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Laurie McFadden


Laurie is based in our London office and is head of the energy and natural resources group.





Laurie was born in Canada and educated in Canada and the UK.  He has worked principally out of our London office apart from five years when he was co-Managing Partner in Italy (during which time we opened our offices in Milan and Rome).

Laurie is also our country partner for Canada.

‘Laurie McFadden is “a great choice for looking at both the big picture and the more technical details, and can deliver across a range of disciplines.”’
Chambers 2011

Recent deals/Highlights

Advising Ontario Teachers Pension Plan and the Public Sector Pension Plan of Canada on their joint venture with Santander to acquire a global portfolio of Santander's renewable energy projects, including onshore wind and solar projects, valued at over $2billion and substantial commitments for future projects;

 ConocoPhillips on: the demerger of its downstream operations, Phillips 66; its $3.44bn sale of a 7.6 per cent interest in LUKOIL, Russia's largest non-state oil producer, back to LUKOIL; and the disposal programme for its remaining 12.4 per cent interest in LUKOIL valued at approx $5.5bn;

CEPSA, which is owned by Abu Dhabi’s International Petroleum Investment Company, on its acquisition for approximately C$2.3bn by way of statutory merger of Coastal Energy, the international exploration and production company with oil and gas assets in Thailand and Malaysia, listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange and AIM;

Permira on the €1.5bn sale to Cargill of Provimi, a world leader in animal nutrition, and on Permira’s acquisition of a controlling stake in Valentino Fashion Group and the subsequent takeover offers for Valentino and Hugo Boss, the German fashion house controlled by Valentino;

Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan on its acquisition of MAp’s interests in Brussels and Copenhagen airports in return for a sale by Teachers’ to MAp of its interests in Sydney airport and a balancing payment of approximately A$790m;

Grupo Ferrovial, Caisse de Depot du Quebec and GIC on their £16bn hostile takeover bid for BAA, which owned seven airports including Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted and operated airports in the US, Italy and Hungary; BAA on the subsequent sales of Stansted and Gatwick airports and World Duty Free; and Grupo Ferrovial on separate stake sales in BAA to Alinda, Qatar Holdings and CIC; and

KKR, BC Partners and Goldman Sachs on their bid for the Spanish telecoms group, Auna.

Career to date

Laurie has been a partner since 1991. Between 1997 and 2001 he was based in our Milan office and was co-managing partner of our Italian practice.

Qualifications and education

University of Alberta, Canada (LLB)

Magdalene College, Cambridge, UK (LLM)



  • London

  • 65 Fleet Street
  • London EC4Y 1HT
  • T +44 20 7936 4000
  • F +44 20 7832 7001

    Direct line
    T +44 20 7832 7088
    F +44 20 7108 7088

  • laurie.mcfadden@freshfields.com
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