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Energy; Corporate, M&A & Capital Markets; Projects; Real Estate; Energy; Private Equity; LLPs & Partnerships; United States
“I focus on keeping things simple and getting the job done.”
Gareth Baker has been helping clients invest in the energy sector for nearly a decade.
Whether it’s M&A overseas, investing in new technologies in the UK or undertaking cross-border collaborations, Gareth helps clients to navigate a path through the structural, regulatory and commercial challenges of working in the energy sector. Gareth immerses himself in projects at all levels and enjoys advising clients at every part of the value chain to unlock issues, stay on timetable and maximise value.
The energy sector presents constant challenges and changes. Gareth brings core M&A and project finance experience to advising developers so that the projects are ready for the later stages of investment. He enjoys learning about the emerging technologies in one sub-sector and helping clients by applying lessons learned from other sub-sectors.
Recent examples of experience include working with Primrose on the roll-out of solar developments across the UK.
Oil & Gas/biofuels/chemicals
- Helping BP to take overall control of the Nerefco refinery in the Netherlands through a 1 billion euro acquisition of Chevron’s Benelux refining and renewables assets and agreeing a long-term offtake supply arrangement with Chevron, linked to the divestment of Chevron’s Benelux marketing assets
- Advising BP in relation to a US$400 million biofuels investment joint venture with Associated British Foods and DuPont to form Vivergo Fuels to construct a new bioethanol plant built at Saltend, Hull
- Supporting BP in relation to its biofuels innovation programmes through advising on a 50/50 UK consortium with DuPont to build a butanol facility in the UK, as a forerunner to a US butanol commercialisation joint venture (on which he also advised)
- Helping AMEC in relation to the largest European procurement programme at the time, by advising in relation to its consortium arrangements with URS Washington Division and Areva to decommission the Sellafield nuclear facility
- Advising AMEC, Atkins and Rolls Royce in relation to consortium arrangements bidding to decommissioning the Magnox reactors as well as on the terms of the bid
- Helping Primrose Solar to grow from 0 to more than 100 MWs of generating capacity in under a year by advising on, amongst other transactions, the acquisition of solar farms will add 38 MW to the grid, enough to supply around 11,500 homes and save up to 16,400 tonnes of CO2 annually
- Advising a group of investors on the disposal of two operational solar parks to John Laing plc for £36m, realising approximately £13.5m for our clients
- Advising Infinis, the largest independent renewable energy generator in the UK in relation to various matters, including a £75 million project finance facility with National Australia Bank to construct and operate five onshore wind projects with a combined capacity of 52.5 megawatts
- Helping to “keep the lights on” by advising Carron Energy, part of Welsh Power Group, on its disposal of three power response businesses to Alkane Energy PLC for £12M
Widely regarded for the strength of its health and life sciences offering, Gowling WLG is also noted for its transactional capabilities in the real estate, energy, and advanced engineering sectors. Sunil Kakkad also serves as co-head of the firm’s India group, where he works with a host of Indian companies, financial institutions, and investors on cross-border transactions. London M&A head Gareth Baker is a driving force behind the firm’s energy offering, possessing noteworthy expertise in thermal, renewable, and nuclear technologies. Life sciences expert Ian Piggin routinely handles investments and partnerships in the pharmaceutical and medical sectors, while Neil Hendron’s health and care capabilities are concentrated in private company M&A transactions. Senior associate Róisín Bergin advises widely on corporate transactions driven by PE and VC investments.
The projects and infrastructure practice at Gowling WLG is seen by one client as ‘a challenger to the Magic Circle, which lives up to that billing by being innovative yet pragmatic in its approach to transactions and problems‘. The firm has a presence in the utilities and mining sectors, and it has a strong track record of start-up transactions, joint ventures, farm-ins, equity, debt and project financings in jurisdictions as diverse as Russia and the CIS, Armenia, Bangladesh, Nepal, Myanmar, and many countries throughout Africa and South America. Head of international projects Jonathan Brufal oversees the firm’s emerging markets work, which involves many key partners. Among them are corporate energy partner Gareth Baker, project finance specialist Andrew Newbery and head of natural resources Charles Bond, who ‘has an easy style where even unexpected challenges are taken in stride‘. Impact finance partner Alasdair McKenzie is ‘very commercial and solution-focused‘. Gordon Bell is the go-to partner for international arbitration.
