Sandra Rafferty

Sandra Rafferty


CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang LLP
Cannon Place
78 Cannon Street
United Kingdom
Languages English

Sandra Rafferty has been a partner in the Corporate group at CMS UK since 2001, and specialises in the infrastructure, energy and renewable sectors. 

She advises a mixture of public and private sector organisations, developers, funds and other financial investors in the infrastructure and energy sectors. She has extensive experience advising on a wide range of corporate work, including mergers and acquisitions, where Sandra is particularly strong in cross-border M&A, joint ventures, consortium agreements, post-acquisition integration, corporate finance and corporate restructurings.

Sandra is ranked in the top tier of Chambers 2016 for infrastructure: PFI/PPP and is recommended in Legal 500 2017 for M&A (upper mid-market deals) and in the power sectors (including electricity, nuclear and renewables).

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"She has been brilliant for us. She is on top of the detail and remains in control."

Chambers, 2019

"She is very commercial and very solutions-driven."

Chambers 2016

"a leading light" and "a wealth of experience in the sale and acquisition of a wide range of infrastructure assets".


"she is heralded as a guiding hand through contractual minefields."


“Sandra Rafferty is ‘driven and commercial’”. Sandra is also described as ‘excellent’ and ‘energetic’.

Legal 500

Sandra led the CMS team shortlisted for Corporate Team of the Year by both the Lawyer (2012) and Legal Business (2011/2012)

Relevant experience

  • Quad Gas Group on its purchase of a 61% stake in National Grid's £13.8bn UK gas distribution business and on the consortium agreement for the Quad Gas Group.
  • USS on its acquisition of an additional 13.34% stake in Spanish gas distribution company Redexis Gas for approx. EUR 232m, the restructuring of Redexis Gas to enable USS to hold its overall 30% stake directly, and on the related consortium agreement.
  • Basalt Infrastructure Partners on its acquisition of the North Sea emergency response and rescue services company, North Star Shipping, from Craig Group.
  • Octopus Investments on its acquisition of a 140 megawatt portfolio of four UK-based onshore wind projects from renewable energy developer Blue Energy for GBP 182m.
  • A bidder in relation to the Burbo Bank OFTO.
  • Octopus Capital on a pre-sale reorganisation of Lightsource Renewable Energy Holdings Limited, including its related shareholder arrangements, and sale of a portfolio of solar PV assets to Fern Trading Limited, which is managed by Octopus Investments.
  • First State Investments on the disposal of its interests in Newham Hospital PFI project to Equitix.
  • A bidder on its proposed acquisition of UK Power Reserve, a developer and operator of smart flexible power generation.
  • An unsuccessful bidder for Thames Tideway on its consortium arrangements.
  • Eucalyptus Energy, which is owned by Octopus Investments, on its acquisition of MEIF Renewable Energy UK plc from the Macquarie Group.
  • Allianz and UK’s Pensions Infrastructure Platform (PIP) PPP Equity Fund, which is managed by Dalmore Capital, on their acquisition of the Colchester Garrison PFI project through a series of acquisitions from Sir Robert McAlpine, InfraRed and Sodexo.
  • Hermes GPE Infrastructure Fund on its joint venture arrangements for the Braes of Doune wind farm.
  • A bidder for Terra Firma`s natural gas distribution business, Phoenix Group, in Northern Ireland.
  • AMP Capital on its acquisition of a 49% stake in Newcastle Airport from Macquarie and on the resulting joint venture with the LA7.
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  • 1991 – Law Society Finals, College of Law, Chester
  • 1990 – BA (Hons) in Law, Durham University, Durham
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