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Hogan Lovells (Middle East) LLP

Christopher Cross

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Infrastructure, Energy, Resources & Projects

Position

With more than 18 years' experience in successfully completing major infrastructure projects around the globe, Chris brings a wealth of experience across a diverse range of sectors. These include energy, transport, infrastructure and construction. He has worked extensively throughout the Middle East as well as in Africa and Europe. Chris provides strong regional insight as a result of his in-depth local and international knowledge.

Career

Masters in French Business Law, University Paris 1 Panthéon – Sorbonne, 2013; Summer Course on Private International Law, The Hague Academy; 2002 Master on International Law, University of Milan and Geneva; 2001 Law Degree, University of Catania, 2000


Kuwait

Privatisation and projects

Within: Privatisation and projects

At Hogan Lovells (Middle East) LLP, Dubai-based Sohail Barkatali and Christopher Cross are particularly active in domestic PPP projects and continue to advise an EVN-led consortium on the Kabd Municipal Solid Waste Project, the first waste-to-energy project in Kuwait.

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Saudi Arabia

Projects and energy

Within: Projects and energy

Dubai-based Christopher Cross and Sohail Barkatali lead the projects and energy practice at Hogan Lovells (Middle East) LLP, which has been involved in a number of electricity, oil and gas, water and infrastructure projects in the Kingdom. Clients include EDF Energy Renewables, Al Fanar and Acwa Power.

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United Arab Emirates

Construction

Within: Construction

Hogan Lovells (Middle East) LLP handles a range of issues arising from challenging and high-profile developments, including disputes and contract reviews. Nabeel Ikram, in addition to being ‘one of the best construction dispute resolution experts in the local market’ for many, also handles advisory work. Christopher Cross handles transactional matters related to skyscrapers and industrial structures.

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Energy and infrastructure

Within: Energy and infrastructure

At Hogan Lovells (Middle East) LLP, Christopher Cross is praised for his ‘knowledge of financial documents in the region’; in addition to his workload on industrial and transport developments, Cross advised Kings College Hospital on the financing and construction of hospitals. Sohail Barkatali (who has ‘deep knowledge of doing business in the Middle East’) is advising the lenders to a concentrated solar power plant project.

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