The recent major cabinet reshuffle sees Matthew Hancock replacing Michael Fallon as the new business and energy minister.
On 15 July 2014, Dacheng senior partner Gao Mingfei, who is based in Beijing, was interviewed by Global Times in connection with crowd funding.
How might future UK infrastructure investment decisions be influenced by Crossrail?
Glasgow 2014 — a local legacy download
At 08:45 on 24 July, after eight years of planning, sports at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games kicked off with lawn bowls.
There were some very clear and succinct messages to emerge from the keynote addresses at the inaugural Made in the UK Conferences & Exhibition.
UK: investing in UK infrastructure download
The government department for UK Trade and Investment and HM Treasury have jointly published a guide detailing opportunities to invest in UK infrastructure.
From October 2014, renewable energy projects will compete for a budget of more than £200m a year as part of the first allocation round for the new contracts for difference.
On 2 July, the EU Commission published a number of documents aimed at moving the EU towards a circular economy.
Stephenson Harwood has appointed Salem Chalabi as a partner in its Dubai office.
As you structure the features of developer notes, the following principles may help you maximise their marketability.
You don’t have to look far to see infrastructure investment in the north is not at the level it should be.
DLA Piper has acted for Greencoat UK Wind on the acquisition of Maerdy Wind Farm, an operational wind farm project in Wales.
Stephenson Harwood has advised Cofely on its purchase of Lend Lease’s UK facilities management business.
Eversheds has advised the Department for Transport on the new Essex Thameside franchise, which has been awarded to the current operator c2c.
DKF and Wierzbowski Eversheds defence and security networking meeting: discussion of the new Offset Act download
The new Offset Act was signed into law by the president of Poland on 7 July 2014 and will come into force 14 days after publication in the Journal of Laws.
Stephen Malley and Jonathan Northey will join DLA Piper as the latest lateral partner hires into the firm’s real-estate group.
What is behind the success of public-private partnerships (PPPs) and what is the potential for their future use in Africa?
Addleshaw Goddard has completed two flagship transactions, one of which represents the largest in the capital to date.
Eversheds is advising state-owned China National Nuclear Corporation on its investment in the £16bn Hinkley Point C nuclear power station.
DLA Piper has advised GE Betz on its acquisition of the entire issued share capital of Monsal Holdings for an undisclosed sum.
Dacheng has advised Beijing Future Science & Technology Park Development and Construction Co on legal risk prevention and control in the course of construction.
Scott E Barat has been appointed to serve as managing partner of Pillsbury’s Northern Virginia office, located in Tysons Corner.
Wierzbowski Eversheds has advised the City of Warsaw on obtaining financing from the European Investment Bank of PLN1bn for various projects.
Major changes ahead as Congress takes on the highway trust fund crisis — and looks to comprehensive tax reform download
Over the next two weeks, major decisions will be made affecting the legislative tax agenda for the rest of this session of Congress and, in the case of tax reform, for 2015.
Implied duty of co-operation in shipbuilding and offshore construction contracts — a change in the law?
In any construction project, a degree of co-operation will be required between the buyer and the builder to facilitate successful completion of the project.
This note considers what a MAC clause is and when it is used, highlights recent case law and offers some tips for those involved in reviewing or negotiating MAC clauses.
Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co has announced the promotion of 13 lawyers to the firm’s legal director role.
Pillsbury has announced the appointment of 10 partners to firm-wide practice and industry leadership posts.
Islamic finance is booming. Sharia law essentially prohibits investments in certain sectors considered as illicit (‘haram’) and the payment and receipt of interest (‘ribha’).
The traditional view is that a novation is an agreement that replaces the original contract with another one on the same terms but with different parties.
On 1 July 2014, BIS published new guidance on how to apply the new EU General Block Exemption Regulation.
We have extensive experience of advising customers and suppliers in the retail sector on technology development, licensing and supply projects.
Delivering on time: the World Cup download
Lessons can be learnt from Brazil’s big build for the World Cup, which was the subject of delays to 75 per cent of its construction projects.
They think it’s all over — PF2 download
The late, great Ken Wolstenholme, if asked about the House of Commons Treasury Committee Report on Private Finance 21, could well say the same for PF2.
Landowners along the route of HS2 could find more or less of their land than previously suggested will actually be needed following a new announcement.
DLA Piper has advised CLV on a project to design, build, finance, operate and maintain a student accommodation facility located at the University of Melbourne.
FERC violated the National Environmental Policy Act by improperly ‘segmenting’ its NEPA analysis of a four-part upgrade to Tennessee Gas Pipeline’s 300 Line System.
In this video, commercial real-estate partner Vicky Stokes discusses mixed-use development projects and looks at the key issues for developers and occupiers.
Addleshaw Goddard has advised the DfT on the refranchise of the West Coast Main Line, which was awarded to Virgin Trains on 19 June.
The South African National Treasury has published proposals for a carbon offset scheme.
Eversheds has announced the appointment of Dani Kabbani as managing partner of the firm’s office in Qatar.
On 3 June 2014, a delegation of the Brazilian Bar Association, led by Luiz Tarcisio Teixeira Ferreira, visited the head office of Dacheng.
AOTS, advised by DLA Piper, has signed construction contracts with supporting guarantees for the development of its project to construct a large oil terminal facility.
IFLR1000 Energy and Infrastructure 2014 has recommended Ilyashev & Partners on its energy and infrastructure and financial and corporate work.
LK Shields has appointed solicitor Liam Carney as a partner in its banking practice. Carney previously worked as a partner in two other Irish law firms.
LK Shields Solicitors advises a wide variety of Irish and international clients on all aspects of company and commercial law.
The Ministry of Defence (MoD) is on the hunt for an expanded panel after turning its back on the idea of scrapping or reducing its dedicated roster.
Eversheds has advised the DfT on the new Thameslink, Southern and Great Northern franchise, which has been awarded to Govia Thameslink Railway.
Addleshaw Goddard has announced the appointment of rail and transport expert Paul Hirst from DLA Piper as the new head of transport.
The Infrastructure Bill download
The Infrastructure Bill was introduced into Parliament on 6 June 2014.
The Forestry Department of Jiangxi Province has retained attorneys Xiao Ping and Peng Dingdai from Dacheng’s Nanchang office as standing legal counsel.
HS2 — are we on the right track? download
The HS2 project is undoubtedly important in terms of infrastructure and the wider economic benefits to the UK economy.
Allen & Overy has advised on on the $5.5bn (£3.3bn) STAR Rafineri project financing — Turkey’s largest ever project financing.
Addleshaw Goddard has announced underlying fee income for the year ended 30 April 2014 of £172.5m, an increase of five per cent on the prior year.
The UK government has mandated a minimum of ‘Level 2’ building information modelling on all centrally procured projects, but what does this mean for the construction industry?
The Queen’s Speech was delivered to both Houses of Parliament on 4 June, outlining the intended legislative programme for the 2014–15 session.
Proposed changes to the Environmental Impact Assessment Directive received approval from the European Parliament in March 2014.
Queen’s Speech 2014 download
There are significant proposals this year on areas such as infrastructure, pensions, zero-hours contracts, ‘modern slavery’ and recall of MPs.
Early April 2014 saw the publication by the Department for Transport of its proposed compensation schemes for those affected by Phase 1 of HS2.
The NDRC of China has issued the Administrative Measures for the Verification and Approval and Filing of Foreign Investment Projects.
In this edition, DLA Piper focuses on infrastructure and its importance to the real-estate industry and real-estate development around the world.
Pillsbury has announced that for 2014, Chambers USA has ranked 86 individual Pillsbury lawyers, with 12 partners recognised in two or more categories for a total of 98 individual lawyer rankings.
Eversheds has advised Worcestershire County Council and Herefordshire Council on the variation of their £926m waste PPP.
Shoosmiths has welcomed partner Liz Sweeney and associate Ruth Evans to its banking team.
DLA Piper has advised Tilad on the acquisition of an office complex in Berlin from Société Générale Immobel SA.
Robin Johnson, head of diversified industrials at Eversheds, has commented on the CBI Industrial Trends figures for May.
According to recent reports, Whitehall sources have indicated that the government plans to propose a new Infrastructure Bill in the Queen’s Speech in June.
