Infrastructure (PFI and PPP) in London

Allen & Overy LLP

'Clear market leader' Allen & Overy LLP has a strong infrastructure team able to operate across the full range of work from fundraisings to acquisitions and PPP deals, but with particular strength in investment work. Global infrastructure group head David Lee is backed by a sizeable practice that includes M&A specialists Richard Evans and Sara Pickersgill, as well as Jonathan Bevan and Jocelyn Land and 'outstanding' capital markets partner Tim Conduit . The team's notable mandates include advising a Macquarie-led consortium on the UK infrastructure project Silvertown Tunnel, as well as playing a role in offshore wind projects such as advising JP Morgan Asset Management on the refinancing of the Beta and Dynamo wind farm portfolios of Ventient Energy.

Practice head(s):

David Lee

Testimonials

‘An excellent team. They are clear market leaders –  the people one trusts on important and innovative transactions globally’

‘Great team that works together extremely well.’

‘Tim Conduit is outstanding. He’s very knowledgeable and technical, always providing sound and considered advice’

 

Key clients

Macquarie

3i Infrastructure plc

Equitix Investment Management

Cadent Gas

First State Investments

Alpha Trains

AXA Infrastructure Equity 2 SAS

Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets (Europe) Limited

IIF

Allianz Capital Partners

Work highlights

  • Advised the Macquarie-led consortium on the UK infrastructure project Silvertown Tunnel.
  • Assisted with a holdco-level debt financing raised against the combined 25% stake owned by a Macquarie-led group of shareholders in the UK’s Rampion offshore wind farm.
  • Advised Equitix on its acquisition of Firmus Energy from iCON Infrastructure.

Ashurst

Ashurst 's well regarded practice is involved in a broad array of infrastructure work, advising on brownfield and greenfield projects across key sectors including energy and resources, digital infrastructure, and social infrastructure. The team has particular expertise in the transport sector, with its relationship with Transport for London securing the team a role on high profile mandates including the  £2.5bn Silvertown Tunnel PPP project. The sizeable practice is headed by Joss Dare who acts as global co-head of projects and Terry van Poortvliet , global co-head of infrastructure. UK head of project finance, Patrick Boyle and Mark Elsey are also key names in the practice, which clients praise for its 'pragmatic and clever' approach.  

Testimonials

 ‘Ashurst is pragmatic, clever and not sold on its own hype. They are also  genuinely very nice and fun to deal with, as well as being efficient and commercial.

‘Communicate advice in a clear. tailored and practical way. They cut through complex issues to get to the heart of the matter and have an ability to see the wider picture’

‘Sam Outtridge is very clever and and decent. He is a good negotiator and hard working. He gives advice and does not try to bully you by telling you things are “market”. You feel he is representing you, not the sponsors.

 

Philip Vernon and Derwin Jenkinson are incredibly affable, highly pragmatic and bring a wealth of experience to bear in discussions and in the advice requested. They have a genuine interest in the subject matter and honestly share their expertise’

 

Key clients

Amey Keolis Infrastructure / Seilwaith Amey Keolis Limited

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)

East West Rail Company

Transport for London

Hitachi Rail Europe Limited (Hitachi Rail)

Keolis Amey Operations / Gweithrediadau Keolis Amery Limited

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

Work highlights

  • Advised Transport for London (“TfL”) on the sale and leaseback of TfL’s 70 Elizabeth Line (Crossrail) Class 345 trains, manufactured by Bombardier, to 345 Rail Leasing Consortium, comprising of Equitix Investment Management, Natwest and SMBC Leasing.
  • Acted as the lead legal adviser to the procuring authority, Transport for London (TfL), in relation to the landmark Silvertown Tunnel project.
  • Advised the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) on the landmark £4.2bn Thames Tideway Tunnel project.

Clifford Chance LLP

Clifford Chance LLP has particular strength in infrastructure M&A deals and advising funds, where its client base includes leading infrastructure names such as  3i Infrastructure, Allianz Capital Partners, and OMERS Infrastructure. Demonstrating the firm's strength in this area it was involved in Global Infrastructure Partners’ acquisition of a 50% interest in the Hornsea offshore wind project for approximately £4.46bn. Key names to note include James Boswell and Clare Burgess , who advise alongside practice head Michael Bates. Following two 2018 partner losses to US firms in London, Clifford Chance strengthened its bench with the re-hiring of Toby Parkinson from OMERS Infrastructure as a partner. Clients appreciate the team's 'deep industry knowledge' and its 'commercial' approach.

Practice head(s):

Michael Bates

Testimonials

‘ Deep knowledge of industry and terms. Very commercial. Excellent all around.’

‘This practice is unique, with the lawyers able to provide lenders with commercial advice based on their experiences in the energy sector in Ghana as well as complex legal advice.’

‘Russell Wells is one of the best sponsor counsel I have ever worked with.’

 

 

Key clients

3i Infrastructure

OMERS Infrastructure

Ardian

EQT Infrastructure

Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets

Global Infrastructure Partners

Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan

Hermes Infrastructure

JP Morgan Infrastructure

First State Investments

CMS

The 'very commercial and client centric'  team at  CMS has a broad client base within the infrastructure sector, advising  sponsors, lenders, public sector organisations, contractors and service providers. The practice has particular expertise in energy and social infrastructure work. With a strong international presence, the firm is able to work  on high profile mandates overseas  alongside playing a part in matters such as student accommodation deals in the UK. Key partners include practice co-heads Paul Smith and James Snape as well as the 'hardworking' and 'technically excellent' Jonathan Dames .

Practice head(s):

Paul Smith; James Snape

Testimonials

CMS are good because of their strength in depth. They are a team that is not just about the partners – some of their associates are really good.’

Jon Dames is very hard working, clever and pleasant to deal with. He is not stuck up and you really feel he is representing you, not the sponsors.’

We have worked with the CMS team for a number of years over a range of different projects – each with their own peculiarities and complexities and each time they have demonstrated a good understanding of our requirements. They consistently demonstrate a sound understanding of the technical aspects of the deals and give us confidence that our back is fully protected.’

Paul Smith, James Thomas and Jonathan Dames all have a good commercial eye to complement their technical (legal) knowledge, so we regularly receive guidance that distinguishes between the essential points that should not be conceded on and the “nice-to-haves” which can be useful bargaining chips in any negotiation. Their negotiation styles may be different but they are very effective and complement each other well as a team.’

Jon Dames  is a technically excellent finance lawyer’

‘Paul Smith has broad commercial expertise and excellent client management.’

Very commercial and client centric, strong on sponsor and lender sides too. Good sector spread and specific expertise in PPP.’

Excellent deal knowledge over a long period of time.’

