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Firms To Watch: Infrastructure

The energy and natural resources experts at Baker Botts (UK) LLP specialise in advising on oil and gas infrastructure projects and issues. Practice head Mark Rowley is adviser to some of the leading players in the projects sector, dometically and internationally.

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Allen & Overy LLP

The broad infrastructure practice at Allen & Overy LLP covers infrastructure fundraising for greenfield and brownfield, PPP, acquisitions, refinancing and sales. The firm advises on all infrastructure asset classes including airports, roads and tunnels, rail, ports, social, utilities, renewables and digital infrastructure. A distinguishing factor of the practice is its ‘incredible ability to work to tight time frames and still provide extremely high quality advice’. David Lee specialises in infrastructure and energy related matters, acting for sponsors, funders and the public sector. He co-leads the team with Sara Pickersgill, who handles  domestic and cross-border M&A transactions, auction sale processes and consortium arrangements across the spectrum of infrastructure, energy, utilities, telecoms and digital infrastructure asset classes.

Practice head(s):

David Lee; Sara Pickersgill

Other key lawyers:

Fatima Shawaf; Richard Browne; Claire Coppel; Tim Conduit

Testimonials

‘Tim Conduit is an exceptional lawyer and is very astute. Tim understands the needs of his clients and strives to find the simplest and most effective solutions to any structural issue a transaction may face’.

‘The team have built up a very good relationship with the business on a number of levels over a short period of time and working remotely’.

‘The team was a combination of Richard Browne and Claire Coppel and I thought they worked extremely well together.  Richard was able to give our PLC Board the comfort of senior knowledge and experience when needed and Claire was able to actively manage the transaction’.

‘They are very in touch, sensible and highly commercial. They have an incredible ability to work to tight timeframes and still provide extremely high quality advice. They are also a lovely, friendly team who are a pleasure to work with’.

‘Sara Pickerskill always seems to know the right answer or the right approach. You want her on your team’.

‘Fatima Shawaf  – very thorough, co-operative, hard-working, top rate’.

Key clients

Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets (Europe) Limited (MIRA)

Ventient Energy s.a.r.l

Ardian

AXA Investment Managers – Real Assets

AIP Management

Hitachi Rail

First Sentier Investors

Equitix

Green Investment Group (GIG)

3i Infrastructure plc

Work highlights

  • Advised AIP Management on its acquisition of a 30% equity stake from John Laing; and Hitachi Rail Limited on its disposal of a 30% equity stake to GLIL Infrastructure LLP (“GLIL”) in each case in Agility Trains East (“ATE”), a rolling stock fleet of 65 new state-of-the-art Hitachi Class 800/801 Intercity Express trains.
  • Advised Ardian in connection with its bid for and subsequent acquisition of Nevel Oy, a Nordic-based district heating and industrial energy solutions company, from Vapo Group.
  • Advised Ventient Energy in connection with the refinancing of the Iberwind portfolio, one of the largest wind portfolios in Portugal following the recent acquisition of the Iberwind portfolio by Ventient Portugal, Lda.

Ashurst

The ‘true sector specialists’ at Ashurst are recommended as ‘very commercial lawyers who know their subject area well’, covering the full range of infrastructure work from early stage development through to ongoing asset management. The firm provides M&A, refinancing and contract management services, advising on government, sponsor and lender roles. Key sub-sector specialisms include renewables and energy, transport, social, environment and digital infrastructure - notably data centres, subsea cables, fibre-to-the-home and smart meters. The team is co-led by rail expert Naomi Horton; Mark Elsey, who advises on projects across the EMEA region; M&A specialist Michael Burns; Terry van Poortvliet, who has particular expertise in road PPPs and the rail sector; and Jason Radford, who has experience in the brownfield and greenfield markets. Also active in the area are Patrick Boyle, who specialises in the project financing of infrastructure and renewable energy projects, and Anthony Johnson, who focuses on nuclear, waste to energy, biomass to energy and other renewable energy projects.

Practice head(s):

Naomi Horton; Mark Elsey; Michael Burns; Terry Van Poortvliet; Jason Radford

Other key lawyers:

Laura Ho; Patrick Boyle; Anthony Johnson

Testimonials

‘True sector specialists – very commercial lawyers who know their subject area well. Epitomised by their very useful Infrastructure M&A Opportunities Tracker. Proactively reach out on potential M&A opportunities’.

‘Proactive. Enthusiastic. Thinks outside the box. Commercial. Approachable (good partner availability. Jason Radford’s team are really fantastic. He is very commercial, great at handling and supporting us as we work through complex issues and brings in great specialist lawyers where needed. Very clear communication on who in the team is working on what, good updates, they always meet deadlines and work very hard’.

‘Jason Radford – statesman-like, a great communicator, great at managing people, he gets to the nub of the key issues very quickly and finds solutions, he is a great support’.

‘Laura Ho – excellent lawyer, extremely organised and on top of everything. Amazing ability to handle huge quantities of work and many demands, always gets the deal over the line. Totally reliable.  Extremely energetic and proactive approach to work both on execution and in discussing market opportunities’.

‘They have always been very professional and fair and their teams have always been very strong’.

‘Very reliable and always give a good service’.

Key clients

Blackstone Infrastructure Partners

Foresight Energy Infrastructure

BlackRock

Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners

Aberdeen Standard Investments

Equitix

Brookfield Asset Management

Porsche

Biffa plc

KKR

Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS)

Department for Transport (DfT)

SMBC

FCC

Meridiam

Ofwat

LNG Hrvatska d.o.o.

Chariot Oil & Gas Limited

Covanta

Work highlights

  • Advising BEIS on its Carbon Capture, Usage and Storage (CCUS) programme.
  • Advised Brookfield Infrastructure on its agreement to acquire a controlling stake in Wireless Infrastructure Group (“WIG”), the independent wireless infrastructure operator headquartered in the UK and with assets in Ireland, the Netherlands and Spain, from 3i Infrastructure plc.
  • Acted for Skanska on its disposals of interests in a series of UK PFI projects, including private sales in the education sector to various infrastructure funds and the ongoing auction sale of Skanska’s stakes in the £1.3 billion Royal London and St Bartholomew’s hospitals (“Barts”) PFI, the UK’s largest ever hospital PFI.

Clifford Chance LLP

Clifford Chance LLP has a wealth of experience in the infrastructure sector, advising on complex transactions across the full spectrum and lifecycle of infrastructure assets. The multidisciplinary team and global network provides full service and cross border expertise to a diverse range of clients, including financial investors, specialist infrastructure funds, pension funds, sovereign wealth funds, corporates, public authorities and lenders. The practice is active in many of the key infrastructure M&A and financing transactions in the market, an example being the firm’s advice to TPG and The Rise Fund on the acquisition of a portfolio of solar PV generation projects valued at £563.47m. Infrastructure financing specialist Michael Bates co-leads the team with Toby Parkinson, who focuses on infrastructure M&A.

Practice head(s):

Michael Bates; Toby Parkinson

Other key lawyers:

Clare Burgess; Michael Pearson; Charlotte Madden; James Boswell; Alex Dimsdale-Gill; Jonathan Dillon

Testimonials

‘Consistently reliable, responsive and solution-minded’

‘They take a commercial and professional approach to our interactions while at the same time building strong rapport and deeper personal connections.’

Key clients

Infracapital

Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan

TPG Capital

IFM Investors

Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets

Arcus Infrastructure

Swiss Life Asset Management

EQT Infrastructure

3i

AMP Capital

Work highlights

  • Advised Arcus Infrastructure and José de Mello Group (“JdM”) on the joint sale of a combined 81.1% majority stake in Brisa Auto-Estradas de Portugal S.A. (“Brisa”).
  • Advised Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan Board and KKR Infrastructure on the acquisition from First Sentier Investors of a 40% interest in Caruna Oy, one of the largest electricity distribution networks in Finland.
  • Advised MIRA in connection with c. EUR 1 billion term loan, capex and revolving credit facilities to finance the acquisition of Currenta, a chemical infrastructure park operator located in North Germany.

CMS

The CMS practice has ‘depth and strength across a key number of sectors and specialisms that can be relied upon to deliver’. The firm has a particular specialism in the energy sector, notably energy from waste and renewables, where it is a ‘go-to organisation when looking at new and challenging projects‘. Other areas of expertise cover accommodation, hospitals and EV charging points, as well as a range of PFI projects and refinancing deals. Paul Smith is head of energy, projects and construction; he focuses on PPP, PFI and new types of project investment, working alongside infrastructure and projects co-head Kristy Duane and projects head James Snape, who has experience in a range of international and domestic infrastructure projects. They can draw from a deep bench of experts in the team including Katie Duffield, who acts for lenders, sponsors and borrowers across the infrastructure space.

Practice head(s):

Paul Smith; Kristy Duane; James Snape

Other key lawyers:

Katie Duffield; Phillip Duffield; Rob Gray

Testimonials

‘The CMS team have depth and strength across a key number of sectors and specialisms that can relied upon to deliver in circumstances that are often challenging. Without doubt my go to organisation when looking at new and challenging projects’.

‘Paul Smith – I have worked with Paul since 2004 on across a number of sectors and deals in the PPP market – experience is second to none and would be my first go to lawyer for any deal involving PPP structures – significant strength being a can do attitude and will provide a balanced, practical and considered view when having to strike the right deal to get schemes to an agreed contractural position’.

‘Phil Duffield – I have worked with Phil for over 10 years on predominately Energy related projects utilising PPP structures. He’s an experienced practitioner who, in a similar vein to the CMS team, has a can-do attitude, providing a balanced and considered opinion to get deals agreed’.

‘Very experienced partners in the battery storage sector who supported our company tremendously during the contract negotiations, despite the fact one of the counterparties to the contract has been extremely difficult’.

‘Phillip Duffield stood out . His professionalism and wealth of knowledge with impressive negotiation skills ensured that it was a very strong contract’.

