Team Members

Robert Gross

Robert Gross

Partner and Head of Finance

Robert Gross has more than 25 years’ experience working for leading international law firms, the majority of that time as a partner. His clients include banks and multilateral lending institutions (IFIs), infrastructure investment funds, private equity fund managers and borrowers. He forges strong relationships with his clients, a number of whom have instructed him over periods of many years and, in some cases, decades.

He specialises in three areas:

  • Finance and project finance – acting for lenders and borrowers on debt and equity transactions with a focus on cross-border and emerging markets work. He has recently represented lenders on a number of the largest debt restructurings in Europe.
  • PPP – acting for governments, public sector authorities, senior and mezzanine lending syndicates and consortia on PFI and PPP transactions in multiple jurisdictions relating to transportation, healthcare and social infrastructure projects.
  • Private equity – acting on multiple acquisitions and disposals of infrastructure assets in Central and Eastern Europe and further afield. He is recognised as a leading expert in this area with transactional experience across every country in the region.

Robert was editor of the Banking and Capital Markets Bulletin for the monthly journal PLC, contributing articles on a regular basis for a period of four years. He has also published articles dealing with the security aspects of banking transactions in the Journal of International Banking and Financial Law. He speaks regularly at conferences on topics related to infrastructure finance, PPP and private equity.

Examples of recent work

 

  • Acting for a syndicate of 13 financial institutions and investment funds on the structuring of multiple loan facilities to a microfinance provider in Azerbaijan.
  • Acting for senior debt providers based in the UK and Africa on the development financing for a hotel and resort complex in Ghana.
  • Acting for an international lending syndicate on the debt restructuring of a Rwandan financial institution.
  • Acting for a European private equity investment fund providing equity finance for the construction and operation of a gasification facility in the United States.
  • Acting for the equity providers and developers in connection with a wind farm project in Scotland.
  • Acting for international lenders on the restructuring of finance provided to a bank in Tajikistan.
  • Acting for the developer and equity provider in connection with the acquisition and financing of a premier office building in the City of London.
  • Acting for an Indian financial institution in relation to various facility agreements.
  • Acting for a Serbian bank in connection with a loan facility to the subsidiary of an investment company based in the UAE.
  • Acting for an Asian international financial institution on the preparation of template lending documentation.
  • Acting for a Nordic international financial institution in connection with the financing of water, wastewater and energy efficiency projects in designated jurisdictions.
  • Acting for Nordic Investment Bank in connection with a €1.755bn debt restructuring for Vestas Wind Systems, the world’s largest manufacturer, installer and servicer of wind turbines.
  • Acting for Aviva Investments on senior debt financing in connection with a £2.4bn UK government-backed school development initiative – a landmark project awarded European Social Infrastructure Deal of the Year at the IJGlobal Awards 2015.
  • Acting for the Finnish Transport Agency on successive phases of the E18 PPP Motorway Project.
  • Acting for the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development on multiple debt and equity financings in more than 23 countries of operation.
  • Acting for Globe Trade Centre on the financing of commercial and retail developments in Bulgaria, Romania, Serbia and Ukraine.
  • Acting for Mid Europa Partners on acquisitions and disposals of infrastructure investments throughout Central and Eastern Europe.

Professional Endorsement

“A premier lawyer… There are not many lawyers like him – disciplined enough to turn over every stone and think outside the box at the same time.” – Chambers Europe

“Practical and Creative” – Legal 500

Awards

  • European Social Infrastructure Deal of the Year at the IJGlobal Awards 2015 for the £2.4bn UK government-backed school development initiative where Robert led the team acting for Aviva Investments providing senior debt financing.
  • Finance Monthly Deal Maker of the Year 2013 for his role on the €1.755bn debt restructuring of Vestas Wind Systems.
  • Legal Business 2006 Project Finance Team of the Year acting for Macquarie European Infrastructure Fund on the project financing of the UK's largest portfolio of biomass energy plants.