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Bracewell LLP
EMIRATES TOWERS OFFICES LEVEL 29
PO BOX 6750
DUBAI
United Arab Emirates

United Arab Emirates > Construction Tier 3

Tom Swarbrick heads the construction and engineering practice at Bracewell LLP and advises clients on projects in the oil and gas, power and infrastructure sectors. Andrej Kormuth is also noted and has an active presence in the power, water and wastewater space. Senior associate Shayan Najib provides additional support.

Practice head(s):

Tom Swarbrick

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Tom Swarbrick, Shayan Najib care about personal relationships and are always available. When working with this practice it feels like we are part of the same team. Furthermore their advice is often practical and very useful for our day to day business. They have a vast knowledge of the renewable energy business which is key.’

‘Tom Swarbrick and Shayan Najib are a real pleasure to work with. They care about personal relationships and they care about the business of their clients and try to find the best solutions in their clients’ interest.’

‘They are sufficiently capable to advise us and our EPC Partner how we should agree the EPC Contract with the EPC Partner. They have extensive knowledge and experience on how we deal with and convince financiers in terms of technical and commercial aspects in relation to the EPC Contract.’

Key clients

Fotowatio Renewable Ventures (FRV)

Arabian Chemical Terminals

Total Solar

Marubeni

Utico

ENI S.p.A.

Tamasuk

Al Jomaih Energy and Water Company

Kyushu Electric

Anglo Tunisian Oil & Gas

Work highlights

  • Advised FRV in relation to the development of the Contego utility-scale battery storage project, to be constructed and operated by Tesla.
  • Advised FRV in connection with the construction and operation/ maintenance contracts, concession agreement and financing contracts for a 55 MW Solar PV project in Armenia.
  • Advised Arabian Chemical Terminals in relation to the drafting and negotiation of a construction contract for a chemical storage facility in Abu Dhabi.

United Arab Emirates > Infrastructure and projects (including project finance) Tier 3

Bracewell LLP specialises in energy and infrastructure and is active in the renewables, conventional power, water and infrastructure space in the Middle East. Practice head Clint Steyn has a strong M&A, project development and project finance background. Andrej Kormuth is another key member of the team and has a particular interest in renewables. Tom Swarbrick is also noted and specialises in non-contentious construction work.

Practice head(s):

Clint Steyn

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The team is very technically capable at all levels.’

‘They are always willing to have reasonable discussions with us in respect of fees and always go above and beyond to deliver for us.’

‘The team at Bracewell are, in addition to being technically and commercially excellent, wonderful people to do business with. They are personable, responsive, available and easy to work with.’

‘The infrastructure and projects team in Bracewell has a deep knowledge of the complexities relating to project finance within the renewable energy space.’

‘Their attention to detail when reviewing and opining on documents, as well as their ability to think outside the box to solve complex issues in a timely manner is invaluable.’

‘Clint Steyn’s critical thinking and ability to solve complex issues is second to none. He always makes himself available when required and the advice we receive is always objective, concise and practical.’

‘In my opinion, Clint Steyn is the best infrastructure and project finance lawyer I have worked with.

‘Bracewell and Clint Steyn are very unique partners of ours. Clint has been extraordinarily responsive and helpful in these unusual times. In terms of fees, the practice looks at the relationship with our firm as an investment and has been very understanding of business circumstances.’

Key clients

Acciona Agua

Alcazar Energy Partners

Al Jomaih Automative Company LLC

Al Jomaih Energy and Water Company

Axia Power Holdings

Blu Stone Holdings

China Harbour Engineering

Dubal Holdings LLC

Swicorp

Fotowatio Renewable Ventures (FRV)

Jinko Power

Kyushu Electric

Marubeni Corporation

Miahona Company

Swicorp

Tamasuk

Total Solar

Utico

United Arab Emirates > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 4

Joint venture and shareholder arrangements, commercial contracts and corporate structuring are key areas of strength for Bracewell LLP. The practice has expertise in the manufacturing, defence, recruitment and energy areas. Managing partner Chris Williams heads the practice and is supported by dual-qualified English and Saudi lawyer Ibrahim Siddiki, who joined the firm in April 2021 from Vinson & Elkins LLP.

Practice head(s):

Chris Williams

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

Chris Williams is a consummate professional.  In any situation Chris finds the core issues and brings order and calm to often contentious situations.’

Finally having a group of professionals working together that can easily understand a client’s business, needs and provide a suitable practical solution. Having a partner that can deal with UK, UAE and KSA law is an amazing USP for this law firm.’

Chris Williams is an extraordinary professional that takes seriously his oath to do the best for his clients. He gives amazing advice that is easily understood and applied.’

‘Ibrahim Siddiki is the partner that is fluent in KSA law, along with UAE and UK law. This broad legal knowledge, with both English and Arabic, makes him a unique and invaluable professional to deal with.’

Key clients

General Motors

Vertex Aerospace

TVG DWC LLC

Pilot Chemical

ChampionX

Dover Corporation

Khalid Yousuf Al Marzouq & Sons Group of Companies (KMGC)

NES Global Talent Management

Blu Stone Management

Alcazar Energy Partners

Amerapex Corporation

Allied Telesis

RP International

ARIA Commodities

Label Labs

Yalla Baby Box

Riviana Foods/Tilda Rice

Liquid Power Speciality Products Inc.

Servita Consulting

United Service Organizations

Arabian Chemical Terminals

Al Jomaih Automative Company LLC

Al Jomaih Energy and Water Company LLC

Insaan Group

Work highlights

  • Acting as General Motors’ go-to corporate/commercial counsel in the UAE and in respect of its wider Middle East operations.
  • Acting for KMGC in respect of its Venice subsidiary.
  • Assisting TVG DWC LLC with its Expo 2020-related matters.

The firm: Bracewell LLP is a leading law and government relations firm primarily serving the energy, infrastructure, finance and technology sectors throughout the world. Our industry focus results in comprehensive state-of-the-art knowledge of the commercial, legal and governmental challenges faced by clients and enables the firm’s lawyers to provide innovative solutions to facilitate transactions and resolve disputes.

In line with our firm’s positioning, our Dubai based lawyers are trusted advisors and recognised practitioners in their fields helping navigate our clients through all manner of legal issues associated with doing business in the Middle East and Africa.

Areas of practice
Projects: The firm’s Dubai office advises clients throughout the Middle East and Africa in relation to infrastructure projects, with a particular focus on renewable energy, conventional power and utilities.

Construction and engineering: The firm’s Dubai office has a specialist non-contentious construction and engineering practice, advising sponsors, governments and banks in relation to major power, oil and gas and other infrastructure projects.

Corporate and commercial: The firm’s Dubai office provides advice on all aspects of M&A transactional mandates, corporate advisory and commercial work to clients drawn from the energy, defence, automotive, professional services, retail, manufacturing and technology sectors

DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
Corporate & Securities Christopher R Williamschris.williams@bracewell.com+971.4.350.6807
Infrastructure & Development Andrej Kormuthandrej.kormuth@bracewell.com+971.4.350.6817
Infrastructure & Development Clint Steynclint.steyn@bracewell.com+971.4.350.6809
Infrastructure & Development Tom Swarbricktom.swarbrick@bracewell.com+971.4.350.6820
Corporate & Commercial Ibrahim Siddikiibrahim.siddiki@bracewell.com+971.4.350.6813
Number of lawyers : 400
At this office : 10
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