News, Deals & Awards

Ashurst has been acknowledged for advising on five prize-winning deals at the IJGlobal Europe & Africa Awards, held on 7 March in London.

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The projects to receive awards on which Ashurst advised include:

  • Pedemontana Veneta toll road, which was named European Roads Deal of the Year. A team led by partner Franco Vigliano advised Superstrada Pedemontana Veneta S.p.A. on a €1.57 billion project bond issue to finance the construction of the Pedemontana Veneta toll road.
  • West Midlands Rolling Stock, which was named European Rail Deal of the Year. A team led by partners Terry van Poortvliet and Nikhil Markanday advised the funders to the Deutsche and Infracapital supported SPV in relation to the funding of the new rolling stock for the West Midlands procurements.
  • Octopus Solar Refinancing, which was named European Solar Deal of the Year. Partner Antony Skinner led the team advising the funders on the refinancing of Octopus' 522MW portfolio of solar assets.
  • National Grid Gas, which was named European Downstream Oil & Gas Deal of the Year. A team led by partners Derwin Jenkinson and Jane Fissenden advised the funders on the staple and subsequent financing for the National Grid Gas Distribution sale.
  • HS1, which was named European M&A Deal of the Year. Partners Jason Radford and Patrick Boyle led the team advising Goldman Sachs in providing equity bridge lending facilities to the successful Equitix/InfraRed consortium in its acquisition of HS1.

Philip Vernon, co-head of corporate projects commented:

"We are delighted that our involvement in some of the most complex and ground breaking projects has been recognised by the industry in this way. It is a reflection of the team's hard work and dedication to delivering technical excellence and the highest level of service, and reinforces our position as operating at the forefront of the European energy and infrastructure markets."

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