Matthew is a partner at Herbert Smith Freehills, based in London and focusing on energy and infrastructure finance. Matthew began working on PPPs with the advent of the private finance initiative in the UK in the mid-1990s and he has since advised on numerous PPPs and other forms of private sector investment in public infrastructure in the UK and across Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
Matthew has experience across a wide range of sectors, including roads, rail, healthcare, education, custodial, defence, IT and power (including renewables and nuclear). In recent years he has acted for either sponsors or lenders on PPPs in the UK, Norway, the Netherlands, the Czech Republic and Slovakia. Career highlights include acting for EDF on the development and financing of the Hinkley Point C new nuclear project, the UK government on support for Network Rail’s acquisition of Railtrack out of special railway administration, and the funders on the monetisation of toll receipts from the Salik toll system in Dubai.
Matthew obtained a degree in natural sciences and law from Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge in 1994 and qualified as a solicitor in 1998.
The Public-Private Partnership Law Review is an overview of the legal and regulatory regimes governing public-private partnership (PPP) projects in key jurisdictions worldwide. Focusing on recent trends and developments, it examines the essential aspects of PPP projects for the provision of public services and infrastructure – including primary contractual requirements; bidding and award procedures; financing; disputes; and much more.