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP has in-depth sector expertise across infrastructure and advises on a broad range of matters including M&A, restructurings, greenfield project development, and disputes. The practice acts for both sponsors and lenders including infrastructure funds, pension funds and sovereign wealth funds. Demonstrating the strength of its practice the team has been involved in high profile matters including HS2 and the development of the Thames Tideway Tunnel. Global head of infrastructure Patrick Mitchell has been involved in both matters. David Wyles and Gavin Williams are also well-regarded and have strong expertise in infrastructure M&A.

Practice head(s):

Patrick Mitchell

Work highlights

  • Advised GIC and BlackRock’s global energy and power infrastructure fund BlackRock GEPIF on the consortium acquisition of Kellas Midstream.
  • Advised Chevron Global Ventures on its US$1.57 billion exit from Azerbaijan by way of sale by Chevron Global Ventures, Ltd. and Chevron BTC Pipeline, Ltd. to MOL Hungarian Oil and Gas.
  • Advising High Speed Two (HS2) Limited, the developer of Britain’s new north-south high speed rail line 

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Hogan Lovells International LLP has a long-standing history in PPP and infrastructure work, and operates across all the key markets. The practice represents financial institutions, project sponsors, investors, private equity funds and governments, with its strong international presence enabling it to advise overseas governments on significant PPP work. Philip Brown has a background in secondary markets while Andrew Gallagher is recognised for his expertise in infrastructure finance. Scott Tindall is also noted for his greenfield and brownfield infrastructure development work and involvement in PPP.

Practice head(s):

Philip Robb

Testimonials

‘Exceptional breadth and depth of knowledge within the sector. Commercial and pragmatic in all aspects of the transaction. Easy to work with, they take a collegiate approach and allow open discussion with a good mix of advice and challenge.’

‘Pull out all the stops to get the deal done.’

‘Andrew Gallagher is a pleasure to work with and a lawyer at the top of his game. He’s a natural leader who clearly supports his team at all levels. His ability to remain calm and relaxed under the utmost pressure, and retain his sense of humour, is admirable.

‘Strong team with a wide range of expertise available to address complex legal matters across a range contractual matters’

 

Key clients

Aberdeen Asset Management

SMBC

Macquarie Capital

Brookfield

International Finance Corporation

HSBC

Work highlights

  • Advised International Finance Corporation and the City of Belgrade in connection with a PPP project to design, build and operate a 103 MW energy-from-waste facility in Serbia.
  • Advised the sponsors Covanta, Green Investment Group Limited and Veolia on the successful completion of the Rookery South Energy Recovery Facility, a deal involving the construction and operation of a 60 MW energy from waste facility in Bedfordshire.
  • Advised a group of 15 Lenders supporting the Riverlinx Consortium of Macquarie Capital, Cintra, Aberdeen Standard Investments, BAM PPP UK and SK Engineering and Construction on their bid for the £1bn Silvertown Tunnel DBFM PPP Project and on their successful financing of the project.

Latham & Watkins

The infrastructure team at Latham & Watkins in London has been growing rapidly in recent years, with a number of high profile hires boosting its profile in the market. Most recently the firm added finance partner Steve Curtis from Clifford Chance LLP, with his recruitment following that of practice heads Conrad Andersen and Brendan Moylan . The practice now has experience across a range of infrastructure assets ranging from energy and renewables to utilities, transport and telecoms, with Andersen, who clients praise for his 'dynamism and professionalism' and Moylan having a strong background advising infrastructure and sovereign wealth funds investing in the sector.  Seonaid Todisco is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Conrad Andersen; Brendan Moylan

Testimonials

‘The infrastructure financing team at Latham has an excellent grasp of the finance market and a deep understanding of market positions across the key documentation.’

Very strong infrastructure expertise, both from an M&A and financing perspective.’

‘The LW infra practice is truly a standout. They are the leading finance practice on infrastructure transactions in the London market and a go-to adviser for both sponsors and banks, in particular when looking for advice on complex transactions.’

Conrad Andersen is one of the best practising infrastructure lawyers in the City. He is heavily involved in transactions and is instrumental in delivering the whole proposition.’

Conrad Andersen understands the wider context of a deal, has a strong sense of  what is likely to be acceptable to the market, clearly communicates key risks and has a firm grasp on the interests of borrowers and lenders. He is also a pleasure to work with. There is no other partner that I would refer to have on my side on deals.’

Seonaid Todisco has a great eye for detail, turns documentation around incredibly quickly and is able to provide clear advice during negotiation and in-life, as she retains an excellent understanding of key transaction documents long after they have been signed.’

 

Key clients

IFM Investors

3i Infrastructure

Goldman Sachs Infrastructure Partners

Universities Superannuation Scheme

OMERS Infrastructure

Canada Pension Plan Investment Board

Morgan Stanley Infrastructure Partners

Iberdrola S.A.

First State Investments

DWS

Antin

EQT

WPD

Work highlights

  • Advised on the £1.12 billion financing for CityFibre to refinance existing debt.
  • Advised Iberdrola S.A. in connection with its £1.63 billion sale of a 40% stake in the East Anglia ONE offshore wind project, a UK-based provider of energy services, to Green Investment Group, part of the Macquarie Group.
  • Advised on the financing for Finerge Renewable Group Europe Hold Co S.à r.l., a renewable energy producer, to refinance existing debt.

Linklaters LLP

Linklaters LLP is known for its expertise in M&A infrastructure work, financings and project development work. The practice is particularly active in the public sector, advising governments and regulators. The transport sector is another key area of strength, including rail, airports and roads. Clients are able to benefit from the firm's broad international presence as well as its alliances in key locations such as Australia, South Africa, and Indonesia. Global co-heads of infrastructure Stuart Rowson and M&A specialist Jessamy Gallagher lead the practice alongside Ian AndrewsRichard Coar and Richard Ginks are also noted and have been particularly active on greenfield PPP projects.

Other key lawyers:

Richard Coar; Richard Ginks

Key clients

AviAlliance

Department for Transport

Equitix Investment Management Limited

Africa50

Department of Business Energy and Industrial Strategy

Work highlights

  • Advised the Department for Transport on the rescue financing packaging for Crossrail.
  • Advised lenders Equitix Investment Management in relation to UK facilities to refinance the acquisition by a consortium of a portfolio of PPP social infrastructure assets in the UK and Canada.
  • Advised Mizuho Bank Ltd as agent for AfDB, ECIC, and NEXI on a number of significant ongoing matters in connection with a US$2.73 billion project financing of the US$4 billion construction/refurbishment and operation of a 912km railway line through Mozambique and Malawi.

Norton Rose Fulbright

Norton Rose Fulbright offers clients a full-service  global infrastructure practice acting for major corporates, borrowers, sponsors, investment banks, and government bodies. Key clients include The Asian Development Bank, Balfour Beatty, Equitix, and National Grid. The practice has in-depth industry expertise as well as experience in PPP work around the world. Particular sectors of strength include the transport, waste to energy, and renewable energy sectors. The practice is led by Martin McCann , with other key individuals including senior finance lawyer Madhavi Gosavi and Charles Whitney.

