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David Lee spearheads Allen & Overy LLP 's infrastructure offering and regularly acts in high-profile, high-scale transactions. In recent highlights, he teamed up with Richard Evans to advise a consortium of bidders including Macquarie on their acquisition of the Green Investment Bank, and Sara Pickersgill collaborated with him to oversee the takeover of HS1 from pension funds OMERS and OTPP on behalf of a consortium including InfraRed and Equitix. On the financing side, Jonathan Bevan and Tim Conduit assisted the funders of the refinancing of the Beacon Rail group, and Conrad Andersen oversaw the refinancing of the Budapest International Airport on behalf of the funders, agents and security agents. Other key names include Jocelyn Land and senior associate Ed Moser . Tom Constance was recently made partner and Nigel Pritchard has retired from the firm.

The infrastructure team at Ashurst is 'commercially-focused and solution-oriented' and provides 'strong, fast, accurate and constructive advice'. Known especially for its expertise on the sponsor and lender side of large-scale infrastructure projects and the PFI/PPP space, the group is jointly headed by corporate specialist Philip Vernon and global co-head of the transport department Mark Elsey . In recent highlights, Terence Van Poortvliet continues to lead the advice to TfL with regards to the Silvertown Tunnel PPP project, and the client-recommended Derwin Jenkinson is part of the team advising the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on the landmark Thames Tideway Tunnel project. On the energy side, a number of clients have appointed the firm to oversee the financing of energy from waste facilities. Recent social infrastructure mandates include the financing of the new Treviso Hospital in Italy and the funding of 1, 750 new on-campus student rooms at the University of Hull. Clients recommend Anthony Johnson - who was recently promoted to partner - for his 'very good sector-specific knowledge and constructive negotiation style'. Other key names include Logan Mair , Jan Sanders , Patrick Boyle  and senior associates Gaby Jones and Aaron Shute .

Clifford Chance LLP 's Amy Mahon is highly recommended by clients and recently acted for funds managed by JP Morgan and APG in the disposal of 51% interest in Noatum Ports' container business to COSCO Shipping Ports. Brendan Moylan oversaw the acquisition of a majority shareholding in four regulated gas distribution networks by a consortium of household name bidders, while a group including Michael Pearson and Clare Burgess oversaw a number of PPP projects in the waste management, transport, defence and healthcare sectors. Also notable is Michael Bates who guided the sponsor of a ferry operating company through its restructuring, and James Boswell who represented a major UK airport through its refinancing by way of bank facilities private note placements. On the capital markets front, clients can rely on Stephen Curtis who specialises in structured debt financings in the infrastructure and regulated utilities space.

The 'absolutely high-quality team' at CMS is 'strong in its experience, range of services and sector coverage', and provides 'direct, to-the-point technical advice'. Following its merger in 2017, the team has recently been acting on university accommodation mandates, domestic and cross-border secondary market transactions, and disputes arising from existing PFI projects. Paul Smith is 'an excellent commercial practitioner' and led the advice to Johnson & Johnson with regards to its new partnership with Guy's Hospital in London for the procurement of a new orthopedic services and facilities. On the transport side, Robert Gray guided the EBRD and the government of Belarus through initial stages of a PPP scheme for the construction of a major road. The Manchester-based and 'exceptionally strong technical lawyer'  Chris Hallam is currently overseeing a waste management project in the UK alongside Lucy Plowright who is also a key contact. The 'very commercial and pragmatic' James Snape , Andrew Ivison , Phil Duffield and Katie Duffield - who was recently promoted to partner - are also names to note.

Clients value the 'outstanding responsiveness and the uncommon willingness of the partners to make themselves available' at Herbert Smith Freehills LLP . The infrastructure lawyers 'combine first-class deal execution skills with deep sector knowledge'. Global practice head Patrick Mitchell 'marries a fine mastery of the law with an understanding of public policy and investor priorities' and continues to advise the developer of the HS2 on all aspects of the project's first phase. The group - led by Sarah Pollock and Matthew Job - assisted Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners with the acquisition and development of four biomass power plants in the UK, and corporate partner Simon Caridia oversaw all aspects of the restructuring of the Greater Manchester Waste PFI project on behalf of Viridor Laing while Ann Levin handled disputes arising from alleged performance failures. Tim Briggs has strong regulatory and antitrust expertise and finance partner Martin Kavanagh is also a noteworthy name. The group was recently appointed to the Severn Trent and Thams Water panels. Julia Pyke left the firm for an in-house position at EDF and Henry Davey became a legal director at Squire Patton Boggs .

