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Tim Burbury ­specializes in construction and infrastructure/PPP transactions and leads our Middle East Construction practice and co-leads our Middle East Projects/PPP practice. With nearly two decades of experience in the Middle East and Asia, Tim is regularly sought after to advise clients on their complex energy, utilities, healthcare, education, housing, waste, airports, rail and roads projects. He also advises on large mixed used mega projects. Tim is the only Band 1–ranked lawyer in the Middle East for construction in the Chambers Global 2016 guide.

Tim has led teams on many high profile "brand" infrastructure projects. This includes the US$20 billion Saadiyat Island mega project in Abu Dhabi, where Tim advised on the construction contract for the Louvre Abu Dhabi and the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi as well as many PPP projects. Tim is also advising on infrastructure aspects of Jeddah Tower, which will be the tallest building in the world on completion, on infrastructure aspects of the King Abdulaziz Road mega project in Makkah, and on infrastructure aspects to support Dubai's EXPO2020.

Tim has significant experience with PPP projects, having advised governments and investors since the early 2000s when the Australia PPP boom started. Tim helped write the commercial principles guidebook for one government on PPPs. He is currently advising a number of clients on PPPs within Saudi Arabia and the wider Middle East region, including as part of those countries’ Vision 2030 PPP programs.

Tim is widely considered one of the leading lawyers globally in district energy projects. As the Global leader of our District Energy practice, Tim has advised on nearly 50 utility projects (cooling, cogen, trigen) in the Middle East and Asia, included project financings in Saudi Arabia, Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Qatar under concession/PPP models.

Tim is a Steering Committee Member for the Middle East Chapter of the International District Energy Association. He is also supporting the United Nations Environment Programme on its Global District Energy Systems Initiative. UNEP's "DES Initiative" seeks to support global governments in rapidly developing modern district energy projects in cities around the world. Tim is often asked by governments to help draft legislative frameworks to support their energy efficiency policies.

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Credentials

B.Com, LLB, University of Tasmania, with honors

High Court of Australia

Hong Kong

Tasmania

Victoria

Society of Construction Law

International District Energy Association

Australian Business Group

Leading Lawyer, Middle East: Projects & Energy


Chambers Global, 2010–2016

Leading Lawyer, United Arab Emirates: construction (the only Band 1–ranked lawyer)


Chambers Global, 2010–2016

Who's Who Legal Construction, 2017

Leading Lawyer, Middle East: Energy & Infrastructure


Legal 500, 2010–2015

Leading Lawyer, Middle East: Construction


Legal 500, 2014–2015

Leading Lawyer: Construction


Euromoney's World's Leading Lawyers, 2012 and 2014

Leading Lawyer: Project Finance


Euromoney's World's Leading Lawyers, 2016

Leading Lawyer: Energy


Euromoney's World's Leading Lawyers, 2016

"Absolutely first class—the best non-contentious lawyer in the UAE."


Chambers Global

"Exceptionally competent projects transactional lawyer."


Chambers Global

"An authority on district cooling."


Chambers Global

"The perfect combination of very strong background and very strong skills in legal matters regarding M&A and projects, and very much business-oriented."


Chambers Global

Matters

Energy & Utilities (District Cooling, Power, Water, Waste, Telco)

Advising a consortium on its bid for a Middle Eastern utility scale solar project.

Advising the developer of the King Abdulaziz Road mega project in Makkah on a utilities infrastructure concession.

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Energy & Utilities (District Cooling, Power, Water, Waste, Telco)

Advising a consortium on its bid for a Middle Eastern utility scale solar project.

Advising the developer of the King Abdulaziz Road mega project in Makkah on a utilities infrastructure concession.

Advising a global management consultant and a Middle Eastern Government entity on its national water strategy program, which includes procurement through PPPs.

Advising Jeddah Economic Company on a suite of four captive utilities (district cooling, water, power, STP) to support the one-kilometer-high multibillion-dollar (in USD) Jeddah Tower project, which will be the world’s tallest tower on completion.

Advising a Dubai Government owned entity on a district cooling PPP to support infrastructure at Dubai EXPO2020.

Advising the sponsors of a district cooling BOT project financing supporting the US$6 billion Akoya Oxygen project, UAE.