Practice head(s):

Martin McCann

Key clients

Asian Development Bank

Balfour Beatty

BNP Paribas

Bank of Tokyo Mitsubishi

Commerzreal

Export Import Bank of Korea

Ecobank

European Investment Bank (EIB)

Equitix

First Rand Bank

Full Circle Generation Limited

International Financial Corporation (IFC)

Jingko Solar

M&G Investments

Marubeni Corporation

Moroccan Agency for Solar Energy (MASEN)

Ministry of Finance Angola

National Commercial Bank of Jamaica

National Grid

Nedbank

nogaholding

Octopus Investments

Petropavlosk

Seplat

Standard Bank

Standard Chartered Bank

Societe Generale

Toyota Tsusho

Work highlights

  • Advising prospective lenders to the Hochtief/Iridium consortium who are one of the shortlisted consortia bidding for the A465 Heads of the Valleys Roads PPP project.
  • Advised a consortium of lenders on the £4.1bn refinancing of the Beatrice offshore wind project in Scotland.
  • Advising lenders to the Bridge Power Project in Ghana, sponsored by General Electric, Endeavor Energy and Sage Petroleum (part of the Quantum Group). Bridge Power is a first of its kind in Africa, fast-deployment dual-fuelled LPG and natural gas power project located in Tema 16 miles east of Accra, Ghana.

Addleshaw Goddard

Addleshaw Goddard has a sizeable practice with an established national presence in infrastructure and PPP/PFI. The firm has particular expertise in transport, displaying industry expertise across rail, airports, and ports. The firm is on the panels for Network Rail, Hitachi Rail, and Transport for Greater Manchester. Additionally, the firm has a strong healthcare PFI/PPP practice, with key clients including NHS Trusts and private sector investors. The healthcare practice is led by Manchester-based Michael O’Connor. Richard Goodfellow acts as national head of infrastructure, projects and energy. Also noted is David Hartley who heads the firm’s PFI/PPP team in London.

Key clients

Department of Transport

Leeds City Council

MUFG Bank

Sumitomo Mitshui Banking Corporation

Mizuho Bank

Southern Water Services Limited

London Luton Airport Limited

Luton Council

Merseytravel

Muse Developments Limited

Hitachi Rail

Transport for Greater Manchester

Central Manchester NHS Trust

Guys and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust

Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University NHS Foundation Trust

Royal Free NHS Foundation Trust

Semperian

InfraRed Capital Partners

Equitix

Bilfinger Berger Global Infrastructure

GB Partnerships Limited

Fulcrum Infrastructure Group

Imagile Group Limited

Kajima Partnerships Limited

Sir Robert McAlpine Capital Ventures Ltd

Norddeutsche Landesbank Girozentrale

South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust

Aviva Public Private Finance Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised the Department for Transport on a multi-year mandate in relation to the new West Coast rail franchise, which will combine the current InterCity West Coast services with the development and introduction of the new High Speed 2 services.
  • Advised a joint venture between Kajima and Sir Robert McAlpine in its role as master developer for South West London and St Georges NHS Mental Health Trust, on the multi-million pound redevelopment of its Springfield University Hospital site in South West London.
  • Advising the combined councils of West Yorkshire in the development of innovative district heating and other energy efficiency schemes to help them reach their combined carbon emissions target of net zero.

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie  has an active presence in the infrastructure sector with a particular focus on high-profile international projects. These international projects include a significant waste project in the City of Belgrade and a sizeable port project in Georgia. Other areas that the practice is active in include energy, hospitality, and data storage. Mike Webster specialises in energy, mining and infrastructure. Marc Fèvre  is also noted and has a particular focus on renewable energy.

Practice head(s):

Mike Webster

Other key lawyers:

Marc Fèvre

Key clients

Fiera Infrastructure

Suez

Itochu Corporation

Marguerite Fund

Anaklia Development Corporation

Inter Terminals Ltd

UK Export Finance

Standard Chartered Bank

Amut S.p.A.

Hutchison Ports

Hitachi Limited

CDPQ

Edwardian Hotels

C. Ro Ports

Work highlights

  • Acted for Equinix, Inc., the global leader in the data centre market on its $1bn+ Europe-based joint venture with GIC, Singapore’s global wealth fund, to develop and operate hyper scale “xScaleTM” data centres.
  • Advising international water and waste management company, Suez, Itochu Corporation and Marguerite Fund as the successful sponsors on their bid for the EUR 300 million 25-year PPP to develop a new system to treat the municipal waste of the City of Belgrade.
  • Advising on the development of the Anaklia port in Georgia in relation to the construction arrangements and project financing.

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP has an effective cross-disciplinary practice acting on a wide range of infrastructure issues for domestic and international clients. The practice advises clients from project inception through to fund raising and refinancing. Handling large infrastructure transactions is well within the practice’s capabilities, with the firm's sector strengths including conventional and renewable energy, digital infrastructure, transport and logistics. The practice maintains a client base including multinational sponsors such as Macquarie Capital and investment banks like Goldman Sachs International. Practice head Mark Richards has a long history of advising infrastructure investors.

Practice head(s):

Mark Richards

Other key lawyers:

Tom Eldridge

Testimonials

‘BCLP provides a very strong offering in this area and compares well with its peers. They are approachable and easy to work with and know their sector well’

‘Mark Richards is  excellent’

 

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

Macquarie Capital

Goldman Sachs International

SEACOR Marine Holdings

Work highlights

  • Advised Macquarie Capital on its investment in rural superfast broadband business Voneus.
  • Advised Goldman Sachs International on the financing aspects of Macquarie Capital’s £1.63 billion acquisition of a 40% stake in the 714 MW East Anglia One offshore wind project in the UK through its Green Investment Group (GIG).
  • Advised MTAA Super (as shareholder) on the €1.5 billion planned sale and exit from Gdansk Port Terminal business.

Burges Salmon LLP

Burges Salmon LLP has an impressive cross-sector infrastructure practice with a particular focus on the energy, transport, and defence sectors. The practice is involved in key nuclear energy projects in addition to significant offshore wind projects. Within the transport sector, the firm acts for London Underground, FirstGroup, Abellio Greater Anglia. Chris Jackson heads the firm’s infrastructure team. Ian Salter remains a key contact for nuclear energy projects. Other key individuals include Brioney Thomas, Elizabeth Dunn, and Lloyd James.

