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Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (Europe) LLP

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Rebecca Downes

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Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

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Senior Associate


Rebecca Downes is a Senior Associate in the London office. She advises on mergers and acquisitions, gas and LNG sales arrangements, gas storage, energy commodity trading, concession and royalty agreements, oilfield services and project development activities within the oil and gas industry.

Rebecca has significant experience of acting for a broad range of clients including IOCs, financial institutions, commodity trading houses and project companies on a variety of domestic and international upstream and midstream oil and gas transactions. Recently, she has advised clients with interests in Africa, Europe, the United Arab Emirates, the UK and the UK Continental Shelf.




Association of International Petroleum Negotiators


BPP Law School, L.P.C., 2008
Durham University, LL.B., 2007


Playing and watching sport, travel and cooking.

London: Projects, energy and natural resources

Oil and gas

Within: Oil and gas

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (Europe) LLP¬†'never fails to provide an excellent service even on a tight timescale'. The 'very pragmatic and solution-focused'¬†Peter Roberts¬†'is a true expert in his field'. The team is currently advising Tullow on complex arrangements for the sale and transportation of gas from a number of offshore fields in Ghana, and¬†Joanna Kay¬†and¬†Rebecca Downes¬†supported Roberts to assist Maersk Oil with the development of the crude oil export pipeline from¬†Lokichar to Lamu in Kenya. Also notable is¬†Matthew Williams¬†who is currently acting for Azito Energie and its joint venture shareholders on the phase 4 expansion of its gas-fired power project in C√īte d'Ivoire.¬†James Atkin¬†recently joined the firm's Tokyo office as co-head of its global oil and gas practice from¬†Vinson & Elkins LLP. Other key clients include the European Investment Bank, Orion Energy and Powell Industries.

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Power (including electricity and renewables)

Within: Power (including electricity and renewables)

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (Europe) LLP recently gained several new high-profile clients such as Trailstone and BB Energy and bolstered its power offering with the hire of Paul Doris from Watson Farley & Williams LLP . The firm has a strong presence in the renewables space; Anthony Riley advised BlackRock and NextEnergy on their respective acquisitions of operational solar assets in the UK. Bioenergy Infrastructure Group benefited from practice head Matthew Williams ' advice on its acquisition of biomass and energy-from-waste facilities from Macquarie, while Alexander Janes assisted Canadian Solar as borrower with its £41.85m financing from Bayerische Landesbank of a series of solar projects. Edward Humphries represented an investment fund in the purchase of senior notes to refinance several project finance loans and is also a key contact alongside senior associate Rebecca Downes , of counsel Elisabeth Blunsdon and John Deacon .

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