Thomas Hollenhorst



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Thomas Hollenhorst

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Thomas Hollenhorst is a Partner in the Banking & Finance group in the Hamburg office of Watson Farley & Williams and heads the Project and Structured Finance practice.

Since joining WFW as one of the founders of the Hamburg office, Thomas has gained extensive experience on a wide range of banking and finance matters. He specialises in advising banks, investors and developers on the financing of energy and infrastructure projects in Germany, Europe, America and Asia.

He also advises on numerous other financings, including capital market transactions, restructurings and loan portfolio transfers in various asset classes. Furthermore, he advises banks and financial services firms on banking regulatory law as well as asset managers on the structuring and distribution of domestic and foreign investment funds.

Experience Open

    Thomas’ experience includes advising:

    • BayernLB in connection with the financing of eight solar PV plants with a total capacity of 40 MW at five sites across England and Wales. The solar plants were acquired by the German asset manager Luxcara for its fund portfolio for institutional investors.
    • HSH Nordbank AG on the €64.5m long-term financing of the Danish solar park Vandel, which consists of 126 solar PV installations and has been built by European Energy A/S with a total capacity of 50.4 MW.
    • HSH Nordbank AG on the €30.2m long-term financing of the Finnish onshore wind park Silovuori, which is being built by ABO Wind for commissioning in December 2016, with eight Vestas V126 wind energy turbines having a hub height of 137 M and a total capacity of 26.4 MW.
    • HSH Nordbank AG on the legal and tax services in connection with the portfolio financing of the French solar projects “Aquitaine” (long-term financing €58.5m and 58 MW) and “Biskaya” (long-term financing €54m and 51 MW) developed by GP Joule.
    • HSH Nordbank AG on all relevant legal and tax aspects of the financing of the 57.7 MWp French solar power portfolio “Lacoste”. The financing of over €75m, which was part-financed by KfW, involved six solar parks developed by BayWa r.e.
    • HSH Nordbank AG on the €150m financing of a 72 MWp solar farm in Schipkau/Meuro, Brandenburg, Germany.
    • HSH Nordbank AG and Norddeutsche Landesbank on the financing of two of the three solar projects that comprise Europe’s largest solar farm to date. The solar farm, located in Briest in the German federal state of Brandenburg, has a total capacity of 91 MWp and involved an overall investment of approximately €200m.
    • Norddeutsche Landesbank on the financing of the 30 MWp Krughütte solar farm in Saxony-Anhalt, with a total investment volume of approximately €45m.
    • Norddeutsche Landesbank on the acquisition financing of one of two sections of Finsterwalde, one of Germany’s largest solar parks with a total capacity of 42 MWp, located in Brandenburg.
    • Landesbank Baden-Württemberg on the €58m financing of the project “La Chapelle”, consisting of three onshore wind farms with a total installed capacity of 34 MW in the south of France.

Education Open

  • 1999: Second State examination, Bielefeld
  • 1996: First State examination, Bielefeld
  • 1989 – 1991: Bank education, BfG Bank AG

Author/Speaker/Awards Open

  • Lecturer at Frankfurt School of Finance & Management, Frankfurt
  • Author Frankfurt School Verlag, 1rst and 2nd edition handbook Finanzierung Erneuerbare Energien, publisher Gerhard/Rüschen/Sandhövel
  • Speaker engagements at several special events and conferences

Membership of Professional Societies Open

  • International Bar Association (IBA)
  • Banking Lawyers Association, Hamburg
  • Gesellschaft Hamburger Juristen e.V.
  • Der Übersee-Club e.V., Hamburg

Employment Record Open

  • 2005 – present: Partner, Watson Farley & Williams LLP, Hamburg
  • 1999 – 2005: Co-head of legal department, Berenberg Bank, Hamburg, Lawyer
  • 1998: Trainee, Deutsche Bank AG

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