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Squire Patton Boggs appoints Leroy Levy as its new MENA head of project development

Levy joins after eight years as a partner at King & Spalding’s project finance practice

Squire Patton Boggs has a new partner in its Public & Infrastructure Finance Practice. Leroy Levy joins as head of project development for the MENA region and is based in its Dubai office.

Levy joins the firm from the Dubai office of King & Spalding, where he was a partner in its project finance practice for eight years.

According to the firm, Levy specialises in infrastructure projects in the region, particularly on some of the largest, most innovative and best-known infrastructure projects in Saudi Arabia.

He acts for a broad range of clients in public-private partnerships (PPP) and other project finance transactions, in sectors such as energy, waste management, healthcare, education and transportation, adds the firm.

Since arriving in the Middle East in 2000, Levy has worked on; “the $20 billion Sadara complex, the largest petrochemical project in the world; Sadaf Captive Power Project, the first independent captive power project in the Kingdom; representing ACWA in the US$3 billion independent water and power project at Shuaibah; and advising Tatweer Buildings Company on the first schools PPP project in Saudi Arabia,” Squire Patton Boggs explains.

Levy is the latest senior appointment in infrastructure and project finance in the firm’s Middle East practice, following the arrival of partner Shane Wilson in October last year.

“We are continuing to expand our capabilities in infrastructure and project finance in the Middle East,” Thomas P. Wilson, Dubai office managing partner and co-leader of the firm’s global Infrastructure Industry Group. “It is great to have Leroy now join us and he will have a warm welcome from a team that is well used to advising local and international clients on large, complex infrastructure investments and projects across the region – not to mention our pioneering work on developing PPP for national governments.”

A graduate of Queen Mary College, University of London, Levy also holds an MSc in arbitration and construction law from King’s College, London, and is on the UN’s Economic Commission of Europe’s roster of experts. Prior to joining King & Spalding in 2010, he was head of the Saudi projects practice at Trowers & Hamlins.

“We have known Leroy for some time, as he has worked on some of the most significant infrastructure projects in the Kingdom to date,” said Khalid A. Al-Thebity, Riyadh office managing partner. “His expertise will be a welcome additional resource as our team gears up for further infrastructure investment as the government’s economic reform program, Vision 2030, continues to unfold.”

 

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