, alongside Singer and Andersen, advised the funders to the €4bn multi-sourced refinancing of electricity distribution business Ellevio. Richard Evans and Sara Pickersgill handled, for a multinational consortium, the acquisition of a 30% interest in EP Infrastructure from Energetický a průmyslový holding Other notable clients include Allianz, Morgan Stanley and First State.

Ashurst’s infrastructure offering was recently bolstered by the arrival of Jason Radford from the New York office and Yann Alix from Herbert Smith Freehills LLP; the team acts for clients such as Babcock, Balfour Beatty and Crossrail. Philip Vernon is global co-head of corporate projects and recently worked alongside Patrick Boyle to advise the Education Funding Agency on the privately financed element of the £2bn Priority Schools Building Programme, while Logan Mair acted for a preferred bidder in a proposed waste to energy facility project. The team’s key contacts also include finance specialist Nikhil Markanday and Jan Sanders, who works in the corporate team and specialises in infrastructure M&A. Senior associates Gaby Jones and Aaron Shute focus on domestic and international M&A work; Jones advised a public sector entity on several secondary school developments, and Shute handled, for Abertis, the acquisition from AIMCo of a 50% interest in the Autopista Central toll road in Chile.

The infrastructure team at CMShas an in-depth knowledge of the law and the industry context’, and the partners ‘are adept at ensuring the knowledge cascades down the team over time’. The recent merger with Nabarro and Olswang has enhanced the firm’s enviable client roster and added to its global and UK presence through the gain of offices in Manchester and Sheffield. Robert Grayis exceptional’ and ‘consistently performs at a very high level, and is generous in ensuring that clients are properly advised’; he recently assisted Aspire Defence with the extension of project Allenby Connaught, which involved granting a new £1.1bn construction sub-contract variation from the original PFI deal. Paul Smith, who ‘consistently proves himself to be invaluable’, is representing funders, sponsors and contractors on several PFI project disputes in sectors including health, roads and social housing. On the energy side, Phil Duffield is leading the advice to Low Carbon regarding two battery storage projects secured under National Grid’s first Enhanced Frequency Response regime tender. Co-head Andrew Ivison assisted senior funders with the financing of a new rolling stock to replace the trains of numerous lines run by the East Anglia franchise. James Snape and Lucy Plowright came over from Nabarro LLP following the merger.

Clifford Chance LLP’s team of ‘smart, commercial and responsive’ lawyers is described as ‘one of the best’ and services an impressive client roster, which includes 3i Infrastructure, J.P. Morgan and Goldman Sachs. The ‘fantastic’ Michael Bates focuses on banking and capital markets work and recently advised Rock Rail East Anglia on the procurement and £620m financing of rolling stock for the East Anglia franchise, and assisted Global Infrastructure Partners on the financing of its acquisition of 20% stake in Gas Natural. Brendan Moylan sits in the private equity team and is ‘great across the board’; he was part of the team acting for USS on its acquisition of the Moto Group and the subsequent sale of a 40% stake to CVC Capital Partners. Corporate partner and M&A specialist Amy Mahon has ‘a deep understanding of what clients want and what is worth a fight’. Michael Pearson was promoted to partner.

Patrick Mitchell leads Herbert Smith Freehills LLP’s global infrastructure team and works closely with Adrian Clough, who has substantial expertise in the privatised rail sector. Recent highlights include Julia Pyke and Matthew Job advising EDF on the corporate, administrative and construction arrangements of the Hinkley Point C nuclear project while Sarah Pollock acted for Scandinavian clients in the acquisition of the Brigg, Snetterton and Kent biomass power plants. Additionally, Mitchell acted alongside Job for High Speed Two Limited on the construction elements of phase 1 and the procurement of two types of rolling stock for the new HS2 north-south rail line project. Simon Caridia, Martin Kavanagh, who has extensive experience in emerging markets, and the recently promoted Silke Goldberg are also key contacts. Other notable clients include Macquarie, Tideway and DIF. John Balsdon joined Latham & Watkins.

With ‘one of the best teams in infrastructure’, Hogan Lovells International LLP is ‘responsive to needs and knowledgeable in the industry’. The firm handles major projects work across all infrastructure sectors and its client roster includes GE, EDF and BP. Andrew Briggs attracts praise from clients along with ‘great problem solver’ and financing specialist Andrew Gallagher, and the ‘very pragmatic and consideredScott Tindall. Recent highlights include Richard Tyler advising EIG and Africa Finance Corporation on a debt facility for New Age, an oil and gas group focused on the development of upstream fields in Africa and Philip Brown assisting Meter Fit 5 Limited as project company on the £1bn financing of the Meter Fit 5 programme roll-out. The team is headed by Adrian Walker, who represents clients such as Dutch Infrastructure Fund and Rio Tinto. Counsel Florian Agnel is also recommended.

Linklaters LLP handles infrastructure transactions, major financings and refinancing matters, and new-build projects, both in emerging markets and domestically. Recent highlights include Fiona Hobbs and Andrew Jones, who heads the firm’s Africa group, acting for the lenders on the proposed financing of a rail line built by Vale in Mozambique running from the Tete mine to Nacala, and former global infrastructure group leader Bruce White advising the European Investment Bank (EIB) on the financing of Project Spark, the first phase in the government’s nationwide smart meter roll-out programme, and Project Thistle, which involved a £40m funding partnership between the EIB and two other commercial banks. Matthew Keats, who specialises in Russian and CIS matters such as the financing of the Yamal LNG deal in Russia, Jeremy Gewirtz, who leads the London energy and infrastructure team, Richard Ginks and Richard Coar are all also recommended.

Norton Rose Fulbright fields ‘a team of specialists who are able to work collaboratively to achieve financial close’. The ‘knowledgeable, collaborative and solutions-drivenMatthew Hardwick recently acted for two English universities on the East Slope student accommodation project, which consists of the provision and maintenance of over 2000 housing units. Chris Brown is advising the Hellenic Republic Development Fund on the privatisation of 14 regional airports, and Daniel Metcalfe acted for Citibank, Goldman Sachs and Standard Chartered Bank as lenders of revolving credit facilities provided to IHS to refinance existing group debt and fund its tower building programme. Global head of business Martin McCann leads the firm’s infrastructure work and services its impressive client roster, which includes Balfour Beatty, Deutsche Bank, Infrared and new win National Grid. Mark Berry is also recommended.

Pinsent Masons LLPprovides good access to partner level input backed up by strong and very able juniors’, delivering ‘quick responses, good commercial acumen and industry knowledge’. The firm was recently engaged by Indo UK Healthcare Private and UK Global Healthcare to advise on the implementation of a major health programme supported by the Indian and British governments aiming to build 11 hospitals and 89 polyclinics across India, and acted for Ferrovial Aeropuertos on the proposed acquisition of Glasgow, Aberdeen and Southampton airports from Heathrow Airport Holdings. Michael Watson acts as head of the global finance and projects group and has ‘broad sector expertise’ from which ‘he can quote useful precedent’. The team, which was recently bolstered by the arrival of planning partner Gareth Phillips from Watson Farley & Williams LLP, is led by Stephen Tobin and includes ‘first-class’ finance specialist Apicksha Patel.

Manchester-based Michael O’Connor heads Addleshaw Goddard’s national infrastructure, projects and energy group, which ‘demonstrates an excellent ability to engage in complex client situations and great flexibility’. Paul Hirst is providing strategic advice to the Department for Transport (DfT) on structuring a new rail franchise combining the current InterCity West Coast services with the development of HS2 services. Legal director Rob Thompson, noted for his ‘skill and precision’, is part of the team acting for a subsidiary of the Danish Ministry of Transport on a tunnel connecting Denmark to Germany, while Simon Courie represents a leading Nigerian PPP developer in its bid for the development of a $1bn deep sea port project. Matthew Newing joined from Charles Russell Speechlys LLP where he led the projects practice. David Hartley, who heads the London PFI and PPP team, Andrew Pettinger and Jacqui Langley-White are also key contacts.

Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP is ‘an extremely strong firm in the field of infrastructure planning’, where Tim Smith is ‘one of the big players’ according to one source. The practice handles both domestic and international work, especially in connection with infrastructure asset transactions, regulatory issues and dispute resolution cases. Clients recommend ‘very able planning lawyer and safe pair of hands’ Daniel Freiman, who ‘always gets the job done and is an absolute pleasure to work with’, and experienced planning and environmental partner James Good, who ‘applies himself with extreme diligence to his clients’ cases’. Mark Richards heads the team and has acted for clients such as Amber Infrastructure and Aviva Investors.

Burges Salmon LLP has particular expertise in transport, energy and defence infrastructure work, acting for public and private sector clients such as Costain, the Greater London Authority and Highways England. Keith Beattie advised Ascent on the closing of its Fixed Wing and Rotary Wing programmes, which involved separate project financings, while Mark Paterson assisted the Ministry of Defence (MoD) on the procurement of the Successor and Astute class submarines. In the transport sector, Brioney Thomas is currently overseeing the procurement of the next Wales and Borders Rail Service and Metro on behalf of Transport for Wales; she is supported in this matter by real estate partner Philip Beer, John Houlden, who heads the firm’s procurement and state aid team, and construction expert Marcus Harling. The practice is led by Ian Salter and includes Steven James.

Clyde & Co LLP recently strengthened its planning practice with the appointment to partner of Brian Greenwood and Stephen Webb and also secured several new client wins including U+I, WE Black and Anchor Trust. Liz Jenkins, who jointly leads the department with Clare Hatcher and Robert Meakin, is acting for Dexia on the transfer of loan stock in relation to the Miles Platting social housing project. Meakin worked with the Dubai office on a high-value development project in North Africa. Other key contacts include corporate partner Simon Vere Nicoll and legal director and project finance specialist Robert Franklin. The firm was also instructed to advise a major fund on the documentation for a range of worldwide investments into infrastructure assets, also assisting with the establishment of co-investment vehicles and alternative means to access the underlying investment. Senior associate Brett Hartley joined Morgan Stanley as an executive director.

White & Case LLP’s infrastructure lawyers ‘are knowledgeable, practical and focus on the points that matter’, with Saul Daniel and John Cunningham recommended for their ‘commercial, responsive and communicative’ approach. In terms of international work, Caroline Miller Smith and Philip Stopford are advising Vale on the development and financing of the $4.4bn Nacala Corridor project in Malawi which involves a new greenfield rail line and the rehabilitation of existing brownfield lines, while Ellis Baker is working closely with partners in the Doha and Abu Dhabi offices on several rail projects forming part of the planned Gulf Cooperation Council railway network. On the transactional side, Caroline Sherrell acted, with the assistance of associate Thomas Cambidge, for Flughafen Zurich on the proposed sale of its 5% shareholding in Bangalore International Airport to Fairfax. Capital markets expert Gavin McLean is also a key name.

The ‘very responsive and flexible’ team at Browne Jacobson LLP is known to clients as ‘extremely pragmatic, genuinely enthusiastic and exceptionally knowledgeable’. Department co-head Stephen Matthew is advising an Asian government on the procurement of a waste management PFI project, and is acting for the London borough of Enfield in the selection of a joint venture partner for the development of the Montagu industrial estate, a strategic phase in the Meridian Water project undertaking. The team assisted specialist house association Local Space with its £250m financing by major banks including Barclays of a major housing programme for low income families and the homeless in Newham. Key contacts in Nottingham include Peter Ware, who handled a significant health procurement matter on behalf of a public body, and Craig Elder, who jointly heads the team with Matthew. Procurement and projects solicitor Nick Hurley assists the partners with a wide array of mandates, including a district heating scheme.

DLA Piperhas a strong team in place under the leadership of’’ Colin Wilson, which ‘excels in the PFI project area’ and clients are ‘always impressed by the speed at which its lawyers respond’. Maria Pereira and Wilson were part of the team advising the DfT on the high-profile Airport Capability programme, which is due to involve the expansion of either Heathrow or Gatwick airport. Other highlights included acting for Hitachi Rail on the New Tube for London scheme and assisting Agility Trains with ongoing operational matters arising from the Intercity Express Programme. The firm recently strengthened its contentious construction capabilities by hiring David Moss and Paul Giles from Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP and Alison Fagan from Addleshaw Goddard. Other contacts include Mark Dwyer, who recently joined the financial markets unit from Slaughter and May, power project expert Nigel Drew and the Manchester-based Liam Cowell who specialises in the transport and roads sectors.

John Woolley jointly heads Dentons’ UK infrastructure practice and works closely with Matthew Hanslip-Ward, who heads the firm’s rail group and recently acted for Construcciones y Auxiliar de Ferrocarriles on the design, manufacturing, supply and maintenance contracts for two fleets of rolling stock for TransPennine Express. Associate Tom Guilfoyle and project finance co-head Dominic Spacie teamed up to advise Equitix and Shanghai Tunnel Engineering on the Silvertown road tunnel under the Thames, which is still at pre-qualification stage, while Stephen Ashworth is acting for several local authorities on the establishment of three garden communities as part of a government initiative. David Moore, who has a particular expertise in the transport sector across Europe, the Middle East and Africa, recently joined the team from Clyde & Co LLP. Other notable clients include Akiira, Santander, and the Government of Mozambique.

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP has ‘a longstanding and strong commitment to the public sector’ and its lawyers are ‘comfortable thinking outside the box’. In recent developments, Anne Harris advised National Grid on its multibillion-pound transfer of its gas distribution business to a new entity, and financing experts Mark Dennison and Conrad Purcell joined from Norton Rose Fulbright. Jackie Heeds, who has ‘great legal skill and superb ability to lead a multi-disciplinary team’, acted for Continental Railway on the Mayfield regeneration project in Manchester. On the international front, Howard Barrie is advising the PPP office of Bangladesh on the scoping, feasibility, development and procurement of its extensive PPP programme. The practice is jointly led by waste practice leader Michael Grimes, international energy and infrastructure team head Robert Pritcher and Alex Doughty, who specialises in project finance.

Gowling WLG handles high-value defence and transport infrastructure PPP work domestically and has recently increased its international presence, especially in Africa, where Andrew Newbery, who joined the firm in 2016, is acting for the Emerging Infrastructure Fund and GuarantCo on its loan to a fuel storage provider to fund existing commercial agreements and a new independent power project. Projects practice head for the UK Stephen Kenny recently advised new client MUJV on the extension of the Connaught PFI with the MoD and also acted for the South London Waste Partnership on the procurement of a long-term contract for waste and recycling collection, street cleaning and maintenance. Birmingham-based senior associate Alexandra Poynter assisted Kenny in both these matters. Other notable client wins include Natixis, Greenage Power and Exim, who has appointed the firm to assist with the financing structure of the NuGen nuclear power project in Moorside.

Acting for clients such as BNP Paribas, Mitsui and Goldman Sachs, Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP handles high-value infrastructure work in the transport, energy and telecoms sectors. John Dewar, who heads the practice with Suhrud Mehta, led a team, which included senior associate Oliver Irwin, advising SES on the refinancing of its senior and junior project finance facilities and assisting it with its acquisition of 100% of shares in O3b. The team also advised Seaborn Networks in its financing of the first submarine connection cable between New York and São Paulo, and assisted an international financial holdings company with the financing of its transatlantic submarine fibre optic cable. On the international front, Clive Ransome and Mehta acted for a group of high-profile banks on a bid to acquire the retail arm of an Italian rail operator, and Neil Caddy handled the $910m financing of HNA’s acquisition of Swissport on behalf of the arrangers, including the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China.

Osborne Clarke LLP’s 11-partner practice is split between Bristol and London and is headed by Chris Wade, who focuses his practice on the university, secondary market, road and energy sectors. DIF appointed the team to oversee its acquisition of SSE’s three remaining street lighting PFI projects in the UK, and the Bristol-based Catherine Wolfenden acted for Siemens in its public procurement challenge against Abellio in connection with its rolling stock contract for the new East Anglia franchise. In the university sector, Wade has recently advised bidders on the delivery of student accommodation for the universities of Falmouth and St Andrews. Simon Hancock is assisting EE with its programme to provide a next-generation communication system to the UK emergency services. As for emerging markets work, the team continues to assist a leading UAE contractor with its joint venture to deliver a mixed-use development and related infrastructure at Saadiyat Island. Omar Al-Nuaimi and Andrew Normington are additional key contacts. Matthew Heywood joinedClyde & Co LLP’s Dubai construction team in July 2017.

