Related Professionals: Simon Harvey Vince Gordon Kyri Evagora

Global law firm Reed Smith has today announced the appointment of projects and finance partner Simon Harvey to its UAE offices. Simon joins the firm from Pinsent Masons (in Dubai).

Simon advises clients on a range of projects and infrastructure matters relating to power, gas, minerals and resources, upstream and offshore work. His practice has focused more recently on power, water desalination and other public private partnership projects across economic and social infrastructure, together with advanced manufacturing and mixed use commercial and residential developments. Simon acts for sponsors and developers as project counsel, which includes EPC construction, O&M, concession and financing aspects.

"We have an established presence having been in the Middle East for over thirty years," commented Vince Gordon, Reed Smith’s Middle East managing partner. "Simon’s hire continues to build upon our finance and projects practice and create further opportunities to support clients requiring support across our global platform."

“Simon joining us in the Middle East serves to reaffirm our commitment to global client service as a core part of our business,” said Kyri Evagora, partner and chair of the firm’s Energy & Natural Resources Group. “Simon’s arrival will not only build on our transactional projects experience in the local market, but will augment our international offering.”

In recent years, Reed Smith has continued to grow its energy and natural resources practice, adding 26 new partners across its global platform in the past three years and opening in Singapore and Houston in October 2012 and January 2013, respectively. Most recently, the firm has been joined by international commodities and derivatives partner Peter Malyshev, who joined the firm’s Washington D.C. office in August 2015. It has grown further in Singapore with the arrival of international commercial arbitration and disputes partners Calvin Chan and Kohe Hasan, who both joined the firm in September 2015.

Currently, its global Energy & Natural Resources Group now includes more than 120 lawyers focusing exclusively on the sector and advising clients in the infrastructure, shipping, energy, mining and commodities sectors.

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