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Browne Jacobson LLP
15th Floor
103 Colmore Row
Birmingham
B3 3AG
England

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Paul Hill is a partner in the Banking and Finance team principally based in Birmingham and he also serves as the sector head for Energy and Infrastructure at Browne Jacobson. Paul joined the firm in March 2019, having spent 10 years in the globally acclaimed projects and infrastructure practice of Allen & Overy in London.

He specialises in all aspects of general corporate lending, infrastructure finance, acquisition finance, restructuring and project finance. He has extensive experience on advising on some of the largest and most complex national and international transactions (many of which are award winning) advising corporates, borrowers/sponsors, institutional debt/pension funds, private equity houses, financiers and governmental entities.

Since joining Browne Jacobson in 2019 Paul has made a real impact in the West Midlands market, not only through integration into the commercial community but also through building and developing client relationships. He has also been able to leverage strong interconnections between the West Midlands and London. He has advised on a number of high profile deals including:

(1) Rcapital Partners in connection with their portfolio of debt/equity investments in new and existing businesses;
(2) Blazehill Capital (and certain founder investors) on the set up of a new alternative lender;
(3) Quilam Capital in connection with their portfolio debt/equity investments in new and existing businesses;
(4) IB Group in connection with their corporate refinancing and subsequently the raising of CLBILS finance;
(5) PBE Group on a multi-jurisdictional holdco corporate financing;
(6) NatWest in connection with the provision of a revolving credit facility to a UK university; and
(7) LDC in connection with their successful exit of Addo Food Group to European private equity firm PAI Partners.

Within the energy and infrastructure sector, Paul has utilised his strong connections, reputation and capability to bring together the breadth of experience across the wider firm to provide a strong fully packaged offering in this area. This has culminated in a stream of high profile work, including advising on some of the highest profile recent infrastructure acquisitions in the UK market and has secured a number of collaboration opportunities in the sphere with large UK City and US white-chip firms. Selected highlights in this sector include advising:

(1) First Sentier Investors in connection with their successful c £1 billion acquisition of energy-from-waste assets from SSE plc and  their subsequent acquisition of the entirety of the Wheelabrator UK EfW business from Macquarie;
(2) a global asset manager in respect of their proposed purchase of Suez’s UK recycling and recovery business;
(3) PBE Group on a multi-jurisdictional holdco corporate financing;
(4) AFC Wimbledon on the debt/equity financing and construction of their new football stadium;
(5) Manchester County Council in connection with a District Heating Project;
(6) Oxford University Trust in connection with a hospital PFI;
(7) Performances Birmingham on the financing and redevelopment of Symphony Hall;
(8) Homes England on a variety of and
(9) Derby County Council on the termination of the Derbyshire EfW Waste Project.

Paul has also secured a UK panel appointment for Hydromine Inc, a sustainable energy company focussed on the power plant origination and investment, on-boarded Sculptor Capital, a global alternative asset manager, as a client of the firm and has been involved in a number of panel tenders for large FTSE companies.

Career

  • Browne Jacobson LLP – March 2019-Present
  • Allen & Overy LLP – September 2008-March 2019

Education

  • Admitted as solicitor, England and Wales, 2010 
  • LPC (distinction), College of Law, Moorgate (2007 – 2008) 
  • LLB Law, University of Warwick (2004 – 2007) 

Lawyer Rankings

West Midlands > Finance > Banking and finance

The three pillars of the banking and finance team at Browne Jacobson LLP are asset finance, property finance and health and social care; the latter is the area of expertise of team head Emma Hinton. Paul Hill  specialises in corporate lending and infrastructure finance while Paul Ray  advises major clients on asset based lending and debt purchase.

West Midlands > Projects, energy and natural resources > Energy, project finance and PFI

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Paul Hill Browne Jacobson LLP

Browne Jacobson LLP is well known in the Midlands for its capabilities with regards to power generation, renewables, energy-from-waste and energy disputes. The team is led by Paul Hill , who is a specialist in infrastructure transactions, private equity and general corporate lending. He is supported by venture capital specialist Mike Jackson and senior associate Nick Smee .