Gareth Baker Partner


Speaks:  English, German

Qualified: 2003 - Solicitor of England & Wales

Primary phone: +44 (0)20 3636 7863

Fax: +44 (0)370 904 1099

Email: gareth.baker@gowlingwlg.com

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Primary office:  London




Gareth Baker

Gareth Baker has been helping clients invest in the energy, renewables and infrastructure sectors for over a decade.

Whether it's M&A overseas, investing in new technologies in the UK or undertaking cross-border collaborations, Gareth helps clients to navigate a path through the structural, regulatory and commercial challenges of working in each sector. Gareth immerses himself in projects at all levels and enjoys advising clients at every part of the value chain to unlock issues, stay on timetable and maximise value.

The energy sector in particular presents constant challenges and changes. Gareth brings core M&A and project finance experience to advising developers so that the projects are ready for the later stages of investment. He enjoys learning about the emerging technologies in one sub-sector and helping clients by applying lessons learned from other sub-sectors.

Experience

Oil & Gas/biofuels/chemicals

  • Helping BP to take overall control of the Nerefco refinery in the Netherlands through a 1 billion euro acquisition of Chevron's Benelux refining and renewables assets and agreeing a long-term offtake supply arrangement with Chevron, linked to the divestment of Chevron's Benelux marketing assets.
  • Advising BP in relation to a US$400 million biofuels investment joint venture with Associated British Foods and DuPont to form Vivergo Fuels to construct a new bioethanol plant built at Saltend, Hull.
  • Supporting BP in relation to its biofuels innovation programmes through advising on a 50/50 UK consortium with DuPont to build a butanol facility in the UK, as a forerunner to a US butanol commercialisation joint venture (on which he also advised).

Solar

  • Helping Primrose Solar to grow from 0 to more than 250 MWs of generating capacity by advising on, the acquisition of over 15 solar farm developments, supporting them through construction to commissioning, project financing a number of them and subsequently divesting the whole portfolio to Bluefield, Greencoat Solar and Equitix.
  • Advising Innova Energy, RGE Solar and a range of other leading "top tier" developers and investors in the UK solar sector.

Onshore wind

  • Advising Infinis, then largest independent renewable energy generator in the UK in relation to various matters, including a £75 million project finance facility with National Australia Bank to construct and operate five onshore wind projects with a combined capacity of 52.5 megawatts.

Capacity Market and Peaking power

  • Advising Carron Energy, part of Welsh Power Group, on its disposal of three power response businesses to Alkane Energy PLC for £12M.
  • Advising a range of other leading names on relation to capacity market developments in the UK market.

Infrastructure

  • Acting for a Canadian infrastructure fund as part of the successful consortium in relation to a significant investment in UK infrastructure assets.
  • Working with a strategic investor in relation to a UK airport transaction.
  • Advising the management team on the purchase of Hastings Infrastructure (now Vantage Infrastructure) by Northill.

Nuclear

  • Helping AMEC in relation to the largest European procurement programme at the time, by advising in relation to its consortium arrangements with URS Washington Division and Areva to decommission the Sellafield nuclear facility.
  • Advising AMEC, Atkins and Rolls Royce in relation to consortium arrangements bidding to decommissioning the Magnox reactors as well as on the terms of the bid.

Career & Recognition

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  • 2016

    • Career
      2016
      Gowling WLG (UK) LLP, partner
  • 2015

    • Career
      June2015
      Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co LLP, partner
    • Career
      2015
      Gowling WLG (UK) LLP, partner
  • 2012

    • Career
      2012
      Infinis (secondment)
  • 2010

    • Career
      August2010
      Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co, director
  • 2006

    • Career
      2006
      BP (secondment)
  • 2003

    • Qualifications (Year of Call/Admission, etc.)
      2003
      Qualified, Solicitor of England & Wales
  • 2001

    • Career
      September2001
      Wragge & Co LLP
  • 1999

    • Education
      July1999
      BA (Hons) Law with German (2:1) University of Sheffield
  • 1998

    • Education
      July1998
      European Law (1st) University of Vienna