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The Legal 500 Hall of Fame Icon The Legal 500 Hall of Fame highlights individuals who have received constant praise by their clients for continued excellence. The Hall of Fame highlights, to clients, the law firm partners who are at the pinnacle of the profession. In the United Kingdon, the criteria for entry is to have been recognised by The Legal 500 as one of the elite leading lawyers for eight years. These partners are highlighted below and throughout the editorial.
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  1. Infrastructure (including PFI and PPP)
  2. Leading individuals: Hall of Fame
  3. Leading individuals
  4. Next Generation Partners
  5. Rising stars

Leading individuals: Hall of Fame

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Allen & Overy LLP is an expert in sophisticated infrastructure transactions. Led by the well-regarded David Lee, the team has a deep bench of lawyers advising  on the full range of infrastructure-related matters, including fundraisings, acquisitions, refinancings, sales and PPP deals, working  on both greenfield and brownfield projects. The firm's client portfolio is similarly broad, with the group regularly acting for players active in airport, road, rail, renewables and tech infrastructure projects. Richard Evans and Sara Pickersgill are well versed in EU-wide infrastructure M&A transactions. Jonathan Bevan and Jocelyn Land know respectively the rail and energy sectors well. The well-regarded Conrad Andersen left for Latham & Watkins in summer 2018.

Practice head(s):David Lee

Other key lawyers:Richard Evans; Sara Pickersgill; Jonathan Bevan; Jocelyn Land; Tim Conduit

Key Clients

John Laing Infrastructure Fund

Department for Transport (DfT) and HM Treasury

OTPP, AimCo and Wren House Infrastructure Management

IFM Investors

3i

Equitix

DWS

Macquarie Capital | Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets │ Green Investment Group

Borealis │ OMERS Infrastructure

Work highlights

  • Advised Dalmore Capital and Equitix Investment Limited on the acquisition of the publicly listed John Laing Infrastructure Fund Limited for £1.4bn by a consortium led by funds managed by Dalmore Capital and Equitix Investment Management.
  • Assisted the lenders to Global Infrastructure Partners - CACIB, ING and BNP Paribas - on its acquisition of the renewable energy project developer, Equis Energy.
  • Advising Macquarie on the disposal of its Green Investment Group’s interests in the Westermost Rough and Lincs offshore wind farms to funds managed by Arjun Infrastructure Partners.
  • Advised AMP Capital Investors on its acquisition of a 49% stake in London Luton Airport from Aerofi S.à r.l.
  • Counseled MEIF 5 and WSIP on their acquisition of port terminal group HES International from private equity owners Riverstone and the Carlyle Group.

Ashurst fields a team of lawyers handling an impressive breadth of infrastructure asset classes, including energy and resources, transport and digital infrastructure, among others. It also has notable expertise in waste and biomass deals as well as in PPP/PFI projects. The group's clients comprise of government agencies, municipal authorities, funders, sponsors and contractors. Philip Vernon heads the UK's projects division and is well versed in privatisations and project financing. Mark Elsey and Terence Van Poortvliet are key contacts in matters in the transport sector, while Cameron Smith is regularly instructed in the energy field. Logan Mair advises on greenfield PPP projects.

Practice head(s):Philip Vernon

Other key lawyers:Mark Elsey; Terence Van Poortvliet; Cameron Smith; Logan Mair; Anthony Johnson; Patrick Boyle

Testimonials

'The practice at Ashurst is an industry leader in all aspects of development of environmental infrastructure projects.  It always approaches projects in a pro-active and innovative manner, seeking to find solutions and identifying key issues for negotiation.'

'The team has extensive experience in, and a sound working knowledge of, the UK waste management sector and benefits from its position as an important practice within the wider partnership.'

'Ashurst has excellent sector specific knowledge and very accessible staff.'

'Cameron Smith is committed, energetic and effective at all times.'

'Anthony Johnson is outstanding. He is commercial, accessible and provides consistently high quality advice.'

'Logan Mair is excellent in developing strategies and seeing wider commercial implications.'

'Patrick Boyle and Logan Mair have  clear insight into their client's motivations and an ability to address those motivations with their advice.'

Key Clients

Babcock International Plc

Balfour Beatty Investments

BAM PPP PGGM Infrastructure Cooperative UA

Assured Guaranty (Europe) plc

Meridiam

Interserve

Iridium Concesiones de Infraestructuras, S.A.

Lendlease

Amey

Crossrail

HM Treasury

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra)

Department for Transport (DfT)

Transport for London

Hitachi Rail Europe Limited (Hitachi Rail)

Keolis

Fomento de Construcciones y Contratas, S/A/ ('FCC')

Wheelabrator Technologies

Shanks/Renewi plc

Brockwell Energy

Green Investment Group

Covanta Energy

Sodexo UK

Korea Export Import Bank (K-EXIM)

European Investment Bank

Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ

HSBC

SMBC

BP plc

Macquarie Infrastructure Debt Investment Solutions (MIDIS)

Allianz Global Investors GmbH

Blackrock Infrastructure Fund

Blackstone

Brookfield Infrastructure Fund

Deutsche Alternative Asset Management

Work highlights

  • Lead adviser for the procuring authority Transport for London in relation to the Silvertown Tunnel project.
  • Advised a consortium led by Dalmore Capital, and comprising Fiera Infrastructure, Semperian PPP Investment Partners and Swiss Life Asset Managers on the agreed acquisition of resource management, recycling, and energy recovery company Cory Riverside Energy from Strategic Value Partners and its affiliates, EQT Credit, Commerzbank, and other shareholders.  
  • Counselled Connect Plus on the refinancing of commercial debt for the M25 PPP Project at better pricing terms.
  • Continue to advise the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on the landmark £4.2bn Thames Tideway Tunnel Project.
  • Advising the European Investment Bank and two other funders on the Social Housing Bundle 1 in Ireland, assisting on the primary financing and project documentation.

Clifford Chance LLP is a go-to practice for infrastructure investors, such as specialist infrastructure funds, pension funds, sovereign wealth funds, and public authorities seeking advice in buying and selling infrastructure assets. The team works closely with the firm's strong finance and private equity department for integrated assistance. Practice head Michael Bates and James Boswell are key contacts in financing matters. Other noted individuals are Clare Burgess and Steve Curtis, who both have capital markets experience. The team lost private equity expert Amy Mahon to Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP in November 2018, with Brendan Moylan leaving for Latham & Watkins several months earlier.

Practice head(s):Michael Bates

Other key lawyers:Michael Pearson; James Boswell; Clare Burgess; Steve Curtis; Spencer Baylin

Testimonials

'The team stands out with senior partner involvement throughout and a deep bench. It is able to  draw on depth of experience in any field required.'

'Clifford Chance is one of the strongest players in the market.'

'Spencer Baylin has a hands-on approach, is very commercial and provides great advice.'

'James Boswell gives excellent advice on financing and efficient interaction with bank counsel.'

Key Clients

3i Infrastructure

OMERS Infrastructure

Ardian

EQT Infrastructure

Macquarie Infrastructureand Real Assets

Global Infrastructure Partners

Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan

Hermes Infrastructure

JP Morgan Infrastructure

First State Investments

Work highlights

  • Advised Global Infrastructure Partnerson its £4.46bn acquisition of half of the interest in the Hornsea offshore wind project from developer Orsted.
  • Assisted  Ardian with the sale of its 49% interest in London Luton Airport to AMP Capital.
  • Advised 3i Infrastructure on its investment in a consortium with Danish pension fund, ATP, for the acquisition of Tampnet from EQT Infrastructure.
  • Advised Infracapital on the acquisition of the Energetics Group from Macquarie and the related bank financing for the Energetics Group.
  • Clients Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets formed a consortium with Danish pension funds PFA, PKA and ATP; the team advised on TDC's €5.9bn public-to-private acquisition financing, for which the consortium made an offer.

CMS has a strong infrastructure practice and is regularly engaged by international funders, investors, contractors and by public clients from a variety of sectors, such as energy, health, education, defence, waste management, and transport. The group has ample experience advising on PFI/ PPP matters and covers the full life cycle of a project, including potential disputes. Paul Smith is a key contact for novel ways of project investment. James Snape advises national and international clients from the  waste, biomass and renewable energy industry; he and Smith jointly lead the group, while Jonathan Dames heads up the project finance practice.

Practice head(s):Paul Smith; James Snape

Other key lawyers:Jonathan Dames; Katie Duffield; Hugo Coetzee; Philip Duffield

Testimonials

'What makes this practice unique is their awareness of the wider project's environment and their ability to problem-spot issues behind the limited scope of their engagement using wider market experience.'

'It is a given that the team knows their stuff and can provide insightful advice, at the extreme edges of what is supposed to happen on infrastructure projects. What sets them apart is the fact that it is always fun to work with them, no matter how grim the circumstances.'