‘The team have excellent strength and depth across a breadth of PFI/PPP and I can be confident that they are a safe pair of hands to help with anything that might come up’.

‘Rob Gray has excellent commercial sense and is very user-friendly, for lawyers and non-lawyers in the business alike. James Snape has among the best waste experience of any partner I’ve worked with and can be relied upon to deploy that knowledge to help’.

Key clients

Aviva Investors

Equitix

John Laing

The Renewable Infrastructure Group

InfraRed

Octopus

Dalmore

DIF

Macquarie

Allianz

Amber

Qatar Investment Authority

Hermes

USS

Brookfield

Statkraft

Equinor

EDPR

Repsol

Mainstream Renewable Power

CKI

Wirsol

Basalt

AMP

Biffa

Babcock & Wilcox

National Grid

Laing O’Rourke

Johnson & Johnson

Assured Guaranty

PIC

SSE

EDF

JPower

Development Bank of Japan

GLIL

CIC

Low Carbon

GCP

Eelpower

Pivot Power

Instavolt

Anesco

Tesla

BP Chargemaster

Forsa

Hargreaves

RBS

NAB

Société Génerale

Crédit Agricole

KfW IPEX

EKF

GIG

GE

L&G

Standard Life

Renaker Build

Muse Developments

Ask Developments

Doosan Babcock

U+I

Marcus Worthington

Far East Consortium

Altrad

Ipsen Pharma

Cavendish Nuclear

Balfour Beatty

NG Bailey

Public Health England

Transport for Greater Manchester

Greater Manchester Property Venture Fund

Manchester Airport Group

Garic Construction

Work highlights

  • Advise MUFG Bank, National Australia Bank, Siemens Bank and Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation on a £400m refinancing for a portfolio of six Scottish wind farms.
  • Advising Pivot Power on the next projects in the roll-out of their battery storage and EV charging portfolio.
  • Advising Equitix on its agreement with cancer treatment specialist, Rutherford, to establish diagnostic services facilities to the NHS and private patients.

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP

In the infrastructure space Herbert Smith Freehills LLP can draw from a ‘very strong projects practice that is proactive, knowledgeable and focused on funding solutions', as well as expertise in transport, real estate, digital infra, regulatory frameworks and energy. Working across the full infrastructure asset lifecycle, the firm has a ‘broad range of capabilities and covers a number of geographies’, notable specialisms being renewables and greenfield projects. Gavin Williams leads the team and was named as global co-head of infrastructure in 2020. Other key name include David Wyles, who focuses on assisting investors and lenders in infrastructure M&A transactions and greenfield projects; Matthew Job, who handles project finance, leverage finance and limited recourse finance structures; renewables expert Sarah Pollock; and Helen Beatty, who was promoted to partner in 2020 and advises lenders and sponsors on the financing and acquisition of infrastructure and energy projects.

Practice head(s):

Gavin Williams

Other key lawyers:

Sarah Pollock; Silke Goldberg; David Wyles; Matthew Job; Helen Beatty; Jannis Bille; Chris Davis

Testimonials

‘The energy infrastructure practice at HSF is comprised of exceptional lawyers with passion for energy law. The team successfully develops and implements legal strategies to overcome the uncertainties of the changing post-Brexit regulatory landscape and successfully defends such strategies in courts’.

‘Silke Goldberg has a unique breadth of expertise in advising on all aspects of cross-border energy infrastructure developments. Her knowledge of the European regulatory landscape is unparalleled and supported by her diverse language skills. She is one of those rare people who develop plans A, B and C at the same time. Silke can break down the most tangled legal issues and concepts into parts understandable to non-lawyers and without any loss of resolution’.

‘Chris Davis has an excellent grasp of complex legal problems and delivers practical and goal-orientated results. He prepares and drafts sharp and exhaustive court arguments. Chris has demonstrated on many occasions his exceptional organisational skills in getting things ready for and managing heavy workloads of major regulatory and court submissions and hearings’.

‘Jannis Bille has quickly become an essential part of the energy team and showed outstandings skills in researching European and UK energy regulations and case law and offered new views on old problems. He has successfully shouldered a significant portion of heavy lifting in a number of regulatory submissions and court cases and his contribution was instrumental in getting a positive outcome’.  

‘HSF boasts a very strong projects practice: proactive, knowledgeable and focussed on funding solutions’.

‘Helen Beatty stands out as approachable, knowledgeable and practical.  She always has the end result and bigger picture in mind’.

‘We have consistently used HSF over a number of years and have found the team to be very strong within the infrastructure sector. In addition, HSF has a broad range of capabilities and covers a number of geographies where we are active so we can engage them on a regular basis’. 

Key clients

Allianz Capital Partners

AMP Capital

Ancala Partners

Antin Infrastructure Partners

Asterion Industrial Partners

Australian Super

Berkshire Hathaway

Bharti Airtel

Bharti Global Limited

Birmingham Highways Limited

BlackRock Global Energy & Power Infrastructure Funds

BNPP

BP

Brookfield Infrastructure

CBRE Caledon

CGN EE

CNIC

Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners

Corsair

CPP Investments

Dalmore Capital

DIF

Drax

DWS Infrastructure

EDF

EDF Invest

Engie

Federated Hermes

Ferrovial Airports

GIC Infrastructure

GIG

GLIL Infrastructure

Gresham House

Hartree Partners

iCON Infrastructure

IHS Towers

IFM Investors

IMCO Investments (Investment Management Corporation of Ontario)

InfraRed

JERA

Jiangsu Shagang

J.P.Morgan IIF

KKR

Macquarie

Marubeni Corporation

MIDIS

National Grid

Orange

Partners Group

Pearl Infrastructure

Proventus Capital Partners

PSP Investments

QSuper

Queensland Investment Corporation (QIC)

Reliance Communi

Work highlights

  • Advised the Lenders in relation to the financing of the A465 project. The project is the final section of a 40 km improvement to the A465, from Hirwaun to Abergavenny.
  • Advised High Speed Two (HS2) Limited, the developer of Britain’s new north-south high speed rail line.
  • Advised bp on its landmark entry into a strategic partnership with Equinor for the development of offshore wind assets, the first stage of which involved bp’s purchase of a 50% interest in Equinor’s Empire Wind and Beacon Wind assets located offshore New York and Massachusetts.

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Hogan Lovells International LLP’s seasoned practice is active across the spectrum of infrastructure work, with particular strength in international and multijurisdictional work, a specialism being African matters. The team has a forte for advising on regulated businesses, notably energy and international finance, as well as handling deals in the growing digital and smart infrastructure space, including fibre and smart meters. A distinguishing feature of the firm is its ability to provide ‘cradle to grave’ advice in the investor and funding arena, not least fund formation. Philip Robb is head of the global infrastructure, energy, resources and projects practice. His broad team of expertise includes Andrew Gallagher, who has significant financing experience in a range of greenfield and brownfield projects across the transport, energy and social infrastructure sectors; infrastructure M&A specialist Philip Brown; and Florian Agnel, who focuses on PPP, energy and secondary markets infrastructure.

Practice head(s):

Philip Robb

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Gallagher; Adrian Walker; Philip Brown; Jeremy Brittenden; Ciara Kennedy-Loest

Testimonials

‘They were able to recognise when the Client had the knowledge and follow and at other times when they needed to push the Client’. 

‘The way the core team engaged other parts of their business was excellent and ensured we were well supported’.

‘Jeremy Brittenden, Ciara Kennedy-Loest are expert is their field and at the same time prepared to listen to alternative views from their client’. 

‘They listened, they were firm where needed and provided clarity in an easy to understand format’.

Key clients

Mytilineos S.A.

Aéroports de Paris

Infracapital

St Helena Government

International Finance Corporation (IFC)

The Met Office

Affinity Water

PD Ports Group

Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation (SMBC)

Veolia Environment

Akiem

Work highlights

  • Advising International Finance Corporation (IFC) and the Government of the Republic of Uzbekistan in connection with a pathfinder PPP project involving the design, financing, construction, operation and maintenance of a 1,200 – 1,500 MW combined cycle gas turbine power plant in Syrdarya, Uzbekistan.
  • Acted for the Met Office as lead advisers on this complex ‘first in kind’ infrastructure project from inception, including advising on the project structure and structuring the procurement model which will be the first IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service) solution of its kind in the supercomputer industry.
  • Advising Aeroports de Paris on all aspects of its $ billion + acquisition and investment in GMR Airports Limited, the owner and operator a portfolio of global airports. As a result of the transaction Aeroports de Paris now has a 49% stake in GMR Airports Limited.

Latham & Watkins

The ‘market-leading infrastructure franchise’ at Latham & Watkins advises infrastructure developers, sponsor consortiums, funds, institutional investors, state-owned entities and lenders on a variety of complex infrastructure transactions, domestically and internationally. The firm specialises in M&A and financing, as well as assisting clients with navigating the difficult regulatory frameworks. Conrad Andersen focuses on all aspects of infrastructure and energy acquisitions and financings, with experience across the full range of assets. He co-leads the practice with Brendan Moylan, whose expertise covers infrastructure and energy acquisitions, disposals, mergers and joint ventures. A key name in their team is newly promoted partner Seonaid Todisco, who handles core and hybrid infrastructure, acting for a range of clients, including infrastructure funds, sovereign wealth funds, insurance companies and pension funds.

Practice head(s):

Conrad Andersen; Brendan Moylan

Other key lawyers:

Seonaid Todisco; Aaron Bassett; Steve Curtis; John Guccione; Rebecca Crowley

Testimonials

‘Market-leading infrastructure franchise; both M&A and financing’.

‘Conrad Andersen, Seonaid Todisco and Brendan Moylan are each particularly strong’.

‘Market leading in M&A and debt work, they see most deals and have the biggest and best teams available’.

‘Conrad Andersen is the best debt lawyer in the market’.

‘Brendan Moylan is an aggressive M&A lawyer, you always want him on your side’.

‘Aaron Bassett is all over every detail, a very strong associate’.

