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Bill Carr

Head of India Desk

CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang LLP
Cannon Place
78 Cannon Place - Cannon Street
United Kingdom
Languages English, French, German

Bill Carr is a partner in our London Corporate team. His main focus is on infrastructure and energy projects and corporate real estate transactions. Bill is an active member of the CMS Corporate group and regularly advises on cross border transactions with colleagues throughout CMS and elsewhere. He co-leads the CMS India group and has been recognised by IBLJ as an international A-List lawyer for India-related matters (2020, 2021).

Bill advises both private and public sector organisations on a range of corporate work, including mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance, joint ventures and shareholder agreements, corporate governance and restructurings. He is particularly active in the primary and secondary markets for infrastructure and energy projects. He regularly advises on structuring investments in projects, and on the acquisition and disposal of interests in projects.

Bill also advises clients on commercial transactions in the rail sector, with a particular focus on rolling stock related transactions. He is recommended as a leading rail lawyer in Chambers UK and Legal Experts.

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Very polite and measured

Chambers UK, 2016

A consummate professional.

Legal 500, 2015

Relevant experience

  • A consortium of Aldwych International, FinnFund, IFU, Norfund and Vestas on their investment in, and shareholder arrangements for, the Lake Turkana wind farm project in Kenya.
  • Aldwych International and Harith General Partners on the restructuring of the Anergi Group, their Africa focused power business.  
  • An AMP Capital lead syndicate on the acquisition of a £365 million stake in Angel Trains, the leading UK rolling stock lessor. 
  • The funders to Rock Rail on (i) the £200m debt facility to finance the construction of a 150 carriage fleet to be leased to Govia Thameslink Railways Limited, (ii) the £500m+ debt facility to finance the construction of a 378 carriage fleet to be leased to Abellio East Anglia Limited, (iii) the £900m+ debt facility to finance the construction of a 750 carriage fleet to be leased to First MTR South Western Trains Limited, (iv) the £450m financing for the construction of a 165 carriage fleet to be leased to East Midlands Trains and (v) the £315m financing for the construction of a 135 carriage fleet to be leased to First Trenitalia West Coast Rail Limited. Bill led the review of the rolling stock manufacturing and maintenance contracts, the leases and associated agreements.
  • Equitix on the acquisition of the Green Highlands Renewables portfolio of hydro projects in Scotland, the Nevis Range hydro project and the Kinlochleven hydro-electric power station.
  • An Equitix led consortium on the acquisition of Energy North West and the associated shareholders arrangements.
  • Eurostar International Limited on corporate matters – including the sale of the UK Government’s stake to a CPDQ/Hermes consortium for £757m.
  • Mainstream Renewable Power on the sale of the Neart na Gaoithe offshore windfarm to EDF Renewables.
  • Nautical Petroleum plc on its recommended takeover by Cairn Energy plc for £414 million.
  • Pivot Power – advising this battery and private networks business on its restructuring and sale to EDF Renewables.
  • On the shareholder aspects of numerous primary infrastructure projects, including Phase 2 of the Nottingham Tram project, the Allenby & Connaught military accommodation project and the FSTA air tanker project.
  • Sellers and buyers on multiple secondary markets transactions for infrastructure and energy assets including for social infrastructure, defence and hospital projects and renewable energy projects.
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  • 1990 – Law Society Finals, Guildford College of Law
  • 1989 – Maîtrise en droit français, Université de Paris I (Panthéon-Sorbonne)
  • 1989 – LLB, Kings College London
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