Allen & Overy's presence in the legal sphere is creeping upon a decade. More than 80 years ago, the firm first opened its doors, and today it is a robust organization of approximately 525 and nearly 5,000 professionals operating out of 46 offices in 32 countries. Its global reach extends from the Americas to Africa, Europe to the Asia-Pacific region, as well as the Middle East, where it has offices in Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates.
The firm's expertise encompasses the full spectrum of practices and industry sectors. Energy, attorneys acknowledge, is currently one of the most important and fast-changing industries in the modern world. As such, Allen & Overy places an emphasis on its energy practice and has secured its place at the forefront of the industry. Its forward-thinking team deftly navigates new markets with keen interest in areas related to power and utilities, transmission and distribution, carbon capture and storage, oil and gas, and climate change.
Given energy's status as an industry with global implications, the firm works across borders with representation in the major energy hubs worldwide. Its attorneys act on behalf of sellers and acquirers, project sponsors, corporates, financial and passive investors, suppliers, manufacturers, governments, and debt funders on their global energy interests and transactions. Allen & Overy's offices, still, maintain deep local roots.
Bimal Desai is a partner in the Dubai office, which opened its doors in the late 1970s, and a titan among energy attorneys. His work in the petrochemicals and oil and gas sectors has brought him to various projects and other structured finances in the Middle East, Africa, and Asia. His signature practice draws international acclaim, further supported by a long and successful career as well as a strong body of work. In his decades of professional achievement, he has also advised Islamic lenders and multilateral agencies. Plus, he has gained significant experience and much peer recognition for his handling of Export Credit Agency-led project financings.
The deep and enviable bench of Allen & Overy's energy group also boasts Ian Ingram-Johnson, another partner in the Dubai office with a lengthy history advising sponsors, governments, lenders, and project companies on their issues related to the power, petrochemicals, oil and gas, telecoms, transport, and infrastructure sectors. His diverse and impressive practice also encompasses multisource financings, including Islamic financings, multilaterals, governmental agencies, ECAs, commercial banks, and monolines. The celebrated attorney is lauded by clients for his innovative approach to their problems as well as his timeliness and concentration in his work.
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