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Iain Duncan

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Iain is a partner in the firm’s projects group. He has extensive experience of advising on transactions around the world in the mining, natural resources, energy and infrastructure sectors. In these sectors, he has acted upon a wide range of projects, advising on partnering arrangements (including contractual and corporate joint ventures), share acquisitions and equity and debt finance, asset purchase, construction, processing, transportation, offtake and operation and maintenance arrangements, as well as advising upon licensing issues in the natural resources sector and on development/investment agreements with host governments. Iain has also spent six months on secondment at an international energy/natural resources major. He regularly speaks at or chairs national conferences in the natural resources sector and is known by clients as having “a good understanding of projects and attendant risks, and he is good at finding solutions to problems”.. Iain also sits on the Council of MinSouth (the London based society for the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining). Recent work includes advising a Russian-based investment vehicle in relation to a uranium mining joint venture in Mongolia and a major Chinese mining company in relation to a coal mining project in Mongolia; on the partnering and financing arrangements for a copper and gold mining company with assets throughout Sumatra, Indonesia; in relation to the acquisition of a coal mining project in Mozambique; an international power company in relation to its bid for the Kosovo e Re lignite to power project to secure mining rights for about 330 million tons of lignite from the Sibovc South area to supply both units of a 1,238 MW power project; in relation to iron ore projects in Cameroon and the Republic of Congo, including in relation to infrastructure development issues; upon a mining joint venture in Gabon including in relation to port and rail infrastructure; Teesside Gas and Liquids Processing in respect of a project with (among others) RWE in relation to the construction and operation of a new pipeline and related infrastructure to process North Sea gas from the Breagh field and in relation to gas processing, allocation, operation and maintenance and offtake agreements; upon the financing of AES Corporation Kribi power project in Cameroon; and several rail companies (including Network Rail) in relation to various contractual arrangements, including advising NR in connection with the High Speed 1 rail link.


Trained Simmons & Simmons LLP; qualified 2004; partner 2012.

London: Finance

Emerging markets

Within: Emerging markets

Simmons & Simmons acts for banks, multi-laterals, funds and corporates and is known for its sector expertise in asset management, financial services, TMT and life sciences sectors as counsel to both lenders and borrowers. The firm's project finance work encompasses power, LNG projects, mining and international cross-border pipeline projects. The banking practice is also highly active and it regularly advises the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development on lending transactions in Eastern Europe. Practice head John Sayers handles structured trade, commodity and export finance. His stellar group of partners includes Adam Cooper who focuses on the oil and gas sector, particularly in North Africa and the Middle East. Adrian Nizzola, who has 33 years’ experience in the energy and infrastructure sector and has in-house experience as General Counsel to Qatar Petroleum returned to London after six years in the firm's Abu Dhabi office. Iain Duncan specialises in equity and debt financings in the mining and power sectors, particularly in emerging markets. Managing associate Simon Kenolty is one to watch.

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London: Projects, energy and natural resources

Infrastructure (including PFI and PPP)

Within: Infrastructure (including PFI and PPP)

Simmons & Simmons covers an impressive range of matters in the infrastructure space. It provides counsel on matters such as M&A transactions and secondary trading; project finance and refinancing; and international PPPs. The team regularly acts as trusted adviser to governments and infrastructure funds, and it has noteworthy expertise in sectors such as rail and transport, defence and waste. Andrew Petry has particular experience in banking and project finance, while Juliet Reingold is a key contact for PPP-related issues. Patrick Wallace has longstanding experience, which also expands to assisting clients in privatisations, commercial contracts and trading, and regulatory matters. Iain Duncan is head of the department.

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Mining and minerals

Within: Mining and minerals

Simmons & Simmons' mining team is adept at advising on complex projects in emerging countries, as demonstrated by its work for De Beers on its new operations and purchasing arrangements in Sierra Leone. The practice's stellar client base also includes banks, alternative lenders, private equity investors and major mining companies, which Iain Duncan and his team advise on the full spectrum of matters. Key lawyers include 'exceptional' Paris-based partner Yves Baratte and the well-regarded Paul Baker in London.

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Oil and gas

Within: Oil and gas

Iain Duncan's team at Simmons & Simmons is particularly known for its experience in the midstream sector, where it regularly advises on the development and financing of LNG projects, bulk storage terminals and international pipeline projects. Clients include international energy companies, developers, governments and financial institutions. Adrian Nizzola has particular expertise in matters in the Middle East, while Patrick Wallace regularly advises on high-profile, politically sensitive matters, and has extensive experience in Africa, Central and Eastern Europe, and Asia.

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