James Simpson has more than 25 years of corporate transaction experience, focused on the power, energy and infrastructure sector, including project development, privatisations, mergers and acquisitions, debt and equity financings, government work and restructurings.
He has been based in Europe since 1992 and has considerable privatisation and transactional experience in Central and Eastern Europe and Russia/CIS. Simpson is also very active in the Middle East and North Africa and divides his time between the Pillsbury’s London and Abu Dhabi offices.
Simpson has extensive experience in project finance and infrastructure (including power, water/wastewater, ports, airports and motorways), oil and gas and renewables and clean energy, as well as telecommunications. He regularly acts for project sponsors, infrastructure funds, independent power producers, lenders (including multilateral financial institutions), equity investors and governments in projects or on transactions throughout Europe, the Middle East, Africa and India. He has more than a decade of project finance and infrastructure experience in the Middle East and North Africa.
He also has a broad range of experience in the sports area (e.g. stadium financings, acquisitions, debt and equity financings, private equity and commercial arrangements) and in the defence sector (e.g. offset arrangements, joint ventures, acquisitions and dispositions and teaming agreements).
Simpson is a frequent speaker on topics relating to power and infrastructure, with particular reference to emerging markets. He has also authored articles on a wide range of subjects; recent topics include the history of power privatisation in Central Europe, a case study of the ADWEA ISTP2 wastewater project financing, designated as ‘Middle East Utilities and Water Deal of the Year’ in 2009, and implementing motorway concessions in emerging markets.
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