Practice head(s):

Chris Jackson

Key clients

Central Government – Ministry of Defence, Department for Transport, Department for Education, Foreign & Commonwealth Office, Home Office, Department for Health & Social Care

Abellio

Greater London Authority

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

ENGIE

Transport for London (including London Underground and Rail for London)

Bristol City Council

Highways England

Costain Ltd

Transport for Wales and the Welsh Government

EDF

Ørsted (formerly Dong Energy)

Innogy Renewables UK

RWE/npower

Magnox Limited

GCP Infrastructure Investments Limited

OFGEM / OFWAT

Statkraft UK

Work highlights

  • Advising Bristol City Council on its ambitious ‘City LEAP’ plan to raise around £1 billion of investment to transform Bristol into the UK’s first smart-energy, carbon neutral city by 2030.
  • Continuing to advise the Ministry of Defence on its £30 billion+ procurement of the Dreadnought class submarines.
  • Advising Innogy Renewables, one of the world’s leaders in alternative energy, on issues surrounding the development of the 1.4GW Sofia Offshore Wind Farm, situated on Dogger Bank.

Clyde & Co LLP

Clyde & Co LLP is known for its PFI/PPP work and its practice head, 'industry leader' Liz Jenkins , is a projects specialist with a focus on the social and transport sectors. In addition the firm acts for key clients in sectors such as utilities,energy and healthcare. The firm has expanded its team with the hire of Stephen Jurgenson from Winston & Strawn LLP. Other names to note in a team that clients say offers 'sound commercial and practical advice' include senior associate Laura Coates , who specialises in PFI/PPP and social infrastructure projects.

Practice head(s):

Liz Jenkins

Other key lawyers:

Stephen Jurgenson; Laura Coates

Testimonials

Liz Jenkins is recognised as an industry leader.’

The team is pragmatic and practical, offering solutions rather than obstacles.’

Knowledgeable and well briefed, offering relevant advice, whilst also identifying key issues.’

At each stage throughout any process Laura and Liz take the time to understand our needs, assess the issue as the situation evolves, and always present the advice in a clear and concise manner. They are both very responsive, thorough and their attention to detail is second to none at all times. Their ongoing service and personal contact continues to make them our trusted legal partners.’

In-depth experience of PFI projects coupled with sound commercial and practical advice.’

Key clients

Electrogas Malta Limited

Walsall Hospital Company PLC

TOTAL

Work highlights

  • Advising Electrogas Malta Limited on the €450 million ground-breaking Delimara 4 LNG-to-Power project.

DLA Piper

DLA Piper recently relaunched and reorganised its infrastructure, construction and transport practice under the leadership of Martin Nelson-Jones , who has significant expertise in M&A within the infrastructure sector. The practice has specialists in road, rail, aviation, and ports. Other sectors that the practice has a presence in include digital infrastructure, with the firm advising a broad range of clients across all areas of infrastructure, ranging from corporates and  financial investors, through to governments and non-profit organisations. Birmingham-based real estate planning partner Howard Bassford is a key contact, as is Colin Wilson , who has a strong background in PPP and infrastructure projects.

Other key lawyers:

Colin Wilson

Testimonials

‘Strong coverage geographically and good sector coverage’

‘Colin Wilson has a great profile, deal experience and commercial/client skills

 

Key clients

Manchester Airport Group

Menzies Aviation Plc

Hitachi Rail Limited

Neqsol Holding (parent company of Bakcell LLC)

Mersey Gateway Crossing Board Limited

Highways England

Kelda Group

Agility Trains

All the UK mobile operators (BT, Vodafone, Telefonica, Three)

Dalmore Capital

Equitix Ltd

InfraRed Capital Partners

Nord/LB

Greencoat

Work highlights

  • Advised the UK Department for Transport on the multibillion pound expansion of Heathrow Airport.
  • Advised on Kelda’s strategic exit from the PPP sector by selling five waste / waste water PPP projects
  • Advised Hitachi Rail Limited on the £400 million contract to build a new fleet of intercity trains for Abellio.

Gowling WLG

Gowling WLG has an experienced practice advising across sectors including transport, defence, and infrastructure, with the Ministry of Defence a key client of the firm. The team, which frequently advises on international PPP projects,  also has a strong domestic practice,  advising on road and tunnel projects, as  well  as a smart metre project in the UK. Stephen Kenny heads the UK projects team, while Jonathan Brufal heads the international side of projects  work. Andrew Newberry is also a key individual in the practice, which clients describe as 'solution driven and user friendly'.

Practice head(s):

Stephen Kenny; Jonathan Brufal

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Newberry

Testimonials

‘Compact but very experienced, solution driven and user friendly team whose approach and model means they can be more competitive’

Jonathan Brufal  and Andrew Newbery both have more than 20 years’ experience working on infrastructure and energy deals in emerging markets so know their trade very well.’

Key clients

Ministry of Defence

Acciona

Kuwait Authority

United States Agency for International Development Power Africa

International Finance Corporation

Government of Kenya

Sumitomo Corporation

Department of Health

CRRC

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

FlyPlymouth

Bombardier Transportation (UK) Limited

Zhuzhou Times Electric Co Ltd.

Tarmac

Work highlights

  • Advising Highways England on the procurement of the A303 Amesbury to Berwick Down (Stonehenge) road/tunnel project.
  • Appointed as sole legal provider to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy in respect of its 5-year, £5 billion International Climate Finance programme.
  • Appointed as international counsel advising the Oman Power and Water Procurement Company on the procurement of a clean coal-fired power station in Oman.

Osborne Clarke LLP

Osborne Clarke LLP 's infrastructure practice has deep expertise in projects and energy. Key sectors that the practice is active in include renewable energy and digital infrastructure. Within energy, the practice has been involved in significant projects around electric vehicle charging infrastructure, as well as solar energy projects. EE is a key client and has instructed the practice on some notable digital infrastructure work. Chris Wade heads the projects team and Omar Al-Nuaimi acts as head of project finance. Clients praise the team for its 'great knowledge of the sector and its nuances'.

Practice head(s):

Chris Wade; Omar Al-Nuaimi

Testimonials

‘Great knowledge of the sector and its nuances’

‘Passionate about helping to get the best deal for our organisation – they build strong relationships’

Key clients

LimeJump

Statera Energy

Via Novus Limited

Foresight Solar

Centrica

Springfield Heat Project

Western Power Company Limited

Minety Battery Storage

Northacre Renewable Energy Limited

EE Limited

John Laing Environmental Assets Group Limited (JLEN)

The Renewables Infrastructure Group Limited

Green Frog Power

Triple Point

Equitix

Bristol University

Nord LB

Arlington Advisors

Engie Regeneration Ltd

Work highlights

  • Advising EE on the groundbreaking Home Office Emergency Services Network Project Contract.
  • Advising Via Novus on a £35m investment by Cube Infrastructure Fund into Engenie, one of the UK’s fastest growing electric vehicle (EV) rapid charging networks.
  • Advising Foresight Solar Fund Limited on the completion of a £245 million multi-level debt refinancing for a portfolio of 28 UK solar energy assets with an installed capacity of 321MW.

