WFW strengthens Middle East Energy practice with new partner hire

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Watson Farley & Williams (“WFW”) is delighted to announce that energy and infrastructure expert Mhairi Garcia has joined the firm as a Partner in Dubai and Head of the Middle East Projects and Corporate Group.

Mhairi has over 20 years of experience in the Middle East and Africa, where she has worked on a number of high-profile and groundbreaking projects. She is recognised for her expertise by prestigious legal directories The Legal 500 and Chambers. Mhairi specialises in the corporate and commercial aspects of energy and infrastructure projects. She provides sponsors, lenders, contractors, and public sector clients with advice on a variety of project development and M&A in the energy and infrastructure sectors in the Middle East, Africa, and beyond.

Mhairi specialises in oil and gas projects, including acquisitions and disposals, the development of upstream oil and gas projects, and sales agreements. She also has expertise in renewable and conventional utilities projects, such as solar PV, CSP, wind, waste-to-energy, and hydrogen. In the Middle East and Africa, she has provided advice on projects for schools, hospitals, and roads in addition to the first rail projects in the GCC.

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From Dentons, where she served as Middle East Regional Head of Energy, Transport, and Infrastructure, Mhairi is now in the country.

Charlotte Bijlani, the head of the WFW Dubai office, said: “I am thrilled to welcome Mhairi to WFW Dubai. Her practise aligns with our emphasis on infrastructure and energy, and her impressive network of contacts and depth of knowledge will improve our energy practise both locally in Dubai and internationally.

“Mhairi joining us represents a major boost for our global energy and infrastructure sector, and she will play a key role in further developing our Middle East and Africa-focused projects practise alongside fellow Dubai Partner Alhassane Barry,” continued Henry Stewart, co-head of the global energy sector.

“I am thrilled to be joining a growing team at WFW,” Mhairi said. Working as a cohesive team will allow us to capitalise on our combined knowledge of the infrastructure and energy industries. I’m really enthusiastic about the chance to expand the regional practise and concentrate on the practice’s expansion in all areas relevant to the energy transition.

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