Hogan Lovells International LLP is known to clients for its 'outstanding service' and 'quality individuals' such as the 'strong up-and-coming new partner' Alex Harrison . In recent highlights, the team acted for investment funds, oversaw a number of existing nuclear projects and advised on high-profile energy from waste projects with the expertise of Scott Tindall.  On the financing side, Andrew Gallagher represented an African investment fund in its first debt funding transaction in the transport infrastructure sector of an African nation for the funding of capital works and improvements to several airports. Also notable is Adrian Walker who continues to lead the advice to the developer of a new nuclear project and assisted a major corporate with its bid to acquire rights to a major ongoing European interconnector project. Tarek Eltumi was also recently promoted to partner and Arun Velusami recently joined from Norton Rose Fulbright . Philip Brown and counsel Charles Ford are also notable contacts alongside practice head Philip Robb .

Known to clients as a 'strong lender-side adviser', Linklaters LLP represents an impressive client roster including names such as Macquarie, Allianz, First State and IFM. The team provides a full-service offering across the entire project life cycle and recently oversaw high-profile brown field M&A transactions. Jessamy Gallagher and Roger Barron (the latter now with Paul Hastings LLP ) acted for National Grid in the hive-out and sale of its gas distribution business to NGGD, a holding company formed specifically to own the business after the transaction. In the transport sector, Ian Andrews advised the Ontario Teachers' pension plan and Borealis on the sale of the HS1 group, and a consortium of investors appointed the group to oversee its £2bn acquisition of London City Airport. Stuart Rowson who recently assisted APG and ATP in their takeover of assets owned by infrastructure fund EISER including Belfast City Airport and the East Surrey pipelines.

Norton Rose Fulbright recently enhanced its capabilities in the infrastructure, energy and project finance sectors through its combination with Chardbourne Parke, which boasted a strong presence in the New York, Washington DC and Latin American markets. On the international front, Martin McCann is currently leading the advice to Yara Dallol with regards to the development of its new potash mine in Ethiopia and associated port terminal in Djibouti, while Chris Down is assisting Marubeni and JinkoSolar with the financing and development of the Sweihan solar PV in the UAE. Recent domestic social infrastructure mandates include Matthew Hardwick 's work on the East Slope student accommodation project which will provide and maintain of over 2000 units at the University of Sussex's Falmer campus, and the Meadows development at the University of Essex. Christopher (Chris) Brown leads the firm's financial institutional business group and is a key contact alongside Andrew Buisson and Daniel Metcalfe .

Pinsent Masons LLP 'has a deep understanding of the infrastructure and construction market and great depth in its team, with a few stand-out specialists'. In recent highlights, Pension Infrastructure Plan appointed the team to handle its acquisition of a diverse portfolio of ten UK PPP assets from Aberdeen Infrastructure Partners, and Graham Alty is currently advising the Ministry of Justice on its Prison Estate Transformation Programme which will procure up to four new prisons in England and Wales. The 'excellent' Manchester-based Mark Job represents a major international airport in light of potential high-profile construction projects, and the recently promoted partner Sonal Shah teamed up with the Paris office to handle a 49.99% share purchase in Intertoll's PPP portfolio on behalf of Aberdeen Infrastructure Funds.  Stephen Tobin heads the European projects outfit and the 'thoughtful, strategic' Nick Ogden specialises in infrastructure M&A and strategic partnership arrangements in the Manchester office. Kevin Joyce recently joined from CMS .

