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Nicholas Hughes

Nicholas Hughes


Nicholas Hughes

Nicholas Hughes specialises in cross-border and domestic M&A, restructurings, public takeovers, joint ventures and general corporate advisory work.

Nicholas acts for corporates, private equity houses and energy and infrastructure investors. He has a wide range of experience in the energy and resources sector with a particular focus on the power industry. Nicholas is co-head of the East African section of the Clifford Chance Global Africa Group.

Nicholas is the Africa Practice Leader for Power and Renewables.

  • Actis on its acquisition of the El Pelicano solar power plant in Chile
  • Echoenergia on its acquisition of a portfolio of wind farms in Brazil
  • Actis on its acquisition of a significant stake in the Azura-Edo IPP in Nigeria and its investment in Azura Power Holdings, a pan-African power generation platform with Amaya Capital
  • Actis on the establishment of Lekela Power, a USD$1.9 billion pan-African renewable energy generation platform with Mainstream Renewable Power
  • Echoenergia on its acquisition of a portfolio of wind farms in Brazil
  • Actis on the transfer of its Globeleq Africa Power portfolio to a consortium of CDC Group and Norfund
  • International Power on the USD$20 billion combination of International Power and the international energy assets of ENGIE, and on the subsequent offer by ENGIE to acquire the shares in International Power not already owned by it

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Career and qualifications

  • The University of Nottingham (LL.B.) 2000
  • Joined Clifford Chance 2002
  • Admitted as a solicitor in England & Wales 2004
  • Partner since 2013

Awards and citations

  • Nicholas Hughes is "highly thorough", "thinks through issues very carefully" and "comes up with good practical solutions", clients say. He has particular expertise in the energy sector.
    Chambers UK 2014
    London (Firms), Corporate/M&A: High-end Capability
  • Referenced in Legal 500 2014 London, Projects, energy and natural resources, power and Legal 500 2015, EMEA Africa