THE FIRM Sources are impressed by Norton Rose's commitment to Africa. The firm's growing network of offices, including South Africa, Morocco and Tanzania, ensures that international expertise is combined with local knowledge. In one highlight, the group acted for Zimbabwe Power Company on the expansion of coal and hydropower projects with a combined capital of approximately USD3 billion. It is also highly visible in the IPP procurement process in the South African renewables sector. The team includes individuals with expertise in particular jurisdictions such as Nigeria, where the firm represents several bidders in power sector privatisations. The group's wider experience includes oil and gas, mining and transport.
Norton Rose has an impressive track record of advising on Qatari projects and representing Qatari companies in overseas transactions. Highlights include acting for Qatar Electricity Water Company on its efforts to be selected as preferred bidder for a desalination plant. Other clients include Qatar Petroleum and the Qatari government.
This firm houses a dedicated Nordic group with an impressive track record of advising on Swedish energy deals.
KEY INDIVIDUALS Erol Huseyin operates a significant projects and energy practice in Qatar, where he regularly advises on a number of transactions. He has previously spent time on secondment at Qatar Petroleum.
Oil and gas specialist Nick Prowse is involved in numerous African jurisdictions with recent finds of significant natural resources.
Arun Velusami is a projects and energy partner who works across anglophone Africa and has particular knowledge of the power sector in Nigeria. Clients value his experience, and peers agree that his working style is both approachable and productive: "He gets it."
Richard Metcalf specialises in African oil and gas exploration, development and transmission. He is particularly well known for his work on behalf of governments.
Peers "would telephone Simon Currie for advice," such is his standing at the firm and in the projects market as a whole. He is the firm's global head of energy and has considerable expertise across a range of sectors, including nuclear and renewables such as solar and hydropower. Recent work includes advising the sponsor of the Jädraås Wind Farm in Sweden.
Global projects head Jeffery Barratt is well regarded for his work for clients from the energy, financial, infrastructure, mining and commodities sectors. His advice is also sought on project financing for Middle Eastern power and water schemes.
Martin McCann is "very practical and solution-oriented," and is "very much a 'let's make it work' solicitor." He heads the firm's infrastructure, mining and commodities practice. He advised IRC on the financing and construction of an iron ore processing facility.