Jonathan Brufal Partner Head of Africa Group

Speaks:  English

Qualified: 1996 - Solicitor of England & Wales

Qualified: 1996 - Solicitor of the Supreme Court of England & Wales

Primary office:  London

Secondary office:  Dubai

Jonathan Brufal

Jonathan Brufal heads Gowling WLG's international projects and Africa Group (having previously been the head of Norton Rose's projects practice in the Middle East between 2008 and 2012) and has over 20 years' experience working in Africa, as well as throughout the Middle East. He has relocated to London in June 2018, having spent three years in Gowling WLG's Dubai office establishing the projects team there.

Jonathan helps clients to deliver complex high value energy and infrastructure projects - both domestically and internationally.

With experience across many different jurisdictions and sectors, acting for both public and private sector organisations, Jonathan's clients benefit from his all-round perspective of different parties' interests and priorities.

He has an acute awareness of the need to be pragmatic and commercial to deliver successful projects in emerging markets. He also has a deep understanding of the range of funding models used around the world, and a comprehensive knowledge of international PPP models and market risk positions.

Jonathan relishes the challenge of helping to get off the ground big, complex and hugely important energy and infrastructure projects in sometimes challenging environments across Africa and the Middle East. He has particular experience in the power and utilities, mining and metals, infrastructure and PPP sectors; experience he enjoys putting to good use for the benefit of his clients, which include sponsors, borrowers, banks and governments.

Jonathan was recognised in 2018's prestigious Acritas Stars database as a 'stand-out lawyer' and he is recognised by Legal 500 as "one of the best lawyers in the market" for his construction work.


Jonathan focuses in advising procurers and other public sector agencies on the tender design and award of high value complex energy and water projects. He is currently advising OPWP in Oman on the procurement of clean coal IPP projects and has recently been appointed by DEWA on the procurement of the third phase of the Hassyan Clean Coal IPP project in Dubai.

He is leading the team supporting the Nexant consortium, which was earlier this year awarded a place on the USAID Power Africa IDIQ framework as part of USAID's target to add new and cleaner power generation and connections.

He also has a strong developer practice in the GCC, Sub-Saharan Africa and Central Asia.

He is currently leading the team advising Renco SpA and Siemens Project Ventures on the development, construction, operation and maintenance of an independent plant in Armenia. This reached financial close in February 2019 and is the first project financed energy project in the country.

In the water sector, he led the team advising the Sumitomo Corporation and Veolia consortium on their bid for the Taweelah RO IWP project in Abu Dhabi which will be the largest desalination project in the world.

He has also recently been instructed by an international water developer to advise on the Mombasa IWP in Kenya which will be the first desalination project in the country.

In the renewables sector he continues to advise AGES on a solar PV in Sierra Leone, which is currently in financing (the first solar project in the country) and is advising the developer on the project development and financing of a series of battery storage projects in East and Southern Africa.

Career & Recognition

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  • 2020

  • 2019

    • Rankings & Awards
      September 2019
      Legal 500 2019 Leading Individuals - Emerging Markets
  • 2016

    • Career
      Gowling WLG (UK) LLP, partner
  • 2014

    • Career
      Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co, partner
  • 2012

    • Career
      Wragge & Co LLP, partner
  • 2008

    • Career
      Norton Rose LLP, partner - Head of Middle East Infrastructure, Abu Dhabi
  • 2006

    • Career
      Norton Rose LLP, partner
  • 2001

    • Education
      December 2001
      King's College London, Master of Science, Construction Law
    • Education
      MSc Construction Law and Arbitration, King's College London
  • 1997

    • Career
      Norton Rose LLP, associate
  • 1996

    • Qualifications (Year of Call/Admission, etc.)
      Qualified, Solicitor of England & Wales
    • Qualifications (Year of Call/Admission, etc.)
      Qualified, Solicitor of the Supreme Court of England & Wales
    • Career
      Trowers & Hamlins, associate
  • 1994

    • Education
      Legal Practice Course, College of Law, Guildford
  • 1993

    • Education
      LLB Law (2nd class honours division 1), Bristol University