Andrew Newbery > Gowling WLG > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Gowling WLG
Andrew Newbery photo

Work Department

Energy; Projects; Infrastructure; Natural Resources




Andrew’s diverse legal and commercial experience (including running his own businesses and co-developing his own project) uniquely position Andrew as an innovative legal adviser with a broad set of project development and financing skills.

A partner in the firm’s global projects team and a member of the energy, infrastructure and natural resources sector groups, Andrew specialises in advising on significant EMEA infrastructure, energy, mining and project finance transactions. He has also developed an enviable reputation in the field of project development and project finance.

Andrew has practised as a partner at two major firms – latterly based in the Middle East where he earned a reputation advising on significant EMEA infrastructure, energy, mining and project finance transactions. Andrew returned to the UK in 2013, studied for arbitration exams and set up his own consultancy. Some examples of Andrew’s extensive experience include:

  • Utilities: £4.2 billion Thames Tideway Tunnel project – various roles for Thames Water (including head of commercial) on this major UK procurement which reached financial close in late summer 2015.
  • Projects: Developing a major HVDC subsea interconnector – part of the in-house team developing a major HVDC subsea interconnector between the UK and continental Europe.
  • Power: US$1.5 billion Shuweihat S3 power project – led team for Sumitomo-KEPCO consortium’s successful bid for US$1.5 billion Shuweihat S3 power project: negotiating commercial, shareholder and finance contracts (including interest rate and currency hedging arrangements) and leading face-to-face negotiations with Abu Dhabi government and others in London, Tokyo and Korea.
  • PPP: Consulting to Local Partnerships on the renegotiation of various police and local authority deals PFI deals on behalf of the public sector.
  • Metals and mining: Advised a global steel giant on restructuring of its steel project in Saudi Arabia and advised the hedge fund financiers of the first project financing to reach financial close in Yemen.
  • Africa: Advised on power generation and telecom projects in South Africa and on a proposed multi-sourced financing of a mining project in Congo-Brazzaville.
  • Project Financing: Advised on many project financings including some of the earliest multi-sourced petrochemical financings in the Middle East and the earliest power and desalination projects in the Gulf
  • Solar: Advised a Japanese developer on the structuring and drafting of power purchase arrangements for an integrated combined cycle gas and thermal solar project in Kuwait and advised the project companies on the financing of a major solar financing in Spain.



Lawyer Rankings

London > Projects, energy and natural resources > Water

(Leading individuals)

Andrew NewberyGowling WLG

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.

London > Industry focus > Emerging markets

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 > Infrastructure

The projects and infrastructure team at Gowling WLG acts for multinational corporate and government clients in domestic and international markets on PPPs and big-ticket infrastructure projects. Stephen Kenny co-heads the team and is recommended for PFI work, project refinancings, secondary market transactions and handback issues. Andrew Newbery, who jointly leads the team, also handles PFI matters and acts for a range of government clients. Birmingham-based Elizabeth Williams focuses on defence and security matters projects and has particular experience in procurement.