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Robert Pitcher, Partner

Robert Pitcher

Partner

Co-Head of Energy & Infrastructure (International)

Practice areas

  • Brexit
  • Corporate
  • Energy and infrastructure
  • Project and infrastructure finance

Practice notes

Brexit and the legal implications for businesses

Rob is the co-head of our global energy and infrastructure group which delivers legal advice on projects in social, transport and energy infrastructure. He also heads up our nuclear practice. Rob specialises in acquisitions, mergers, public company takeovers, flotations, projects and joint ventures and has traditionally advised on some of the firm’s largest transactions. Rob is a member of the Climate Change Committee, International Nuclear Lawyers Association and the Nuclear Industry Association. Rob leads on joint venture and consortium arrangements for international projects, as well as the operational and regulatory arrangements relating to nuclear new build projects, such as regulatory undertakings, fuel supply and transport and decommissioning arrangements.

Rob has particular expertise in advising Chinese SOEs on its outbound investments. Examples of his recent experience include advising:

  • Chinese nuclear state owned company’s EPC subsidiary in relation to a review of regulatory requirements for supporting major nuclear new build in a confidential Middle East country.
  • CNNC on its investment in the £18bn nuclear power project at Hinkley Point in the UK.
  • A Hong Kong listed Asian investment fund on its bid for the acquisition of London City Airport, one of UK´s key transport infrastructure assets.
  • a US subsidiary of a $4bn infrastructure fund which is acquiring a portfolio of telecom infrastructure assets across the UK market and the rest of Europe.
  • A Swiss HQ’ed global commodity player on the project development and then sale of a ground-breaking bioethanol plant and associated port infrastructure in Sierra Leone.
  • A global nuclear business in relation to its US$3 billion equity investment into Areva (one of the largest listed nuclear businesses in the world).
  • CNNC on its proposed acquisition of a 66% equity stake in an electric utility company based in Slovakia from ENEL for approx. US$2 billion.
  • Toshiba/Westinghouse and SNPTC on their bid to acquire Horizon Nuclear Power Limited (including both acquisition and consortium structuring aspects).
  • Shaw Group in its investment in the acquisition vehicle used by Toshiba in its acquisition of Westinghouse (US$5.4bn).

“Robert Pitcher is a commercial, sensible and highly knowledgeable guy. It’s always great to see a partner of his standing muck in with his associates throughout the night and into the early hours of the morning. Certainly assisted the in house legal team – by taking direction and running with the instructions." - Satjeet Sahota, Equity Capital Markets and M&A Counsel, ABN AMRO Bank N.V

 

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