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About Oliver

Oliver advises lenders and sponsors on the development and financing of cross-border projects across a broad range of industries, many of which are the first of its kind in their industry. He has significant experience advising on multi-sourced project financings involving export credit agencies, multilaterals and development finance institutions. He is also a regular speaker at industry conferences.

IFLR1000 has identified Oliver as a “Rising Star” or “Highly Regarded every year since 2013, and he has been ranked by Chambers UK each year since 2012, where clients report that Oliver is considered “truly outstanding” and highlight his “knowledge of debt financing” and “drive to get the deal done.” Oliver is also ranked as a “Next Generation Partner” for Projects, Energy & Natural Resources: Infrastructure in The Legal 500 United Kingdom (2018-2020), and was nominated by in-house counsel and peers to appear in Euromoney’s 2015, 2016 and 2017 “Rising Stars” Expert Guides. Oliver was recently recognized by Law360 as a 2019 MVP for Project Finance.

One client describes him as a ‘strong advocate for his clients who is always well prepared and provides very sound and pragmatic advice.’
Chambers UK, 2020

Experience

Recent Notable Matters

Oil & Gas

Anglo Tunisian Oil & Gas Limited — acquisition of Medco Tunisia, a seven asset upstream oil and gas business in Tunisia, including the associated acquisition financing

Premier Oil Sea Lion Development — representing Premier Oil and its joint venture partners in connection with the proposed project financing of the Sea Lion offshore oil field development in the North Falkland basin

New Age Etinde Project — representing New Age (as operator) in connection with the development and proposed project financing of the Etinde gas export project in Cameroon

Impact Oil & Gas Ltd — financing arrangements for the acquisition of an interest by Main Street 1549 Proprietary Limited (a Black Economic Empowerment company) in the Exploration Right for Block 11B/12B (offshore South Africa) and the first exploration well to be drilled on the block, and the associated $35M equity placing, as lender

Vitol participation in OCTP oil and gas field — Representing IFC, UK Export Finance and eight commercial banks in connection with the $1.5 billion financing of Vitol’s participation in the development of Ghana’s Offshore Cape Three Points (OCTP) oil and gas field. This multi-sourced quasi project and reserve-based lending (RBL) financing also included a Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA) covered facility and benefited from complex World Bank support arrangements in relation to the gas offtake. The project’s overall cost of approximately $7 billion represents the largest foreign direct investment in Ghana’s history, and UKEF’s largest direct loan to date.*

Isramco's participation in Tamar gas field — representing the Lenders and hedge counterparties in connection with the $1.25 billion hybrid RBL bridge and term Dollar/Shekel loan facilities to Isramco for its participation in the development of the Israeli offshore Tamar gas field*

High-profile GCC oil and gas company — representing various export credit agencies and lenders in connection with large scale export finance facilities for a high profile GCC oil and gas company*

Reliance Industries Limited — representing various export credit agencies and lenders in connection with RIL's ECA financing programme for the expansion of its Jamnagar petrochemicals project and the development of its Reliance Jio 4G project*

Power

Masrik-1 solar project — representing FRV on the project finance aspects of a 55 megawatt solar project in Armenia

Facility E IWPP — representing the Marubeni and Kyushu Electric consortium in connection with its bid for an integrated water & power plant in Qatar

Saudi REPDO Round 2 — representing the lenders to the Engie consortium in connection with its bid for solar IPP PV Projects in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Al Kharsaa IPP — representing the Marubeni and Total Solar consortium in connection with its bid for a solar IPP PV Project in Qatar

Al Ezzel — representing the lenders on the PFI deal of the year award winning refinancing of the Al Ezzel IPP in Bahrain

Benban Solar Park — represented Alcazar Energy Partners on the project finance aspects of its four 50 megawatt solar projects (AEES1, Delta, Aten and Horus projects) in Round 2 of Egypt's renewable feed-in tariff programme

Jordan battery storage — represented a developer on its bid for the 30 megawatt Irbid Substation battery storage project