Sharpe Pritchard operates mainly in the public sector with a particularly strong specialism in waste management infrastructure; numerous county councils, including Hertfordshire and Nottinghamshire, instructed the firm to oversee their waste PFI projects and make necessary variations. The team also advised Thames Water Utilities Limited and Bazalgette Tunnel on the procurement, construction and commercial aspects of the Thames Tideway Tunnel. Nicola Sumner previously acted for the West London Waste Authority with regards to its residual waste services PPP and continues to handle project-related issues such as the potential integration of a combined heat and power facility and the commissioning of the energy-from-waste facility and associated rail infrastructure. Roseanne Serrelli heads the department, which was recently bolstered by the arrival of associate Steve Gummer from Allen & Overy LLP. Recently-appointed partner Jane Crees plays a fundamental role in the team and is also a key contact.

The Simmons & Simmons infrastructure practice acts for clients such as the MoD, the EBRD and TfL. Practice head Richard Dyton, and managing director Simon Kenolty are acting for Momentum, a joint venture of three contractors, on bidding for enabling and civil works for the HS2 project. In the emerging markets sphere, Adrian Nizzola collaborated with the Dubai office to assist the government of the Republic of Somaliland with a concession arrangement with DP World in connection with the operation, management and maintenance of the Berbera sea port. The team is also equipped to handle contentious matters and James Pollock has recently handled several contractual disputes in the Middle East. Simon Moore joined the firm’s Bristol office from Mubadala, a development company owned by the government of Abu Dhabi, and is a key contact along with Andrew Petry and Juliet Reingold, who is co-head of the government group.

Robin Baillie and Philippa Chadwick head Squire Patton Boggs’s UK infrastructure and project finance practices respectively. The infrastructure team was strengthened with the hire of rail sector specialist Andrew Herring from DWF and Neil Upton from King & Wood Mallesons. Recent highlights include Anna Le Jehan and Baillie acting, alongside a team of the firm’s US-based lawyers, for John Laing Infrastructure Fund on its acquisition of the PPP concession for 23 services plazas in the US and a related refinancing of the project debt facilities and advising a Middle-Eastern government entity on the development of a PPP model and legal framework. Recent client wins include Infrared, Macquarie and the West Midlands Combined Authority.

Trinity International LLP provides ‘the best value for money of any PPP infrastructure projects in emerging markets’, according to one client. The infrastructure team has significantly grown, as shown by the promotion to partner of Jennifer Gladstone, the arrival of Fiona Gulliford from Gide Loyrette Nouel LLP and several promotions to counsel. Kaushik Ray, with the assistance of counsel Luke Muchamore, acts for Senegal Minergy and its sponsors on the development, construction, ownership and maintenance of a multi-commodity port in Bargny-Sendou, while Simon Norris, who ‘has outstanding knowledge of IPP deals and government contracts in Africa’, is advising the Standard Bank of South Africa and Stanbic Bank Kenya on the financing of the acquisition of wagons for the Rift Valley Railways fleet. Head of private equity Hugh Naylor represented a transnational developer with the documentation and financing structure for the construction of a toll road in Zambia.

Trowers & Hamlins LLP mainly handles domestic social infrastructure PPP work, but is also present in the Middle East and South East Asia. Paul McDermott leads the practice and is working alongside Lucy Doran to structure a new PPP model for the delivery of care homes in Bridport, while Scott Dorling is advising the Enfield Council on the Meridian Water regeneration project, which aims to deliver 8000 new homes as well as retail and cultural facilities under a new hybrid funding structure consisting of private, bank and public investments. Other highlights included Helen Randall acting for Hambleton District Council on its joint venture for the multi-use redevelopment of the of the former Northallerton prison site, and James Hawkins assisting Amey with the insolvency of Energos, a key contractor on two of its waste PFIs in the UK, which involved a claim on behalf of the client against Energos and a dispute regarding the intellectual property of the insolvent entity.

Baker McKenzie’s team advised the arrangers of First State’s refinancing of the HH Ferries group, and corporate and M&A specialist Tim Sheddick, who assisted a major financial services client with its acquisition of a gas distribution business from a leading infrastructure entity. Other highlights included Marc Fèvre acting, alongside colleagues from the Johannesburg office, for the lender on the Elazig hospital PPP in Turkey. On the public sector side, the government of the British Virgin Islands instructed the team to oversee its airport expansion programme, with Mike Webster leading in this matter. Associate Tom Pound regularly supports Sheddick and is also a key contact alongside M&A partner David Allen and project finance expert Calvin Walker. Paul Hibbert joined Weil, Gotshal & Manges (London) LLP in 2017.

Bevan Brittan LLP represents public sector clients, including various city councils and London boroughs, in matters relating to energy efficiency, waste-to-energy projects, and district heating. Recent highlights include advising Nottingham City Council on the redevelopment of the Eastcroft energy-from-waste plant and assisting the London borough of Sutton on a district energy project involving the supply of energy from a recovery facility and the development of heat transmission and connection infrastructure. Nadeem Arshad leads the energy and resources team and acts for the University of Newcastle with respects to the procurement of a major district energy project as part of its development of the Science Central site. Other notable names include Nathan Bradberry and solicitor Thomas Graham. All named individuals are based in Bristol.

Specialist construction firm Fenwick Elliott LLP has a strong focus on contentious projects work. Tony Francis assists clients with dispute avoidance and has previously handled multi-million pound cases involving Crossrail, a major international airport and the Channel Tunnel Rail Link. On the international front, Richard Smellie represents one of the largest Chinese construction companies in international arbitration proceedings regarding a major Middle Eastern development project, and Jeremy Glover acted for a contractor in a dispute related to the rehabilitation and construction of a road of national importance in Asia. David Bebb and Jatinder Garcha are the key contacts on the non-contentious side and their work has included advising specialist subcontractors working in the high-end residential development sector, especially in London and the South East. They also lead the education team, which includes Victoria Russell and acts for clients such as King’s College London and University College London on construction law matters. Practice head Simon Tolson is also recommended.

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP’s Alan Rae Smith has substantial experience in privatisation, PPP and financing work, with an emphasis on large energy infrastructure projects in emerging markets such as Africa and the Middle East. Nicholas Bliss recently retired.

Michael Regan leads Mayer Brown International LLP’s infrastructure team, which provides ‘an excellent level of service across all sectors’ and was recently strengthened by the appointment to partner of Jonathan Stone, the arrival of Tom Eldridge from Dentons, and the hire of contentious construction associate William Clerke from Norton Rose Fulbright South Africa Inc’s Cape Town office. On the contentious side, Tom Duncan represents Costain in numerous disputes related to the Manchester waste PFI and the port of Felixstowe, and is defending, with Regan, a contractor pursued for significant damages to a car park and negligence in its design and construction of a hospital, specifically with regards to the pipework. In non-contentious work, Robert Flanigan advised Ausol on its refinancing through the issuance of project bonds and entering into a junior subordinated junior facility. Other key contacts include Sally Davies, who co-leads the construction and engineering professional indemnity team, and construction and engineering contracts expert Jonathan Olson-Welsh.

The ‘advice is extremely thorough’ at Mills & Reeve LLP and clients value its ‘deep experience’. Cambridge-based consultant Peter Rout, whose ‘outstanding drafting and negotiation skills are beyond anyone else’, joined the practice from Transport for Greater Manchester, whom he is advising on their Metrolink expansion project alongside Birmingham-based Martino Giaquinto. Practice head Raith Pickup, who also sits in the Cambridge office, is acting for the MoD on all legal aspects of contracts related to TyTAN, an innovative support arrangement for the UK’s fleet of Typhoon aircraft. He also acts for clients in the education sector and is assisting Uliving with its student accommodation project for the University of Gloucestershire, and is acting for the University of Hull on its accommodation project with UPP. On the healthcare side, Bridget Archibald oversaw an agreement to facilitate the construction of an integrated care centre in East Hull, and is currently guiding an NHS trust through the procurement of a partner to build, refurbish and equip a renal dialysis unit.

Under the leadership of corporate finance specialist Mark Horton, Slaughter and May primarily handles brownfield asset disposals, acquisitions and refinancing matters for clients in the transport and waste-water management sectors.

Stephenson Harwood acts for clients such as Hitachi Rail, Green Power Africa, and the city of Cape Town, whom practice leader Jonathan Cripps is advising on the next phase of its integrated transport and urban development project. The firm recently assisted Dutch Infrastructure Fund with its acquisition of shares in two operational toll road projects in Ireland from Cintra, a Spanish company, and handled the planning and contract negotiation on behalf of Heads of the Valleys Development Company regarding a significant capital investment programme into a world class motorsports complex in Wales. Rebecca Carter and senior associate Ian Pumfrey supported Cripps on his advice to the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital on the design and construction of new healthcare facilities in Stanmore. Senior associates Will Lewis and Phil Harris have strong experience in economic and social infrastructure projects work and are also key contacts.

Winston & Strawn London LLP’s co-chair of the global project finance and infrastructure department James Simpson recently handled the refinancing of two sewage treatment plants in the Middle East, and advised a public body on the regulatory, contractual and contentious aspects of the development of a major tunnel project. Of counsel Katharine Sonneborn acted for the institutional lenders on the refinancing of the Sea-to-Sky Highway improvement project, a transportation PPP in Vancouver, and Rebecca Finn is working with the New York office and London associate Conor Boyle to oversee a private placement for the financing of the construction of two undersea vehicular tunnels in the Faroe Islands.


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Linklaters LLP’s specialist mining team is ‘strong across the board’, leveraging a strong international network of offices and relationships, including with Allens in Australia. Charles Jacobs leads the practice with Toby Grimstone, who is known to clients for his ‘excellent knowledge of the finance markets and legal practices’, and ‘solid operatorDavid Avery-Gee. Andrew Jones advised the lenders on the proposed financing of the development by Vale and Mitsui of a rail line between a mine in the Tete Province of Mozambique and Nacala in Malawi. On the M&A side, Ian Hunter and Avery-Gee acted for Glencoreon the sale of 40% of its agricultural business to the Canada Pension Plan Investments Board, and the sale of a further 9.99% to the British Columbia Investment Management Corporation; Paul McNicholl and Nicole Kar also represented Anglo American on the sale of its Brazilian Niobium and Phosphates business to China Molybdenum in its effort to reduce debt. Other notable clients include Rio Tinto and Sibanye Gold.

Martin McCann’s mining team at Norton Rose Fulbright provides ‘first class technical knowledge backed up with deep industry expertise’ and was recently strengthened by the arrival of international arbitration lawyer James Rogers from the Hong Kong office. McCann, who ‘is very well respected in the market with a reputation for getting difficult things done’, recently assisted CBG with the expansion of its Sangaredi bauxite mine in western Guinea, while the ‘very knowledgeable and calm under pressureNeil Miller conducted an arbitration against a junior mining company in connection with disruption during the construction of a gold mine in Africa. The Eurasian Resources Group instructed the team on the construction and financing of its copper and cobalt project in the Kolwezi region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. ‘Rising star for the futureHolly Stebbing, who was recently promoted to the partnership, is ‘technically first class’ and has ‘strong commercial knowledge’. Other key contacts are projects lawyer Mark Berry, who specialises in advising on the construction and delivery of complex projects, and finance expert Daniel Metcalfe.

Allen & Overy LLP’s mining practice is jointly led by Dominic Morris in London and Geoff Simpson in Perth, acting for major international clients such as Rio Tinto, Vale and Anglo American. In recent highlights, Richard Browne, who manages the London corporate and M&A unit, represented Vale in the renegotiation of Mitsui’s $1bn investment in the Moatize coal mine in Mozambique and the Nacala rail line project. On the equity capital markets front, James Roe advised Nordgold on its conversion to a societas europaea and its subsequent migration to the UK, and acted for Canaccord, J&E Davy and Mirabaud as joint brokers on the fundraising aspect of the restructuring of Kenmare. In terms of contentious work, Mark Levy led the team in a large commercial arbitration case on behalf of the government of Balochistan, and counselled the government of Pakistan in a related investment treaty arbitration. Global chairman of the corporate group Richard Cranfield and Jeremy Parr, who is co-head of the firm’s global energy group, are also key contacts.

Ashurst’s ‘outstanding’ mining team displays ‘excellent knowledge of the sector’ under the leadership of the London-based Michael Robins, who specialises in corporate finance and M&A work. ‘Very commercial’ corporate partner Yann Alix, who recently joined the practice from Herbert Smith Freehills LLP’s Paris office, has ‘an unrivalled knowledge of the African market’; he leads the advice to BHP Billiton on its interest in the Nimba project in Guinea. In other work highlights, Robins acted for Iluka on its takeover of Sierra Rutile; Nick Williamson advised the joint book-runners on the equity fundraising for AIM-listed Sirius Minerals to finance the development of its polyhalite project in North Yorkshire; while Tom Mercer assisted Vedanta with the $2.3bn merger of its subsidiaries as part of its initiative to simplify its corporate structure. Dispute resolution expert Matthew Saunders joined from DLA Piper.

Mayer Brown International LLP’s Rachel Speight and practice head Ian Coles are ‘experienced, focused and hands-on lawyers who provide the required senior oversight for all matters’. Tom Eldridge joined the team from Dentons, where he headed the mining and project finance team; he is ‘commercial in his approach and looks to secure an acceptable outcome rather than just try to score points on other lawyers’. The group was engaged by Standard Chartered Bank, BNP Paribas and several other lenders to advise on a five-year loan facility to First Quantum, and by Société Générale to oversee the project financing of a lead and zinc mine in Macedonia. Apart from high-value restructuring and distress work, the team also handles insurance and environmental issues arising from mining accidents. Jonathan Hosie is a key contact in the construction and engineering department. Other notable clients include Investec, Toro Gold and Universal Coal.

Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP’s Nick Angel and counsel Cathy Marsh represented the EIB, the African Development Bank and the Emerging Africa Infrastructure Fund as lenders on the restructuring of the Moma titanium project in Mozambique and the provision of a new debt facility. On the M&A side, James Warbey advised the senior lenders on the $775m acquisition of the Indonesian Martabe gold mine by an international consortium of buyers, while Tom Canning and Stuart Harray acted for a joint venture on its acquisition of a controlling stake in a mining company, which is financed through a combination of senior debt, sponsor equity and mezzanine debt. The team, led jointly by Clive Ransome and John Dewar, also assisted the EBRD with financing work, namely with respects to the development and operation of a gold mine. Senior associate Seyda Duman is also a key contact.

Sullivan & Cromwell LLP has a strong expertise in projects work, including finance, development, equity arrangements and restructurings. It recently assisted long-standing client Ambatovy with a complex restructuring of project debt in response to low nickel prices. Stewart Robertson, who heads the practice with Craig Jones, led the team advising Rio Tinto and Oyu Tolgoi on the $4.4bn multi-source financing for Oyu Tolgoi’s copper and gold project in Mongolia, which is expected to account for 30% of Mongolia’s GDP upon completion. On the contentious side, the practice represented Centerra Gold in arbitration proceedings with the government of Kyrgyzstan regarding the Kumtor gold mine, which is the largest foreign investment in the country. Key contacts also include Nikolaos Andronikos, Chris Beatty and Christopher J Howard, who handled a complex restructuring for long-standing client Kenmare, the operator of the Moma titanium mine in Mozambique.

Headed by Rebecca Campbell, White & Case LLP’s London mining practice acts for banks, mining companies and lenders in the full life cycle of mining work. In recent highlights, Campbell and Peter Finlay acted for the lenders on the multimillion-dollar financing of the expansion of Sangaredi’s bauxite mine in Guinea, and Caroline Miller Smith is assisting Vale with the financing and development of the Nacala Corridor project in Mozambique. Campbell is also working as part of a multi-office team advising a central Asian government entity on improving the country’s subsoil use legislation and is assisting a Middle Eastern ministry with overhauling a mining investment law. On the M&A front, the group has recently handled a share capital acquisition in South America, a divestment and related criminal investigation in a European country, and a mining business sale in Central Asia. Other notable clients include Norilsk Nickel, Trafigura and BNP Paribas.