Advising  the sponsors of a district cooling BOT project financing supporting the US$1 billion Mirdif Hills project, UAE.

Advising a master developer on a major energy restructuring covering master communities in seven regions, including on framework agreements and the restructuring of a suite of project agreements, UAE.

Advising a Saudi master developer on the restructuring of its district cooling BOT concession arrangements.

Advising ENGIE on a utility acquisition in Asia.

Advising an Asian utility on its bid for an interest in a Middle East district cooling company.

Advising a Saudi Government-owned entity on seven waste management PPPs.

Represented a solar fund on a solar IPP in Jordan.

Represented a global management consultant and a Middle Eastern Government on the establishment of a new “Green Free Zone.”

Represented a global management consultant and a Middle Eastern Government on the establishment of laws and regulations for the regulation of a new utility.

Advised the Abu Dhabi Government through Abu Dhabi Airports Company on two water-related PPP projects. 

Advising a UAE government-owned entity on multiple utility concessions, including a sewage treatment, district cooling and power.

Advising a Qatari government-owned entity on waste management infrastructure.

Advising a UAE government-owned entity on multiple waste water treatment concession projects.

Advising sponsors on the EPC & O&M arrangements associated with a suite of IPPs in Kenya.

Advising the sponsors of a captive trigeneration facility in Jeddah.

Advising UAE government-owned entities on EPC contracts for power substation packages and power distribution network packages.

Advising UAE government-owned entities on EPC contracts for power substation packages and power distribution network packages.

Advising an international airport owner and operator on utilities infrastructure arrangements.

Represented the project company on a Middle East industrial effluent treatment PPP project.

Represented an international consortium on a biosolids PPP project.

Represented an infrastructure fund on a waste-to-energy PPP project.

Represented a government department on a desalination project.

Represented a U.S. infrastructure fund on a U.S. desalination project.

O&G / LNG / Natural Gas

Advising a major O&G global entity on its standard form international EPC contract for use in O&G projects as well as a "wrap around guarantee" for splitting EPC contracts.

Advising the ADB in relation to the Turkmenistan, Afghanistan, Pakistan to India (TAPI) pipeline project.

Advising an international O&G company on its bid for a gas processing facility in Croatia and on their standard international EPC contract.

Advising an international O&G company on an EPCM contract for an Asian LNG Receiving Terminal.

Advising a Middle Eastern government-owned O&G company on their proposed multibillion-dollar (in USD) acquisition of a portfolio of O&G assets.

Advising an O&G service company on construction contracts for onshore drilling rigs in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq.

Advising a subsidiary of the Qatar Investment Authority on centralized gas infrastructure arrangements for master planned projects in Qatar.

Advising UAE government-owned entities on synthetic natural gas processing and storage facilities, including the gas sales contracts, EPC and concession arrangements; on gas distribution network contracts and on multiple gas concession projects including under concession, DBO and EPC contracting models.

Transport, Healthcare, Education, Housing

Advising MASIC as part of an international consortium bidding on the US$2 billion PPP for the expansion, development, maintenance, operation and finance of the Prince Muhammad bin Abdulaziz International Airport in Madinah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, including on the concession and EPC arrangements.

Represented a consortium bidding for the Abu Dhabi Highway PPP project.

Advising a UAE government-owned aviation company on construction, FM and energy matters.

Advising a prominent aviation company in Saudi Arabia on all construction and facility management matters in relation to a residential compound for its employees in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

Represented a consortium bidder on a transport intermodal transport interchange facility PPP project.

Represented an Asian airport authority on its Airside Vehicle Examination PPP project.

Represented a bidder on a greenfield light rail PPP project.

Represented the successful consortium on a PPP hotel project at an airport.

Advising a Saudi investment company on a major 2,500-bed accommodation project financed PPP, including structuring advice and on the RFP and full suite of PPP agreements.

Advising the Tourism Development & Investment Company on a 20,000-bed project financed accommodation PPP, including all structuring advice; fund formation; and all project agreements, including concession agreement, construction and operation and financing documents.

Represented a university on all aspects of the development of a student residence project under the UK’s PFI scheme.

Advising BlueApple on a major healthcare infrastructure project in Abu Dhabi.