Dumat Al Jandal — acting as lenders' counsel for the Engie consortium's bid for the 400 megawatt wind project in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Cerro Dominador — representing EIG in connection with the $800 million project financing of a 100 megawatt PV solar plant and 110-megawatt concentrated solar power (CSP) solar plant in Chile, the first project financing of a CSP solar plant in Latin America*

Saavi Energia — representing Actis in connection with the financing arrangements for its $1.256 billion acquisition of 2,220 megawatt of operating assets in Mexico*

Barakah Nuclear Power Project — representing K-Exim and another export credit agency, HSBC, SCB and various UAE financial institutions in connection with the $24.4 billion financing of the Barakah 4,800 megawatt nuclear power plant in the UAE, the first-ever project financing of a nuclear power plant and the largest ever independent power projects (IPP) financing*

Dudgeon Offshore Wind Farm — representing Statkraft in connection with its debt and equity financing arrangements for the £1.3 billion project financing of the 402 megawatt Dudgeon Offshore Wind Farm*

Infrastructure

Mantos Blancos Copper Mine — representing Anglo Pacific Group in connection with its acquisition of a NSR Royalty over all copper produced at the Mantos Blancos copper mine in Chile

Al Wakra Sewage Treatment Plan — representing an international consortium in respect of its bid for a sewage treatment plant in Qatar

Seabras 1 — representing the project company on its $500 million BpiFrance supported financing of a subsea fibre optic cable system between the commercial and financial centers of Brazil (Sao Paolo) and the US (NY)

O3b Networks Limited — Representing the project company on the $1.7 billion financing for the satellite operator O3b Networks Limited. This award winning multi-sourced financing structure brought together one ECA (BpiFrance), 4 commercial lenders, 7 development finance institutions (AfDB, IFC, FMO, DEG, EAIF, Proparco and DBSA) and nine equity investors.*

Reliance Jio 4G Telecom — representing the lenders (including K-Exim and K-Sure) on multiple award winning financings for Reliance Jio 4G Telecom to finance goods and services for 4G infrastructure in India*

* Work completed prior to Bracewell

Credentials

Education

Nottingham Law School,
LPC, GDL
2004
University of Newcastle Upon Tyne,
Bachelor of Arts
2001
hons

Bar Admissions

Solicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales

News

News

Bracewell Shines in Legal 500 UK Rankings

October 29, 2018
The Legal 500 United Kingdom
Legal 500 U.K.

Insights

Insights

The end of LIBOR: The search for a new benchmark interest rate for Project Agreements

August 22, 2019
Energy Legal Blog

Often referred to as “the world’s most important number”, the London Interbank Offered Rate (LIBOR) is used as the reference interest rate for a range of commercial and financial contracts worth hundreds of trillions of dollars globally...

Growing Complexity of ECA Financing

April 25, 2019
Project Finance International

MENA’s Potential First PF Energy Storage System

September 5, 2018
Project Finance International

Noteworthy

Noteworthy

Chambers UK
Projects, Up and Coming, 2019 - 2020; Associate to Watch, 2012 – 2018
The Legal 500 United Kingdom
Projects, Energy & Natural Resources: Infrastructure, 2018 - 2020 (Next Generation Partner, 2018 - 2020); Projects, Energy and Natural Resources – Oil & Gas, 2020; Projects, Energy and Natural Resources – Power (Including Electricity, Nuclear and Renewables), 2020; Finance – Emerging Markets, 2020; Finance – Bank Lending: Investment Grade Debt and Syndicated Loans, 2020
Euromoney Institutional Investor PLC
IFLR1000 Financial & Corporate Guide
Highly Regarded: Banking, 2019 - 2020; Project Finance, 2019 - 2020; Rising Star: 2013 – 2018
Portfolio Media, Inc.
Law360
MVP of the Year: Project Finance, 2019
Euromoney Institutional Investor PLC
“Rising Stars Expert Guide”
Rising Star, 2015 – 2017
Euromoney Institutional Investor PLC
IFLR European Awards, Rising Star, Project Finance, 2014
Finance Monthly
Deal Maker of the Year, 2016; Game Changers Awards, 2018

Events

Past Events

Irwin to Speak at WFES in Abu Dhabi

Dubai
January 14, 2019
January 17, 2019