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About Julian

Julian Nichol’s practice focuses on the acquisition, disposal, development and project financing of independent power generation projects and power transmission/distribution projects in the U.K., continental Europe, Africa and the Middle East.  

Over the past 20 years, Julian has worked on more than 30 power generation projects encompassing gas, coal, oil,  hydro, solar, wind, geothermal and biomass technologies. He also advises clients on transmission and distribution projects including the range of services to grid required as a result of the increasing role played by renewable technologies in the generation mix. Julian’s clients include developers, funds, lenders as well as governments and much of his recent work has been in sub-Saharan Africa where Julian has developed experience in DFI-funded power projects involving the IFC, AfDB, EBRD, EIB, OPIC, Proparco, BDEAC, FMO, DEG, Swedfund and EAIF.

Julian’s recent work includes advising the sponsors on the development and financing of the Kribi and Dibamba IPPs in Cameroon (Cameroon’s first IPPs), advising a major private equity house on the acquisition of a majority equity stake in the Azura Edo IPP in Nigeria and advising the sponsors on the development and financing of the 52.5 MW Shams Ma’an Solar PV Project in Jordan, financed by JBIC, NEXI and a range of international commercial banks.

Experience

Recent Notable Matters

Major private equity house — acquisition of a majority equity stake in the Azura Edo IPP, Nigeria

Project company — development and financing of the Kribi and Dibamba IPPs in Cameroon

Developer — geothermal project in Ethiopia

Developer — biomass project in Ghana

Bidding consortium — Ouarzazate-combined solar thermal PV project, Morocco

Sponsor — development of the Mmamabula coal-fired IPP in Botswana

Commercial lender — $30 million mezzanine loan to an energy developer, Cameroon

Sponsor — financing of the Ambatovy nickel mining project, Madagascar

Project company — 52.5 MW Shams Ma’an solar PV project, Jordan

Project company — 10 MW Arabia One solar PV Project, Jordan

Project company — four Tihama co-generation projects located at Juaymah, Ras Tanura, Shedgum and Uthmaniyah in Saudi Arabia

Bidder — Riyadh IPP (PP11) project, Saudi Arabia

Project company — 1024 MW Ras Laffan B IPP, Qatar

Islamic and commercial lenders — $650 million Ras Abu Fontas A1 and A2 desalination projects, Qatar

Commercial lenders and ECAs — $2.3 billion Al Hidd IWPP privatization, Bahrain

Government of Oman — aborted Duqm coal-fired IPP, Oman

Project company — development of three energy-from-waste projects, U.K.

Shortlisted bidder — potential acquisition of U.K. Power Reserve, U.K.

Private equity house — acquisition of a solar PV project, UK

Fund — establishment of a £500 million renewable energy portfolio project, U.K.

Project company — a number of U.K. IPPs including Coryton, Rocksavage, Spalding, Derwent, Brigg and Killingholme

Major power company — acquisition of the global power generation portfolio from Edison Mission Energy (Global)

Project company — disposal of the T-Power IPP, Belgium

Commercial lenders — 110 MW Ujpest IPP, Hungary

Project company — a number of IPPs in Brazil including Ibirite, Carioba, Araucaria and Cubatao

Credentials

Education

College of Law, York,
L.P.C.
1995
University of Lancaster, UK,
LL.B.
1994
with honors
University of Limburg at Maastricht,
Diploma in European Law
1993
Université de Nancy, France,
Diplôme O’Etudes Juridiques Francaisés
1992

Bar Admissions

Solicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales

Languages

French
Portuguese

News

News

Review of the year: month by month

December 15, 2013
Lawyer (Online), The

Environmental law: Drills, spills and bellyaches

September 29, 2013
Lawyer (Online), The

New York law firm in Africa push via UK

July 1, 2013
Press and Journal (Aberdeen)

Energy finance partner Fox joins Bracewell Giulianis London office

March 6, 2013
Oil & Gas Financial Journal - Online

A message to you from Rudy

March 5, 2013
Lawyer (Online), The

The fracking truth

March 3, 2013
Lawyer, The

Rudy Giuliani reveals scale of firm's UK ambitions

January 31, 2013
Lawyer (Online), The

Noteworthy

Noteworthy

Chambers UK
Power – U.K.-wide, 2009
The Legal 500 United Kingdom
Projects, Energy and Natural Resources – Power, 2014 - 2017; Real Estate – Construction, 2014
The Legal 500 EMEA
Regional Summary - Africa, 2017