Advising United Eastern Medical Services, the largest private developer of hospitals in Abu Dhabi, on its US$200 million flagship Danat Women's and Children's hospital project in Abu Dhabi.

Represented a consortium member on an Australia hospital PPP.

Represented a government health authority on the re-development of multiple healthcare facilities under a PPP model.

Advising two Hong Kong bodies on model proposals for the potential re-development, on a PPP basis, of correctional facilities and healthcare facilities in Hong Kong.

Advising a Middle East Government on its Schools PPP Program.

Represented the sponsors on the New York Abu Dhabi University PPP.

Represented the sponsors on the Zayed University PPP.

Represented the sponsors on the Al Ain University PPP.

Advising a UAE government-owned entity on a K–12 greenfield education facility.

Advising a UK private schools and education provider on its three-year "Schools Management Agreement" for a cluster of schools in Abu Dhabi.

Represented a shortlisted education and training institution in relation to its tender for the development of a Middle East student and military technical education college.

Represented a consortium member on two Australia Schools PPPs.

Matters

Energy & Utilities (District Cooling, Power, Water, Waste, Telco)

Advising a consortium on its bid for a Middle Eastern utility scale solar project.

Advising the developer of the King Abdulaziz Road mega project in Makkah on a utilities infrastructure concession.

See more
Icon close

Close

Matters

Energy & Utilities (District Cooling, Power, Water, Waste, Telco)

Advising a consortium on its bid for a Middle Eastern utility scale solar project.

Advising the developer of the King Abdulaziz Road mega project in Makkah on a utilities infrastructure concession.

Advising a global management consultant and a Middle Eastern Government entity on its national water strategy program, which includes procurement through PPPs.

Advising Jeddah Economic Company on a suite of four captive utilities (district cooling, water, power, STP) to support the one-kilometer-high multibillion-dollar (in USD) Jeddah Tower project, which will be the world’s tallest tower on completion.

Advising a Dubai Government owned entity on a district cooling PPP to support infrastructure at Dubai EXPO2020.

Advising the sponsors of a district cooling BOT project financing supporting the US$6 billion Akoya Oxygen project, UAE.

Advising  the sponsors of a district cooling BOT project financing supporting the US$1 billion Mirdif Hills project, UAE.

Advising a master developer on a major energy restructuring covering master communities in seven regions, including on framework agreements and the restructuring of a suite of project agreements, UAE.

Advising a Saudi master developer on the restructuring of its district cooling BOT concession arrangements.

Advising ENGIE on a utility acquisition in Asia.

Advising an Asian utility on its bid for an interest in a Middle East district cooling company.

Advising a Saudi Government-owned entity on seven waste management PPPs.

Represented a solar fund on a solar IPP in Jordan.

Represented a global management consultant and a Middle Eastern Government on the establishment of a new “Green Free Zone.”

Represented a global management consultant and a Middle Eastern Government on the establishment of laws and regulations for the regulation of a new utility.

Advised the Abu Dhabi Government through Abu Dhabi Airports Company on two water-related PPP projects. 

Advising a UAE government-owned entity on multiple utility concessions, including a sewage treatment, district cooling and power.

Advising a Qatari government-owned entity on waste management infrastructure.

Advising a UAE government-owned entity on multiple waste water treatment concession projects.

Advising sponsors on the EPC & O&M arrangements associated with a suite of IPPs in Kenya.

Advising the sponsors of a captive trigeneration facility in Jeddah.

Advising UAE government-owned entities on EPC contracts for power substation packages and power distribution network packages.

Advising UAE government-owned entities on EPC contracts for power substation packages and power distribution network packages.

Advising an international airport owner and operator on utilities infrastructure arrangements.

Represented the project company on a Middle East industrial effluent treatment PPP project.

Represented an international consortium on a biosolids PPP project.

Represented an infrastructure fund on a waste-to-energy PPP project.

Represented a government department on a desalination project.

Represented a U.S. infrastructure fund on a U.S. desalination project.

O&G / LNG / Natural Gas

Advising a major O&G global entity on its standard form international EPC contract for use in O&G projects as well as a "wrap around guarantee" for splitting EPC contracts.

Advising the ADB in relation to the Turkmenistan, Afghanistan, Pakistan to India (TAPI) pipeline project.

Advising an international O&G company on its bid for a gas processing facility in Croatia and on their standard international EPC contract.

