Matthew focuses on the range of structures used to finance projects, assets and business in the infrastructure, power and natural resources sectors.
His expertise covers traditional bank-led project finance, project bonds and institutional debt; he also advises on structures involving multilateral agencies such as EIB and EBRD and/or Sovereign entities such as export credit agencies and/or the UK Infrastructure and Projects Authority, commodity hedging and revenue securitisation/monetisations. He has a reputation as a versatile finance lawyer able to handle complex structures.
Matthew has a reputation as a versatile finance lawyer able to cover the range of financing structures used to finance projects, business and assets in the energy infrastructure and natural resource sectors.
His practice is founded in limited recourse project finance and also includes project bonds and other capital markets issues, structures involving multilateral lenders (such as EIB and EBRD), state and export credit agency backed debt (particularly that involving the UK Infrastructure and Project Authority), acquisition and leverage finance, asset leasing, commodity backed structures (such as inventory monetisations and prepayments) and receivables/revenue securitisations or monetisations.
Matthew is well respected by clients and other lawyers. He is recognised as a "Leading Individual" for Power by Legal 500 and is a recommended individual for banking and project finance in IFLR; he is also listed in Who’s Who Project Finance. Clients describe him as "forensically excellent and a highly experienced project finance lawyer – solution driven and able to manage complex situations and clients".
Matthew's experience includes advising:
- EDF and its wholly-owned subsidiary NNB in the £12.1bn IPA/HMT backed project bond financing for the Hinkley Point C nuclear power project in the UK
- Unicredit, CA-CIB, CSOS, SMBC, EIB, EBRD and ICO Bank as lenders to the D4R7 road PPP project in Slovakia
- Tidal Lagoon Swansea Bay on the development and government revenue support structure for the tidal lagoon power project in Swansea
- Perenco Petroleum on its US$3bn reserve based leading facility supported by more than 30 upstream interests in Gabon, Guatemala, Columbia, Egypt, Tunisia, Turkey, Congo, the UK and Vietnam.
- Citi and the Islamic MLAs an the multisourced monetisations of toll revenues from the Salik toll collection system in Dubai, incorporating both conventional and Islamic tranches