Addleshaw Goddard recently expanded the breadth of its infrastructure practice through the addition of energy infrastructure specialist Paul Minto in Edinburgh. The group's recent work for the Department of Transport under the leadership of Leeds-based Paul Hirst regarding its new franchise combining the current InterCity West Coast with the incoming HS2 service is a good example of its strong presence in the rail transport sector. In the social infrastructure space, Matthew Newing led the advice to a consortium as development partner for a pathfinder project for the Department of Health which will lead to the development of two new hospitals in Kingston and Tooting. David Hartley acts for SPV and asset management service Imagile in all aspects of its PFI and PPP project portfolio, including negotiation settlement arrangements and overseeing major variations to ongoing projects. The 'pragmatic and creative' Michael O’Connor leads the team and is also a name to note alongside Jacqui Langley-White and Andrew Pettinger .

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP 'is an outstanding firm in the field of infrastructure planning' and its 'extremely experienced team of solicitors always provides absolutely top-quality advice in a client-friendly accessible way', according to one client. Mark Richards is a 'solid practitioner' and impresses clients with his 'excellent client relationship and business development skills'; he is currently assisting the energy division of a Fortune 50 company with its joint venture with Co Gen for the development of a biomass power plant. National Grid recently appointed a team led by Christian Drage to advise on the second phase of its London Power Tunnels project, and James Good continues to guide Tideway through the implementation and discharge of DCO requirements associated with its Thames Tideway Tunnel 'super sewer' project. Other key names include planning expert Tim Smith  and construction partner John Hughes-D’Aeth . The team recently welcomed rail infrastructure specialist Jason Chamberlain from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP .

Burges Salmon LLP has a strong record advising public and private sector clients in energy, transport, defence and social infrastructure projects under the leadership of Ian Salter . Mark Paterson continues to act for the MoD in the procurement of the Dreadnought and Astute class submarines as part of a significant defence programme, and Brioney Thomas assists the government of Wales on the delivery of the next Wales, Border Rail and Metro services. On the energy side, Ross Fairley  and Steven James  are currently intervening in high-profile, politically sensitive UK generation projets. The Department for Education appointed a group led by Matthew Ramus to handle the implementation of two new children's services trusts in Doncaster and Slough. Also notable is Lloyd James who continues to guide Costain through various highway projects including the M4 relief road in South Wales. Key contacts also include Keith Beattie and construction specialist Marcus Harling .

Clyde & Co LLP recently expanded its senior line-up through the hire of David Hansom - who holds procurement expertise and a significant public sector client roster - from VWV (Veale Wasbrough Vizards) . The group's particular strength lies in front-end projects mandates and guides clients through ongoing PPP projects and challenging international jurisdictions. In recent highlights, Liz Jenkins led the advice to ISS Mediclean as facility manager on the extension of its services contract with the Princess Royal University Hospital, and a group of lenders appointed the team to assist with the financing of a hospital project in Africa which included an Islamic financing tranche. Robert Meakin acted for an international construction company in its appointment to design and build a series of buildings in the new administrative capital of a Northern African country. Other key names include director Robert Franklin and Clare Hatcher .

The 'dedicated' infrastructure team at Dentons is 'a top choice for PFI or PPP work'. While traditionally focused on Africa, the firm's recent merger with Maclay, Murray & Spens significantly enhanced the its offering in Scotland and its presence in the domestic infrastructure market. Practice co-head John Woolley is currently advising Gulf Energy on the delivery of Kenya's first coal power plant as part of a scheme to link Kenya, South Sudan and Ethiopia with a rail, fibre-optic, road and pipeline corridor. He is also handling the project financing of a new international airport in Rwanda on behalf of joint venture Bugesera under a PPP structure. On the domestic front, Mark Bassett acted for the Greater London Authority in the redevelopment of former Ford industrial site Beam Park, and Richard Budge assisted Doncaster iPort with the construction and planning aspects of a new logistics facility for Amazon. Rail expert Matthew Hanslip-Ward is guiding MTR through its bid for the Wales & Border grant agreement for the upgrading of the Core Valley lines. Dominic Spacie co-leads the department with Woolley and is also a key name to note alongside David Moore .