Baker McKenzie advises on high-profile disputes, development projects and private equity investment matters, amongt others, for clients such as Rio Tinto, ArcelorMittal and Nrystar. Practice head Richard Blunt is acting for Audley on its acquisition of Anglo American Norte, the company’s Chilean copper mining branch, while construction law expert Mike Webster is assisting Ma’aden with the planned expansion of its phosphate production capabilities. The team also oversaw several distressed transactions, including Michael Herington, Gordon Low and of counsel Susannah Davies handling the sale of a mining and minerals consumables listed business. The group also advised a major mining group on two exploration joint ventures looking for copper reserves in Central Asia. Dispute resolution specialist Steve Abraham is representing several mining companies as suppliers to a smelting facility in a series of claims and defences following a catastrophic failure at the facility.

Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP’s mining department is spread across several of the firm’s offices. Head Alexander Keepin, who is a member of the firm’s corporate finance group, recently advised a sovereign wealth fund on the equity fundraising and debt restructuring of Kenmare, and acted for Peel Hunt and Tamesis in a fundraising initiative for Berkeley Energia. Other key contacts include senior associate Brian Mulkerrins, who supported Keeping in a high-value placing for the AIM-listed Shanta Gold, the operator of the New Luika gold mine in Tanzania. Senior associate Tim Sumner, who sits in the projects group, was part of the team assisting Ncondezi with its non-binding memorandum of understanding with Shanghai Electric Power to prepare a transaction which could see the latter become controlling shareholder in the Ncondezi power project. Gareth Jones joined Pinsent Masons LLP.

James Pay and David Lewis jointly lead Clifford Chance LLP’s mining and minerals team, which has strong expertise in project financing and corporate transactions. Clients such as Metalcorp, Anglo American Platinum and Sierra Rutile instruct it in arbitration proceedings, funding agreements and transactional matters. Russell Wells and Iain Hunter are also key contacts.

Fasken Martineau LLP has substantial experience in handling equity investments, financing arrangements and M&A transactions on behalf of mining companies, banks and brokers, and investors. The mining group is headed by regional managing partner and transactions expert Al Gourley. Other key contacts include Thomas Wexler, who acts for lenders, sponsors and governments in infrastructure projects in all sectors, and Jodi Katz.

Fieldfisher’s ‘highly professional team has a wealth of experience in the mining sector’ and attracts praise from clients for its ‘proactive, practical as well as innovative approach to complex transactions’. Practice head Jonathan Brooks ‘is a real gentleman’ and ‘his long experience in the sector commands respect’; he recently worked alongside Dominic Gurney-Champion to advise Atalaya on the expansion of its Rio Tinto copper mine in Spain. On the transactional side, Brad Isaac acted for Kodal on its purchase of International Goldfields’ issued share capital, also handling an AIM placing to raise capital to launch an exploration initiative at the client’s Bougouni lithium project in Mali. Colin Gibson jointly defended with Gurney-Champion a client in the commercial court against a failure to pay deferred consideration claim. Other notable individuals include banking and finance partners Oliver Abel Smith and Matt Hinxman, and corporate specialist George Cotter.

HFW advises clients on supply chain management issues, but also handles M&A and corporate finance as well as disputes. Public M&A and financing expert Brian Gordon heads the global mining practice and leads the London team alongside Nick Hutton. Recent highlights include Haydn Dare advising Newmont and Sumitomo on the sale of a 56% stake in the operator of the Batu Hijau copper and gold project in Indonesia by a Dutch joint venture jointly owned by the clients, and also assisted Tata Power with a high-value transaction. Giles Beale advised a UK-based company on structuring a fund to acquire and manage assets through mining concessions in Africa and South and Central America, while Sarah Taylor acted for a mining company on a high-value sale and leaseback transaction with a global car manufacturer. James Wilson and Jayson Marks are also key contacts. Clients also include Metinvest, Exelon and Timis Mining.

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP’s UK and EMEA mining group has strong expertise in private and public M&A and corporate work. It advised new client Excalibur Steel on its potential acquisition of Tata Steel, including the Port Talbot works in Wales, and David Walton acted for Newmont and Sumitomo on the disposal of their 56% stake in the Batu Hijau copper and gold mine in Indonesia. Practice head Greg Mulley worked closely with the Sydney office in Yancoal’s acquisition of Coal & Allied from Rio Tinto. In terms of contentious work, John Ogilvie has defended numerous claims of environmental issues arising from operations in Africa. Will Breeze focuses on natural resources project finance work, and senior associate Joanne Keillor supports the dispute resolution branch of the practice and has experience in handling allegations of pollution and contamination.

Hogan Lovells International LLP’s head of infrastructure, energy, resources and projects in London Adrian Walker is advising a mining giant on the finalisation of the EPCM arrangements for phase two of a major copper and gold project in Asia. In terms of contentious work, a cross-office team including Steven Bryan, David Leggott and Richard Lewis represented a transnational group in a dispute arising from the sale of shares in an iron ore joint venture project in South America, and Kieron O’Callaghan is acting for a bank in multi-jurisdictional proceedings, including multiple London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA) proceedings, against an Eastern European mining company relating to allegations of loan agreements and currency swap transaction breaches. Senior associate Mark Marfe continues to support ARM, an NGO dedicated to implementing more ethical working practices in the mining industry, with its licensing programme.

Latham & Watkins’s multi-disciplinary mining and metals team ‘is able to draw upon a deep pool of subject experts and make them available in multiple time zones to seamlessly ensure 24/7 productivity’. Craig Nethercott recently advised Aluminium Bahrain on obtaining an $882m conventional credit facility and a $618m ijara facility coordinated by the Gulf International Bank, J.P. Morgan and the National Bank of Bahrain. Simon Tysoe, who provides ‘strong specialist legal advice across multiple fields and seamless team management’, is acting for Hancock Prospecting on its acquisition of shares from Sirius and a minerals royalty from York Potash. Recent litigation work includes Sophie Lamb and Oliver Browne representing a Norwegian client in a dispute relating to obligations arising from a shareholders’ agreement governing activity as part of a joint venture in a South American project. Ayesha K Waheed is also recommended.

Pinsent Masons LLP’s mining and natural resources team ‘carries domain expertise and charges competitive fees’ under the leadership of construction law expert Sarah Thomas. She is advising York Potash alongside the Leeds-based planning partner Andrew Quinlan on planning, environmental, M&A and property matters in connection with its proposed mine development in the UK. Other key names include Jon Harris, who recently acted for Beaufort as the broker in numerous secondary fundraising matters by AIM-listed companies, and legal director Ross McDowall, who advised Kier on a wide array of property, environmental and planning law issues with regards to its operations in East Ayrshire. The team acted in LCIA arbitration proceedings arising from an iron ore mining project in Western Africa seeking to recover monies on behalf of the trustee. Other notable clients include Anglo American, Sirius and African Minerals.

Simmons & Simmons’ mining and minerals team, headed by Iain Duncan, has strong experience in alternative forms of finance and dispute resolution work, including contentious tax advice. Recent work highlights include Adam Cooper advising Lynx Resources on its establishment and its acquisition of the entire issued share capital of Rudnik Sasa Doo Makedonska Kamenica from a Russian equity investor, as well as Colin Bole and Isabella Roberts acting for Orion on its acquisition of Anglo American Norte. On the contentious side, Stuart Dutson, who recently joined the practice from Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP, is leading a cross-office team representing the government of Indonesia in a bilateral treaty arbitration brought by India Metals & Ferro Alloys regarding an investment in a coal mining project in Kalimantan. Duncan continues to assist Mondo with regards to the development of its nickel processing facilities and its offtake arrangements. Managing associate Rose-Anna Daukes is also recommended.

Shearman & Sterling LLP’s client roster includes names such as Acacia Mining, Norsk and ArcelorMittal. George Karafotias is acting for ArcelorMittal on a joint venture transaction with a subsidiary of Votorantim. Jeremy Kutner, Nicholas Buckworth and Alex Uff are all recommended, as are head of the European M&A group Laurence Levy and Jonathan Handyside, who was promoted to counsel in the European capital markets department in 2017. Former practice co-head Richard Price joined Anglo American as group general counsel.

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP maintains a broad practice by acting for both mining companies and banks in a vast range of areas including corporate and commercial law, finance and dispute resolution. Capital markets practice head Clive Hopewell and Chris Putt jointly lead the group with the support of Adam Carling, who recently advised Yamana Gold on its offer of purchase rights in Brio Gold, one of its wholly-owned subsidiaries, to shareholders in the UK as part of the wider spinning out of Brio from the Yamana group. John Sykes handles commercial and corporate litigation work and represented Oxus Gold in the enforcement of its arbitral award made against the Uzbek government regarding profits made further to the license to mine gold granted by the defendant. The team also acts for Centamin, Randgold, and new clients ECR Minerals and Redstone.

Clyde & Co LLP advises clients such as Lizarazu, Anglo-African Minerals and Glencore on the full life cycle of mining operations and has a strong track record of acting in emerging markets, including across Africa and South America. The practice is jointly led by international dispute resolution specialist Maurice Kenton, who is also part of the firm’s international arbitration team, and corporate partner Chris Duffy. Kenton is defending a number of insurers against property damage and business interruption claims brought by the operator of a mining facility which suffered a catastrophic malfunction, while Philip Mace advises the subsidiary of a heavyweight mining client on the sale of its South American iron ore product to another household name. Senior associate Simon Schooling supports Kenton in international disputes and also works alongside Peter Hirst, who is responsible for the development of the firm’s arbitration in South America.

DLA Piper is ‘among the best performing law firms in the market’, according to one client, and provides ‘a good knowledge of the local environment, a high level of availability, and an excellent service’, especially in contentious matters. Sandy Telfer and Sheffield-based Petra Billing acted for Ineos in its successful application to the Department of Energy and Climate Change under it 14th UK onshore unconventional oil and gas licensing round, and Kate Cervantes-Knox represented the Republic of Kenya in an International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes arbitration claim brought by mining investor Cortec. In the private sector, James Carter defended a Columbian mining company in ICC arbitration proceedings brought by a Turkish entity with regards to an asset purchase agreement relating to coal mining licenses and related assets in South America. The team also worked closely with its international network to assist clients with bond issuing, security finance and real estate portfolio transactions.

Dentons’ corporate partner Neil Nicholson heads the London mining practice, which includes Evgenia Laurson, who shares her time between London and Moscow; she is experienced in complex cross-border financing matters and recently acted for Eurochem on a $800m five-year pre-export financing provided by a group of international banks. Other work highlights include advising a major mining company on the financing of a gold mine in Central Asia, and assisting a household name bank with the facility agreement for a gold project. Managing associate Emma Jarvis and restructuring and insolvency specialist Will Gunston are also recommended.

The metals and mining sector group at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP acts for clients across the spectrum of matters, including international disputes. Corporate partner and team head Julian Makin focuses on equity and debt capital markets as well as M&A work. Africa group co-head Gabriel Mpubani handles finance work in the energy, natural resources and infrastructure sectors.

The ‘very straightforward and professional’ lawyers in Gowling WLG’s mining practice are ‘experts in the field and in corporate law in general’ and provide clients with ‘excellent sector knowledge’. Birmingham-based Baljit Chohan led the advice on Tarmac’s acquisition of 11 cement sites from Breedon and Hope Construction as part of the client’s expansion strategy in the UK. On the M&A side, practice head Charles Bond acted for Stellar Diamonds in its takeover of Tonguma, a diamond mine in Sierra Leone, from Octea, while Dominic Prentis assisted Strategic Minerals with its binding term sheet to acquire a 50% interest in NAE Resources. The team was also appointed by Hummingbird to oversee the $67m equity fundraising for the construction of its Yanfolia gold project in Mali while also handling its current debt financing from Taurus. M&A partner David Brennan and consultant Andrew Wright, who has experience in coordinating cross-border transactions, are also recommended.

Reed Smith LLP acts as lead counsel to the commodities marketing division of a major international mining company and is representing it in a high-value, multi-faceted international arbitration with regards to the supply of iron ore and also recently advised the client on the sale of one of its South American copper projects. Other work highlights include Paul Skeet acting for a well-known mining company on the disposal of a niobium and phosphate business as part of its wider restructuring strategy, and Alex Andrews representing another mining giant in expedited arbitration proceedings seeking declaratory relief from a contract. Richard Swinburn advises commodity trading and natural resources companies on financing, transport and trading issues, and works closely with Jonathan Solomon, who leads the firm’s EMEA and South East Asia trade and communities finance practice. Dispute resolution expert Kyri Evagora leads the group from New York and is also a key contact. Counsel Ildar Bagautdinov joined from Linklaters LLP.

Fladgate LLP’s Paul Airley heads the firm’s natural resources team while Nigel Gordon is head of mining. The practice recently acted for Beaumont Cornish as nomad and UK broker on the admission to AIM of lithium exploration and development company European Metals. Steven Mash continues to advise Rimbal on the exploitation of its Rare Earth mine in Greenland and quartz mine in Iceland, and Nigel Gordon assisted Xtract Resources with the acquisition of 100% of the Manica gold project in Mozambique from Auroch. Key contacts also include senior associate Linda Whittle, who frequently assists Airley with all aspects of corporate and finance work, and Neil Vickers, who has strong experience in international equity markets as well as public and private M&A transactions.

Jones Day specialises in regulatory advice and project finance matters in emerging markets. Michael Pabst is co-head of the firm’s banking and finance practice and advises financial institutions, sponsors, borrowers and issuers. Sion Richards handles civil litigation and insolvency disputes.

The ‘excellent’ team at K&L Gates LLP provides ‘the best combination of commercial advice and client service’, according to one client. Head of the London corporate department and co-lead of the mining and minerals team Paul Tetlow attracts praise from clients for his ‘commercial approach and reliability’. James Green and John Elgar advised Amara Mining on its recommended takeover by Perseus in exchange for the issue of shares and warrants in Perseus to Amara shareholders. On the antitrust and competition front, Scott Megregian assisted a multinational corporation with the sale of part of its business to a European group, and senior associate Riley Kemp, who recently transferred from the firm’s Perth office, acted, alongside Green, for ALS Limited on its acquisition of the entire issued share capital of ALcontrol’s UK-based food, water and environmental testing company.

Kerman & Co LLP acts for clients such as Jade Resources, Capital Metals and URU Metals and recently expanded its corporate team with the recruitment of M&A specialists Martin O’Donoghue from Teacher Stern LLP, Simon Holden from Iofina where he was company secretary, and new practice head Peter Kohl from Hogan Lovells International LLP. Yoan Ju recently advised long-standing client Metals Exploration on a series of successful equity fundraising proposals, and assisted FinnAust with its acquisition of a 60% interest in Bluejay; Andy Kerman and Una Deretic also led on notable M&A work. Solicitor Coral Yu recently joined the practice from Paul Hastings LLP’s Beijing office and is also a name to note. Solicitor David Lee became an associate at Fladgate LLP.

Jointly led by Nick Davis and Michael Dawes, Memery Crystal LLP's seven-partner team acts for clients such as GemFields, Ferrex and Rainbow Rare Earths. Recent highlights include acting for Numis, RBC and Investec on a high-profile fundraising for Sierra Rutile, advising new client Tharisa on its admission to the standard segment of the Main Market, and assisting Shanta Gold with several transactions including the placing of an open offer to raise $10m and a $525m silver stream agreement. Head of dispute resolution Jane Marsden represented Chunya in a breach of warranty and misrepresentation claim against Red Kite, and Lesley Gregory oversaw the redomiciliation of Caledonia Mining from Canada to Jersey. Rumit Nanji and corporate transactions and IPO expert Kieran Stone are also a key contacts.

Watson Farley & Williams LLP’s Jan Mellmann leads the firm’s natural resources practice and the London corporate team, and recently acted for North River on a $5.6m investment in the form of secured, conditionally convertible loan notes by its majority shareholder Greenstone. He and senior associate Jenny Hodges advised Mariana and Chaarat Gold on fundraising matters. Dispute resolution partner Andrew Hutcheon continues to represent MRI Trading in the enforcement of a successful English commercial court appeal against a London Metal Exchange arbitration award obtained by Erdenet. Joe Levin assisted the EBRD with the provision of a loan to Maya Gold & Silver to finance the expansion of its mining operation in Zgounder, Morocco. Other notable clients include FinnAust, Western Areas and Baobab.


