Mark Richards

Partner, Head of Projects, Energy & Infrastructure Finance

"Head of projects and infrastructure Mark Richards is described as "a really good guy - easy to work with and extremely affable"" (Chambers UK 2015)
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Biography

  • Head of Projects & the Infrastructure Finance Team with extensive experience in providing multi-disciplinary advice to public and private sector clients. Clients include Amber Infrastructure, 3i, Nord LB, Ingenious Renewable Energy and Barclays Bank.
  • Works on a wide range of high value, innovative and complex infrastructure projects and has been involved in some of the most high profile infrastructure deals, including the first PF2 transaction to close in the UK.
  • Specialises in equity (including secondary market trades), debt structures, infrastructure fund trades, leasing/structured finance and concession based structures.
  • Recognised as a leading infrastructure adviser and is rated as a PFI/PPP expert in the latest edition of Chambers Guide to the Legal Profession.
  • A non-executive director and global council member of the International Project Finance Association (www.ipfa.org), regularly writing, chairing and addressing audiences on Global PPP and infrastructure structures.
  • Qualified as a Solicitor in England & Wales and also a New York State Attorney.

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Recent Work

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Renewable Energy

Advised a client on various renewable energy portfolios, leading on the financing and acquisition of US$150 of ground mounted solar and onshore wind assets.

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Oil

Advised a national oil company on various financings including their USD$750m corporate facility and their various trade financing and commodities receivable transactions.

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Schools

Advised Amber Infrastructure on their successful bid in the £2.4bn government-backed ‘Priority Schools Building Programme’ using a unique financing model of a bespoke pooled aggregator funding vehicle. The deal was awarded European Social Infrastructure Deal of the Year at the IJGlobal Awards.

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Mersey Gateway Bridge

Advised 3i infrastructure on its investment into the Mersey Gateway Bridge, a public-private partnership project which involves the design, build, finance and operation of a 1km tolled bridge across the river Mersey in Liverpool.

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Hamina-Vaalimaa motorway

Advised the Finnish Transport Agency on the construction of the €660m E18 Hamina-Vaalimaa motorway to carried out on a Public-Private Partnership project model. The Finnish Transport Agency is seeking competitive tenders for service contracts, which include financial planning, building design, road construction, and road maintenance.

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UK Military Flight Training System

Advised UK Military Flight Training System (UKMFTS) leading the finance, equity and concession agreement negotiations on behalf of UKMFTS project team acting for the Ascent Consortium (Lockheed Martin Corporation and VT Group plc) in relation to the wholesale outsourcing of military flight training.

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Career Timeline

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