Clients praise DLA Piper for its 'excellent response times, high industry knowledge, strong team and great depth'. The group acts for an enviable client roster in high-profile domestic and international infrastructure mandates such as franchise agreements for East Anglia and South-Eastern and a major coal-fired power station and coal mine in Zambia. Practice co-head Colin Wilson is currently advising the UK Department for Transport on the Airport Capability Programme which could lead to the expansion of either Heathrow or Gatwick Airport, and continues to represent Agility Trains in a number of operational of ongoing operational matters arising from the Intercity Express Programme. In Manchester, Liam Cowell assists the Welsh Ministries with its incoming road PPP project, and the Edinburgh-based Lillian Mackenzie  is currently handling the procurement of a new cancer centre in South Wales. The name to note in Leeds is Robert Smith and Maria Pereira guided CAE Training Services through the transformation of its PFI contract with the MoD for the provision of synthetic aircrew training to the RAF. Clients also recommend the 'strategic, direct, personable and knowledgeable' Alison Fagan .

The 'extremely proactive and responsive' infrastructure lawyers at Osborne Clarke LLP 'are always working on the next thing and highlighting potential issues before they arise'. Chris Wade is based in Bristol and 'devotes a significant effort to understanding the business and the objectives of the transaction'; he recently teamed up with David North to advise Arlington Seaside as investor on the acquisition and debt financing of a portfolio of four student accommodation projects. On the energy front, James Watson represented Gas Power Developments in its acquisition and financing of gas peaking plant portfolio with merchant offtake support, and acted for John Laing Investments in its takeover and development of an onshore wind farm. Other key names to note include Andrew Normington , regulatory specialist Simon Hobday and financing expert Omar Al-Nuaimi . The team was recently bolstered by the arrival of construction litigator Rob Horne from Simmons & Simmons and Alistair Curzon from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP .

Squire Patton Boggs significantly enhanced its offering with the hire of the 'realistic, commercial and trustworthy' Nick Helm in Manchester from DLA Piper UK LLP and Ian Wood , Rinku Bhadoria and real estate specialist John Danahy in London from King & Wood Mallesons. The team 'is more than willing to go out of its way to get things done' and is one client's 'first port of call for energy and accommodation projects'. The 'very approachable and extremely well-connected' Robin Baillie  teamed up with Philippa Chadwick to lead the advice to Nu-Energy on the delivery of twelve 10MW waste-to-energy plants. In other highlights, the department handled the disposal of an interest in a school building programme, and the Leeds-based James Duckworth is currently assisting a Middle Eastern government with the development of a PPP model for the implementation of a social infrastructure project. Neil Upton , Andrew Herring and Rachel Orton are also recommended by clients. Henry Davey joined the practice as a consultant from Herbert Smith Freehills LLP .

White & Case LLP 's infrastructure practice covers the full spectrum of work from front end project development issues to brown field transactions under the leadership of experienced project finance expert Caroline Miller Smith . In terms of new build projects, Philip Stopford and Carina Radford are part of the team overseeing Vale and Mitsui's development and financing of the Nacala Corridor railway and port project in Mozambique and Malawi. The firm was also appointed to represent the sponsors to the Izmir Bayrakli and Kocaeli integrated health campus PPP projects in Turkey, and private equity partner Caroline Sherrell advised newly-formed infrastructure fund on its acquisition of 45% interest in Welcome Break from ING and Challenger. Other notable clients include Allianz, First State, the European Investment Bank and Deutsche Bank. Mark Castillo-Bernaus heads the firm's EMEA energy, infrastructure, project and asset finance group and is also a key contact.

Known to clients for its 'quality lawyers, commercial advice and outstanding flexibility', Baker McKenzie fields practitioners such as Tim Sheddick who 'focuses on the important bits and doesn't get lost in worthless fights' and co-heads the practice with Mike Webster .  In recent highlights, the group collaborated with its Brussels colleagues to advise two infrastructure funds on strategic exit procedures for their indirect interests in a major European airport, and Marc Fèvre is currently leading the advice to the sponsor to a hospital PPP programme in Eastern Europe. Experienced M&A partner David Duncan recently arrived from Allen & Overy LLP  and represented an infrastructure fund in its successful bid for a portfolio of rooftop solar assets across England. Other key names include senior associates Tom Pound and Rhiannon Williams .