Pillsbury has welcomed Clark Thiel as a partner in its litigation section in San Francisco. He brings a unique perspective as a licensed contractor and registered architect.
NCTM has provided advice regarding the new A34 motorway in Italy. The firm advised the delegate commissioner, who is appointed to resolve traffic congestion problems in the area.
NCTM has acted as legal adviser for a project financing transaction related to a 9MW solar park in Vittoria, Sicily, developed by Cogip.
Minter Ellison’s Andrew Rentoul has predicted more infrastructure deals across Australia along the lines of the successful leasing of the Port of Newcastle by the NSW government.
Eric Pickles has declared the proposed theme park development known as ‘London Paramount’ to be a development of national significance.
Eversheds has won the Clean Energy Project of the Year 2013–14 award for its role in advising on Sierra Leone’s first independent power project.
Allen & Overy has acted for the lenders consortium in a project to develop a 600MW offshore wind farm.
Any investment of public money in a private undertaking has the potential to be unlawful state aid if it gives that undertaking an economic advantage over its competitors.
Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co has promoted director and energy specialist Gus Wood to partner in the energy team, effective from 1 May.
Shoosmiths has hosted a drinks reception organised by Colmore Business District (CBD) to mark the grand opening of the newly renovated Colmore Square in Birmingham.
Collateral warranties or third-party rights are required on construction projects for three main reasons.
DLA Piper has acted for the Nuevo Metro de Lima consortium on its winning bid for the $5bn Lima Metro Line 2 project in Peru.
Allen & Overy has been presented with the 2013 Deal of the Year award by the US Ex-Im Bank at the bank’s 39th Annual Conference.
We advise on all aspects of commercial projects, residential projects and retail spaces, including contracts, regulatory issues and so on.
This group advises on transactions, tenders, contracts and so on relating to power, renewable energy, natural resources, oil and gas and more.
Walker Morris has been appointed by NHS Shared Business Services following a successful tender to help deliver quality legal services and savings to the NHS.
For those involved in heavy engineering projects, choosing a form of contract that is most apt or suitable for the particular job is of fundamental importance.
Think about engineering projects you have worked on that have ended badly. One reason for this may have been that the contract used the wrong words.
New law firm Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co was launched on 1 May.
Minter Ellison has advised NSW Treasury on the lease of the Port of Newcastle to a consortium comprising Hastings Funds Management and China Merchants.
Nabarro has announced the appointment of Candice Blackwood, a partner who will join the firm’s real-estate practice and who has expertise in the healthcare sector.
Walker Morris has announced the internal appointment of six directors and 15 associates in a number of key growth areas.
DLA Piper has advised EVRAZ on the auction sale of its wholly owned Czech subsidiary EVRAZ Vitkovice Steel to a consortium of private investors for $287m.
DLA Piper has announced that 45 lawyers have been promoted to the partnership. The promotions were made across various practice areas throughout 12 countries.
Mills & Reeve has announced four new internal partner appointments, bringing the partnership to 118 across the firm’s six UK offices.
Eversheds has advised Petrojetty Company on a PPP concession for the development and operation of a petroleum jetty in Sierra Leone.
A recent decision has highlighted the importance of parties adopting careful consideration when drafting notices of referral to commence adjudication proceedings.
Middle East: Dubai Electricity & Water Authority launches tender process for the Hassyan clean coal power project download
DEWA will be selecting a suitable developer or developer consortium to own 49 per cent of a project company to build and operate an independent power project.
Hogan Lovells has advised the Department for Transport on the financing of the £2.7bn East Coast phase of the UK’s Intercity Express (IEP) programme.
In this video, Elizabeth Moeller discusses how developments in US water policy may lead to a new wave of investment spurred by public-private partnerships.
Wragge & Co’s projects team has advised facilities management provider Lovell on a new £32.8m facilities management contract.
The range and depth of capabilities of Minter Ellison’s team across Australia has been recognised by the 2014–15 list of Best Lawyers.
The Interserve/Kajima consortium has been appointed as the preferred bidder on the first private finance batch of the UK government’s flagship school-building programme.
Our specialist team provides a comprehensive range of construction law solutions across the wide spectrum of projects undertaken in the construction industry.
Whatever you need, we will provide sound advice and negotiate finance arrangements to meet your business requirements.
The Queensland Government has unveiled a series of amendments to be made to the Building and Construction Industry Payments Act 2004 (BCIPA).
Further details have been released in relation to the compensation packages for homeowners and businesses close to the HS2 high-speed rail link.
HS2 objections build download
A House of Commons committee has said that areas of irreplaceable natural value along the route of the HS2 rail project are at risk of being subordinated to ‘crude economic calculations’.
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Partner — British Virgin Islands, Cape Town
Drawing on considerable experience in various sectors such as energy, natural resources, life sciences and mixed-use development, our lawyers and professionals see your industry as you do.
Ince & Co (including Incisive Law) has been ranked by Chambers Global 2014 in 23 legal practice areas.
Wakefield Waste PFI has been shortlisted for the Best Waste/Energy/Water Project and the Best Project Team in the Partnership Awards. The team was advised by Walker Morris.
This division is experienced in the opportunities and challenges faced by house builders and developers involved in new-build projects, developments and proposals.
At IBB Solicitors, our Residential Development and Regeneration team is recognised as one of the best and most experienced in the business.
Pinsent Masons has added to its Asian infrastructure group with the hire of Formosan Brothers construction and disputes partner Helena Chen in Beijing.
Beyond the headline infrastructure projects, UK construction work is still recovering from the clobbering it took during the slump
Our firm has always had and still retains the leading position in the area of subsoil use.
The powers to construct and operate phase one of HS2 will be secured by means of a hybrid bill: the High Speed Rail (London–West Midlands) Bill.
GRATA Law Firm’s banking and finance group is a leading legal counsel in the areas of capital markets, project finance and infrastructure projects development and financial transactions
Whether you’re restructuring, listing on a new market or making an acquisition or a disposal, we have the expertise to support you.
DLA Piper has advised Halton Borough Council on the £600m Mersey Gateway Project, a major scheme to build a new six-lane toll bridge over the Mersey.
Allen & Overy advised Macquarie in a complex transaction that led to Macquarie being named winner of the Acquisition of the Year Energy & Natural Resources award.
DLA Piper has advised the global infrastructure arm of QIC in relation to its participation in the consortium that will fund the construction of the NorthConnex motorway.
Managing partner, GRATA Kazakhstan
DLA Piper, Ashurst, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Allen & Overy are among the firms to have advised on the construction of a new six-lane toll bridge over the Mersey.
Addleshaw Goddard will promote eight of the firm’s lawyers to partners, bringing the total of new partners appointed since the beginning of the financial year to 27.
DLA Piper has appointed Lillian Mackenzie as a partner in the projects team, part of the finance and projects group.
Allen & Overy has advised the Flemish Region and PMV/Via-Invest Vlaanderen NV on the development of the A11 highway in Belgium.
Wragge & Co’s projects team has advised on a £500m public-private-partnership (PPP) scheme to upgrade and extend the Scottish motorway network.
Allen & Overy has acted as Australian and international counsel to the export credit agencies and commercial lenders on the financing of the integrated Roy Hill iron ore project.
Walker Morris will be speaking and exhibiting at the LGG Weekend School 2014 at the University of York.
DLA Piper, in partnership with East African Development Bank, has run a regional training programme in Kigali, Rwanda, for public sector lawyers and law professors.
The judgment demonstrates one of the rare and exceptional circumstances in which the court may be willing to intervene to stop an adjudication.
On 21 November 2013, the High Speed Rail (Preparation) Act 2013 received royal assent. The act is referred to as the ‘Paving Act’, and it has immediate effect.
Ten practices and 24 Pillsbury attorneys have been ranked among the world’s top lawyers according to the 2014 Chambers Global guide.
In a move designed to bolster the firm’s presence in Japan, Pillsbury has announced that Anthony Raven and Simon Barrett will join the firm’s finance practice in Tokyo.
Allen & Overy claims it has completed a clean sweep of all overall legal adviser awards possible, in addition to topping the major league tables in 2013.
