Infrastructure & Transport

Linklaters is known for its strength in advising on complex, large scale infrastructure projects across the globe

Our global team of sector-aligned partners and lawyers ensure that our clients are offered the cutting-edge advice needed in today’s competitive and highly regulated market. 

For over 25 years we have been involved in many of the largest, most high-profile and “first of their kind” acquisitions, disposals, refinancings, and securitisations in the sector as well as being involved with major construction and operation projects around the world.

We believe that we are exceptionally well placed to assist both sponsors and financial institutions alike in this market because we have in-depth sector expertise and the capability to harness our leading acquisition practice with the leading finance team.

This unique offering means that our clients can come to us for expert advice across the full life-cycle of an asset, something that the majority of our competitors simply cannot offer.

Airlines, financial institutions, lessors, airport owners, and manufacturers rely on our distinctive combination of aviation industry knowledge and our global and cross-practice strengths in areas ranging from corporate, banking, project and asset finance, capital markets, regulatory and dispute resolution. 

We offer you access to market leading expertise in the airports, aviation and air traffic sector. Around the world this encompasses advising on the development and financing of airport projects, restructurings and privatisations in the airport sector, airport expansions and upgrades as well as in relation to many regulatory issues. 

This experience includes acting for governments, investors and financiers and working closely with numerous civil aviation and air traffic control authorities as well as with many of the world's leading airlines. The breadth of this airport and airline expertise means we are equipped with the latest know-how enabling us to carry out airport projects in the most efficient way possible.

We believe that our commercial approach, global strength and co-ordination, product excellence and proven track record in executing complex and innovative transactions, are second to none and offer our clients a competitive advantage.

 

Our team has a deep understanding of transportation infrastructure assets. Ultimately, we have the market credibility and expertise to help you make the right decisions at the right times, all the while providing creative solutions.

For over 25 years we have been involved in many of the largest, most high-profile and “first of their kind” acquisitions, disposals, refinancings, and securitisations in the sector as well as being involved with major construction and operation projects around the world. This unique offering means that our clients can come to us for expert advice across the full life-cycle of an asset, something that the majority of our competitors simply cannot offer.

Having worked on some of the most complex deals in recent years, we have developed a market-leading practice in this sector. Over the years, we have advised on over 130 development and finance of roads, bridges and tunnels. Within Europe as well as emerging markets, we have advised various clients on transactions relating to toll roads and bridges, road finance, motorways, and other complex infrastructure acquisitions.

Our dedicated infrastructure sector team is recognised as a global leader and has been at the forefront of many of the sector’s largest and complex transactions. Furthermore, Linklaters is recognised as one of the few global firms who can bring our infrastructure focus to bear through an equally strong finance practice.

We continue to draw on our extensive experience working with commercial banks, export credit agencies, international financial institutions and multi-lateral development banks to develop innovative financing solutions to meet the evolving needs of our clients. In addition, we regularly act for host governments, sponsors, contractors and suppliers on their development activities. This varied client base allows us to anticipate and identify from all sides, issues that may arise during the course of a project.

Our work on the development of Ports has included full advice on all of the relevant Project documents, including advising on, drafting and negotiating contracts for offshore construction work, construction of jetties and other port facilities and contracts for dredging and land reclamation work.

We have been at the forefront of the railway sector for many years, with a dedicated global railway group specialising in the full range of railway and rolling stock transactions. As a firm, we have unrivalled strength and experience on the development and project financing of international railways projects around the world.

Regularly being on all sides of the table means that we are better able to understand and, importantly, to anticipate, issues and problems that may arise during the course of a project and find constructive and commercial solutions to them. 

Our client base includes acting for: 

  • Sponsors 
  • Lenders 
  • Host governments 
  • Contractors 
  • Suppliers

We have the top water and wastewater practice in the world. Linklaters has acted on many of the most complex, multijurisdictional and cutting-edge water transactions to date. We are the only law firm that has the leading practice in the key water areas of water regulation, water finance and water M&A.

These transactions include financing solid waste treatment plant projects, privatisation of existing waster treatment plants, advising project sponsors in developing water projects, and supporting financial advisers on structuring and documentation on reverse-osmosis desalination plants.

Combining cross-border transactional work experience and our range of global offices, post & logistics have featured in several of our deals done for clients looking to invest and diversify their portfolios.

Linklaters has been involved in some of the telecoms and infrastructure sectors’ biggest deals for many years. The remit of the team has widened as the market has grown to incorporate a growing number of digital infrastructure assets, including fibre. These transactions often involve the multiple complexities of bespoke corporate structures, a regulated sector both telecoms and investments, and key commercial contracts, playing into the combined strengths of our market leading corporate, finance, telecoms and regulatory teams.

We are regularly called-on to advise clients on technology investments, including software and fintech more broadly, and our in-house experts have extensive experience advising clients on telco and digital infrastructure investments.

Our experience within this sector includes capital increase and fund asset acquisitions for digital infrastructure funds.

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Insights and Thought Leadership reports

Linklaters produces a variety of insights on Infrastructure & Transport to help clients navigate this sector.

For a selection of our latest insights click here, or view our larger Thought Leadership reports below.

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