Craig Johnston is an English-qualified Real Estate managing associate in Orrick's London office, with a particular expertise in renewable energy transactions.

Craig counsels developers and investors on the real estate aspects of the acquisition, development, refinancing and sale of renewable energy projects in England and Wales, and negotiates commercial leases for landlords and occupiers across the whole real estate spectrum.

Craig has worked on more than 100 solar energy projects, ranging from 5MW to 30MW projects.

    • Marlin Equity Partners on closing its acquisition of a minority interest in SmartCredit Limited (t/a "SmartSearch").
    • Athos Solar in connection with the sale of a 44MW solar PV portfolio in the UK.

    • BlackRock in relation to the acquisition of a portfolio of 24 solar PV projects in the UK with a combined installed capacity of 156MW.

    • Canadian Solar in the financing of a large portfolio of PV plants in the UK, performing due diligence and dealing with post construction financing.

    • Equinox Energy on the acquisition, development and financing of a portfolio of its entire portfolio of UK solar assets, comprising projects with a total installed capacity of 85 MW.

    • European Energy in connection with the acquisition and onward sale of its 28MW portfolio of UK solar PV projects.

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