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Osborne Clarke LLP

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London: Projects, energy and natural resources

Infrastructure (including PFI and PPP)

Within: Infrastructure (including PFI and PPP)

The 'extremely proactive and responsive' infrastructure lawyers at Osborne Clarke LLP 'are always working on the next thing and highlighting potential issues before they arise'. Chris Wade is based in Bristol and 'devotes a significant effort to understanding the business and the objectives of the transaction'; he recently teamed up with David North to advise Arlington Seaside as investor on the acquisition and debt financing of a portfolio of four student accommodation projects. On the energy front, James Watson represented Gas Power Developments in its acquisition and financing of gas peaking plant portfolio with merchant offtake support, and acted for John Laing Investments in its takeover and development of an onshore wind farm. Other key names to note include Andrew Normington , regulatory specialist Simon Hobday and financing expert Omar Al-Nuaimi . The team was recently bolstered by the arrival of construction litigator Rob Horne from Simmons & Simmons and Alistair Curzon from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP .

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Power (including electricity and renewables)

Within: Power (including electricity and renewables)

The renewables practice at Osborne Clarke LLP has a particular expertise in solar projects and recently gained in strength through the arrival of project finance partner Alistair Curzon from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP and financial services regulatory expert Michael Lewis from Pinsent Masons LLP . Solarplicity appointed the group to advise on the $160m investment by Maas Capital for the installation of panels to generate power for affordable housing in England and Wales, James Watson handled the acquisition, development and re-financing of an onshore wind farm, and practice head Simon Hobday acted for Gas Power Development in the purchase and financing of a six-site gas peaking plant portfolio with merchant offtake. On the regulatory side, Catherine Wolfenden is part of the team assisting a group of energy companies with a judicial review of Ofgem cuts to the embedded benefits scheme, and on the contentious front Adrian Lifely is currently representing a UAE-based oil trader in a Commercial Court claim against an oil major pertaining to payments for LPG shipments.

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