DLA Piper has appointed Paul Gray as a partner in the real-estate finance team, part of the finance and projects group.
Dacheng has advised the Institute of Advanced Technology at the University of Science and Technology of China on the successful launch of the Saike Fund.
Taylor Wessing has advised Cahill Energy on its historic agreement with the Barbados government to build and operate a waste-to-energy plant on the island.
Karanovic & Nikolic recently created a platform that brought together industry players to discuss financing and the bankability of energy projects in the western Balkans.
Indonesia is likely to be the next target as Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) looks to expand its newly launched Asia network of independent law firms.
Dacheng senior partner Jiang Rongqing has advised relevant parties on PRC law, Indonesian law and British law respectively.
Clifford Chance has toppled six spaces in this year’s global project finance rankings as Allen & Overy (A&O) rises to pole position with $94.9bn worth of deals.
The serious condition of the Italian archaeological and historical heritage is causing growing controversy. Pompeii is the litmus test of this situation.
Penningtons Manches’ real-estate team has exchanged on a major deal for Sellar Property Group.
Hogan Lovells has won Project Finance magazine’s Middle Eastern Oil & Gas Deal of the Year 2013 award.
Wragge & Co has been appointed to advise Birmingham City Council on the sale of the NEC Group, which owns venues including the NEC, the ICC and the NIA.
One of the recent MIPIM highlights for me was a panel discussion focused on how HS2 will deliver economic growth to northern cities.
We accompany clients throughout the life of a real estate project, from setting up adequate SPV structures to drafting relevant transaction documentation.
BDK offers specialised knowledge in banking transactions, capital markets, project finance, derivatives and structured finance products and insolvency and restructuring.
BDK is a market leader in the field of energy and natural resources, having advised on the most prominent transactions in the region in various contexts.
Nabarro partner Martin McKervey discusses the public/private funding of Sheffield’s planned new retail quarter.
Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) has become the latest firm to move into Myanmar through a tie-up with local firm Legal Network Consultants (LNC).
The new draft Community Infrastructure Levy (Amendment) Regulations 2014 were laid before Parliament on 20 January 2014.
The government announced on 3 September that it had introduced orders to make the appeal process faster ‘while ensuring the process remains fair’.
Minter Ellison is one of five international law firms named as winners of a China Business Law 2013 award for energy, projects and infrastructure.
Former Slaughter and May partner Dermot Rice has emerged at the company owned by billionaire property developers, Nick and Christian Candy, after leaving the firm in November.
The real-estate practice group is highly regarded across CEE/SEE. It enjoys high visibility in the region’s largest and most important transactions and projects.
DLA Piper’s debt finance team, part of the finance and projects group, closed three major deals in the week ending 2 March 2014.
DLA Piper has advised Tilad, a multi-family office based in the Gulf region, on the acquisition of the BMW Logistics Centre in Niederaichbach near Munich.
Pillsbury has announced that partners Graham Tyler and Debra Erni will join the firm’s finance practice in London at the beginning of May.
Russia dominates accolades of firms that have stayed strong and imaginative
Taylor Wessing has advised Centerplate on a joint venture with International Stadia Group and the commercial agreements with Club Atlético de Madrid.
PF2 — one year on download
In this article, Stephenson Harwood revisits the changes introduced by PF2 and looks at what progress has been made over the past year.
Karanovic & Nikolic has been named ‘Law Firm of the Year’ for Eastern Europe and the Balkans at The Lawyer’s recent annual European Awards ceremony.
The Unsolicited Proposal Guideline provides a framework for the government’s assessment and implementation of infrastructure proposals that originate directly from the private sector.
Russian powerhouse Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners triumphed at The Lawyer’s fifth European Awards last night, taking home the title of European Firm of the Year.
Baker & McKenzie has become the latest international firm to set foot in Myanmar with the opening of its Yangon office.
Planning disputes made easy? download
A proposal has recently been submitted for planning disputes concerning large building projects to be fast-tracked through a specialist court.
Croatia: recent news highlights — Strategic Investment Act and proposed new act on maritime goods and sea harbours download
The new act on strategic investment in Croatia has achieved its goal of reducing administrative procedures and ensuring the speedy realisation of strategic projects in Croatia.
What is the status of an adjudicator’s decision, in the period following the decision but before a judgment by a court or an award by an arbitrator? Just how ‘binding’ is it?
Welcome to Taylor Wessing’s analysis of clean energy investment activity in the fourth quarter of 2013.
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JPM’s real-estate and construction department advises on all aspects of real estate, including legal support in significant real-estate transactions.
Stephenson Harwood has appointed Sean Angle as a corporate and projects partner in its Dubai office. He joins the law firm from DLA Piper Middle East.
ACH Shoosmiths has been appointed to the legal services panel of Dumfries & Galloway Housing Partnership.
Building your business: a practical guide to international construction, engineering and infrastructure projects download
Taylor Wessing discusses the legal, technical and commercial issues of which you need to be aware when embarking on a project in some of the world’s largest construction markets.
DLA Piper has advised Leroy Merlin on the construction and opening of its second hypermarket in Brovarskyi prospect 3V in Kyiv.
No5 members Hugh Richards and James Corbet Burcher will be speaking at the Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects Applications Master Class 2014.
Kirkland & Ellis (K&E), Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett, and Allen & Overy (A&O) are part of a 10-strong legal team that has advised on the restructuring of German auto-repair company ATU.
This client alert provides an overview of some of the key developments in the natural gas sector in Tanzania.
Taylor Wessing has advised HSH Nordbank in connection with the financing of three wind parks located in Burgundy, France, consisting of 13 wind turbines.
There have been amendments to the Queensland Building and Construction Commission Act 1991, previously the Queensland Building Services Authority Act.
The new procurement directives were approved by the European Parliament on 15 January. They will now be published in the Official Journal of the EU.
Nabarro has advised the winning consortium, led by infrastructure fund Equitix, on the £83m bond-financed Brunswick (Manchester) social-housing PFI project.
With several significant real estate projects ongoing in the UK right now, these sector specialists are at the top of their game.
King & Wood Mallesons has appointed four new special counsel and 28 new senior associates across its Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Perth centres.
Stephenson Harwood has appointed Suzanne Tarplee to its rail team. Tarplee joins from Burges Salmon, where she was a legal director in the rail group.
Construction giant Balfour Beatty has handled in-house all the legal work connected to the company’s £154m mandate to transform the London 2012 Olympic stadium for its future use as West Ham Football Club’s home ground.
Eversheds has advised Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority on a 30-year waste treatment PPP contract worth more than £1bn.
Goodman Derrick has announced that Richard Bailey has joined the firm’s construction team. Bailey will be working closely with John Wright.
The European Commission has just revised the thresholds for the application of the EU public procurement directives.
There is substantial scope to improve Australia’s major project approvals processes, according to the Productivity Commission’s December 2013 research report.
DLA Piper has advised BTG Pactual as arranger and placement agent of a $132.8m project bond offering by Planta de Reserva Fría de Generación de Eten.
DLA Piper has announced that Mariah DiGrino, an associate in the Chicago office, has been named as outside counsel of the Greater Chicago Food Depository, Chicago’s food bank.
Novation is an important feature of engineering and construction projects — particularly in relation to design and build procurement.
Andrew Herring, partner at Eversheds, has commented following the unveiling of the UK government’s new plans for infrastructure spending.
Taylor Wessing has launched ‘All Consuming Legal Insights’ — a series of short videos covering legal insights and developments in the consumer products sector.
The Great Hural, Mongolia’s Parliament, has ratified a new investment law, already in effect since 1 November, that dramatically alters the investment landscape in Mongolia.
The FCA has published a consultation paper on its regulatory approach to crowdfunding. This briefing sets out how the CP will affect firms that operate crowdfunding platforms.
This update looks at the landscape of good faith in the context of discretionary provisions as a matter of contract law in an attempt to provide readers with the necessary background to approach this area of law.
The federal government has announced a Productivity Commission inquiry into the funding of public infrastructure.
DLA Piper has appointed Tony Lopez as a partner in the structured finance team, part of the finance and projects group.
Walker Morris has been ranked in 27 practice areas in the 2014 edition of Chambers & Partners.
