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Elliott Sawford


Abu Dhabi

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Elliott Sawford


Abu Dhabi

Elliott advises governments, developers, lenders and contractors on infrastructure and energy projects across all sectors, including utilities, oil and gas, social infrastructure and transport. 

He has particular experience of large-scale development projects, major PPPs (and associated legislative reform), and project-financings. Clients regularly praise Elliott for his solution-orientated, practical and personable approach to matters, his knowledge of the Middle East and his ability to solve issues to get deals done.

Elliott qualified in the UK and spent over five years practicing in London before relocating to the Middle East with Allen & Overy in 2014. He is recognised as a “Rising Star” for Middle East projects by IFLR. 

Other noteworthy experience includes advising:

  • The PIF-sponsored development companies on various aspects of the development, structuring, tendering and implementation of the giga-city projects in KSA
  • The Abu Dhabi Investment Office on all aspects of the establishment of its cross-sector PPP programme
  • The KSA government on its pathfinder Schools PPP programme (the first social infrastructure PPP programme in the GCC region)
  • The Dubai Health Authority on all aspects of the first hospital PPP project in the UAE
  • Sponsor consortia on the KSA REPDO solar PV projects and various renewables programmes in the UAE and Jordan
  • Sponsors / Lenders on various ISTPs in KSA, including lenders on the Dammam ISTP, the first ISTP to reach financial close in the Middle East
  • Sponsors / Lenders on various water projects (wastewater and desalination) across the UAE, KSA, Oman and Jordan
  • A port operator on various port concession projects in the Middle East and Africa
  • Sponsor governments and IOCs on refinery and petrochemical projects in Oman, Bahrain, Pakistan and Nigeria.
  • An oil major on all aspects of its USD$45bn investment into infrastructure and greenfield / brownfield explorations in Iraq

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Abu Dhabi

Allen & Overy LLP
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Abu Dhabi
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Admitted as lawyer, England and Wales, 2011


Legal Practice Course, BPP Law School, 2008-2009

Graduate Diploma in Law, Nottingham Law School, 2007-2008

Bachelor of Arts in Politics, University of Nottingham, 2004-2007