Ashurst boosts UAE project finance team

Ashurst has hired a project finance expert from rival White & Case.

The law firm has appointed Matthew Wood as a partner to lead its African project finance team in Abu Dhabi, before relocating to London on a later date.

Andy Fraiser, global head of project finance, said: “Many of the world’s truly global project finance clients are looking for a fresh approach to providing legal services and Matt joining us is one of a number of steps that we will be taking in the near future to respond to client demand.”

A partner at White & Case since 2015, Wood’s practice focuses on energy and infrastructure assets, having advised public and private clients in the Middle East and North Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa and South East Asia.

Wood worked for eight years at White & Case’s project finance team in London, before moving to the UAE in 2010.

Joss Dare, managing partner of Ashurst in the Middle East, said: "He has superb experience across a wide range of transactions in the Middle East and in Africa which ties in perfectly with our global capability and will help us to capitalise on the major opportunities that lie ahead."