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Matthew Keats

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Matthew has been advising on oil and gas and petrochemical projects around the world for the past two decades. Matthew was the head of Linklaters Energy and Infrastructure practice in Moscow where, between 2010-15, he advised on all the leading deals in the Russian energy and natural resources market.


Solicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales


1992-1994 College of Law, Chester
1989-1992 Mansfield College, Oxford

London: Projects, energy and natural resources

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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Energy and natural resources

Within: Leading individuals

Matthew Keats - Linklaters

Within: Energy and natural resources

Linklaters advises lenders, borrowers and corporates on the full range of M&A, joint ventures and project financing matters. The team is currently acting for Gazprom and Gazprom Export on the development of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline project, and is also advising Rosneft on the sale of its stake in Vankorneft to a consortium of Indian investors. The practice is headed by Matthew Keats; Grigory Gadzhiev and Julia Voskoboinikova are the other key figures.

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PPP and infrastructure projects

Within: PPP and infrastructure projects

At Linklaters, highlights included acting for a consortium of investors including VTB Capital, Gazprombank and Vnesheconombank on the Western High-Speed Diameter project, a major toll road construction. The team is also acting for the lenders and bond holders on the financing of the M11 motorway project. Julia Voskoboinikova has been involved in a number of road construction projects. Matthew Keats heads the department.

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