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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.


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 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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  • 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.
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