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Simon Norris

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Trinity International LLP

Position

Simon Norris is a partner in Trinity International LLP and has a wide range of experience in the power, infrastructure, transport, mining, industrial, oil & gas and telecommunications sectors in various jurisdictions but with a real focus on emerging markets, particularly in Africa.

 

Although Simon’s experience is wide-ranging, Simon spends most of his time advising lenders and borrowers on project, trade, corporate and leveraged finance transactions. Simon has advised commercial banks including Standard Bank, Standard Chartered, Absa/Barclays, Nedbank and Rand Merchant Bank and DFIs such as African Development Bank, Africa Finance Corporation, EIB, KfW, DEG, FMO and Proparco.

 

Recent transactions include: representing lenders to a gas IPP (Rwanda); lenders to a gas IPP (Mozambique); sponsors of a 550MW gas IPP and six solar IPPs (Nigeria); sponsors of Mocuba solar IPP (Mozambique); sponsors of the Bangweulu solar IPP (Zambia); sponsors of a bio-energy project (Uganda); and a fund acquiring a renewables portfolio (Namibia, Kenya and Nigeria).

 

Career

Trinity International LLP, partner (2006–current); Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft, senior associate (2000–2006); CMS Cameron McKenna, associate (1999–2000); CMS Cameron McKenna, trainee (1997-1999). Publications of note include: 'Wind: Projects and Transactions (Globe Law and Business).

Languages

English (mother tongue), French (conversational).

Member

Law Society of England & Wales.

Education

Warwick School; Univeristy of Exeter (1994 LLB; 1995 Legal Practice Course).

Leisure

Cycling, gym and being a father.


London: Finance

Emerging markets

Within: Leading individuals

Simon Norris - Trinity International LLP

Within: Emerging markets

Trinity International LLP 'provides high-quality advice and quick response times'. 'It is among the top firms for work in Africa; it has genuine people with a lot of experience', remarks one client. Another comments that 'the firm is unique - its fee structure enables developers to develop projects in risky jurisdictions and the lawyers bring immense knowledge to the table'. The firm focuses exclusively on corporate and finance transactions in emerging markets, which last year included advising Africa Finance Corporation and other lenders on a $350m peat-fired IPP power plant in Africa, and acting for CDC Group in a $9m facility for Virunga Energy to provide hydro-electric power to homes in Eastern Congo. The firm has a deep bench of 'excellent specialists' including leading light Simon Norris and project finance expert Patrick Leece. For projects in Africa, Paul Biggs is 'certainly at the top of the market' and one client remarks that he is 'exceptionally knowledgeable about the power sector in Africa with a very pragmatic and commercial approach'. Kaushik Ray is 'a financing expert with a real wealth of experience dealing with lenders; his understanding of their needs is invaluable'. Jennifer Gladstone is 'a phenomenal lawyer and great project manager - smart, hardworking, prompt and always willing to go beyond the call of duty'. Project finance specialist Fiona Gulliford has 'good knowledge of EPC contracts and the nuclear field'. Conrad Marais is 'an excellent lawyer - his work ethic is unparalleled and he is a very creative problem solver'.

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London: Projects, energy and natural resources

Infrastructure (including PFI and PPP)

Within: Leading individuals

Simon Norris - Trinity International LLP

Within: Infrastructure (including PFI and PPP)

According to one client, 'it is very difficult to find another firm with such depth of knowledge when it comes to energy projects and financing in Anglophone Africa' as Trinity International LLP . The boutique offering is spearheaded by Paul Biggs who 'is exceptionally knowledgeable on the African power sector' and recently acted for sovereign fund Ghana Infrastructure Investment Fund in its proposed investment in a new docking facility with the help of client-recommended senior associate Jo Sykes . In other highlights, a team including 'phenomenal lawyer and great project manager' Fiona Gulliford and led by 'financing expert' Kaushik Ray is currently representing the sponsors of the development, construction and operation of a new multi-commodity, deep-sea dry and liquid bulk port in West Africa, and Simon Norris advised a group of lenders on the financing of the acquisition of locomotives for a rail line in sub-Saharan Africa. Other names to note include the 'extremely hardworking' corporate specialist Conrad Marais and Hugh Naylor .

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Power (including electricity and renewables)

Within: Power (including electricity and renewables)

Trinity International LLP specialises in energy transactions in emerging markets under the leadership of Paul Biggs who has substantial experience in the sub-Saharan sector. A team including Biggs, Kaushik Ray and senior associate Jo Sykes - among others - recently acted for the project company of the Amandi IPP in Ghana, and Simon Norris acted as lead counsel to the project company with regards to the development and financing of the Azura gas-to-power IPP in Nigeria. On the solar front, Fiona Gulliford teamed up with counsel Luke Muchamore and others to oversee the development and financing of the Bangweulu project in Zambia, and Jennifer Gladstone and Conrad Marais assisted the project company of the Corbetti geothermal project in Ethiopia with all issues arising from the development of the project since its inception.

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Mozambique

Foreign law firms

Within: Foreign law firms

Boutique emerging markets firm Trinity International LLP is based in London and has an impressive track record in Mozambique, where it specialises in power, renewable energy and infrastructure projects. Simon Norris is a key name.

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