Matthew Williams, Partner, Co-head of Energy and Natural Resources
I am an energy and infrastructure lawyer with over 20 years' experience of advising clients on commercial transactions in the energy, commodities and infrastructure sectors.
I advise a diverse range of clients, both domestic and international, on M&A, project finance, structured finance and derivatives matters across the entire energy sector, with a particular focus on renewable and conventional power and their intersections with new technologies.
I have been recommended as a leading individual in Chambers and Legal 500 every year since 2015 in the fields of general energy, power and commodity derivatives.
Legal 500 describes me as having 'an ability to untangle complex matters into easily understandable topics'.
Chambers UK, 2017 states: 'stands out with his experience in the sector'.
I have established a market leading power M&A practice and represented participants in the majority of high value transactions in the UK over the last five years. As a former in-house lawyer with National Power plc, I have a particular interest in conventional and renewable power generation project development and asset acquisitions/disposals.
When working with an infrastructure investment fund in the solar power sector, I assisted the client in developing a commercial and legal framework to allow them to quickly and efficiently identify assets and transact on a portfolio of early stage development assets in a highly competitive market place, where speed and efficiency were crucial to success.
I am a member of the City of London Law Society – Energy Committee and am the consulting editor of 'Solar Power – A Practical Handbook', published by Globe Law and Business. I also speak regularly at energy sector conferences, including annually at the Renewable Energy Investors Council.
Away from work, I enjoy running, watching Wasps rugby club, shooting clays and walking in the highlands.
- I advised a major European infrastructure investment fund on its joint venture with a well-established project developer to pursue the development of greenfield renewable energy generation projects across the UK, Ireland and France. The deal was multi-layered and included an initial investment in three operating solar assets, together with a framework to allow for further investments in a pipeline of development and construction stage projects sourced from third party developers, constructors and asset owners.
- I acted for RWE Supply & Trading in relation to its acquisition of the Lynemouth Coal-fired power station in the UK, and its proposed conversion to biomass firing. Three years later, I was instructed by new buyers, EPH, to acquire the same asset and continue the conversion project. My knowledge of the asset and its operational dynamics was a key factor in securing the follow-up mandate.
- I advised Bioenergy Infrastructure Group on its acquisition of a portfolio of biomass-fired waste to energy generation projects from Macquarie as part of a broader transaction whereby the Green Investment Bank disposed of its business in the UK in early 2018. The transaction was particularly complex and was achieved against a tight deal schedule dictated by a third party.