Charles Walford

Charles Walford
Senior Consultant


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Summary Open

Charles joined Watson Farley & Williams in 1985 and his areas of practice include cross-border and domestic acquisitions and disposals of companies and businesses, corporate and non-corporate joint ventures, company restructuring, securities issues and other fund raising exercises for public and private companies and advising on private equity transactions. He also advises on commercial and project agreements especially in the power sector and for procurement, outsourcing and facilities management contracts. Charles has worked on biomass, on-shore and offshore wind, solar, waste to energy, fossil-fuel and carbon capture and storage power project developments and acquisitions in the UK and Europe and on the development, purchase and sale of LNG and oil product terminals in Europe, Central Asia and the Far East.

Experience Open

    Charles’ experience includes advising:
    • Blue Energy, a UK based renewable energy investor and developer,  in connection with the disposal of a portfolio of windfarms with a total capacity of 149 MW to funds managed by Octopus Investments.
    • Blue Energy on the acquisition of the Ridgewind portfolio of power projects from Hg Capital.
    • A Norwegian company with rights to a process for capturing CO2 from gas and coal burning power stations on the acquisition of a project company with the rights to construct a power station in Yorkshire.
    • FLS Miljo a/s on the terms of a contract to design, build and operate a power station in Navara, Spain.
    • The Government of Cyprus on the proposed terms for contracting the construction of an LNG import terminal and oil products terminal.
    • ICB Shipping AB on the disposal of part of its business and the agreed acquisition of a majority interest by Frontline Ltd.
    •  Lloyds Bank Property Company on the disposal of the Conrad Chelsea Harbour Hotel.
    • Banco Santander on the acqusition of controlling interests in, financing and construction of three solar projects developed by Low Carbon Solar.
    • The controlling shareholder of the Sandbank 24 offshore wind farm project on the development of the project and its subsequent disposal.
    • A French investor on the control of majority interest in an English shipbroking company.
    • Portuguese conglomerate Jose de Mello on the sale of its Soponata shipping interests and newbuilding contracts to General Maritime Corporation.
    • KBC Advanced Technologies plc on the disposal of its Sigmafine business to OSI Software Inc.
    • Blue Energy Ridgewind Acquisitions on the disposal of Hall Farm Wind Farm Limited, the project financed owner of an operational wind farm, to John Laing Infrastructure Fund.
    • Evolution Maritime on the establishment of and raising investment for a fund company to acquire interests in a shipping chartering joint venture.
    • A JP Morgan managed fund on the acquisition of a controlling stake in a joint venture company engaged in the operation of heavy lift vessels.
    • Portuguese conglomerate Jose de Mello on the transfer (through an FSMA insurance scheme of arrangement) of its UK reinsurance business to a German reinsurance company.
    • Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and Initec on the terms of a contract to design, supply, build and commission a power station for the AES Group in Cartagena, Spain.
    • The minority shareholder in a leading national mobile telecom company in an African state on a shareholder dispute with its global telecom company co-shareholder.
    • For a US based hedge fund in the acquisition of a Turkish company holding a significant minority stake in a Turkish mobile telephone company.
    • For a major French motor vehicle manufacturer in the establishment of joint venture arrangements with a major US motor vehicle manufacturer for the design, development and production for a range of light commercial vehicles.
    • For a major French motor vehicle manufacturer in the acquisition of the European Captive Finance Activities of a major Japanese motor vehicle manufacturer and assumption of related debt and related long-term strategic marketing arrangements.
    • The controlling shareholder of an oil products terminal in Georgia on the Black Sea on the disposal of a signifcant stake to the Great Circle Fund, a US based OPIC funded investment fund.
    • In China Light & Power on contracting for the purchase of LNG imports to Hong Kong.
    • The Government of Cyprus on the proposed terms for contracting the construction of an LNG import terminal and oil products terminal.
    • On the acquisition of a controlling interest in an oil products terminal in Georgia on the Black Sea.

Education Open

  • 1980: Trinity Hall, Cambridge – MA
  • 1974 – 1977: Trinity Hall, Cambridge – BA Hons Law

Employment Record Open

  • 1987 – Present: Watson Farley & Williams (London) – Partner
  • 1985 – 1987: Watson Farley & Williams (London) – Associate
  • 1978 – 1985: Freshfields (London) – Trainee Solicitor/Associate

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