Pinsent Masons LLP

Pinsent Masons LLP offers advice across a broad range of infrastructure projects, with particular expertise in PFI and PPP. Particular industries of focus include roads, rail, airports, and waste management. Key matter highlights include greenfield PPP work as well as a major airport transaction in Zagreb. Practice head Stephen Tobin has a strong background in PPP and in financing infrastructure assets. Jonathan Hart is praised for his 'great industry knowledge', particularly in the transport sector. Sonal Shah is a key individual on the team and has experience in the transport and defence sectors. Clients appreciate the team's 'commercial approach and excellent collaborative skills'.

Practice head(s):

Stephen Tobin

Other key lawyers:

Jonathan Hart; Sonal Shah

Testimonials

Very good awareness of the infrastructure sector.’

Expertise across pretty much every sub-sector within this category in the UK and internationally. Involved in all the big UK infrastructure projects. Advice is timely, well considered, clearly delivered and takes account of the context on any particular project.’

Jon Hart has great industry knowledge, is refreshing to work with and an inspiration to clients and colleagues alike.’

Excellent quality of work and attention to detail. Remain focused on the transaction/deal at all times,  while avoiding getting bogged down in detail. Quick to propose alternatives when problems appear.’

Unrivalled expertise in complex waste infrastructure projects, always demonstrating a pragmatic, commercial approach and excellent collaborative skills in seeking to find solutions rather than sticking points.’

 

Key clients

Balfour Beatty

Heathrow Operating Company Limited (Heathrow Airport Limited)

Transport Infrastructure Ireland

Bouygues

Vinci

Eurovia

Veolia

FCC Environment

Pennon/Viridor

Amey

Aberdeen Standard Investments

Meridiam

Equitix

IFC

KBR

Hochtief

Intertoll

Galliford Try

Morgan Sindall

The Portman Estate

BAM Nuttall

Work highlights

  • Advising Transport Infrastructure Ireland on the procurement of the Dublin Metrolink project.
  • Advising potential funders to the bidding consortium for the design, construction, operation, maintenance and financing of the improvement to the A465 Heads of the Valleys Dualling Abergavennt to Hirwau.
  • Advised the concessionaire, MZLZ, on the €200 million refinancing of the Zagreb Airport PPP Project.

White & Case LLP

White & Case LLP is particularly strong in infrastructure M&A, advising a broad range of clients from corporates and private equity funds through to regulators and governments. The established PPP practice benefits from the firm's international presence across locations such as the Czech Republic and Kazakhstan. Practice head Caroline Miller Smith leads the group in EMEA and has a strong background in greenfield and brownfield infrastructure projects, as well as complex financings. Caroline Sherrell leads the firm's European infrastructure M&A practice. Simon Caridia is also noted for his focus on European infrastructure M&A.

Practice head(s):

Caroline Miller Smith

Testimonials

‘Responsive and with good ‘deal doing’ capabilities’

Work highlights

  • Advised Vale S.A. and Mitsui & Co., Ltd. on the development and US$2.73 billion refinancing of the landmark Nacala Corridor Railway and Port Project, located along a regional corridor shared by Mozambique and Malawi.
  • Represented the 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), the ring road around Almaty.
  • Advised Brebemi, the Italian toll road which runs from Brescia to Milan, on its €1.679 billion project bond financing.

Dentons

Dentons has a strong infrastructure practice both domestically and across its extensive international network. The practice has particular expertise in transport and road matters, as can be demonstrated by its longstanding role advising Network Rail. Other notable clients include 3i Infrastructure and Dalmore Capital. The practice has been particularly active in PPP work abroad and is involved in a roads project in Liberia. Edinburgh-based Euan Wilson specialises in secondary market PFI/PPP transactions, while Dominic Spacie has a strong background advising financial institutions and government entities on PFI/PPP projects.

Practice head(s):

Euan Wilson; Dominic Spacie

Key clients

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

Semperian

Sir Robert McAlpine

Morgan Sindall Investments

3i Infrastructure

Network Rail

Tfl (Transport for London)

Infrastructure Managers Limited

Dalmore Capital

Gulf Energy

Greater London Authority

Mota Engil/ Bugesera Airport Company Limited

Lands Improvement Holdings and Gallagher

London Luton Airport Operations Limited

Great Western Developments Limited

Aviva Public Private Finance Limited

Work highlights

  • Acted for Dalmore Capital in its acquisition of the majority of 3i Infrastructure plc’s UK PPP portfolio.
  • Advising on a significant PPP project in  Liberia
  • Instructed as lead counsel for the lender syndicate in restructuring a PFI contract entered into in June 2010 for the upgrading and maintaining of roads, streetlights and associated street scenery worth £2.5bn.

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

With 'profound knowledge of the energy sector', Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP has gained recognition for its ability to handle a broad range of infrastructure work across the energy, transport and social infrastructure sectors. The practice is involved in key matters in emerging markets and high-value transactions in Europe. PPP/PFI work continues to make up a strong portion of the workload. The firm's strength in this sector is demonstrated through its recent appointment to the National Grid panel. Robert Pitcher, who is praised by clients for showing 'exceptional commitment', co-heads the global energy and infrastructure group, while Michelle Davis heads the international clean energy practice.

Testimonials

‘Eversheds Sutherland are without a doubt the most diligent, hard-working energy team in the market. They are always available immediately and continue to exceed our expectations by meeting extremely tight deadlines to complete some of largest, most complex outbound investments in the industry.’

‘What differentiates Eversheds Sutherland is its profound knowledge of the energy sector and its ability to navigate the cultural intricacies and challenges associated with doing business in China’

‘Rob Pitcher and [China managing partner] Jay Ze  show exceptional commitment to our business by leading one integrated international team that delivers our most intricate deals on time and within budget. They both have outstanding technical competence and an ability to provide innovative solutions during very challenging times.’

‘A longstanding trusted adviser and our preferred law firm in the projects and energy space’

 

Key clients

Deutsche Bahn

Macquarie Capital

Centrica

EDF

Pensions Infrastructure Platform

Wartsila

BlackRock

Shell

National Development Finance Agency

IFC

Work highlights

  • Advising Dover Harbour Board in relation to its £200 million multi-sourced debt financing of the Western Docks Development
  • Advised Glennmont Partners on its acquisition of a 211MW windfarm in Finland, marking its first investment in the Nordic market.
  • Advised Gresham House Energy Storage Fund PLC  on its £100m IPO on the Specialist Funds Segment (SFS) of the London Stock Exchange’s Main Market.

Milbank

Milbank handles the development, construction and financing of infrastructure projects such as toll roads, bridges, airports, and universities. Matthew Hagopian heads the London project, energy and infrastructure finance group. Within project finance, John Dewar and Clive Ransome are key individuals. Manzer Ijaz acts for key stakeholders on various energy and infrastructure projects.

Shearman & Sterling LLP

Shearman & Sterling LLP has a broad range of experience within infrastructure and has been involved in key deals involving airports, rail, and digital infrastructure. The practice has strong expertise advising on traditional greenfield public-private partnerships, as well as purely private project financings. The firm strengthened its brownfield practice with the hire of Tim Sheddick and Katie Hicks from Baker McKenzie. Practice head Iain Elder is a partner in the project development and finance practice. Clients describe Katie Hicks as an 'exceptional finance lawyer'. The team is praised for its 'seamless and coordinated service'.

