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Clifford Chance

Senior Associate - Commercial Projects

Summary: Clifford Chance is one of the world's leading law firms, helping clients achieve their goals by combining the highest global standards with local expertise.  The firm has unrivalled scale and depth of legal resources across the three key markets of the Americas, Asia and Europe and focuses on the core areas of: commercial activity; capital markets; corporate and M&A; finance and banking; real estate; tax; pensions and employment; and litigation and dispute resolution.  Clifford Chance has 33 offices in 23 countries and over 3,300 legal advisers.

Clifford Chance Dubai is a full service office which is completely integrated with, and supported by, our global network. We advise clients on major transactions in the Middle East and beyond. Our clients include public and private corporations, investment banks and financial institutions, governments and international bodies. Our lawyers specialise in providing a seamless integrated service.

We have the leading finance practice in the region and have the depth and breadth to manage large scale local and cross-border transactions.  Our clients include governments, project sponsors, lenders, debt and equity financiers, borrowers, export-credit agencies and international financial organisations.

We provide top-tier legal expertise in the projects sector across a wide range of asset classes, including in oil & gas, petrochemicals, renewables, water & wastewater, mining & metals, infrastructure and telecomms.

“A leading project finance practice, particularly commended for its experience with ECAs and both conventional and Islamic financing. Acclaimed for its work acting for project companies, notably in the energy sector, including in renewables, and is active on major IPPs.” Chambers Global 2018, Middle East: Projects & Energy

“Highly active across the project development and finance space. Advises on high-profile mandates in Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the UAE. Distinguished bench that dominates in the petrochemical and gas sectors.”

Chambers Global 2017: Middle East – Projects & Energy

The Work: Our work spans the whole of the MENA region and beyond.  We work on a broad variety of matters under both English and UAE law.  Recent deal highlights include:

  • Advising on the PPP procurement of a fully integrated, multi-utility solution for the Red Sea Project, one of the giga-projects in Saudi Arabia;
  • Advising on the privatization of 5 airports in Saudi Arabia;
  • Advising on the landmark development of six IPPs in Iran;
  • Advising on the privatization of the world's largest desalination plant in Abu Dhabi;
  • Advising on the privatization of 17 wastewater projects in Saudi Arabia; and
  • Advising on major renewable projects in the UAE, Kuwait, Iran, Saudi Arabia Egypt and Jordan.

Key Attractions: Recent awards include:

  • Tier One: Projects & Energy – Middle East

Chambers Global 2018: Middle East – Projects & Energy

  • Ranked #1 Projects & Energy – Global-wide

Chambers Global 2018

  • Tier One: Energy & Infrastructure – UAE

Chambers Global 2018: Middle East – Projects & Energy

  • Tier One: Projects and Energy - Saudi Arabia

Legal 500 2017

  • Renewables Deal of the Year: DEWA Solar

PFI Awards 2017

  • Petchem Deal of the Year: Salalah Methanol Company

PFI Awards 2017

  • Scatec Solar Egypt

IFN Deal of the Year 2017

You will work on ground-breaking deals for top tier clients. The range, calibre and international scope of our deal flow is unique - and makes us stand out from our competitors. 

We are proud of our reputation for being a very informal, supportive, meritocratic and diverse group and reinforce this with regular social events - both ad hoc and organized.

We are based in one of the most prestigious business developments in Dubai.

We run a sophisticated internal training programme that is unmatched in Dubai, including local monthly courses run by The Academy plus annual residential training courses in Amsterdam or London.

Our remuneration package is one of the most attractive in the market.

Key Responsibilities: You will be given responsibility for running transactions and working closely with clients.  This means that you will develop outstanding transaction management and organisational skills as well as developing superb technical abilities.

Skills & Experience: We are currently seeking a committed and ambitious mid-level Projects lawyer. 

In all cases, you should have first class legal ability coupled with a practical commercial approach; and excellent drafting, analytical and communication skills.

All candidates should be fluent in English. 

You must also have exceptional results throughout your academic history.

**Please note Agencies are not being instructed on this role, any applications submitted via Agencies or speculative CVs received will be treated as a direct application.

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