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Allen & Overy LLP’s projects group advises on all aspects of upstream, midstream and downstream oil and gas work across the globe for clients such as Engie, Shell and Total. In an illustration of the firm’s multi-disciplinary capability, Troy Edwards is acting for TAP AG on the project development of a gas pipeline commencing at the border between Greece and Turkey border and ending in Italy, with Lorraine Bayliss and the Istanbul-based Charles Lindsay handling the financing work. In another highlight, M&A partner John Geraghty acted on a number of high-value oil and gas transactions, and handled the establishment of two joint ventures to provide onshore and offshore drilling services in the Middle East. In an Africa-related highlight, upstream specialist Andrew Castle acted for government authorities on the development of an offshore gas project. Conrad Andersen acted on behalf of the funders on the acquisition of significant stake in a pipeline grid in Central Europe. Also recommended are Gareth Price and Jeremy Parr; they jointly head the firm’s energy department, and Price also acts as global leader of the projects group.

The ‘dedicated and responsive’ team at Ashurstis excellent in terms of technical skills, availability, commercial flexibility and preparation’ and ‘has strong integrated knowledge in LNG’. The practice was recently strengthened by the arrival of new Africa group head Yann Alix from Herbert Smith Freehills LLP and dispute resolution specialist Matthew Saunders from DLA Piper. Recent highlights include advising EnQuest on its financial restructuring, which involved the amendment and restatement of a revolving credit facility, the exchange of high yield notes for new ones, and the amendment of the terms governing retail notes. Nikhil Markanday, whose ‘expertise in international transactions is remarkable’, together with global oil and gas co-head Philip Thomson, whom clients praise for his LNG expertise, is advising the EIB on the project financing of the Trans Adriatic pipeline project. In an illustration of the firm’s track record in private equity deals, Michael Burns acted for Siccar Point Energy, backed by Blackstone and Blue Water Energy, on its $1bn acquisition of OMV’s UK North Sea business, which was the largest private equity-backed deal in the European upstream sector since the financial crisis. In another key matter, Huw Thomas assisted Lundin with a seven-year secured revolving credit facility of up to $5bn, to fund its Sverdrup project in Norway.

Baker Botts (UK) LLP’s lawyers, led by energy group head Mark Rowley and power practice head Robin Mizrahi, ‘are experts in the field of oil and gas’ and provide ‘excellent, always consistent advice from all angles’. Stuart Jordan, who joined the firm from King & Wood Mallesons, acted alongside Rowley for a leading LNG player on chartering, supply and gas offtake arrangements for two regasification units in Asia. In another highlight, Hamish McArdle acted alongside associate Rob Butler for Quantum Power regarding the Tema LNG floating receiving terminal in Ghana. Other highlights included advising Steelhead on a LNG project development in British Columbia, and Rubin Weston’s advice to Gazprombank on the project financing of the construction of a high-density polyethylene and polypropylene plant. The firm’s oil and gas offering was further strengthened by the arrival of corporate partner Paul Exley from Jones Day.

CMS fields a host of oil and gas specialists, including energy, projects and construction practice group leader Bob Palmer, head of energy and chairman Penelope Warne, and Ian Herbert. Herbert is acting for BP on its purchase of a 10% stake in the Zohr gas field in Egypt from Eni, with an option to acquire a further 5%. Other highlights included advising on OMV’s acquisition of 25% interest in a gas field in Russia, and acting for Seadrill Group on the the renegotiation of $11bn in bank debt with more than 40 lenders; Andrew Shaw and Stephen Millar are leading on that matter. On the contentious front, Phillip Ashley acted for Rosneft in innovative arbitration proceedings in which the client was given permission by the Court of Appeal to intervene as an interested third party to overturn a High Court decision.

Clifford Chance LLP’s oil and gas team is jointly headed by the ‘hardworking and pragmatic’ Graham Phillips, Alex Panayides and Ashvin Seetulsingh; they handle all aspects of upstream, midstream and downstream matters, while the global energy and resources group, which is led by Russell Wells, has ‘strong expertise in oil and gas M&A’. The firm is equally adept handling disputes as well as non-contentious matters: Panayides, who also heads the construction disputes department, worked alongside Rob Lambert to represent Hyundai in LMAA arbitration proceedings regarding the cancellation of a semi-submersible drilling platform; they also acted for Lukoil in an ICC arbitration in connection with an oil field in the Middle East. On the transactional front, the firm acts for oil majors on strategic acquisitions, and is also active in oil and gas related restructurings. Highlights included advising the lenders on the restructuring of Premier Oil’s Schuldschein loans (the German equivalent of a private placement) as part of the wider restructuring of $4bn of financial liabilities; this was the first instance of loans of this type being restructured by an international oil and gas company. In another key matter, John MacLennan and Philip Hertz worked alongside the Singapore office to advise Prosafe, a global provider of semi-submersible offshore accommodation vessels, on the restructuring of English and Norwegian facilities. Other notable clients include Statoil, Total and Sinopec.

Clients describe the oil and gas team at Dentons as ‘excellent in quality and first class in terms of industry and contractual knowledge’. The firm’s global reach allows the team to act in matters in the UK as well as emerging markets in Africa, South America, the Middle East and Asia. In an illustration of its track record in emerging markets, Alistair Black, who joined the practice from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP, is advising Pertamina on its joint venture agreement with Rosneft to develop the Tuban oil refinery in East Java. The team is led by M&A specialist Danielle Beggs and the ‘vastly experiencedDavid Tennant; Tennant assisted National Grid with the regulatory aspects of the client’s separation from its gas distribution and transmission business in advance of the disposal of a majority interest in the distribution assets to third-party investors. Other key figures include Charles Wood, who acted alongside Tennant for the Energy Networks Association with regards to the implementation of new funding, governance and ownership arrangements for Xoserve; and Liz Tout, who is leading the team handling ICC arbitration proceedings between two multinational energy companies in connection with a price review following an LNG sale and purchase agreement.

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP has a prominent reputation the in oil and gas market, as illustrated by the firm’s heavyweight client roster, featuring oil majors such as BP, private equity powerhouses including Carlyle and multinational natural gas companies such as Engie. Energy disputes are a cornerstone of the practice, and in 2016 James Baily successfully defended a group of oil majors as the owners of the Andrew Field in the North Sea against a commercial court claim brought by Scottish Power as the purchaser in a long-term gas sales agreement seeking £85m in damages following the prolonged shut-in of the field. On the transactional side, Anna Howell, who co-heads the firm’s global energy practice, acted for BP on its first investment in Mauritania in the form of an agreement with Kosmos to acquire 62% interest in its offshore exploration blocks in Mauritania and 32.5% in Senegal; she also handled E.ON’s sale of 100% of its shares in its UK and Norwegian subsidiaries to Premier Oil. Other names to note include the ‘very efficient and result-orientedSteven Dalton and Alexander Currie. John Balsdon joined Latham & Watkins and Henry Davey departed for Squire Patton Boggs.

Clients of Norton Rose Fulbright’s oil and gas team praise its ‘appropriate and practical advice’. The firm fields among the largest dedicated oil and gas teams in London under the leadership of Richard Hill, and is able to leverage further resource across the firm’s extensive global network, making the group a natural choice for complex, multi-jurisdictional projects. Clients include Eni, ExxonMobil and BP. Charles Whitney led the team advising the lenders on four separate financings related to the Southern Corridor gas project, including a financing in connection with the TANAP gas pipeline in Turkey (on which it advised a consortium of commercial banks), and the project financing of the second stage of the Shah Deniz gas development project in Azerbaijan. In another financing highlight, Madhavi Gosavi acted for a syndicate of international lenders on $1.79bn of financing to Angola LNG for the purposes of paying for remediation works at an LNG plant and the repayment of equity which had been invested by sponsors. On the M&A front, Geoffrey Peters advised BP on the combination of its Norwegian subsidiary with Det norkse Oljeselskap to create Aker BP, while Eleanor Martin acted for Maersk Drilling on its acquisition of a newbuild harsh environment jack-up rig from Hercules Offshore, and Nick Prowse advised Eni on its investment in an $8bn oil and gas project in Ghana. The team also has a strong profile in disputes, with London-based energy disputes partner Neil Miller leading on contentious matters.

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld’s energy group has wide-ranging expertise encompassing financial, corporate, contentious and regulatory matters, and recently strengthened its offering with the hire of cross-border transactional expert Igor Krivoshekov from Dentons and construction litigation expert Hamish Lal from Jones Day. The firm has capitalised on the recent spate of oil and gas related restructurings; in a highlight, restructuring partners James Terry and Neil Devaney acted alongside Marc Hammerson for the bondholders and administrators on the administration of Afren, which has involved the divesting of oil and gas assets and shares in oil and gas companies in Nigeria, Kenya, Seychelles and Tanzania. Justin Williams is handling more than 20 claims arising from the Afren administration. In an illustration of its track record in oil and gas matters arising from Russia and the CIS, the practice acted for longstanding client Lukoil, Russia’s second-largest oil and gas company, on the $1bn financing for phase two of the development of the Shah Deniz offshore gas exploration and production project in Azerbaijan. In another highlight, John LaMaster (who heads the team jointly with Williams) advised Palestine Power Generation Company on a landmark development of a power plant in the West Bank of Palestine, which involves the delivery of natural gas through a pipeline across Israel. Counsel Caroline-Lucy Moran is acting on the Afren administration and on the firm’s work for Palestine Power Generation, and is also recommended.

Bracewell (UK) LLP fields a team of ‘specialists who combine considerable expertise with astute commercial awareness and excellent business acumen’. The oil and gas practice is headed by Darren Spalding, who is noted for his ‘exemplary knowledge and attention to detail’, and Jason Fox, who is acting for Delek Drilling and Avner Oil Exploration on the $1.75bn financing for the development of the Leviathan offshore gas field in Israel. In another illustration of the firm’s strength in transactional gas matters, Martin Stewart-Smith and Alastair Young advised Eni on the $1.5bn sale of its interests in the Zohr gas field to BP and Rosneft, while Ben James is assisting Genel with its natural gas discoveries in the Kurdistan region of Iraq, including advising on the development of a cross-border gas export project to export the gas to Turkey. Senior associate Adam Blythe is another key figure in the department and is advising new clients such as Edison, Oranje Nassau and Trident on oil and gas matters.

Clyde & Co LLP’s oil and gas practice has an extensive track record in high-value, cross-border disputes and transactional matters, and acts for a heavyweight client roster that includes Total, Glencore and Scottish Power. The firm has a particularly strong profile in emerging markets work; in a highlight matter, Clare Hatcher is advising West African Gas, which is jointly owned by Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation and Sahara Energy Resource on the development of an LNG import terminal at the port of Tema in Ghana, which involves advising on construction contracts for dredging works at the port and the installation of a pipeline from the terminal to the delivery point. Other key figures on the emerging markets front include Michael Wachtel and Philip Mace, who have extensive experience in Africa-related oil and gas matters; Benjamin Knowles, who handles disputes with a Middle East flavour; and Peter Hirst, for Latin America-related mandates. David Bennett jointly heads the team with Wachtel and is a highly-respected figure in oil and gas disputes. Also recommended are Paul Lowrie, who was recently promoted to partner and focuses on energy insurance matters, namely offshore oil and gas disputes; David Leckie, who regularly acts for operators and contractors on oil and gas disputes; and Richard Power.

Hogan Lovells International LLPalways provides a strong team with a good back bench’. The firm has a longstanding track record of advice in the oil and gas sector, and has attracted a strong client roster that includes oil majors such as BP, state-owned multinationals including Statoil and Kuwait Petroleum, financial institutions such as Africa Finance Corporation, and regulators such as OFGEM. In keeping with its diverse client base, the firm handles a wide range of oil and gas matters, including E&P, domestic and cross-border oil and natural gas pipeline projects, LNG projects, and trading and sales agreements. Richard Tyler heads the practice and has extensive track record in complex, cross-border projects; in addition to leading the team acting as sole legal counsel to the Shah Deniz Consortium on phase two of the Shah Deniz offshore gas exploration and production project in Azerbaijan, he also acted for EIG Global Energy Partners and Africa Finance Corporation as principal senior lenders on a debt facility for New Age (African Global Energy), an oil and gas group focused on developing upstream oil and gas fields in Africa. In another highlight, David Moss worked as part of a multi-office team acting for a multinational oil company on a multibillion-dollar loan facility. The firm also has a significant capability in high-value oil and gas disputes, Kieron O’Callaghan and John Meltzer singled out for their expertise in complex, cross-border proceedings. Also recommended are Nigel Read, whose experience includes advising on contractual arrangements in connection with upstream licences in South America, and the ‘focused and very competentMarkus Burgstaller.

Linklaters LLP’s energy team has a strong footprint in the oil and gas sector, where it advises sponsors, developers and lenders on large-scale projects. The firm’s wide-ranging expertise and global footprint makes it a natural choice for cutting-edge mandates; in a highlight mandate, Daniel Tyrer is leading a team advising the project sponsors on the development and financing of the $10bn Coral FLNG project in Mozambique, which is the largest-ever sub-Saharan project financing to date and which involves a team (led by Fiona Hobbs) providing assistance on the unitisation agreements, while a team led by Mark Russell advised on LNG sales agreements. In another sponsor highlight, Mark Russell and Andrew Penfold worked alongside Tyrer to advise the sponsors on the development, construction and operation of an offshore buoy mooring facility in Djibouti, a refined product pipeline, and associated infrastructure. On the lender side, Matthew Keats led a team advising a lender consortium on the multi-sourced financing for the construction of the Yamal LNG project in Russia. The team also acted for Rosneft on the purchase of a stake in the Vadinar refinery in the Asia-Pacific region, as well as advising on supply and offtake agreements related to the purchase. Fiona Hobbs, who co-leads the group with Tyrer, advised Maersk Oil on its acquisition of 50% of Africa Oil’s stake through a farm-in to three Kenyan and two Ethiopian licences.

The ‘excellent and very knowledgeable’ oil and gas team at Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP has continued to expand, most recently through the arrival of Jonathan Roberts and Robert Thompson from Dentons and Linklaters LLP, respectively. They join a team with an extensive track record of handling oil and gas mandates globally, with an emphasis on matters with a UK/US nexus, and which acts for a wide-ranging client base that encompasses financial institutions, export credit agencies, sponsors, developers and government institutions. John Dewar is leading the team advising the lenders on the development and financing of the OCTP oil and gas field project in Ghana, while Manzer Ijaz acted for Nabors Industries on its joint venture with Saudi Aramco to own, manage and operate onshore drilling units in Saudi Arabia. Other highlights included advising the lenders on the restructuring of the Damietta LNG project in Egypt. Matthew Hagopian co-leads the practice with Ijaz and has considerable expertise in LNG matters. Clients also single out Clive Ransome, who ‘is able to take a complex situation and give a succinct summary of the legal position’.

Pinsent Masons LLPscores highly on pragmatism, practicality, industry knowledge and experience’. Global energy practice is headed from Aberdeen by Bob Ruddiman, ‘a respected industry figure who runs his team intelligently and efficiently’. In London, Paul McGoldrick (‘a highly experienced practitioner’) worked alongside Glasgow-based Rosalie Chadwick on Total’s £585m sale of its North Sea Midstream business to North Sea Midstream Partners, which was the first transaction of its type to be considered by the Oil and Gas Authority and which involved negotiating with the Authority as well as Norwegian regulators. On the construction side, the Edinburgh-based Julia Maguire is advising a West African industrial conglomerate on the procurement of a £12bn petroleum refinery and petrochemicals plant, which involved handling more than 700 contracts related to the project, including equipment supply contracts and construction contracts. In other key mandates, Akshai Fofaria has been acting on one of the largest administrations in the sector to date and Katharine Davies is acting for a subsidiary of an oil company in ICC arbitration proceedings. Other notable clients include BP, Shell, Faroe and Siccar Point. International projects expert George Booth is also recommended.

At Shearman & Sterling LLP, ‘very articulate and clear’ team leader John Inglis is ‘an expert at conveying complex concepts in a simple manner’. Inglis’s recent highlights include advising Italian export credit agency SACE and other lenders on the financing of the modernisation and expansion of the Middle East Oil Refinery in Egypt. In other key mandates, Iain Elder is part of the team assisting the Bahrain Petroleum Company with its project to upgrade and modernise its refinery in Bahrain, which will involve the construction of a new cross-border oil pipeline; and George Karafotias led the advice to Delek Group on its acquisition of Ithaca Energy. The group’s clients also include Engie, Dow and Crédit Suisse. Dual qualified in New York and English law, Frank Miller handles a range of oil and gas related transactions.

