Tim Burbury is a partner in the Abu Dhabi office of King & Spalding and leads the Middle East Construction practice.
Mr. Burbury specialises in complex energy and infrastructure transactions, particularly acquisitions, dispositions, construction contracts, concessions, PPPs and financings throughout the Middle East, Asia and Australia. He is regularly engaged on high profile transactions and is currently advising the developer of the Louvre Abu Dhabi, the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi and the Zayed National Museum in Abu Dhabi.
Mr. Burbury’s clients include government owned entities, master developers, utility companies, energy majors, PPP sponsors, investors and infrastructure funds. His sector experience includes energy (LNG, O&G pipelines & processing facilities), utilities (district energy, cogeneration, trigeneration, domestic gas/SNG, water), transport (road, rail, aviation), social infrastructure (healthcare, education, tourism & leisure) and construction (mega mixed use developments & civil construction).
Mr. Burbury is a member of the Society of Construction Law, the International District Energy Association and a member of the IDEA’s Middle East Steering Committee.
He is admitted to practice in Tasmania, Victoria, the High Court of Australia and Hong Kong.
Publications, Presentations & Speeches
Mr. Burbury regularly presents and writes on a range of projects/construction topics including the following:
- Invited speaker at international conferences on topics including infrastructure projects, PPPs and utilities including in Beijing, 2011 & 2012; Kuala Lumpur, 2012; Abu Dhabi, 2010 & 2011, Dubai, 2011 & 2013; Saudi Arabia, 2011, 2012 & 2013; Kuwait 2011; and Doha , 2010, 2012 & 2013.
- “PF2 and its relevance to PPPs in the GCC”, Energy Newsletter, 2013
- “First Energy Concession under innovative model to reach financial close in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia”, Energy Newsletter, 2013 (http://www.kslaw.com/library/newsletters/EnergyNewsletter/2013/April/article5.html)
- “Jabal Omar: A Case Study”, Measure Magazine, 2013 (http://www.kslaw.com/library/publication/measure_Winter2013.pdf)
- “Back-to-back – the pass-through of construction risk from project agreement through to subcontracts under public private partnerships (PPPs) and energy infrastructure projects”, Energy Newsletter, 2013 (http://www.kslaw.com/library/newsletters/EnergyNewsletter/2013/February/article6.html)
- “Splitting EPC Contracts”, Energy Newsletter, 2012 (http://www.kslaw.com/library/newsletters/EnergyNewsletter/2012/April/article4.html)
- “Infrastructure & Project Finance”, Financier Worldwide, 2012 (http://www.kslaw.com/imageserver/KSPublic/library/publication/2012articles/9-12FinancierBurbury.pdf)
- “The Global Rise of District Energy”, International District Energy Association, 2012.
- “Monetizing Utility Infrastructure Assets”, Law360, 2012 (http://www.kslaw.com/imageserver/KSPublic/library/publication/2012articles/1-12Law360Burbury.pdf)
- “Monetising Utility Assets in Difficult Financial Markets”, Energy Newsletter, 2011 (http://www.kslaw.com/library/newsletters/EnergyNewsletter/2011/November/article3.html)
- “A New Delivery Model for District Energy Projects: Public-Private-Partnerships”; Energy Newsletter, 2011 (http://www.kslaw.com/library/newsletters/EnergyNewsletter/2011/June/article2.html)
- “K&S Takes Lead in Saadiyat Energy Tender” Global Energy Review, 2011
- “Tunnel vision: Legal Risks Commonly Encountered in Tunnelling Projects”, The Big Project Magazine, 2010.
- “Tough and getting tougher: the ‘dire need’ of Dubai's Foreign Companies,” Construction Week, 2009.
- “Developing Abu Dhabi’s Infrastructure”, Alert, 2010
- “Project Procurement: designing a successful model,” Abu Dhabi 2009 and previously as part of the ALB's Construction Law Masterclass, 2007.
- “Procurement Options for LRT systems,” Hong Kong, 2007.
- “PPPs structures for Correctional Facilities projects,” Hong Kong, 2006.
- “PPPs revisited: the Output Specification,” Hong Kong, 2005.
- “Liquidated Damages and the Prevention Principle,” Australia, 2002.
- “EPC Contracts from the Contractor’s Perspective,” Australia, 2001.
- “The Hidden Dangers of Split EPC Contracts,” International Bar Association’s Asia Pacific Forum Newsletter Vol. 8 No. 2, 2000.