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Clifford Chance promotes Jeremy Barker and Ahmed Choudhry to the firm's partnership

29 April 2024

Clifford Chance promotes Jeremy Barker and Ahmed Choudhry to the firm's partnership

Jeremy and Ahmed part of a global cohort of 29 promotions to the partnership.

Global law firm Clifford Chance today announces the promotion of Jeremy Barker and Ahmed Choudhry to the firm's partnership, based in Dubai and Riyadh respectively.

The new partners highlight the strength and diversity of the firm's talent available to clients across the breadth of international markets, products, and sectors aligned with the firm's global growth strategy.

"I am delighted for Jeremy and Ahmed on their promotion; this is the culmination of years of excellence and dedication to our clients and the beginning of an exciting new chapter in their careers with the firm" said Mohammed Al-Shukairy, Clifford Chance's Regional Managing Partner. "Their promotion will further enhance our capabilities in the region, which remains a very significant area of focus and investment for Clifford Chance."

Jeremy is an integral part of Clifford Chance's Middle East global financial markets practice. Having trained at Clifford Chance, he acts for a wide range of clients in the energy, infrastructure and renewable sectors, including regional project finance sponsors and banks, whom he advises on project finance, and general financings. He joined the firm in 2011, undertook three secondments to Clifford Chance's Hong Kong office, to Globeleq and to HSBC.

Jeremy has acted on, and continues to be involved in, some of the highest profile mandates in the region. Most recently, Jeremy was part of the team who advised the lenders to Masdar's 1.8GW sixth phase of Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park in Dubai, UAE. The MBR Solar Park is set to be the largest single-site solar park in the world and contributes significantly to supporting the UAE's renewable energy objective. He also advised the lenders on Brookfield's £2.2 billion recommended offer for Network International. The deal represented one of the first UK public to private acquisition financings involving local UAE-based banks. Jeremy was also part of the team who advised the lenders on a 500 MW Zarafshon wind power project in Uzbekistan.

Ahmed works in Clifford Chance's Global Financial Markets practice in Riyadh. He advises local and international financial institutions, funds, banks and corporates on areas including conventional and Islamic banking, debt capital markets and project finance. Ahmed joined the firm in Dubai in 2017, relocated to Riyadh in 2023 and is qualified to practice in England & Wales.

Most recently, Ahmed has advised Al Rajhi Capital Company on the establishment of SAR1.5 billion Sukuk issuance programme and the issuance of SAR1 billion Sukuk thereunder by Middle East Healthcare Company (publicly known as Saudi German Health), has advised on some of the largest financings in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for a number of government and listed entities and the Egyptian Ministry of Finance (acting through its Debt Management Office) on its US$5 billion sovereign sukuk programme and the US$1.5 billion debut issuance thereunder.

Charles Adams, Clifford Chance Global Managing Partner comments, "Investing in and nurturing our top talent in the areas where we can have the biggest impact on our clients' success, is right at the heart of our one firm global strategy. We look forward to each of these exceptional individuals continuing to achieve fantastic outcomes for our clients and to help define our long-term success as one of the world's leading global elite firms."

Adrian Cartwright, Clifford Chance Global Senior Partner adds, "Huge congratulations to each of our newly-promoted partners. They each bring the experience, skills and perspectives as well as a collaborative team approach coupled with deep commercial acumen, that allows them to deliver the full strength of our global platform and capabilities for the benefit of our clients and the wider firm."

The promotions take effect on 1 May 2024.

To view our full press release regarding partner promotions, click here.