Francesca Matthews

Francesca Matthews

Energy & Infrastructure Managing Associate, London

“I advise clients on the development and financing of energy projects, with particular expertise in renewable energy and other low carbon projects. I am committed to helping clients achieve their most strategically important projects and pursuing their energy transition objectives.”

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Overview

Professional experience

Education and qualifications

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Francesca joined the firm as an Associate in 2008 in the Energy & Infrastructure practice. She spent a year in Australia in 2015 before returning to Linklaters as a Managing Associate in 2016. Francesca has a particular focus on the development and financing of low carbon projects. In 2017, she spent six months on secondment to the Projects group at Webber Wentzel in Johannesburg.

Francesca was part of the firm’s Women’s Leadership Programme in 2013 and acted as a mentor on the firm’s Stepping Forward programme for Associates.

What three words would you use to describe yourself?

I asked my daughter to describe me in three words and she said “A good dancer”. Could have been worse!

Who or what inspires you?

Greta Thunberg: she single-handedly shifted the conversation about climate change.

Overview

Francesca is an energy specialist, advising on the construction, development and financing arrangements for energy (particularly renewable energy) projects globally, as well as on the sale and purchase of energy assets. She has particular expertise in low carbon projects, advising on several innovative, first-in-market transactions in this space.

Francesca is very much a sector specialist, delivering all-round, one-stop legal advice on her projects.

Following her secondment to Webber Wentzel for six months in 2017, Francesca has a particular interest in Africa. She has advised on energy and infrastructure projects in Rwanda, Mozambique, Morocco, South Africa and Cape Verde.

Francesca started her career at a law firm in Sydney, Australia before moving to the UK in 2008.

Work highlights

Francesca has led, or been a key adviser, on many market-leading renewables and low carbon projects. These include advising:

  • Equinor and SSE, the sponsors, on the development and financing of the Dogger Bank offshore wind farm, the world’s largest offshore wind farm
  • the lead financial investor on its equity investment in a battery manufacturing plant in Sweden, Europe’s largest battery manufacturing facility
  • EDF, the sponsor, on the development, construction and ECA-backed financing of the Neart na Gaoithe offshore wind farm in Scotland
  • the sponsors on the £2.6bn EIB/EKF/commercial lender financing of the Beatrice offshore wind farm in the UK
  • an offshore wind developer on its joint venture in the US
  • the lenders on various greenfield renewables projects in South Africa

Professional experience

Francesca co-wrote Getting Hy? Ambition and the art of the possible in the search for a hydrogen economy, which analyses the business models and regulatory context for clean hydrogen in certain key countries.

She shares her insights about renewables and market developments in the low carbon sector on Sustainable Futures.

Education and qualifications

Francesca studied political science and law and holds a bachelor of laws from the Australian National University.