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100 NEW BRIDGE STREET, LONDON, EC4V 6JA, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 020 7919 1000
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Fax 020 7919 1999
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233 LONDON CHANCERY LANE WC2
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Calvin Walker

Tel:
Work 020 7919 1899
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Baker McKenzie LLP

Work Department

Banking.

Position

Calvin Walker has more than 20 years experience working in the international project finance market and heads the Global Project Finance practice group. He has been consistently recognized as a leader in his field by legal directories, including Chambers Global, Legal 500, PLC Which Lawyer? and Legal Experts. Calvin's primary focus is the financing of energy and infrastructure projects in Europe, Middle East, Turkey and Russia/CIS. He acts for sponsors, lenders and governments and advises in the power, oil and gas, LNG, mining and infrastructure sectors.

Career

Joined Baker McKenzie London as a partner in September 2009; previously a partner at a Magic Circle law firm.

Languages

English; French; German; Russian

Member

Law Society of England & Wales

Education

Cambridge University (Downing College) (B.A.) (1985); College of Law at Guildford (Law Society Finals) (1986); Cambridge University (Downing College) (M.A.) (1988)

Leisure

Family, golf, skiing, tennis.


London: Finance

Emerging markets

Within: Leading individuals

Calvin Walker - Baker McKenzie

Within: Emerging markets

Baker McKenzie's global presence gives its London practice access to in-depth local knowledge of emerging markets around the world, and brings its finance group into some of the most demanding and high-value deals in the market. More than half of the firm's offices are located in emerging markets, and its London office plays a key role in transactions in¬†Asia Pacific, Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Latin America on behalf of financial institutions, sponsors and borrowers. The firm's highlights from 2017 included advising¬†Bank of America Merrill Lynch International on a ‚ā¨799m and $411m dual-currency term loan for¬†Yapi ve Kredi Bankasi in Turkey. The practice also acted for a syndicate of 14 lenders including¬†Banca IMI, BNP Paribas, ING and¬†Scotiabank Europe in a ‚ā¨1.95bn loan as part of the ‚ā¨4.5bn financing of the acquisition of energy efficiency solution provider Ista International. Acquisition finance specialist¬†Lynn Rosell Rowley¬†led that deal. Experienced project finance partner¬†Calvin Walker¬†acted for¬†Bayerische Landesbank and Arab African International Bank in a $126m project financing for¬†Infinity 50 Renewable Energy, which is developing a¬†50MW solar photovoltaic power plant in Ben Ban, Egypt.¬†Marc F√®vre, who frequently¬†advises government authorities, developers, lenders and secondary market investors on all aspects of energy and infrastructure transactions, also played a key role in that deal. Other recommended partners include head of banking¬†Nick Tostivin,¬†who¬†focuses on syndicated lending transactions and acquisition finance;¬†leveraged acquisition and infrastructure financing partner¬†Ian Jack; structured capital markets partner¬†Simon Porter; head of the firm's¬†global nuclear energy practice¬†Neil Donoghue; and debt capital markets specialist¬†Adam Farlow.

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London: Projects, energy and natural resources

Oil and gas

Within: Oil and gas

Richard Blunt 's oil and gas offering at Baker McKenzie is currently advising Shell on its involvement in the Baltic LNG project and recently negotiated a production sharing contract with the government of Salah Aldeen in Iraq on behalf of Crown Energy. In other highlights, Tim Sheddick recently represented Macquarie in its consortium agreements regarding the all-cash £3.6bn acquisition of a 61% stake in National Grid's UK gas distribution business, and Neil Donoghue continues to counsel a power generation company alongside Calvin Walker with regards to the financing, construction and development of a new gas-fired plant in the UK. Steve Abraham is one of the main names to note for dispute resolution and international arbitration, and Marc Fèvre handles greenfield developments and project financing mandates. Corporate specialist David Duncan recently joined the firm from Allen & Overy LLP .

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Power (including electricity and renewables)

Within: Power (including electricity and renewables)

Richard Blunt spearheads the energy, mining and infrastructure department at Baker McKenzie which was recently strengthened by the arrival of M&A specialist David Duncan from Allen & Overy LLP . The group recently advised clients on a number of innovative project-financing and high-profile transactions in the power space; Calvin Walker and Marc Fèvre worked with the firm's Frankfurt office to assist Bayerische Landesbank and Arab African International Bank as lenders on the financing of a solar photo voltaic plant in Egypt, and Charles Whitefoord represented Lightsource in the creation of a strategic platform with Blackrock Real for the acquisition and ownership of UK solar assets. Also notable is Neil Donoghue who recently oversaw all aspects of the chapter 11 filings of a US manufacturing company - which involved significant regulatory issues in the nuclear space. Other notable clients include BP, Suez and Marubeni whom senior associate Tania Arora counselled on the procurement and decommissioning of a coal-fired power plant in Botswana.

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