Matt is a partner in the firm's corporate team with a focus on energy and natural resources.
He has wide experience of advising on M&A, investment, joint venture and financing transactions, particularly in the energy sector, including oil and gas, renewable energy and the energy service sector. Matt has a broad practice which incorporates corporate advisory and advising in respect of energy infrastructure projects, including equity arrangements for projects and project financings.
He has been based in London throughout his career, initially working in the UK mid-market, particularly alongside clients and transactions in the wider infrastructure, renewable energy and private equity sectors, and subsequently working in the London office of an energy focused US firm, where he worked on larger cross-border deals, particularly in the conventional energy sector (oil, gas and LNG).
His experience covers both working with clients in developing markets, as well as with US clients, particularly in the Houston area. This work extended from mainstream corporate / M&A to more specialist upstream energy transactions, such as concession arrangements and joint operating structures.
Matt has undertaken secondments in Moscow, to the London Stock Exchange and also has experience working with mid-market and large cap clients in the TMT sector.
Prior to joining WBD Matt's experience included advising:
- Forum Energy on the establishment of a £120m cross-border upstream oil and gas services joint venture, and the subsequent disposal of their interest in the joint venture to a private equity firm
- OAO Novatek on the establishment of a joint venture / joint operating structure for the $21bn “Arctic 2” LNG development project, and in the disposition of minority stakes in that project to Total, CNOOC/CNODC and a Mitsui led consortium
- ONGC Videsh, in the acquisition of a 10% interest in the Abu Dhabi Lower Zakum offshore oil concession
- International Finance Corporation (World Bank Group) on multiple investments, divestments and restructurings in the EMEA region
- European Bank for Reconstruction and Development in several disposals of Eastern European infrastructure and banking assets
- Halliburton on the £25m acquisition of a UK based upstream oil and gas services business from management and private equity backers
- AMP Capital and a consortium of investors (including Swiss Life, Pension Danmark and a Middle Eastern sovereign wealth fund) in the acquisition of a controlling interest in Angel trains from Arcus European Capital, for an equity value of £530m
- John Laing in various disposals of renewable energy and infrastructure assets (including rail, onshore wind and solar), and in equity arrangements for the establishment of a biomass project
- Equitix in the establishment of several off-market renewable energy funds, and in the acquisition of infrastructure and renewable energy assets on behalf of such funds
- DFJ Esprit as investor and manager of a syndicate of series A investors into a retail technology business
- Venture capital investors on the disposal of an e-money business to EML Payments, an Australian listed entity
- A Middle Eastern investor on the acquisition of a controlling interest in a 21st Century Fox licensing subsidiary
- Liberty Global Media on the $6.4bn acquisition of Formula One from CVC Capital Partners