‘Excellent team, deep expertise, broad sector / product coverage, market leading firm’.

‘Stand-out partners include Conrad Andersen and Brendan Moylan – sector experts with very strong client focus’.

Key clients

GIP

IFM Investors

3i Infrastructure

APG

Goldman Sachs Infrastructure Partners

OMERS Infrastructure

Morgan Stanley Infrastructure Partners

Iberdrola S.A.

First State Investments

DWS

Antin

EQT

WPD

Work highlights

  • Advised the Consortium on the bridge financing in connection with a minority investment agreement with Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) for the Consortium to invest in select ADNOC gas pipeline assets valued at US$20.7 billion.
  • Advising First Sentier Investors on two related transactions – its acquisition of SSE’s 50% share in Ferrybridge and Skelton Grange multifuel assets and its acquisition of the UK division of Wheelabrator Technologies Holdings.
  • Advised Rubicone MidCo on the €770 million acquisition of majority stake in Brisa Auto-estradas de Portugal, S.A, a Portuguese toll road operator.

Linklaters LLP

The well-regarded infrastructure practice at Linklaters LLP provides expertise in M&A, financings and project development. Particular specialisms for the team include transport sector work and advising governments and regulators in public sector matters. Stuart Rowson is global co-head of the firm’s infrastructure sector. Also active in the area are corporate partner Jessamy Gallagher and Ian Andrews, who focuses on infrastructure.

Practice head(s):

Stuart Rowson

Other key lawyers:

Jessamy Gallagher; Ian Andrews; Richard Coar; Richard Ginks

Norton Rose Fulbright

The Norton Rose Fulbright infrastructure practice provides a full service that leverages the firm’s strengths in energy, resources, real estate, corporate, disputes and regulation. This broad expertise is combined with domestic and international reach, particularly projects in Africa, Asia-Pacific, North America, the Middle East and increasingly Latin America. A specialism for the group includes the delivery of PPP projects in emerging and developed markets, as well as the management and recovery of distressed assets. The intersection between energy, infrastructure and natural resources financing is another forte. Global head of business Martin McCann leads the team and has experience in financing and restructuring. Also notable is Matthew Hardwick, who advises infrastructure investors and funders on infrastructure and energy projects globally.

Practice head(s):

Martin McCann

Other key lawyers:

Matthew Hardwick; Daniel Metcalfe; Rosa Mottershead; Madhavi Gosavi; Stephen Rigby

Testimonials

‘Well rounded team, good use of legal tech and a can do attitude. Do not over staff deals’

‘Matt Hardwick is very good – extremely likeable, pragmatic, good sector knowledge and presence’

‘Excellent support throughout the team led brilliantly by Dan Metcalfe and Rosa Mottershead. Knowledgeable, helpful, very courteous, always available  and capable of providing advice in terms of legal solutions and/or legal risks of adopting certain proposal’

Key clients

Absa Bank Limited

AMG Pension Fund

Armstrong Energy Limited

Balfour Beatty

BP

Commonwealth Bank of Australia

European Investment Bank

Greencoat UK Wind plc

Hellenic Republic Development Fund

Hermes Investment Management

John Laing Infrastructure

JP Morgan

Lloyds Banking Group

Octopus Investments

Orange SA

Sacturino Limited

Standard Bank

Standard Chartered Bank

The Renewable Infrastructure Group Limited

Baltic Connector Oy

Laing O’Rourke

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

TAV Havalimanlari and Al-Rajhi Group

Ministry of Finance

Eurasian Resources Group

Stanbic Bank Kenya

Marubeni Corporation and Techint Chile S.A.

Work highlights

  • Advising a consortium of 29 lenders and 3 export credit agencies on the financial close of the first two phases of Dogger Bank offshore wind farm. When complete in 2026, it will be the world’s largest offshore wind farm.
  • Advising the Lenders on various lots in the Kenyan Annuity Roads Programme, which aims to construct up to 10,000 kilometres of new roads across the country. These are the first PPP projects in Kenya and are being tendered on long term contracts for design, finance, construction and maintenance of identified roads.
  • A longterm role advising a consortium of lenders and financers of the project finance required for the construction of Seagreen, which involved bringing the project to financial close. Also had a separate role with a separate team advising Total Renewables on the M&A process, which saw Total acquire a majority interest in the project.

White & Case LLP

Known for advising on complex M&A, project development and infrastructure financing deals, White & Case LLP acts for a range of clients in the field, including financial sponsors, banks, utilities, corporates and government entities. The firm handles transactions across the spectrum of the infrastructure sector, from regulated and core utilities through to core plus infrastructure assets. Caroline Sherrell advises infrastructure fund and private equity clients on infrastructure transactions, particularly transport, energy and digital infrastructure matters. Her team continues its recent expansion and was further strengthened in 2021 by the arrivals from Shearman & Sterling LLP of Katie Hicks, who specialises in infrastructure acquisition financings and refinancings, and Tim Sheddick, who focuses on M&A and corporate advice. Their hires followed the 2020 addition from CMS, of Sandra Rafferty , who has experience in European infrastructure M&A. The team was further strengthened in summer 2021 by the addition of George Kazakov from Morgan Stanley Infrastructure Partners, where he was global investment counsel.

Practice head(s):

Caroline Sherrell

Other key lawyers:

Katie Hicks; Tim Sheddick; Sandra Rafferty

Key clients

Allianz Capital Partners

Ancala Partners

Antin Infrastructure Partners

Arjun Infrastructure Partners

Dutch Infrastructure Fund

First Sentier Investments

Goldman Sachs Infrastructure Partners

Infravia

I Squared Capital

JPMorgan Asset Management

Octopus Investments Ltd

Addleshaw Goddard

Known for infrastructure work in the UK, Addleshaw Goddard offers a national team of more than 50 PFI/PPP lawyers split between London, Leeds, Manchester and Edinburgh. This is combined with expertise within the firm in banking and finance, procurement, construction, real estate, litigation, corporate and competition. The practice advises private and public sector clients, as well as lenders and borrowers in the sector. Healthcare PFI/PPP is a key strength for the group, but it is also active in transport and utilities matters, as well as information and communication technology infrastructure projects. Leeds-based Richard Goodfellow leads a team that includes experienced infrastructure and PFI/PPP projects specialists Matthew Newing and Michael O’Connor.

Practice head(s):

Richard Goodfellow

Other key lawyers:

Matthew Newing; Steve Mackie; Helen Hunter; Oliver Caruthers; Michael O’Connor

Testimonials

‘Well resourced, hardworking team with good market experience’.

‘Steve Mackie and Helen Hunter are excellent partners who are always available to discuss topics and matters of import outside of deals and offer really valuable market input in to the Social Housing and PF sector. They have provided us with comprehensive legal advice over the years as well as being key supporters of our business generally by providing trading and a good sounding board for advice’.

‘Oliver Caruthers and team have demonstrated an excellent ability to take on Investment Bank grade project finance work’. 

‘Mike O’Conner is a go to individual in this field and has great sector knowledge. He knows exactly the right individuals to get the job done while being pleasant to deal with and easy to contact.’

Key clients

Department for Transport

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

Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

SMBC

Norddeutsche Landesbank Girozentrale

Luton Airport Limited

MUFG Bank

Mizuho Bank

Southern Water Services Limited

Merseytravel

Gloucester Healthcare Partnership Limited

Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust

Commonwealth Bank of Australia

Work highlights

  • Advising London Luton Airport Limited on its airport expansion programme, including the development of a mass transport system, improvements to terminal buildings and strategies to develop a second terminal and local road improvements.
  • Continue to advise Step Springfield Village Limited in its role as development partner to South West London and St George’s NHS Trust on the redevelopment of the Springfield University hospital site to provide a new hospital, new housing, a new care home, a district heating network and open parkland.
  • Advising Scotia Gas Networks on the project (the first of its kind) to supply green hydrogen to hundreds of homes in Fife, as a pilot project to test the feasibility of hydrogen networks. This is an important project as part of the UK’s drive towards carbon net zero

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie provides local and international expertise in greenfield and brownfield projects across the infrastructure space, with particular strengths in energy and energy transition, as well as mining and ports. New technology is another core area for the firm, with data centres and fibre networks being examples of recent work in the area. David Allen leads the team and focuses on M&A and restructurings for private equity funds, infrastructure funds, pension funds and other clients. Another key name in the practice is Mike Webster, who specialises in the development of energy, mining and infrastructure sector assets. The group was strengthen by the arrival of Nick Rainsford from Ashurst in 2021, who brings expertise in infrastructure funds and private equity.

Practice head(s):

David Allen

Other key lawyers:

Mike Webster; Nick Rainsford

Key clients

Fiera Infrastructure

Suez

APG

Brookfield

Itochu Corporation

Marguerite Fund

Inter Terminals Ltd

UK Export Finance

Standard Chartered Bank

Amut S.p.A.

Hitachi Limited

CDPQ

Edwardian Hotels

C. Ro Ports

Equinix

Work highlights

  • Acting for the consortium of lenders in relation to the financing, refinancing, construction and re-development of all phases of the Battersea Power Station and locality into a mixed-use space including offices, retail and residential units.
  • Acted as lead transaction counsel to Hitachi, responsible for all legal aspects of the deal, including negotiating all transaction documents, buy-side legal due diligence, oversight of the carve-out and antitrust filings and foreign investment review in over 40 countries.
  • Acted for Equinix, on its $1bn+ Japan-based joint venture with GIC, Singapore’s global sovereign wealth fund, to develop and operate hyperscale “xScaleTM” data centres in Japan. Hyperscale data centres are large-scale facilities storing and powering customers’ servers to support the growth of large cloud service providers with enormous data storage requirements.

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP

The full-service practice at Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP handles a range of matters, from capital intensive infrastructure projects to disputes, and provides a ‘seamless client experience across impressive international reach’. The firm’s core strengths in the area include the booming renewables and energy procurement sector, as well as the growing digital infrastructure space and the more traditional rail sector; data centre and EV charging point work are two examples. Mark Richards leads the team and has broad experience in advice to public and private sector clients on a range of infrastructure projects.