Allen & Overy has advised Neoswiat PPP Projects on the development of Jagiellonian University student dormitories in a PPP deal.
Pinsent Masons is aiming at boosting the commercial focus of its Birmingham real estate team with the hire of Shoosmiths partner Joel Kordan.
In July 2013, the government opened a consultation on the terms on which the public sector would invest public money into public-private partnership projects.
Maravela & Asociatii has formed a dedicated team of qualified lawyers with sound expertise in public procurement and PPP.
Newly elected Norway prime minister Solway has promised measures that will kickstart a flat infrastructure sector
The Eversheds infrastructure group comprises in excess of 150 lawyers across our international offices.
According to The Legal 500’s latest report on the UK legal industry, Walker Morris has achieved its best ever results, reinforcing its position in the top tier.
This Olympics Update provides a snapshot of the infrastructure opportunities in relation to the Games and outlines how your business can prepare itself for involvement.
Karanovic & Nikolic hosted a working breakfast focused on PPA and energy finance at its offices on Resavska 23 for financiers, regulators and industry figures.
Nabarro has advised John Laing Infrastructure Fund (JLIF) on a share issue and prospectus that is expected to raise up to £240m.
This document describes Allen & Overy’s response, dated 21 August 2013, to an HM Treasury and Infrastructure UK open consultation.
Mills & Reeve’s projects team has advised Aviva on four significant new projects this summer totalling more than £140m.
Seoul-based Jipyong Jisung is advising a consortium led by Incheon International Airport Corporation, which has won the $1.1bn bid to build a new international airport near Yangon.
Mills & Reeve’s projects team has advised Aviva Commercial Finance on all aspects of its latest student accommodation project at the University of York.
Specialist waste lawyers from Walker Morris have advised Energos on a renewable energy project in Milton Keynes.
Detroit’s plight may be extreme, but its problems are increasingly common in cities across the US.
In December 2012, the government published its long-awaited policy statement on the future of the private finance initiative.
Nabarro has advised Watford Borough Council and West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust on the financial and legal close of a £250m regeneration project
DLA Piper has advised Leeds County Council on the close of its social-housing regeneration project for areas to the north and south of Leeds city centre.
Public Procurement is one of our main specialties.
Our Project Finance/PPP practice has been acknowledged as market leading.
M&A expertise is central to our practice.
The government has introduced a ‘best practice’ guide for parties from the public and private sectors involved in operational PFIs and PPPs.
The National Infrastructure Plan for 2013 suggests that the private sector can and should have a bigger role in funding infrastructure.
Pillsbury has been a leader for more than 25 years in helping the public and private sectors work together on infrastructure and other projects.
Allen & Overy is advising the export credit agencies and commercial lenders on the $5bn financing of the Nghi Son Refinery and Petrochemical (NSRP) project in Vietnam.
Local government pension schemes need to be mindful of the legal framework governing what and how they can invest.
Stevan Dimitrijevic, partner at Karanovic & Nikolic has participated as a speaker at the third Southeast Europe PPP Infrastructure Forum.
The government has launched its new code of conduct on how public and private bodies will work together to make savings on operational public infrastructure projects.
Significant opportunities exist for developers and financiers looking to participate in the modernisation of Mongolia’s energy sector.
DLA Piper advises Lend Lease Project Management and Construction on Bendigo Hospital public-private partnership.
Pinsent Masons has hired Bircham Dyson Bell projects partner Robbie Owen as a partner and head of its infrastructure planning and government affairs group.
Many local authorities have come to appreciate the particular financial dynamics of large strategic sites.
The BDR Waste PFI — on which Walker Morris advised — has been shortlisted for the ‘Best Waste/Energy/Water Project’ at the national Partnership Awards.
IRS speaks on start of construction download
The ABA Tax Section’s May meeting hosted a panel discussion concerning the IRS’s start of construction guidance (Notice 2013-29).
Allen & Overy’s global projects group comprises more than 70 partners globally and includes some 250 lawyers.
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has made a rare lateral hire in London with the addition of Shearman & Sterling finance partner Tim Pick.
Walker Morris’s renewables, energy and resources group is set to exhibit at Sustainability Live 2013.
The UK government has published the Infrastructure Procurement Routemap — a guide to improving delivery capability for consultation.
Clifford Chance again tops the global project finance rankings by deal value. It’s been a pretty rotten time for the sector, but events such as the Arab Spring are giving things a push
Hogan Lovells’ Lucas Osorio is the exclusive winner of International Law Office’s Client Choice Awards in the public law category for Spain.
Karanovic & Nikolic associate Nenezic writes article on PPPs in Republic of Serbia.
The Turkish government has begun a programme of large projects done as public-private partnerships.
Our nine-lawyer team has uniquely broad expertise in all aspects of public contracts, with particular experience in complex large-scale procurement procedures, including competitive dialogue.
The Infrastructure Development practice counsels clients worldwide on the full range of corporate, financial and regulatory issues affecting their respective industries.
In Site — Winter 2012/2013 download
Engineering and construction newsletter, covering: Building Information Modelling; the new 2012 suite of RIBA appointments; and more.
The procurement of major infrastructure projects is long and complex, costing millions.
We act on deals in the education, waste, energy, housing and health sectors and provide solutions for both public- and private-sector clients.
Addleshaw Goddard has one of the leading finance practices in the UK market, incorporating expertise in banking, projects including PFIs and PPPs, restructuring and insolvency and aviation.
Our dedicated projects group works on major infrastructure projects and project financings in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia.
Nabarro has advised Equitix-led consortium S4B on its successful tender to become preferred bidder for a £113m PFI housing regeneration scheme for Manchester City Council.
Chancellor George Osborne has used this week’s Autumn Statement to unveil a wave of infrastructure projects including new schools, hospitals and defence accommodation.
Charles Lindsay was the man behind Allen & Overy’s Istanbul office launch at the end of 2011.
In The Lawyer’s search for stars of the energy market one name came up over and over again - Gareth Price.
The Government’s decision to cut university funding has had a profound impact on the higher education sector.
Houston-based Bracewell & Giuliani has moved to expand its London office with the hire of two energy lawyers including Simmons & Simmons partner Julian Nichol.
The Court of Justice of the European Union has confirmed that the financing of infrastructure projects is subject to the European State aid rules.
Clifford Chance has advised private equity outfit the Carlyle Group on its $210m (£132m) investment in Tanzania-based agricultural company Export Trading Group (ETG), with Linklaters and South African firm Webber Wentzel also acting for investors.
Baker & McKenzie and CMS Cameron McKenna are among five firms to have advised as Copenhagen Airports agrees to sell a 49 per cent share in NIAL Group, the parent company of Newcastle International Airport, to a fund managed by Australia’s AMP Capital.
Clifford Chance, Paul Hastings and White & Case have led on the signing of a €750m (£600m) loan to finance the construction of a 450MW lignite-fired power plant and related lignite mine and limestone quarries project in Tufanbeyli in Turkey.
Linklaters projects partner Clive Ransome has quit to join Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy, becoming the latest in a string of magic circle partners to join the US firm’s London office.
Ashurst, DLA Piper and Pinsent Masons have won roles advising on a 25-year contract between waste specialist Viridor and Glasgow City Council to build and operate a recycling centre in the south of the city.
Nabarro has landed a plum job advising a joint venture between Lend Lease and London & Continental Railways on a £1.3bn project to transform the Olympic Park into a mixed-use development.
Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) has given its London projects team a boost, hiring an equity partner from Allen & Overy (A&O).
As the authorities probe the bond dealings of JSC BTA Bank’s ex-chairman, Catherine Newman QC highlights some legal aspects of the saga that appear to add up to a near-reversal of the burden of proof
The Government’s National Infrastructure Plan (NIP) could be a boon for smaller regional firms, though concerns remain among lawyers whether the plan will follow reality.
Herbert Smith has advised long time client EDF Energy on its application to the Infrastructure Planning Commission (IPC) for development consent to construct and operate a 3.2GW nuclear power station at Hinkley Point in Somerset.
EMW has acted on a £56m transaction to create a new shopping centre for Milton Keynes and add 10,000 seats to the MK Dons’ stadium in the town.
Capsticks and Wragge & Co both scored roles advising on the first takeover of an NHS hospital by a private company.
