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Gowling WLG

Work Department

Energy and infrastructure finance team.


Jonathan Brufal specialises in advising on international energy and infrastructure projects, with a particular focus on power and utility, mining and PPP projects throughout Africa and the Middle East. Jonathan has a wide range of experience in advising government entities, sponsors, lenders and contractors on PWPAs/PPAs, concession agreements, energy conversion agreements, fuel supply agreements, EPC contracts as well as on operation and maintenance arrangements, including LTSA’s. During the course of his career, he has advised a wealth of clients in this field, including Abengoa, Sojitz, Sumitomo, HSBC, Standard Chartered Bank, RBS, Government of South Africa, the Government of Kuwait and the Government of Bahrain. He is currently advising a range of clients on a variety of major international power and water mandates in Africa and the Middle East. Jonathan’s particular career highlights include: advised the Bahraini Ministry of Finance, in partnership with HSBC, in relation to construction and operation of a wastewater treatment plant in Muharraq (on a BOO basis) – PFI Middle East Infrastructure Project of the Year 2011; advising the International Finance Coporation and the Egypt Electricity Holding Company on the Dairut IPP Project; advised Equinox Minerals in relation to the development and $700m project financing of the Lumwana Copper Mine in Zambia. This financing involves separate tranches of funding from commercial banks, export credit agencies and developmental financial institutions. This deal was named African Mining Deal of the Year by Project Finance and Mining Deal of the Year by Project Finance International. He is currently advising the Government of South Africa on the development of its 7.5GW Baseload IPP Programme.


Trained Trowers & Hamlins; qualified 1996; partner 2012 (on joining the firm). Trowers & Hamlins: associate 1996-97; trainee 1994-96. Norton Rose: associate, London 1997-2006; partner, projects group, London 2006-08; partner, head of infrastructure, Middle East (Abu Dhabi) 2008-11; Wragge & Co: partner in the energy and infrastructure finance team, 2012 – present; Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co, partner, 2014. Publications of note: prepared the ‘Recycling PPPs in the Middle East’ bulletin in September 2010; prepared the ‘Spanning the Infrastructure Gulf’ bulletin in May 2010; submitted an article entitled ‘The Rise of Two-Stage Tendering’ for publication in Construction Week 2009.


Member of the Society for Construction Law; Law Society of England & Wales; International Project Finance Association (Middle East Council Member: 2008-2011).


Bristol University, LLB Law (2.1) 1993; Legal Practice Course, College of Law, Guildford, 1994; MSc Construction Law and Arbitration, King’s College London, 2001.


Chelsea Football Club season ticket holder, golf, skiing.

Lawyer Rankings

London > Industry focus > Emerging markets

(Leading individuals)

Jonathan BrufalGowling WLG

The projects and infrastructure practice at Gowling WLG is seen by one client as ‘a challenger to the Magic Circle, which lives up to that billing by being innovative yet pragmatic in its approach to transactions and problems‘. The firm has a presence in the utilities and mining sectors, and it has a strong track record of start-up transactions, joint ventures, farm-ins, equity, debt and project financings in jurisdictions as diverse as Russia and the CIS, Armenia, Bangladesh, Nepal, Myanmar, and many countries throughout Africa and South America. Head of international projects Jonathan Brufal oversees the firm’s emerging markets work, which involves many key partners. Among them are corporate energy partner Gareth Baker, project finance specialist Andrew Newbery and head of natural resources Charles Bond, who ‘has an easy style where even unexpected challenges are taken in stride‘. Impact finance partner Alasdair McKenzie is ‘very commercial and solution-focused‘. Gordon Bell is the go-to partner for international arbitration.

London > Projects, energy and natural resources > Power (including electricity, nuclear and renewables)

Gowling WLG has an excellent transactional advisory practice with practitioners at the forefront of energy mandates in the corporate, finance and project development space. ‘The team is very commercial with a very target-oriented mindset’ with the corporate side being led by Gareth Baker. Nath Curtis advises funder and sponsor clients on net-zero projects while John Cooper specialises in providing public law advice. Gus Wood is a key name in relatino to regulatory issues while Jonathan Brufal provides support from Dubai.

London > Projects, energy and natural resources > Water

Gowling WLG has a strong water team representing a number of high profile clients including international water companies, government agencies and investors. Andrew Newbery heads the water practice and handles financing, project development and transactional work in regards to domestic and international matters. John Cooper heads the Public Law and Regulation team and is an expert in regulatory issues. Jonathan Brufal has extensive experience advising clients with business interests in the Middle East and Africa. He also sits on the International Desalination Association’s legal advisory board. Gareth Baker assists clients with international M&A matters and other cross-border collaborations. The team has recently been augmented by the arrival of partner Mike Stewart, who is an expert in complex international infrastructure disputes, with a particular focus on the Middle East.