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PILLSBURY ADDS ENERGY AND INFRASTRUCTURE FINANCE PARTNERS IN LONDON AND ABU DHABI James Simpson and Stephen Jurgenson expand Pillsbury's international energy, infrastructure and project finance strengths

May 4, 2012
New York, London and Abu Dhabi, UAE—Pillsbury today announced that James Simpson and Stephen Jurgenson have joined the firm's Finance practice section as partners in its London and Abu Dhabi offices. Known for their respective work on power, water and infrastructure projects across Europe, the Middle East and Africa, Simpson and Jurgenson are the newest members of Pillsbury's Energy & Infrastructure Projects team. They arrive from Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP’s London and Abu Dhabi offices.

"Jim and Stephen are outstanding additions to our energy and infrastructure strengths in London and Abu Dhabi," said Pillsbury Firm Chair Jim Rishwain. "In particular, they are an ideal fit for our growing Middle East practice, where Pillsbury's experience in energy and infrastructure planning, financing and transactions sets our firm apart and keeps us well-positioned to work on diverse projects – from nuclear power and LNG to renewables and water – in a host of nations."

"Stephen and Jim's backgrounds across global energy, infrastructure and finance add greatly to the capabilities that our practice teams offer to clients," said New York partner Mats G. Carlston, firmwide leader of Pillsbury's global finance practice. "From finance and energy hubs in London, Houston, Tokyo, Shanghai, New York and now across the Gulf region, Pillsbury addresses the full range of project opportunities our clients seek – whether handling cross-border investment, risk and project management or complex financing arrangements with public and private partners."

"Pillsbury's strong Finance, Energy and Middle East practices make the firm a great fit for our clients," said Jurgenson. "Moreover, the firm's global platform and Abu Dhabi office make Pillsbury a compelling choice for the Middle East's infrastructure developers and dealmakers."

"Infrastructure projects of every variety are international affairs, as the world's top suppliers of equipment, operating know-how and capital converge in mature and emerging markets," Simpson added. "Pillsbury has an impressive multidisciplinary team of lawyers with the skills and experience in facilitating these types of projects, which will be in greater demand as global water concerns and similar trends propel new waves of infrastructure across the Middle East, Africa, Russia, the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) and elsewhere."

James Simpson formerly served as co-head of Dewey & LeBoeuf's project finance and infrastructure practice and splits his time between his primary London office and Abu Dhabi. He has more than 25 years of corporate transaction experience focused on power, energy and infrastructure areas, including matters concerning project development, privatizations, M&A, debt and equity financing, government work and restructurings. His sector experience spans energy, water/waste water, ports, airports, road projects, oil and gas, renewables and clean energy, as well as telecommunications and sports (i.e., stadium financings). His major clients have included sponsors, lenders, infrastructure funds, utilities and governments. Simpson has been based in Europe for 20 years, with 15 years in London following five years as the head of Dewey & LeBoeuf's Budapest, Hungary office. He received his A.B. in History and Russian Area Studies from Duke University and his J.D. from Washington and Lee University Law School.

Stephen Jurgenson's practice spans sectors including power, renewables and clean energy, water, oil and gas, LNG, mining and infrastructure across Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Formerly based in London, Jurgenson relocated to the UAE in 2010 to open and lead Dewey & LeBoeuf's Abu Dhabi office. He regularly advises clients in the real estate, airport, road and rail sectors and his core disciplines are project finance and infrastructure, including construction, banking and institutional finance, corporate and M&A matters. He has considerable experience advising on power transactions, including most of the independent power producer (IPP) and integrated independent water and power projects (IWPP) deals in the Gulf region. Jurgenson received his M.A. from Emmanuel College, Cambridge University and his LPC from the University of Nottingham

With lawyers in top energy and financial markets, Pillsbury advises on corporate, litigation, arbitration and regulatory matters spanning the Middle East. Pillsbury clients include sovereign and state-owned entities, global companies doing business in the region, and Middle East clients doing business around the world. Pillsbury's experience in infrastructure development and finance, nuclear power, aviation finance, transportation finance, real estate transactions and Islamic finance further strengthens the firm's value to clients active in the Middle East.

About Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP
Pillsbury is a full-service law firm with a keen industry focus on energy & natural resources, financial services, real estate & construction, and technology. Based in the world's major financial, technology and energy centers, Pillsbury counsels clients on global regulatory, litigation and corporate matters. We work in multidisciplinary teams that allow us to anticipate trends and bring a 360-degree perspective to complex business and legal issues—helping clients to take greater advantage of new opportunities and better mitigate risk. This collaborative work style helps produce the results our clients seek.
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