Allen & Overy (A&O) has helped Canada-listed company Capstone Infrastructure Corporation acquire a majority stake in Bristol Water.
Allen & Overy (A&O), Norton Rose and White & Case took lead roles in a billion-dollar Saudi Arabia deal that saw two Chinese banks provide funding.
Australian firm Minter Ellison teamed up with Indian independent Amarchand Mangaldas to advise opposite Clifford Chance on GVK Group’s $1.26bn (£807m) acquisition of a majority stake in Australian coal mines owned by Hancock Group.
Olswang and Mishcon de Reya have teamed up to advise a Qatari-backed consortium on the £557m purchase and management of the Olympic Village in east London.
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom have taken top roles advising on an Arctic exploration deal between Russian state oil company Rosneft and ExxonMobil.
McGrigors has advised a pair of housing companies on a joint venture with Sheffield County Council that will see 2,500 homes built across 19 sites.
London Underground sues magic circle firm over Metronet advice
Eversheds and SNR Denton have scored top roles advising on Sierra Leone’s first independent power project.
Ashurst, Herbert Smith and White & Case have scored top roles advising on the financing of Abu Dhabi’s $1.5bn (£920m) Shuweihat 3 Independent Power Plant (IPP) project.
Brabners Chaffe Street and Reed Smith both helped wind turbine manufacturer Vestas secure an option to take a lease on a 70-hectare site at the Port of Sheerness in Kent.
Energy and infrastructure teams have lined up some strong bids for The Lawyer Awards 2011, says James Swift
Simmons & Simmons has advised the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) on two prison service procurement provisions that resulted in contracts worth a combined total of £2.4bn being awarded to bidders.
Burness, Eversheds, Norton Rose and Shepherd & Wedderburn all advised on the financing of a £38.6m wind farm project in the Scottish Borders.
Eversheds and SNR Denton have been appointed as advisers on Southampton’s £450m Royal Pier Waterfront development.
Pinsent Masons and Wragge & Co both bagged roles on Lincolnshire County Council’s £145m Energy from Waste (EFW) facility.
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has swooped on the Paris office of Paul Hastings to the hire a three-strong public law team headed by partner Pascal Cuche.
McGrigors and Pinsent Masons have advised on a £265m deal that has seen Newcastle City Council partner with a consortium of developers to regenerate the Scotswood area of Newcastle upon Tyne.
The head of Eversheds’ London projects team Jonathan Cripps is set to defect to Stephenson Harwood along with partner Rebecca Carter.
Ashurst is set to launch a New York project finance practice as the firm targets the burgeoning US infrastructure market.
West End firm Howard Kennedy’s projects team is set to split from the firm just two years after joining it.
A&O sweeps the board in UK and worldwide rankings with $70bn worth of deals. By James Swift
Italian independent Pavia e Ansaldo has hired a team focusing on renewable energy, led by a former of counsel from Carnelutti.
Gowlings has given its London energy, infrastructure and mining group a boost by hiring Pinsent Masons’ UK head of project finance.
CMS Cameron McKenna, Eversheds and K&L Gates have advised on one of the first Building Schools for the Future (BSF) deals to close since the coalition Government put the previous administration’s brainchild on hold.
Rail and energy in, roads and waste management out. Luke McLeod-Roberts surveys the CSR fallout
Renewable energy initiatives have come under threat in Europe as governments renege on incentive schemes. Simon Currie and Tim Baines examine the likely impact on existing and proposed green initiatives
With the closure of coal-powered energy stations, the proposed private sector-funded nuclear alternatives will be vital to meet the UK’s needs. But as Hamish Lal reports, the builds could be seriously delayed due to a lack of clarity on the part of the Government
?Project finance practices could face tough times as PFI shrinks. By Gavriel Hollander
Ashurst, Hogan Lovells and Norton Rose secured leading roles on the financial close of the S$1.8bn (£855m) Singapore Sports Hub PPP.
Eversheds, Hogan Lovells and Linklaters have acted on the £415m Belmarsh West Prison PFI ahead of Government plans to cut the £4bn prisons budget.
Herbert Smith’s Moscow practice has turned to Gide Loyrette Nouel for the hire of its first dedicated infrastructure partner as the firm predicts a rush in projects over the coming years.
CMS Cameron McKenna has advised on a joint venture to create a major wind farm development off the coast of North Wales.
Ward Hadaway partner Karen Andrews has helped secure a mandate advising on a £350m schools project two months after arriving at the firm.
Addleshaw Goddard, Trowers & Hamlins and White & Case have helped close a schools PFI project in the West Midlands.
Fladgate is advising the Cardiff Marine Group in its £60m Bayscape marina development, where construction is set to begin on Wales’s tallest building.
Denton Wilde Sapte has helped a consortium of banks reach financial close on the £2.8bn Birmingham highways PFI - the largest local authority project of its kind.
CMS Cameron McKenna, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Hogan Lovells and Norton Rose have won mandates advising on various aspects of the sale of the Tube Lines consortium to Transport for London (TfL).
Greenberg Traurig Maher (GTM) has scored a full-service mandate advising former Eversheds client Oak Holdings on a major regeneration scheme.
Travers Smith has advised new client Channel 4 on a deal that will see it broadcast Channel 4 HD on Freeview.
Hammonds has advised one of the world’s largest smart-meter companies in securing a contract agreement with British Gas.
Ashurst has won a mandate to advise on the procurement of rolling stock and construction of a depot for the £15.9bn Crossrail project.
Addleshaw Goddard, DLA Piper, Eversheds and Pinsent Masons have advised on a £400m Building Schools for the Future (BSF) scheme in Hull.
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Lovells and White & Case have advised on a major deal that is set to transform the German energy market.
Clifford Chance, Linklaters and White & Case took on leading roles on the recently closed €3.9bn (£3.53bn) first phase project financing of the 1,220km Nord Stream gas pipeline.
Baker & McKenzie alliance firm Helmy Hamza and Partners secured the lead role acting for the sponsor on the first Egyptian public private partnership (PPP) to reach financial close.
Eversheds has advised on the creation of £400m worth of funds to support small and medium enterprises in the north of England.
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’s Paris office has advised project company Synérail on a €1bn (£910m) PPP contract with rail network Réseau Ferré de France (RFF).
Denton Wilde Sapte client and Deutsche Bahn subsidiary DB Regio Tyne & Wear has signed a contract to operate the Tyne & Wear Metro for a period of nine years, with the Government announcing £580m in funding for the PPP project.
Norton Rose and Baker & McKenzie have landed leading roles on the $335m (£209m) refinancing of Talvivaara’s project-financed nickel mine in Finland in a ’streaming deal’.
ACWA Power International, a Saudi company specialising in major Middle East power and water deals, has hired Juraj Strasser to the newly created role of general counsel (projects).
Wragge & Co has raided its French referral firm Lefèvre Pelletier & Associés (LPA) to launch in Paris with a 10-partner team, reducing the French firm’s total partnership by a third.
Eversheds and Norton Rose have headed a clutch of firms advising on a £100bn UK government investment in offshore wind farms.
Baker & McKenzie has advised Saudi mining firm Ma’aden on a $10.8bn (£6.7bn) joint venture (JV) to develop an aluminium complex in Saudi Arabia.
Covanta Energy has raided waste management rival Waste Recycling Group (WRG) to appoint Fiona Penhallurick as its new director of legal services.
Eversheds has been appointed as sole legal adviser to the French Ministry of Justice for its PPP work, as the UK-originated model expands further on the other side of the Channel.
Denton Wilde Sapte has won a significant mandate advising Deutsche Bahn on a $25bn (£15.05bn) project to build Qatar’s rail network.
Clifford Chance has scored a major role advising a joint venture (JV) developer of new nuclear plants.
Lovells has secured a lead role advising on the establishment of a £400m 30-acre renewable energy plant in Peterborough.
DLA Piper projects partner Alex Guy is to join the firm’s Australian alliance partner DLA Phillips Fox alongside Dubai head Tony Holland.
Burges Salmon and Pinsent Masons have advised on the sell-off of land next to the Sellafield nuclear plant.
Eversheds has been instructed by the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) to help it establish the procurement framework for its multibillion-pound newbuild prisons PFI programme.
