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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.

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.

London > Industry focus > Emerging markets

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White & Case LLP fields ‘a strong practice with a Magic Circle work ethic‘, according to one client. Advising financial institutions, corporates, governments and supranational organisations on capital markets, project development and finance mandates across the globe, the firm has one of the largest and most active emerging markets practices in London. Capital markets expert Stuart Matty frequently handles bond issuances and restructurings for sovereign issuers, while global head of project development and finance Mark Castillo-Bernaus ‘knows how to find balance between borrower and lender interests in the most efficient manner‘; he recently worked with capital markets specialist Jason Kerr on advising commercial lenders and ECAs on the $20bn project financing of Mozambique’s first onshore LNG development. Banking partner Christopher Czarnocki  is an expert in trade and pre-export finance work; head of the Africa group Mukund Dhar is highly active in oil and gas and power projects across the continent; and Philip Stopford is a key partner in project and international finance, while Melissa Butler and Ian Clark are prominent in capital markets deals.

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

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White & Case LLP is ‘simply outstanding in oil & gas related works’ and remains a market leader in cutting-edge transactions for major energy companies. The multidisciplinary practice in London is led by co-head of the energy industry group Philip Stopford, and in a recent highlight is advising Saudi Aramco on the Amiral Project, an expansion project to the existing SATORP refinery project, a joint venture with TOTAL in Saudi Arabia. The group has a deep bench of experts including; Jason Kerr , whose practices includes project and international finance matters across emerging markets in the Middle East, Africa and Asia, and co-head of the upstream group David Baker , who regularly advises on high-value LNG sector matters. On the sponsor side, Mukund Dhar is the key name to note, with Mark Castillo-Bernaus leading on some of the largest project financing deals. Top-end oil and gas commercial arbitrations are led by Mark ClarkeAllan Taylor is another key member of the team.