Matthew Williams is co-head of Orrick’s European Energy Practice, based in the London office. His practice focuses on transactional and regulatory work in the energy, emissions and infrastructure sectors with extensive experience on project finance, M&A, commodity trading and corporate restructuring.

Matthew has established a market leading power M&A practice and has represented parties involved in the majority of power sector disposals in the UK in the last two years. He acts for a broad range of clients including power generators, energy utilities, investment banks and private trading houses.

As a former in-house lawyer with National Power plc, he has a particular interest in conventional and renewable power generation project development and asset acquisitions/disposals.

Chambers UK recognizes Matthew as a leading individual in his field and clients say “he is very pragmatic and business-orientated” and that he “stands out with his experience in the sector.”

    • Advised Thorpe Marsh Power Limited as development counsel on the 1000 MW CCGT power plant at Thorpe Marsh in the UK.
    • Advised a financial institution on its acquisition of a 50% share of Marchwood Power Limited, an 800 MW CCGT in the UK.
    • Advised FirstGen Plc in its bid to acquire Severn Power from Dong Energy.
    • Advised RWE Supply & Trading in relation to the acquisition and conversion to biomass firing of the 420 MW Lynemouth coal-fired power plant in the UK.
    • Advised Gazprom on the proposed acquisition of the Marcinelle 420 MW CCGT power station in Belgium.
    • Advised JP Morgan on a series of commodity trading portfolio acquisitions.
    • Advised a bidder in relation to the acquisition of the 1200 MW Immingham gas fired CHP plant in the UK.
    • Advised GDF Suez on its UK and European energy trading portfolio.
    • Advised the commodities division of a global financial services firm on UK and European power, gas and emissions trading matters.
    • Advised Siemens plc on its investment and power off-take arrangements on the Gwynt y Mor wind farm in North Wales.
    • Acted for developers on the preparation of construction and finance of a new build UK solar portfolio of 30MW.
    • Acted for SunEdison and AES Corporation acquiring a 50% interest in 400MW PV portfolio assets in France, Italy, Greece, Bulgaria, India and the United States.
    • Advised three sellers on 11 plant portfolio including on SPU for a possible AIM listing.
    • Representing Marchwood Power Limited (a subsidiary of Acquila Inc.) as lead project counsel in the development of an 800MW CCGT plant in Southampton, UK and representing Acquila Inc., in the disposal of the project company to ESB International.

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