Andrew Wingfield

Partner – Regional Head - Middle East

Doha | Dubai | Jeddah

T +974 4409 6720
M +974 551 7704
andrew.wingfield@simmons-simmons.com

General Experience

Andrew is based in our Doha office and is the firm’s Middle East Regional Head and also heads up the firm’s Corporate Practice Group in the Gulf. He has worked at the firm for 30 years. He is a corporate, commercial, banking and financial services lawyer by background and has been in Qatar since 2005.

During his time in London, Hong Kong, New York and Doha he has been involved in a wide variety of corporate, commercial and finance matters including IPOs, business start-ups, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, group restructurings, commercial contracts, equity and debt offerings and financings. In addition, he has advised banks and financial institutions on loan and financing documentation as well as securities, commodities, futures, derivatives and foreign exchange dealings. He has also given advice on the marketing and sale of these products and financial services regulatory and compliance matters generally.

Representative clients have included AIG International Inc, Al Rayyan Bank, Al Khalij Commercial Bank (al khaliji), Barwa Bank, BNP, Cazenove, Commercial Bank of Qatar, Doha Bank, Government of the State of Qatar, Hassad Food, Morgan Stanley, Prudential Financial Inc, Qatar First Bank, Qatar Foundation, Qatar Holding, Qatar Investment Authority, Qatar Ministry of Finance, Qatar National Bank, Qatar Petroleum, Qatari Diar, QInvest, Samba Financial Group, Sempra Energy Trading, Sidra Medical and Research Centre, Sun Capital Partners, Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy and The First Investor.

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Recent Work
  • Qatar National Bank, Barwa Bank, Masraf al Rayan and Qatar Islamic Bank on the USD 450,000,000 project financing of the Ras Abu Fontas A2 desalination project in Qatar, sponsored by the Qatar Electricity & Water Co
  • Supreme Committee for Qatar 2022 (now the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy) on Qatar law aspects for the procurement and appointment of a project management consultant and further ongoing matters
  • Qatar National Bank on the establishment of their debut USD bond issue, a US$7,500,000,000 European Medium Term Note Programme and subsequent multiple issues thereunder
  • Qatar Investment Authority on their US$1bn joint venture with NYSE Euronext in respect of Qatar Exchange, the new operating company for the Qatar stock exchange, including a due diligence exercise on the former Doha Securities Market
  • Barwa Bank on the acquisition of First Finance Company, a company listed on the QE, followed by its de-listing as well as the acquisition of The First Investor and First Leasing Company (US$600m+)
  • Barwa Bank on its proposed listing on the Qatar Exchange
  • Commercial Bank of Qatar on their US$900m rights issue and GDR listing on the London Stock Exchange.
Background

Andrew joined the firm in London in 1983 and moved to the Hong Kong office in 1985, New York in 1999 and Qatar in 2005. He has been a partner since 1992. Prior to joining the Doha office in 2005, Andrew was managing partner of our New York office for seven years and before that was head of our corporate and finance department in Hong Kong.

Andrew has been recommended for Qatar corporate work in "Best Lawyer International" and the "International Financial Law Review Experts Guide".

Simmons & Simmons' excellent reputation in Qatar for all corporate and commercial advice stems from the expertise and standing of Andrew Wingfield. "They are appropriately placed in tier 1; they have a historically well known managing partner who is respected in the market," says one peer. Clients are similarly impressed by Wingfield. "He has a surprisingly deep local knowledge of how things work in Qatar: who the players are and how to get things accomplished in this market," says one. "He is a lawyer with years of experience and very good judgement." Wingfield’s real strength is corporate work but he is comfortable on finance too. IFLR 1000, 2013

Andrew Wingfield is ranked as a star individual who has “an outstanding reputation in Qatar and is the first port of call for many clients, who appreciate 'the wisdom that comes from being able to draw on a vast array of international experience'”. Chambers 2014