Vinson & Elkins RLLP’s oil and gas offering was given a boost with the arrival of private equity expert Shaun Lascelles and counsel Simon Rootsey from Ashurst and Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom (UK) LLP, respectively. They join a team that is headed by Alex Msimang and Nabil Khodadad and which is highly active in international upstream oil and gas transactions. Recent highlights include acting for Statoil on its $2.5bn acquisition of a 66% interest in the Carcara field in offshore Brazil from Petrobras, and advising Woodside Petroleum on its acquisition of ConocoPhillips’s upstream assets in Senegal. Christopher Strong is a key name in the project development area and represented the Occidental Petroleum Corporation with regards to the development of a natural gas processing plant, while Andrew Nealon worked with Khodadad to assist Uz-Kor Gas Chemical and its sponsors with the construction and financing of its $4bn integrated upstream gas and petrochemical complex in Uzbekistan. Mark Beeley handles oil and gas related international arbitration and dispute resolution.

According to clients, White & Case LLP is ‘an excellent firm; its lawyers are pragmatic, responsive and knowledgeable, and its service is uniformly and consistently exceptional’. Head of the EMEA energy, infrastructure and project finance practice Jason Kerr has been involved in a number of market-leading project financings. In other key mandates, Mark Castillo-Bernaus led the team assisting six export credit agencies and a syndicate of banks in connection with the development and financing of a $6.4bn Liwa Plastic Industries Complex in Oman, which was among the largest projects financings to close in 2016; and a team including David Baker and the ‘always effective and pragmaticTom Bartlett acted for Harbour Energy on its backing of Chrysaor’s acquisition of a portfolio of North Sea oil and gas assets from Shell. Other key figures include Philip Stopford, who co-heads the firm’s global oil and gas practice, the ‘thoroughly knowledgeable and practicalSaul Daniel, and Peter Finlay, who is ‘one of the best negotiators and facilitators’.

Led by Hugh Stewart, the energy, mining and infrastructure team at Baker McKenzie handles cross-border M&A, project financings, disputes and arbitrations. David Duncan recently arrived from Allen & Overy LLP to strengthen the corporate offering, and Kate Corby was promoted to partner in the energy disputes practice. Stewart led the team assisting Vopak with the sale of its UK terminals business to Navigator Terminals, a joint venture between Greenergy International and Macquarie Group. Michael Herington is advising Sound Energy on its acquisition of a 17.5% interest in an offshore gas field in Morocco, a farm-in agreement, and a synthetic farm-out with Schlumberger regarding the Badile exploration license in Northern Italy. On the disputes front Steve Abraham is leading the team acting for a national oil and gas company in a dispute with a major manufacturer concerning the sale and purchase of two drills ships, and is acting for an oil company and its directors in a complex case against its retail joint venture partner in Europe following allegations that the client had pursued unlawful activities and designed the joint venture unfairly. Richard Blunt’s clients include Vitol, Crown Energy and British Airways.

DLA Piper is praised for its ‘exceptional service; advice is tailored to each situation with an excellent overlay of the real commercial issues of a transaction’. International head of finance and projects Charles Morrison provides ‘fantastic commercial insight’ and is supported by Dimitri Papaefstratiou, who leads the newly formed London energy and infrastructure projects team. Highlights included acting for HSBC on a letter of credit issuance facility made available to GNPC to support its role in the development of Sankofa gas project in Ghana; and representing Gazprom in a series of ICC arbitrations relating to the supply, pricing and transfer of gas to Ukrainian supplier Naftogaz. Papaefstratiou also worked alongside the Madrid office to assist the Spanish Egyptian Gas Company in connection with the development of the Damietta LNG terminal in Egypt. Philip Chong is also recommended for international arbitration matters.

Clients of Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP rate Greg Hammond and his team for their ‘responsiveness, strong business acumen and outstanding knowledge of the sector’; ‘from partner to associate, the service is excellent’. Hammond led the team, which included Jason Lovell, advising Macquarie, Tribeca Asset Management and Rorick Ventures on the disposal of Petrolatina to Gran Tierra Energy. The firm is also acting for a national oil and gas company in a complex and high-value arbitration regarding a long-term international sales contract. Project financing expert Conrad Purcell joined the practice from Norton Rose Fulbright.

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP’s energy and natural resources practice handles a wide range of corporate transactions and energy disputes. It has an extensive track record of handling LNG project financings in Africa and Latin America. Graham Watson and the New York-based Elliot Friedman jointly lead the practice.

HFWadopts a very thoughtful, analytical and commercial approach to its cases’. Practice head Paul Dean is praised for his ‘patient and thorough work in litigation and arbitration’. Alistair Feeney is acting for BP in a dispute against Sonatrach regarding a contract for the use of the Isle of Grain LNG terminal in Kent. On the non-contentious side, Jayson Marks is advising two clients on a joint venture, and Nick Hutton advised on the purchase of a bulk storage fuel terminal and related infrastructure in Northern Ireland. Upstream expert Diana France is also recommended, as is Simon Blows, who is representing an oil company in a claim brought by a deep sea drill company in connection with a force majeure suspension of a contract.

The ‘excellentInce & Co has a strong track record in disputes, but has recently made efforts to expand its transactional practice with the recruitment of Nuno Frota from Trafigura and Spencer Gold from HFW. Jonathan Goldfarb ‘is very easy to deal with’ and is praised by clients for his ‘quick response times and excellent industry knowledge’; he acted alongside Renaud Barbier-Emery for Golar on its joint venture with Schlumberger. In other highlights, practice co-head Jeremy Farr acted for Bluewater on its deal with Hurricane Energy to operate an FPSO vessel in the North Sea. On the disputes front, Charles Lockwood defended an international oilfield service provider in Commercial Court proceedings in connection with the use of submersible pumps in the North Sea, and Clare Kempkens acted in an arbitration arising from the termination of a drilling contract. Simon Hems heads the practice with Farr.

King & Spalding LLP is prominent in the LNG space, with clients noting that ‘the advice provided is on-point and timely’. Nina Howell continues to advise Anadarko on all aspects of its $50bn Mozambique LNG project, which involved a unitisation and unit operating agreement with Eni, while team leader Garry Pegg acted for the Ghana National Petroleum Corporation on the evaluation and implementation of the Tema LNG project comprising several integrated storage, re-gasification facilities, and related infrastructure. Clients also recommend the ‘knowledgeable’ Martin Hunt, who ‘is straightforward, business-oriented and practical while being able to switch between US and UK matters seamlessly’; he is acting for an oil and gas service provider on the multi-jurisdictional sale of its global pipeline and specialty business to an international entity. Hywel Jones is a key part of the practice’s M&A and project offering and has particular expertise in joint ventures, disposals and acquisitions in Africa and the North Sea.

The oil and gas practice at Latham & Watkins is led by the ‘logical, methodical, practical and cool’ Simon Tysoe and was recently strengthened by the arrival of international arbitration specialist Sophie Lamb from Debevoise & Plimpton LLP and finance partner John Balsdon from Herbert Smith Freehills LLP. M&A has continued to be a key area of activity; notwithstanding challenging market conditions, the firm advised on more than 60 oil and gas related acquisitions and sales worldwide. Richard Butterwick was part of a multi-office team advising FMC Technologies on its merger of equals with Technip to create a global oil services firm valued at $13bn, while Tysoe, Nick Cline and Dan Maze led the team advising EQUATE Petrochemical Company on its acquisition of the MEGlobal – a manufacturer and marketer of ethylene glycol jointly owned by The Dow Chemical Company and Petrochemical Industries Company – for nearly $3bn. In an illustration of its capital markets credentials, Olof Clausson led the team advising the underwriters on DONG Energy’s $2.85bn IPO on Nasdaq Copenhagen. On the contentious front, the firm is representing Royal Dutch Shell and the Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria in two class actions brought in the English High Court on behalf of residents of the Bille and Ogale communities in the Niger delta; the claims concern alleged environmental pollution from onshore pipelines and other infrastructure in areas affected by widespread sabotage of pipelines, as well as illegal theft and illegal refining. Sophie Lamb is acting as one of Shell’s advocates in the case and Debevoise & Plimpton LLP is acting as co-counsel.

The oil and gas practice at Simmons & Simmons is led by Adrian Nizzola and Patrick Wallace; they have extensive track records in the energy and infrastructure sector, with Nizzola bringing valued experience from his time as general counsel to Qatar Petroleum. Wallace has wide-ranging experience handling mandates for oil majors in Africa, Central and Eastern Europe and Asia; his recent highlights include acting for Bulgaria’s state-owned gas company on the Bulgarian portion of the 2400km South Stream international natural gas pipeline project, as well as assisting the same client on the proposed development of the interconnector to the Greece-Bulgaria international pipeline. On the financing front, Adam Cooper is acting for the lenders, including International Finance Corporation, EBRD and Commercial International Bank (Egypt) on the project financing of a bulk liquids terminal for the import and storage of oil, LNG and LPG and the berthing of two FSRUs at Sokhna Port in Egypt. The firm also handles regulatory issues and disputes for oil supermajors and state-owned oil companies; Patrick Boylan is highly experienced in oil and gas related disputes, while Jonathan Melrose undertook a regulatory risk assessment on behalf of an oil company client. The firm boosted its disputes capability with the recruitment of Stuart Dutson from Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP; he brings considerable expertise in bilateral investment treaty disputes. Iain Duncan is regularly called on to assist with contractual and corporate joint ventures in the oial and gas sector. Other notable clients include QP, the ADNOC and the government of Kenya.

In addition to being a prominent fixture in large-scale M&A in the oil and gas sector, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom (UK) LLP’s oil and gas capability also extends to high-profile, multi-jurisdictional disputes. David Kavanagh and David Edwards recently secured a win for Ukrainian businessman Gennadiy Bogolyubov in the High Court against Tatneft, which brought claims against the client and three other individuals following an alleged failure to pay for oil delivery by a Ukrainian refinery, while Bruce Macaulay represented the government of South Sudan in ICSID arbitration proceedings brought by the national oil company, Sudapet, which arose from Sudan’s secession to form an independent country in 2011. On the transactional side, Lorenzo Corte – who heads the practice with Macaulay – and Scott Simpson acted for Luxembourg-based investment company LetterOne, which focuses on the telecoms, technology and energy sectors, on a number of deals, including the $1.6bn acquisition of E.ON’s Norwegian E&P business, its $5.8bn acquisition of the oil and gas unit of RWE, and the $725m sale of DEA Group’s UK assets to Ineos. Pranav Trivedi acted for Vitol on its $830m acquisition of a 50% stake in VTTI BV, a global oil storage business, from Malaysian shipping company MISC Berhad. Cross-border M&A, joint venture and private equity specialist Linda Davies is also recommended.

Sullivan & Cromwell LLP primarily focuses on acting for sponsors and borrowers on large-scale oil and gas projects, and has established a strong track record in precedent-setting mandates. Cross-border pipeline projects have a key area of activity for the practice; Stewart Robertson, who heads the practice along with Craig Jones, worked alongside colleagues in New York and Hong Kong on the advice to Tegngizchevroil, a joint venture between Chevron, ExxonMobil, KazMunayGas and Lukoil, on its $16bn project financing, which was the largest upstream project financing to date. In another highlight, Jones and Robertson advised Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan Pipeline Company on the refinancing of a $1.63bn term loan facility. Chris Beatty, who handles acquisition finance, distressed debt transactions and lending matters for high-yield issuers and borrowers, is also recommended.

Watson Farley & Williams LLP is ‘outstanding in the energy field’ according to clients, who rate ‘highly responsive’ practice head John Conlin for ‘his excellent technical legal skills, commercially-focused approach, ability to manage quality teams in transactions, and very deep experience of the sector’. Rod Chooramun, who was recently promoted to partner, is ‘an expert in the oil and gas field, and a pleasure to work with’; he acted alongside Conlin and corporate partner Andy Savage for OMV on the sale of its UK subsidiary to Siccar Point Energy. The firm is also active on the financing front – it acted for a syndicate of banks on a reserve base lending facility to Chrysoar for the acquisition of a portfolio of UK North Sea assets from Shell. Other key names include senior associates Heike Trischmann and Sarah Williamson, who ‘have strong attention to detail and are very competent, and tax partner Tom Jarvis.

The oil and gas sector is a key driver of Winston & Strawn London LLP’s workload, and as a result the firm has an extensive track record in handling "first-of-their-kind" oil and gas projects. James Simpson (who is global co-chair of the firm’s project finance practice) is leading the team advising on all aspects of the Malta BOOT LNG to IPP project, including the construction, development, engineering, implementation, maintenance, operation and financing of the project, which will supply electricity and natural gas to Enemalta. Zoë Ashcroft, who heads the London corporate and finance department, has wide-ranging expertise handling joint ventures and financings in the oil and gas sector; she has been particularly active in Africa-related mandates. Other key figures include Stewart Worthy, who specialises in cross-border M&A and investments; of counsel Jason Parker, who handles a range of oil and gas related financings; Katharine Sonneborn (also of counsel), who led on the financing for the Malta BOOT matter; and associate Conor Boyle, who acts for project sponsors, infrastructure funds and lenders on project financing and infrastructure transactions.

Addleshaw Goddard fields a ‘well-balanced team with the right range of knowledge, skill and weight’ to provide ‘an excellent level of service’ in oil and gas matters. It recently strengthened its cross-border capabilities and upstream experience through the addition of corporate partner Anna Nerush from Morgan, Lewis & Bockius UK LLP and international arbitration specialist Sarah Vasani from King & Spalding LLP. ‘Heavyweight’ M&A partner Angus Rollo advised BP on the sale of its Belfast fuel terminal to Puma Energy, and assisted Guy Winter in connection with Nobel’s acquisition of a minority interest in the Maclure field from Shell. Other recent highlights include acting for Nigerian client Seven Energy on a $100m equity fundraising matter and handling the sale of North Sea oil and gas interests to Petrogas on behalf of PA Resources. Clients also recommend the ‘bright, hardworking and enthusiastic’ managing associate Kevin O’Connor.

The multi-disciplinary oil and gas team at Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP handles the full range of upstream and downstream matters for a range of oil and gas companies. Recent highlights include advising on a joint venture for the operation of an offshore oil field in Western Africa. Practice head Adam Dann is acting alongside senior associate Tim Sumner for an international drilling client on financial and strategic matters related to its drillship operations. Carol Mulcahy, who was recently joined in the international arbitration practice by Ania Farren from K&L Gates LLP, handles a range of multi-jurisdictional oil and gas disputes. On the domestic front, the firm is assisting an energy group in connection with the development of an underground gas storage facility in the UK which involved equity and debt investment into the project.

Responses are always rapid and comments always client-oriented’ at Bond Dickinson LLP, where Paul Stockley heads the energy and natural resources practice. Quentin Robinson was part of the team (led by Stockley and featuring Michael Walton and planning specialist Jon Bower) assisting Nomad Energy with its joint acquisition (alongside Vitol) of two exploration assets in offshore Cote d’Ivoire from Taleveras and Afren. The team is also providing ongoing advice to Cuadrilla with regards to its onshore shale gas operations. Other key names include Simon Hughes, who is acting for Scottish Power Generation on the real estate aspects of a combined-cycle gas turbine power station in South Gloucestershire; and Alex Hirom, who is advising Barking Power on the contractual aspects of the conversion of a gas-fired power plant in East London. Tom Beezer is the name to note for disputes.

Fasken Martineau LLP’s recent oil and gas highlights include handling Viathan’s acquisition of Akute Power from Oando and Petromanas’ sale of its Albanian assets to Shell. Key figures in the London office include Abayomi Akinjide, who co-leads the global energy group and focuses mainly on corporate and commercial matters, and Jodi Katz, who acts for clients in the UK and Canada.

Fieldfisher’s ‘lawyers are invariably conscious of all the legal and commercial issues and balance the two extremely well; they have a strength in depth that others simply cannot boast’. Brad Isaac ‘is a strong technical lawyer’ and recently led a team with Stuart Carter advising Northern Petroleum on its sale of interests to a buyer who simultaneously acquired a 29% stake in the client’s company. Nodir Sidikov acted alongside Dominic Gurney-Champion – who ‘has excellent commercial nous’ –for KazMunaiGas in connection with an offer by state-owned majority shareholder KazMunayGas to purchase shares held by minority shareholders. The real estate and infrastructure team is headed by Roger Sargologo and supported on the financial side by Oliver Abel Smith, who ‘has a good grasp on the details’. Corporate associate Naomi Nguyen is also recommended, as is Shane de Beer, who specialises in corporate energy and projects work in emerging markets and recently joined the team from Dechert LLP.

