TEAM

Our team have years of experience at top flight international law firms

Leroy Levy

Projects

Leroy Levy is the managing partner and founder of Nexsoma Legal.  Having worked his entire career with large international law firms (King & Spalding, Baker & McKenzie and Norton Rose) and with 20 years experience in the GCC, he is recognized as one of the leading projects and infrastructure lawyers in the region.

 

Leroy has been consistently recognized by Chambers EMEA and the Legal 500, including with respect to helping to shape the Saudi Arabian power and water sectors.

Leroy earned his LLB from Queen Mary College, University of London, with honours, and his Msc Construction Arbitration and Engineering from King's College, University of London. 

 

Selected Transactions

  • Currently advising Al Fanar ( a member of the preferred bidder consortium) on the Repdo 2 Category A IPP

 

  • Currently advising a bidding consortium on a PPP logistics project

 

  • Currently advising a bidding consortium on a passenger boarding bridge aviation PPP project

  • Currently advising a bidder on the early stages of the Wave 2 schools PPP project in Saudi Arabia

  • Currently advising Jazan Gas Projects Company in relation to the acquisition of an independent gasification combined cycle power plant

  • Advised a Saudi sovereign wealth fund and Alfanar on the Wave 1 schools PPP project in Saudi Arabia

 

  • Advised Alinma Bank on the SPARK accommodation PPP project

  • Advised El Seif on a bid for the East West accommodation PPP project in Saudi Arabia

  • Advised Suez and Al Khorayef on a bid for the Dammam independent sewage treatment project

 

  • Advised ACWA Holding on the US$2 billion air separation unit project financing at Jazan, Saudi Arabia, the world's largest air separation unit project  

  • Advised Sadara with respect to its US$20 billion petrochemical complex in Jubail, Saudi Arabia, the world's largest petrochemical project

  • Advised Alfanar on a bid for the Yanubu IV IWP in Saudi Arabia

  • Advised Aqualia and Khorayef on the Jeddah 2 and Taif independent sewage treatment projects

  • Advised ACWA Power, Mitsubishi Corporation and Gulf Investment Corporation on the second ever IWPP in Saudi Arabia

 

  • Advised ACWA Power, Tenaga Nasional, Malakoff Berhad and Khazanah Nasional on the first ever IWPP in Saudi Arabia 

 

  • Advised Farabi Petrochemicals Company with regard to a US$1 billion petrochemical project in Jazan.

 

  • Advised Al Zamil on a butanediol petrochemical project

Zade Chalhoub

Project Finance

Zade has several years of experience in providing financial and legal advisory solutions to clients. Having spent most of his career with international law firm Latham & Watkins, Zade’s practice has focussed on the representation of sponsors, borrowers and developers as well as credit and multilateral agencies, commercial and investment banks, and other financial institutions in connection with the development and financing of projects. Zade earned his LLB from the University of Warwick, with honours, and his LPC from the University of Law in London, with commendation, and is fluent in both English and Arabic.

SELECTED TRANSACTIONS

  • Currently advising Jazan Gas Projects Company in relation to the acquisition of an independent gasification combined cycle power plant

  • Currently advising Al Fanar ( as a member of the preferred bidder consortium) on the Repdo 2 Category A IPP

 

  • Advised the lenders and an export credit agency from Korea with respect to the $420 million buyer credit financing of Saudi Electricity Company’s 2,640-megawatt oil-fired power project in Shuqaiq, Saudi Arabia

  • ​Advised Egyptian Electricity Holding Company in its €3.5 billion financing of three 4,800-megawatt capacity natural-gas fired combined cycle power plants

 

  • Advised a syndicate of 12 commercial lenders on the $3 billion facility of the $17 billion financing of the Tengizchevroil future growth and well pressure management project in Kazakhstan. 

  • Advised Kuwait National Petroleum Company and Kuwait Petroleum Corporation with respect to the $13 billion corporate financing of the modernisation and upgrading of Kuwait National Petroleum Company’s Mina Al-Ahmadi and Mina Al Abdullah petroleum refineries

 

  • Advised Sasol Limited in connection with the $4 billion project financing of its Lake Charles gas-to-liquid facility and ethane cracker 

  • Advised the sponsors, Electricite de France, Cheniere Energy and Andes Mining & Energy on the $850 million project financing of the Penco-Lirquén liquefied natural gas terminal in Concepción Bay, Chile

 

  • Advised OAO Novatek, Total SA and China National Oil and Gas Exploration and Development Corporation in connection with the $20 billion project financing of the JSC Yamal LNG liquefied natural gas project in the Yamal Peninsula

Benjamin Newland

Corporate

Benjamin Newland has more than two decades of experience as a business and legal advisor. As a partner in the Dubai and New York offices of the international law firm of King & Spalding, Benjamin advised clients on cross-border  investments and financings, strategic alliances and joint ventures, fund formations, fund offerings, corporate restructurings, corporate governance and other business matters.

 

While a partner at King & Spalding, he was consistently recognized in Chambers Global and The Legal 500: Europe, Middle East & Africa as being among the best advisors for corporate and investment fund work. 

 

Benjamin earned his BA from Columbia University in New York, summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, and his JD from the University of Chicago Law School.

SELECTED TRANSACTIONS

  • Advised Pacific LNG Operations of Singapore, as well as its Swiss controlling shareholder, on its $900+ million sale to Oil Search Ltd. of certain natural gas assets in Papua New Guinea.

  • Advised Eastgate Capital on its acquisition of a substantial minority interest in Sigma Pharmaceuticals, a manufacturer of generic pharmaceuticals in Egypt.

 

  • Advised Eastgate Capital on its acquisition of a substantial minority interest in Avendus Financial, a financial services company in India.

  • Advised L Capital (private equity arm of LVMH) on its acquisition of a significant minority interest in Bateel, a leading Middle East gourmet food retailer and café operator, including by arranging a restructuring of Bateel’s operations through a DIFC holding company.

 

  • Advised Seera Investment Bank on a leveraged acquisition of Kosan Crisplant Holding A/S, a filler and distributor of liquefied propane gas cylinders based in Denmark.

 

 

  • Advised Jadwa Investment on its $500 million acquisition of Exxon Mobil’s 30% interest in the Saudi Aramco Lubricating Oil Refinery, and the subsequent syndication of the acquired interest through a novel Saudi-Arabian investment fund structure.

 

  • Advised Morood Investment, Saudi Arabian investment manager, on its debt and equity venture capital investments in Zink Imaging, Inc., a US company making “zero ink” thermal printing products.

 

  • Advised Mohamed Al Subeaei & Sons Investment Company (MASIC) on a $20 million venture capital investment into a medical device maker in Silicon Valley.

 

  • Advised NBK Capital on the acquisition of a significant minority interest in Sanabel Al’salam, a Saudi Arabian manufacturer and distributor of Arabic sweets and confectionary.

  • Advised Al Romaizan family office on the complex auction sale of a mobile telecommunications company based in Cambodia.