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Bill Carr

Partner
Head of India Desk

CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang LLP
Cannon Place
78 Cannon Street
London
EC4N 6AF
United Kingdom
Languages English, French, German

Bill Carr is a partner in our 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 in London and has been recognised by IBLJ as an international A-List lawyer for India-related matters (2020).

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.

Bill leads the firm’s CSR activities with CREATE London and Pride in London, and is a non-executive director of London Works and sits on the finance committee of ELBA.

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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.
  • 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 setting up of Equitix Energy Efficient Fund L.P. and Energy Saving Investments L.P.
  • Equitix on the acquisition of the Green Highlands Renewables portfolio of hydro projects in Scotland and of the Nevis Range hydro project.
  • An Equitix led consortium on the acquisition of Energy North West and the associated shareholders arrangements.
  • Eurostar on 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.
  • The UK Development for Transport on the restructuring of the Eurostar international train service, and on the sale of the High Speed 1 concessionaire.
  • Transport for London on the acquisition of Tube Lines and London Underground on their signalling contract for the sub-surface lines.
  • 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 a number of secondary markets transactions for infrastructure and energy assets including for social infrastructure, defence and hospital projects and renewable energy projects.
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Education

  • 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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13 March 2020
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01 May 2018
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Bad people have been do­ing bad things with UK Lim­ited Part­ner­ships and Scot­tish Lim­ited Part­ner­ships (SLPs) in par­tic­u­lar. It’s far from clear who these bad people are (in­deed the De­part­ment for Busi­ness,...
12 January 2018
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On 10 Janu­ary 2018, the Uni­on Cab­in­et chaired by Prime Min­is­ter Modi ap­proved a num­ber of amend­ments to In­dia’s FDI policy. While the amend­ments re­move some red tape by mak­ing more FDI sub­ject to the...
07 November 2017
Fi­nal re­com­mend­a­tions is­sued to SEBI on cor­por­ate gov­ernance im­prove­ments...
In Oc­to­ber 2017, the Com­mit­tee on Cor­por­ate Gov­ernance es­tab­lished by the Se­cur­it­ies and Ex­change Board of In­dia (SEBI) is­sued its fi­nal re­port to SEBI on cor­por­ate gov­ernance im­prove­ments for In­di­an...
07 July 2017
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The In­di­an Min­istry of Cor­por­ate Af­fairs has re­cently an­nounced that they are re­mov­ing the re­quire­ment to file a mer­ger no­ti­fic­a­tion with­in 30 days of the rel­ev­ant “trig­ger event” (such as sign­ing...
10 February 2017
In­dia Budget 2017 - 2018
On 1 Feb­ru­ary, Fin­ance Min­is­ter Ar­un Jait­ley presen­ted In­dia’s an­nu­al Uni­on Budget for 2017-2018 (the “Budget”) for the fisc­al year be­gin­ning 1 April 2017. The cent­ral aim in this year’s Budget...
02 February 2017
In­dia and Singa­pore amend tax treaty
On 30 Decem­ber 2016, the gov­ern­ments of In­dia and Singa­pore signed the Third Pro­tocol to amend the Double Tax­a­tion Avoid­ance Agree­ment (“DTAA”) between the two coun­tries. The amend­ment has been out­lined...
24 January 2017
Lim­ited Part­ner­ships: UK Gov­ern­ment call for evid­ence on Re­view of Lim­ited...
Read­ers may be for­giv­en for think­ing that Gov­ern­ment re­views of lim­ited part­ner­ship law are much like the pro­ver­bi­al bus, you wait ages (dec­ades even) for one to come along and then two come at the same...
23 January 2017
The new private fund lim­ited part­ner­ship vehicle
UK lim­ited part­ner­ships are one of the most com­mon and pop­u­lar vehicles for in­vest­ments in vari­ous sec­tors in Europe, in­clud­ing private equity, real es­tate and in­fra­struc­ture, of­fer­ing a flex­ible, tax-trans­par­ent...
25 August 2016
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Tan­zania’s pres­id­ent John Magu­fuli has made in­fra­struc­ture de­vel­op­ment a pri­or­ity; with the gov­ern­ment set­ting a tar­get of rais­ing gen­er­at­ing ca­pa­city to 10GW and bring­ing elec­tri­city to half of the...
25 August 2016
Tan­zani­a's new in­vest­ment in in­fra­struc­ture
Tan­zania’s pres­id­ent John Magu­fuli has made in­fra­struc­ture de­vel­op­ment a pri­or­ity; with the gov­ern­ment set­ting a tar­get of rais­ing gen­er­at­ing ca­pa­city to 10GW and bring­ing elec­tri­city to half of the...