Practice head(s):

Iain Elder

Other key lawyers:

Tim Sheddick; Katie Hicks

Testimonials

‘Shearman have fast become one of the top infrastructure m&a and debt teams in the city. From a standing start Tim and Katie have done an exceptional job of providing a seamless and coordinated service to the sector.’

‘Katie Hicks is an exceptional finance partner.She is one of the most commercial minded lawyers I have worked with and this skill set is extremely is very rare.’

Key clients

Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets

First State Investments

CDPQ

Westerleigh Crematoria Group

OTPP

Bristol Airport

Beacon Rail

Copenhagen Airport

Aberdeen Standard Investments

VTTI

JP Morgan managed infrastructure fund, IIF

Work highlights

  • Advised Beacon Rail Leasing on the €1.45bn equivalent refinancing of its senior debt facilities into a new multi-creditor common terms platform.
  • Advised Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets on its acquisition of Farnborough Airport via Macquarie European Infrastructure Fund 6.
  • Advised PKA, PFA, ATP and funds managed or advised by Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets on the take private of TCF A/S, the listed Danish telecoms company for a total consideration of approximately $6.6bn.

Simmons & Simmons

Simmons & Simmons offers clients a broad range of advice on matters ranging from infrastructure M&A and secondary trading, to financing and PPP project development. The practice has a notable presence in public sector work and matters in the energy sector, demonstrating particular expertise in renewable energy, in which it is advising on the decommissioning of eight  nuclear power plants. 'All-round star' Juliet Reingold has a strong background in energy while 'great ambassador' Andrew Petry specialises in infrastructure and energy finance. The practice is headed by Iain Duncan .

Practice head(s):

Iain Duncan

Testimonials

‘Exceptionally strong in projects that have a public sector dimension, having acted for the Government on the most sensitive, high profile and high value projects for decades’

‘A very innovative solution provider’

‘Juliet Reingold is an all-round star. She has deep sector knowledge, fantastic understanding of Government processes, and a mastery of detail while always seeing the big picture. She’s superb at seeing all perspectives in multi-stakeholder projects, identifying routes to agreement and getting complex deals done’

‘Patrick Wallace has great experience, intelligence and good knowledge of us as a client, enabling him to propose complex workable solutions’

‘Andrew Petry stands out as one of the great ambassadors of the firm’

Key clients

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

Macquarie Bank Limited

Umm Al Houl Power Q.P.S.C.

Ministry of Defence

Macquarie Capital

BBGI, Denys N.V., Willemen

Brookfield

Arcus

InfraRed

UK Government Investments

NextEnergy

Bulgarian Energy Holding EAD

NordLB

European Investment Bank

Mainstream Renewable Power

Legal & General

Iona Capital

Generali

Work highlights

  • Advising BEIS on the £9bn Nuclear Liabilities Fund (“NLF”) and options for the decommissioning of eight nuclear power stations operated by EDF.
  • Advising the Ministry of Defence/UKGI on a 24-year £25bn PPP contract for the management of the Atomic Weapons Establishment facilities in Aldermaston and Burghfield – the UK’s nuclear deterrence programme.
  • Advising Macquarie Bank on a loan to Foresight, a flexible secured revolving credit borrowing base facility allowing Foresight to raise liquidity based on security over a portfolio of both leveraged and unleveraged renewables and PPP/PFI projects.

Slaughter and May

Slaughter and May has an infrastructure practice spanning sectors including transport, energy, and defence. Partners in the practice advise a wide range of clients from infrastructure investors to government organisations. Michael Corbett co-heads the practice alongside Hywel Davies. Richard Todd is also noted for his expertise in projects.

Stephenson Harwood

Stephenson Harwood has an active infrastructure practice, with particular experience of accommodation, transport, and energy work. The team advises all parties from sponsors, funders and contractors through to public sector authorities. Key areas of work include PPP and PFI projects, refinancings and market acquisitions. Practice head Jonathan Cripps has a background in economic and social infrastructure projects. Rebecca Carter is also recommended and has a high level of expertise in PFI/PPP work.

Practice head(s):

Jonathan Cripps

Other key lawyers:

Rebecca Carter

Key clients

Albany SPC Services Limited

London Borough of Barking and Dagenham

North London Waste Authority

InfraCo Africa Limited

Semperian PPP Investment Partners Group Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising North London Waste Authority on its North London Heat and Power Project, a ten year programme to build a new Energy Recovery Facility at the Edmonton EcoPark.
  • Advising Albany SPC Services Limited across a portfolio of projects which together are valued at over £250 million.
  • Advising InfraCo Africa on a number of renewable energy projects, such as the hydropower project at Ngonye Falls that has an estimated value of $200million.

Travers Smith LLP

Travers Smith LLP has expertise in cross-border and high value transactions for infrastructure funds as well as having experience of geo-thermal energy and infrastructure matters and renewable energy such as solar and wind.  'Trusted adviser' Spencer Summerfield heads the infrastructure team as well as co-heading the corporate team. Jonathan Walters was recently promoted to partner last year and focuses on advising infrastructure funds. The team is described by clients as having 'first rate lawyers' and offeing 'creative, commercial solutions'.

Practice head(s):

Spencer Summerfield

Other key lawyers:

Jonathan Walters

Testimonials

‘Commercially astute and excellent turnaround times.’

‘Spencer Summerfield and Jonathan Walters  are first rate lawyers. Commercial, knowledgeable and with excellent response times.’

‘Exceptional commerciality. Transparent communication. Gets to the crux of the matter quickly and generate creative, commercial solutions.’

‘Spencer Summerfield is a trusted adviser on any transaction. He thoroughly understands your requirements and those of the other side to generate creative and commercial solutions. He is the best partner I have worked with.Jonathan Walters has strong tenacity to get complex deals over the line.’

Key clients

Arjun Infrastructure

Basalt Infrastructure Partners LP

Ancala Partners LLP

Leep Utilities

Challenger UK

Work highlights

  • Advised the second Basalt Infrastructure Partners fund on its £255 million acquisition of AIM-listed Manx Telecom plc, the Isle of Man’s leading communication solutions provider.
  • Advised Macquarie on its acquisition of the entire issued and to be issued share capital of AIM-listed Premier Technical Services Group plc.
  • Advised Ancala Partners LLP on its acquisition of a 50% interest in Dragon LNG Group Limited, a liquefied natural gas regasification terminal from Petronas.