'Jonathan Dames is a top-quality financing lawyer.'

Key Clients

Allianz

Altrad

AMP

Anesco

Arup

Aspire

Asura

Aviva Investors

Babcock & Wilcox

Balfour Beatty

Bank of Ireland

Bank of Scotland

Work highlights

  • Acting for the financial investors in connection with the €9.5bn financing for Gazprom's subsidiary NordStream 2 in connection with the development and financing of the NordStream 2 pipeline project.
  • Acted for JP Renewable Energy Company Limited in relation to all project-financing aspects of its acquisition of 25% of the equity in the special purpose vehicle owning the Triton Knoll Offshore Wind Farm following an auction process.
  • Advised The Hospital Company in relation to the Royal Liverpool University Hospital, work covered  various issues through the construction phase, Carillion’s insolvency, the implementation of its contingency plans, engagement with funders and special managers.
  • Assisting the joint venture between Blackrock, Kosmos and Veolia as SPV in respect of the EPC Contract for the design, build, operation and financing of a 30-year 150MW waste to energy facility in Mexico City.
  • Advised senior creditors, Credit Agricole, KfW-Ipex and EKF, in respect of the design, build, operation and financing of a onshore wind farm in Vasternorrland in central Sweden.

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP is well-positioned in the market with a comprehensive offering, which ranges from experience in infrastructure M&A in the secondary market, restructurings, financings and refinancings to greenfield project development and infrastructure disputes. The firm's client portfolio includes sponsors, funds, insurers and lenders. Practice head Patrick Mitchell has more than 25 years experience in the field and is a key contact for transactions. David Wyles has a strong track record advising investors and lenders. Gavin Williams is experienced in acting for pension funds, sovereign wealth funds and GP-managed funds.

Practice head(s):Patrick Mitchell

Other key lawyers:Silke Goldberg; Gavin Williams; David Wyles; Matthew Job; Sarah Pollock

Testimonials

'The team has a great level of experience in EU and UK energy regulation. Their advice is always practical and to the point. What makes this team stand out from competitors is their commercial acumen and the understanding of the client's goals.'

'HSF has a very professional, diligent and responsive practice.'

'Silke Goldberg stands out as one of the most educated energy lawyers in the UK. Her outstanding language skills greatly help her to be perfectly attuned to the development of European energy regulation and practice.'

'John Taylor and David Wyles, who are excellent communicators and technically very strong, are to be commended for the excellent service they provide.'

Key Clients

AENA

Allianz Capital Partners

Amber Infrastructure

Brookfield Infrastructure Debt

Arcus Infrastructure

Dalmore Capital

DIF

DWS

Electricite de France

Equitix

First State

GIC

GLIL

HICL

iCON Infrastructure

InfraRed

iSquared

JP Morgan Infrastructure

London Luton Airport

Partners Group

QIC

Sumitomo Corporation

Thames Water

Tideway

Transmission Capital Partners ('TCP')

UBS Infrastructure

Vantage Infrastructure

Work highlights

  • Advising High Speed Two (HS2) on the phase one main civil engineering works and rolling stock of the project.
  • Advised London Luton Airport in relation to its agreements with Luton Borough Council for the development of a Mass Passenger Transport System which will be known as the Luton DART.
  • Assist the Bazalgette Consortium, comprising Amber Infrastructure, Dalmore Capital, Allianz and DIF with the the establishment of its Whole Business Securitisation Platform and all of its debt raisings regarding the Thames Tideway Tunnel.
  • Acting for NNB on the development of Sizewell C (SZC), which is a proposed new nuclear power station in Suffolk; this includes advice on income model, contracting strategy and construction-related matters.
  • Advising the Aena and First Statement Investments consortium in relation to their bid for the concession of Sofia Airport, Bulgaria.

Hogan Lovells International LLP fields a large team of dedicated lawyers who handle the full gamut of infrastructure-related matters and are regularly involved in significant transactions. The group's work is mostly international, and it is active in a variety of challenging jurisdictions The firm's client portfolio comprises a mix of engineering and construction companies, public entities and Development Finance Institutions. Noted practitioners include Andrew Gallagher, expert in project finance matters, and Philip Brown, who knows the secondary market space well. Adrian Walker has experience in assisting the private as well as public sector in projects. Philip Robb leads the practice.

Practice head(s):Philip Robb

Other key lawyers:Andrew Gallagher; Philip Brown; Adrian Walker; Alex Harrison; Charles Ford

Testimonials

'Hogan Lovells is a visible competitor in the market.'

'Andrew Gallagher is a very good practitioner in the field.'

Key Clients

Department for Transport

Fluor

IFC

FMO

BP

Bechtel

Société Générale

Lockheed Martin

EDF

EIB

Work highlights

  • Advised EIB on the £900m capital markets bond refinancing of the M25 motorway PPP project owned by the Connect Plus consortium, which included the refinancing of a large tranche of senior commercial bank debt and interest rate swaps alongside the provision by EIB of £380m of fixed rate long term debt.
  • Assisted Senior Lenders to the project company developing the Royal Liverpool University Hospital, a major PPP project under construction by Carillion at the time of its insolvency and one of the largest distressed PPP assets arising out of the Carillion collapse.
  • Advised the owners of the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company, which is the company operating the ferry service between the Isle of Man and five ports in the UK and Ireland, on its sale to the Isle of Man Government.

Linklaters LLP enjoys a stellar reputation in the infrastructure area. It is a go-to firm for a variety of clients, such as infrastructure funds and private equity houses but also public entities, on matters including project finance and construction, acquisitions, refinancings and disposals. The team is jointly led by Ian Andrews, who is well versed in secondary infrastructure deals,  Jessamy Gallagher, who specialises in acquisitions in the infrastructure and energy sector, and Stuart Rowson, who is a key contact in financings.

Practice head(s):Ian Andrews; Jessamy Gallagher; Stuart Rowson

Other key lawyers:Julian Davies; Ross Schloeffel

Key Clients

Macquarie

IFM

First State Investments

DWS

OMERS Infrastructure

PSP Investments

National Grid

Allianz

Cerberus

Capman Infrastructure

ACP

Work highlights

  • Acted for Secured Creditors Lloyds Bank, HSBC, Barclays, European Investment Bank, on a refinancing by Connect Plus, which was tasked with managing London’s M25 motorway.
  • Advised IFM Investors on the €2bn sale of its minority stake in 50Hertz to China State Grid in two separate transactions.
  • Assisted a consortium of Allianz Capital Partners, AXA Investment Managers and OMERS with the financing of their bid for the acquisition of a 49.99% stake in Altice's 'fibre to the home' business, which provides high speed internet to consumers across France.
  • Advised Budapest Airport and its shareholders on the amendment and extension of its existing €1.4bn debt facilities.
  • Acted for the purchasers Sunsuper and TCorp on their joint acquisition of a strategic stake in Bristol and Birmingham International Airports from Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan Board.

Norton Rose Fulbright has considerable experience in providing advice around PPP projects in both emerging and developed markets. The team is regularly involved in significant deals, where it acts for banks, funds and public entities, among others. Martin McCann heads up the global business practice, while finance specialist Rob Marsh leads the London energy, infrastructure and natural resources team. Chris Brown is another expert in the banking and finance area, who knows a variety of industries well. Madhavi Gosavi is particularly well versed in financings in emerging markets. Charles Whitney is a key contact in energy projects.

Practice head(s):Martin McCann; Rob Marsh

Other key lawyers:Mark Berry; Chris Brown; Madhavi Gosavi; Charles Whitney; Matthew Hardwick; Daniel Metcalfe; Chris Down

Testimonials

'The team combines competence with solid experience managing complex processes'

'NRF go back a long way in infrastructure. One certainly gets a serious assurance of quality from a practice that can draw on experience that spans from having done the legals for the Greater Northern railway in the 1840s, right up to complex PPPs for the megaprojects of today.'

'Chris Brown has exceptional insight and a great network in the infrastructure field. He gives quiet assurance in communicating his very considerable wisdom.'

'Matthew Hardwick and his team step up to meet challenges where certain other City firms shy away. He shows real commitment to understanding business objectives and helping to realise these.'

Key Clients

Absa Bank Limited

AMG Pension Fund

Armstrong Energy Limited

Balfour Beatty

BP

Commonwealth Bank of Australia

European Investment Bank

Greencoat UK Wind plc

Hellenic Republic Development Fund

Hermes Investment Management

John Laing Infrastructure

JP Morgan

Lloyds Banking Group

Octopus Investments

Orange SA

Sacturino Limited

Standard Bank

Standard Chartered Bank

The Renewable Infrastructure Group Limited

Baltic Connector Oy

Laing O’Rourke

INA-INDUSTRIJA NAFTE, and Spain’s Tecnicas Reunidas, S.A.

