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Bracewell (UK) LLP

Work Department

Project Finance




Oliver Irwin advises lenders and sponsors on the development and financing of cross-border energy and infrastructure projects across a broad range of industries, many of which are the “first-of-its-kind” in their sector or “first-in-country.” Oliver has significant experience advising on multi-sourced project financings involving export credit agencies, multilaterals and development finance institutions as well as commercial banks and traders. Oliver is frequently involved in the negotiation and structuring of complex intercreditor matters.


Solicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales; Nottingham Law School, LPC, GDL, 2004; University of Newcastle Upon Tyne, Bachelor of Arts, 2001, honors.

Lawyer Rankings

London > Projects, energy and natural resources > Infrastructure

(Next Generation Partners: Projects/project finance)

Oliver IrwinBracewell (UK) LLP

Bracewell (UK) LLP  advises on financing and corporate work in the energy sector, with the London team often acting in collaboration with lawyers in its international network on cross-border mandates. Jason Fox heads the practice, which includes Oliver Irwin and Ro Lazarovitch, who joined from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP in March 2021.

London > Industry focus > Emerging markets

Bracewell (UK) LLP ‘has a unique combination of deep knowledge of the main legal challenges of emerging markets, negotiation skills and the ability to implement solutions that address exactly the client’s concern‘. Since opening its London office in 2013, the firm has attracted more than 100 clients from the energy sector, on which it is exclusively focused. It is a leading adviser on financings, acquisitions and project developments in the oil and gas industry, though it is increasingly prominent in deals concerning wind, solar, battery storage and carbon capture projects. Jason Fox leads the practice and acted for Africa Oil Corp. on the refinancing of its existing $160m term facility with BTG Pactual to finance the acquisition of an interest in Prime Oil & Gas from Petrobras. Up-and-coming partners Oliver Irwin and Eimear Murphy are recommended for cross-border financings and upstream oil and gas transactions respectively. Olivia Caddy and Tom Jamieson also has extensive project development and finance experience in the energy sector. Energy partner Adam Blythe is ‘extremely knowledgeable and can identify the best legal instrument to address the challenges of the transactions‘.

London > Projects, energy and natural resources > Power (including electricity, nuclear and renewables)

Bracewell (UK) LLP, overseen by managing partner Jason Fox  , focuses on emerging economies such as those in Africa and the Middle East with an excellent reputation in financings, acquisitions and project developments. Recent highlights include representing Eni on its acquisition of an offshore wind farm project from Equinor and SSE. Tracy London  focuses on negotiating procurement and construction contracts while Oliver Irwin  advises lenders and sponsors on the development of cross-border projects. Tom Jamieson has extensive project finance experience while Gordon Stewart advises financial investors.

London > Finance > Bank lending: investment grade debt and syndicated loans

Exclusively focused on handling energy-related financings, including in an M&A and projects perspective, Bracewell (UK) LLP is ‘able to leverage deep market knowledge to guide the commercial decisions and provide bespoke solutions’ to lenders and borrowers relating to transactions in developed and emerging markets. Under the leadership of Jason Fox, the firm remains best-known for its oil and gas financing expertise, including advice on upstream reserve based financing transactions. However, it has successfully pivoted to reflect its clients’ needs to handle a considerable amount of renewables mandates. Well-versed at advising on multi-sourced project financings, Oliver Irwin provides ‘very sound and reliable advice’ to lenders and sponsors on complex and often first-of-kind financings in the energy sector.