Edward Hills is counsel in the Dubai office of Latham & Watkins and is a member of the Finance Department. Mr. Hills’ practice covers a range of international transactional matters including banking, project finance and development, trade finance, acquisition finance, Islamic finance and restructuring transactions.
His experience includes representing commercial and investment banks and project sponsors. Mr. Hills has extensive experience across a variety of sectors, including the oil and gas, petrochemicals, power and renewable energies, infrastructure, metals and mining, manufacturing, telecommunications, banking and education sectors.
Mr. Hills’ representative transactions include advising:
- The sponsors on the Az-Zour North IWPP project in Kuwait, named “Project Finance Deal of the Year” by IFLR Middle East Awards 2014, “Middle East & Africa Power Deal of the Year” by Project Finance International Awards 2013 and “Middle Eastern PPP Deal of the Year” by Project Finance Magazine 2013.
- The host country sponsors of two separate greenfield petrochemical projects in the Middle East
- A GCC civil aviation authority in relation to the privatization of a domestic airport
- The Middle East sponsor on the world’s largest energy project
- The mandated lead arrangers in connection with the approx. US$1bn Zayed University New Campus Abu Dhabi PPP Development project. The deal was awarded “Middle Eastern PPP Deal of the Year 2009” by Project Finance International*
- An international bidding consortium in connection with its bid for the concession on the Mafraq-Ghweifat Highway Project in Abu Dhabi – a multi-billion dollar PPP project sponsored by the Abu Dhabi Government*
- The lead arrangers in connection with the U$2 billion 144A Reg S bond and US$4.67 billion bank financing of the EMAL Aluminum smelter project, the world's largest aluminum smelter*
- An Abu Dhabi-based fund on three pan-Middle East acquisitions (infrastructure services, consumer goods and telecommunications network services)
- The City of Jeddah and its special purpose entity created by Royal Decree, the Jeddah Development and Urban Regeneration Company (JDURC), in connection with several public private partnership (PPP) projects, including urban regeneration and landfill gas*
- The sponsors in connection with the development and approx. US$2.6 billion financing of an aluminum smelter (including a captive power plant) located in the Messaieed Industrial Area, south of Doha*
- Mobily, a telecommunications provider in Saudi Arabia, in connection with a groundbreaking US$2.9 billion Islamic financing facility based on airtime. This transaction was the first of its kind with a highly innovative Islamic finance instrument*
* Matter handled while at a previous firm