Derek McKinley

  • Counsel
  • Dubai International Financial Centre
  • ICD Brookfield Place, Level 16
  • P.O. Box 506698
  • Dubai, United Arab Emirates
  • T +971.4.704.6388


Derek McKinley, a member of the Finance Department, focuses on project development and finance. Mr. McKinley's industry experience includes construction, infrastructure, oil and gas, petrochemicals, power, renewables and telecommunications.



Mr. McKinley's most recent experience includes advising:

  • A bidder to the Kabd Municipal Solid Waste to Energy PPP project in Kuwait
  • A bidder to the 280 MW Abdaliyah Integrated Solar Combined Cycle (ISCC) PPP project in Kuwait
  • The primary sponsor of the development and US$150 million project financing of the 22 MIGD Al Hamra IWP in the UAE
  • Aqaba Development Corporation on the $400+ million procurement of marine works, two grain terminals, a LNG terminal and a LPG terminal forming phases one and two of the New Port of Aqaba in Jordan
  • A shareholder in the 1,700 MW Phase 3 of the Yanbu IWPP in Saudi Arabia
  • Harbin Electric International on its major subcontracts for the engineering, procurement and construction of Phase 1 of the 1,200 MW Hassyan Clean Coal Plant in the UAE
  • Emirates Telecommunications Corporation on its proposed $2 billion revolving credit facility
  • Tamasek on its bid for a significant interest in Talisman Energy’s upstream assets/operations in Indonesia, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea and Vietnam

Thought Leadership

  • Saudi National Renewable Energy Program Round 1 — “Scaling Up” -  April 24, 2017
  • Private Sector Opportunities in the UAE Water Industry -  August 25, 2016
  • Al-Mirsal Blog: Saudi Arabia Par Excellence? -  March 03, 2016
  • Al-Mirsal Blog: Egypt Liberalises Electricity Market to Allow Private Sector Participation -  February 02, 2016
  • Egypt: The New Electricity Law Explained -  September 27, 2015
  • Al-Mirsal Blog: Kuwait Power and Water Projects to Take-Off Following Publication of PPP Regulations  -  May 13, 2015
  • Al-Mirsal Blog: Kuwait Projects to Press Ahead Following PPP Law Publication  -  January 07, 2015
  • Al-Mirsal Blog: Rise in Middle East IWPs as Demand for Water Increases  -  December 11, 2014
  • Al-Mirsal Blog: 3 Top Legal Issues to Tackle on Solar Projects -  December 08, 2014
  • Abu Dhabi Metro and Light Rail Projects Set for Procurement -  June 30, 2013
Bar Qualification
  • England and Wales (Solicitor)
  • LPC, BPP Law School, 2006
  • LL.M., University of Cape Town, 2005
    JW Jagger Scholar, Engen Petroleum Prize
  • LL.B., Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, 2003
    With Honors
  • LL.B., Queen Mary College, University of London, 2003
    With Honors
  • Energy & Infrastructure
  • Technology
  • Project Development & Finance
  • Banking