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Stephen Rigby

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London: Corporate and commercial

Flotations: small and mid-cap

Within: Flotations: small and mid-cap

Norton Rose Fulbright has an excellent track record at the upper end of the AIM market, where it advisers issuers and NOMADs on transactions involving sectors such as financial services, technology, and real estate. Stephen Rigby, who has acted for AIM clients for more than 15 years, is particularly active in the energy, oil and gas and renewable power sectors. The group includes Fiona Millington, Thomas Vita, of counsel Kevin Connolly and senior associate Christopher McCarthy, who acted for Citigroup Global Markets, finnCap, Liberum Capital and Macquarie Capital (Europe) as joint underwriters and bookrunners in a £215m equity fundraising by CityFibre Infrastructure. In another high-end mandate, Richard Sheen and senior associate Clementine Hogarth and others advised eve Sleep Plc on its £140m AIM IPO. Nicholas (Nick) Adams and recently promoted senior associate Matthew O’Shea are other key figures in the group, which is led by Raj Karia.

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M&A: upper mid-market and premium deals, £250m+

Within: M&A: upper mid-market and premium deals, £250m+

Norton Rose Fulbright¬†'s practice, which is headed by¬†Raj Karia¬†,¬†¬†demonstrates ‚Äėfirst class client responsiveness and availability‚Äô, with an increasingly consolidated cross-border M&A offering.¬†The practice is strong for financial services, FinTech and distressed transactions. Representative clients include Delta Airlines, BMW, Rio Tinto and 3M. Oil and gas transactions have been significant, with¬†Kimberley Wood¬†assisting Shell with its disposal of a 45% in the Corrib gas venture to Canada Pension Plan Investment Board and¬†Stephen Rigby¬†acting for Hermes Investment Management on the acquisition of a substantial shareholding in a gas distribution network from National Grid, as part of a consortium. Other highlights included¬†Chris Viner¬†advising Mitsui group companies on the formation of a Norwegian joint venture company with AKOFS Offshore and Christopher Pearson¬†advising Trinity Mirror on its acquisition of Northern & Shell for ¬£127m.¬†Alan Bainbridge¬†is ‚Äėexcellent in terms of commerciality, board room interaction and credibility‚Äô, specialising in strategic M&A and corporate advisory work for financial institutions. Claire O‚ÄôDonnell,¬†Nicholas Berry, Victoria Birch¬†and Charlotte Henry¬†were all promoted to partner level.

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London: Projects, energy and natural resources

Oil and gas

Within: Oil and gas

Norton Rose Fulbright fields an 'experienced, highly-qualified team with in-depth knowledge of the oil and gas world'. A group of lenders appointed the group to advise on multiple financing transactions for over $2.5bn in connection with the Southern Corridor gas project, and Stephen Rigby acted for Hermes Investment Manager as part of the consortium which acquired a 61% stake in regulated gas distribution networks from National Grid. On the commercial front, Geoff Peters represented the ACG consortium - which includes BP, Chevron and ExxonMobil - in its negotiations with the government of Azerbaijan and its oil company to extend the Azeri-Chirag-Deepwater Gunashli production sharing agreement. The main names to note for contentious work are Neil Miller and Holly Stebbing . The 'excellent' practice head Nicholas Prowse always provides 'appropriate advice' and is also recommended.

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Power (including electricity and renewables)

Within: Power (including electricity and renewables)

Norton Rose Fulbright is currently acting for the lenders to the Triton Knoll offshore wind farm project under the leadership of Rob Marsh , and Christopher Down teamed up with EMEA energy head Charles Whitney to lead the advice to Marubeni and JinkoSolar as sponsors on the financing and development of the Sweihan solar PV project in the UAE. Daniel Metcalfe and Andrew Hart also handled a number of significant financing mandates. On the capital markets side, Stephen Rigby advised Greencoat on its $340m equity offering as part of its new share issuance programme and plan to acquire several wind farms. JP Morgan appointed Christopher (Chris) Grieves to oversee its acquisition of Infinis' onshore wind portfolio. Richard Hill has a particular expertise in the construction and contractual aspects of energy projects and spearheads the team from London. Nicholas Pincott retired from the partnership.

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