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Infrastructure and Transport

A 'fit for purpose' infrastructure and transport industry can have a direct and positive impact on economic and social prosperity.

Over the next 20 years there is a pressing need for infrastructure to be replaced, upgraded or built in both developed and emerging markets as the rapid pace of globalisation continues. Some estimates put the total investment needed in existing and new infrastructure at tens of trillions of U.S. dollars.

Allen & Overy provides clients in the infrastructure and transport sector with both industry insight and imaginative legal advice that will help meet these challenges. The group comprises over 220 sector specialists on six continents working in partnership with clients to help them achieve their goals.

We view infrastructure and transport assets in the same way as our clients. Our approach combines disciplines and provides legal solutions for all advice needed on any infrastructure investment or activity across a variety of sub-sectors. We cover the full asset life cycle from creation to acquisition, the raising of sponsor or debt capital to restructuring and portfolio management and asset sales. Specifically, we work on major infrastructure project financings, mergers and acquisitions (both public and private) relating to brownfield infrastructure assets, securitisations, asset financings, refinancings, regulatory matters, infrastructure fund formation, arbitration and litigation and construction projects.

Our perceptive advice and work on critical transactions means we are recognised as the leading global provider of legal services to the infrastructure and transport sector. In recent years we have been named 'Global Infrastructure Firm of the Year' by Infrastructure Investor and 'Global Legal Adviser of the Year' by Infrastructure Journal.

News & insights

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Publications: 16 MARCH 2020

Airline insolvencies in Germany: Questions and challenges for aircraft lessors

Airlines under pressure The market for airlines is under extreme competitive pressure. We have seen some recent examples of European airlines that have gone into insolvency proceedings (Air Berlin, Condor, Germania, Monarch, Small Planet, Flybe). Airlines are struggling with volatile commodity markets and political instabilities (trade wars, protectionism). In addition, the Covid-19-Crisis (‘Coronavirus’) is leading to further distress.

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Publications: 25 FEBRUARY 2020

Time limits for damages claims based on public law breaches during rail franchise procurement

This case highlights the very different, and often very strict, time limits that apply in different private law and public law claims.  Rejecting the Secretary of State’s attempt to strike out part of the claims against it, the Court of Appeal confirmed that the six-year time limit for damages claims applies to a procurement conducted outside the Public Contracts (and similar) Regulations.  However, the three- month judicial review time limit may apply to other private law claims in this context.  The decision highlights the importance of considering time limits when challenging, or defending, public body decision-making.  Where the public law act engages private law rights, damages and other remedies may still be available where the time limits for judicial review have passed – provided that judicial review is not being sought by the back door: Secretary of State for Transport v Arriva Rail East Ltd & ors [2019] EWCA Civ 2259.

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News: 03 FEBRUARY 2020

Top rankings for A&O’s Projects, Energy, Natural Resources and Infrastructure group

A&O’s global Projects, Energy, Natural Resources and Infrastructure group has finished top of the IJGlobal and Dealogic league tables, making 2019 another highly successful year. 

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Publications: 04 OCTOBER 2019

Outstanding performance by A&O in global M&A league tables

A&O has marked the end of Q3 2019 with an outstanding performance in the M&A league tables; the result of advising on a number of complex, high-value transactions in a wide range of sectors and markets, around our global network in 2019.

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