Practice head(s):

Mark Richards

Other key lawyers:

Barry Gross; Rachel Sheridan

Testimonials

‘Their mix of responsiveness and good quality work is not always easy to find’.

‘BCLP field a team in the truest sense. Strong, cohesive, and collaborative; a seamless client experience across not only multidisciplinary practices but also across their impressive international reach. A designated project management resource was allocated, billing structure was creative, transaction and client management was superb. An exemplar experience’.

‘The BCLP team’s ability to translate technically, commercially and legally complex issues into corporate language suitable for briefing directly to boards and shareholders, is simply astounding’.

‘Barry Gross is a member of the legal elite. A truly exceptional lawyer. Barry’s technical skills, drafting and negotiating skills, and both client and transaction mangement skills, are without compare. With a side serving of good humour and acute commercial acumen, a client couldn’t ask for more’.

‘Rachel Sheridan is a rising star. Superb drafting skills, amazing ability to diffuse points of negotiating tension. A real upcoming legal force’.

‘Mark Richards is a standout partner. Excellent client focused team capable of solving real commercial problems with innovative legal solutions’.

Key clients

National Grid

Angel Trains

North River Resources

Homes England

Bazalgette Tunnel Limited

Amber Infrastructure

Halite Energy Group

Group Heathrow Airport

Downing LLP

EDF Energy

SEACOR Marine Holdings

Macquarie Capital

Goldman Sachs International

Strabag SE

HOCHTIEF

ING Bank N.V., Societe Generale, London Branch and BNP Paribas

Work highlights

  • Acted for Heathrow Airport in successfully defending challenges to the Government’s Airports National Policy Statement, underpinning support for Heathrow Expansion. This is the only case of its kind to reach the Supreme Court and the only one where it has fallen to the infrastructure operator to step in and defend the policy of central Government.
  • Advised superfast broadband provider, Voneus (a Macquarie Capital investee company) on two acquisitions – (i) the acquisition of Rural Comms and (ii) the FibreWifi group. Voneus is one of the largest providers of wireless internet in the UK.
  • Advised EDF Energy on their acquisition of Pod Point, a leading provider of charging infrastructure for EVs in the UK from multiple sellers and advising on the joint venture arrangements with L&G that took effect from completion.

Burges Salmon LLP

Burges Salmon LLP handles large complex infrastructure work, with a particular focus on the energy, transport, and defence sectors. The firm advises procurers, developers, funders, landowners and the supply chain across a range of sectors. A forte for the group is advising public and private sector clients on procuring, developing and funding innovative projects. Bristol-based Chris Jackson is head of the infrastructure team.

Practice head(s):

Chris Jackson

Other key lawyers:

Ross Fairley; Ian Salter; Matthew Ramus

Key clients

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

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

Work highlights

  • Continues to advise the MoD on its procurement of the Dreadnought class submarines and the Skynet satellite programme.
  • Advising the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA) on research and development of fusion energy and associated technologies, including in connection with its STEP project to design and build a UK fusion power station.
  • Instructed by Ascent, a joint venture between Lockheed Martin and Babcock, on the multi-billion pound UKMFTS military flying training PFI project.

Clyde & Co LLP

Advising on large infrastructure projects across the UK, Clyde & Co LLP specialises in PPP and PFI work, as well as assisting in the operation and maintenance aspects of projects. The firm provides a global platform, with offices in Europe, APAC, the Middle East, Africa and the Americas. Liz Jenkins leads the practice and focuses on major infrastructure projects across the social and transport sectors, in the UK and internationally, particularly PFI/PPP funded projects. A key name in her team is legal director Laura Coates, whose forte is PPP/PFI and social infrastructure projects; she acts for project consortia, funders, contractors and service providers on a range of projects.

Practice head(s):

Liz Jenkins

Other key lawyers:

Laura Coates

Testimonials

‘We operate exclusively in the complex area of PFI and Clyde have consistently shown themselves to be highly knowledgeable and professional in advising on and dealing with a variety of issues. They are solutions driven rather than seeking to pursue complex arguments which drive unnecessary costs’.

‘The team at Clydes listen to our opinions and give solid advice on complex matters, keeping us fully informed at all times and providing clear cost information’.

‘Liz Jenkins and Laura Coates consistently demonstrate a detailed understanding of the PFI Market and the associated legal documentation. They also do not take the client relationship for granted and regularly seek formal feedback on performance. In my experience this aspect particularly is unique’.

‘Availability for discussions has been constant making you feel that your work is a priority’.

Key clients

Egis

Engie UK

Innisfree Limited

Yorkshire Transformations Limited

HCP Social Infrastructure

Sodexo

Kajima Partnerships Limited

Pinnacle Group

ElectroGas Malta Limited

Northern Gas Networks

Derby Healthcare Plc

Modern Schools (Exeter) Limited

Newschools (Merton) Limited

Greater Nottingham, North Nottinghamshire, Southern Derbyshire Leicester LIFT Company Limited

Vistry Partnerships

Monpolymet Limited Liability Company

University College London

Work highlights

  • Advising on ongoing aspects of a €450 million ground-breaking Delimara 4 LNG-to-Power project.
  • Advised UCL on a number of  innovative projects including high value outsourcings in IT, professional services and estates. Provided COVID-19 project support to UCL in the context of urgent procurement processes for its operations.

Dentons

The Dentons infrastructure practice advises on UK projects as well as leveraging the firm’s global presence to advise on matters across the globe, including in Liberia, Nigeria and Jamaica. Another area of work is assisting clients on the expiry of their projects, notable examples being a wastewater project, an army equipment project, an acute hospital project and a naval equipment/services contract. Edinburgh-based Euan Wilson specialises in large infrastructure and project finance transaction. He co-leads the team with consultant Dominic Spacie, who has experience advising banks, institutional investors, development finance institutions, contractors and various government entities on domestic and international PPP, PFI and concession-based infrastructure-related projects.

Practice head(s):

Euan Wilson; Dominic Spacie

Testimonials

‘Make themselves available whenever required’.

‘Commercial. Very quickly focus on what is important and give confidence’.

‘What made Dentons unique was the close relationship with their clients and their expertise in Privately funded infrastructure projects’

‘The  team I worked with was very close, reachable and personal. They integrated perfectly with the rest of the team as if they were part of the company. At the same time they were very professional when it came to giving their best advice; even if they knew they were contradicting what we wanted to hear.’

Key clients

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

Ministry of Defence

Department for Education

World Bank

ISS Mediclean

Ofwat

Amey

Semperian

Sir Robert McAlpine

Morgan Sindall Investments

3i Infrastructure

Network Rail

Tfl (Transport for London)

Britishvolt plc

Infrastructure Managers Limited

Dalmore Capital

Proserve 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

  • Advised the Ministry of Defence (MOD) on the c. £10bn , 11-Lot re-procurement of its maritime services contracts.
  • Advised funds managed by Dalmore Capital Limited on multiple acquisitions from 3i Infrastructure, including the 50% investment in the West of Duddon Sands Offshore Transmission Project, an interest in a portfolio of 18 UK PFI/PPP projects, 100% interest in Ayrshire College NPD Project, and an interest in Mersey Gateway Bridge PPP Project.
  • Advised Semperian on the acquisition of a 33.33% interest in the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route NPD (non-profit distributing) project from a Carillion entity.

DLA Piper

Dealing with the entire project lifecycle, DLA Piper advises on a range of infrastructure fund and PPP/PFI matters. The practice also assists clients with growing concerns relating to sustainability and environmental, social governance (SESG). Infratech is another increasing area of activity for the firm, and a strength that was boosted by the 2020 arrival of Bob Maynard and Caroline Pope from Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP. A stand-out partner is Martin Nelson-Jones, who has experience advising on M&A and corporate matters across the energy and infrastructure and consumer products sectors. He co-leads the UK team with Birmingham-based Howard Bassford, who focuses on obtaining planning and regulatory approvals for energy, infrastructure, marine and railway development projects.

Practice head(s):

Martin Nelson-Jones; Howard Bassford

Other key lawyers:

Caroline Pope; Bob Maynard

Key clients

Cube Infrastructure Fund

Department for Transport

East West Rail Company Limited

Energy Infrastructure Partners AG (Formerly Credit Suisse Energy Infrastructure partners)

G.Network Communications

High Speed Two (HS2) Limited

Highways England

Manchester Airport Group

Steward Health Care International

Velindre NHS Trust

Virgin Atlantic

Amber Infrastructure Group

Dalmore Capital

InfraRed Capital Partners

Erith Contractors Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised G.Network on the equity side in connection with a successful fundraising to invest over GBP 1 billion in rolling out Fibre to the Premises (FTTP) connectivity in London.
  • Advised Cube Infrastructure Fund and Partners Group on the sale of 100% of Covage for a total cash consideration of EUR 1 billion.
  • Acting for Dalmore Capital on a series of disputes against Balfour Beatty in respect of the construction and operation of a large education project (Transform Knowsley – GBP 177 million Project Cost).

Gowling WLG

Advising the public and private sector, Gowling WLG has expertise in the procurement of government and infrastructure projects in the UK, as well as a growing international presence. A particular specialism is central government work, notably in the transport and defence sectors. The firm is also increasingly active advising governments, donor-funded institutions and sponsors across Europe, Africa and the Middle East in the energy and infrastructure sectors. Stephen Kenny handles PPPs, PFIs, secondary market transactions and other complex infrastructure projects, including alliancing and long-term partnering contracts. He co-leads the team with Jonathan Brufal, who is head of the firm’s international projects group and has experience working in Africa as well as throughout the Middle East on a range of funding models.

Practice head(s):

Stephen Kenny; Jonathan Brufal

Other key lawyers:

Nathan Curtis; Ashley Pigott; Ally Pointer: Andrew Newbery; Elizabeth Williams

Testimonials

‘Jonathan Brufal and Nathan Curtis both have superb knowledge and excellent commerciality’.

