Global Head of Business
Norton Rose Fulbright LLP
Related services and key industries
Martin McCann is a senior financing lawyer who joined the London practice in 2003 having spent a number of years in Hong Kong, where he is also a qualified solicitor. Until 2014, Martin led our global Infrastructure, Mining and Commodities sector team. In his current role as Global Head of Business, Martin is responsible for working with Norton Rose Fulbright’s practice, industry and client group leaders on driving forward cross-border business initiatives.
Martin has experience in all aspects of financing and restructuring. He has a strong reputation for delivering commercial solutions to the satisfaction of all parties and is known for leading challenging projects, whether in terms of complexity, innovation or country of origin. His clients include lenders, sponsors and funds and he is recognised by the leading legal directories for his expertise across numerous sectors including mining, power, telecoms, ports, defence, waste and social infrastructure such as healthcare and education. He has experience across all regions, and is particularly recognised for his work in Africa where he has advised on many of the most challenging and significant projects in recent years. Legal 500 2014 says of Martin “it is often a race to appoint him before the borrower does”.
Recent transactions include advising the lenders, development finance institutions and ECAs in connection with the US$1.6bn project financing of Lekki Port in the Lagos Free Trade Zone in Nigeria and advising all of the lenders on the Main One Cable project, a ground breaking telecom cable deal running down the west coast of Africa. Martin also advised the finance parties on the Kalangala integrated infrastructure project in Uganda.
Other notable transactions include advising the senior creditors to the Aberdeen Roads Limited Consortium in connection with the contract to design, build, finance and operate the A90 Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route / Balmedie to Tipperty (AWPR / B–T route) project in Scotland. This is one of the largest and most complex bond financing projects to reach financial close to close in the UK in recent years.
- Solicitor, qualified in England & Wales
In the mining sector, Martin is involved on a variety of greenfield and restructuring mandates for clients including:
- advising the mandated lead arrangers in relation to the development of the Gahcho Kue diamond mine;
- advising the lenders in relation to Kenmare Resources Mozambique mineral sands expansion & restructuring project;
- advising the lenders in relation to African Minerals Limited’s Tonkolili Mine;
- advising the sponsors (Aureus Mining) on the New Liberty Gold project;
- advising the sponsors (Gryphon Minerals) on the Banfora gold mine financing; and
- advising Anglo Pacific Group PLC in relation to a Royalty Acquisition.