Conrad Purcell

Bird & Bird
As a projects partner in our Energy & Utilities sector group in London, I advise funders, sponsors and governments in the financing, development, acquisition and disposal of energy and infrastructure projects.

Specialising in structuring, drafting and negotiating finance and security documents, I also offer expertise in commercial agreements such as construction, operation, maintenance and management contracts, joint venture and shareholder agreements and power purchase and offtake agreements. I help our clients carry out due diligence when acquiring and disposing of projects with existing finance arrangements and when calculating the impact of regulation and policy on their energy and infrastructure projects.

I advise on a wide range of funding structures including project finance from commercial banks, multi-laterals and DFIs as well as ECA supported lending, vendor finance, mezzanine and other structured finance, private placements and a variety of institutional and retail bond issues.

I have in-depth experience of advising on projects utilising a broad range of new energy technologies including wind, solar PV and CSP, hydroelectric, biomass, tidal and energy storage, in established and emerging markets. In recent years, I have also advised on conventional thermal power projects and energy infrastructure as well as on projects in health, housing, communications and transport infrastructure.

Having worked as an in-house lawyer for a number of years, as well as in private practice, I have a good understanding of the commercial positions that need to be reconciled for projects to successfully reach completion. I use this experience to help parties achieve consensus during what can be long and complex negotiations, especially where projects are being developed in markets with few comparable or similar examples.

3 Jun 2020, 13:00
 - 14:00 BST (UTC+01:00)
Panel Discussion

This session will show solar and storage developers and asset owners how to make money in merchant markets. We will discuss a step-by-step guide as to what developers need to collect to get a merchant project financed, we will look at the kind of data you need to collect, how to model energy prices in the future, what you need to understand in a given market, the risk of the black swan and how financiers are dealing with merchant projects.

  • Getting your pricing forecasting right – are you ready for millions of data sets?
  • Raising debt and equity without a PPA
  • Considerations for project design
  • Risk mitigation strategies