Matthew is a partner at Herbert Smith Freehills, based in London and focusing on energy and infrastructure finance. Matthew began working on PPPs with the advent of the private finance initiative in the United Kingdom in the mid-1990s and he has since advised on numerous PPPs and other forms of private sector investment in public infrastructure in the United Kingdom and across Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
Matthew has experience across a wide range of sectors, including roads, rail, healthcare, education, custodial, defence, IT and power (including renewables and nuclear). In recent years he has acted for either sponsors or lenders on PPPs in the United Kingdom, Norway, the Netherlands, the Czech Republic and Slovakia. Career highlights include acting for EDF on the development and financing of the Hinkley Point C new nuclear project, the UK government on support for Network Rail's acquisition of Railtrack out of special railway administration, and the funders on the monetisation of toll receipts from the Salik toll system in Dubai.
Matthew has a keen interest in the evolution of PPP models around the world. He is currently advising on the use of the regulated asset base model to support greenfield developments in carbon capture and storage and the adaption of PPP within the context of procurement of new infrastructure by regulated water companies.
Matthew obtained a degree in natural sciences and law from Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge in 1994 and qualified as a solicitor in 1998.