Pinsent Masons has won a role on a major waste deal that could mark a volte-face over the Scottish government’s opposition to PFIs.
Ashurst has helped clients Carillion and Interserve close two strategic Building Schools for the Future (BSF) projects in Durham and Sandwell.
Eversheds has advised its long-standing client Balfour Beatty on the £176m Carlisle Northern Development Route (CNDR) PFI project.
Denton Wilde Sapte has advised the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) on a 15-year shipbuilding deal with BVT Surface Fleet.
Longstanding White & Case client Serco has been awarded preferred bidder status on the £600m Belmarsh West and Maghull new-build prisons PFI, The Lawyer understands.
Skanska has turned to Addleshaw Goddard rather than long-term adviser Ashurst to assist on its first-ever move into a burgeoning area of UK PFI work.
Scottish firm Burness has won a choice mandate to advise the preferred bidder for the development of the athletes’ village for the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games.
Ashurst is advising National Express on the planned termination of its East Coast mainline franchise.
Addleshaw Goddard has been reappointed by Bradford Council to advise on phase three of the £400m Building Schools for the Future (BSF) project.
Eversheds advised the Department for Transport on its £534m South Central rail franchise, which has been awarded to Dickinson Dees client Southern Railways.
Ashurst client Connect Plus consortium has reached financial close on the £6.2bn M25 widening project.
Linklaters and Herbert Smith have won instructions in a £2.3bn deal that saw British Gas owner Centrica buy a 20 per cent stake in nuclear energy group British Energy.
Europe’s largest waste PFI has seen Addleshaws strike up relationships with new clients.
Osborne Clarke has advised Babcock Marine on the extension of its contract to manage Devonport Royal Dockyard with the Ministry of Defence (MoD) in a deal worth £560m.
?A trio of UK law firms has landed the leading roles advising on the restructuring of the investment vehicle for the multibillion pound King’s Cross Central regeneration scheme in Central London.
Reynolds Porter Chamberlain (RPC) has hired projects and outsourcing partner Michael Scott from White & Case. Scott was a partner in US firm White & Case’s London energy, infrastructure, project and asset finance group.
Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe has backtracked on plans to open an office in the Middle East as a result of the bleak economic outlook for the region.
Leading Spanish independent firms Cuatrecasas and Uría Menéndez have scored the lead roles on Italian energy company Enel’s e11.1bn (£9.94bn) takeover of Spanish giant Endesa.
Linklaters has scored the lead role advising the Polish government on the construction of a new national football stadium as the venue for the opening match of the Uefa European 2012 Football Championship, which is beingco-hosted by Poland and Ukraine.
Herbert Smith advised Bank of Scotland on a $300m (£206.13m) loan facility to oil and gas exploration and production company Dana Petroleum.
LG corporate recovery partner Tom Withyman advised the buyer of troubled high-street retailer Adams Childrenswear at the end of its administration process.
The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) is looking to cut firms from its legal panel.
Italian energy company Eni drew entirely on its in-house legal team when disposing of EUR 4.7bn (£4.18bn) worth of subsidiaries, amid a plan to drastically cut its future legal spend.
Russian gold producer Peter Hambro Mining has turned to Norton Rose partner Simon Cox for advice on its proposed merger with iron ore company Aricom, from which it demerged in 2003. Cox also advised Peter Hambro on a share placing that raised $105m (£74.16m) for the company.
Freshfields and DLA Piper have advised on a £7.5bn deal to build a new fleet of high speed trains, one of the largest public transport contracts awarded in the UK.
Law firms are waiting on tenterhooks for the Baltic States’ politicians to sort out their differences and give the go-ahead for a host of energy projects.
Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) managing partner Neville Eisenberg looks a shoo-in to win a fourth term in the role, with no other names being put forward as the election process gets underway.
Linklaters and Lovells have thrashed out the details of a peace deal between the warring partners in the TNK-BP energy venture in Russia.
Mining group Xstrata is set to launch a £4.1bn rights issue, leading to mandates for magic circle rivals Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Linklaters.
Cobbetts restructuring partner William Ballmann is advising David Wilson and Julian Pitt of Begbies Traynor on the administration of North East firm Fox Hayes.
Alderney Renewable Energy has instructed Channel Islands firm Collas Day to construct the world’s first legal framework for a commercial tidal power project in open water.
Bircham Dyson Bell has beaten off competition from two firms in a beauty parade to advise Metro, the West Yorkshire passenger transport executive, on a £300m transport system for Leeds.
It was one of the biggest deals of the past 12 months and, excluding the banking mergers hastily agreed last autumn, one of the largest since the credit crunch began in 2007.
CMS Cameron McKenna has been instructed by RWE on a long-term joint venture with E.ON that will see the German utilities build nuclear power stations in the UK.
Addleshaw Goddard and Muckle led the legal involvement in the administration and subsequent rescue of menswear retailer Officers Club.
Wragges team to work on Middle East opening" /Wragge & Co has put together a Middle East team that is focused on launching an office in the region by the end of 2009.
Denton Wilde Sapte is setting its sights on an Iraq launch as it seeks to expand its Middle East footprint.
Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe is eyeing a Middle East launch with plans for a dual assault on Abu Dhabi and Dubai.
BAE Systems has appointed a new chief counsel for its land systems business following Mike Elston’s move to India.
Beresfords Solicitors partners Jim Beresford and Douglas Smith have been struck off after all but three of the 11 allegations of professional misconduct against them have been upheld by the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal.
Rosenblatt Solicitors has launched a 15-lawyer restructuring and recovery group in response to the economic crisis.
BAE Systems is set to lose its head of knowledge management, with Jo Humphrey expected to join technology company Johnson Controls as chief- counsel for Europe.
The collapse of BHP’s bid for Rio Tinto leaves big firms’ big billers at a loose end.
Ashurst has redeployed three corporate and three finance junior associates to its energy, transport and infrastructure (ETI) team as the transactional side of its business has slowed down.
Denton Wilde Sapte is preparing to launch an alliance with 13-partner South African firm Glyn Marais. The firm has already established links with firms in nine African countries, including Botswana, Kenya, Mauritius, Uganda and Zambia. The move gives Dentons its first base in South Africa. Glyn Marais has offices in Sandton, Cape Town and Pretoria. Dentons’ international presence also covers the Gulf and the CIS, both of which are significant growth regions for the firm.
Eversheds has been appointed by the Hinduja Group on international aspects of India’s Vizag power project and will work alongside local firm FoxMandal Little.
Howard Kennedy has completed its second merger in as many months, despite making 46 redundancies earlier in the year.
DLA Piper has raided Linklaters to recruit a new Singapore managing partner and head of projects and finance for Asia.
Norton Rose ups Middle East nous with pair of energy deals" /Norton Rose has scored the lead roles on two overseas energy deals, advising on a nuclear power programme in Jordan and the largest offshore windfarm in the world.
The litigators have been called in for a dispute over the purchase of US bank Wachovia between potential buyers Citigroup and Wells Fargo.
Ashurst, Herbert Smith and Slaughter and May have been handed leading roles in the rescue package for Bradford & Bingley.
Simmons & Simmons advised the Ministry of Defence (MoD) on the £257m sale of its entire ordinary shares in defence technology ;company QinetiQ.
Clifford Chance, Herbert Smith, Shepherd & Wedderburn and Slaughter and May have tied up the £12.5bn sale of power giant British Energy to EDF.
Norton Rose bags Freshfields green adviser" class="inline_image inline_image_left" src="/pictures/web/images/13679_P5_nortonrose.jpg" /Norton Rose has poached Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer associate Giedre Kaminskaite-Salters to head the firm’s regulatory and policy practice on climate ...
In these cost-conscious times, there’s a lot to be said for not splashing the cash unnecessarily. And Carol Hui, general counsel of road and rail infrastructure support services giant Amey, couldn’t agree more.
Reynolds Porter Chamberlain (RPC) has raided Field Fisher Waterhouse (FFW) for a four-lawyer team to ramp up its real estate group.
Former Resolution legal chief Randal Barker has joined Eurasian Natural Resources Corporation (ENRC) as general counsel and company secretary.