TAV Havalimanlari and Al-Rajhi Group

Ministry of Finance

Eurasian Resources Group

Stanbic Bank Kenya

Compagnie des Bauxites de Guinee

Marubeni Corporation and Techint Chile S.A.

Work highlights

  • Advised the Hellenic Republic Asset Development Fund on the privatisation of 14 regional airports, which involved preparing reports for the Greek government, submissions to the European Commission, Expression of Interest and request for proposals, as well as drafting concessions and related commercial contracts.
  • Assisted the CJV of Laing O’Rourke and OHL with the restructuring of its role on the CAN$3.6bn Centre hospitalier de l’Université de Montréal project in Montreal.
  • Advised the Ministry of Finance of Angola on the financing of commercial contracts for the design, construction and operations of three hospitals and two power substations in Angola, securing UK Export Finance support worth more than $500m.
  • Counselling Lenders on the Bridge Power Project in Ghana, sponsored by General Electric, Endeavor Energy and Sage Petroleum.
  • Advising lenders on the Kenyan Roads Programme, which aims to construct up to 10,000 km of new roads across the country; these are the first PPP projects in Kenya.

Addleshaw Goddard is well versed in PPP and PFI related matters. The team is engaged by public and private clients and has considerable experience in infrastructure projects in the renewable, information and communication technology sectors as well as transport. Work includes  advising infrastructure asset funds and investors on the PFI secondary market regarding the buying and selling of stakes. Practice head Richard Goodfellow splits his time between Leeds and London and is a key contact for energy and renewable matters. Paul Hirst in Leeds has particular experience of the rail industry.

Practice head(s):Richard Goodfellow

Other key lawyers:Paul Dight; Oliver Carruthers; Paul Hirst; Ursula Gould

Key Clients

Keolis UK

Amey Rail

Department for Transport

London Luton Airport Limited

Hitachi Rail Europe Limited

Societe Generale

Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation

Scotia Gas Networks

National Grid Electricity Transmission Plc

Network Rail

Semperian

InfraRed Capital Partners

West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA)

Low Carbon Contracts Company

Circular Waste British Columbia Inc

Luton Borough Council

MUFG Bank

Mizuho Bank

Work highlights

  • Advising the Department for Transport on a multi-year mandate on the rail franchise that will combine the current InterCity West Coast services with the development and introduction of High Speed 2 services.
  • Assisted Scotia Gas Networks with revisiting the funding and security structures of its £250m Gas to the West project.
  • Counselled Low Carbon Contracts Company in connection with the sale of 50% of the Hornsea 1 offshore windfarm project from Orsted to Global Infrastructure Partners.
  • Advising the West Midlands Combined Authority on all rail aspects of  the planned expansion of the Midland Metro tram system in the West Midlands to serve Brierley Hill via Dudley.
  • Assisting London Luton Airport Limited in respect of its plans to expand the airport and the possible delivery models for each element of the airport's expansion.

The team at Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP has considerable experience in infrastructure transactions as well as in equity and debt financing infrastructure matters for the energy sector. It is able to provide comprehensive support across the full range of infrastructure-related matters and, post merger, has been taking on increasing amounts of international work.  Practice head Mark Richards is regularly instructed by private and public clients, particularly in PFI/ PPP matters. Jason Chamberlain is an expert in railway infrastructure projects. Project finance specialist Tom Eldridge joined from Mayer Brown International LLP in October 2018.

Practice head(s):Mark Richards

Other key lawyers:Jason Chamerlain; Alex Hadrill; Tom Eldridge

Testimonials

'BCLP's team has a strong emphasis on client care and professionalism at every level.'

'Mark Richards is a solid practitioner and has excellent client relationship and business development skills; he is very much the industry face of the firm.'

'Associate Alex Hadrill is extremely professional, knowledgeable and always thinking ahead in transactions.'

Key Clients

National Grid

Ancala Partners

Angel Trains

North River Resources

Homes England

Bazalgette Tunnel Limited

Amber Infrastructure

Halite Energy Group

INA d.d. & MOL Group

Heathrow Airport

Work highlights

  • Advise Tideway on the implementation and discharge of development consent order requirements in connection with London’s £4.2bn Thames Tideway Tunnel.
  • Assisting Highways England’s Contract Development & Assurance team and the General Counsel’s Office with producing and implementing new contract forms that will enable investment in the Roads Investment Strategy.
  • Advised Angel Trains on the procurement, leasing and financing of 665 new Bombardier Aventra electric multiple-unit passenger vehicles.
  • Advised mining development company North River Resources in raising $21m to fund the construction phase of the Namib Lead and Zinc mining project in western Namibia.
  • Advised Croatian multinational oil company INA and its parent company MOL Group on the purchase of the entire issued share capital of ENI Croatia.

Burges Salmon LLP is noted for its expertise in the transport, energy and defence sectors, and is often instructed by the Ministry of Defence. The team is regularly involved in the procuring, developing and funding of nuclear power and rail projects, and also advises on renewable energy, water, and waste-management related matters. Ian Salter heads up the Bristol-based practice, which also comprises of Mark Paterson and Keith Beattie, who are both able to provide comprehensive advice in a variety of industries. Matthew Ramus had a busy year in the education and defence area, while Lloyd James was involved in several energy and highways construction projects. Brioney Thomas is noted for her rail expertise.

Practice head(s):Ian Salter

Other key lawyers:Mark Paterson; Keith Beattie; Matthew Ramus; Lloyd James; Brioney Thomas; Nick Churchward

Key Clients

Central Government - Ministry of Defence, Department for Transport, Department for Education, Foreign & Commonwealth Office, Home Office

Abellio

Greater London Authority

FirstGroup (TOC owner group) and its TOCs (First Capital Connect, First Greater Western, ScotRail, First/Keolis Transpennine and Hull Trains)

Ascent

Transport for London

Marks & Spencer plc

Highways England

Costain Ltd

Transport for Wales

Work highlights

  • Advised the Ministry of Defence on the confirmation of a large work and funding package regarding the procurement of the Dreadnought and Astute class submarines.
  • Counselling Transport for Wales on its procurement of the next £5bn Wales and Border Rail Service and Metro on behalf of the Welsh Government.
  • Continue to advise the Isle of Anglesey Council in connection with all aspects of its response to the proposed development of a new nuclear power station at Wylfa along with a new 400KV grid connection.
  • Advising SSE/Fluor on all aspects of its development work in this 3,500MW offshore wind zone, an energy project undertaken in Scotland.
  • Continued to advise the Cayman Islands Government on a range of issues connected with the delivery of a new waste management system, including recycling and waste-to-energy infrastructure.

Clyde & Co LLP impresses clients with broad sector knowledge, which includes advising on social, energy, transport, and commercial development projects. Its areas of expertise include transactional support, project planning and financing as well as PFI/PPP projects work. John Morris and Liz Jenkins jointly lead the practice; the latter is noted for her experience in international infrastructure projects, particularly in emerging markets. She also advises on  facilities management and public sector outsourcing contracts. Mary Anne Roff, who divides her time between London and Newcastle, joined the group in 2019 from Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP.

Practice head(s):John Morris; Liz Jenkins

Other key lawyers:Clare Hatcher; David Hansom; Olivia Blessington; Laura Coates

Testimonials

'The team has an excellent understanding of the commercial drivers underpinning PFI schemes from all sides of the table which makes negotiations more efficient and straightforward. They are solution driven rather than point scoring which is refreshing and makes working with them easy and reassuring.'

' Clyde & Co LLP has outstanding accessibility.'

'Liz Jenkins' experience is second to none and she understands the client's business and the role it plays in PFI/PPP schemes.'

'Senior associate Olivia Blessington is thorough, reliable and a pleasure to work with.'

'Liz Jenkins and senior associate Laura Coates are very accessible. They are always on hand to review and give guidance on legal issues. They provide context around important legal decisions including highlighting the risks efficiently.'

Dentons has considerable experience in the secondary projects market, as well as advising on operational change and asset management matters in the infrastructure sector. Beyond its national practice, the group is also involved in rail, roads and airport projects on an international level, particularly in Africa. The team is jointly led by Dominic Spacie, Matthew Hanslip-Ward and the Edinburgh-based Euan Wilson. Mark MacAulay in Glasgow is a key contact in procurement matters. Stewart Maciver, also in Edinburgh, has significant experience of infrastructure transactions.

Practice head(s):Dominic Spacie; Matthew Hanslip-Ward; Euan Wilson

Other key lawyers:Mark Macaulay; Stewart Maciver; Claire Armstrong

Testimonials

'This practice has excellent internal coordination of resources to provide support, and is able to respond quickly and effectively to all challenges.'

'Dentons has a strong knowledge and practical problem solving skills.'