Gowling WLG advises clients such as NuStar, Essar and EOG on the full range of oil and gas work both internationally and abroad. On the transactional front, global head of oil and gas David Ponsford has significant experience in upstream, midstream and downstream M&A, private equity and capital markets transactions, and joint ventures; he was part of the team advising Upland on farm-ins to a 10% interest in two UK onshore petroleum exploration and development licenses in the Wressle Field. The team also acted for the shareholders of Opus on its sale to Drax, while global head of natural resources Charles Bond acted for AGR Energy on its acquisition of shares in Max Petroleum’s Dutch subsidiary. Gordon Bell, who specialises in international arbitration and oil and gas disputes in emerging markets, joined the practice from Reed Smith LLP, where he co-headed the international arbitration unit.

Haynes and Boone CDG, LLPis excellent in any case involving offshore oil and gas, drilling and ship and rig construction’, and ‘has a powerful presence in the contentious and non-contentious space’. Clients praise team leader Simon Curtis for his ‘first-rate knowledge of the law, vast experience in the area and sound tactical sense’ ‘Natural problem solverGlenn Kangisser is also singled out for his ‘highly commercial attitude’. Acting mainly for drilling contractors, the team recently represented several clients in disputes pertaining to drilling contracts. James Brown and Simon Curtis acted for Teekay in claims against STX Offshore with regards to its failure to deliver a number of tankers commissioned for construction. Other work highlights included assisting a client with its tender for an FPSO project in Africa, and handling joint venture agreement negotiations. William Cecil leads on contentious matters.

K&L Gates LLP’s ‘excellent’ oil and gas practice is led by ‘very sound oil and gas specialist’ Paul Tetlow and is praised for its ‘particularly strong commercial advice, depth of service and value for money’. Matthew Smith is handling two major international pipeline projects, while Ian Meredith is representing the governments of Spain and France in a dispute arising from the loss of a tanker off the Spanish coast and the resulting oil spill. On the transactional front, James Green worked with Tetlow to assist Faroe with the £66m financing of its acquisition of interests in five Norwegian North Sea assets; they also handled a cash-box placing with accelerated book-build to raise funds for Stifel Nicholaus. International arbitration specialist John Gilbert recently joined from Pinsent Masons LLP.

Locke Lord LLP handles a range of large-scale and smaller-scale projects from the London office. Consultant David Manny recently joined the practice from Fasken Martineau LLP, as dis corporate energy partner Kevin Atkins, who previously held a position as partner at Chadbourne & Parke (London) LLP. Department head James Channo led the team acting for Dess on its acquisition of Sterling Resources’ interest in the Kirkleatham and Westerdale fields and on the client’s subsequent transfers to Egdon Resources and Montrose Industries. Atkins and contentious specialist Joseph Kosky handled arbitration proceedings for an energy company as defendant and counter-claimant in relation to the termination of a joint venture agreement. Other highlights included acting for a borrower on a debt facility provided by a private equity. David Grant leads the regional practice group for Europe and Singapore and has particular strength in contentious insolvency and restructuring work.

The ‘very experienced’ lawyers at Mayer Brown International LLP are praised for their ‘thoughtful, business-oriented advice’ and were recently joined by banking and finance partner Kieron Dwyer from Gowling WLG. Practice leader Robert Hamill (‘a very smart, trustworthy and efficient lawyer’) handled a number of disputes arising from the development of energy infrastructure in the Middle East. Rachel Speight advised an international industrial commodities group on the refinancing of a refinery project in Germany by a leading investment bank, and Alex Dell acted for a series of borrowers and a lender on the refinancing of $305m term debt and receivables financing facilities. Colin Scagell led the team acting for RINA on its acquisition of Edif Group, which was funded through an equity capital injection from RINA’s shareholders. Dispute resolution expert Mark Stefanini has a particular focus on partnership and joint venture disputes.

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius UK LLP handles oil and gas litigation as well as international arbitration through David Waldron, while Olivier Chambord specialises in transactional work in francophone Africa. The firm’s international presence also allows for close co-operation with offices in the CIS and Latin America. Practice head Lewis Jones has significant experience acting for clients in the UAE with regards to high-profile upstream energy projects such as LNG facilities.

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (Europe) LLP’s lawyers ‘are responsive and have a strong track record in projects work’. Peter Roberts and Joanna Kay ‘are among a handful of lawyers who have the experience, skills and commercial sense to handle high-value LNG work’; they act for Tullow on sale and transportation arrangements related to a number of offshore fields in Ghana. Other key contacts include managing associate Rebecca Downes, who supported Roberts on the team’s work for Maersk on the development of a crude oil pipeline from Locichar to Lamu in Kenya. Colin Graham joined Watson Farley & Williams LLP.

Slaughter and May’s oil and gas offering is led by Hywel Davies and Steven Galbraith, and is particularly strong in corporate transactions and financing work. The team recently advised Wood Group on the $2.7bn financing in anticipation of its recommended all-share offer to acquire Amec Foster Wheeler, and acted for INEOS on its proposed takeover of DONG’s entire oil and gas business. Other noteworthy clients include the African Development Bank, Centrica and Maersk.

Stephenson Harwood has particular expertise in energy disputes, the African market and offshore projects, including LNG and subsea pipelines. Tony Concagh leads the department with energy and shipping sector expert Stuart Beadnall and Tony Edwards, who has an emphasis on corporate work for clients in the African market. Clients include BHP Billiton, Eland Oil & Gas and Opus Offshore.


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Allen & Overy LLPis one of the best’ according to clients, with global projects group head Gareth Price and his team highly regarded for major projects work and financings across the power sector. In addition to being a major player in global power projects, the practice is heavily involved in the UK space, as demonstrated by its advice to Infrastructure UK regarding all aspects of the financing and development of the Hinkley Point C station in Somerset, and to Hitachi on the development of newbuild nuclear stations in the UK following its acquisition of Horizon. In another UK power highlight, Christopher Andrew led the team acting for the lenders on the Dudgeon offshore wind farm in Norfolk. John Geraghty is assisting Green Investment Bank (GIB) with its acquisition of a 25% stake in the Galloper offshore wind farm, while David Lee is acting for Macquarie Capital, Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets and Universities Superannuation Scheme on their £2bn bid to privatise GIB. In an illustration of its ability to handle multi-jurisdictional mandates, Price and Troy Edwards are acting for Fennovoima on commercial and ongoing financing agreements for the construction and supply of nuclear fuel for the Hanhikivi 1 plant in Finland. Waste management specialist Andrew Castle and renewables and nuclear expert Sheila Connell are also recommended.

Ashurst’s power practice is ‘a very competent and growing force’ that attracts praise for its ‘strong expertise, especially in portfolio financing in solar energy projects’ and ‘good strength in depth’. David Wadham heads the firm’s EMEA utilities team and is leading advice to China General Nuclear Power Corporation with regards to the £18bn Hinkley Point C nuclear plant project, while head of renewables Antony Skinner acted for the lenders to Magnetar Solar in connection with the financing of a solar portfolio in the UK. Other highlights for the practice included advising BEIS on the procurement, construction, development and financing of the Swansea Bay tidal lagoon project, and Nick Stalbow’s advice to Wheelabrator in connection with its combined heat and power energy from waste facility in Kent. Matthew Saunders, who recently joined from DLA Piper, handled SCC proceedings arising from a contractual dispute relating to smart meters. Senior associate Nacim Bounouara specialises in project financing and development work.

For some, CMSis perhaps the leading firm when it comes to European energy legislation’; its lawyers ‘understand the industry and clients’ business very well’. Highlights included advising the distribution arm of Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks on the procurement of new capacity for the Shetland Islands, and (in an illustration of its market-leading wind power expertise) acting for SSE on the sale of a stake in the Clyde onshore wind farm to Greencoat UK Wind and GLIL for £350m, as well as advising Repsol on the sale of rights to the 784MW Inch Cape project and its stake in the 664MW Beatrice project to Chinese state-owned State Development & Investment Corporation. Robert Lane (who ‘gives very sensible, commercial advice and understands the regulatory environment better than anyone’) heads the power and regulated industries department and is part of the team acting for Dudgeon Offshore Wind on the divestment of offshore transmission assets. He is also advising the bidders on a tender for potential licensees and operators of said assets. Head of clean energy Munir Hassan and Phil Duffield, who sits in the projects sub-team, assisted various investors with the development of numerous innovative battery storage and generation projects. Charles Currier (who leads on power-related corporate matters) and Sandra Rafferty are also recommended, as is Tom Ryan, who is ‘a very capable individual and provides an excellent service when called upon’.

Clifford Chance LLP is a regular fixture on major nuclear and renewable power projects, as demonstrated by John Wilkins’s work for EDF in connection with the Hinkley nuclear plant project in Somerset and the team’s retention by SDIC and the EIB to oversee the acquisition of Repsol’s UK wind portfolio. Global head of the renewables unit James Pay is acting alongside M&A specialist Brendan Moylan to advise lenders on a number of power transactions, including GIP’s acquisition of a 50% stake in the Gode Wind 1 offshore farm project in Germany. Ashvin Seetulsingh – who co-heads the firm’s oil and gas practice – handled the financing of two solar PV projects in the Middle East. Other notable figures include Nicholas Hughes, who heads the global power group and has handled wind project acquisitions on behalf of Actis and Aela, and Jeremy Connick, who acts for lenders and sponsors. Engie, GE and Royal Dutch Shell also feature in the firm’s enviable client roster.

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP’s global energy offering consists of ‘a number of very strong members who each provide a high-quality and responsive service to clients’. Julia Pyke, who is regional department head in London, is ‘a highly knowledgeable and personable character who operates at the cutting edge of industry developments’. Matthew Job (who is ‘able to clearly articulate issues and present practical potential solutions’) recently acted alongside senior associate Hannah Roscoe for the lenders on the operating phase refinancing of a European hydropower plant. In an Africa-related highlight, Sarah Pollock worked with Martin Kavanagh to assist the government of Sierra Leone with its agreement with Joule Africa regarding the development of phase two of the Bumbuna hydroelectric plant. Pollock also acted with Roscoe for the joint venture of Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners and BWSC in connection with the acquisition and development of a dual heat and power biomass plant project in Kent. Silke Goldberg is acting in the Hinkley Point C project.

Noted for its ‘real strength and depth in renewables’, Linklaters LLP represents high-profile clients such as HSBC, Macquarie and National Grid throughout the full lifecycle of energy projects. John Pickett heads the renewables practice alongside Richard Coar and also leads the energy and utilities sector. Highlights included acting for the sponsors of the Dudgeon offshore wind farm on all aspects of their £1.3bn project financing, and acting for a group of sponsors on the construction and financing of the £2.6bn Beatrice offshore wind farm. Charlotte Morgan and Coar are acting for FAB Link on its joint venture with RTE for the construction and financing of an electricity interconnector between France, Alderney and Britain; Coar is also advising a group of lenders on the financing of Wren Renewables’ integrated waste management facility in Essex. In the solar sector, Pickett acted for IFC on a tender for the design, finance, operation and maintenance of two adjacent solar power plants in Zambia. Jeremy Gewirtz recently acted for HSBC on the restructuring of the Rijnmond II plant in the Netherlands.

The lawyers at Norton Rose Fulbright are ‘always looking for new ideas, the next opportunity, and how to turn today’s problems into tomorrow’s strengths’. Richard Hill heads the energy projects team in London, while ‘experienced practitioner’ Robert Marsh jointly heads the renewables and sustainable industry business group. Marsh led a team with Nicholas Pincott advising a financer group in relation to the Beatrice offshore wind farm, while Madhavi Gosavi acted for the Angolan Ministry of Finance as borrowers on the $4.13bn financing for the procurement and development of the Caculo Cabaça hydroelectric station. The firm was also appointed to oversee regulatory compliance and joint venture agreements on behalf of a technology supplier involved in the proposed construction of a nuclear power plant in the UK. Christopher Down and Charles Whitney assisted Marubeni and JinkoSolar with the financing and development of the Sweihan solar project in the UAE. Other key names include ‘extremely experienced’ banking partner Tomas Gärdfors, who is ‘a real pleasure to work with’; and Sydney-based global head of energy Simon Currie, whom one client describes as ’a real rainmaker’.

The power offering at Baker McKenzie is led by ‘decisive and direct’ global head of project finance Calvin Walker and Hugh Stewart who has particular strength in M&A transactions. Having previously assisted the Korea Electric Power Corporation (KEPCO) with the $24.4bn financing for the Barakah nuclear power plant in the UAE, Neil Donoghue is currently working alongside Walker to advise the client on the joint design, construction and operation of the project with Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation. Marc Fèvre is advising the Moroccan state-owned power and water utility on the development and operation of a wind farm PPP project, while the ‘very thorough’ senior associate Luka Lightfoot, whose ‘people skills are appreciated by both sides of the table’, was part of the team advising on the financing of a photovoltaic power plant in Egypt. On the conventional power front, senior associate Matthew Martin is active on the design, development, operation and maintenance of gas and coal-fired power plants.

At Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP, planning and environment partner Christian Drage is continuing to act for National Grid on the first EU-funded carbon capture and storage demonstration project based on entirely new infrastructure, including a new onshore compressor station. Energy department head Adam Dann and Kiran Arora are overseeing the development of a combined energy from waste, pulp paper and water treatment plant in the South of England. Mark Richards heads the projects, energy and infrastructure group and acted on the restructuring of a 90-year high voltage electricity distribution agreement. James Marshall handles competition and regulatory matters.

DLA Piper is singled out for its ‘deep industry knowledge, strong expertise, client focus and extensive team’. Key figures include the ‘forward-thinking’ Natasha Luther-Jones, who heads the renewable energy EMEA practice, and Dimitri Papaefstratiou, who heads the energy, infrastructure and projects department. Luther-Jones was lead UK partner in a cross-office European team acting for a consortium of investors led by Credit Suisse in the Fosen Vind onshore wind farm in Norway. Other notable names in the London office include Nigel Drew – who advised Maamba Collieries on the development of phase one of a coal-fired power station in Zambia – and Darren Walsh who is representing the operator of a newly constructed nuclear plant in the Middle East on the negotiation and finalisation of a ten-year O&M agreement. The team was also involved in a high-profile carbon positive project for a household name client, as well as four separate acquisitions of solar assets on behalf of an investor. Other notable clients include Equitix, National Grid and BTMU.

Clients note the ‘red-carpet treatment’ and ‘profound commercial advice’ provided by Hogan Lovells International LLP’s power practice. Adrian Walker leads the team; he has particular expertise in the nuclear sector and is supported by counsel and ‘rising starAlex Harrison, who ‘tips the scales in transactions’. Recent highlights include advising a Fortune 100 company on its entry into the UK gas and power market. In another key mandate, Andrew Gallagher is leading a team that includes Walker and members of the Baltimore office advising a bidder in connection with the English law financing of the development of a coal-fired power station in Eastern Europe. On the renewables front, Harrison worked alongside Richard Tyler to advise a major solar power company with regards to its strategic partnership with a heavyweight oil and gas entity in light of proposed combined solar and gas power projects around the world; the pair also acted for Mars Energy on a supply deal agreement with Eneco to provide 100% of the energy to power all 12 Mars UK sites from the Moy wind farm in Scotland. Other significant work emerged from the nuclear sector, where Walker and senior associate Alistair Cowling assisted clients with their role in two high-profile projects.

Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP handles the full range of energy and power matters for clients such as BNP Paribas, the National Bank of Oman, the EBRD and JBIC. Practice co-head John Dewar led a team advising K-Exim and a group of commercial banks on the financing of the Barakah nuclear power project in Abu Dhabi, while Phillip Fletcher acted for African Development Bank on $1.34bn of loan facilities to support Eskom – South Africa’s power utility – in its capital expenditure programme. Clive Ransome co-leads the group with Dewar and is assisting a group of sponsors with the negotiation, development and financing of a nuclear power project in Europe. Dewar is acting on the development of a national civil nuclear programme in the Middle East. In the transactional space, the team acted for Société Générale and SACE on the $2bn acquisition of the Maritza 3 power project in Bulgaria by ContourGlobal, and acted for EIG and Centrica on the sale of wind power assets to a consortium of purchasers. Senior associate Chris Taufatofua is also recommended, as is Jonathan Roberts and Robert Thompson who recently joined the firm from Dentons and Linklaters LLP respectively.

