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Fiona Hobbs

Partner, London

"I have advised clients on their most complex and innovative projects across a range of jurisdictions and sectors for almost 30 years. My priority is to help them achieve their commercial objectives by drawing on that extensive experience."

Overview

Professional experience

Education and qualifications

Overview

Fiona is a partner in the projects team who advises on a wide range of ground-breaking transactions in the energy, infrastructure and rail sectors. She has almost 30 years’ experience acting on all aspects of projects transactions for governments, sponsors, borrowers and commercial banks, DFIs and Export Credit Agencies.

Fiona was a member of Linklaters' management board for four years as Head of Clients and Sectors. Prior to that, she was a member of the firm's governance board for eight years. She is currently one of the firm's two Global co-heads of Diversity.

Work Highlights

Fiona has been the lead partner on many projects, including advising:

  • the purchasers of the Channel Tunnel Rail Link on its acquisition and on subsequent renegotiations of its most significant contracts (the acquisition was Europe Infrastructure Deal of the Year 2016, Project Finance International). She is currently advising the shareholders on the strategic review of their investment   
  • the lenders (ECAs, DFIs and commercial) on the financing of the Moatize to Nacala pit to port railway in Mozambique and Malawi   
  • ENI on the unitisation of its interests in the Rovuma basin, Mozambique   
  • L1 on the acquisition of RWEDEA AG
  • the sponsors on the financing of the Thameslink rolling stock project (2013 Rail Deal of the Year, Project Finance International and Euromoney/Project Finance Magazine)

 

Professional experience

Fiona is recognised as a leading lawyer in Chambers UK for Rail as well as Oil & Gas and Power. She was awarded the Europe Women in Business Law Award 2011 as Best in Energy and Natural Resources by Euromoney.

Education and qualifications

Fiona holds a first class degree in law from University College, Cardiff, University of Wales and also passed the Law Society Qualifying Examinations with first class honours in 1987.