‘Commercially astute, pragmatic, attentive to the client and very thorough’.

‘Stephen Kenny is a hugely expereinced transactional lawyer, with a calm but firm negotiating mannner, eye for detail and a strong commercial acumen’.

‘Ashley Pigott is a no nonsense litigator – great personal style and client facing skills’.

‘Ally Pointer is diligent, thorough, reliable and has a down to earth manner when tackling complex issues’.

Key clients

Ministry of Defence

Highways England

International Finance Corporation

Department of Health

CRRC

Crossrail Ltd

Amey plc

Tarmac Plc

Bacanora Lithium PLC

Foreign and Commonwealth Development Office

Kansai Electric Power Corporation

Highview Power

Bushveld Minerals

The London Clinic

Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

InfraCo Africa

CPCS Transcom Ltd

Alun Griffiths (Contractors) Limited

Poti New Terminal Corporation

Bombardier Transportation UK Limited

Amey Hallam Highways Limited

Midlands Air Ambulance

Work highlights

  • Advising Highways England on one of its flagship projects, the procurement of the A303 Amesbury to Berwick Down (Stonehenge) road/tunnel project
  • Appointed as sole legal provider to BEIS in respect of its 5-year, £5 billion International Climate Finance programme, part of the UK Government’s flagship effort to fund projects to mitigate the impact of climate change worldwide.
  • Advised a JV of FCC, Roadbridge and Tarmac on a long term Operation & Maintenance contract as part of the A465 MIM project in Wales. This complex, long term arrangement is for the maintenance, lifecycle replacement of certain assets and day to day operation of a new 4 lane dual carriageway.

Pinsent Masons LLP

The multidisciplinary infrastructure practice at Pinsent Masons LLP acts across the project lifecycle and covers the spectrum of work in the area, with particular expertise in large projects, EDF procurements and the contracting market. Specialisms for the firm include energy, transport, and their sub sectors, as well as acting for employers and asset holders. Jonathan Hart leads the team and is an infrastructure specialist, with knowledge of drafting and negotiating construction contracts and project documentation. His broad team of experts includes Anne-Marie Friel, who is a transactional construction partner, known for advising on major civils projects and collaborative delivery structures; Sonal Shah, who focuses on infrastructure projects, including PPP transactions and concessions; and legal director Khalid Ramzan, who advises on non-contentious transactional construction matters for supply and demand side clients.

Practice head(s):

Jonathan Hart

Other key lawyers:

Sonal Shah; Anne-Marie Friel; Khalid Ramzan

Key clients

Balfour Beatty

BAM Nuttall

Costain

Multiplex

Mace

EDF Renewables

Portman Estates

Legal & General

Morgan Sindall

Transport Infrastructure Ireland (“TII”)

Ministry of Justice

Mota Engil Africa

Cleve Hill Solar Park Limited

Diamond Transmission Hornsea One Limited

Nissan Europe SA and Nissan Manufacturing UK Limited (“Nissan”)

Drax Group

Vattenfall Heat UK limited

Central Bedfordshire Council

Wheelabrator

North Sea Link

Ørsted Group

Awel Y Môr Offshore Wind Farm Limited

Hyosung Heavy Industries

Statkraft Group

Ionity GmbH

BayWa

VPI Immingham LLP / VPI Immingham B Limited

EPH Group

NTR Plc

Blue Energy

Railpen

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West Midlands Combined Authority

Port of Tilbury London Limited

East of Leeds rail alliance

Eiffage Génie Civil

Kier Infrastructure

Transport for London

Northumberla

Work highlights

  • Advise Transport Infrastructure Ireland (“TII”) on the procurement of the Dublin Metrolink project. This is going to be the largest civil engineering project in the Republic of Ireland and one of the largest procurements in Europe, to deliver a surface-level and underground metro system from Swords to Charlemont, connecting a park and ride facility north of the city, Dublin Airport and the city centre.
  • Advising two UK investment banks as joint lead managers on the issue of a £250,000,000 fixed rate sustainability bond by Aster Treasury plc under its £1,000,000,000 Euro Medium Term Note Programme (the “Programme”).

Slaughter and May

Known for advising on high-value infrastructure projects and transactions, Slaughter and May  works across the key areas of transport, energy and renewables, regulated networks, transmission, pipelines, storage and construction. As well as working on UK matters, the firm provides reach and expertise  on international mandates. Hywel Davies advises on a range of corporate and commercial transactions, with particular experience in public and private M&A, private equity transactions and equity financings related to infrastructure, energy and natural resources. He co-leads the team with corporate and finance specialist Michael Corbett, who focuses on public and private M&A transactions, equity offerings, joint ventures, corporate governance and company advisory matters within the infrastructure sector.

Practice head(s):

Hywel Davies; Michael Corbett 

Other key lawyers:

Azadeh Nassiri; Richard Todd; Robin Ogle

Testimonials

‘Unbelievably knowledgeable and committed to achieving clients’ objectives and offering a seamless experience. Total trustworthiness’.

‘No standard deviation in the quality of each and every individual, amazing and seamless coordination in the team’.

Key clients

Interserve Group Limited

ContourGlobal plc

Newlight Partners LP

Drax Group

Centrica

Vodafone

HM Government

Everton Football Club

Arsenal Football Club

KKR (in relation to Viridor acquisition)

Ørsted

Work highlights

  • Advised Interserve Group Limited on the merger of Interserve Support Services with Mitie Group PLC for a combined consideration of £271 million. Following completion of the transaction, Interserve Group Limited will continue to focus on delivering its business plans for its three remaining divisions, Construction, Interserve Construction Limited and Equipment Services (RMD Kwikform) and Citizen Services.
  • Advised Centrica plc on its agreement to sell its North American energy supply, services and trading business, Direct Energy and associated energy and infrastructure assets to NRG Energy, Inc. for US$3.625 billion in cash (equivalent to approximately £2.85 billion).
  • Advised the Department for Transport on designing and negotiating freight capacity support arrangements. The arrangements were extremely urgent – the UK had recently been placed into the first lockdown and the scheme was required to ensure that there was sufficient freight capacity available to prevent disruption to the flow of critical goods to the UK, such as food and medical supplies.

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP advises a broad range of clients including international sponsors, bank lenders, infrastructure funds, government bodies and corporates. The firm’s expertise covers the spectrum of infrastructure assets in the UK and internationally, and it is  ‘competent across all major technologies and throughout the lifecycle of projects‘. Notable specialisms for the practice are utilities, energy transition, digital and more traditional real estate assets, as well as being increasingly active advising on sustainable and technological enhancements to existing infrastructure. Mark Dennison leads the team and advises lenders, borrowers and sponsors on the financing of infrastructure projects. Michelle T Davies left for EY as part of a team in summer 2021.

Practice head(s):

Mark Dennison

Other key lawyers:

Richard Streeter; James Trafford; Jason Lovell; Kate Shannon

Testimonials

‘The project finance team is very responsive, proactive and can adapt quickly to complex documentation as well as to the needs of their clients. They are available, efficient and command great knowledge of legal requirements regarding infrastructure financing. Their technical skills are impressive and they have a unique ability to make complex matters simple and digestible for non-lawyers’.

‘The team is very price competitive and works with the client to ensure absolute transparency around fees. This is much appreciated’.

‘The partner level involvement is commendable and sets Eversheds apart from other firms. Mark Dennison is very responsive, dynamic and a good communicator. He has a great capacity of finding the best solutions very efficiently when we are faced with challenging issues’.

‘Mark Dennison’s depth and breadth of knowledge of project finance has proved to be invaluable on a number of transactions that we have worked with him on recently. We look forward to working further with him’.

‘Eversheds’ renewables practice provides excellent expert advice on all aspects of renewable energy projects (projects, commercial contracts, planning & property, finance, corporate & M&A, regulatory) through a team of seasoned industry experts’.

‘The team are competent across all major technologies and throughout the lifecycle of projects (be it pre-planning, under development, ready-to-build or operational)’.

Jason Lovell has competence in M&A and corporate matters, guiding us through various acquisitions over the years; flexibility and ingenuity in devising solutions. Richard Streeter has attention to detail, patience and rigor in negotiating the suite of project contracts of a significant RE project’.

‘Mark Dennison and Kate Shannon are great; knowledgeable, insightful, honest, frank’.

Key clients

Shell

National Grid

GuarantCo

Greencoat Capital

Pension Infrastructure Platform

Glennmont

Arlingclose and the London Borough of Tower Hamlets

Segro

Macquarie

EP UK Investments Ltd

Mayer Brown International LLP

Mayer Brown International LLP’s infrastructure practice specialises in energy matters, notably offshore wind and renewables, as well as drawing on the firm’s strength in contentious work and the finance arena. On top of this it provides a global platform, with growing experience in emerging markets, particularly Africa. Key names in the area are Ian Coles, who is known for his strength in mining and Africa related work; and Rachel Speight, who focuses on the natural resources and infrastructure sectors. They co-lead the team alongside new arrivals from White & Case LLP in 2020 Kirsti Massie and Meredith Campanale; who enhanced the firm’s expertise in energy and renewables.

Practice head(s):

Ian Coles; Rachel Speight; Kirsti Massie; Meredith Campanale

Key clients

Investec Bank

MET Group

US Exim

SACE

DFC

Work highlights

  • Represented Investec Bank, as mandated lead arranger and AIB Group (UK), Banco de Sabadell, Kommunalkredit Austria and Midgal Insurance Company as arrangers in relation to £192 million in term, revolver and letter of credit facilities for SCCL Holdings, a subsidiary of Triton Power, which is backed by US private equity firm Energy Capital Partners.
  • Represented MET Group in the project financing of the Kabai Solar Park in Budapest, Hungary with an installed power capacity of 43MW. The investment size of the project is €40 million.
  • Representing US Exim, SACE and DFC in a project financing transaction involving expansion of an existing ammonium nitrate plant by the addition of a 1,200 MTPD gas-to-ammonia plant, to be constructed by Tecnimont utilising KBR technology in the Ain Sokhna region of Suez, Egypt. The investment size of the project is US$900 million.

