Neil Upton is a partner in the firm’s global Energy & Natural Resources Practice Group.

    His global practice involves advising utilities, governments, banks and financial institutions on all aspects of the energy and water business, including oil and gas, power generation, renewables, networks and trading. Neil’s expertise includes project structuring, financing, trading, dealing with regulatory matters and negotiating complex transactional matters.

    Neil is rated as one of the Top 4 Energy Lawyers in the UK (PLC) and rated as a leading project finance and power lawyer by Chambers UK and The Legal 500.

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    • Advising Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets on the financing and acquisition of Baglan Bay (525 MW), Sutton Bridge (819 MW) and Severn (720 MW) gas-fired power stations in the UK.
    • Advising Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets on the refinancing as a consolidated portfolio and on-going operation of Baglan Bay (525 MW), Sutton Bridge (819 MW) and Severn (720 MW) gas-fired power stations in the UK.
    • Advising on the acquisition and financing of a portfolio of powers assets from E.ON including negotiating and drafting key trading agreements, such as the Energy Management Services Agreement, Gas Supply Agreement and Novation Agreements.
    • Advising Fresco (investment vehicle of Macquarie and Wren House) on the development of a suite of contracts to meet the gas, coal, co2, FX and commodity trading requirements of a group of power stations in Spain and Portugal.
    • Advising Solar Stream Ltd. in relation to the development and financing of a 40 MW Solar PV power plant in Kenya.
    • Advising a UK electricity supplier on its PPA arrangements with solar generators including under the UK feed-in tariff.
    • Advising Gravis Capital on their co-investment with Foresight and Green Investment Bank on the Evermore and Tyseley biomass projects in the UK.
    • Advising Anesco on solar PV concession agreements, operation and maintenance contracts and solar technology services agreements.
    • Advising China General Nuclear on various nuclear and renewable matters both in France and the UK.
    • Advising sponsors, including Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets, in relation to the development and financing of a 300 MW coal-fired power plant in Botswana.
    • Advising on all aspects of the liberalisation of the South African power market including the establishment of their energy trading activities.
    • Advising Nabucco Gas Pipeline International GmbH on the proposed development of a major natural gas supply pipeline to be constructed between Bulgaria and Austria across four countries.
    • Advising on the financing, development, construction and operation of approximately 20 renewable energy projects located in the UK and mainland Europe and the restructuring and refinancing of the largest renewables company in the UK.
    • Advising a number of electricity and gas suppliers in relation to their relationships with the UK Regulators (Ofgem).
    • Advising the European Commission in relation to the creation of the regulatory environment for the single markets for both gas and electricity (current within the EU).

    Education

    • North East London Polytechnic, LL.B., 1st Class with Honours, 1988

    Admissions

    • England and Wales
    • Highly regarded in IFLR1000 2019 for project development and project finance, with an emphasis on the energy, utilities and oil and gas sectors
    • Recommended in The Legal 500 UK 2017 for Infrastructure (including PFI and PPP); Power (including electricity, nuclear and renewables)
    • Recommended for Projects and Energy in the 2016 editions of Chambers Global and The Legal 500 UK.
    • Neil Upton “is a fantastic lawyer who works incredibly well.” (Chambers 2017)
    • “He is an absolutely outstanding lawyer – not only in his knowledge of the legal aspects, but he has a very strong commercial head on him.” (Chambers 2016)
    • “Neil is highly respected in the Energy Market, with a reputation for attracting big ticket mandates." (The Legal 500)
    • “He is just a great negotiator.” (The Legal 500)
    • “He has a knack of understanding things quickly and advising on the way forward – he brings highly complex concepts and explains them in a way that makes it easy to decide on the correct strategy.” (The Legal 500)
    • “Sources commend his clear, incisive and practical advice and he is noted for his exceptional knowledge of government policy.” (Chambers)
    • Smith & Maxwell Law Prize, 1988
    • UK Moot Champion, 1988

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