Michael has been originating and leading a number of deals, in particular in waste-to-energy, anaerobic digestion, solar and storage. For 15 years he was a partner at BDO in London, where he was responsible for the firm’s energy finance team. His team worked with clients to structure energy transactions, build complex financial models, write business cases, present to a network of funders, negotiate contractual terms, manage the due diligence process and raise either project or corporate finance. He has worked on over 100 deals and raised in excess of GBP 3 bn. He managed the sale of several operational solar and wind projects to infrastructure and pension funds and is well versed in the mechanics of the M&A sales process. Michael enjoys a fairly high profile in the renewable energy industry due to his work in the media and his role as part time writer for the Spectator magazine. He graduated as Chartered Institute of Public Finance Accountant and holds an MBA from Manchester Business School.
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James is a Partner in the Energy, Projects and Construction Group and co-heads the firm's Projects Group. He specialises in complex infrastructure and energy projects. He has worked on major infrastructure, energy and PPP projects for over 20 years in the UK, mainland Europe , the Middle East, and South East Asia acting for sponsors, funders and public authority clients. James and the team also provides specialist support on secondary market and M&A transactions in the infrastructure, energy and PPP sectors to our clients including leading infrastructure, pension and sovereign wealth funds.
He is recognsied by clients and peers as one of the leading commercial lawyers in the waste and bioenergy sectors where he has advised clients on the construction, financing and operation of numerous waste to energy, biomethane and biomass facilities in the UK, Ireland, Italy, Poland, Singapore, Malaysia, Jordan the Caribbean and the UAE together with disputes related to the design and construction of these types of facilities.
Keith Riley (1)
Keith Riley has had successful careers in both the power industry and in waste management. He is a Chartered Engineer and a Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. Keith was formerly Visiting Professor within Engineering and Physical Sciences at the University of Southampton.
Keith is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Vismundi Limited, a consultancy company providing services to the resources and waste management industry. Prior to that, between 1993 and 2012 he was a board member of Veolia Environmental Services plc, where he held various senior roles including Managing Director for Group Technical Services and played a major role in developing resource recovery and Circular Economy thinking in the UK.
Over the course of his career Keith has worked with a number of specialist waste and resource management companies and most recently has been Non-Executive Director of Waste2tricity Limited, which was subsequently acquired by Powerhouse Energy Group Plc, where he is now non-executive director. He continues to be a Partner of BH Energy Gap LLP on behalf of Vismundi, which develops projects in the renewables sector and raises the finance to implement them, and is also a director of Hydrogen Utopia International Plc, a company furthering the development of the hydrogen economy.