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Rami Serhal

Rami Serhal

Associate

I am an associate in the finance team with experience in project, corporate and property finance transactions across a wide range of sectors including energy & renewables, infrastructure, manufacturing and real estate.

About

Before joining Fladgate, I spent four years at a development bank in London, as an associate counsel working on project finance, debt and equity finance deals. Prior to that I was based in Beirut, Lebanon where I was doing similar type of work across the region.

I advise on a wide range of finance transactions, both on the borrower and lender side, with a particular focus on energy & renewables, infrastructure, manufacturing and real estate.

I have a passion for development finance and I was able to experience first-hand its impact on people’s lives.

I am trilingual with the ability to draft and negotiate in English, French and Arabic. My language capabilities allowed me to work on deals across Europe, the Middle East and North Africa.

When I am not working I enjoy travelling and going on long road trips discovering new cities and places around the world. I also enjoy reading, mainly politics and autobiographies.

Expertise

We aim to provide clients with practical and commercial legal advice. By drawing upon our understanding of the needs of both borrowers and lenders, we are able to suggest innovative financing structures and anticipate issues in order to identify and solve problems early on.

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We are able to suggest innovative financing structures and anticipate issues in order to identify and solve problems early on.

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Our real estate finance team is part of a cross-departmental group of lawyers with wide-ranging experience of working with UK and overseas banks and specialist non-bank lenders, together with investors and developers.

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Through our extensive relationships with law firms around the world, our clients gain access to teams of lawyers worldwide with a deep understanding of the legal issues faced by businesses in the energy and resources sectors. We have particular experience of energy-related transactions in Africa and Eastern Europe.

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We advise secondary and primary-market investors in a range of sectors, PPPs/PFI and asset-backed vehicles we advise investors and contractors on their involvement with PPPs, PFIs and asset-backed vehicles and are experienced in drafting and negotiating appropriate forms of contract (including standard forms) and associated sub-contracts. We also act for a number of investors and contractors on existing renewable energy and battery storage projects, PPPs and PFIs, including advice to investors on the acquisition of portfolios of PFI/ PPP and renewable energy generation assets.

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We provide practical solutions in contentious and non-contentious situations involving financially distressed businesses through our corporate restructuring and insolvency group. The team advises insolvency practitioners, banks, other lending institutions, stakeholders, troubled companies, directors and individuals on a variety of corporate insolvency-related issues.

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Experience

  • Advising and negotiating a multi-currency equity bridge loan of €45m for the construction and operation of a hybrid solar plant combining photovoltaic and concentrated power technologies with 800MW total installed capacity.
  • Advising and negotiating a borrowing base facility of €180m to a private oil and gas, exploration and production company to finance the development of two offshore oil fields.
  • Advising and negotiating a senior secured non-recourse loan of $136m for the construction and operation of a solar photovoltaic power plant with a total capacity of 200MW.
  • Advising and structuring a sovereign backed loan agreement of €300m to a state owned utility company for the refinancing of the company’s short and medium term commitments and providing the company with emergency liquidity to support its working capital needs during the Covid-19 pandemic.
  • Advising and structuring a revolving credit facility of $25m for a copper manufacturing company.

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