I'm a partner in the Banking & Finance team, specialising in structured finance. My particular focus is on project finance, predominantly in the electricity sector. I'm also a member of the firm's Africa focus group and the cross-firm Energy and Infrastructure team.
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Best brains in...
International project finance transactions. I've worked on a variety of cross-border project finance deals including the award-winning Al Hidd IWPP in Bahrain. Past experience also includes working on a number of innovative structured finance transactions and cross-border transactions utilising equity bridge and mezzanine debt finance. I've worked on projects in the electricity sector in England and Wales with a significant degree of merchant risk.
Highlight of your career so far?
Acting for the project company on the refinancing of the Zagreb-Macelj highway in Croatia. This deal was my first as a partner at Wragge & Co and represented a real step-change for the project finance offering at the firm in terms of its international reach.
Most challenging job you've ever done?
Advising Challenger on its acquisition of LBC Holdings Group from a US fund. The target group had subsidiaries in more than ten jurisdictions throughout the world, while the transaction involved a highly complex cross-border acquisition finance structure and a comprehensive corporate reorganisation following the purchase of the group.
What about outside the UK?
The majority of my work takes me outside of the UK. I have significant experience of transactions in Asia, having been a senior associate with a major magic circle firm in its Tokyo office. Although my practice comprises large amounts of domestic work, a good proportion of it has a significant international element.
What's your definition of going the extra mile...
My answer to this question is more literal than most! Clients carrying out cross-border transactions usually require their lawyers to be available in a number of differing jurisdictions. I have clocked up significant air miles during my time at Wragge & Co and spend a good proportion of it attending to clients' business outside of the UK.
Best example of a creative legal solution?
I assisted the banks in designing a trading strategy to mitigate the risks associated with one of the latest "merchant" gas-fired power stations in England and Wales. The design of the trading strategy required both a detailed understanding of the nature of electricity trading and an understanding of the funder's need to maintain the integrity of the income stream to underpin the project financing. The deal was banked in 2008.
How do you get under the skin of a client business?
In the legal services market, it's crucial to understand your client and get to know them. This comes mainly through persistent contact between lawyer and client. Relationships at all levels between Wragge & Co and clients are important - I make contact between my clients and my wider team a priority.
What's your single greatest contribution to Wragge & Co's corporate responsibility?
I've not really been here long enough to do any, although I did do quite a lot at Clifford Chance. I'll definitely get involved in the coming months.