London > Projects, energy and natural resources > Power (including electricity, nuclear and renewables)
Gowling WLG has an excellent transactional advisory practice with practitioners at the forefront of energy mandates in the corporate, finance and project development space. ‘The team is very commercial with a very target-oriented mindset’ with the corporate side being led by Gareth Baker. Nath Curtis advises funder and sponsor clients on net-zero projects while John Cooper specialises in providing public law advice. Gus Wood is a key name in relatino to regulatory issues while Jonathan Brufal provides support from Dubai.
Gowling WLG has a strong water team representing a number of high profile clients including international water companies, government agencies and investors. Andrew Newbery heads the water practice and handles financing, project development and transactional work in regards to domestic and international matters. John Cooper heads the Public Law and Regulation team and is an expert in regulatory issues. Jonathan Brufal has extensive experience advising clients with business interests in the Middle East and Africa. He also sits on the International Desalination Association’s legal advisory board. Gareth Baker assists clients with international M&A matters and other cross-border collaborations. The team has recently been augmented by the arrival of partner Mike Stewart, who is an expert in complex international infrastructure disputes, with a particular focus on the Middle East.
Gowling WLG acts for sponsors and portfolio companies on a steady stream of investments, mergers, acquisitions and bolt-on deals. The practice is also engaged by growth equity funds, particularly in the renewable energy sector, where Gareth Baker takes the lead. Neil Hendron and Ian Piggin are also key names to note; Piggin leads the team and handles deals across sectors including professional services and technology, while Hendron focuses on the healthcare sector.
- Water - London > Projects, energy and natural resources
- Emerging markets - London > Industry focus
- Power (including electricity, nuclear and renewables) - London > Projects, energy and natural resources
- M&A: lower mid-market deals, £50m-£500m - London > Corporate and commercial
- Private equity: transactions - mid-market deals (up to £250m) - London > Corporate and commercial
Top Tier Firm Rankings
- Investment fund formation and management > Listed funds
- Projects, energy and natural resources > Water
- Corporate and commercial > Commercial contracts
- Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: mid-market
- Real estate > Commercial property: development
- Real estate > Commercial property: investment
- Corporate and commercial > Equity capital markets – small-mid cap
- Projects, energy and natural resources > Infrastructure
- TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Intellectual property: patents (contentious and non-contentious)
- TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Intellectual property: trade marks, copyright and design
- Industry focus > Life sciences and healthcare
- Employment > Pensions (non-contentious)
- Employment > Pensions: dispute resolution
- Industry focus > Retail and consumer
- Real estate > Commercial property: corporate occupiers
- Real estate > Construction: contentious
- Real estate > Construction: non-contentious
- Industry focus > Emerging markets
- Corporate and commercial > EU and competition: trade, WTO anti-dumping and customs
- Crime, fraud and licensing > Fraud: civil
- Employment > Health and safety
- Public sector > Healthcare
- Projects, energy and natural resources > Mining and minerals
- Real estate > Planning
- Projects, energy and natural resources > Power (including electricity, nuclear and renewables)
- Real estate > Property litigation
- Transport > Rail
- Investment fund formation and management > Real estate funds
- Private client > Contentious trusts and probate
- TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Fintech
- TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > IT and telecoms
- Corporate and commercial > M&A: lower mid-market deals, £50m-£500m
- TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Media and entertainment (including media finance)
- Corporate and commercial > Private equity: transactions - mid-market deals (up to £250m)
- Real estate > Property finance
- Real estate > Social housing: finance
- Industry focus > TMT
- Corporate and commercial > Venture capital
- Public sector > Administrative and public law
- Dispute resolution > Banking litigation: investment and retail
- Real estate > Environment
- Corporate and commercial > EU and competition
- Corporate and commercial > Financial services: contentious
- Corporate and commercial > Financial services: non-contentious/regulatory
- Dispute resolution > International arbitration