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Rock Infrastructure is expanding in the UK and the US

Rock Infrastructure, the strategic infrastructure advisory and development firm created by the former head of DLA Piper’s infrastructure practice, Mark Swindell, is expanding in the UK and the US.

Matthew Allen has joined Rock as a partner in the UK from The Royal Bank of Scotland where he was a Vice President in its North American infrastructure team in New York. Matthew was at RBS for four years and during this time he acted as a financial advisor and debt arranger for greenfield and brownfield infrastructure transactions across a broad range of sectors, including roads, parking, airports and healthcare. Prior to joining RBS, Matthew was an Associate in DLA Piper’s projects team in London.

In the US, Rock has hired Peter Winder and Steven Dixon as partners, both of whom are experienced project development professionals in the US and internationally.  Peter and Steve will be based in California.

Peter brings to Rock a combination of many years of both financing and development experience, encompassing infrastructure, energy and natural resources projects.  Peter’s most recent experience has been working with the UK based infrastructure leader, Balfour Beatty in the US and Canada and involved pursuit of major road, rail and social infrastructure projects.  Prior to working with Balfour Beatty, Peter worked with Bechtel Enterprises, the development arm of the Bechtel Group, and in senior financing roles in international banking.

Steven is an accomplished project finance and construction lawyer, and brings to Rock a wealth of domestic and international infrastructure project experience.  His recent experience includes utility scale renewable energy projects and a transportation public private partnership in California.  Steven worked for many years with the Bechtel Group, including its project development and infrastructure investment arm which pursued development and ownership of large scale privatized projects in the airport, toll road, light rail, water and energy generation sectors.

Rock offers public agency sponsors and private development groups strategic advice and leadership to enable its clients to achieve their project development goals.  Rock looks to create value and deliver successful projects through innovation in the way that projects are structured and funded. Rock is currently pursuing a number of opportunities in the infrastructure sector, both in the UK and US, including the Mersey Gateway PPP in the UK which involves the construction of a new bridge crossing of the River Mersey near Widnes. Rock is providing strategic leadership for the core commercial team that is responsible for procurement of this project and has been instrumental in structuring the project in a way that will deliver best value for money for Halton Borough Council, the procuring authority, and obtaining the support for the project from DfT and HM Treasury that was recently announced.  In the US, Rock will focus on projects on the West Coast and has identified a number of major projects where Rock’s innovative strategic approach will assist sponsors or investors in bringing these to fruition, such as the LA County Metro Authority’s infrastructure programme and California High Speed Rail.

Mark Swindell commented “I am very excited to be expanding Rock in the UK and North America to take on three people whom I hold in the highest regard having worked with them on leading edge projects over the past few years. I worked with Matt on the UK M25 PPP project and worked with both Peter and Steve for over a year on the Bay Area Oakland Rapid Transit project for the private sector in Calfornia.

This experience told me that we will work well together in delivering the unique Rock approach to creating value and positive results on innovative P3 /PPP projects.”

This is the right time for Rock to be expanding to ensure that we are at the forefront of developing the new ideas and approaches demanded by the public sector which deliver best value infrastructure for the benefit of local communities but which also allow the private sector to meet their investment goals.”

Rock Infrastructure is expanding in the UK and the US

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