Trowers & Hamlins LLP

Trowers & Hamlins LLP has good expertise in social infrastructure work spanning across sectors including housing, education, health, and social care. The practice is also involved in waste and environmental projects. Key clients in the public sector include Homes England, the Secretary of State for Education, and West Midlands Combined Authority. Paul McDermott and Scott Dorling co-head the practice. The 'immensely knowledgeable' Helen Randall is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Paul McDermott; Scott Dorling

Other key lawyers:

Assad Maqbool; Helen Randall

Testimonials

The team thinks about client needs and responds well.’

Helen Randall is immensely knowledgeable and understands her public sector clients well.’

Key clients

West Midlands Combined Authority

Amey

Secretary of State for Education / Located

Homes England

Integrated Project Services, LLC

Federal Electricity and Water Authority (United Arab Emirates)

Camden and Islington NNHS Foundation Trust

Camden Council

Bouygues

Enfield Council

The Urban Growth Company

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority

Watford Council

Greater London Authority

Westminster City Council

Sutton Council

Electricity and Water Authority (Bahrain)

Malaysian Resources Corporation Berhad

WM5G Limited

Harlow, Epping Forest and East Herts councils

Hillingdon Council

Stevenage Council

Northamptonshire County Council

Work highlights

  • Advised West Midlands Combined Authority on the procurement and engagement of a contractor to deliver the connected autonomous vehicles testbed facility.
  • Advising London Borough of Camden in relation to a dispute involving the Chalcots estate housing PFI project.
  • Advising the Museum of London on the relocation of the Museum from its current site on London Wall to a new location in historic Smithfield Market.

Weil, Gotshal & Manges (London) LLP

Weil, Gotshal & Manges (London) LLP acts for some of the leading infrastructure funds active in the UK market. Its client base includes Antin Infrastructure, AMP Capital, and THI Investments. The team, which is headed by the well-regarded James MacArthur and Paul Hibbert , has been active across mandates in a range of infrastructure sectors including social, transport and energy. Notably, the team has been boosted by a number of hires in related practices, including M&A partner David Avery-Gee  and tax partner Jenny Doak, both of whom have a focus on energy work.  The team is praised by clients for going 'the extra mile for their clients'.

Practice head(s):

James MacArthur; Paul Hibbert

Testimonials

The partners and wider team we work with at Weil, Gotshal & Manges understand our strategy and commercial objectives, and provide valuable and proactive input. The partners work effectively and seamlessly with our senior executive team and our external financial advisers.’

Willing to go the extra mile for their clients.’

James MacArthur always thinks proactively about our requirements as a client, providing valuable advice and input. He runs a great team and pro- actively covers all aspects of a deal.’

Paul Hibbert is a very strong commercial debt lawyer. Pragmatic and effective in getting transactions closed. He is very proactive, personable and client-driven and has a very good understanding of the wider commercial aspects of a transaction.’

Work highlights

  • Advised Antin Infrastructure Partners on the restructuring, refinancing and sale of Kellas Midstream to a consortium of GIC and BlackRock.
  • Advised APG Asset Management in its acquisition of a 39% stake in Interparking S.A., a major European car park operator.
  • Advised Welcome Break (and its shareholders Arjun Infrastructure Partners and Applegreen plc) on its refinancing.

Bevan Brittan LLP

Bevan Brittan LLP is particularly active in the health, waste and energy sectors, as well as projects disputes. The practice has been involved in some significant PPP/PFI work including the £8 billion housing and regeneration work at Thamesmead Waterfront. The team is led by Nadeem Arshad who has a strong background in waste and energy. The team is 'approachable' and has 'good communication skills'.

Practice head(s):

Nadeem Arshad

Other key lawyers:

Nathan Bradbury; Louise Robling

Testimonials

Very approachable and helpful, quick to respond and proactive in keeping things moving forward and liaising with the advisers to other parties. Good communication skills.’

A close-knit team which really understands our business.’

The fact Bevan Britan delivers on time stands out. Often the legal matters that come up are ones that need to be resolved before the rest of a project can move on so being able to count on deadlines being hit is a great plus.

Louise Robling remains one of the most calm and sensible lawyers I have the pleasure of working with.’

 

Nadeem Arshad and Nathan Bradbury are highly professional and considerate.’

Nathan Bradbury manages to approach a problem pragmatically, resolve it with us and only then apply the legals to it..’

 

 

Key clients

4R Group

Viridor Waste Management

Bank of Ireland

Peabody Land Limited

Birmingham City Council

Cambridgeshire County Council

University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust

Wigan Metropolitan Borough Council

Leeds & York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

Isle of Wight Council

Work highlights

  • Advising 4R Group on a number of legal and operational issues in relation to 3 separate Waste Management PFI/PPP projects across England and Wales.
  • Advising Wigan Metropolitan Borough Council on their 25 year Waste PPP Project in the North West.
  • Advising the 33 local authorities across Wales on the WEP Strategic Partner Framework – a joint venture to deliver education and community facilities throughout Wales through a PPP model and which is being procured by the Welsh Government.

Bird & Bird LLP

The international projects and procurement team at Bird & Bird LLP has particular experience in the aviation, defence, and technology sectors. The practice typically advises on international PPP work, such as the Keflavik International Airport project in Iceland. Stuart Cairns and Roger Bickerstaff head the practice. The team is 'highly motivated' and is a 'pleasure to work with'. Clients praise Cairns for his 'pragmatic, agile' and 'creative' approach.

Practice head(s):

Stuart Cairns; Roger Bickerstaff

Testimonials

They stand out by taking care of every detail and being extremely polite and nice to be around.’

Their expertise on procurement law is excellent. They are good partners with very good people skills. Cannot recommend working with them enough.’

The partners and associates I see are highly motivated and expert and very client centred.’

Chris Murray and Jonathan Robb are dedicated to industry clients.’

Stuart Cairns is, for us, the leading procurement lawyer in London. He’s pragmatic, agile, creative and inventive. He’s exceptionally knowledgeable of the rules and knows how to make them work for his clients both public or private sector.  He is the most learned, practical, connected and yet pleasant lawyer I have ever worked with.’

Key clients

Isavia Ohf

Association of Municipalities in the Capital Area, Iceland

London Luton Airport Limited

KCS (part of Kent County Council)

UK Anti-Doping

Irish Aviation Authority

Smart DCC

C40 Smart Cities

Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs, Saudi Arabia (MoMRA)

SAZKA Group

Work highlights

  • Advising the Saudi Arabian Government in connection with establishing its Pathfinder PPP projects.
  • Advising Iceland’s State-owned airport operator on the €1-2bn Major Development Plan (MDP) at Keflavik International Airport (KEF).
  • Acting for C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group as consultants.

Browne Jacobson LLP

Browne Jacobson LLP has a well-established presence in the local authority housing and regeneration market. The firm frequently acts on high-value transactions and significant regeneration projects including Watford Riverwell and the regeneration of Chichester Southern Gateway. Other key areas include advising on environmental projects and procurements on behalf of local authorities. Stephen Matthew, Craig Elder and Peter Ware head the practice. The team has 'excellent technical lawyers' and provide 'high quality legal advice'.

