Nick Helm is an infrastructure partner, based in the Manchester office. With over 15 years of sector experience gained in the UK and internationally, he specialises in advising on infrastructure project finance and PFI/PPP schemes, often in the social infrastructure sector and increasingly in renewable energy, transport and other economic infrastructure. Nick’s clients include sponsors, contractors, equity investors, funders and the public sector (both central and local government). His sector experience takes in education, energy, defence, healthcare, social housing and emergency services. He also has significant infra M&A/secondary PFI market and refinancing experience.

    Nick is active in advising clients who have followed him from his previous firm, and supporting key focus areas of our Infrastructure Group, including Northern Powerhouse positioning and various international PPP initiatives. Nick is a key member of pro-Manchester’s Transport and Infrastructure Steering Group.

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    • Advising a well-known PFI contractor/investor on its recent disposal of interests in education and social housing schemes to leading UK-based infra investment funds.
    • Advising the sponsor groups on distress and contractor replacement issues on three healthcare PFI schemes affected by the insolvency of Carillion group.
    • Co-leading the team that advised the sponsors (Civis and Aberdeen) on the £260 million refinancing of the Leeds Oncology PFI scheme, featuring the unwind of the DOH credit guarantee financing and the imposition of an Assured Guarantee bond solution, as well as a major variation.
    • Advising a shortlisted bidder on the £260 million Burbo Bank OFTO scheme in OFGEM Tender Round 4.
    • Leading the team that advised the sponsors (Galliford Try and InfraRed) on the £103 million North East Batch Priority Schools scheme, the UK’s first PF2 scheme.
    • Leading the team that advised the sponsor group and the Bradford LEP on the £120 million Bradford BSF Phase 2 PFI scheme, the largest PFI scheme in the BSF programme to close.


    • The College of Law, 1997
    • Newcastle Law School, University of Newcastle Upon Tyne, 1996


    • England and Wales, 1999
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