Shearman & Sterling LLP’s team ‘provides a very sophisticated level of service’ and is ‘among the best for large power projects in the renewables space’. In the conventional sphere, practice head John Inglis and Sanja Udovicic are acting for a group of international lenders and export credit agencies on the development of the Balkhash coal-fired thermal plant in Kazakhstan; Udovicic also assisted Standard Chartered Bank as one of numerous lenders with its participation in the Hassyan coal-fired project in Dubai. On the renewables front, Nicholas Buckworth advised the lenders on a $3bn independent water and power project in Qatar, and Iain Elder was part of the team overseeing the financing and development of a combined heat and power facility with water and steam generation capabilities in the Middle East. Other highlights included advising work in the nuclear sector – both in the UK and abroad – and the wind and solar sectors. Associate and ‘excellent project practitioner’ Colm O’Huiginn joined the practice from A&L Goodbody.

Patrick Wallace leads the international projects practice at Simmons & Simmons, which was recently bolstered with the arrival of Stuart Dutson from Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP. Clients include Mitsubishi, Blackrock and the NextEnergy Solar Fund. Adrian Nizzola is acting on the independent water and power project in Qatar, and Iain Duncan is advising Mainstream Renewables on its joint venture with Actis for the delivery of wind and solar projects in Chile. The firm was also engaged by a consortium to oversee the bidding for, financing and development of a major hydroelectric power project in Africa, which constitutes the first phase of a high-value initiative comprising significant energy infrastructure work. Juliet Reingold is leading the team in a series of significant matters in the nuclear space, while Richard Dyton is assisting an infrastructure fund with an innovative energy from waste project designed to generate power, heat and gas. Regulatory expert and chair of the international cleantech and renewables group Steven McNab is also recommended, as is finance specialist Andrew Petry.

White & Case LLP is prominent in the growing area of interconnector work, as demonstrated by the team’s advice to Star Capital and Eurotunnel regarding the proposed interconnector project between France and England. It is also active in the conventional and renewables areas. Kirsti Massie, who sits as global head of power, led a cross-office team advising DEWA on the development of its Hassyan clean coal IPP project, and acted alongside John Cunningham on the financing for a biomass conversion on behalf of a European plant owner and operator. On the nuclear front, Ellis Baker is advising Taisei as a member of a consortium on the EPC contract for the construction of the high-profile Sinop nuclear plant in Turkey. The team also acted for an electric utility provider in disputes with a supplier arising from ICC arbitration awards pertaining to delays and cost overruns in a project. Other key names include head of the EMEA energy unit Jason Kerr, Mark Castillo-Bernaus and Phillip Capper, who leads the firm’s international arbitration offering.

At Addleshaw Goddard, a cross-office team is continuing to act for National Grid on the separation of its gas distribution business, while the Leeds-based Richard Goodfellow acted for SSE on the procurement, installation and licensing issues related to smart meters as part of the government’s flagship initiative. SSEN also engaged the firm to handle the procurement of constraint management zone services for its electricity distribution business. In the renewables sphere, Angus Rollo acted for SSE on the sale of a 10% equity stake in the Beatrice offshore wind farm to Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners. Paul Dight (also a key contact in the Leeds office) acted for Equitix on the acquisition of several wind and solar power projects, including a portfolio of four solar projects from Renesola.

Robin Mizrahi and Mark Rowley, who head Baker Botts (UK) LLP’s power and energy groups, respectively, were joined by corporate and M&A specialist Paul Exley from Jones Day and construction project expert Stuart Jordan from King & Wood Mallesons. A consortium of lenders instructed the group to oversee the financing and development of a municipal waste to power project in the Middle East. Mizrahi is acting for the sponsor of a hydroelectric plant in central Africa, and Exley is advising a private equity firm on various matters pertaining to a European solar power park. Senior associate Laure Berthelot is acting with Mizrahi for a consortium regarding a solar power IPP in the Middle East. In terms of conventional power, the government of Afghanistan engaged the firm to oversee the long-term planning for a major gas to power project funded by the United States Agency for International Development.

Bird & Bird LLP’s power practice is praised for its ‘in-depth industry knowledge’. Clients single out Andrew Renton and legal director Carol Cloughley as ‘devoted professionals with extensive experience and great communication skills’. Highlights included acting for numerous solar energy clients – including Solarig, Greencells and PS Renewables – on disposals, secondary market transactions and new-build projects in the UK and abroad. Michael Rudd acted for funders such as Ingenious Infrastructure on the acquisition of several gas-to-grid plants across Europe, while Elizabeth Reid handles supply agreements, regulatory issues and lender arrangements for DS Smith with regards to the construction of its CHP plant at Kemsley Mill. Also recommended are Peter Willis, who is assisting two national regulators with their efforts to align their practices with new EU regulations; practice head Matt Bonass, who is assisting a private equity client with its proposed investment into a smart water meter company in Asia; and Peter Knight and Morag Macdonald, who handle contentious matters.

Bond Dickinson LLP’s energy and natural resources practice ‘has more than enough highly-skilled solicitors to resource small or large projects and ensure the overall level of service is always outstanding’, according to one client. The Bristol-based Simon Hughes is part of the team advising Ofgem on the development of the new regulatory regime in relation to competitively appointed transmission owners, and is lead counsel on the development of the Dudgeon offshore wind farm. The team also handled all real estate aspects of the East Anglia ONE and THREE offshore wind farms, which are notable for being granted exclusive rights by the Crown Estate. On the corporate side, Sebastian Briggs acted for RES Group on the sale of its onshore wind farm portfolio to Aviva. Other notable clients include Centrica, EDF and Temporis Fund.

The lawyers at Bracewell (UK) LLP are ‘real specialists’ who ‘understand the sector and have great hands-on experience advising on major projects’, especially in the Middle East. Julian Nichol is a ‘very knowledgeable’ team head who is ‘great to work with’; he recently handled Actis’ acquisition of a majority stake in the Azura Edo power project in Nigeria, and is currently acting as project counsel on the development and financing of a waste to energy facility in Wales. In other highlights, Tracy London worked with the Dubai office to assist Alcazar Energy with the financing of its Al Rajef wind farm in Jordan – which constitutes phase one of the country’s renewable energy programme – and guided RWE and Belectric through their bid for the Sweihan solar PV project in Abu Dhabi, which involved the drafting and negotiation of the EPC and O&M contracts. Clients also recommend the ‘extremely experienced and thoroughMartin Stewart-Smith and Ron Erlichman.

Dentonsis proactive, effective, knowledgeable and sensible in its approach’ and is noted for its strong experience in solar projects. The team, led by Christopher McGee-Osborne and Charles July, has become increasingly active in the secondary market following the collapse of subsidies for new onshore wind and solar projects; highlights included acting for an Asian client on its bid for numerous onshore wind farms across Europe and the UK. Lucille De Silvais very attentive to detail and easy to work with’; she leads the team assisting Tenaga Nasional Berhad, a leading Malaysian electricity utility, with its bid to acquire 50% of TerraForm’s UK solar portfolio, and is acting for a major client on the development of several large-scale solar projects across Africa. Mark Cheney represented a household name bank in a route to market trading agreement with an equity fund following the latter’s acquisition of an electricity generating business in Spain. Enbridge, the South African Department of Energy and Canadian Solar also feature among the firm’s client roster.

Fenwick Elliott LLP is a specialist construction firm that represents clients at all stages of the supply chain and has strong capabilities in dispute resolution and international arbitration. Claire King was recently promoted to partner in the London office and supported practice head Simon Tolson in arbitration proceedings on behalf of a joint venture arising from safety questions surrounding the design, construction and commissioning of a facility in Europe. Demonstrating the firm’s expertise in the offshore wind sector, Tony Francis and Karen Gidwani continue to provide contractual construction advice to key players in the industry across the UK and Europe, and recently represented a major international civil engineering client with regards to disputes related to alleged construction defects and contractual issues in two of its offshore wind farms. The team also acted for a German contractor on project documents for a proposed anaerobic biogas facility in Northern England. Richard Smellie is representing a Chinese company in an international arbitration in connection with a hydroelectric plant in South East Asia. Nicholas Gould and Jeremy Glover are also key contacts.

Derek Goodban heads Gowling WLG’s UK energy offering and co-heads the global energy group; he is noted for his experience in M&A transactions, regulatory work and contractual matters. Goodban Gareth Baker and Andrew Newbery, who recently joined the firm from Thames Water, led a team advising Greenage on the development of the NeuConnect subsea interconnector power cable between the UK and Germany. Goodban and the Birmingham-based Gus Wood advised Opus on its sale to the Drax Group, while Chris Brierley – who is also based in Birmingham – acted for Ecotricity on the financing of a portfolio of wind and solar parks. The team is also involved in the government’s smart energy meter rollout programme – where John Cooper plays a key role – as well as the funding structure of a proposed major nuclear project, and the power purchase agreement for a high-profile offshore wind farm in the North Sea. Other recent arrivals include infrastructure and planning partner Vicky Fowler, who joined the from Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP, and counsel Robert Armour, who transferred from a leading UK nuclear power entity and heads the UK nuclear group.

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (Europe) LLP’s Matthew Williams is co-head of the European energy practice and global co-head of the power sector, both of which have a strong emphasis on transactional work in the renewables space alongside oil and gas and conventional power mandates. The team recently acted for Azito Energie and its joint venture shareholders on the phase 4 expansion of its gas-fire powered station in Cote d’Ivoire, while Anthony Riley acted for BlackRock on its acquisition of the Tellenes wind farm project in Norway. Other highlights included the refinancing of a power cable interconnector project in the US. John Deacon specialises in distributed generation and renewable projects, while of counsel Elisabeth Blunsdon provides assistance on regulatory and project optimisation issues. Edward Humphries assisted EnergieKontor with the acquisition of the New Rides wind farm from Airvolution.

At Pinsent Masons LLP, ‘the technical ability of the team is exceptional, with an outstanding level of reactivity’. Senior associate Helen Bone ‘shows great strength in depth’ and recently assisted Apicksha Patel and Chris McGarvey - who is based in Edinburgh – with the advice to two lenders on a wind farm project in Croatia. In other highlights, the practice acted for five international banks – spearheaded in this matter by Simon Mumford – on the financing and contractual aspects of the Kabd energy from waste project in Kuwait, the first PFI/PPP waste mandate in the region. Planning partner Gareth Phillips, who recently arrived from Watson Farley & Williams LLP, is assisting DONG with all planning and property matters surrounding the Hornsea Project 3 offshore wind farm in the North Sea. Richard Griffiths is acting for NuGeneration with regards to the environmental and planning aspects of the development of a new nuclear station and all related infrastructure in Cumbria. The department is jointly led by global energy sector head Bob Ruddiman in Aberdeen and Paul Rice in London.

Slaughter and May represents regulators, market operators and participants, and governments across the full spectrum of energy matters. Tim Pharoah and Paul Stacey – who was recently elected executive partner to replace Richard Clark, who retired from the firm in April 2017 – are key names in the power and renewables team, and oversaw advice to Centrica and DONG with regards to their disposal of 50% interest in the Lincs and Race Bank wind farms respectively. Drax, BIS and PowerSeraya are some of the other noteworthy names in the group’s enviable client roster.

The lawyers of Trinity International LLPdeeply care about their clients’ business and go above and beyond the call of duty’ with ‘considerable strength across the sector’. The practice has a true specialism in energy projects in emerging markets – especially Africa – and is advising the developers of six separate solar IPP projects in Nigeria under the leadership of ‘outstanding lawyerJennifer Gladstone, who ‘is an asset to any deal she works on’, and Simon Norris. Thermal power matters such as the Cenpower Kpone project in Ghana also constitute a significant portion of the practice’s recent caseload, as demonstrated by its work for Azura-Edo on the development and financing of the first project-financed independent power mandate in Nigeria in more than a decade. Paul Biggs is assisting Corbetti Geothermal with a high-profile geothermal IPP development – the first in Ethiopia – and is acting alongside Kaushik Ray for the EIB, the African Development Bank and FMO as lenders on the Lake Turkana onshore wind farm in Kenya. Other highlights included handling the development of national renewable sectors in Uganda and Zambia, a major biomass facility in Ghana, and a solar PV project in Zambia.

Watson Farley & Williams LLP’s energy and infrastructure group is led by M&A and financing specialist Evan Stergoulis and maintains a strong track record in the renewables space for a client roster including DONG, Velocita Energy Developments and BayernLB. Stergoulis led a team acting for Danish pension fund PKA on its acquisition of a 50% stake in the Teesside energy plant in the North East of England as part of its environmentally-friendly investment strategy, while Henry Stewart acted for Tellenes Vindpark on the construction financing of the Tellenes wind farm in Norway. Other notable names are Ravinder Sandhu, who represented Westermost Rough – a joint venture between DONG, the GIB and Marubeni – on the sale of transmission assets following Ofgem’s OFTO regime, and Daisy East, who handled several significant financing matters in the renewables space.

Clients describe Burges Salmon LLP as providing ‘a Magic Circle experience with a Bristol cost-base’. Its ‘pragmatic, knowledgeable and well-connected’ energy lawyers are led by Ross Fairley and nuclear power expert Ian Salter and recently advised a client on the acquisition of existing and development phase assets. Steven James worked with Salter to assist a major international energy company with regards to the development of a high-profile nuclear power project in the UK, specifically with regards to the regulatory aspects of the procurement and construction, while Elizabeth Dunn handled the consenting aspects of the Triton Knoll electrical system designed to connect the Triton Knoll offshore wind farm to the national grid. Other noteworthy names include James Phillips and Nick Churchward, who conducted significant work in connection with gas-fired power reserves and biomass CHP plants, respectively.

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP recently added Encor Power to its already enviable client roster; it recently advised the new client on its acquisition of Demand Power by a share swap. Construction partner Kevin Forsyth and corporate expert Tim Ball are acting for the operator and owners of a major offshore wind farm in contractual and other legal issues pertaining to the long-term operation and maintenance of the facility, while Chris Putt acted for a Swiss pension fund on the acquisition of a number of solar farms from a global green energy products and services provider. Bouygues also instructed the group, jointly led by Putt and Clive Hopewell, on several deals, including the refinancing of a number of solar energy projects in the UK. Other clients include Aegis, Petrofac and Perpetuus Tidal Energy.

At Clyde & Co LLP recently promoted partner Paul Lowrie focuses on energy insurance matters and recently handled claims arising from failures of a subsea interconnector power cable. On the non-contentious front, practice leader Clare Hatcher advised Fortum on contract negotiations for the operation and maintenance of the Teesside biomass plant, and Simon Vere Nicoll led a team advising SIMEC on its acquisition of a subsidiary of Rio Tinto which owns two hydroelectric plants in Scotland. Legal director Robert Franklin acted for three European development finance banks in connection with the financing of a photovoltaic power generation plant to be constructed in Kenya. On the contentious side, Peter Hirst led the advice for Alstom in an ICC arbitration arising from a contract dispute after its insurer, Mitsui, filed a subrogation claim in violation of its supply contract with the client, which required all disputes to be resolved via arbitration.

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP’s clean energy team recently acted for the Pension Infrastructure Platform in its first equity investment in the form of the acquisition of 31 individual wind turbines from Golden Square. Stephen Hill in Nottingham oversaw the takeover of the Swindon solar farm on behalf of Rockfire Capital, and the Leeds-based Michael Grimes is acting for a French environmental services provider and a Polish waste company as a consortium on its tender to the city of Belgrade to procure and operate a new energy from waste plant as part of Serbia’s alignment with EU waste management laws. Howard Barrie acted for InfraCo on several renewable energy projects across sub-Saharan Africa, including the Corbetti geothermal project in Ethiopia and the Djermaya solar project in Chad. In the nuclear space, Alex Doughty acted alongside members of the Beijing office for a consortium of international banks on initial credit facilities for the development of a high-profile nuclear power project. Also recommended are global head of clean energy Michelle T Davies, who is based in the Cardiff office, and Rob Pitcher, who heads the global energy and infrastructure team.

