Trowers & Hamlins boosts Dubai office with double Partner hire



Trowers & Hamlins LLP, the City and international law firm, has made two major new Partner hires to join their International Projects Group.

Dubai metro
Dubai metro

The new partners are:

· Stewart Simpson, who joins from Simmons & Simmons where he was Managing Associate in their Dubai office

· Peter Bowring, who joins from King & Spalding in London where he was Counsel

Martin Amison, who heads Trowers & Hamlins‘ International Department, comments: “We’re delighted Stewart and Peter will be joining our Dubai office.”

“It’s a reflection of our confidence in our Middle East practice that we continue to invest in such talented lawyers.”

Stewart Simpson says: Trowers & Hamlins have been established players in the Gulf and their network of regional offices gives them a real weight. They have a great pipeline of projects that I’m looking forward to working with them on.”

Peter Bowring adds: “I am delighted to be joining the premier projects firm in the Middle East. Trowers & Hamlins have worked on most of the biggest and exciting project financings in the region and that is real attraction for me. They have deep roots in the Middle East and the kind of commitment they have to the region is very reassuring.”

Stewart and Peter are joining Trowers & Hamlins‘ International Projects Group and both bring substantial expertise and contacts in the energy and infrastructure sectors.

Stewart has advised on:

· Dubai Metro system, including advising on the terms of the main concession agreement.

· An international bid to design, construct and maintain a highway linking Abu Dhabi and Saudi Arabia.

· The $125m financing of a Jordanian Greenfield cement plant and 50MW power plant in Jordan, which was short-listed by IFLR as Middle East Project Finance Deal of the Year (2009)

· The corporate restructuring of a major Gulf oil and gas company, based in Kuwait.

· The development of a 2,775km cross-border Iran-Pakistan-India Pipeline Project.

Stewart previously established his own firm in Johannesburg in 1996, selling it on two years later when he immigrated to the UK.

Peter has more than 10 years’ experience of structuring and executing highly complex project finance deals in numerous different jurisdictions.

He has advised on numerous project, energy and asset finance deals across Russia, Zambia and Egypt, including:

  • The $201 million asset financing of a major private equity firm.
  • The $120 million project financing of a Zambian mine, one of the first African mining deals to be completed on a project finance basis.
  • The €665 million financing of three 400MW gas-fired combined cycle power stations.
  • The $85 million of a British bank loan to a major listed oil company with operations in Gabon.
  • The Sharia-compliant financing of a management buyout of a Scottish oil servicing company.

Notes to editors
Trowers & Hamlinsis an international and City law firm with 122 partners (as of May XX) and over 700 staff. They have three offices across the UK and five offices in the Middle East (Abu Dhabi, Bahrain, Dubai, Cairo and Oman) as well as co-operation agreements with firms in Saudi Arabia and Syria., the world-leading employer information resource, ranks Trowers & Hamlins number one among UK law firms on its Quality of Life index based on marks awarded by employees.

Trowers & Hamlinsis a limited liability partnership.

For more information, please contact:
Martin Amison
Trowers & Hamlins
Tel: +44 (0)20 7423 8378
Nick Mattison or Gordon Carver
Mattison Public Relations
Tel: +44 (0)20 7645 3636