Mr Simon Norris > Trinity International LLP > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Trinity International LLP
30 Crown Place
LONDON
EC2A 4EB
England

Position

Simon Norris is a founding partner in Trinity International LLP and has a wide range of experience in the power, infrastructure, transport, mining, industrial, oil & gas and telecommunications sectors in various jurisdictions but with a real focus on emerging markets, particularly in Africa.

Although Simon’s experience is wide-ranging, Simon spends most of his time advising lenders and borrowers on project, trade, corporate and leveraged finance transactions. Simon has advised commercial banks including Standard Bank, Standard Chartered, Absa/Barclays, Nedbank and Rand Merchant Bank and DFIs such as African Development Bank, Africa Finance Corporation, DEG, EIB, FMO, IFC, KfW and Proparco.

Recent transactions include: advising lenders in respect of the financing of (i) a captive power company (Ghana), (ii) an HFO project (Kenya), (iii) a CSP plant (South Africa), (iv) a rail project (Nigeria) and (v) a container terminal and oil terminal; (Ghana); advising developers in respect of (vi) the Azura IPP (Nigeria), (vii) various off-grid solar transactions (Nigeria) and (viii) two gas and two solar PV IPPs (Mozambique), (ix) advising IFC on the structuring of the Mpatamanga hydro IPP (Malawi); and (x) advising KfW and the Government of Mozambique on the GetFit renewable programme for solar with storage projects (Mozambique).

Career

Trinity International LLP, partner (2006–current); Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft, senior associate (2000–2006); CMS Cameron McKenna, associate (1999–2000); CMS Cameron McKenna, trainee (1997-1999). Publications of note: N/A Current directorships: ARCS Properties Limited

Languages

English (mother tongue), French (conversational).

Memberships

Law Society of England & Wales.

Education

Warwick School; Univeristy of Exeter (1994 LLB; 1995 Legal Practice Course).

Leisure

Eating and cycling and gym-going to combat the eating.

Lawyer Rankings

Mozambique > Foreign law firms

Boutique firm Trinity International LLP occupies a niche in Mozambique-facing work, advising on corporate and finance transactions in the energy and infrastructure sectors. Founding partner and power projects expert Simon Norris regularly advises developers, investors and financial institutions. Paul Biggs and Kaushik Ray also co-lead the team.

London > Industry focus > Emerging markets

(Leading individuals)

Simon NorrisTrinity International LLP

Trinity International LLP is ‘a clear market expert when it comes to Africa, having an ear to the ground and footprint on the pulse‘. The firm specialises in corporate and finance transactions in emerging markets. and its mission is to play a role in improving access to power and basic infrastructure. It frequently advises European, African and North American banks and DFI’s on project finance, acquisition finance, corporate finance and financial institution lending. Founding partners Paul Biggs and Simon Norris (who is ‘a phenomenal lawyer and a great project manager‘), head of corporate Conrad Marais and project finance partner Kaushik Ray are the key practitioners. Ray served as borrower’s counsel on the development of a $30m 7.5MW solar PV project in Mubuga in Burundi, the country’s first solar IPP. Other key members of the team include Fiona Gulliford  , who also has extensive experience in  power and water projects, and senior associate Jo Sykes .

London > Projects, energy and natural resources > Infrastructure

(Leading individuals: Projects/Project Finance)

Simon NorrisTrinity International LLP

Boutique emerging markets firm Trinity International LLP advises a range of public and private sector clients on infrastructure transactions, with considerable experience of projects in the African continent. The team is led by Paul Biggs, Simon Norris, Kaushik Ray and Conrad Marias . Jo Sykes was recently promoted to partner.

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

Boutique firm Trinity International LLP has an off-grid power practice which focuses on financing solutions and commercial structuring of off-grid power projects. The firm is known for its primary market presence in Africa where it advises on all types of transactions from solar, wind and geothermal to gas-powered plants and nuclear. Paul Biggs  has expertise in private and public sector infrastructure projects and co-heads the practice with Simon Norris who advises developers, investors and financial institutions. Other co-head Kaushik Ray covers project and corporate finance transactions. Conrad Marais is a key contact in the team.