Key figures in Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP’s power and renewables practice include Laurie McFadden who acted for the Public Sector Pension Plan of Canada and OTPP on a joint venture with Santander and the acquisition of a global portfolio of renewable energy projects, including onshore wind and solar assets; finance partner Tim Pick; and Alex Carver.

The ‘very strong’ team at HFW acts for suppliers and purchasers and on the full range of contentious and non-contentious power matters, with an emphasis on the offshore wind sector. International head of construction Max Wieliczko is acting for a major EPC contractor on the drafting and negotiating of contracts and security documents for a UK offshore wind farm due to begin construction in 2018, and is assisting a construction client with the legal aspects of the procurement of four energy from waste facilities in the UK. Dispute resolution experts Michael Sergeant and consultant Steven Paull are described as ‘top class’ and ‘extremely knowledgeable about arbitration in the power industry’. The group is continuing to represent Hochtief in a defence and counterclaim against SSE following the collapse of a tunnel at the Glendoe hydroelectric plant in Scotland. Senior associate Richard Booth plays a key supportive role in the practice’s construction and engineering offering and has substantial experience in contentious work.

Ince & Co’s power practice primarily focuses on the construction and financing aspects of offshore wind projects and onshore developments in emerging markets. Martin Sandgren hasconsiderable experience in the industry having previously occupied a position as co-head of legal at Siemens Wind Power. He is supported by Chris Kidd, who jointly led the team overseeing the tenders and contracts for the supply, transportation and installation of the foundations of a major UK offshore wind farm on behalf of several contractors and developers. Other highlights included acting for Deugro on the contractual aspects of a novel wind turbine logistics concept, and advising Ziton on a contract for the decommissioning of a facility at the Ytte Stengrund wind farm. Associate Antony Brook joined Michelet & Co Advokatfirma AS.

Lux Nova Partners Limited is ‘a friendly and approachable firm’ focused exclusively on the clean energy market where its lawyers have proven themselves as ‘true specialists in the field’ and ‘exceptional practitioners’. The ‘personable, professional and proactive’ Tom Bainbridge founded the firm in 2015 with project finance expert Louisa Cilenti and Sandy Abrahams, who has experience in EPC and power offtake agreements; they were recently joined by Rory Tait from gunnercooke LLP and sustainability expert David Short, who has worked at GE among other commercial real estate investors. Highlights included advising the London borough of Enfield on its district heating scheme, which is aiming to supply around 8,000 customers through the energy from waste plant in Edmonton. Cilenti and Abrahams provided regulatory, financing and corporate advice to Leapfrog Finance regarding the Ernesettle community solar project in Plymouth. Other highlights included asset acquisitions and disposals in the solar power sector, and acting for Open Utility in connection with an innovative P2P platform.

Experienced and pragmatic’ senior associate Shashank Krishna, who ‘has a strong understanding of the nexus between public and commercial interests’ and substantial experience in emerging markets, recently joined McDermott Will & Emery UK LLP’s ‘hugely professional’ team from Herbert Smith Freehills LLP. Department head and ‘very intelligent lawyerDavid Birchall is advising on the proposed construction of a solar module factory in Lebanon and acted for clients such as Sycamore, Quercus and Clere in the reviewing and drafting of English law security documents relating to funding provided to companies investing in UK solar farms. The group is also involved in the waste to energy sphere, with Birchall and counsel Tori MacLeod acting for ENER-G on the restructuring and proposed sale of its cogeneration business. Associate Marta Wrobel supported a team assisting EDL with contractual offtake arrangements for its portofilio of landfill generation facilities. On the transactional side, the practice acted for SmartestEnergy on the proposed cross-border acquisition of a power and gas supply business in the Netherlands to be funded by parent company Marubeni.

According to some, Osborne Clarke LLP is ‘a firm of great experience in UK energy matters and has a thriving renewable energy practice’; its team includes ‘thought leaders in the decentralised energy and energy technology market’. The practice advised InfraRed on its acquisition of the Afton wind farm, acted for a leading renewables developer on the development and financing of a new UK waste to energy project, and assisted Solarplicity with the implementation of a £115m refinancing of a solar asset portfolio. London head of energy Simon Hobday leads the team ‘with an infectious enthusiasm tempered by an unshakeable professional core’ alongside Bristol-based global energy head David Ferris, who ‘seems to be driven by a desire to help technical innovation’. The team was recently bolstered by the arrival of financing expert Jakub Kibicki from DLA Piper. Also recommended are James Watson and senior associate Simon Jones, who is ‘a sound corporate lawyer and provides clear and concise advice’.

Squire Patton Boggs significantly strengthened its power offering through the addition of partners Neil Upton, Ian Wood and John Danahy from King & Wood Mallesons. The practice also added Magnox, the regulatory authority of Bermuda and Zambian ministry of energy and water to its client roster. Upton is advising the government of Fiji on the establishment of the regulatory and legislative framework required to incorporate the country’s electricity authority, the government’s partial divestment in this corporation and the ensuing creation of an independent regulator to encourage foreign investment in the energy sector. In the nuclear space, Rebecca Slater is working alongside Wood and Danahy to assist an international nuclear technology vendor with its proposed investment into UK-based nuclear power stations. Philippa Chadwick acted for Airvolution on the financing of an onshore wind farm in Scotland.

Stephenson Harwoodis a conscientious and user-friendly firm’; one client ranks its services as ‘10/10 throughout’. Graeme Barton, who was recently promoted to partner, supported Rebecca Carter on the advice to a subsidiary of Engie on its bid for the Newcastle district energy project. Jonathan Cripps and Ben Stansfield are working alongside Carter to guide the North London Waste Authority through the procurement and development of a waste to energy facility in Enfield. On the transactional front, the group advised NextEnergy on the financing of its acquisition of five operational solar farms in the UK and the refinancing of 21 operational solar projects. On the contentious side,Ron Nobbs and senior associate Charlotte Heywood are acting for Veolia in four adjudications against Morris Homes with regards to a failure to pay for work completed by the client. Other noteworthy names include senior associate Will Lewis, and international head of the firm’s energy department Andrew McLean.

The multi-disciplinary team at Taylor Wessing LLP is noted for its work in the renewables sector and recently gained German-American energy storage company Younicos as a client. Dominic FitzPatrick, who acts as head of the energy, infrastructure and projects team as well as head of the corporate department, continues to lead a team advising Conergy on the development and sale of several solar power assets across the UK. On the construction side, David Quinlan handles procurement and project finance issues for government agencies, EPC contractors and financial institutions; he recently acted for Canada Life on the installation of a rooftop solar facility in Kent. On the international front, construction partner Matthew Jones is acting for a British and Ghanaian consortium and its subsidiary on the proposed installation of a dual fuel power station in Ghana. Contentious work includes a multi-million pound defects claim brought by a wind farm owner, and Tim Strong’s work for a contractor in ICC arbitration proceedings arising from contractual disputes surrounding a delay in works and payment issues.

Trowers & Hamlins LLP’s clients praise its ‘exceptional level of service’. The practice undertakes work in district utilities, natural resources, power projects, and renewable energy matters under the leadership of Christopher Paul who heads the energy and sustainability group and has strong experience in UK district heating projects. The team is advising on the district heating aspects of a riverside regeneration project in the UK, and continues to act for a London borough in relation to the energy aspects of a regeneration project aiming to provide 10,000 new homes in the capital. Paul is also acting for Energiesprong on its innovative ‘net zero energy’ housing refurbishment model in the housing sector, namely with regards to the structuring of a bespoke funding arrangement in the UK market. On the contentious side, Lucy James successfully represented Sun & Soil in judicial review proceedings filed by local residents seeking to challenge the planning permission for a solar farm in Staffordshire.


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Jointly led by Conrad Andersen and Tim Conduit, Allen & Overy LLP’s water team is part of the global infrastructure group and is involved in high-value and high-profile projects in the UK market. Andersen recently advised, alongside Richard Evans, two infrastructure management clients on their acquisition of interest in a major water and wastewater entity. Other highlights included advising on the European aspects of a UK contractor’s takeover by an independent investment firm, and Nigel Pritchard acting for Biwater in the complex and politically-sensitive construction arrangements with the Kurdistan regional government for the Erbil and Sulaimani water project in Northern Iraq. On the regulatory side, Mark Friend assisted Severn Trent with its joint venture agreement with United Utilities, which will combine both companies’ non-household retail operations. Jonathan Melton is also a key contact and represented a leading bank as the arranger on the maintenance of a Euro medium-term note programme for a household name UK water company.

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP provides ‘a first class service’ and conducts ‘very high quality work’, according to one client. The group was appointed by Tideway, Anglian Water and Severn Trent to contribute to a report looking at how best to implement Ofwat’s proposals on the most efficient use of direct procurement in projects exceeding £100m. Head of infrastructure Patrick Mitchell continues to assists Tideway with the high-profile Thames Tideway Tunnel project, which involves complex financing arrangements and regulatory issues, while Julia Pyke leads the advice on the negotiations of the key economic contracts for the sponsor of the Tidal Lagoon project in Swansea Bay. In the transactional space, David Wyles and Steven Dalton acted for funds managed by Hastings on their acquisition of 50% of South East Water from CDPQ, while Andrew Roberts, Kristen Roberts, Stephen Wilkinson and Robert Moore are advising Severn Trent on its takeover bid for Dee Valley. Clients also recommend associate Stacey Pang and competition partner Tim Briggs.

Linklaters LLP has ‘deep and broad relationships across the sector’, handling M&A, finance, regulation and competition matters. Practice head Julian Davies recently worked with Mark Nuttall to advise six water companies on the opening of the non-household retail market as part of Ofwat’s move towards a competitive market at retail level. Managing associate Elisabeth Johnson is part of the team assisting Thames Water with all aspects of the Thames Tideway Tunnel, and also recently acted for Anglian Water, Southern Water and Yorkshire Water on issuances of debt to US investors. Michael Cutting heads the water regulatory unit and counsel Reza Taylor also plays a key role in the department.

Baker McKenzie’s key contacts in this area include major projects and construction law specialist Mike Webster and Tim Sheddick, who focuses his practice on private and public M&A and corporate financing transactions. Recently made partner Kate Corby represented a water treatment and processing company in ICC arbitration proceedings against a joint venture partner with regards to which party should bear the excess costs incurred by the delays in the venture, while associate Tom Pound is part of the team assisting an international investor with the auction sale of shares in a UK water entity. A leading global infrastructure fund instructed the team to oversee the sale of its interest in a major UK infrastructure project. Energy, mining and infrastructure unit head Hugh Stewart is also a key contact.

Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP services water companies, such as Thames Water, as well as investors in corporate, financing, regulatory, construction and environmental matters. It has recently been active in competition and regulatory work, including handling the sale of a non-household retail businesses to a new market entrant and advising on the liberalisation of the market. Projects, energy and infrastructure practice head Mark Richards advised, with James Marshall and corporate partner Nick Myatt, Ancala on the merger and regulatory issues arising from its public takeover offer for Dee Valley. Other highlights include assisting Bazalgette, the new vehicle created by Tideway to finance and deliver the Tideway Thames Tunnel project, with the development of this mega-project. Oliver Glynn-Jones is a key contact for contentious matters.

Greenberg Traurig, LLP’s practice is jointly led by Gillian Sproul, who has deep experience in defending regulated water companies in investigations into alleged regulatory breaches, and by regulatory expert Lisa Navarro, who regularly handles competition and merger control matters. Having successfully settled Ofwat’s competition investigation into Bristol Water, the team continues to advise the utility company with regards to compliance through quarterly monitoring reports. Senior associate Simon Harms supported the partners in their work for two leading water companies in connection with the potential regulatory and competition issues surrounding their proposed joint venture agreement. The practice also assisted clients with the opening of the non-household retail market by providing training sessions to ensure compliance with Ofwat’s competition regulations. Associate Addiped Cheng recently joined the practice from Mayer Brown International LLP and specialises in competition law.

The water team at Hogan Lovells International LLP sits within the broader projects department and handles work across the globe in established as well as more challenging jurisdictions. Andrew Gallagher and practice head Andrew Briggs advised a leading international investment bank on its proposed financing of a major UK infrastructure project. In the Middle East, the team worked alongside the Dubai office to guide a consortium of banks as lead arrangers on the Sohar independent potable water project in Oman, and Steven Bryan is acting for an infrastructure asset manager in its proposed acquisition of 50% interest in a South American water and sanitation company from a Japanese public-private partnership. Counsel Charles Ford also assisted Briggs in advising a leading bank on its acquisition of a minority stake in a UK water company.

The cross-disciplinary water department at Pinsent Masons LLP acts for clients such as Severn Trent, Veolia and Water Plus, covering desalination, waste water, resource management, dispute resolution and water infrastructure projects. While the team is spread across the UK, the London branch consists of, among others, construction and regulatory expert Sarah Thomas, who specialises in infrastructure projects including waste water treatment, water management and industrial outsourcing schemes; department head Adrian Eakin, who is currently advising an infrastructure fund on the development of a desalination facility in Southern Europe; and consultant Mark Lane, who formerly headed the department and has extensive experience. The team is currently handling several complex disputes, including a Coroner’s Inquest defence for new client Yorkshire Water in connection with a fatal road accident that occurred after a flooding incident in Sheffield. Anne-Marie Friel is also a key contact and recently led the advice to a joint venture in relation to its successful bid to build a portion of a major water infrastructure project.

Addleshaw Goddard’s recent merger with HBJ Gateley has significantly bolstered the water practice through the additions of Andrew Walker in Edinburgh and David Anderson in Aberdeen. Leeds-based David Shaw is advising United Utilities on the procurement of the Cumbria Super Pipe scheme and the Blackburn waste-water treatment work scheme, and Richard Goodfellow, who also sits in the Leeds office, acted for a water company in its application to Ofwat for a water supply and sewerage license to participate in the new retail market. On the contentious side, regulatory expert Rona Bar-Isaac, who leads the department with Shaw, is assisting a utilities regulator with new potential strategic cases related to environmental breaches by a number of companies, and handled, on behalf of a leading utilities supplier, a contract renegotiation following allegations of abuse of dominant position. Other key names in the department include M&A and private equity expert Guy Winter and Paul Dight in the Leeds office.

Gowling WLG’s new practice head Andrew Newbery, who joined after having run his own consultancy, acts for clients such as Ofwat, Severn Trent and the municipality of Dubai. Stephen Kenny, who leads the UK projects practice, assisted MUJV with the sub-contracts for utilities works and services with Aspire Defence for the extension of the Connaught PFI with the ministry of defence, and head of the EU, trade and competition department Bernardine Adkins is representing a manufacturer and distributor of water storage tanks in a civil investigation into cartel behaviour. For environmental law, the team can rely on regulatory expert Lee McBride and Andrew Litchfield, who specialises in defending claims brought by the Environment Agency and civil bodies; they are both based in the Birmingham office.

Shepherd and Wedderburn’s water team, primarily based in Scotland, provides ‘a bespoke service, industry-specific knowledge and expertise, and consistently strong and accurate advice’ under the leadership of Gordon Downie, who ‘has a wealth of experience and is greatly respected in the field’. Liz McRobb and competition law expert John Grady also attract praise from clients. The team was recently appointed to the advisory panel of Water Plus, a joint venture between Severn Trent and United Utilities, and has also been advising Wessex Water and Water2Business on the opening of the non-household retail market. The Glasgow-based George Boyle acted for Albion Water on the sale of 51% of its shares to Wessex Water and in related joint venture agreements. Other highlights included assisting 2020 Renewables with obtaining consent and planning permission from the Scottish Ministers for the development of the Glenmucklock pumped hydro storage project. Edinburgh-based senior associate Fiona Parker is noted as strong ‘in the interpretation of knotty new regulations’ and works in the Edinburgh office.

Global co-chair of project finance and infrastructure James Simpson and of counsel Katharine Sonneborn are the senior individuals in Winston & Strawn London LLP’s London water team, acting for public companies such as the Abu Dhabi Water and Electric Authority. Working closely with the Dubai office, the team has represented a water and waste water management company in several high-profile infrastructure projects with a range of government-owned and private developers, including a port development. Simpson led the advice on the refinancing of two sewage treatment plants in the Middle East, and acted for a public body in connection with regulatory issues, contractual disputes, funding agreements and broadcasting rights for a documentary film about a major government capital investment programme.


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