Michael Watson | White & Case LLP International Law Firm, Global Law Practice
Michael Watson
Michael Watson

Michael Watson

Partner, Abu Dhabi

T +971 2 611 3484

T +971 50 611 5797 (mobile)

E mwatson@whitecase.com

Overview

Michael advises clients on the project development aspects of energy and infrastructure projects, acting for sponsors, lenders and governments. Michael's experience includes advising on large scale, complex, cross-border projects across the Middle East, Africa and Europe.

Bars and Courts

  • England and Wales
  • South Africa

Education

  • Bachelor of Laws, Rhodes University
  • Bachelor of Science, Rhodes University

Languages

  • English

Experience

Petrochemical or refinery:
US$20 billion Sadara chemical project, Saudi Arabia

Representation of Saudi Aramco in connection with the US$20 billion Sadara chemical, a joint venture with The Dow Chemical Company in Jubail, Saudi Arabia.

US$5 billion Oltin Y'ol gas-to-liquids project, Uzbekistan

Representation of the lenders in connection with the development and financing of a US$5 billion gas-to-liquids facility in Uzbekistan.

US$3.5 billion petrochemical complex, Egypt

Representation of the sponsor on the proposed development and financing of a US$3.5 billion petrochemical complex in the Arab Republic of Egypt.

US$380 million ammonia and industrial gases project, Saudi Arabia

Representation of the sponsors on the development of a US$380 million ammonia and industrial gases project in Saudi Arabia.

US$350 million nitric acid and ammonium nitrate complex, Egypt

Representation of the sponsors on the development and financing of a US$350 million nitric acid and ammonium nitrate complex in the Arab Republic of Egypt.

Power / Water:
US$1.5 billion power and sea water desalination plant, Abu Dhabi

Representation of the Abu Dhabi Water and Electricity Authority (ADWEA) in connection with the development and financing of a US$1.5 billion power and sea water desalination plant in Mirfa, Abu Dhabi.

US$35 billion nuclear project, Abu Dhabi

Representation of the Abu Dhabi Water and Electricity Authority (ADWEA) in connection with the US$35 billion Barakah nuclear project being developed in Abu Dhabi.

Sea water desalination project, Oman

Representation of the lenders to a consortium bidding for the Al Qurayyat sea water desalination project in Oman.

Sea water desalination project, Qatar

Representation of the lenders to a consortium bidding for the Ras Laffan sea water desalination project in Qatar.

Sea water reverse osmosis plant, Saudi Arabia

Representation of Saudi Aramco in connection with the development of a captive sea water reverse osmosis plant in Jubail, Saudi Arabia.