Julian Nichol


Julian Nichol is a member of Akin Gump’s global project finance group. Mr Nichol advises on a wide range of transactional work, with a focus on representing sponsors, funds, financial institutions, governments and contractors on the development and financing of power, oil and gas projects. He also advises clients on mergers and acquisitions and private equity investments in the energy sector.

Mr. Nichol’s practice focuses on the acquisition, disposal, development and project financing of independent power generation projects and power transmission/distribution projects in the U.K, continental Europe, Africa and the Middle East. Mr. Nichol also advises on oil and gas projects, including reserve-based financing. 

Over the past 20 years, Mr. Nichol has worked on more than 30 power generation projects encompassing gas, coal, oil, hydro, solar, wind, geothermal and biomass technologies. He also advises clients on energy storage, transmission and distribution projects, including the range of services to grid required as a result of the increasing role played by renewable technologies in the generation mix. Mr. Nichol’s clients include developers, funds and lenders, as well as governments and contractors, and much of his recent work has been in Sub-Saharan Africa, where he has developed experience in DFI-funded power projects involving the IFC, AfDB, EBRD, EIB, OPIC, Proparco, BDEAC, FMO, DEG, Swedfund and EAIF. 

Mr. Nichol’s recent work includes: 
•	Advising the sponsors on the development and financing of the Kribi and Dibamba IPPs in Cameroon (Cameroon’s first IPPs)
•	Advising a majority private equity house on the acquisition of a majority equity stake in the Azura Edo IPP in Nigeria 
•	Advising the sponsors on the development and financing of the 52.5 MW Shams Ma’an Solar PV Project in Jordan, financed by JBIC, NEXI and a range of international commercial banks 

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Areas of Practice

Banking and Finance

Year Qualified



L.P.C., College of Law, York, 1995
LL.B., with honors, University of Lancaster, UK, 1994
Diploma in European Law, University of Limburg at Maastricht, 1993
Diplôme O’Etudes Juridiques Francaisés, Université de Nancy, France, 1992


Solicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales