The Legal 500

Twitter Logo Youtube Circle Icon LinkedIn Icon

Simmons & Simmons

Work +44 20 7628 2020
Fax +44 20 7628 2070

Andrew Petry

Work 020 7628 2020
Simmons & Simmons

Work Department



Andrew Petry is a partner in the projects team. He has a broad range of experience in the energy and infrastructure sectors, with particular emphasis on banking, project finance and PPPs in the PPP, renewables, waste, power, transport, accommodation and LNG sectors. Andrew’s clients are financiers, project sponsors, borrowers, public sector entities and infrastructure funds. Andrew advises on shari’ah-compliant financings and has a growing reputation for acting on alternative funding structures for projects.


Trained Clifford Chance; qualified England 1992 and Hong Kong 1995; Baker & McKenzie, Hong Kong 1994-96; associate Freshfields, Hong Kong and London 1996-2001, partner Amsterdam and London 2001-08; partner Addleshaw Goddard, London 2008-2013.


German, Dutch.


Reading School; Pembroke College, Oxford University (1988 Jurisprudence 2.1); College of Law, Chester (1989).


Being a dad, rugby, history, running.

London: Finance

Emerging markets

Within: Emerging markets

Simmons & Simmons' presence in emerging markets deals is due in part to its sector focus, which sees it act for asset managers, investment funds, financial institutions and companies in the TMT and life sciences industries. It has a long track record of complex and high-value project finance transactions, notably in the power, LNG, mining and pipeline sectors. For lenders International Finance Corporation, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development and Commercial International Bank (Egypt), the practice handled the project financing of a bulk liquids terminal at Sokhna Port in Egypt. Another highlight saw it act for the government of Kenya in the commercialisation of oil reserves in the Lokichar basin, which involved two projects with a combined value of $5bn. Leading light John Sayers 'is able to advise lenders on a number of different financing aspects and share insight into international best practices', says a client who comments that 'I have worked with a fair number of London-based lawyers and John stands out as one of the most talented amongst them'. Other key lawyers are banking partner Omar Al-Ali; energy and infrastructure partner Adam Cooper; Adrian Nizzola, who has 33 years’ experience in the energy and infrastructure sector; LNG projects partner Andrew Petry; emerging markets funds finance specialists Jen Yee Chan and Cindy Valentine; structured capital markets specialist David Toole; and Iain Duncan for equity and debt financings. Managing associate Simon Kenolty, who handles energy, water and mining projects, is a rising star.

[back to top]

London: Projects, energy and natural resources

Infrastructure (including PFI and PPP)

Within: Infrastructure (including PFI and PPP)

Simmons & Simmons is an experienced adviser to the central government on transport, waste, energy and defence infrastructure mandates, but also has international PPP and PFI capabilities. Practice head Richard Dyton is currently acting for Momentum Infrastructure - a joint venture of three leading contractors - in its bid for enabling and civil work contracts on the HS2 network, while Adrian Nizzola and Patrick Wallace are leading to advice to the government of Kenya with regards to the commercialisation of the large oil discovery in the Lokichar basin. On the financing side, Adam Cooper assisted a group of lenders including the IFC with the financing of a bulk liquids terminal for the import and storage of gasoil, LPG and LNG. Andrew Petry , Juliet Reingold and managing associate Simon Kenolty are also key names. Other notable clients include the MoD, the EBRD and TfL.

[back to top]

Mining and minerals

Within: Mining and minerals

Clients describe the 'utterly reliable' mining offering at Simmons & Simmons as 'extraordinarily well suited to handle the most complex and difficult assignments' especially for 'Francophone countries where they are simply the best'. Orion and Fusion Capital instructed the group to handle the sale of Lynx Resources - the owner of the Sasa zinc, lead and silver mine in Macedonia - to Central Asia Metals, and the client-recommended Yves Baratte teamed up with Iain Duncan , Adam Cooper and Andrew Petry to oversee a major equity and debt investment into a major bulk commodity mining project on behalf of two private equity funds. The arrival of Stuart Dutson from Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP significantly bolstered the firm's international arbitration capacities namely for cases pertaining to Africa, China and the Middle East; he is currently acting for the government of Indonesia in a bilateral treaty arbitration brought by Indian Metals & Ferro Alloys in the context of an investment in a coal mine in Kalimantan.

[back to top]

Power (including electricity and renewables)

Within: Power (including electricity and renewables)

Simmons & Simmons holds a strong track record in the power sector, especially for the financing and development of solar projects in the UK and abroad, and large-scale power projects in the Middle East and Africa. In recent highlights, practice head Patrick Wallace and Andrew Petry advised the lender consortium on the debt financing of the Markbygden wind farm in Sweden, and Iain Duncan continued to assist Mainstream with its renewable energy joint ventures with private equity investor Actis pertaining to its generation plants in Africa and Chile. Also notable are Steven McNab and Adrian Nizzola who handled substantial mandates in the renewables space. The team recently welcomed finance expert Jen Yee Chan and corporate partner David Parkes from King & Wood Mallesons, and real estate and professional indemnity specialist Emily Monastiriotis arrived from Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP .

[back to top]

London: Transport


Within: Rail

Simmons & Simmons is noted for its experience in advising on UK and international rail projects. Railway PPPs, M&A, freight railway projects, operation and maintenance arrangements, property arrangements, track access and railway regulation are key areas of expertise. The team is advising Momentum Infrastructure is on its bid for work on HS2. Real estate partner Matthew Hooton and projects partner Andrew Petry are key members of the team, which is led by Juliet Reingold. Rob Horne has joined Osborne Clarke LLP.

[back to top]


Project finance and PFI

Within: Project finance and PFI

Simmons & Simmons offers 'a good combination of local (Benelux/Netherlands) and international (UK) experience' and 'in-depth knowledge and an efficient approach'. Luc Cohen heads the real estate and projects department and works with London-based finance specialist Andrew Petry along with Marieke Driessen and managing associate Andrea Chao. The team is advising German solar company PfalzSolar on various projects including financing matters and is also advising Eurus Energy Europe on the acquisition and development of an onshore wind farm which required corporate as well as finance advice.

[back to top]

Back to index

Legal Developments by:
Simmons & Simmons

  • Failure to counter financial crime: Norwich Union Life

    In December 2007, the Financial Services Authority (FSA) imposed a fine of £1.26m on Norwich Union Life (part of the Aviva Group), one of the largest life insurance businesses in the UK with around seven million customers. The fine related to failures to take reasonable care to establish and maintain effective systems and controls for countering the risks of financial crime. The fine is the latest confirmation of the emphasis being placed on protecting clients and customers from the threat of financial crime.
    - Simmons & Simmons

Legal Developments in London

Legal Developments and updates from the leading lawyers in each jurisdiction. To contribute, send an email request to