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Gowling WLG

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Stephen Kenny

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Gowling WLG

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Projects partner; specialising in large, complex government projects and public private partnerships work acting for banks, the public sector and service providers; particular experience of acting on defence projects and on local authority PFI/PPP projects; particularly waste/energy from waste projects; leading on the South London Waste Partnership residual waste treatment project; advised the Ministry of Defence on its nuclear submarine programme and on ‘Project Marshall’, the military air traffic services PPP.


Articled Bettinsons; qualified 1986; partner Wragge & Co 1998; Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co, partner, 2014; seconded to the Defence Procurement Agency as a banking adviser 1998.


French, Italian.


Richmond High School, Halesowen; Leicester University (LLB 2(1)).


Walking, music, family.

London: Projects, energy and natural resources

Infrastructure (including PFI and PPP)

Within: Infrastructure (including PFI and PPP)

Gowling WLG handles high-value defence and transport infrastructure PPP work domestically and has recently increased its international presence, especially in Africa, where Andrew Newbery, who joined the firm in 2016, is acting for the Emerging Infrastructure Fund and GuarantCo on its loan to a fuel storage provider to fund existing commercial agreements and a new independent power project. Projects practice head for the UK Stephen Kenny recently advised new client MUJV on the extension of the Connaught PFI with the MoD and also acted for the South London Waste Partnership on the procurement of a long-term contract for waste and recycling collection, street cleaning and maintenance. Birmingham-based senior associate Alexandra Poynter assisted Kenny in both these matters. Other notable client wins include Natixis, Greenage Power and Exim, who has appointed the firm to assist with the financing structure of the NuGen nuclear power project in Moorside.

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West Midlands: Projects energy and natural resources

Project finance and PFI

Within: Leading individuals

Stephen Kenny - Gowling WLG

Within: Project finance and PFI

practice head Stephen Kenny, who divides his time between Birmingham and London, assisting the South London Waste Partnership with the procurement contract for waste and recycling collection, street cleaning, winter maintenance, vehicle maintenance, and parks and grounds maintenance services across four London Boroughs. On the finance side, Chris Brierley represented Ecotricity in the £90m financing with Aviva Investors of a portfolio of 74MW of operational wind and solar parks across 21 sites. Head of project finance Nicholas Iliff divides his time between Birmingham and London, and is ‘pragmatic and well known and respected in the market’.

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Delivering complex projects: competitive dialogue or competitive procedure with negotiation?

February 2018. By Stephen Kenny

The Public Contracts Regulations 2015 (PCR) (which implemented the 2014 Public Procurement Directive) created a new procedure known as competitive procedure with negotiation (CPN). For those bidding on complex infrastructure projects or other government contracts, the implications of CPN may not be immediately apparent. For a contracting authority, CPN provides an additional procurement option giving more flexibility (than a restricted procedure), more control over bidders (than an open procedure). A contracting authority developing an innovative product, services or works may consider that an innovation partnership is more suitable. [Continue Reading]

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