 

Key Clients

BWP Issuer, BWP Project Services Limited and BWP Services

Her Majesty's Government and the Official Receiver to Carillion plc

Semperian

Sir Robert McAlpine

Morgan Sindall Investments

3i Infrastructure

Network Rail Infrastructure Limited

Transport for London

Infrastructure Managers Limited

Dalmore Capital

Gulf Energy

Mota Engil/ Bugesera Airport Company Limited

Aviva Public Private Finance Limited

BASF/Wintershall

Ministério dos Recursos Mineirais (MIREM) – Mozambique's Ministry of Mineral Resources

Gulf Energy Ltd

Work highlights

  • Acted on the refinancing of the Thameside PPP Prison Project, which included advising BWP on negotiations with the Ministry of Justice.
  • Appointed by Her Majesty's Government to advise in respect of contingency planning regarding Carillion's financial difficulties, as well as being retained by the Official Receiver acting  as liquidator of several Carillion companies.
  • Providing Network Rail with procurement and contract advice on the Crewe Area Works Project, a infrastructure project primarily facilitating the connection between HS2  and the West Coast Main Line.
  • Advising TfL on its £250m delivery partner contract for its program of track renewals and maintenance works.
  • Advising Bugesera Airport Company Limited, a joint venture between the Mota-Engil, Aviation Travel and Logistics Holdings Limited, on the development of a new $418m international airport in Rwanda.

The infrastructure group at DLA Piper is well positioned in the market, assisting public and private sector clients with various matters. It has a particularly strong PPP practice, advising on closed PPP deals, as well as on the sale of infrastructure assets and refinancings. Head of the international projects group, Colin Wilson, know the transport, defence and health sectors well. In Manchester, Liam Cowell is increasingly involved in deals in the social infrastructure and waste area, while Alison Fagan is a key contact in contentious matters. The practice was bolstered by the arrival of corporate expert Martin Nelson-Jones from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP in September 2018.

Practice head(s):Colin Wilson

Other key lawyers:Maria Pereira; Liam Cowell; Alison Fagan; Martin Nelson-Jones; Allison Page; Lillian Mackenzie; Dimitri Papaefstratiou; Robert Smith

Testimonials

'The lawyers in DLA's team are personable, detail focused and prompt. They are able to bring other resources to the table where questions cut across different specialities.'

'The DLA team are extremely diligent and have excellent market knowledge.'

'Alison Fagan is a brilliant lawyer with a deep understanding of the commercial and legal structures of the PFI industry. This allows her to provide incisive and insightful advice to clients in all parts of the market and to be a trusted adviser on long term strategy as well as the details of individual disputes.'

'Maria Pereira has deep knowledge of the field and can navigate difficult negotiations.'

Key Clients

Department for Transport

Welsh Government

Balfour Beatty Investments

John Laing

Nord LB

Highways England

GE Healthcare

Babcock International

Hitachi Rail Europe

KEPCO

Work highlights

  • Advising Hitachi Rail Europe on all aspects of its bid to design, build, test, commission and supply new rolling stock to London Underground Limited for the Deep Tube Upgrade Programme.
  • Counselling the UK Department for Transport on the multi billion pound Airport Capability Programme, which is an airport expansion of Heathrow, in connection with legal issues relating to the planning process.
  • Advised Mytilineos on the limited recourse vendor financing and the EPC contract and related contractual documentation for a bridge power plant at Tema, Ghana.
  • Assisting Velindre University NHS Trust on the design, build, finance and maintenance of a new centre for the delivery of specialist cancer services.
  • Advised Credit Suisse Energy Infrastructure Partners and E.ON on their investment into, and financing of an onshore wind farm, the Nysäter project in Sweden.

Osborne Clarke LLP's team is a key name for sponsors, investors and contractors in the infrastructure space. Areas of expertise include advising on project finance matters and multiple aspects of PFI projects. The practice has been particularly active in the student accommodation and social infrastructure; telecoms; renewables and conventional energy spaces. Chris Wade leads the group; who has experience advising private and public clients on a national and international level. Andrew Normington focuses on the financing, procurement and acquisition of PFI / PPP projects across energy, social infrastructure and transport. Omar Al-Nuaimi is a key contact in finance matters. The team is based in Bristol but acts for national and international clients.

Practice head(s):Chris Wade

Other key lawyers:Andrew Normington; Omar Al-Nuaimi; James Watson; Simon Hancock

Key Clients

EE Limited

Solarplicity

John Laing Environmental Assets Group Limited (JLEN)

Nord LB

The Renewables Infrastructure Group Limited (“TRIG”)

Green Frog Power

Triple Point

Equitix

Campus Living Villages

Gas Power Developments (GPD)

Dutch Infrastructure Fund (DIF)

Arlington Advisors

Work highlights

  • Continue to act for EE on the £1.2bn Home Office Emergency Services Network Project Contract project to provide a next generation communication system for the three emergency services and other public safety users.
  • Acting for Civitas Living on the successful bid for the University of York's £113m procurement for the PFI design, build, finance and operation of a new student accommodation at the University's East Campus.
  • Advised Gas Power Developments on the acquisition and financing of a six-site gas peaking plant portfolio with commercial offtake.
  • Advised  Gazeley on its purchase of a six-acre plot of land in the heart of London with the aim of developing a three-storey logistics facility.
  • Advised Solarplicity on the £120m sale of 133MW of solar assets.

The team at Pinsent Masons LLP is experienced in a variety of infrastructure-matters,  advising from the procurement stage through to structuring, funding and delivery. It is instructed by contractors and funders and is well versed in PFI/PPP matters. Richard Laudy leads the team, which also includes  Manchester-based construction and engineering specialist Mark Job as well as infrastructure expert Nick Ogden. Stephen Tobin is a key contact in project finance. Sonal Shah knows transport and defence projects well. Kevin Joyce has expertise in contentious matters.

Practice head(s):Richard Laudy

Other key lawyers:Mark Job; Nick Ogden; Stephen Tobin; Sonal Shah; Kevi Joyce

Work highlights

  • Advised a consortium of 8 international oil companies on new hydrant leases at Heathrow Airport.
  • Drafted and negotiated the joint venture agreement with Mota-Engil for Yapı Merkezi İnşaat ve Sanayi as EPC contractor on a rail project in Tanzania.
  • Acting for Transport for London on the Sutton Link project, a high-capacity public transport route between Sutton town centre and Merton.
  • Advised Skanska Balfour Beatty in relation to £6bn DBFO Contracts for widening the M25 and operation and maintenance for 25 years.
  • Advised a local authority on the procurement of an EfW facility to be funded under the Prudential Borrowing regime.

The team at Shearman & Sterling LLP offers support in a wide array of international infrastructure projects, including toll roads, ports, tunnels, airports, and rail, among others. Nick Buckworth has more than 30 years' experience in the field and heads up the firm's global finance practice. Sanja Udovicic's area of expertise is advising sponsors and lenders in infrastructure transactions.  The team received a significant recruitment boost with the hire of partners Tim Sheddick and Katie Hicks from Baker McKenzie in late 2018. They focus on public and private infrastructure M&A transactions and infrastructure acquisition financing and refinancing respectively.

Practice head(s):Nick Buckworth

Other key lawyers:Sanja Udovicic; Tim Sheddick; Katie Hicks

Key Clients

Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets

First State Investments

CDPQ

Work highlights

  • Advised Golar in connection with its entry into a Preliminary Agreement with BP Mauritania Investments and BP Senegal Investments in their capacity as block operators regarding the provision of a floating liquefied natural gas vessel to support the development of the GTA Project in Senegal and Mauritania.
  • Advised PKA, PFA, ATP and funds managed or advised by Macqurie Infrastructure and Real Assets on the take private of listed Danish telecoms company TCF A/S, for a total consideration of $6.6bn.
  • Advised funds managed by First State Investments and Hermes on the acquisition of Scandlines from 3i Group and funds advised by 3i.
  • Assisting Macquarie European Infrastructure Fund and Macquarie European Infrastructure Fund III on the sale of their stakes in Brussels Airport.

Slaughter and May has a strong track record in infrastructure projects and transactions, where the team is involved on an international level in a variety of fields, including renewable energy, electricity storage, oil and gas pipeline and airports, among others. Michael Corbett, together with Hywel Davies, heads up the infrastructure, energy and natural resources practice; he has considerable experience in the corporate and corporate finance matters, including equity and debt capital markets. Richard Todd specialises in the project aspects of international energy and infrastructure projects. Given the firm's corporate strength, the team is frequently called in to advise on infrastructure-related sales and acquisitions.

Practice head(s):Michael Corbett; Hywel Davies

Other key lawyers:Richard Todd; Robin Ogle; Ed Fife

Testimonials

'The team provides a consistently high standard of work and can be trusted to run deals independently. Projects are always planned in exceptional detail and clients never have to worry about deadlines and deliverables being missed.'