Other key lawyers:

Alex Kynoch

Testimonials

‘Browne Jacobsen are excellent technical lawyers who give very practical advice which our departments appreciate. They particularly understand the local government sector as some of their lawyers have a background. They are very responsive and provide a full range of service’

‘Craig Elder, Alex Kynoch and Stephen Matthews provide high quality legal advice and have a deep understanding of the sector’

Key clients

London Borough of Croydon

London Borough of Enfield

Walsall Council

Department of Health

Watford Borough Council

London Borough of Tower Hamlets

Local Partnerships

Chichester District Council

London Borough of Ealing

Folkestone & Hythe District Council

Winchester City Council

Nottinghamshire County Council

Rushmoor Borough Council

Elmbridge Borough Council

Dacorum Borough Council

Tandridge District Council

City of Lincoln WGC

Herefordshire Council

Work highlights

  • Advising Manchester City Council on all aspects of its ambitious city centre district heating project.
  • Advising on the joint venture between Watford Borough Council and Kier in relation to the Watford Riverwell regeneration.
  • Advising London Borough of Enfield on its plans to regenerate housing estates by innovative funding and commercial arrangements involving partnering with a pension fund or funds.

Devonshires Solicitors LLP

Devonshires Solicitors LLP has particular experience in PPP projects and advises on a broad range of matters within project finance. The firm advises on PPP projects in a number of sectors including leisure, housing, transport, and healthcare. Paul Buckland heads the projects department and Robert Turner acts as co-head. Caroline Mostowfi is also noted. Clients praise the team's 'incredible commitment and tenacity'.

Practice head(s):

Paul Buckland; Robert Turner

Other key lawyers:

Caroline Mostowfi

Testimonials

‘Incredible commitment and tenacity with a particularly difficult project’

‘Paul Buckland is always available, always delivers and is great at relationships’

‘Rob Turner is diligent and good attention to detail’

 

Key clients

Greenwich Leisure Limited

Work highlights

  • Assisting Greenwich Leisure Limited with the delivery of the design, build, operation and maintenance of new and existing leisure facilities in Reading.

Fladgate LLP

Fladgate LLP’s projects practice advises clients in the public sector, investors and consortium-members, as well as contractors for small and large scale PFI/PPP work. Some of the sectors that the practice is involved include transport, hospitals, social housing, and utilities. Andrew Bessemer Clark heads the team and is recognised for his expertise in projects and infrastructure. Sam Tye is also noted.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Bessemer Clark

Other key lawyers:

Sam Tye

Mayer Brown International LLP

Mayer Brown International LLP has a strong international offering for clients in infrastructure, demonstrating a broad range of capabilities in areas including power stations, bridges, dams, roads and more. Practice head Michael Regan displays a high-level of expertise in construction and international arbitration. Jonathan Hosie has a strong background in procurement, while managing partner Sally Davies is an experienced construction litigator.

Practice head(s):

Michael Regan

Other key lawyers:

Jonathan Hosie; Sally Davies

Mills & Reeve LLP

Mills & Reeve LLP is involved in various areas of infrastructure, most notably the student accommodation sector. The practice additionally has a strong defence practice and was appointed to the Crown Commercial Services panel, leading to mandates from the UK Ministry of Defence and Defence Infrastructure Organisation. Raith Pickup heads the practice. Andrew Ray is also a key individual.

Practice head(s):

Raith Pickup

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Ray

Testimonials

‘Andrew Ray is exceptionally smart, creative, a pragmatist and a business-closer. A lawyer that pushes the deal forward rather then backwards on legal matters.’

‘The firm gives specific and industry-related knowledge that differentiates from general advice and instils confidence in dealings.’

‘Approachable, easily accessible and responsive.’

Key clients

University of Exeter

Kingston University

Ministry of Defence

Defence Infrastructure Organisation

Maritime and Coastguard Agency

Department for Work and Pensions

Center Parcs

Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust

AIG Europe Limited (Surety)

South West London and St George’s Mental Health NHS Trust

Work highlights

  • Advising on the MORPHEUS Programme – a multi-billion pound complex procurement by MOD to evolve and transform its BOWMAN battlefield and tactical communications system.
  • Advising Kingston University on all legal aspects in relation to its project with Equitix and Engie (in consortium) for the funding, design, refurbishment and operation of 1,332 student rooms.
  • Advised the Maritime & Coastguard Agency on its innovative aerial surveillance contract.

Sharpe Pritchard LLP

Sharpe Pritchard LLP advises local and central government, regulators, and regulated utilities within the infrastructure sector. The firm displays particular experience in waste and energy. The practice is known for its involvement in PPP work, particularly within the water sector, and advises key client the Water Services Regulation Authority (Ofwat). Roseanne Serrelli and Nicola Sumner head the practice. The team is 'very knowledgeable' and 'personable'.

Practice head(s):

Roseanne Serrelli; Nicola Sumner

Other key lawyers:

Steve Gummer

Testimonials

Sharpe Pritchard is a very knowledgeable and friendly firm. Their partners and associates are always willing to support and go above and beyond to make sure your project is deliverable to the very best quality and you meet your deadlines. They’re a pleasure to work with.’

‘A can do approach – problem solving and solutions are a speciality, rather than just the letter of the law.’

Personable and honourable people – very human for lawyers!

Ros Serrelli  has breadth and depth of knowledge and is client and value focused.

‘Nicola Sumner has leading procurement and infra expertise.  She has honesty, integrity, subject matter knowledge and the ability to work with tricky stakeholders, as well as mentor those with less experience.’

‘Steve Gummer has a rare blend of commercial and regulatory experience’

Key clients

Houses of Parliament (Corporate Officer of the Houses of Parliament)

Portsmouth Water

Ofwat

Cambridgeshire County Council

City of London Corporation

Suffolk County Council

Brentwood Borough Council

Thames Water Utilities Limited

Bazalgette Tunnel Limited (Tideway)

Hertfordshire County Council

Milton Keynes

London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham

West London Waste Authority

Buckinghamshire County Council

Kings College, London

London Borough of Lambeth

Work highlights

  • Advising on the Palace of Westminster restoration and renewal programme.
  • Advising on the Havant Thicket reservoir project and related project work.
  • Advising Ofwat on Direct Procurement for Customers  (PPP in the water sector).

Squire Patton Boggs

Squire Patton Boggs operates across the transport, basic and social infrastructure sectors handling projects ranging from roads and bridges, to hospitals and healthcare financing facilities. The firm’s clients range from governments to lenders, investors and construction companies. Trevor Ingle and Ian Wood  are key contacts.

Trinity International LLP

Trinity International LLP is involved in all of the key infrastructure sectors in the emerging markets and has a growing presence in African jurisdictions. Paul Briggs has a strong background in energy and transport matters, while  Simon Norris displays industry expertise across all sectors. Changes in the team include the departure of Jennifer Gladstone.