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Kate Shannon, Senior Associate

Kate Shannon

Senior Associate

Languages

English

Practice areas

  • Energy and infrastructure
  • Financial institutions

Practice notes

Having trained and worked at Linklaters in London, Kate has recently joined the Eversheds Sutherland’s Energy and Infrastructure Sector Group.

Kate’s relevant financing experience in the energy sector includes:

  • Advising a large Chinese SOE on the restructuring of its asset management and associated services for its Irish onshore wind farm portfolio, including advising on and managing the associated lender consent process;
  • Advising lenders on the £750m financing of the construction and operation of a 270MW offshore wind farm in the UK, assisting in due diligence on project documents and commenting in detail on term sheet provisions;
  • Advising lenders on the financing of the acquisition, construction and working capital costs of the Longpark, Rusholme, Fairfield and Burnfoot onshore wind farms;
  • Acting for a clearing bank on its disposal of a portfolio of project finance assets worth nearly £4bn; member of the cross-border, cross-practice team of around 50 lawyers on the due diligence process; and
  • Eight month secondment assisting the Legal Manager of BP Alternative Energy in the day to day running of their wind, solar, biofuels and venturing projects entailing a broad spectrum of corporate, litigation, investment and finance work.

Other notable project finance experience includes acting as legal advisor to a Russian energy investor on their successful funded acquisition of UK oil & gas assets by way of a secured reserve base lending facility.

Kate’s infrastructure experience includes:

  • Acting for the project company to The Royal Liverpool Hospital PFI termination, a much-publicised and ultimately successful handback of the hospital construction project to the Government, following the collapse of Carillion as lead contractor;
  • Advising the leading infrastructure private equity house consortium (as owner and lessor) on the manufacturing, leasing and maintenance of the new fleet of rolling stock required to operate the services on the expanded Thameslink Network with a total funding requirement of c.£1.7bn; and
  • Acting for the lenders to a UK motorway project on the replacement of the insolvent O&M contractor.