BAE Systems has appointed its first chief counsel for India, sending land systems legal chief Mike Elston to Delhi.
The EU and UK need to implement new legislation if they want the latest CO2 storage technology to be a success
McDermott Will & Emery has expanded its London renewable energy practice with the hire of Dr Stefan Schmitz from the City office of Squire Sanders & Dempsey.
Eversheds has won instructions on a series of schools projects from Nottinghamshire County Council and the Isle of Wight Council.
Linklaters has waded into the multibillion-pound battle for control of nuclear power station operator British Energy.
Commercial chancery set XXIV Old Buildings has snared Michael Black QC of Two Temple Gardens – the silk who drafted the court procedure ;rules ;for the Dubai International Financial Centre.
Linklaters and Lovells are going head-to-head as BP starts its Swedish arbitration proceedings against Russian consortium Alfa-Access-Renova (AAR), which is in a lucrative joint venture with the energy giant.
Ashurst has poached Lovells projects and infrastructure partner Jason Radford for its own growing team.
Addleshaw Goddard has bagged the lead role acting on the e745m (£591.86m) project financing of a Dutch liquefied natural gas import terminal.
Disputes lawyers sit with sharpened pencils waiting impatiently for the full force of the fallout from the credit crunch. As thumbs are twiddled, a torrent of disputes has already started in the energy sector. Across the world disputes are being fuelled by the unsettling effects of the high price of oil.
Hammonds has pulled off a coup in the nuclear sector by advising the winning bidder on the £17bn decommissioning of Sellafield.
CMS Cameron McKenna has cemented its ties with Abu Dhabi National Energy Company (TAQA) after advising on its acquisition of eight North Sea oil and gas fields from Shell UK and Esso Exploration and Production.
The Dubai office of Clifford Chance has advised Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank as lender on the $400m (£203.14m) Abu Dhabi sewage project.
Restructuring is certainly the flavour of the month. This Banking and Finance Special Report looks at how ailing structured investment vehicles are being restructured, leading a number of UK and US firms to win mandates on these lucrative deals.
Denton Wilde Sapte has advised Cadogan Petroleum on a London Stock Exchange (LSE) IPO to raise finance for its Ukrainian drilling programme.
Hogan & Hartson is launching its first office in the Middle East when it opens in Abu Dhabi next month.
Pinsent Masons and Wragge & Co have been handed mandates in a £3bn project to build the two new aircraft carriers for the Royal Navy.
Hogan & Hartson is to launch in Abu Dhabi next month - the firm’s first-ever office in the Middle East.
DLA Piper has severed its two-year-old Saudi alliance, leaving its office in the country in limbo.
Clifford Chance is advising Goldman Sachs on its restructuring of a series of structured investment vehicles (SIVs). Lovells has joined Clifford Chance on several of these high-profile SIV restructurings, with Clifford Chance partner David Steinberg leading the team advising Goldman Sachs on restructuring the 7bn Dollars (£3.57bn) SIV formerly owned by hedge fund Cheyne Capital. Lovells insolvency ...
Trowers & Hamlins has bagged Pinsent Masons Birmingham construction head Vijay Bange for its London office as it bids to increase its contentious capability.
Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP), Linklaters and Simmons & Simmons have scored roles advising on a £635m contract to provide flight training for the Ministry of Defence (MoD).
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer is to launch an office in Abu Dhabi under Charles July, who relocated to the Middle East last week (The Lawyer, 2 June).
Two more Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer partners have relocated to the Middle East, with Charles July and Ian Poynton joining Bob Charlton in Dubai.
This has not been a good year for Berwin Leighton Paisner's projects team. The department lost six partners over the course of 12 months.
Norton Rose has kickstarted a rapid expansion of its Middle East capabilities with the relocation of London-based projects partner Jonathan Brufal to its Abu Dhabi office.
Aerospace company Cobham has hired former Corus UK in-house legal counsel Eleanor Evans, creating the new role of chief legal officer. Evans said she would be meeting with Cobham’s external firms over the coming weeks to create new relationships. Allen & ...
Eversheds is advising the Romanian National Company for Highways and National Roads (CNADNR) on one of the Eastern European country’s first toll roads - a deal struck on the back of contacts forged by its Romanian best friend firm.
Clifford Chance shores up Far East" /Clifford Chance has moved to strengthen its Far East presence with the relocation of London partner Geraint Hughes to Hong Kong and the hire of a Norton Rose partner in Singapore.
Simmons & Simmons head of construction Robert Bryan has exited the firm for HBJ Gateley Wareing.
Scottish firm Burness has raided DLA Piper’s Edinburgh office for two construction partners, including one of the few remaining Bird Semple partners at the firm.
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer's Frankfurt office is advising German national rail operator Deutsche Bahn on its planned partial privatisation and IPO on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange.
Accountancy firm Pannel Kerr Foster (PKF) helped Pinsent Masons bag an instruction from a new entrant into the waste PFI market - the family-owned Donarbon.
The economies of Eastern Europe and the CIS have emerged from decades of rigid state planning, leading to predictions that the private sector would win a raft of infrastructure work.
The London practice of Newcastle-based Dickinson Dees has been given a significant boost, with the firm winning a double advisory role for the London Borough of Croydon's regeneration plans.
Eversheds has merged with South African firm Routledge Modise to open its first office on the African continent.
Hunton & Williams and Norton Rose are the only firms to bag places on The Crown Estate's new energy panel, chasing off competition from five other firms that tendered for the work.
McDermott Will & Emery has raided Akin Gump for its global projects head John Cogan.
Dinah Rose QC and Philippe Sands QC inflicted an embarrassing High Court defeat on the Government last week.
Pinsent Masons has cut the number of new partners in this year’s round of promotions, making up 17 new partners after 20 last year.
Clifford Chance and Simmons clinch £13bn fleet deal" /Simmons & Simmons and Clifford Chance advised on the £13bn deal to replace the RAF air-to-air refuelling fleet, one of the UK’s largest ever PFI projects.
Political nous and solid relationships will be key to winning the work
Denton Wilde Sapte, Hammonds, Linklaters and Pinsent Masons are advising the four bidding consortia on the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority's (NDA) £17bn winding-down ...
Planning lawyers at Hammonds have secured consent for a scheme to build the third-largest wind farm on British soil.
Trowers & Hamlins has advised the Knowledge Economic City Development Company on a deal to develop the network infrastructure for a new $8bn (£4.03bn) city in Saudi Arabia.
Dewey & LeBoeuf has advised ArcelorMittal, the world's largest steel company, on the purchase of three Russian coalmines.
Lovells has landed a role on a major Land Securities Trillium (LST) deal, advising on the launch of the £1.14bn infrastructure fund Trillium PPP Investment Partners.
Linklaters and Ince & Co have helped Serco Holdings win a 15-year contract worth £1bn from the Ministry of Defence (MoD).
United Company Rusal, the biggest aluminium producer in the world, has hired BP’s former Russian general counsel to head up its legal team.
Denton Wilde Sapte (DWS) has won a joint instruction from five central and local government bodies to help divide £160m of investment into Thames Gateway transport.
Although the US's new energy bill offers some much-needed mandates for energy efficiency, targets for renewable energy fall disappointingly short.
The Crown Estate is set to create its first-ever energy panel, a move that will give firms the opportunity to cash in on the Government's groundbreaking renewable energy projects.
A&L Goodbody and Dundas & Wilson have scooped key roles in two back-to-back renewable energy acquisitions by FTSE 100 client Scottish and Southern Energy (SSE).
Bristol firm Osborne Clarke will advise Barratt Homes on the construction of the country's first eco-village after helping it win the Government contract.
The London office of Texas-based Fulbright & Jaworski has hired the former general counsel of gas giant BG Group, Stefan Ricketts.
Shepherd and Wedderburn has handled a major power purchase agreement (PPA) for Scottish-Power, winning the instruction on the back of senior associate Graeme Moffett's secondment to the company.
A raft of advisers has secured one of the biggest take-privates since the credit crisis jammed the market last summer.
A raft of firms has landed roles on a road development project in Northern Ireland that has seen Denton Wilde Sapte (DWS) win its second mandate acting for the Northern Irish Department of Regional Development.
