Nicholas Connell


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Nick is an Associate in the firm’s Corporate group.

Nick joined Watson Farley & Williams in 2018. He has experience advising on mergers and acquisitions, private equity investments, joint ventures and general corporate law matters. Nick has experience across a number of sectors with a particular focus on energy and infrastructure transactions.

Prior to joining Watson Farley & Williams, Nick worked at an international law firm.

Experience Open

    Nick’s experience includes advising:
    • Statoil on the acquisition of a 25% interest in the Roncador offshore oil field in Brazil from Petrobras for $2.9bn.
    • A Chinese state-owned entity in connection with Neptune Energy’s binding offer to acquire ENGIE E&P International S.A., the international E&P division of the ENGIE Group, for $3.9bn.
    • The Vitol Group on its sale of a 50% stake in the VTTI Group, one of the largest independent global energy terminal businesses, to Buckeye Partners LP for $1.15bn.
    • Blue Water Energy, an energy-focused private equity firm, with the acquisition of three oil & gas service companies and the associated equity line investment as part of a “buy and build” strategy.
    • Albright Capital Management LLC (as part of a consortium) in connection with the successful recommended offer to acquire and take-private APR Energy Plc, a company listed on the London Stock Exchange and a provider of turnkey temporary power generation services.
    • Helios Towers Africa on the acquisition and leaseback of telecommunication towers in Tanzania, Congo Brazzaville and the Democratic Republic of Congo, together with related corporate governance arrangements.
    • An international communications and technology company with the proposed sale of telecommunication towers in Bangladesh and Pakistan by way of an auction process.
    • A Saudi-based private equity fund on its equity investment in an Irish-based waste water management company.
    • Huntsman Corporation on its $522m initial public offering of Venator Materials Plc, a global chemical company incorporated in the UK.
    • The Special Committee of the board of directors of Eurasia Drilling Company Ltd on an aborted take-private transaction by management and certain core shareholders.
    • Soros Fund Management on its equity line investment in an international data centre investment and management support services provider.

Education Open

  • The College of Law, London
  • University of York

Employment Record Open

  • 2018 – present: Associate, Watson, Farley & Williams
  • 2009 – 2018: Trainee Solicitor (four years PQE), Vinson & Elkins RLLP

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