TEAM

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

Leroy Levy - Nexsoma Founder

L Levy

Projects

Mr. Levy is the 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.

 

Mr. Levy has been consistently recognized by Chambers EMEA and the Legal 500.

Mr. Levy 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

  •  Advised a bidder on the Repdo 3 IPP project

 

  • Advised a bidding consortium on a PPP logistics project

 

  • Advised a bidding consortium on a passenger boarding bridge aviation PPP project

  • Advised a bidder on a schools PPP project

  • Advised an industrial gases company in relation to a US$2 billion disposal of an air separation unit as part of the development of a wider independent gasification combined cycle power plant complex

  • Advised a bidder on three independent sewage treatment projects. 

 

  • Advised the lenders on a bid for an accommodation PPP project 

 

  • Advised a successful bidding consortium on a US$3.5 billion first of a kind independent water and power project 

  • Advising an affiliate of Dow Chemicals on a US$20 billion petrochemical complex, the largest petrochemical project in the world at the time

  • Advised a bidder on an independent water project at a regional airport utilising ground water technology

  • Advised a developer on a normal-parafin petrochemicals  project 

 

  • Advised a developer on a butanediol petrochemical project

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Z Chalhoub

Project Finance; Corporate and Commercial

Mr. Chalhoub has several years of experience in providing legal consulting services. Having started his career with one of the largest international law firms and later as general counsel and chief legal officer of a project developer and an engineering, procurement and construction company in Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Italy, he has been recognised as a key lawyer for projects and energy in the Middle East.

 

Mr. Chalhoub's practice focusses on the representation of sponsors, borrowers and developers in connection with the development and financing of projects and various corporate and commercial matters related thereto.

SELECTED TRANSACTIONS

  • Advised an industrial gases company in relation to the US$2 billion disposal of an air separation unit as part of the development of a wider independent gasification combined cycle power plant complex

  • Advised Al Fanar on the Repdo 3 IPP project

  • Advised the lenders and an export credit agency from Korea with respect to the $420 million buyer credit financing of a 2,640-megawatt oil-fired power project 

  • ​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 Nexsoma Team

B Newland

Corporate

Mr. 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. 

 

Mr. Newland 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 an oil refinery, and the subsequent syndication of the acquired interest through a novel investment fund structure.

 

  • Advised Morood Investment, an 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 distributor of Arabic sweets and confectionary.

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