'Hywel Davies is one of the top two or three commercial lawyers in the City'

 

Key Clients

Wren House

OMERS

Ørsted

Arsenal Football Club

Tottenham Hotspur Football Club

GIP (Global Infrastructure Partners)

Lendlease

Essex County Council

Drax Group

Work highlights

  • Advised Ørsted on its disposal of a 50% interest in the 1.2GW Hornsea 1 offshore wind farm to Global Infrastructure Partners.
  • Advised GIP on the sale together with its co-investors of a 50.01% shareholding in London Gatwick Airport to VINCI Airports.
  • Assisted Drax Group on the acquisition of Scottish Power’s portfolio of pumped storage, hydro and gas-fired generation assets from Scottish Power Generation Holdings, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Iberdrola.
  • Advising Buckeye Partners on the English law aspects in relation to the sale of its equity interest in VTTI BV to IFM Investors and Vitol for $975m.
  • Advising the Department for Transport in relation to the tender of the new West Coast Partnership franchise for HS2.

White & Case LLP has an impressive 'one stop shop' offering, which covers advising clients on capital markets, financing/ refinancing of brownfield infrastructure, M&A, and PPP-related work. The team was enhanced by the arrival of Simon Caridia from Herbert Smith Freehills LLP at the beginning of 2019. Caroline Miller Smith leads the group  in EMEA and is a highly reputed practitioner in greenfield and brownfield transactions as well as in complex financings. Carina Radford is another financing expert in the group, assisting clients from various infrastructure sectors including rail, ports, airports, and energy assets, among others. Caroline Sherrell has particular experience of private equity related matters. Mark Castillo-Bernaus  heads the product development and finance group globally from London.

Practice head(s):Caroline Miller Smith; Mark Castillo-Bernaus

Other key lawyers:John Cunningham; Simon Caidia; Carina Radford; Caroline Sherrell

Testimonials

'White & Case fields a team of excellent lawyers.'

Key Clients

Brookfield Infrastructure

Arcus Infrastructure Partners

JPMorgan Asset Management

First State Investments

Arjun Infrastructure Partners

Goldman Sachs Infrastructure Partners

Antin Infrastructure Partners

Infracapital

Vale

MUFG

International Finance Corporation (IFC)

Mitsui

SMBC

Work highlights

  • Represented Antin Infrastructure Partners and Goldman Sachs’ West Street Infrastructure Partners on their £538m P2P acquisition of CityFibre Infrastructure Holdings by way of a scheme of arrangement.
  • Advised Lightsource and its founders on the $200m investment by BP on the launch of the 'Lightsource BP' solar power partnership, a transaction which is a combination of the sale of shares by existing shareholders and subscription for shares in Lightsource.  
  • Acted for Vale and Mitsui & Co. on the development and $2.73bn refinancing of the landmark Nacala Corridor Railway and Port Project, where the team advised on all aspects of the transaction including project development and drafting and negotiating project, corporate and finance documents.
  • Advised Nord Stream as project company on the partial refinancing via two replacement loans from an intermediate company funded by €628m of privately placed 10 year fixed rate secured notes.
  • Counselling a consortium consisting of Alsim Alarko, Mak-yol İnsaat, Sat & Company JSC, SK Engineering and Korea Expressway Corporation, in connection with the construction and operation of the Big Almaty Ring Motor Road (BAKAD).

Baker McKenzie impresses with its broad and international practice, which covers various industry sectors. The team, which is led by Mike Webster, regularly advises on transactions, the commercial aspects of projects and portfolio management. It is particularly experienced in financing matters, as well as in equity structuring, capital raisings and foreign investments. Marc Fèvre specialises in project development, financing and secondary market transactions. Another area of expertise is the resolution of infrastructure-related disputes; Steve Abraham and Kate Corby are the highlighted key contacts in such contentious matters. Tim Sheddick left for Shearman & Sterling LLP in December 2018.

Practice head(s):Mike Webster

Other key lawyers:Marc Fèvre; Steve Abraham; Kate Corby

Key Clients

First State Investments

Fiera Infrastructure

Suez

Itochu Corporation

Marguerite Fund

Anaklia Development Corporation

Inter Terminals Ltd

UK Export Finance

Standard Chartered Bank

Macquarie

BBGI

Bayern CN

ACCIONA

AMP Capital

Antin

CDPQ

Edwardian Hotels

Bayern CN

Work highlights

  • Advised funds managed by First State Investments and Hermes Investment Management on the €1.7bn acquisition of ferry operator Scandlines from 3i Group.
  • Assisted Fiera Infrastructure on the acquisition of a platform of UK solar PV assets from Macquarie Principal Finance.
  • Advising water and waste management company, Suez and Itochu Corporation as sponsors on their bid for the €300m 25-year PPP to develop a new system to treat the municipal waste of the City of Belgrade.
  • Advised BBGI on the acquisition of the 1/3 interest not already held by it in the East Down Education Partnership PFI project in Northern Ireland.
  • Represented the UK ECA (UKEF) and SCB as lenders in connection with the financing of the design, construction, commissioning and operation of a new runway for the international airport in Uganda.

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP fields a large team of experienced lawyers, who are regularly involved in infrastructure projects across the energy, transport and social infrastructure sectors. It is also instructed to advise on PPP projects and clean energy matters. The firm has different practice heads for various areas, with Robert Pitcher serving as  European co-head of the international energy & infrastructure group. Alex Doughty knows the financing space, including credit support and performance bonds, well. Stephen Hill and Mark Dennison are key contacts in the renewable energy sector, for transactions and financing respectively. Conrad Purcell left for Bird & Bird LLP in late 2018 and Michael Grimes departed as well.

Practice head(s):Robert Pitcher

Other key lawyers:Alex Doughty; Stephen Hill; Mark Dennison;

Testimonials

'Eversheds Sutherland is a very visible player in the market.'

Key Clients

Deutsche Bahn

Blackrock

SDCL

InfraCo

Pensions Infrastructure Platform

GuarantCo

Macquarie

E.ON

Rwanda Development Board

IFC

CK Holdings

Work highlights

  • Advising lenders, Dexia, FMS-WM, HSBC Bank plc, JP Morgan, Lloyds, Nationwide, MUFG, on amendments to the M40 Motorway Project following the collapse of Carillion, which involved amendments to, and a novation of, the operations and maintenance contract to Egis.
  • Assisted Sembcorp Industries with the £216m purchase of UK Power Reserve from management and private equity firms Equistone and Inflexion.
  • Counseled HS2 and the Secretary of State for Transport on the structuring and procurement of a preferred development partner for the £6.4bn mixed use regeneration of the Euston estate.
  • Advised a consortium bidding for the Toronto Metrolink Project, which will have more than $20bn in fixed infrastructure and rolling stock investments.
  • Acted as advisers to CGN EE in relation to its acquisition of a majority stake in North Pole Vindkraft, the holding company for Markbygden ETT, which is involved in the construction of Europe’s largest single site onshore windfarm in Markbygden, Sweden.

The team at Gowling WLG has a busy practice advising on defence, transport and infrastructure PPP matters. Other areas of expertise include providing advice on procurement and financing. The group has a strong national practice but has also been taking on growing amounts of work internationally, particularly in Africa and the Middle East, where international projects head Jonathan Brufal is particularly involved. Birmingham-based Stephen Kenny leads the national projects practice and is experienced in the delivery of government projects. Andrew Newbery has been active in the PPP/ PFI space for manyyears. Sarah Sasse heads up the public sector practice.

Practice head(s):Jonathan Brufal; Stephen Kenny

Other key lawyers:Andrew Newbery; Sarah Sasse; Dominic Richardson

Key Clients

Ministry of Defence

OFWAT

Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS)

Kuwait Authority

United States Agency for International Development Power Africa

International Finance Corporation

Government of Kenya

Sumitomo Corporation

Department of Health

Crossrail Ltd

Amey plc

Siemens Project Ventures

Veolia Middle East

GuarantCo

Oman Power and Water Procurement Company

St Modwen

Statkraft UK

Rockfire

Sanctuary Housing Association (Sanctuary Care)

Solihull MBC

Bacanora Lithium PLC

Armpower CJSC

Renco SpA

Nuclear Decommissioning Authority

Work highlights

  • Provide legal support to Highways England regarding the procurement of the A303 Amesbury to Berwick Down road/tunnel project.
  • Dealing with project and property documentation for the new Finsbury Park Underground station Step Free Access.
  • Appointed as international counsel advising the OPWP on the procurement of a clean coal-fired power station in Oman.
  • Advised Bacanora Lithium on the debt funding of the Sonora lithium project in Mexico.
  • Continue to advise the Ministry of Defence, as sole legal adviser, on Project Marshall, a PPP seeking to appoint a private sector provider to be responsible for the design, acquisition, installation and delivery of military air traffic management services.

