Ashurst has strengthened its Dubai energy infrastructure team with the appointment of David Charlier as partner. Formerly a counsel at Linklaters Dubai, he will join the firm on 1 June, 2011. Charlier specialises in the development, financing and acquisition of energy and infrastructure assets and has over 10 years experience advising sponsors, lenders (including Islamic banks and export credit/multi-lateral agencies) and government institutions. He has advised on a number of landmark transactions in the Middle East, including advising the lenders in the US$10 billion Jubail Refinery Project in Saudi Arabia, and the sponsors in the Greater EQUATE and KPPC Aromatics petrochemical projects in Kuwait.

Simmons & Simmons has expanded its international corporate practice in China with the appointment of partner Eric Lin. Previously a senior associate at Allen & Overy Beijing, he has experience in international M&A, projects and project finance, energy and infrastructure and real estate. Lin has worked extensively with Chinese and European clients and has deep experience advising on China outbound and inbound investment matters.

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