UK Green Investment Bank Financial Services’s acquisition of 50% interest in the Lincs wind farm from Centrica plc

Slaughter and May advised Centrica plc on a sale of its 50% interest in the Lincs wind farm to the UK Green Investment Bank Financial Services managed entities and the UK Green Investment Bank plc.

Siemens Project Ventures will also sell its 25% share with the remaining joint venture partner, DONG Energy, continuing to hold a 25% share in the asset. The transaction puts 50% of the enterprise value of Lincs at £487 million and after repayment of associated debt and other costs, Centrica’s net share of the proceeds will be approximately £220 million.

The transaction is expected to complete in February 2017 and Centrica will continue to provide operations and maintenance support to Lincs for a 12 month transitional period from the date of completion of the sale.

The sale completes Centrica’s exit from the ownership of wind power generation assets, although the Centrica group will continue to be a major enabler of the development and operation of wind farms through entering into agreements to purchase renewable power.

Slaughter and May advised Centrica plc on the deal with a Corporate team led by Tim Pharoah (partner, in picture) and Hywel Davies (partner), assisted by Alex Dustan (associate), Yvonne Lee (associate) and Thomas Fletcher (associate); on Financing aspects acted Paul Stacey (partner), Susan Hughes (associate), Victoria Judd (associate), Piers Reynolds (associate); Projects law acted Richard Todd (partner), Tom Inker (associate), Rory Botros (associate); on Real Estate/Environment matters acted Sam Brady (senior counsel), Todd Wu (associate) and on Tax law acted Gareth Miles (partner) and Ed Milliner (associate).

Involved fees earner: Tim Pharoah – Slaughter and May; Hywel Davies – Slaughter and May; Alex Dustan – Slaughter and May; Thomas Fletcher – Slaughter and May; Yvonne Lee – Slaughter and May; Paul Stacey – Slaughter and May; Susan Hughes – Slaughter and May; Victoria Judd – Slaughter and May; Piers Reynolds – Slaughter and May; Richard Todd – Slaughter and May; Tom Inker – Slaughter and May; Rory Botros – Slaughter and May; Samantha Brady – Slaughter and May; Todd Wu – Slaughter and May; Ed Milliner – Slaughter and May; Gareth Miles – Slaughter and May;

Law Firms: Slaughter and May;

Clients: Centrica;