Michael Gabriel

Associate, Abu Dhabi



Michael is an associate who has recently joined White & Case from a Magic Circle law firm. He has experience advising clients in the Middle East, Australia and elsewhere on project delivery and has acted for procurers, sponsors and lenders on complex PPP projects.

Michael's experience spans infrastructure (with a particular focus on transport infrastructure), the renewable and conventional power sectors, water, and energy and resources.

Bars and Courts
New South Wales
High Court of Australia
B. Commerce (Finance)
University of Sydney
University of Sydney
Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice
College of Law


Recent transactions include advising/representing:

Ongoing representation of the National Water Company of Saudi Arabia (NWC) since February 2018 on the development and procurement of six management, operation and maintenance contracts (“MOM Contracts”). The work on the MOM Contracts is a central plank of the distribution sector’s reorganization, which is being undertaken in order to achieve the National Water Strategy, NTP and Vision 2030 goals for the sector.  This includes using the MOM Contracts to help integrate historical Ministry of Environment, Water and Agriculture of Saudi Arabia (MEWA) directorates into NWC and reach a level of standardized service across the Kingdom.

Ongoing representation of Saudi Water Partnership Company (SWPC) with respect to the path-finding Batch 1 ISTPs in the Kingdom (being Dammam, Jeddah Airport, and Taif).  

Representation of the Saline Water Conversion Corporation (SWCC) on its unbundling initiative including preparation of the business for functional privatization and separation of its activities into separate transmission (TransCo) and generation companies (GenCos).

Representation of Saudi Aramco in connection with a 900 MW/32,000m greenfield cogeneration plant located in Jafurah, Saudi Arabia.

Representation of DP World on the negotiation of a 30-year concession to refurbish, expand, operate and transfer the Jeddah South Container Terminal in Jeddah Islamic Port.

Representation of the General Authority for Civil Aviation of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (GACA) on the landmark privatization of five of Saudi Arabia's airports (Al Qassim; Hail; Jeddah; Yanbu and Taif), including running bid processes and drafting and negotiating concession agreements with bidders.

Representation of the GACA on the development of a dedicated cargo airport on the western seaboard of Saudi Arabia on a concession basis.

Representation of the bidder/developer and the concessionaire SPV on the development of a Roll-on Roll-off (RoRo) port concession project with Abu Dhabi Ports Company.

Representation of QatarCool on aspects of its district cooling concession arrangements

Representation of a confidential investor on a long term stevedoring and chemicals storage concession agreement with Abu Dhabi Ports Company.

Representation of SEC as awarder and offtaker, in relation to the proposed 3,600MW Taiba power project.

Representation of the National Water Company on its long term offtake and development agreement with Saudi Aramco for the South Dhahran Home Ownership Project.

Representation of lenders to a consortium constructing an IWP in Ras Al Khaimah, United Arab Emirates.

Representation of WEC as procurer of two desalination projects, including negotiating all project documents with private developers.

Representation of the Public Investment Fund of Saudi Arabia on the acquisition and ongoing development of the expansive King Abdullah Financial District; including on the interface of over 15 separate construction packages.

Representation of a bid consortium on a bid for the proposed Al Jouf/Rafha solar IPP scheme in Saudi Arabia.

Representation of a consortium on its $10 billion bid for the long-term lease of the TransGrid transmission assets in New South Wales, including on concession arrangements and all due diligence.

Representation of PowerCo on the development of an architectural glass factory in Jubail, Saudi Arabia.

Representation of AGL on its acquisition of the Macquarie Generation assets in New South Wales by way of a long term lease.

Representation of a confidential joint venture on the development of a US$800 million salt encapsulation facility for a Queensland coal seam gas producer.

Representation of a leading water developer on the proposed acquisition of 6 water treatment plants in Australia and New Zealand, including analysing all project deeds and concession arrangements with government buyers.

Representation of the lenders to developers of three 50MW solar PV projects in Jordan, developed under NEPCO's concession model.

Representation of the developer in respect of a 200MW solar PV farm concession in Jordan.

Representation of the lenders to a developer of a 90MW wind farm IPP in Jordan.

Representation of the lenders to the JGC consortium in its bid for the Salalah and Sharqiah concession IWPs in Oman.

Representation of the lenders to the successful bidder (Masdar) in respect of the development of the 800MW DEWA III Solar PV farm in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. This deal has been named Middle East Renewables Deal of the Year by Project Finance International 2017.

Representation of the lenders on a portfolio of 5 separate 50MW solar IPP projects in Egypt under the FIT Programme in Ben Ban and Zaafrana. This deal has been named Global Multilateral Deal of the Year by Project Finance International 2017. 

Representation of DP World on its proposed refinancing of all existing port assets in Australia.

This includes experience gained prior to joining White & Case.