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Tim Armsby

Partner

About Tim Armsby

Tim has been working on transactions in the MENA region for nearly twenty years and has spent much of that time living in Egypt, Oman and the UAE. 

Tim is recognised as a leading expert on PPPs and is a member of the UNECE International PPP Centre of Excellence. Tim has been working in the Middle East region for more than 15 years and had an instrumental role in the development of Public Private Partnerships in Egypt working with the Government since 2008 on PPPs in a number of sectors including a pilot hospital project. Recent engagements in the region include advising the Government of Kuwait on its first education sector PPP Project, a GCC state on the drafting of PPP Law, advising the Bangladesh PPP Office on its new PPP Framework, and advising developers in relation to a number of power and water schemes in Saudi Arabia.

In healthcare, Tim has advised on PPP schemes under the UK PFI program and pilot projects in the region such as the New Alexandria University Hospitals Project in Egypt.  Tim is an active participant in healthcare initiatives in the region.  For example, he previously took part in a UK Government trade mission to Saudi Arabia and participated in the “Two Kingdoms Trade & Investment Conference” representing the UK legal services sector in a healthcare workshop jointly hosted by the UKTI and the Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority.

Tim is noted as a legal expert in Legal 500, Chambers, IFLR and Who’s Who Legal legal directories. Chambers Global 2017 – Middle East Energy and Infrastructure: Tim Armsby is based in Abu Dhabi and is regularly sought out for his projects and energy expertise across the Middle East. He is highlighted for his strength in Qatar and Egypt in particular. Commentators say: "He is an articulate lawyer who understands commercial issues and legal agreements," and they also acknowledge that he has "a very good understanding of regional energy issues."

Experience

A selection of his PPP experience includes advising:

  • The Ministry of Economy and Commerce in relation to the establishment of a PPP Framework in a GCC State.  Activities include policy research; international benchmarking; review of legal and regulatory frameworks; PPP unit operating model options analysis; engagement with stakeholders at the highest level; developing strategy for PPP; setting up PPP governance structures; developing PPP process manuals and guidelines, drafting a PPP Law, 4 outline business cases (including healthcare) and preparing transaction documents for a pilot project.
  • The Egyptian PPP Central Unit in relation to the procurement of 4 PPP projects in health, transport and wastewater sectors.  This included a pilot healthcare project; the New Alexandria University Hospitals PPP which was delivered in conjunction with the IFC and Mott MacDonald.  Technically it is the most complex PPP project to be launched in Egypt to date and aims to deliver two hospitals for Alexandria University in accordance with international standards.
  • Bangladesh PPP Office on a the development of its PPP framework.  During the appointment we have contributed extensively to the development of public private partnerships across a variety of sectors, including roads, health, housing, airports and tourism.  Tim advised on policy development, procurement of specific projects and standard and project specific PPP documentation. Tim recently presented to a Government delegation from Bangladesh on PPP Laws and PPP programmes in Egypt, Kuwait and the UAE as part of a World Bank-funded trip to the UAE.
  • The Kuwait Authority for Partnership Projects (KAPP) in relation to a pilot education PPP (and the country’s first social infrastructure project) comprised of 9 schools and a leisure complex in Kuwait City.  Also advised developers in relation to a number of PPP projects tendered by KAPP. 
  • The Dubai Roads & Transport Authority (RTA) in relation to a the development of a marine transport PPP in Dubai.
  • General Electricity & Water Corporation (Kahramaa) on its power and water strategy as well as the procurement of a number of new facilities.  This is included the US$3bn Facility D IWPP; a 2400MW / 130MIGD plant which won Middle East and Africa PPP Deal of the Year – Project Finance International (PFI) Awards 2016 and Project Finance Deal of the Year – IFLR Middle East Awards 2016.
  • The Roads & Transport Authority in relation to the renegotiation and extension of the O&M concession for the $8 billion Dubai Metro and a feasibility study for its extension and Transit Oriented Developments including through the use of PPP.
  • The Government of Jordan on its energy sector masterplan and a BOT for the $1 billion Arab Gas Pipeline to import (from Egypt), transport and market gas in Jordan with further transit arrangements to neighbouring states.  The Jordanian phase was implemented through a BOT scheme via public tender.  Work included the preparation of RfP, drafting and negotiation of gas sale and purchase agreements, advising in relation to regulation and privatisation issues for the gas sector and reviewing the tolling agreements to be entered into for the conversion of gas to electricity at power plants within Jordan.  currently advising the Government in relation to the negotiation of the GSA and related agreements for two further $ multi-billion gas import deals.
  • Hutchison Ports in relation to the negotiation of concessions with Government parties to operate container terminals in Ras al Khamiah and Umm al Quwain.
  • Ryhurst in relation to two projects under the UK PFI and LIFT initiatives.  The first was a National Health Service Trust hospital project for the construction and operation of a Day Hospital and Acute Unit.  The second was for the procurement of a number of new mental healthcare facilities on behalf of a trust which was the largest project of type to have been procured when it reached financial close. 
  • Private consortium on their interests as successful bidders for a £25 million PFI scheme procured by the London Borough of Greenwich to provide three new neighbourhood resource centres for older people. The new centres have replaced the Council’s four previous homes for the elderly and provide 162 residential and nursing care beds together with a day care service.