Linklaters has advised the 10 lenders that brought the $867.7m (£439.4m) Bujagali power plant deal in Uganda to a successful close after the previous sponsor, AES, pulled out.
If necessity truly is the mother of invention, then West Country law firms could be in line for a huge boost as the impacts of global warming, pollution and urbanisation hit home.
A raft of heavyweight advisers have secured one of the biggest take-privates since the credit crisis jammed the market this summer.
DLA Piper" /Pinsent Masons has raided DLA Piper for four appointments to ramp up its global projects and UK project finance groups.
Berwin Leighton Paisner's (BLP) project finance team suffered three more partner losses last week (11 December).
Shadbolt & Co has launched a non-exclusive alliance with Belfast firm C&H Jefferson in a bid to cash in on opportunities in Northern Ireland's projects industry.
Shepherd & Wedderburn has signed off on a major power purchase agreement (PPA) for ScottishPower, winning the instruction on the back of senior associate Graeme Moffett’s secondment to the company.
Chadbourne & Parke has snared a three-partner project finance team from Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP).
Clifford Chance's last remaining shipping partner has left for Holman Fenwick & Willan.
Denton Wilde Sapte (DWS) and White & Case have won lead roles advising on a groundbreaking African infrastructure deal.
Clifford Chance is the last magic circle firm to drop its shipping practice with Holman Fenwick & Willan picking up the one-partner team.
Trowers & Hamlins has teamed up with an environment research body and a quantity surveyor to address the potential impact of climate change in the construction industry.
Commercial chambers 3-4 South Square has scored all the lead instructions in the public-private partnership (PPP) administration of Metronet, confirming the set as the bar leader for insolvency work.
Ashurst is advising North West Electricity Networks, a joint venture made up of JPMorgan Infrastructure Fund and its long-standing client Colonial First State Global Asset Management, on the acquisition of United Utilities' electricity network. The acquisition cost £1.78bn.
New York magnate and Dundas & Wilson client Donald Trump has scored a major victory in a long-running project to build a £1bn world-class golf development in Aberdeenshire.
Linklaters and Norton Rose have secured the merger of two mining giants with assets in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Watson Farley & Williams (WFW) and US energy powerhouse, Chadbourne & Parke have abandoned merger talks.
LG has become the latest London firm to launch an office in Dubai.
Watson Farley & Williams (WFW) has launched an office in Athens to focus on its global renewable energy capabilities.
Irish corporate firm Matheson Ormsby Prentice has worked alongside the UK's Wragge & Co to establish a single electricity market for Ireland.
Linklaters has been drafted in on its second major mining deal in a week, advising British mining giant and longstanding client Rio Tinto on its £50bn approach from Australian rival BHP Billiton.
The London office of Texan firm Fulbright & Jaworski has snared an energy partner from Watson Farley & Williams (WFW).
CMS Cameron McKenna has hired Herbert Smith senior associate Ben Holland to its partnership.
Long-serving British Nuclear Fuels company secretary and group legal director Alvin Shuttleworth has left the company.
Dewey & LeBoeuf is making progress with Namibian developer NamPower in its efforts to close one of the world's longest-running power projects.
Allen & Overy (A&O) and Herbert Smith are playing key roles in Transport for London's (TfL) bid for Metronet Rail.
Addleshaw Goddard has acted for Lincolnshire Primary Care Trust, Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust and Derbyshire Mental Health Trust on a trio of hospital and ancillary services deals worth a total £76.5m.
Clifford Chance merges energy and asset finance teams" /Clifford Chance has merged its energy and asset finance teams with the aim of streamlining internal administrative requirements and freeing up client-facing time, www.thelawyer.com can reveal.
Allen & Overy (A&O) will lose one of its biggest names as global projects, energy and infrastructure head Graham Vinter moves in-house to become BG Group's new general counsel.
CMS Cameron McKenna has muscled in on what is an otherwise magic circledominated defence auction for Project Services, the nuclear decommissioning unit of British Nuclear Fuels (BNFL).
Herbert Smith is set to open an Abu Dhabi office in January with the intention of having a Saudi Arabian presence in due course.
Lovells’ Madrid office has hired the former chair of one of Spain’s biggest utilities companies as it seeks to bolster its non-legal knowledge base.
Allen & Overy head of global projects, energy and infrastructure, Graham Vinter has scooped the role of general counsel at BG Group.
Pinsent Masons has boosted its nuclear group with the hire of former government adviser Ian Downing as a consultant.
White & Case strengthened its relationship with Goldman Sachs last week, in particular in relation to Latin American projects, with the closure of Mexico’s largest-ever infrastructure financing.
Hammonds' chief of international projects and finance William Abraham has resigned in a last-ditch attempt to get the firm to refocus its global strategy.
Bircham Dyson Bell is representing Nottingham City Council in its bid to introduce the first workplace parking space levy in the UK.
The ongoing extraordinary review of failed tube operator Metronet is to have a significant impact on London Underground Limited's (LUL) periodic PPP contract review (www.thelawyer.com, 24 September).
Allen & Overy (A&O) and US firm LeBoeuf Lamb Greene & MacRae have secured the $486.4m (£243.87m) disposal of Newfield Exploration Company's UK subsidiary to Centrica, the UK's biggest energy supplier.
Bond Pearce has advised the South West of England Regional Development Agency on the first wave farm in the UK to gain planning approval.
Olswang’s US alliance with Greenberg Traurig, along with its new office in Berlin, has helped the firm score a new corporate client in Europe.
London Underground Limited (LUL) has promoted head of legal Sarah Atkins to director of reviews in preparation for its PPP contract review, which is slated for 2010.
Greenpeace has turned to environmental boutique Harrison Grant as it considers legal action to overturn the Government's consultation on nuclear power.
Clifford Chance has raided the Moscow office of CMS Cameron McKenna for the third time in two months, taking senior associate Maria Oleinik.
Allen & Overy (A&O) and US firm LeBoeuf Lamb Greene & MacRae have secured the $486.4m (£243.87m) disposal of Newfield's UK subsidiary to Centrica, the UK's biggest energy supplier.
German firm Beiten Burkhardt has scored the lead role advising on a hospital project aimed at strengthening ties between China and Germany.
Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy has represented Indonesian private coal company PT Ilthabi Bara Utama (IBU) on a $135m (£66.49m) privately arranged equity-linked note to finance the development of a coal mine in East Kalimantan.
Clifford Chance has scooped the lead role on its second mega-deal in the past three months, advising on the financing of Norilsk Nickel's acquisition of LionOre Mining International.
Eversheds loses Spanish energy partner to Lovells" /Lovells is seeking to strengthen its Spanish energy practice following the hire of Lupicinio Eversheds partner Hermenegildo Altozano.
Herbert Smith and Linklaters have played key roles on a transaction between INEOS Enterprises and Gaz de France for the commercial development of a major salt cavern gas storage facility at Stublach in North-West England.
Lovells has bolstered its Spanish presence with the hire of Lupicinio Eversheds energy partner Hermenegildo Altozano.
Eversheds' perfect pitch wins firm TfL panel appointment" /Eversheds has won a place on another high-profile panel, having been gifted the mandate for all of Transport for London's (TfL) mainstream work.
Transport for London (TfL) has awarded panel positions to a dozen law firms, with Eversheds retained to work specifically on the company's mainstream work.
Sub-Saharan Africa is ripe for development - and China is making the first moves. By Corinna Mitchell and Michael Foundethakis
A recent Lords decision will see more shipping disputes go to arbitration when charterparty agreements are reneged upon. Nigel Wagland and Kevin Oram report
Britannia is still holding her own in the shipping and international trade arena, says Fred Konynenburg
The expected decommissioning of projects in the North Sea will give UK Continental shelf industry a chance to gain experience it can market to the rest of the world. By Richard Cockburn
China's growth of the wind farm and biomass energy sectors is seeing foreign investors take a keen interest, but the country's electricity purchasing system is keeping that interest from being converted into action. By Michelle Thomas
The 2007 energy white paper brings with it new hope for a future of reform, but now is the time for action, says Marcus Trinick
With a population set to hit almost 50 million by 2050, the Saudi Arabian government is spearheading a flood of infrastructure projects. By Leroy Levy and Rachel Rayfield