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Burges Salmon LLP

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ONE GLASS WHARF, BRISTOL, BS2 0ZX, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 0117 939 2000
Fax:
Fax 0117 902 4400
DX:
7829 BRISTOL
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Web:
www.burges-salmon.com
Bristol, London

Jonathan Eves

Tel:
Work 0117 902 6357
Email:
Burges Salmon LLP

Work Department

Corporate finance.

Position

Partner in the corporate finance team with a particular focus on corporate finance transactions in the energy sector. Details of significant deals: acting for various developers, funders and institutional investors on investment in, and the acquisition and disposal of, renewable energy projects and portfolios across a range of technologies; advising GDF SUEZ on its acquisition of leading independent wind energy developer, West Coast Energy. This deal was shortlisted for Deal of the Year at the 2015 New Energy & Cleantech Awards; advising Infinis Energy pic on the sale of its hydro portfolio to Dwr Cymru Welsh Water and H20 Power Limited for £20.5 million; acting for Infinergy Limited on the sale of two operational wind farm projects (Castle Pill and Ferndale) and on equity investment in, and project financing of, the Wear Point wind farm; and advising the European retail group, Louis Delhaize, on the sale of The Garden and Leisure Group to The Garden Centre Group.

Career

Trained at Burges Salmon and qualified into the corporate team in September 2006. Appointed as a corporate partner with effect from 1 May 2015.

Member

Member of ICAEW Corporate Finance Faculty.

Education

Attended Royal Belfast Academical Institution; St. Peter’s College, Oxford, BA (Hons) in Law, 2000-03.

Leisure

Playing rugby for Chew Valley RFC 1st XV where he was club captain from 2009-11.


London: Corporate and commercial

M&A: lower mid-market deals, £50m-£250m

Within: M&A: lower mid-market deals, £50m-£250m

The ‚Äėtruly partner led practice‚Äô at¬†Burges Salmon LLP¬†provides ‚Äėan impeccable level of service all round, including value for money‚Äô. Bristol-based head of practice¬†Richard Spink¬†is ‚Äėan assured practitioner, who is consistently able to deliver‚Äô; his expertise lies in corporate transactions for private equity clients. The ‚Äėvery personable, knowledgeable and pragmatic‚Äô¬†Camilla Usher-Clark¬†is a core member of the firm‚Äôs energy sector.¬†Jonathan Eves¬†and senior associate¬†Julie Book¬†are ‚Äėexperts in solar PV and energy storage deals‚Äô; one highlight of this nature saw Eves advise Maas Capital Renewables on its entry into a joint venture with Solarplicity to install rooftop solar facilities for housing association tenants across the UK.¬†Alan Barr¬†, hotels and leisure expert¬†Rupert Weston¬†, private equity specialist¬†Mark Shepherd¬†and senior associate¬†Tim Roberts¬†are also recommended.

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London: Projects, energy and natural resources

Power (including electricity and renewables)

Within: Power (including electricity and renewables)

The cross-departmental power team at Burges Salmon LLP 'provides excellent and seamless service, has market-leading knowledge knowledge of the renewables sector and fields sizeable, responsive and innovative resources'. Corporate finance partner Jonathan Eves , construction specialist Lloyd James and Will Woodall 'are all experts in solar PV and energy storage deals' and 'go above and beyond to meet clients' expectations'. Along with highly sensitive and complex new-build nuclear mandates, the team - jointly spearheaded by 'true expert' Ross Fairley and Ian Salter - recently continues to advise Orsted on the Hornsea offshore wind farm, and acted for Maas Capital in its partnership with Solarplicity for the installation of rooftop solar facilities to feed housing associations across the UK. Also notable is Fairley's ongoing counsel to Wave Hub regarding marine, regulatory, real estate, construction, insurance and commercial contracts issues; and Gary Soloman and Julian Boswall continue to represent a local authority in its response to the proposed development of a new nuclear power station with a new connection grid.

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South West: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: Bristol

Within: Next generation lawyers

Jonathan Eves - Burges Salmon LLP

Within: Corporate and commercial: Bristol

Burges Salmon LLP¬†attracts praise for its¬†‚Äėextensive commercial and industry knowledge‚Äô. The department has been increasingly active in deals with US and Asian funders, especially those from Singapore and Malaysia, and continues to see substantial instructions emanating from Europe. Jonathan Eves¬†assisted Netherlands-based Maas Capital with a large-scale joint venture agreement with Solarplicity for a rooftop solar panel installation, which will provide energy to 800,000 housing association tenants across the UK. Though the majority of its clients are based outside of the South West, the team does win significant regional instructions. For instance, Dominic Davis¬†advised the founding shareholders of Bristol‚Äôs Pukka Herbs on its acquisition by Unilever. Mark Shepherd¬†and Richard Spink¬†‚Äėensure positive outcomes for their clients‚Äô and specialise in private equity transactions. In addition to its M&A work, the corporate group also has experience in equity capital markets and funds transactions, which are relatively unique to the region. Chris Godfrey¬†has experience advising issuers and brokers in equity capital markets transactions, while Jeremy Bell¬†, who¬†specialises in structuring private investment funds, joined the team from Ashurst¬†in 2017. Camilla Usher-Clark¬†has been involved in a number of significant energy transactions, and Rupert Weston¬†is another key figure in the department.

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  • Restoring environmental damage: putting a price on ecosystem services

    On 7 August 2009 a 40-inch pipeline ruptured, spilling 5,400 cubic metres of crude oil into the soil and groundwater of La Crau nature reserve in southern France, a habitat protected under French and European law. The operator had to excavate and replace 60,000 tons of soil, install 70 wells to pump and treat groundwater and 25 pumps to skim oil from surface water, at a cost in the region of ‚ā¨50m. However, this was just the primary remediation (that is, restoring the site to the state it would have been if the damage had not occurred). The operator was also required to compensate for the damage to the habitats and the loss of the ecosystem services that would otherwise have been provided by La Crau nature reserve. Measures included purchasing land outside of the nature reserve and contributing to its management for a period of 30 years (over ‚ā¨1m), monitoring the water table for 20 years (over ‚ā¨500,000), monitoring fauna over three years (‚ā¨150,000) and rehabilitation in accordance with best available ecological techniques (nearly ‚ā¨2m). Overall, the compensatory restoration (to compensate for the amount of time that the ecosystem was impacted) and complimentary restoration (to compensate for elements of the ecosystem that had been permanently lost) came to more than ‚ā¨6.5m. ‚Ä©
    - Burges Salmon LLP

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