Highly respected Project Finance Lawyers with national and international capability

Blake Morgan has a substantial team with expertise in project finance able to provide advice to lenders and borrowers on development and infrastructure projects both nationally and internationally. Our exceptionally experienced team is able to undertake and support large, complex and high-profile projects in a variety of sectors and is often praised for its transaction management skills and commercial approach, focusing on key issues and finding pragmatic solutions. Our team of over 20 lawyers nationally is able to offer an outstanding depth of resource, and is supported by specialist real estate and construction lawyers, as well as regulatory specialists.

Main Areas Of Practice


Leisure

We have worked on a number of substantial leisure projects. We have successfully created cross-disciplinary teams with a genuine expertise in project finance to advise on planning, construction and funding and to ensure that our advice integrates with the timing and cash flow requirements of the project.

Energy

We act for a number of funders of renewable energy resources, in particular wind turbines, photovoltaic arrays and anaerobic digestion. Project finance in this sector requires a practical understanding of the regulatory and contractual framework applicable to the supplies of feedstock, grid connection and energy tariffs that need to be factored into the funding structure.

Health & Care

We have advised on some high profile and innovative projects, including polysurgeries and care villages as well as major care home developments and redevelopments. Speed is often of the essence here as well as the need to comply with CQC requirements and government commissioning contracts.

Education

We have advised universities, FE colleges and schools, as well as lenders, on the financing of a range of development and redevelopment projects, including the securitisation of student accommodation. As well as the various statutory regimes that apply, education institutions are often charitable, and constituted by unusual instruments. We use our experts to ensure that finance is properly structured and effective to protect lenders and enable borrowers to deliver their objectives.

Infrastructure

We understand the complexities of infrastructure projects, which often raise complex issues for those involved, especially where statutory or public duties are involved which may restrict the available funding options. Part of successfully delivering these projects is a sound grasp of the core objectives of the parties, the potential conflict between public and private sector deliverables, and the ability to prioritise these.

Our Clients


Our team advises a wide range of clients, including clearing and investment banks, developers, local authorities, governmental and non-governmental departments and investors, both local and international.

"Blake Morgan LLP provides ‘a fantastic level of service’ and is ‘very reliable under time pressure', getting the deal over the line within the deadline and negotiating a strong position for the client."
- The Legal 500


"Exceptional locally based team with experienced individuals. The team is just a pleasure to deal with and makes sure that the deals get done."
- Chambers UK A Client's Guide to the Legal Profession 2019


"They are always responsive, have a good commercial understanding, always explain in plain English, and the legal advice is always balanced with commercial rationale."
- Chambers UK A Client's Guide to the Legal Profession 2019


Highlights


We advised the private partner throughout the tender procedure (using competitive dialogue) and on all aspects of the completion of a £40 million PPP scheme for student accommodation at a leading university.


Advice to developer on approximately £80 million development of a residential care village. We advised on initial stakeholder investment and negotiated the debt and equity finance provided by a major investor in the health and care sector, as well as all of the associated contracts for the development and operation of the facility.


Advice to Secretary of State for Transport on up to £120 million funding of the potential redevelopment of the station concourse at Gatwick Airport. This was a proposal for a complex phased project with engagement and oversight not only from Network Rail and Gatwick Airport itself, but also local stakeholders, including the LEP.


Supporting Documents


Banking and Finance Credentials Brochure 2018
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