Chris Down is a projects lawyer based in London. Chris has broad experience of advising on projects in the refining, petrochemicals, oil & gas and power sectors and his practice spans the construction, project document and financing aspects of these projects. He is also an engineer and a member of the Institution of Engineering & Technology. Prior to entering private practice, Chris was a solicitor and Commercial Manager with Foster Wheeler Energy.
Chris has a strong focus on the development and financing of power projects in the EMEA region. He spent two years working in the power development team of a Japanese trading house.
In the Middle East, Chris has advised on more than a dozen independent water and power projects in Oman, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait and Qatar and has helped clients restructure projects in many of these jurisdictions. He advised the winning bidder on the development and financing of the 2000MW Sur IPP, which was awarded Middle East Power Deal of the Year by Euromoney's Project Finance magazine.
He advises on the development and financing of power and water projects across sub-Saharan Africa and has worked on project developments in Botswana, Ghana, Kenya, Namibia, Nigeria, South Africa and Zambia. His experience covers conventional, gas-fired, wind and solar power projects. He has also worked extensively on electricity transmission and interconnection projects, including advising the GCC Interconnector Authority on the power exchange and trading arrangements for the GCC interconnector project and on cross border power trading arrangements in Africa.
Chris regularly advises on M&A transactions in the power and oil and gas sectors across Europe, the Middle East and Africa. He advised Marubeni Corporation on the disposal of fifty per cent of its interests in the Shuweihat 2 IWPP in Abu Dhabi to Osaka Gas and on other asset swap arrangements in the MENA region.
Having worked for Foster Wheeler Energy, Chris has extensive experience of advising on the construction and other commercial arrangements for process plant projects in the refinery, petrochemical and oil & gas sectors. He advises NOCs, majors and other investors on the development of projects, including having advised the ECAs and commercial lenders on the US$4 bn Surgil Petrochemical Complex in Uzbekistan.