Expertise

Ian is a partner specialising in cross-border and domestic acquisitions & disposals, joint ventures and projects in the economic infrastructure sector. 

Ian has extensive experience with complex high value international agreements, and has led numerous cross-border M&A transactions and projects with values in excess of US$1 billion.  Ian has also had extremely broad international exposure, having run transactions and projects in over 30 countries across six continents, including a significant number of transactions in Africa, Asia and the Middle East.

Ian has a particular expertise in the ports sector.  Prior to joining Addleshaw Goddard, Ian was the Group Deputy General Counsel of DP World in Dubai, a leading enabler of global trade (one of the largest marine terminal operators in the world, and also an owner and operator of industrial parks, logistics and economic zones, maritime services and marinas).

Having spent over a decade working in-house, Ian takes a truly business friendly, solution-oriented and practical approach to his work.

Ian’s recent experience includes advising:

  • DP World on the sale of a US$5 billion minority shareholding in Jebel Ali Port, Jebel Ali Free Zone and National Industries Park to CDPQ
  • DP World on the establishment of a US$1.7 billion joint investment platform with British International Investment in relation to investments in ports and logistics assets in Africa, including the sale of seed assets in Senegal, Egypt and Somaliland to the platform
  • a multinational port operator on the acquisition of an additional stake (resulting in a majority shareholding) in a US$1 billion entity that holds the long term rights to operate four marine terminals in Australia
  • the purchaser on the US$1.1 billion acquisition of Topaz Energy & Marine, an international logistics and solutions provider to the global energy industry (which operates over 100 vessels in the Caspian Sea, MENA and West Africa)
  • the sponsor in relation to the entry into a long-term concession to build and operate a new greenfield container terminal in Egypt