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William Breeze


William advises on natural resources projects and structured commodity trade finance transactions.



William advises clients in natural resources finance, with a focus on energy, especially oil & gas, matters. He has advised lenders and offtakers on the largest structured commodity trade finance transactions in recent years, working on the structuring and execution of such financings. In the current low oil price environment, William's execution speed and structural expertise are especially valued by clients.

Based in London, William works with clients around the globe. William is a recommended individual in Legal 500 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016.

William specialises in energy finance work, with a particular focus on oil and gas and commodity matters, ranging from oil and gas and other natural resources project finance to structured commodity finance expertise.

He also advises on power and infrastructure finance, as well as general bank debt work. His clients include sponsors, trading houses, project developers, lenders, export credit agencies and multilateral agencies.

William works especially closely with traders and lenders on structured commodity trade finance transactions, assisting clients on the structuring and execution of such financings.

As part of the firm's core Iran group, he has been to Tehran several times, including to speak at the 2nd Banking and Business Forum Iran Europe in March 2016 and the Argus Iran Commodities Trade Logistics conference in May 2016.  William leads the firm's Iran-related Finance practice and is working on a number of confidential potential finance matters in Iran.

William's experience includes advising:

  • the mandated lead arrangers on Rosneft's $2bn prepayment financing backed by BP offtake
  • the mandated lead arrangers on KMG's $3bn prepayment financing backed by Vitol offtake
  • the mandated lead arrangers on PDO's $4bn structured pre-export financing
  • Woodside as operator in relation to the structuring and documentation of the project development and planned financing of the Browse LNG project in Western Australia (both in its onshore phase and now as an FLNG project)
  • the lenders on the upsize of Tullow Oil plc's reserve-based lending facility by $200 million to $3.7 billion and on the upsize of Tullow Oil plc's corporate credit facility by $250 million to $1 billion



Will graduated from Oriel College, Oxford University.