With the arrival of high profile partners Conrad Andersen from Allen & Overy LLP in September 2018 and Brendan Moylan from Clifford Chance LLP in November 2018, Latham & Watkins' infrastructure practice has been able to hit the ground running. The team offers legal support to funds, direct investors, insurance companies, and pension plans investing in the infrastructure sector,  offering advice on  private equity, banking and project finance matters of transactions. The broad practice puts special emphasis on deals in the energy, utilities, transport, social infrastructure and technology sectors.

Practice head(s):Conrad Andersen; Brendan Moylan

Testimonials

'Latham & Watkins understands the sector and the needs of the business. The team has a wide breadth of knowledge in other sectors and looks to see if there is an advantageous applicability.'

Key Clients

IFM Investors

3i Infrastructure

Macquarie Infrastructure & Real Assets

Goldman Sachs Infrastructure Partners

Global Infrastructure Partners

Universities Superannuation Scheme

CPDQOMERS Infrastructure

Morgan Stanley Infrastructure Partners

CPPIB

Work highlights

  • Advised 3i Group on the €350m acquisition and refinancing of the waste treatment and disposal company Attero.
  • Acted for OMERS Infrastructure on its co-investment into VTG AG.
  • Advised CityFibre on its accordion, capex, and revolving credit facility.
  • Represented Global Infrastructure Partners in connection with its acquisition of Italo – Nuovo Trasporto Viaggiatori.
  • Advised First State Investments on the €800m acquisition and refinancing of Finerge.

Active across a variety of industries, the team at Milbank offers comprehensive advice on the development, construction and financing of infrastructure projects. It is instructed to assist in procurement, M&A and restructurings by sponsors, investors, lenders, and governmental authorities in particular. Matthew Hagopian heads up the firm's London projects, energy and infrastructure finance group, in which John Dewar is a well-versed member. Clive Ransome has considerable experience in various jurisdictions. Manzer Ijaz is another highlighted individual.

Practice head(s):Matthew Hagopian

Other key lawyers:John Dewar; Clive Ransome; Manzer Ijaz

Testimonials

'Milbank has a team of great people.'

Work highlights

  • Advised BlackRock and KKR on their partnership with ADNOC in connection with a $4bn midstream pipeline infrastructure agreement.
  • Assisted Athens International Airport as issuer of up to €665m bond loans connected to a 20-year extension to the original concession granted to manage and operate Athens International Airport.

Simmons & Simmons covers an impressive range of matters in the infrastructure space. It provides counsel on matters such as M&A transactions and secondary trading; project finance and refinancing; and international PPPs. The team regularly acts as trusted adviser to governments and infrastructure funds, and it has noteworthy expertise in sectors such as rail and transport, defence and waste. Andrew Petry has particular experience in banking and project finance, while Juliet Reingold is a key contact for PPP-related issues. Patrick Wallace has longstanding experience, which also expands to assisting clients in privatisations, commercial contracts and trading, and regulatory matters. Iain Duncan is head of the department.

Practice head(s):Iain Duncan

Other key lawyers:Andrew Petry; Juliet Reingold; Patrick Wallace; Rose-Anna Burnett

Testimonials

'The team's strengths are that its advice is based on very good comprehension of the projects, priorities and procedural specifics. Reflection of all sides of a concrete business situation is demonstrated and excellent legal solutions are advised.'

'The individuals show knowledge, experience, excellent communication and understanding of complicated legal cases.'

'Patrick Wallace is intelligent, efficient and always proposing very helpful legal solutions.'

Key Clients

ING Bank N.V., BNP Paribas and NatWest Markets

Macquarie Bank Limited

European Investment Bank, NordLB, KfW IPEX-Bank and HSH Nordbank

Mainstream Renewable Power

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

Ministry of Defence and UK Government Investments

Bulgarian Energy Holding EAD (BEH)

A major energy company

Ministry of Defence

Government of Kenya, State Department for Petroleum

Dragados and Mace

Brookfield Infrastructure UK Limited

CDPQ

NextEnergy Solar Fund

Work highlights

  • Advised the joint bookrunners, ING Bank, BNP Paribas and NatWest Markets, on a €500m issue of green bonds by Royal Schiphol Group.
  • Continue to advise Macquarie on a borrowing base revolving facility for Foresight’s renewables project portfolio, currently comprising 14 solar and wind assets in the UK.
  • Assisting the BEIS with the £9bn Nuclear Liabilities Fund and decommissioning of eight nuclear power stations operated by EDF.
  • Counselling Mainstream on its renewable energy joint ventures with pan-emerging markets private equity investor Actis in relation to renewable energy generation platforms in Africa and Chile, including Lekela Power and Aela Energia.
  • Continued to advise the lenders of the €800m Markbygden ETT 650 MW wind farm in Sweden in connection with the sale of the Green Investment Group’s interest and 50% of GE’s interest in the project to a Chinese investor.

Squire Patton Boggs' practice specialises in transportation, general infrastructure and social programs. The team is experienced in advising on developing greenfield projects, acquiring assets, financing matters and risk management. It cooperates closely with other departments within the firm, such as tax, construction and regulatory, adding value for clients. Leeds-based James Duckworth is well versed in assisting with public procurement matters, advising on government and real estate development projects. Nick Helm in Manchester has expertise in project finance and PFI/PPP contracts. Andrew Herring knows the rail and metro sector well, while Rachel Orton focuses on real estate. Robin Baillie left forCrowell & Moring in February 2019.

Practice head(s):Ian Wood; Trevor Ingle

Other key lawyers:James Duckworth; Nick Helm; Andrew Herring; Rachel Orton

Stephenson Harwood has traditionally had a strong practice in PFI/ PPP projects work but, increasingly, the team has also been focusing on asset management matters such as secondary market acquisitions and refinancings. It is also involved in various energy from waste and biomass projects. The group is headed by Jonathan Cripps, who has longstanding experience advising public and private clients particularly from the transport, energy and accommodation sectors. Rubin Weston is a key contact in financing matters and is well versed in developing markets. Rebecca Carter's expertise in PPP/ PFI related matters is also notable.

Practice head(s):Jonathan Cripps

Other key lawyers:Rubin Weston; Rebecca Carter; Will Lewis; Phil Harris; Richard Pike

Testimonials

'The team has an in-depth understanding of the client's position and delivers prompt and willing service. It also reacts well to feedback.'

Key Clients

North London Waste Authority

Hitachi Europe Limited

London Borough of Barking and Dagenham

Albany SPC Services Limited

Covanta Energy Limited

Semperian PPP Investment Partners Group Limited

European Bank for Reconstruction and Development and Black Sea Trade and Development Bank

Interpipe

NIBC Bank N.V.

Equitix Limited

3i Group plc

Dalmore Capital Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising North London Waste Authority on its North London Heat and Power Project, an energy recovery facility to recover energy from waste.
  • Assisting the London Borough of Barking & Dagenham with the procurement of five school building projects within its boroughs via a Strategic Partnership Agreement.
  • Advised Covanta Energy as a shareholder in, and O&M Contractor to, the Rookery South EfW project.
  • Advised Semperian on its acquisition of a 50% stake in the Fife Hospital private finance initiative .
  • Assisting Interpipe with the restructuring of its entire debt portfolio of over $1bn.

Niche law firm Trinity International LLP has a strong focus on emerging markets, in particular on Africa. It is regularly instructed by developers, financial institutions and governments to advise on financing, transactional, commercial, and construction-related matters. As the firm is exclusively focused on the projects market, the team can showcase an impressive breadth of sector expertise, ranging from airports and roads to telecoms and renewables. Simon Norris can provide clients with comprehensive knowledge in a variety of industries and areas. Paul Biggs is well versed in airport/ port and power mandates, while Jennifer Gladstone specialises in project, construction and finance documentation. Other key contacts are Patrick Leece, Fiona Gulliford and Kaushik Ray.

Practice head(s):Paul Biggs

Other key lawyers:Simon Norris; Fiona Gulliford; Kaushik Ray; Patrick Leece; Luke Muchamore; Jennifer Gladstone

Testimonials

'The Trinity team has a unique set of complementary skills, practical views, and a real understanding of its clients' underlying businesses. Whether it be project finance, M&A, shareholder matters or other, Trinity has the capability to provide top notch advice.'

'The breadth of experience that the team can draw on within the UK and across the continent gives them unparalleled familiarity with what is bankable. Trinity's lawyers propose pragmatic solutions, fitting for the context.'

'Simon Norris is singled out for his excellent commercial understanding and pragmatic approach.'

'Paul Biggs has the best-of-breed expertise and a real understanding of the African project finance landscape.'

Kaushik Ray is noted for his 'commercial acumen and ability to solve complex problem; he also has a tireless work ethic and excellent project management skills.'

