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Watson Farley & Williams LLP
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Joe advises lenders and sponsors on a number of project finance, acquisition finance, reserve base lending and other structured financings and has a particularly impressive track record in the upstream oil and gas sector, advising E&P companies and both multilateral and commercial lenders.

Joe advises on transactions across Europe and Africa including the UK North Sea, Egypt, Morocco, Nigeria and Ghana.

He is recommended for his trade finance and oil and gas expertise by The Legal 500 UK styling him “very reactive, efficient and pragmatic”.

Lawyer Rankings

London > Finance > Trade finance

Watson Farley & Williams LLP has ‘an excellent team that manages to achieve the rare combination of excellent technical legal skills, strong market knowledge and contacts, and a personable and human approach‘. The firm’s long-standing commitment to the commodities sector, combined with experience in complex finance structures, make it a prominent adviser on commodity and upstream finance transactions. Lead partner Joe Levin and senior associate Jordan Joannides assisted FBN Bank (UK) Ltd with commodities mandates with a total value of $185m, including trade finance and working capital facilities. Levin also advised BW Energy Holdings on a new $300m reserve-based lending facility to finance the development of the Dussafu offshore oilfield in Gabon. Head of the mining and commodities group Jan Mellmann and head of the global oil and gas practice Chris Kilburn are closely involved in the financing of major projects across the globe.

London > Projects, energy and natural resources > Infrastructure: Project finance and development

Watson Farley & Williams LLP handles a range of financing work, advising lenders, government, credit support agencies and contractors on a variety of projects, with particular proficiency in multi-lender financings. With experience of both the lender and borrower side, the team has been involved in offshore wind, solar, and oil and gas developments and infrastructure projects. Team head Henry Stewart has been a key driver of the group’s solar projects work, with far reaching expertise across the full range of energy assets, while Julian Nichol is noted for his financing expertise and natural gas and coal experience. Joe Levin ‘s practice focuses on upstream oil and gas.