Osborne Clarke LLP

In the infrastructure space Osborne Clarke LLP specialises in renewable energy, advising  on a range of financing and the development of large renewable projects. Other core practices include telecoms and IT infrastructure, higher education, emergency services and social infrastructure. The team is co-led by Chris Wade, who focuses on the university, healthcare and secondary market sectors; James Watson, whose forte is in the energy sector, supporting funder, investor and developer clients in renewables, energy storage, waste resource management, waste to energy and defence sector projects; energy and utilities specialist Matthew Lewis; Simon Hobday, who acts on PPP/PFI asset management matters; and Omar Al-Nuaimi, who handles debt financing of projects, ranging from renewable energy to transport infrastructure.

Practice head(s):

Chris Wade; James Watson; Matthew Lewis; Simon Hobday; Omar Al-Nuaimi

Other key lawyers:

Amy Dimond; Leanne Hooper; Phil Davies; David Smith; Andy Normington

Testimonials

‘Outstanding commitment’

‘Chris Wade, Amy Dimond, Leanne Hooper, Phil Davies, David Smith,  Andy Normington and others have been fantastic in supporting our projects and our business.’

Key clients

EE Limited

Bayerische Landesbank

Tay Valley Lighting (Leeds) Limited

Nord LB

Civitas Living (Equitix and Graham)

Equitix

Aberdeen Standard

AEG

Bristol University

Equitix and Bouygues Ltd

Work highlights

  • Continue to act for EE on the groundbreaking Home Office Emergency Services Network Project Contract project (value circa £896m) to provide a next generation communication system for the three emergency services.
  • Advised Bayerische Landesbank on a new debt facility, which has enabled the Pensions Infrastructure Platform (PiP) to complete an £86 million longterm refinancing for a 32MW portfolio of onshore wind assets.
  • Continue to act for Equitix Limited and Engie Regeneration, the private sector partner in relation to its successful bid for the University of Leicester’s student housing project for the PFI design, build, finance and operation of approximately 1,200 new student beds, together with a new teaching and learning centre, multi-storey carpark and refurbishment of historic Freemen’s cottages.

Paul Hastings LLP

Combining ‘deep sector knowledge coupled with financing expertisePaul Hastings LLP’s infrastructure and energy practice advises clients on a range of infrastructure-related matters, including funds, high-end M&A transactions, acquisitions and term financings. The firm has expertise across key sectors, namely energy, power and utilities, renewables, transportation, midstream oil and gas, digital and social infrastructure. Steven Bryan leads the practice and is an experienced corporate lawyer with expertise in the infrastructure space. His team was strengthened by the 2020 arrival from Ashurst of Derwin Jenkinson, who has ‘has exceptional financing and sector knowledge and consistently exceeds expectations’.

Practice head(s):

Steven Bryan

Other key lawyers:

Derwin Jenkinson; Tamsin Doran

Testimonials

‘The team displays an excellent approach because they are diligent, client focused and highly solution driven’.

‘The Partners are exceptional and the whole team is very motivated, consistent and engaged. They have deep sector knowledge coupled with financing expertise; this allows them to close complex transactions in a very positive manner’.

‘Derwin Jenkinson is excellent . He has exceptional financing and sector knowledge and consistently exceeds expectations due to his ability, drive and integrity. Derwin thrives under pressure and is an immensely positive lawyer to work with. He is brilliant with complicated matters, detail orientated but at the same time will strive to offer constructive ideas. I believe that he is very well respected by other firms, and manages them very efficiently during transactions’.

Key clients

Brookfield Infrastructure

Brookfield Private Equity

Arcus Infrastructure Partners LLP

Hermes Infrastructure

Salt Mobile SA

Global Cloud Exchange

EIG Energy Partners

Cosco Shipping Ports Limited

Angel Trains

Cory Riverside

Work highlights

  • Advised EIG Global Energy Partners on its agreement with Fluxys, the Belgian gas infrastructure group, for the sale of a 27.5% stake in Transportadora Brasileira Gasduto Bolívia-Brasil S.A.
  • Represented Angel Trains in connection with an £826 million combined group re-organisation and refinancing.
  • Advised COSCO SHIPPING Ports on its agreement to acquire a 20% minority interest in Red Sea Gateway Terminal Company Limited for a total consideration of US$140 million.

Simmons & Simmons

Advising on the full range of transactions in the infrastructure sector, Simmons & Simmons has experience in complex PPP/PFI , infrastructure M&A and secondary trading, as well as managing complex projects. The practice has particular strength in the energy and power space, notably nuclear and renewables work, and also has an international network that enables it to advise on international projects.  Notably, the firm has launched a Clean Energy Tool, an innovative digital product allowing clients to compare cross-jurisdictional regulatory and commercial information for renewable infrastructure and clean energy investments. Iain Duncan leads the team and specialises in power, mining and metals transactions. Another stand out name in the area is Juliet Reingold who is ‘highly commercial and excellent across the multiple strands and workstreams that large projects involve'. It also strengthened its City offering with the addition of Corinne Noel as of counsel. Noel advises sponsors, project companies and investors in connection with development, acquisitions and disposals.

Practice head(s):

Iain Duncan

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Petry; Juliet Reingold; Corinne Noel

Testimonials

‘Great depth of experience, with a glittering array of projects of national and strategic significance under their belt. Particular strength in delivering multi-billion public sector projects’.

‘Juliet Reingold is an absolute star and a pleasure to work with. Tenacious, diligent, highly commercial and excellent across the multiple strands and workstreams that large projects involve’.

‘Richard Dyton has also been exceptionally responsive and acutely aware of the political framework that dictates our position as a government organisation Management and logistics have always been supported.’

‘Tom Gray: responsiveness, adaptability, performance and efforts have been excellent.’

Key clients

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Iona Capital Ltd

Mainstream Renewable Power

Bulgarian Energy Holding EAD

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

Ministry of Defence and UK Government Investments

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

Ministry of Defence

Gate terminal B.V.

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

Brookfield Infrastructure

InfraRed Capital Partners / HICL Infrastructure

NextEnergy Solar Fund

Egyptian LNG

Work highlights

  • Advised Iona on its debt financing by a syndicated group of lenders of a portfolio of eleven anaerobic digestion plants located across England, Wales and Scotland, several of which feature co-ownership with the public sector (through PPP structures.
  • Continue to advise MoD/UKGI on MoD’s 24 year £25 BN PPP contract for the management of the Atomic Weapons Establishment facilities in Aldermaston and Burghfield, the UK’s nuclear deterrence programme.
  • Advising BEIS on the £9 bn Nuclear Liabilities Fund (“NLF”) and options for the decommissioning of eight nuclear power stations operated by EDF.

Stephenson Harwood

Well known in the PPP industry, Stephenson Harwood has expertise across PFI and PPP including NHS LIFT, BSF and PF2, working across the key sectors of accommodation, transport and energy. As well as advising on greenfield projects, the firm handles asset management work on operational projects, including secondary market acquisitions, refinancings and disputes. Practice head Jonathan Cripps has experience advising on economic and social infrastructure projects including in the transport, energy and accommodation sectors, and is regarded as ‘amongst the leaders in the UK in the Infrastructure field’.

Practice head(s):

Jonathan Cripps

Other key lawyers:

Rubin Weston; Rebecca Carter

Testimonials

‘The firm’s USP is the personal attention given by staff to the client’s actual needs and values. This helps to culture how advice is given and is a notable differentiation from other legal firms. The team listens well to the client and and thinks through the issues that exist and develops strategies that make sense to the client and are efficacious in the real world’.

‘The team is led by Jonathan Cripps who influences how the Stephenson Harwood team works with the client. He is amongst the leaders in the UK in the Infrastructure field . This gives great confidence in the how the team works. I would be extremely reluctant to leave this firm and this team’.

‘The differentiator is continuing commitment to the service and outcomes expected by the client at a fee which is managed to avoid surprises. Each matter dealt with is approached as if a new opportunity. This is something many law firms could achieve simply but do not’.

‘The lead partner is Jonathan Cripps. As expected in such a position the approach is experienced, thoughtful, professional and effective’.

Key clients

London Borough of Barking and Dagenham

North London Waste Authority

Semperian PPP Investment Partners Group Limited

Century Health (Nottingham) Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising NLWA on all legal aspects of its North London Heat and Power Project – a ten year programme to build a new Energy Recovery Facility (ERF) at the Edmonton EcoPark in Enfield.
  • Advised Century Health (Nottingham) Limited on the replacement of Clugston (due to administration) as FM Provider.
  • Advising Semperian on various secondary market acquisitions such as the purchase of the remaining 50% of the stake in Fife Hospital from InfraRed (Stake 2) having previously advised on Stake 1 (50% stake from an international infrastructure group) in 2018.

Travers Smith LLP

Specialising in mid-market infrastructure, Travers Smith LLP is particularly adept at brownfield M&A and renewables sector matters. The team is ‘extremely knowledgeable in this field and they are efficient and responsive across a broad spectrum of the utility sector. This includes both commercial, contractual and regulatory aspects of the industry'. The firm can also leverage its strength in private equity to support its infrastructure offering. Head of infrastructure and corporate Spencer Summerfield advises on a range of deals across the sector.

Practice head(s):

Spencer Summerfield

Other key lawyers:

Jonathan Walters; Richard Brown; Richard Offord; Doug Bryden; Mohammed Senouci

Testimonials

‘The team is extremely knowledgeable in this field and they are efficient and responsive across a broad spectrum of the utility sector. This includes both commercial, contractual and regulatory aspects of the industry’.

‘The speed and detail of responses is exceptional. The quality of their work is always of a very high standard and accurate. It enables our business to functional effectively in the knowledge of sound support and advice’.

‘Richard Brown and Richard Offord are both exceptional’.