'Patrick Leece and Luke Muchamore offer support and assistance at all hours as required. Both have gone over and above what has been received from competitors.'

'Jennifer Gladstone is a wonder. She has a superhuman ability to deliver at the highest standards for days on end and is also very astute in reading her counterparties and negotiating the best position for her clients.'

The team at Trowers & Hamlins LLP acts for predominantly public clients in the infrastructure space, with special expertise in environmental projects and national social infrastructure; this includes advising on developments in the education, housing, care and healthcare fronts. It has particular experience of how to restructure traditional PFI models and also advises on PFI-related disputes. In addition to work from the UK, Trowers also picks up mandates from the Middle East and Asia in the energy, water and transport sectors, in which Oman-based Thomas Wigley is particularly involved. James Hawkins and Paul McDermott jointly head the practice. Scott Dorling has experience of the housing sector, while Helen Randall is the PFI and PPP key contact in education matters.

Practice head(s):James Hawkins; Paul McDermott

Other key lawyers:Amardeep Gill; Thomas Wigley; Scott Dorling; Helen Randall; Lucy Doran; Hilary Blackwell

Testimonials

'The team is able to join the two completely different worlds of contractors and suppliers seamlessly, whilst maintaining excellent credibility in both areas. To do so so well is unique.'

'Trowers & Hamlins LLP stands out for impeccable service, high partner involvement and good public sector knowledge.'

'James Hawkins is both technically able and pragmatic. His service level is always outstanding.'

'Hilary Blackwell and Lucy Doran provide standout depth of legal knowledge combined with the ability to explain things in a simple way.'

Key Clients

Greater London Authority

West Midlands Combined Authority

Amey

Homes England

Enfield Council

Graveshal BoroughCouncil

Cheyne Social ImpactProperty/Fund

Museum of London

Bouygyes

Stevenage Borough Council

Southwark Council

National Electric PowerCompany (Jordan)

Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust

Bath and North East Somerset

Secretary of State for Education

London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham

Malaysian Resources Corporation Berhad

London Borough of Sutton

London Borough of Waltham Forest

Oxfordshire County Council

Northamptonshire County Council

Work highlights

  • Acted as the lead international adviser to the Electricity and Water Authority in relation to choosing a bidder for the development of the Al Dur II IWPP.
  • Advising the West Midlands Combined Authority on the public sector's first intervention into the telecommunications market as part of the Urban Connected Communities 5G Project.
  • Assisted the Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust with the procurement process of the PPP led redevelopment of the St Pancras Hospital site to a mental health centre.
  • Advising London Councils on an initiative to increase the supply of  temporary accommodation for homeless households, as well as cutting the increasing cost burden.
  • Assisting Dubai Electricity and Water Authority with the next phase of its solar PVIPP programme.

The team at Weil, Gotshal & Manges (London) LLP impresses with a broad practice, which handles transactional and finance work in the infrastructure space. Core areas of focus are transport, energy, TMT and social builds. The team - which works with a client roster including private equity sponsors, pension funds and multi-asset managers - is led by corporate partner James MacArthur and finance specialist Paul Hibbert. In early 2019, the practice was strengthened by the arrival of Sidley Austin LLP partner Mark Thompson, who is well versed in private equity and M&A transactions.

Practice head(s):James MacArthur; Paul Hibbert

Other key lawyers:Mark Thompson

Key Clients

Antin InfrastructurePartners

AMP Capital

Macquarie

OMERS Infrastructure

First State Investments

Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan

NIBC Infrastructure Fund

iCON Infrastructure

Brookfield Asset Management

Europa Capital Partners

Vinci

Work highlights

  • Advised Antin Infrastructure Partners in its separate acquisitions of Silver Holdings and  FirstLight Fiber.
  • Assisted Antin Infrastructure Partners with the refinancing of the Hesley Group.
  • Advised First State Investments on its financing of the acquisition of a majority stake in Scandlines from 3i Group.
  • Advised NIBC Infrastructure Partners on its €362m sale of a majority stake in the Welcome Break Group Limited.
  • Advised VINCI Airports on its £2.9bn acquisition of a majority stake in Gatwick Airport Limited.

Bevan Brittan LLP is well versed in assisting clients from the public and private sector alike and has particular industry expertise in waste, energy, health and property regeneration infrastructure. The team's workload mostly comprises advising on infrastructure/ PPP projects and delivery models as well as advising on the contract management of these and related disputes matters.  Practice head Nadeem Arshad is regularly instructed by international contractors and project developers in relation to his experience in the waste and energy sectors. Sharon Renouf is the firm's health PFI/PPP expert, and Louise Robling is the key contact for contentious matters. The team is based in Bristol.

Practice head(s):Nadeem Arshad

Other key lawyers:Sharon Renouf; Louise Robling; Nathan Bradberry

Key Clients

Viridor

Morgan Sindall Investments

Engie Urban Energy

Sheffield City Council

North Yorkshire County Council

Birmingham City Council

Barts Health NHS Trust

North West Anglia NHS Foundation Trust

Work highlights

  • Advising North Yorkshire County Council on a number of operational issues in respect of its 25 year PPP waste project with Amey Cespa, including on the PPP contract, the financing documentation and the sub-contracts.
  • Acting for the North West Anglia NHS Foundation Trust in relation to the resolution of several disputes arising from the defective design and construction of Peterborough City Hospital, as well as in relation to disputes arising out of multiple service failures.
  • Advising Sheffield City Council on the renegotiation, potential re-procurement and/or termination of its integrated PPP contract with Veolia Environmental Services.
  • Assisting Legal & General and Newcastle University with the Newcastle District Energy PPP, regarding the procurement of the district energy supply for the Science Central site.
  • Advising Cambridgeshire County Council on its £730m waste management PFI with Amey Cespa.

Bird & Bird LLP is noted for its public procurement expertise. With the arrival of specialist Stuart Cairns, who is well versed in the awarding of works, services and supplies contracts in a variety of national and international projects, the group has secured multiple new instructions from the public sector. It is particularly active in the defense and security sector, where it advises global aerospace and defence contractors; Elizabeth Reid is a key contact in this space. Roger Bickerstaff, who jointly heads the group with Cairns, specialises in EU procurement law issues with a focus on IT projects. Jeremy Sharman advises on procurement in the telecommunications, health, defence and media sectors for suppliers, as well as public authorities. Associates Chris Murray and Claire Gamage are also noted.

Practice head(s):Stuart Cairns; Roger Bickerstaff

Other key lawyers:Elizabeth Reid; Jeremy Sharman; Chris Murray; Claire Gamage

Testimonials

'The partners and associates are highly engaged and always client-facing, with a good overview of the market. Their international connections shape and augment the London offering.'

'With Stuart Cairns and Chris Murray the London team has been enhanced with a tried and tested duo that brings energy and gravitas as well as litigation experience.'

Key Clients

Isavia ohf (Major Development Plan)

Clare County Council (CCC) and University of Limerick (UL)

C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group

Interoute Communications Limited

Landsvirkjun

Smart DCC Ltd

Isavia ohf (Explosive Detection System)

Viapath LLP

Landsnet

General Authority for Civil Aviation

Aquila Air Traffic Management Services Limited

Work highlights

  • Acted as lead advisers to Isavia in respect of its £1-2bn Major Development Plan at Keflavik International Airport, which requires substantial redevelopment to service existing capacity and allow for future growth.
  • Advise Clare County Council and University of Limerick in connection with the securing of a major acre site as a Strategic Development Zone, and thereafter the International procurement procedure to identify and appoint a developer to design, fund and deliver Europe's newest University Town.
  • Assisted Viapath LLP, a partnership formed by Guy’s & St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust, with its bid for a pathology services contract to service nine NHS Trusts Clinical Commissioning Groups under the Competitive Dialogue procedure.
  • Counseled Smart DCC Limited on various procurement processes.
  • Acts for Interoute in its proceedings issued in the Technology and Construction Court against Anglian Water, after the client was unsuccessful in a tender process run by Anglian Water and issued proceedings on the basis that the process was unlawful in a number of ways.

Browne Jacobson LLP is known  for a balanced infrastructure practice, which is engaged by the public as well as private sector. The team has considerable experience in advising clients on PPP projects as well as on procurement matters. Nottingham-based Craig Elder, who is well versed in transactional work, and Stephen Matthew jointly lead the group. The latter recently was involved in several regeneration projects. Senior associate Nick Hurley is also recommended.

