Clifford Chance LLP

Infrastructure Department

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What the team is known for Maintains a strong reputation for closing challenging and high-value infrastructure transactions both domestically and abroad. Offers impressive lender-side credentials and counts numerous specialist infrastructure funds, pension funds and institutional investors among its roster of high-powered clients. A go-to firm for securitisation and debt restructuring. Advises on transactions involving a broad spectrum of assets, including energy, district heating, rail and telecoms infrastructure.

Strengths"The firm are superb for transactions involving complex debt structures," one client reports.

An interviewee remarks: "They deliver straightforward solutions to difficult commercial problems. They are technically excellent and have a slate of senior lawyers who deliver results for the firm."

"They have a huge bank of knowledge, experience and expertise to draw on," an impressed commentator says.

Work highlights Advised British Columbia Investment Management on its EUR1.8 billion acquisition of 50.04% of Czech Republic gas distribution grid operator iGH.

Notable practitioners

Charlotte Madden
is a senior associate who assists clients with the acquisition and disposal of various infrastructure assets. Her expertise covers both international and domestic transactions involving energy, telecoms and transport developments.
"She is always available and ready to answer questions, in addition to being very good to bounce ideas off."

James Boswell
has a highly regarded and broad practice encompassing the financing and refinancing of various infrastructure assets. He regularly advises on both domestic and European matters.
"He is an expert in complicated legal financing structures. He is commercial, agile and delivers an excellent quality of work." "He is a very bright lawyer who understands the sector, doesn't over-negotiate and focuses on the main points."

Michael Bates
serves as the firm's UK managing partner. He utilises his considerable expertise to advise clients on infrastructure-related investments and acquisitions.
"He has tremendous experience and is very well respected."

Toby Parkinson
advises clients on M&A transactions involving infrastructure across Europe and the UK.  He possesses experience in acquisitions and disposals involving a range of assets including energy and rail developments.
"He finds practical solutions to legally complicated situations and removes this complexity from the transaction." "He is a strong lawyer with very good commercial sense and strong industry knowledge."