Clifford Chance LLP

Transport: Rail Department

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What the team is known for Advises clients on high-profile rolling stock deals and rail projects, utilising the firm's strengths across asset finance, construction and infrastructure. Regularly handles high-value transactions on behalf of financial institutions, as well as a range of public sector clients and passenger rail operators. Frequently advises on cross-border investments.

Strengths One source states: “They have very good strength in depth for large and complex transactions.”

An interviewee comments: “We are impressed by the quality of their work. The firm is really supportive and fights for the clients' interests. They have very strong expertise both at a senior and junior level.”

Another says: “They have a consistency throughout the firm of very high-quality lawyers who are solutions-focused and creative.”

Work highlights Advised Rock Rail and Aberdeen Standard Investments consortium on the financing and procurement of new Hitachi bi-mode and electric multiple units to operate on the West Coast Partnership Franchise.

Advised Infravia NET on the sale of its approximately 20% stake in the Nottingham Tramlink PFI and various associated shareholder loans to Aberdeen Standard Investments.

Notable practitioners

Dominic Watts
has considerable experience advising on rail financing and leasing matters, including rolling stock procurement. He also has expertise in rail-related infrastructure projects.
“Dominic is intellectually very capable and we can always rely on him to come up with bonus points that are worth listening to.” “He has very good knowledge of the industry."