Hogan Lovells Strengthens Infrastructure and Project Finance Practice in the Middle East

LONDON, 3 June 2011 - As part of Hogan Lovells' strategy to further strengthen its global infrastructure and project finance practice in all key jurisdictions, partner Christopher Cross, currently in London, is relocating to Dubai as of June 2011.

This follows the recent addition of significant infrastructure and project finance teams in Hogan Lovells' London and Houston offices, focusing specifically on the energy sector.

Chris has over ten years experience in infrastructure, construction and Public Private Partnership (PPP/PFI) projects, with a particular expertise in the transport and infrastructure sectors.

Working closely with partners Rahail Ali, Rustum Shah and Jay Gede, and the finance and corporate practices, Chris will look to build on the progress of the Hogan Lovells' Middle East team in the sector across the region.

Commenting on the move, Adrian Walker, Co-Head of Hogan Lovells' Global Infrastructure and Project Finance team said:

"The Middle East offers exciting opportunities in the infrastructure and energy sectors for our existing clients. Chris will strengthen our offering in the region and ensure we can provide a first class service to clients active in the region in a broad range of sectors.  Chris will be able to draw on the strong existing regional resources Hogan Lovells currently has in Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Saudi Arabia to ensure we have capacity to manage large transactions."

Nick Parden, Hogan Lovells' Dubai office Co-Managing Partner, said:

“We are delighted to welcome Chris. He is an experienced infrastructure and project finance lawyer and will be a great addition to our Middle East team."


About Hogan Lovells' finance practice

Located in the world’s financial hubs, Hogan Lovells’ finance practice is consistently rated as a market leader by respected legal directories, including Chambers Global and Legal 500, and by trade publications such as International Financial Law Review and Trade Finance Magazine.  Our team of more than 300 lawyers enjoys extensive experience in advising clients on all types of financing transactions.

The practice comprises:

  • International Banking - including leveraged and acquisition finance, asset finance, banking, structured finance, trade and export finance, real estate finance, and a market leading Islamic finance practice.
  • Business Restructuring and Insolvency - including debtor and creditor representations, refinancings, restructurings, workouts, and acquisitions of distressed assets, and Islamic finance.
  • International Debt Capital Markets - including debt and high-yield capital markets offerings, private placements, securitizations and Sharia-compliant securitization, repackagings, derivatives, and sukuk.
  • Infrastructure, Public and Project Finance - including global infrastructure projects, privatization, public-private partnerships (PPP), engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) contracts, private finance initiatives (PFI), Islamic project finance, concession agreements, government finance and mergers and acquisitions.

We provide an integrated service and capability to our clients, which include the world's leading financial institutions and corporations.

Hogan Lovells combines the breadth of business-oriented legal advice and high-quality service that clients have come to expect through working with its two founding firms – Hogan & Hartson and Lovells.

About Hogan Lovells


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