"Ian Holyoak is extremely knowledgeable and provides spot-on advice."
Legal 500 2020
"Excellent at identifying practical solutions to complex problems and is calm under pressure"
Legal 500 2016
"Extensive knowledge and client management skills"
Legal 500 2015
Ian is a Partner in the Business Group, head of the Commercial team and leads our Energy team.
Ian joined Michelmores in 2003, having previously worked in the City, and in-house as Head of Legal for a listed mining, minerals and chemicals company with global interests. His GC experience has proved invaluable for clients, particularly in the renewables sector. He is renowned for his incisive mind and commerciality.
Ian handles a diverse variety of contracts and transactions for businesses, including joint ventures, large-scale projects, outsourcing, domestic and international trade, investments and commercial security (including guarantees and bonds).
Ian also has extensive knowledge of corporate transactions more generally, including company and business sales and purchases, corporate structures, shareholder agreements and due diligence investigations. He is based in Exeter but works regularly from the London and Bristol offices.
Ian remains a keen sportsman, and recently completed the Grand Traversee du Massif Central, a mountain bike trail which runs for over 700 km in southern France.
- Advising on the cross-border sale of certified emissions reductions, to support the funding of wind farms in the Cape Verde Islands.
- Acting for VINCI Park on a number of successful tenders to provide car parking and ancillary services.
- Advising British Solar Renewables on a series of funding transactions, including substantial secured lending and the UK's first listed bond backed by solar PV assets.
- Acting for Finnfund in connection with project funding in Thailand supported by the UN's clean development mechanism, including advice on trading in emissions reduction instruments.