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Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

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Cheltenham, Doha, Dubai, Geneva, Guildford, Hong Kong and 5 more

David Berry

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Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

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Energy and natural resources, technology, media and telecommunications; commercial, corporate.


David advises on non-contentious corporate and commercial matters, including: project and procurement contracts, acquisitions/disposals, international joint ventures, outsourcing and other long-term business relationship structures. The development and use of technology is often key to the clients that David acts for, with a particular focus on: information technology, cleantech, transport, energy (including renewables) and natural resources. Clients range from individual entrepreneurs to governments. With all of them, David works to establish long-term sustainable relationships.

London: Corporate and commercial

Commercial contracts

Within: Commercial contracts

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP's market-leading reputation for sports law makes the area one of the bedrocks of its commercial contracts practice. The firm's offering in this space was bolstered by the arrival of the team from commercial sports law boutique Couchmans following a high-profile merger in January 2018; Nic Couchman, Nick White Jody MacDonald and Satish Khandke moved across. A group including practice head Jason Saiban, Megan Paul (who was hired in 2017 from Mayer Brown International LLP ) and associate Richard Davies acts as Nike's primary legal advisers in the UK; recent work included assisting the client with the rollout of its cutting-edge omnichannel offering and assisting with event staging arrangements for the World Championships in Athletics 2017. Elsewhere, the firm also has an outstanding reputation in the retail and TMT sectors, as is evidenced by the fact that its client roster includes names such as Westfield, Harrods and ITV. David Berry handles commercial contracts with a nexus to the IT, financial services and energy/natural resources sectors. He also heads up the firm's cleantech and renewables group, and has also developed an interest in the role of technology across a wide range of industries. Jaclyn Wilkins and Mark Bailey are other key figures. Ian Lynam and Jon Walters departed for Northridge Law.

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London: Finance

Emerging markets

Within: Emerging markets

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP is 'a very strong, well rounded firm with a good array of experts in this field'. Clients report 'very high quality and service of a level comparable with any top UK firm'. The practice is best-known for its advice on investments in sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle East and the Caribbean, particularly in the financial services, real estate, retail, infrastructure and agricultural sectors. It handles a broad range of mid-market and big-ticket deals, which last year included advising AIM-listed fastjet plc on a $44m fundraising to expand its operations into South Africa and Mozambique, and to access three ATR 72-600 aircraft for ten years. For Barbados National Oil Company, the firm helped to negotiate terms for two joint operating agreements with BHP Billiton relating oil and gas exploration of the Carlisle Bay and Bimshire offshore blocks. Adrian Mayer is the key partner in the practice and clients describe him as 'exceptionally intelligent and very client-friendly'. The firm has many partners involved in emerging markets projects, including head of financial services Jon Bond; corporate partners Hamish Perry and David Berry, who frequently handle deals in the Caribbean; and corporate finance specialist Keir Gordon. John Fletcher retired.

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London: Projects, energy and natural resources

Power (including electricity and renewables)

Within: Power (including electricity and renewables)

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP 's Chris Putt has a strong track record in domestic and international corporate finance transactions; he jointly heads the power outfit with David Berry who specialises in corporate and commercial mandates such as joint ventures, outsourcing and long-term commercial relationships. The Energy Technologies Institute instructed the group to oversee the funding, design, build, testing and commercialisation of a waste gasification plant in partnership with a co-funding technology provider, and Berry acted for Bellway Homes in its negotiation of an ESA with Engie to operate a district heating system for a residence connected to the biomass-fuelled combined heating and power plant. Kevin Forsyth renewed the entire operation and maintenance agreements for the next ten years on behalf of the owning consortium and operator of a major offshore wind farm. Other notable partners  include Tim Ball and construction expert David Savage .

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