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Simmons & Simmons

CITYPOINT, ONE ROPEMAKER STREET, LONDON, EC2Y 9SS, ENGLAND
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Adam Cooper

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Simmons & Simmons

Work Department

Projects.

Position

Adam Cooper is a partner in Simmons & Simmons’ project development and finance group with more than 17 years’ experience in the energy and infrastructure industries. This includes 14 years of nearly continuous involvement in the development and project financing of LNG projects. Adam’s involvement in the LNG industry has given him extensive experience of global gas markets and projects. Recently, this has included major transactional experience in the development of unconventional natural gas reserves in North America and Adam is one of the few lawyers in the London market with genuine expertise in shale gas. Adam’s practice currently includes natural gas and LNG projects, trading and financings in Africa, the Middle East, North America, Europe and South East Asia.

Career

Trained Linklaters; qualified as corporate lawyer 1996; White & Case1997; Shearman & Sterling 2000 (to increase his focus on major project financings), counsel; partner Simmons & Simmons 2006. Regularly gives seminars on LNG, project finance and related subjects.


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.

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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.

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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.

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Oil and gas

Within: Oil and gas

Simmons & Simmons 's Adam Cooper advised the lenders on the project financing of a bulk liquids terminal for the import and storage of gas oil, LPG and LNG in Egypt alongside Adrian Nizzola . Also notable on the projects front is Patrick Wallace 's work for the Bulgarian state gas company with regards to the Greece-Bulgaria international pipeline as well as its participation in the Alexandroupolis LNG project in Greece, and the commercialisation of the Lokichar Basin oil discovery through two separate infrastructure projects on behalf of the government of Kenya. Michael Gavey oversaw the formation of a $1bn collaborative investment fund designed to tackle climate change on a global level on behalf of the World Economic Forum, and Jayne Bentham is currently representing a Turkish state entity in ICC arbitration proceedings pertaining to the construction of a pipeline as well as in enforcement proceedings in Jersey.

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