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Ian Coles

Ian Coles

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"is very knowledgeable, pragmatic and knows what is and isn’t acceptable in the market"

Chambers UK 2019

Ian Coles heads Mayer Brown's Africa and Mining practices and co-heads the Project Finance practice. He concentrates his practice on all aspects of bank and debt finance, ranging from projects and other structured finance to commodities financing and restructuring. He represents banks and other financial institutions, sponsors, and other participants in finance transactions throughout the world.

Continually recommended by the legal directories, sources praise Ian for his skill in project finance and he is "highly regarded for his lender-side representation in mining transactions, with peers noting his activity on high-profile project finance mandates". (Chambers Global 2018). He is "a true market leader, drawing widespread international acclaim. He consistently impresses clients with his 'significant international experience'" (Who's Who Legal :Mining 2018). "A recognised expert, involved in the details of the files, keen to find a solution and not to create unnecessary issues, and supported by a talented team of junior lawyers." (IFLR 1000 2017). Ian is "experienced, focused and hands-on lawyers who provide the required senior oversight for all matters" (Legal 500 2017).

Ian has also been listed in The International Who's Who of Mining Lawyers and Project Finance Lawyers 2018. He has been listed in this publication since 2006. Ian has also been included in the mining chapter of Who’s Who Legal: Thought Leaders – Global Elite (3rd Edition) 2019.

Ian joined Mayer Brown in 1981, becoming a partner in 1987 and is the author of numerous articles in connection with project finance.

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