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Track record

Financing the privatisation of the airport in Prishtina, Kosovo

We advised a Turkish bank in financing the privatisation of the airport in Prishtina, Kosovo via a public private partnership with a Turkish and French consortium. This included advising on the PPP Agreement, the ‘bankability’ of that documen,t and the relevant direct agreement.

Advising a Government on investment treaty drafting

Conducted an extensive project for a Government client advising them on international investment law issues and drafting an innovative model bilateral investment treaty.

Privatisation of the Scottish electricity industry

We advised on the privatisation of the Scottish electricity industry. This privatisation included the whole pre-IPO reorganisation, and hiving off of the Grid and the Nuclear industry.

Equity investments in a Serbian bank

We advised a multilateral agency on their equity investments in a Serbian bank, and a shareholders agreement with the Republic of Serbia including on a privatisation programme.

EU tender procedures

We advised a facilities management company on EU tender procedures and drafted tender documents for the provision of conferencing and related services to the UK Cabinet Office.

Caribbean Government international investment law advice

A Caribbean Government has instructed us to advise on a range of international investment law issues.

Republic of Croatia

We advised on a grant agreement between the Republic of Croatia and the International Bank for Reconstruction and development. This included advising on the project implementation agreement and overall financing structure in connection with a global environment facility trust fund grant for renewable energy projects in Croatia.

Singapore's first constitutional challenge to the criminalization of male homosexual Conduct

In the case of Lim Meng Suang and Kenneth Chee Mun-Leon v Attorney-General [2014]SGCA53 we acted in our client's appeal involving constitutional issues of public importance, namely, whether Section 377A of the Penal Code infringes the constitutional rights to equality, life and liberty. This was Singapore’s First Constitutional Challenges to the Criminalization of Male Homosexual Conduct in Singapore.

SGD$45 million industrial construction project

We acted for a bank in the financing of up to SG$45 million involving the construction of an industrial project on Jurong Town Council land in Singapore.

Advised on the USD$1 billion financing of the largest toll road in Israel

Advised the senior agent to existing international lenders to the Cross Israel Highway. Also known as 'Highway 6' and 'the Trans-Israel Highway' we advised on the financing provided to the concessionaire, Derech Eretz Highways Ltd. Operating what is the largest toll road in Israel, the highway has generated investment in excess of USD$1 billion and was the biggest infrastructure project in Israel for many years and was the first major build-own-operate-transfer project in Israel.

Government in the Middle East

We are currently advising a Government in the Middle East on its investment treaty program.

The Romanian State

Our team represented the Romanian State in connection with the enforcement of a foreign judgment in the US, with the State receiving 100% of the judgment amount.

Defending SMRT Trains Ltd and the Land Transport Authority

We represented SMRT Trains in a High Court case involving the duty of care owed by a mass rapid transport operator and regulator to a commuter claiming SGD $3.4 million in damages. The Plaintiff’s claim was dismissed by the High Court Judge, whose decision was upheld by the Court of Appeal.

Collaborative ventures and public private partnership projects

We advised a number of 'for profit', not-for-profit and government bodies on various collaborative ventures and public private partnership projects, including:<br /> - acting for a facilities management company in tender to provide conferencing and related services to the UK Cabinet Office; <br /> - acting for a joint venture between a care homes operator and a registered social landlord in its successful bid to take over the operation of a portfolio of care homes previously owned and managed by a local UK authority. (this involved advising on the financing of the bid); <br /> - acting for a consortium of general practitioners to establish a partnership to provide 'out of hours' and other GP services to a number of UK NHS Primary Care Trusts; <br /> - acting for a number of bidders 'spinning out' of an existing NHS body where the NHS body became a commissioner of services and our client the service provider; <br /> - acting on a consortium bid for 15 charities to run international humanitarian projects funded by the Department for International Development;<br /> - acting on various UK schools projects - in particular the establishment of Academies to take over the operation of failing schools and negotiating the development arrangements under the Building Schools for the Future Programme which often involve the re-negotiation of existing PFI arrangements.

Singapore Economic Development Board

We successfully defended a claim in the High Court and the Court of Appeal arising from a refusal to grant a renewal of a lease of a site on prime land, involving allegations of misrepresentation

Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Croatia

We acted as in-house lawyer at the Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Croatia, advising on the application of the Croatian Privatisation Law, participated in the negotiation of the Programmatic Adjustment Loans with the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development, and monitored progress of required policy actions including privatisation of shipyards and subsidiaries of the Croatian Railways

Litigation advice for the Ukranian government

We act for the Ukrainian government in relation to a variety of commercial disputes.

International Bank for Reconstruction and Development

We advised on a grant agreement between the Republic of Croatia and the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development. This included advising on the project implementation agreement and overall financing structure in connection with a global environment facility trust fund grant for renewable energy projects in Croatia.

Croatian gaming concession arbitration

Acting as Counsel for the respondent in Adria Beteiligungs v The Republic of Croatia, we worked on an UNCITRAL arbitration under the aegis of the Permanent Court of Arbitration related to a gaming concession agreement in Croatia.

Ecuador v Colombia ICJ case

Our litigation team acted in Ecuador v Colombia (Aerial Herbicide Spraying) Counsel of Colombia, in an ICJ case involving issues of international environmental law.

States of Jersey

We advised the Chief Minister’s Department of the States of Jersey in relation to the changes to Jersey’s regime for attracting high net worth individuals.

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