Andrew Petry

Partner

London

T +44 20 7825 4012
andrew.petry@simmons-simmons.com

General Experience

Andrew is a London-based partner based in the Energy, Natural Resources & Infrastructure team of Simmons & Simmons. He has a broad range of experience with particular emphasis on banking and finance, projects and acquisitions in the renewables, power, mining, LNG, transport, accommodation and wastewater sectors. Andrew's clients are, infrastructure funds, financiers, energy companies, project sponsors, borrowers, and public sector entities. He is fluent in English, German and Dutch and happy to work in any of these languages.

He regularly advises Macquarie Capital and has advised consortia led by them on numerous PPP bids including their successful bids for the Haren prison PPP in Belgium which reached financial close in July 2018 (European Infrastructure deal of the Year 2018) and the Breda Courts PPP in The Netherlands.

His work for infrastructure funds includes acting for purchasers and vendors on numerous secondary debt and project equity acquisitions in PPP and utility sectors and his banking and treasury work includes advising Koninklijke Vopak on its revolving credit facility and on a range of other treasury products and a European utility on it bilateral bank loans.

In Africa he advised RCF and AFC on their structured investment in a bauxite mine in Guinea and is currently advising on an investment in West African gold mines. He is advising an African sponsor on the development of a clinker plant in East Africa constructed under an EPC+F arrangement and the on-sale of discounted notes.

His recent work in the renewables sector includes advising:

  • the European Investment Bank (EIB), NordLB, KfW IPEX-Bank and HSH Nordbank on the debt financing for the circa €800m Markbygden ETT wind farm in Sweden (Thomson Reuter European Wind Deal of the Year 2017) and follow-on advisory work;
  • EKF (the Danish export credit agency) on its first bond wrap of indexed institutional debt for the £2bn+ Walney off-shore wind farm extension (Thomson Reuter Renewables deal of the year 2017);
  • a European Energy Company on negotiations of a joint venture for investment in an on-shore wind pipeline in a Mahgreb country;
  • China Resources Power on their bid for a minority stake in the Triton Knoll off-shore windfarm in the UK;
  • Macquarie Capital on their joint venture financing structure for Low Carbon for the acquisition and building up of a UK solar portfolio in excess of 160MW on the subsequent planned IPO and disposal; and
  • The UK’s Cabinet Office on its proposal to develop 1GW of solar projects across the public estate (Thomson Reuter EMEA PPP deal of the year 2016).
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Recent Work
  • advising a European institutional funder on a number of refinancings of PPP projects including a refinancing of EIB debt during construction
  • advising Mainstream, the Irish renewables developer, on shareholder arrangements for its Lekela African renewables joint venture with Actis
  • advising the Royal Vopak on the renewal of its €1,000,000,000 revolving credit facility and on a range of other treasury products
  • advising Pfalzsolar on their development of ground mounted solar projects in the United Kingdom and their subsequent on sale
  • advising Gate terminal BV on the project financing of a 9 bcm LNG regasification terminal in the Port of Rotterdam (European Oil & Gas deal of the Year 2008), the subsequent expansion financing (2009); all on going matters affecting the project since as well as a further project financing of the terminal to increase its break bulk and back loading capabilities
  • advising the Government of Kenya on a US$750,000,000 infrastructure loan
  • advising a Macquarie Capital led consortium on its successful close of the Breda Courts PPP in the Netherlands which involved a range of different funders funding on a mixture of fixed and floating terms
  • Macquarie Capital and FCC and Denys NV on the Haren prison PPP project in Belgium
Background

Andrew is a partner and finance specialist in our Projects team. Andrew has a broad range of experience in the Energy and Infrastructure sectors, with particular emphasis on project finance and PPPs in the power, renewables, LNG, transport, accommodation and wastewater sectors. Andrew’s clients are energy companies, financiers, project sponsors, borrowers, public sector entities and infrastructure funds. Andrew established the off-shore finance practice of a “magic circle” law firm in the Netherlands whilst based there between 2001 and 2006. He is fluent in English, German and Dutch and happy to work in any of these languages.