‘Very pragmatic approach cognisant of commercial requirements as well as legal risk’.

‘Extremely responsive and accessible’.

Key clients

Ancala Partners

Arjun Infrastructure Partners

Basalt Infrastructure Partners

Pensions Infrastructure Platform Limited

Aggregated Micro Power Holdings

Foresight Group

Breedon Group plc

BUUK Infrastructure

Xoserve

Work highlights

  • Advised Ancala Partners on its purchase of a 49% stake in Ence Energía and agreeing Joint Venture Arrangements.
  • Advised Pensions Infrastructure Platform Limited on the sale of its business to Foresight Group LLP.
  • Advised Arjun Infrastructure Partners on its investment in Sustainable Bio Solutions Aabenraa KS (SBSA).

Weil, Gotshal & Manges (London) LLP

Known for advising infrastructure funds and private equity, Weil, Gotshal & Manges (London) LLP specialises in the M&A and acquisition financing aspects of the sector. The firm’s work covers the key areas of energy, social, transport and TMT, advising on data network being an example of recent activity. James MacArthur assists private equity sponsors, pension funds and multi-asset managers on investments in infrastructure. He co-leads the practice with Paul Hibbert, whose forte is acquisition and leveraged finance, acting for private equity sponsors and lenders, with a particular focus on infrastructure. The team has been boosted by the arrival of Murray Cox, who joined from Slaughter and May in 2021 and brings expertise advising listed companies, financial sponsors and sovereign wealth funds on a range of M&A and corporate finance matters.

Practice head(s):

James MacArthur; Paul Hibbert

Other key lawyers:

Emma Serginson; Murray Cox

Testimonials

‘Top tier corporate and finance practice’.

‘Paul Hibbert is a great lawyer, with strong technical expertise, problem solving skills and a wealth of experience spanning a number of complex structured financings. He is very proactive, personable and client-driven and has a very good understanding of the wider commercial aspects of a transaction’.

‘Emma Serginson showed exceptional dedication and resilience throughout a recent process’.

Key clients

3i

AMP Capital

Antin Infrastructure Partners

APG Asset Management

Argos Wityu

Basalt Infrastructure Partners

Equitix

First Sentier Investors

Global Infrastructure Partners

iCON Infrastructure

InfraRed Capital Partners

Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets

OMERS Infrastructure

Polhem Infra

Terra Firma

THI Investments

Whitehelm Capital

Work highlights

  • Advised Antin Infrastructure Partners on the sale of Kellas Midstream to a consortium of GIC and BlackRock’s Global Energy & Power Infrastructure Funds.
  • Advised the lenders to First Sentier Investors in its acquisition financing of Wheelabrator UK, the largest pure play waste-to-energy business in the UK and a developer, owner and operator of strategically located waste-to-energy facilities.
  • Advised Polhem Infra and KLP investing alongside Foresight Energy Infrastructure Partners, BAE Systems Pension Funds Investment Management and Arcano Partners, on the acquisition of the 231MW Skaftåsen onshore wind farm. The Skaftåsen wind farm will be the first in the world to feature the most powerful onshore wind turbines developed to date.

Bird & Bird LLP

The procurement experts of Bird & Bird LLP provide international experience and industry strength in the key areas of aviation, defence and technology. The firm advises on major projects, PPPs and procurement litigation, as well as providing ad-hoc support to UK clients in procurement regulation. Stuart Cairns leads the team and focuses on procurement, projects and infrastructure, advising all forms of government and regulated bodies on a range of complex matters.

Practice head(s):

Stuart Cairns

Other key lawyers:

Claire Gamage

Testimonials

‘In-depth understanding of the bidding process and law applicable to the NHS’.

‘Stuart Carins and Claire Gamage both provided timely, expert, helpful advice’.

‘This Practice is unique in terms of its ability to combine knowledge and experience with the core skill of practical advice giving’.

‘It’s impossible with Bird & Bird to fail to bring a sound idea to success’.

‘Stuart Cairns is the most connected and applied lawyer we have ever worked with. His clients’ record of achievement is attributable to his learned knowledge, his skill in fitting it to the task and his ability to blend advice into the practical in all things. He is extremely busy but somehow always manages to address issues great and small and bring opportunities to enhance the project. You will never leave a meeting with Stuart without gaining substantially’.

‘Extremely competent experts with great people skills. They are very service minded, good at explaining complicated things in simple terms to lay persons’.

‘They are extremely knowledgeable when it comes to procurement rules and regulations. Further they have much experience in the field, are solution minded and know how things work in practice as well as in theory’.

‘Their people skills are excellent which makes people comfortable to ask questions and seek their help for the best out come for all’.

Key clients

Kadeco

Centralny Port Komunikacyjny on the Solidarity Transport Hub, Poland

Isavia (Keflavik Airport, Reykjavik), Iceland

Icelandic Roads and Coastal Administration

Government of Sri Lanka

Surrey County Council

University of Limerick Strategic Development Zone

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

Roquette (UK) Limited

London Luton Airport

Work highlights

  • Continues to advise on Isavia (Keflavik Airport, Reykjavik), Iceland’s $1-2 billion expansion programme. Keflavik is one of the fastest growing airports in the world, seeing traffic increase fivefold in the past ten years to reach c.10m in 2018. This is expected to double within the next ten years.
  • Advise Roquette, an entirely private organisation (and therefore not required to follow procurement law) but wanted to adopt a very robust approach to appointing a contractor for a business critical construction project.
  • Advise the Polish Government owned entity, CPK, on the largest new airport development in mainland Europe, The Solidarity Transport Hub or Central Communication/Transport Port (CPK) is a megaproject of the Government of Poland aimed at the construction of a new, built-from-scratch airport to be located approximately 40 km southwest of Warsaw, which is planned to replace Warsaw Chopin Airport.

Bracewell (UK) LLP

Bracewell (UK) LLP is recommended by clients as a 'global leader in project finance, export credit agency-backed deals, restructuring and general corporate work'. Cross-border work is a strength given the firm's US heritage and it’s particularly strong in the energy space, notably the key areas of renewables, solar and oil and gas. In addition to its energy work, the practice has experience advising on utilities. Energy and finance expert Jason Fox leads a team that includes Oliver Irwin, who advises lenders and sponsors on the development and financing of cross-border projects.

Practice head(s):

Jason Fox

Other key lawyers:

Oliver Irwin

Testimonials

‘The practice has in-depth knowledge of the oil and gas industry and is expert in project finance’.

‘Understanding of oil and gas industry, finance sector and project finance challenges’.

‘A global leader in project finance, export credit agency-backed deals, restructuring and general corporate work’.

‘We have been relying on Oliver Irwin and his team for more than 10 years. His attention to detail, creativity, hard work and pragmatic approach are all exceptional. He has also taken the time to genuinely learn about our business’.

‘Bracewell are a very unique firm as they provide exceptional commercial advice for a reasonable fee. They are always willing to go the extra mile in terms of client support. Bracewell really understand our business and the individual personalities within our team. Also they really do have a diverse culture and I think they really support women who have a career and family to balance.’

Key clients

Eni

Marubeni

Total Solar

FRV

Jinko Solar

Kyushu Electric

Tamasuk

Savannah Energy

Navitas

Anglo Pacificf

Work highlights

  • Advised Eni with respect to its acquisition of a 20 percent interest in the Dogger Bank (A and B) 2.4 GW offshore windfarm project from Equinor and SSE.
  • Advised the Marubeni and Total Solar consortium on the development and financing of the 800 MW Al Kharsaah Solar IPP in Qatar, the first solar plant of its size in Qatar.
  • Advising FRV in connection with the project financing of a 55 MW Solar PV project in Armenia. The so-called Masrik-1 scheme will be the first development of its kind in Armenia.

Fladgate LLP

The multidisciplinary Fladgate LLP practice acts for the public sector, investors, funders, consortium-members and contractors on a range of PPPs/PFIs, renewable energy generation assets and battery storage projects. The firm’s primary focus is on advising investors in PPPs/PFI and asset-backed vehicles. Andrew Bessemer Clark is head of the team and specialises in M&A, particularly related to the projects and infrastructure market and private equity.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Bessemer Clark

Other key lawyers:

Sam Tye; Kim Fowler; Christian Charles

Testimonials

‘Make you feel as if you are their only client and make themselves available at any time during the day or evening’.

‘Provide thorough and clear advice – making difficult decisions as easy as possible’.

‘Andrew Bessemer Clark and Sam Tye, along with the Senior Associates (such as Kim Fowler) have played important roles over the last 12 months in navigating difficult situations during the pandemic’.

‘Special praise to Christian Charles’.

Key clients

Zouk Capital

Equitix Limited

John Laing Investments Limited

Pinnacle Group

Innisfree

Work highlights

  • Advised Zouk Capital in its role as the appointed manager of the Charging Infrastructure Investment Fund (CIIF) – a £400m fund set up by the government in partnership with the private sector.
  • Advised Equitix (Kessingland) Limited and Equitix (Wern Ddu) Limited on a refinancing of their existing senior debt. The refinancing related to the wind farms owned by each of the two companies.

Sharpe Pritchard LLP

Acting for local and central government, regulators, and regulated utilities, Sharpe Pritchard LLP’s diverse experience covers rail, road, waste, energy, water, digital infrastructure and social infrastructure projects. As well as the legal aspects of a deal, the firm advises on the structuring of commercial strategy, payment mechanisms, technical interfaces and stakeholder management. Nicola Sumner and Roseanne Serrelli co-lead the team and ‘their knowledge and experience is invaluable’.

Practice head(s):

Nicola Sumner; Roseanne Serrelli

Other key lawyers:

Steve Gummer; Jane Crees

Testimonials

‘All partners that I have worked with demonstrate accountability, putting the client 1st whilst maintaining integrity in the support provided at all times’.

‘My personal experience with Sharp Pritchard can only be described as completely positive. They continually put the needs of the Client first in all that they do and always keep the Client up to date with all that is happening. Nothing is ever too much, and I have never been let down by them’.

