Experience counts for Wilde Sapte duo

Wilde Sapte's plans to develop its project finance practice took several steps forward last week when it announced the addition of two City lawyers to its major projects practice.

The two are Bruce Johnston from Linklaters & Paines and Christopher Clement-Davies from SBC Warburg, both in their mid-30s.

Wilde Sapte said the two have considerable UK and international project experience, having acted in numerous project financings in Europe, North Africa and Asia.

Mary Bonar, head of the firm's major projects team, said: “This is an important development for our project practice. Bruce and Christopher's substantial experience will enable us to enhance the service we deliver to our clients in the UK and overseas.”

Johnston is qualified in both England and Australia and has experience in the energy and power sectors. He recently completed a gas field financing in Tunisia, with similar projects in India and Pakistan. Johnstone's current work includes advising on a private prison projects under the Private Finance Initiative.

Clement-Davies was a divisional director in the specialist financing team at SBC Warburg's corporate finance division. He was working with the London and Continental Railways consortium which has been shortlisted for the £2.7 billion Channel Tunnel Rail Link project.