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Ian Andrews

Partner, London

Overview

Professional experience

Education and qualifications

Overview

Ian is one of the firm’s sector leaders for infrastructure. He has been involved with the practice for 25 years, starting with work on Eurotunnel. 

Ian has advised sponsors, funders and public bodies on infrastructure financings and acquisitions in almost every European country, and is regarded as the leading expert on continental European transport projects. 

Ian is recognised as a first-tier lawyer by Chambers for Infrastructure generally and for Projects in Central and Eastern Europe.

He was based in the firm’s Berlin office between 2001 and 2003.

Work highlights

Ian has led on many innovative deals in the market. These include, amongst others, advising: 

  • the funders on the £13.8bn acquisition by a consortium led by Macquarie and Allianz of National Grid’s gas distribution businesses in the UK
  • AIMCO, Borealis, Ontario Teachers and Wren House on their successful acquisition of London City Airport 
  • Borealis Infrastructure, AP1, AP3 and Folksam on their €6.6bn acquisition of Fortum Distribution in Sweden 
  • the senior lenders on the €1.3bn refinancing of Budapest Airport, including structuring junior debt into the concession-based structure 
  • the lenders to Arclight/NSMP for their acquisition of TOTAL’s gas pipeline business in the North Sea 
  • Public Sector Pensions, Canada, on their acquisition of Hochtief airport, with interests in Athens, Budapest, Düsseldorf, Hamburg, Sydney and Tirana airports 
  • Vinci and Hochtief on the restructuring of the €1.8bn Corinth Patras motorway project and Vinci and Meridiam on the €1.2bn bond refinancing of the R1 expressway in Slovakia 
  • Allianz Capital Partners and Borealis Infrastructure on their acquisition of Net4Gas in the Czech Republic from RWE and its bond and bank debt recapitalisation 
  • the lenders on the financing of the acquisition by Vitol/Carlyle JV of Bayernoil and associated production facilities in Germany and Switzerland
  • Borealis Infrastructure and Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan on the £2.1bn purchase of High Speed 1 (HS1), one of the most famous pieces of modern infrastructure in the world, the Channel Tunnel Rail Link, and on its current planned sale.

Professional experience

Ian has been a regular speaker at conferences, such as at the industry’s leading annual conference, the Berlin Infrastructure Summit.

Before joining Linklaters in 1998, Ian was a partner at a major German firm.

Education and qualifications

Ian studied jurisprudence at Merton College, Oxford University.

He speaks English, French, German and Greek.