‘Roseanne Serrelli and Nicola Sumner are absolute legends. Their knowledge and experience is invaluable. I have worked with both for 4 years on many different procurements and can only heap massive praise for their professionalism and dedication’.

‘Drawing on lessons learnt from current industry best practice and identification of risks’.

‘Sharpe Pritchard are professional, friendly and very knowledgeable – specifically on public procurement. They have a team who cover a range of expertise around procurement regs, practical examples of how they are applied, strategies for managing risk,  developing commercial strategies and mechanisms that deliver value for money and equitable risk transfer in a way that maintains appetite within the supply chain’.

‘Other lawyers primarily offer the information required regarding a law or regulation that may apply but are reluctant to provide context of how the regulation or legislation is applied practically. In addition they are usually not forthcoming with advice on what other steps or approaches could be taken. Where Sharpe’s excel is their ability to translate the theoretical position into practical application and give examples of where it has been done elsewhere on other major projects’. 

Key clients

Houses of Parliament (Restoration and Renewal Delivery Authority Ltd)

Portsmouth Water

Cambridgeshire County Council

City of London Corporation

Suffolk County Council

Buckinghamshire County Council

Thames Water Utilities Limited

West London Waste Authority

Merseytravel

Milton Keynes

Shearman & Sterling LLP

Shearman & Sterling LLP has experience advising across the full asset life cycle from fund formation to greenfield project financing of key infrastructure assets to brownfield infrastructure M&A, financings and disposals. Iain Elder leads the team and represents sponsors and lenders on the development and financing of large energy and infrastructure projects throughout the Middle East and Africa. Former infrastructure partners Katie Hicks and Tim Sheddick moved to White & Case LLP in 2021.

Practice head(s):

Iain Elder

Key clients

Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets

Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan Board (OTPP)

Aberdeen Standard Investments

DIF Capital Partners

LPP Investments Ltd/ GLIL Infrastructure LLP

IFM

JPM IIF

Ancala Partners

Infranode

Dalmore Capital Limited

StepStone Group LP’s

Swiss Life Asset Managers

Hermes Infrastructure

CGN

VTTI B.V.

Beacon Rail Group

Bristol Airport

Westerleigh Crematoria Group

Cory Environmental

Work highlights

  • Acting as Borrowers’ counsel in connection with the ongoing refinancing of VTTI B.V. and the establishment of a multi-creditor common terms platform.
  • Advised in connection with establishing a secured debt platform consisting of €300,000,000 of funding from international banks and institutional investors for the refinancing of the existing debt facilities and ongoing capex of Finnish district gas heating business, Loimua Oy.
  • Advised Macquarie European Infrastructure Fund 4 on entry into a share purchase agreement to sell its 69.4% shareholding in Sole Ventures, the holding company for Società Gasdotti Italia, to a wholly owned subsidiary of Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan Board.

Squire Patton Boggs

The integrated transport, energy and infrastructure team of Squire Patton Boggs advises on projects in the UK and internationally from the greenfield development stage to later lifespan. Key specialisms include rail, clean air, EV networks, social infrastructure, legacy PFI/PPP projects and renewables. Andrew Herring leads the department and has particular expertise advising public sector authorities, private sector operators and infrastructure providers in the international heavy and light rail sectors.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Herring

Other key lawyers:

Nick Helm; Trevor Ingle; Matthew Mulqueen; James Duckworth; Julian Scott

Key clients

Transport for Greater Manchester

Sheffield City Council

Galliford Try Investments

Amber Infrastructure

Dolphin (Costain Pension Fund)

InfraRed Capital Partners

Circular Resources

Calon Energy Limited

Triton Power

PricewaterhouseCoopers Dubai

Campus Living Villages

Vital Energi

Chania Green Generation Company Limited

GSC Holdings (Pty) Limited

Leeds City Council

Work highlights

  • Advising Transport for Greater Manchester (and indirectly the 10 GM local authorities) on the proposed Greater Manchester Clean Air Plan.
  • Acting for EDF Group in relation to the acquisition of British start-up Pivot Power, specialising in battery storage and infrastructure for electric vehicle charging.
  • Advise and support a number of infrastructure investors on a range of PFI schemes within their portfolios, including secondary market M&A disposals, project variations, distress events and general ongoing project support.

Trinity International LLP

Boutique Trinity International LLP has a niche specialism advising on infrastructure transactions in emerging markets. The firm’s primary expertise lies in Africa, but it also advises on projects in Latin America, Central Asia and Eastern Europe. Financing for highways and agricultural infrastructure, including renewable forestry plantations, are key strengths for the practice, another being energy sector work, notably solar projects. The firm is also recommended for its innovative fee structure that ‘enables developers to develop projects in risky jurisdictions’. The team is co-led by Paul Biggs, Simon Norris, Kaushik Ray and Conrad Marais.

Practice head(s):

Paul Biggs; Simon Norris; Kaushik Ray; Conrad Marais

Other key lawyers:

Lucy Johnson; Elizabeth Handley

Testimonials

‘Trinity is unique. Their fee structure enables developers to develop projects in risky jurisdictions, if it was not for them we would not have been able to finance our project in Sierra Leone. Given the amount of risk they take as a firm, they tend to be more involved in the development stage of the transaction and actually act as codevelopers, where they bring immense knowledge to the table’.

‘They have fantastic response times, they have never let us down when we have requested anything of them’.

‘Trinity has been more involved than any other law firm I know in Africa and they have probably brought more projects to financial close than any other firm. Their knowledge of the industry and the continent are unparalleled. We would never look to work with any other firm’.

‘Simon Norris is a phenomenal lawyer and a great problem solver. He is smart, hard working, prompt and always goes beyond the call of duty. Simon  has helped us constantly negotiate better terms’.

‘Lucy Johnson is an excellent lawyer and has helped us negotiate most of the project agreements. Her work ethic is unparalleled and she  is a very creative problem solver’.

‘Trinity has a very good understanding, knowledge and experience of power projects in Africa as well as an exceptional track record in M&A and financing in the power sector’.

‘Lucy Johnson is extremely confident, very diligent, convincing and, eqally important, fun to work with. She is someone who will always go for the next mile for her client, and she will always come up with solutions rather than problems. I will make sure to work with her again if a financing situation comes my way’.

‘Elizabeth Handley is very thorough and detail oriented, but what is exceptional with Elizabeth is that she follows up things very diligently so no issue is left unattended.’

Key clients

Africa Finance Corporation

AFD (French Development Agency)

AfDB (African Development Bank)

Africa 50

Africa Infrastructure Fund I K/S

Africa Ren Invest Ltd

Africa Synergy

Africinvest

Aggreko International Projects

ALSF

Amandi

Amaya

Africa Merchant Capital

AMEA Power

AP Moller

ATI (African Trade Insurance Agency)

Azura Power (West Africa) Ltd

Azura Power Limited

Burmeister & Wain Scandinavian Contractor

Cambridge Energy Partners

Candi solar AG

CDC Group Plc

Copperbelt Energy Corporation PLC

CIGen CO

Coöperatief Climate Fund Managers U.A.

CPCS Transcom Limited

Cross Boundary Energy Management

Daystar Power Group Limited

DEG (Deutsche Investitions- und Entwicklungsgesellschaft)

DIPF Themis

EAIF (Emerging Africa Infrastructure Fund)

Eastern and Southern African Trade and Development Bank (TDB)

EBRD

EDFI Management N.V

Endeavor Energy

ERAMET and Grande Côte Opérations

Evolution II ESCO Mauritius

FBN Bank (UK) Ltd

FirstRand

Fortis Gree

Work highlights

  • Acting for GIIF in its proposed investment in a new on-dock/off dock facility in Ghana.
  • Acting as International legal adviser to a consortium which is headed by KPMG Kazakhstan to advise EBRD and the Ministry of Health in Kazakhstan in respect of the tendering, development, construction and financing of the Almaty Training Hospital in Kazakhstan on a PPP basis.
  • Worked with KfW in the establishment of the Renewable Liquidity Support Facility– an innovative initiative which will assist many renewable power projects in sub-Saharan Africa to reach financial close.

Trowers & Hamlins LLP

Trowers & Hamlins LLP has developed its projects practice from its traditional housing PPP/PFI focus to include expertise in education, waste, environment, health and social care, energy, cultural infrastructure and, increasingly, technology projects. The firm also has experience in the Middle East and South East Asian regions, advising on a range of infrastructure deals. Paul McDermott leads the team and is known for PPPs and PFIs in housing, social care and education, as well as advising central government on the housing PFI programme.

Practice head(s):

Paul McDermott

Other key lawyers:

Assad Maqbool; Scott Dorling

Testimonials

‘Approachable, very knowledgeable team. Practical advice and discussion on legal considerations and options available for bringing forward projects’.

‘Very contactable and willing to assist in any way possible’.

‘Individuals in the team have all come across as being very personable, professional and practical in their advice and support’.

Key clients

Museum of London

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority

Secretary of State for Education / Located

Three Rivers District Council

North Tyneside Council

Belfast City Council

Leisure Contract Variations

Camden Council

Electricity and Water Authority of Bahrain

Bristol City Council and Goram Homes

Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust

Westminster City Council

West Midlands Combined Authority

Berkeley Homes (South East London) Limited

Gravesham Borough Council

Federal Electricity and Water Authority (United Arab Emirates)

Urban Growth Company and Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council

Work highlights

  • Advise on the £1.5 billion Priority School Building Programme which delivers new schools across England and LocatED (a public sector subsidiary) on education led regeneration and development projects.
  • Advised the Council on the Charter Phase of Gravesend civic and cultural hub project. This £85 million phase delivers over 100 market rented homes as the first phase a wider project to redefine what the town offers by increasing residential, civic and cultural activity.
  • Securing a new base for the Museum of London in the Smithfield area of London including the commissioning of design and a delivery chain for the repurposing of existing historic buildings