Browne Jacobson LLP 's client roster includes both central and local government entities in the health and social infrastructure spaces. Nick Hurley recently advised the borough of Watford on the redevelopment of the Watford Health Campus via an asset-backed vehicle, and acted for the government of Malaysia on the procurement of a £100m waste-to-energy incinerator in Kuala Lumpur. On the property side, Nottingham-based Craig Elder collaborated with Neil Walker for the procurement of a long-term operator of several leisure centres on behalf of the borough of Dacorum. Stephen Matthew heads the practice and is currently assisting a number of local government authorities with urban regeneration and district heating schemes. Also notable are Anthony Nagle who represents the UK Debt Management Office, Peter Ware and Anja Beriro .

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP 's London-based project and energy team consists of infrastructure experts such as Jackie Heeds and Howard Barrie who previously acted for clients such as National Grid and international PPP offices. On the project financing front, clients can rely on experts like Conrad Purcell , Mark Dennison and Alex Doughty . At the head of the team sit Michael Grimes who is based in Leeds and holds strong expertise in waste management, and Robert Pitcher who also heads the firm's international group.

Gowling WLG fields a 'broad and capable offering across all sectors' with 'deep insight into the public sector'. The team - led by the 'exceptional' Stephen Kenny - is 'designed to optimise the client's legal position, commercial and financial position' and is currently advising Highways England on the procurement of the Stonehenge Highways project. Director Dominic Richardson has a strong track record in the rail sector and counselled new client CRRC on a contract with TfL for the supply of wagons to be used on Engineering trains. Internationally, the government of Kenya recently appointed a team led by Andrew Newbery to oversee the Muranga Water PPP; Newbery is also assisting US-EXIM on the proposed financing structure of a new UK nuclear project.

Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP holds a strong reputation for finance transactions in emerging infrastructure markets, as demonstrated by John Dewar and Phillip Fletcher 's advice K-Exim and a group of commercial banks with regards to the financing of a four-unit nuclear power project in the Middle East. On the conventional power front, Matthew Hagopian acted for the sponsors of a natural gas hub and power project in South America in the development and financing of the assets. Also notable is Clive Ransome who assisted an African infrastructure entity with the refinancing of its existing debt and handled the negotiation, financing and development of a nuclear project in Eastern Europe on behalf of the sponsors. Other key names include Manzer Ijaz .

Mills & Reeve LLP 's infrastructure team impresses clients with its 'response times, business acumen and industry knowledge' and recently welcomed Adrian Luto and Justin Hennessey to its London branch through the firm's merger with Maxwell Winward. The firm holds a strong expertise in the student accommodation field but Andrew Ray and Alasdair Poore recently also acted for the MoD in the designing of an open communications system and the rolling out of procurements to deliver it as part of Project Morpheus from the Cambridge office. Also based in Cambridge is practice head Raith Pickup who 'is exceptional in this field' and assisted clients a number of universities on separate DBFO projects for student accommodation with the support of principal associate Jens Henniker Heaton . Clients in the healthcare sector also engaged Julie Marshall , David Stead and Bridget Archibald .

Simmons & Simmons is an experienced adviser to the central government on transport, waste, energy and defence infrastructure mandates, but also has international PPP and PFI capabilities. Practice head Richard Dyton is currently acting for Momentum Infrastructure - a joint venture of three leading contractors - in its bid for enabling and civil work contracts on the HS2 network, while Adrian Nizzola and Patrick Wallace are leading to advice to the government of Kenya with regards to the commercialisation of the large oil discovery in the Lokichar basin. On the financing side, Adam Cooper assisted a group of lenders including the IFC with the financing of a bulk liquids terminal for the import and storage of gasoil, LPG and LNG. Andrew Petry , Juliet Reingold and managing associate Simon Kenolty are also key names. Other notable clients include the MoD, the EBRD and TfL.

Clients recommend Stephenson Harwood 's Jonathan Cripps and senior associate Phil Harris who recently advised a new client on issues arising from the insolvency of the contractor on a portfolio of five projects. In other highlights, the firm oversaw a number of significant debt portfolio restructurings and represented lenders and sponsors in financing transactions. Also notable is senior associate Ian Pumfrey who supported Carter to assist the North London Waste Authority on its energy recovery facility in Enfield. Experienced project finance partner Rubin Weston joined the practice from Baker Botts (UK) LLP to bolster its offering, specifically in Russia and Eastern Europe. Among the firm's enviable client roster feature new names such as 3i and Hitachi.

