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Fiona Hobbs

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Linklaters Business Services

Work Department

Projects.

Position

Fiona is a leading energy and infrastructure specialist. Recent deals include advising: ENI on the unitisation of Areas 1 and 4, Mozambique, the Lenders (JBIC, NEXI, AfDB, ECIC and commercial lenders) on the $2.4b financing of the Nacala pit to port railway in Malawi and Mozambique, HS1 on the renegotiation of its power supply arrangements and HS1’s shareholders on the sale of HS1. Fiona’s other key clients include KNOC and The Department of Transport.

Career

Articled clerk Linklaters 1987-89; assistant solicitor 1989-96; partner 1996.

Languages

French.

Education

University College, Cardiff (1986 LLB First Class Honours); Law Society Qualifying Examinations (1987 First Class Honours).


London: Projects, energy and natural resources

Mining and minerals

Within: Mining and minerals

Mining sits at the core of Linklaters LLP 's multi-disciplinary practice which advises the full gamut of clients under the joint leadership of Charles Jacobs , Toby Grimstone and David Avery-Gee . Longstanding client Glencore recently appointed the team to oversee its acquisition of 31% stake in Mutanda and 10.25% in Katanga from Fleurette Properties. Corporate partner James Inglis worked closely with allied firm Allens to handle Rio Tinto's sale of its Australian subsidiary Coal & Allied Industries to Yancoal, and Avery-Gee intervened in Newcrest regarding its subscription for 10% of the issued share capital in AIM-listed SolGold. On the financing side, Fiona Hobbs and head of the Africa group Andrew Jones oversaw the $2.73bn project financing for the construction and refurbishment of a 912km coal railway line through Mozambique and Malawi as well as the Nacala port in Mozambique to service the Vale and Mitsui mine on behalf of a group of investment and commercial banks.

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Oil and gas

Within: Oil and gas

At Linklaters LLP 'responsive times are very short and the industry knowledge is exceptional mainly due to the team's extensive track record in project finance deals'. In recent highlights, the 'very commercially-minded' practice co-head Daniel Tyrer led the advice to the Area 4 Partners with regards to the development of the Coral FLNG project in Mozambique, and Matthew Keats applied his deep understanding of the Russian market to assist the lender group with the multi-source financing for the construction of the Yamal LNG project. Mark Russell represented Eni in the sale of 35.7% stake in Eni East Africa, which equates to 25% indirect participating interest in Area 4, to a wholly-owned subsidairy of ExxonMobil. Ilia Ditiatev 'is able to reach compromises even in the most challenging stalemates between lenders and borrowers' and was recently made partner; she is another key name to note alongside Fiona Hobbs who jointly heads the practice with Tyrer. Other noteworthy clients include Rosneft, National Grid, BP and Total.

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London: Transport

Rail

Within: Leading individuals

Fiona Hobbs - Linklaters LLP

Within: Rail

Linklaters LLP handles a range of rail sector corporate, finance, real estate and regulatory matters for sponsors, lenders, rolling stock companies and government clients. Headline work includes advising the lenders on the $2.73bn project financing of the $4bn construction of the Nacala Corridor Rail and Port project in Mozambique and Malawi; and advising the lenders to the bidders on the £3bn acquisition of HS1 for a joint venture managed by InfraRed Capital Partners.  Fiona Hobbs and Charlotte Morgan lead the team, while Stuart Rowson, Ian Andrews, consultant partner Bruce White, and Jessamy Gallagher are also noted.

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