Andrew Newbery Partner


Speaks:  English

Qualified: 1994 - Solicitor of England & Wales


Primary office:  London




Andrew Newbery

Andrew's diverse legal and commercial experience - including running his own businesses and being the original co-founder of the £1.5 billion NeuConnect (https://www.neuconnect.eu ) HVDC interconnector project - uniquely position Andrew in the project finance and project development world.

Immediately prior to joining Gowling WLG, Andrew co-operated with many UK and German government stakeholders to originate the NeuConnect project - building-on his previous experience as Head of Commercial to Thames Water on the successful procurement of the £4.2 billion Thames Tideway Project.

Andrew has practised as a partner at two other major law firms - latterly based in the Middle East where he earned a reputation advising on significant EMEA infrastructure, energy, mining and project finance transactions. Andrew returned to the UK in 2013, successfully studied for arbitration exams and set up his own project development and consultancy businesses. Some examples of Andrew's extensive experience is listed below.

As well as being heavily involved in almost every aspect of major project development and financing, Andrew is the Gowling WLG partner heading our successful Nuclear Sector Group.

  • Advising Highways England on the procurement of the £1.5+ billion A303 Stonehenge PF2.
  • Advising PIDG ( a multi-donor organisation substantially funded by the UK's DIFD) companies on a number of financings throughout Africa and other emerging markets.
  • Advising on the development and financing of a power generation project in Armenia.
  • Co-originator of NeuConnect interconnector project (UK-Germany) which received a minded-to Ofgem initial project approval in June 2017.
  • Head of Commercial to Thames Water on £4.2 billion Tideway Tunnel project, which reached financial close in summer 2015. Learning the lessons from other major nationally significant infrastructure procurements (e.g. West Coast Main Line, Laidlaw Inquiry) that had run into difficult, Andrew had responsibilities in respect of the engagement with many UK government and government agencies including IPA, Ofwat, DEFRA, Environment Agency and MMO.
  • Senior Consultant to Local Partnerships (JV between LGA and Treasury) advising Home Office on the renegotiation of various police and local authority deals PFI deals on behalf of the public sector.
  • US$1.5 billion Shuweihat S3 power project - led team for Sumitomo-KEPCO consortium's successful bid for US$1.5 billion Shuweihat S3 power project: negotiating commercial, shareholder and finance contracts (including interest rate and currency hedging arrangements) and leading face-to-face negotiations with Abu Dhabi government and others in London, Tokyo and Korea.
  • Metals and mining: Advised a global steel giant on restructuring of its steel project in Saudi Arabia and advised the hedge fund financiers of the first project financing to reach financial close in Yemen.

Career & Recognition

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  • 2016

    • Career
      2016
      Gowling WLG, Partner
  • 2015

  • 2014

    • Rankings & Awards
      2014
      Who's Who Legal Business Lawyers
  • 2013

    • Rankings & Awards
      2013
      Who's Who Legal Business Lawyers
    • Career
      2013
      VN Consulting Ltd, Director
    • Career
      2013
      Thames Tideway Tunnel Project, senior consultant/commercial adviser as Thames Water's Head of Commercial
    • Career
      2013
      Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, Advanced Certificate in International Arbitration
  • 2008

    • Career
      2008
      Herbert Smith, Managing Partner, Abu Dhabi Office
  • 2006

    • Career
      2006
      Herbert Smith, London, Partner
  • 2001

    • Career
      2001
      Norton Rose Group, Partner
  • 2000

    • Career
      2000
      New York Bar
  • 1994

    • Qualifications (Year of Call/Admission, etc.)
      1994
      Qualified, Solicitor of England & Wales
    • Career
      1994
      Norton Rose Group, Associate
  • 1992

    • Career
      1992
      Norton Rose, London and Singapore, Articled Clerk
  • 1991

    • Career
      1991
      Cravath, Swaine & Moore, New York, Paralegal
    • Education
      1991
      College of Law, York