According to one client, 'it is very difficult to find another firm with such depth of knowledge when it comes to energy projects and financing in Anglophone Africa' as Trinity International LLP . The boutique offering is spearheaded by Paul Biggs who 'is exceptionally knowledgeable on the African power sector' and recently acted for sovereign fund Ghana Infrastructure Investment Fund in its proposed investment in a new docking facility with the help of client-recommended senior associate Jo Sykes . In other highlights, a team including 'phenomenal lawyer and great project manager' Fiona Gulliford and led by 'financing expert' Kaushik Ray is currently representing the sponsors of the development, construction and operation of a new multi-commodity, deep-sea dry and liquid bulk port in West Africa, and Simon Norris advised a group of lenders on the financing of the acquisition of locomotives for a rail line in sub-Saharan Africa. Other names to note include the 'extremely hardworking' corporate specialist Conrad Marais and Hugh Naylor .

Trowers & Hamlins LLP 'provides an excellent service' and 'supports the delivery of projects on even the tightest timescales' through its 'deep understanding of the legal implications of procurement'. Amy Shaw 'is a highly capable lawyer' who 'provides pragmatic, commercially-focused advice on a range of complex property-related matters'; she recently teamed up with 'PPP thought leader' Tonia Secker to advise the Hyde Housing Association  on its PPP with Brighton Council for the delivery of 'living wage' homes. Paul McDermott and Birmingham-based Christopher Plumley assisted UGC with the PPP arrangements to bring forward the 'UK Central Hub', a mixed-use business and innovation area on the proposed HS2 station in Birmingham. Other key names include Sara Bailey and Scott Dorling who continue to guide the borough of Enfield through the development of a new residential and business district as part of the Meridian Water PPP.

Roger Bickerstaff  leads the infrastructure team at Bird & Bird alongside Stuart Cairns, who recently joined from Pinsent Masons with associates Chris Murray and Claire Gamage . In recent highlights, Andrew Renton led the advice to Purfleet Centre regarding its development agreement with Thurrock Council for its regeneration project, and Marco Nicolai acted for Interxion in the expansion of its data centre facilities in London. On the energy side, Michael Rudd is currently assisting funders with a number of anaerobic digestion biogas projects in the UK, including several gas-to-grid schemes, and Matt Bonass intervened in new solar projects and significant secondary market transactions. Legal director Carol Cloughley specialises in the procurement of large construction and engineering projects.

Known especially for its strong work in the power and oil and gas sectors, Baker Botts (UK) LLP recently enhanced its project finance and structured lending expertise in emerging markets through the hire of James Douglass from King & Wood Mallesons and its capabilities in the energy transactions space were bolstered with the arrival of Lewis Jones from Morgan, Lewis & Bockius UK LLP . Recent work highlights in the energy space include Hamish McArdle 's advice to a gas distribution consortium company with regards to transportation arrangements, project financing and commercial disputes against competitors. Douglass acted for the independent operator of a European LNG terminal in O&M agreements and various chartering and financing issues. Robin Mizrahi and senior associate Laure Berthelot left for Covington & Burling LLP .

Bevan Brittan LLP has 'the strength and depth to advise on a wide range of issues' and its practitioners 'have an excellent understanding of the waste industry'. The waste and energy team is spearheaded by the client-recommended Nadeem Arshad in Bristol and recently welcomed Carly Caton from Pinsent Masons LLP to bolster its healthcare offering in the London office. The Bank of Ireland appointed a team led by London-based senior associate David Moore to advise on the voluntary termination of Solihull Council's leisure PPP scheme, and Nathan Bradberry teamed up with Arshad to assist Resource Recovery Solutions with the development of waste management assets - namely with regards to the insolvency of its key technology supplier and construction delays.

