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Trevor Butcher

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Finance & Projects


Trevor Butcher is the regional practice head for Finance & Projects. He has extensive experience of advising on energy and infrastructure projects around the globe. Since 2013 Trevor has been based in the Middle East specialising in power and water deals and PPP schemes covering both social and economic infrastructure. Trevor has worked on numerous successfully closed PPP schemes across a range of jurisdictions in Europe, Asia, North America and the Middle East and in sectors including transport, water, health and education. Trevor also has experience of advising on a range of energy projects, in both the conventional and renewables sectors. He has worked on a number of generation and transmission projects across a range of technologies, sectors and countries including a number of onshore and offshore projects.


‚ÄĘ Leicester University, Law ‚ÄĘ Solicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales

Saudi Arabia

Projects and energy

Within: Projects and energy

Acting for sponsors, lenders and government entities, DLA Piper in collaboration with Amer Al Amr Law Firm is among the market's most active firms in the power and water space, and has particular expertise in renewable energy projects. The regional projects and finance practice is headed by Dubai-based Trevor Butcher, who is advising Water & Electricity Company on the procurement aspects of a 3,000MW desalination plant, which is the second largest power project in Saudi Arabia. Further, Butcher is acting for Saudi Airlines Cargo Company in relation to the development of a new cargo terminal at King Khalid International Airport in Riyadh. Also of note, the team is assisting the Saudi Ministry of Energy, Industry and Mineral Resources with the development of the 400MW Dumat Al Jandal wind project, which is the country's first-ever wind IPP. Robert J. Harker joined the firm's Dubai office from Bracewell LLP in June 2018.

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United Arab Emirates


Within: Construction

At DLA Piper Middle East LLP, Trevor Butcher handles non-contentious construction work, such as advising the Saudi Ministry of Culture on the construction elements of creating a new cultural district in Jeddah; his other Saudi-related work includes assisting Saudi Airlines Cargo Company with developing a new cargo terminal at King Abdulaziz International Airport. Suzannah Newboult handles work concerning major infrastructure projects and other developments, including representing Korean contractors. Daniel Jude also represents main contractors in regional infrastructure disputes, with Simon Palmer another notable name for contentious projects. In addition, Henry Quinlan and Wissam Dagher act for Hircon International in a dispute before the Dubai courts concerning the 23 Marina development. Gulf Related and Carillion are other clients.

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Energy and infrastructure

Within: Energy and infrastructure

DLA Piper Middle East LLP handles a range of work, frequently but not exclusively for Saudi project sponsors. Practice head Trevor Butcher, Keith Bullen and senior legal consultant Adam Haque advise Saudi Arabia Water & Electricity Company on the procurement of a water and energy generation plant in Jubail, which promises to be the world's largest desalination plant. On the transport side, Butcher assists Saudia Cargo with a new terminal project in Riyadh. Robert Harker, who joined from Bracewell LLP, is another notable name - his work includes advice to project lenders. Clients also include Oman Power and Water Procurement Company, which the team is acting for on a project concerning a brownfield site in Al Ghubrah, Muscat.

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