Advising an international O&G company on an EPCM contract for an Asian LNG Receiving Terminal.

Advising a Middle Eastern government-owned O&G company on their proposed multibillion-dollar (in USD) acquisition of a portfolio of O&G assets.

Advising an O&G service company on construction contracts for onshore drilling rigs in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq.

Advising a subsidiary of the Qatar Investment Authority on centralized gas infrastructure arrangements for master planned projects in Qatar.

Advising UAE government-owned entities on synthetic natural gas processing and storage facilities, including the gas sales contracts, EPC and concession arrangements; on gas distribution network contracts and on multiple gas concession projects including under concession, DBO and EPC contracting models.

Transport, Healthcare, Education, Housing

Advising MASIC as part of an international consortium bidding on the US$2 billion PPP for the expansion, development, maintenance, operation and finance of the Prince Muhammad bin Abdulaziz International Airport in Madinah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, including on the concession and EPC arrangements.

Represented a consortium bidding for the Abu Dhabi Highway PPP project.

Advising a UAE government-owned aviation company on construction, FM and energy matters.

Advising a prominent aviation company in Saudi Arabia on all construction and facility management matters in relation to a residential compound for its employees in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

Represented a consortium bidder on a transport intermodal transport interchange facility PPP project.

Represented an Asian airport authority on its Airside Vehicle Examination PPP project.

Represented a bidder on a greenfield light rail PPP project.

Represented the successful consortium on a PPP hotel project at an airport.

Advising a Saudi investment company on a major 2,500-bed accommodation project financed PPP, including structuring advice and on the RFP and full suite of PPP agreements.

Advising the Tourism Development & Investment Company on a 20,000-bed project financed accommodation PPP, including all structuring advice; fund formation; and all project agreements, including concession agreement, construction and operation and financing documents.

Represented a university on all aspects of the development of a student residence project under the UK’s PFI scheme.

Advising BlueApple on a major healthcare infrastructure project in Abu Dhabi.

Advising United Eastern Medical Services, the largest private developer of hospitals in Abu Dhabi, on its US$200 million flagship Danat Women's and Children's hospital project in Abu Dhabi.

Represented a consortium member on an Australia hospital PPP.

Represented a government health authority on the re-development of multiple healthcare facilities under a PPP model.

Advising two Hong Kong bodies on model proposals for the potential re-development, on a PPP basis, of correctional facilities and healthcare facilities in Hong Kong.

Advising a Middle East Government on its Schools PPP Program.

Represented the sponsors on the New York Abu Dhabi University PPP.

Represented the sponsors on the Zayed University PPP.

Represented the sponsors on the Al Ain University PPP.

Advising a UAE government-owned entity on a K–12 greenfield education facility.

Advising a UK private schools and education provider on its three-year "Schools Management Agreement" for a cluster of schools in Abu Dhabi.

Represented a shortlisted education and training institution in relation to its tender for the development of a Middle East student and military technical education college.

Represented a consortium member on two Australia Schools PPPs.

Credentials

B.Com, LLB, University of Tasmania, with honors

High Court of Australia

Hong Kong

Tasmania

Victoria

Society of Construction Law

International District Energy Association

Australian Business Group

Leading Lawyer, Middle East: Projects & Energy


Chambers Global, 2010–2016

Leading Lawyer, United Arab Emirates: construction (the only Band 1–ranked lawyer)


Chambers Global, 2010–2016

Who's Who Legal Construction, 2017

Leading Lawyer, Middle East: Energy & Infrastructure


Legal 500, 2010–2015

Leading Lawyer, Middle East: Construction


Legal 500, 2014–2015

Leading Lawyer: Construction


Euromoney's World's Leading Lawyers, 2012 and 2014

Leading Lawyer: Project Finance


Euromoney's World's Leading Lawyers, 2016

Leading Lawyer: Energy


Euromoney's World's Leading Lawyers, 2016

"Absolutely first class—the best non-contentious lawyer in the UAE."


Chambers Global

"Exceptionally competent projects transactional lawyer."


Chambers Global

"An authority on district cooling."


Chambers Global

"The perfect combination of very strong background and very strong skills in legal matters regarding M&A and projects, and very much business-oriented."


Chambers Global