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Qatar > Projects, real estate and construction

White & Case LLP is widely-hailed as leading name for high-profile construction projects in Qatar, where it acts for the government or for developers. It has a longstanding reputation handling the development and financing aspects of projects, and in addition, is also sought after for advice on construction disputes. Anne Wicks (née Lowe), who is a key name in the project development and finance practice, is prominent in large international projects, particularly those involving the oil and gas, LNG, petrochemical and electricity sectors. Another key individual in Doha is Payvand Vahdat, who handles construction-related disputes for contractor clients. Counsel Verena Gross specialises in international construction and commercial arbitrations. The team in Doha also works with Michael Turrini in Dubai and Philip Stopford in London.

Egypt > Banking and finance

MHR & Partners in association with White & Case LLP advises domestic companies on overseas investments and multinational corporates in their endeavours on the Egyptian market. Financial institutions, government-related enterprises, and government bodies are also part of the firm’s client roster. The department handles matters under English, Egytpian and US law and can leverage a global network for complex cross-border matters. Philip Stopford, Ziad Gadalla, Tarek Mohanna and Sherief Rashed jointly lead the practice and are involved in project finance and Islamic finance, amongst others.

Egypt > Projects and infrastructure

MHR & Partners in association with White & Case LLP’s practice in projects and infrastructure is characterised by the firm’s ability to advise both Egyptian players in overseas matters, and local as well as global companies in national projects. Recent highlights include advising the National Authority for Tunnels in the financing of its Cairo Monorail project. Bryan Cory joined the Cairo office in June 2021 from White & Case Houston and has extensive experience in advising on transactions in the energy industry. The team is led jointly by all partners, consisting of Cory, Ziad Gadalla, Philip Stopford, Tarek Mohanna, and Islamic finance expert Sherief Rashed.

Egypt > Energy

MHR & Partners in association with White & Case LLP is a key player in the energy sector having advised on large-scale and landmark energy project for both domestic clients and global companies acting in Egypt. The team is ‘exceptional in its client engagement and advocacy’ and has strengths in areas such as offshore gas fields, petrochemicals, and renewable energy, where it particularly excels in cross-border matters. The practice is led by a team of five partners consisting of Philip Stopford, Ziad Gadalla, Tarek Mohanna, Sherief Rashed and Bryan Cory; the latter joined the Cairo office from White & Case’s Houston location in June 2021.

London > Projects, energy and natural resources > Oil and gas

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Philip StopfordWhite & Case LLP

White & Case LLP ensures ‘that the client understands not only the legal but the commercial aspects of a transaction’. Fielding a team of practitioners who offer in-depth knowledge of the global energy industry and the regulatory environment, the team is well placed to handle both transactional matters and disputes. Philip Stopford and Mark Clarke co-head the practice; Stopford has over 40 years’ experience in high-profile oil and gas deals; and Clarke handles disputes, with a focus on large international commercial arbitrations. David Baker is a name for upstream transactions, while Jason Kerr handles international project finance mandates, and has particular experience of emerging markets. Katie Hicks joined from Shearman & Sterling LLP in April 2021 and George Kazakov joined from an in-house role at Morgan Stangley in August 2021; the team was further bolstered by the arrival of David Lewis from Clifford Chance LLP in January 2022. Tom Bartlett left for Latham & Watkins in August 2021.

London > Industry focus > Emerging markets

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Philip StopfordWhite & Case LLP

At White & Case LLP, ‘the team is well experienced, diverse and highly professional, and it has a clear understanding of the requirements in handling clients’ needs‘. The London office is a key hub in the firm’s vast international network, and is highly regarded for its long track record in pioneering work across the Americas, Africa, CEE, CIS and the Middle East. The office has extensive English and US-law capabilities, and frequently handles complex and innovative cross-border transactions, including many inaugural bond offerings for issuers in developing and growth markets. Capital markets partner Stuart Matty, global head of project development and finance Mark Castillo-Bernaus, banking partner Christopher Czarnocki and head of the Africa group Mukund Dhar oversee the firm’s emerging markets work, which draws on a vast bench of experienced partners. Among them are co-head of the global energy group Philip Stopford, US-qualified debt specialists Melissa Butler and Ian Clark, and international finance partner Jason Kerr. Dhar, who is ‘extremely hardworking and always willing to walk the extra mile‘, advised the Ministry of Energy of the Republic of Azerbaijan on a $300m 240MW wind power project and a 230MW utility-scale solar photovoltaic project. Senior associate Judith Olloh is described by one client as ‘proactive, knowledgeable and committed to the success of clients’ projects – a rising star‘.