Practice head(s):Craig Elder; Stephen Matthew

Other key lawyers:Nick Hurley; Michael Mousdale

Key Clients

Chichester District Council

London Borough of Havering

London Borough of Ealing

London Borough of Enfield

Melton Borough Council

Lincolnshire County Council

Blackpool Borough Council

Manchester City Council

Walsall Council

London Borough of Croydon

Work highlights

  • Advising Manchester City Council in a variety of matters regarding its city centre district heating project, which will be delivered through a wholly owned SPV group with multiple companies.
  • Assisted the London Borough of Havering with commercial aspects regarding its development projects Bridge Close and Rainham and Beam Park.
  • Acted for the London Borough of Ealing in the procurement of its development of a site in Southall which will deliver a mixed use scheme with numerous housing units as well as commercial and retail space.
  • Advised the London Borough of Enfield on all aspects of the selection of a joint venture partner to develop the Montagu Industrial Estate.
  • Acted as project advisers to Derby City Council with regards to a significant energy from waste PPP project.

Devonshires Solicitors LLP is instructed by private and public clients from a wide range of industry sectors, such as leisure, housing, transport, education, energy, and healthcare. Led by Paul Buckland and Robert Turner, the team knows project finance particularly well, and it works closely with the firm's capital market team. Buckland is noted for his experience in PFI/ PPP and EU procurement matters, while Turner is well versed in the commercial aspects of infrastructure projects. Caroline Mostowfi specialises in regeneration and development projects.

Practice head(s):Paul Buckland; Robert Turner

Other key lawyers:Kris Kelliher; Caroline Mostowfi

Fladgate LLP’s team contains lawyers with commercial, corporate and construction backgrounds. As a result, it is able to assist its clients, which include investors, consortium-members, contractors and public sector bodies, on a variety of infrastructure matters, such as refinancing and renewables work, as well as procurement and PFI/PPP projects. The practice is led by Andrew Bessemer Clark, who has experience in mergers and acquisitions. Sam Tye also specialises in M&A work as well as advising on joint ventures and corporate finance matters in the infrastructure field. David Weare  meanwhile has a strong skillset in disputes and construction matters. Alan Woolston left to become a legal counsel at Engie in August 2019.

Practice head(s):Andrew Bessemer Clark

Other key lawyers:Sam Tye; David Weare

Key Clients

John Laing Investments Limited

Equitix Limited

Pinnacle Group

Leeds PFI SPV 2 Limited

Genesis Energy

Aylesbury Vale Parkway Limited (AVP)

Support Services (BTP) Limited

Equitix Healthcare (Surrey) Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised John Laing Investments on the sale of its interest in the Runcorn I Energy Recovery Facility for £54m.
  • Assisted Equitix, which acquired Foresight VCT plc’s interest in several PFI projects, covering the transaction, due diligence and the process of putting warranty and indemnity insurance in place.
  • Advised the John Laing Group on the disposal of its entire holding in the City Greenwich Lewisham PFI, Coleshill Parkway, Aylesbury Vale Parkway and Lambeth Social Housing Project to JLIF Limited Partnership.
  • Counselled Pinnacle Group on its sale of a 50% stake in the Lambeth Social Housing PFI project to JLIF Limited Partnership.
  • Advised Leeds PFI SPV 2 Limited on refinancing an existing PFI project relating to the provision, operation and maintenance of premises for mental health services in Leeds.

Mayer Brown International LLP fields a team of experienced lawyers, who are regularly instructed to advise on infrastructure transactions. The group is noted for its construction and engineering expertise, assisting governments, purchasers and suppliers from a variety of sectors. Practice head Michael Regan and Sally Davies are key contacts in this area, with both particularly well versed in contentious matters. It is also involved in various international project financings and in transactions in the oil & gas sector. Jonathan Stone, Jonathan Olson-Welsh and counsel Tamsin Travers are also part of the construction & engineering group.

Practice head(s):Michael Regan

Other key lawyers:Sally Davies; Jonathan Stone; Jonathan Olson-Welsh; Tamsin Travers

Key Clients

Costain

UniCredit Bank

EBRD

Work highlights

  • Advise Costain on a variety of projects, including the Manchester waste PFI and the Port of Felixstowe project.
  • Assisting EBRD and UniCredit as joint financing providers for the construction and operation of Centerra Gold Inc’s Öksüt gold mine and related infrastructure in the Kayseri region of Turkey.

Mills & Reeve LLP has a broad practice supporting its clients in public-private partnerships and procurement matters. The team has a strong track record in projects in the student accommodation, aerospace & defence, and health sectors. In Cambridge, practice head Raith Pickup and Andrew Ray are names to note. Adrian Luto and Justin Hennessey both have corporate expertise. Principal associate Jens Henniker Heaton focuses on projects and commercial contracts in the infrastructure space. Stuart Thompson is knowledgeable in disputes.

Practice head(s):Raith Pickup

Other key lawyers:Julie Marshall; Andrew Ray; Adrian Luto; Justin Hennessey; Jens Henniker Heaton

Testimonials

'The team has exceptional sector experience and expertise which sets them apart. Their knowledge and skill is second to none.'

'The depth of knowledge of the lawyers acting is exceptional. The team is responsive, supportive and very quick at understanding issues presented to them and suggesting practical solutions for resolving matters.'

'Raith Pickup is exceptional.'

'Jens Henniker Heaton is an outstanding associate, who gives clear practical advice to progress matters and has good drafting skills.'

'Andrew Ray is exceptionally smart, creative, pragmatist and a business closer. He is someone who pushes the deal forward.'

'Stuart Thompson is extremely knowledgeable in his field, excellent at untangling complex issues and presenting practical solutions.'

The infrastructure sector group at Travers Smith LLP brings together specialists from a number of the City firm's teams, with M&A and private equity lawyers joined by commercial, competition, employment, finance, real estate, environment and tax experts to provide a cross-practice transactional team. The firm's client portfolio includes listed companies as well as infrastructure funds, and the group is particularly active in the renewables, water, construction and airports sectors. Practice head Spencer Summerfield also leads the corporate department at the firm, while newly promoted partners Mohammed Senouci and Jonathan Walters are also an integral parts of the team.

Practice head(s):Spencer Summerfield

Other key lawyers:Mohammed Senouci; Jonathan Walters

Testimonials

'The team is known for its fantastic level-headed attitudes and providing an execution-driven service. They also have extremely fast response times and are dedicated to clients.'

'Spencer Summerfield and Jonathan Walters both are very commercial and open to discussion with and views of other advisers. They both work in a collaborative and 'one team' way with other deal advisers to ensure the best combined advice and appropriate legal protection.'

Key Clients

3i Infrastructure

AMP Capital

Arjun Infrastructure Partners

Ancala Partners

BUUK Infrastructure

Challenger Infrastructure Fund

GLIL Infrastructure

Northleaf Capital Partners

Peel Group

Pensions Infrastructure Platform

Work highlights

  • Advised 3i Osprey on the sale of its stake in Anglian Water to Dalmore Capital and GLIL Infrastructure.
  • Advised Breedon Group on the acquisition of Lagan Group Limited for a consideration of £455m.
  • Advised Basalt Infrastructure Partners on its disposal of its interest in Alkane Energy to Infinis Energy Management.
  • Advised Ancala Partners on its acquisition of South Downs Capital Limited from South Downs Trustees.
  • Assisted Arjun Infrastructure Partners with the acquisition of two combined heat and power plants, Beckton Energy Limited and Rothes CoRDe Limited from iCON Infrastructure Partners II and its co-investors.

Winston & Strawn LLP has a particularly strong standing with governments all over the world, which it advises on matters ranging from PPP projects, project development and financing, to regulatory issues, privatisations and commercialisation programs. The team is also regularly instructed by other parties such as investors and contractors to handle transactions and financings. James Simpson leads the practice and has more than 30 years' experience in the area, enabling him to advise across a broad spectrum of matters.  Newly made-up partner Jason Parker is active in the Middle East as well as in Africa. Stephen Jurgenson  left for Clyde & Co LLP  in summer 2019.

Practice head(s):James Simpson

Other key lawyers:Jason Parker; Conor Boyle

Testimonials

'A well-briefed team, with good knowledge of the particular requirements and difficulties associated with a range of  situations.'

'Jason Parker is hands-on, knowledgeable and proactive with his advice. An extremely capable transactional and project development lawyer whose Middle East and sector experience brings much added value.'

 

Key Clients

Electrogas Malta Limited

Emirates Water and Electric Company (formerly ADWEA)

SEPLAT Petroleum Development Company Plc

Rabigh Refining & Petrochemical Company

Energy Capital Vietnam

Work highlights

  • Continue to advise Electrogas Malta on ongoing aspects of the Delimara 4 LNG-to-Power project.
  • Acting for Energy Capital Vietnam on a $4bn LNG-fuelled power plant project in Vietnam.
  • Advising on an Abu Dhabi government capital investment programme which forms a part of Plan Abu Dhabi 2030.
  • Acting as project counsel on a liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal and distribution facility in Sardinia.
  • Advising on the construction of a 60-mile gas pipeline system in Ohio.

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