Paul Buckland 's team at Devonshires Solicitors LLP acts for contractors, public sector entities and project sponsors in financing and capital market transactions, and was recently strengthened by the arrival of Robert Turner from Dentons . Greenwich Leisure appointed the group to advise on its community hub and stadium regeneration project in York, and Kris Kelliher was part of the team assisting London & Quadrant on its acquisition of 51% of Barking Riverside to form a joint venture with the Great London Authority. In other highlights, the group is overseeing the procurement of PFI social housing for Woking Council and Philip Barden is currently litigating several contractual disputes.

Clients describe Fenwick Elliott LLP as 'excellent on all fronts - outstanding response times and a thorough understanding of performance-based PFI give this firm a crucial advantage'. The 'knowledgeable, responsive, thorough and helpful' Simon Tolson heads the infrastructure practice which primarily focuses on disputes across the full project life cycle. A major construction company appointed a team led by Tony Francis as part of a joint venture to advise on the contracts with the operator and local authorities with regards to the construction of a tram network in England, and Richard Smellie represented an international state-owned hydro power, engineering and construction in ICC arbitration proceedings arising from a planned city development in the Middle East. Ted Lowery is 'an accomplished and diligent disputes lawyer' and another key contact alongside Nicholas Gould who specialises in construction disputes. The team recently expanded through the hire of three associates and the promotion to partner of Lyndon Smith .

Fladgate LLP intervenes in significant secondary market PFI transactions, project restructurings and the development of energy and rail projects both in the UK and internationally. Infrastructure investment fund Innisfree appointed a team led by David Weare to represent its interests in ten education projects comprising 260 schools, namely with regards to disputes. Practice head Andrew Bessemer Clark is currently leading the advice to four project companies on their role in the updating of street lighting in Dorset, Islington, West Sussex and Nottingham to LED lights, and Alan Erwin assisted BTS Biogas as contractor with its EPC contract with Mapledurham AD for the development of an anaerobic digestion plant in South Oxfordshire. In the rail sector, Alan Woolston has been representing the Go-Ahead group in a range of construction, regulatory and contentious mandates regarding the delivery of new passenger service lines and a new station near Coventry Arena, among other projects.

Mayer Brown International LLP 's Tamsin Travers  was recently promoted to partner and was part of a team led by Tom Duncan to advise SSE and its joint venture partners as developers of the Beatrice offshore wind farm project on ICC arbitration proceedings arising from a subsea services EPC contract. A major construction company engaged Jonathan Stone to oversee the design and construction of a new terminal at a major UK port to accommodate a new international fleet, and practice Michael Regan represented a construction company in a series of disputes including the recovery of costs related to damages to a car park which the client designed and constructed. Clients can rely on Robert Flanigan for capital markets mandates and Chris Fellowes handles transactional construction matters such as tenders and procurement contracts.

Sharpe Pritchard LLP is especially prominent in the public sector where it advises numerous borough and county councils on PFI waste management projects. The main names to note are practice head Roseanne Serrelli , Jane Crees and Nicola Sumner who previously assisted the the West London Waste Authority with its residual PPP and continues to oversee various projects including an energy-from-waste plant with its associated infrastructure.

Travers Smith LLP 's particular strength lies in acting for sponsors such as Macquarie and Northleaf and infrastructure funds in mid-market brown field transactions. The practice is led by corporate specialist Spencer Summerfield who recently advised Ancala on its acquisition of anaerobic digestion group Biogen from Bedfordia and Kier. A collection of funds managed by a longstanding client appointed the group to oversee its acquisition of the holding company of a utility provider and distributor, and senior associate Jonathan Walters was part of the team which guided Arjun Infrastructure Partners through its acquisition of a two solar farm portfolios from Hazel Capital and Anesco.

The infrastructure team at Winston & Strawn London LLP handles 'first-of-its-kind' international projects across a range of jurisdictions under the leadership of James Simpson who co-heads the firm's global project finance outfit. Stephen Jurgenson recently transferred to London from the Dubai office and is part of the team advising Electrogas Malta on all aspects of its LNG-to-power project. Several institutional investors engaged a team spearheaded by Rebecca Finn and supported by the New York office and associate Conor Boyle to handle a private placement of non-recourse senior secured bonds with a 2.73% coupon. Also notable is of counsel Jason Parker who continues to assist a joint venture company with the development and financing of a recently-expanded petrochemical and petroleum refining complex in the Middle East.

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