Saudi Arabian infrastructure expert Leroy Levy has been appointed as partner in Squire Patton Boggs’s (SPB) public and infrastructure finance practice in Dubai, and as head of project development, Middle East and North Africa (MENA).

He joins the SPB from rival firm King & Spalding’s Dubai office, where he served as partner in its project finance practice for eight years, SPB said in a statement.

Levy, who has lived and worked in the Middle East since 2000, specialises in infrastructure projects in the region, particularly in Saudi Arabia.

“He acts for a broad range of clients in public-private partnerships (PPP) and other project finance transactions, in sectors such as energy, waste management, healthcare, education and transportation,” Levy's new employer added.

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Some of the projects Levy has worked on include the $20bn (SAR75bn) Sadara complex, the largest petrochemical project in the world, and the Sadaf Captive Power Project, the first independent captive power project in Saudi.

He has also represented Saudi's Acwa Power in the independent water and power project at Shuaibah and has advised Tatweer Buildings Company on the first school PPP project in Saudi Arabia.

“We are continuing to expand our capabilities in infrastructure and project finance in the Middle East,” said Thomas Wilson, Dubai office managing partner and co-leader of the Patton Boggs’ global Infrastructure Industry Group.

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“It is great to have Leroy now join us and he will have a warm welcome from a team that is well used to advising local and international clients on large, complex infrastructure investments and projects across the region – not to mention our pioneering work on developing PPP for national governments.”

Khalid A Al-Thebity, SPB's Riyadh office managing partner, added: “His expertise will be a welcome additional resource as our team gears up for further infrastructure investment as the government’s economic reform programme, Vision 2030, continues to unfold.”

The latest hire comes nearly a year after partner Shane Wilson joined Patton Boggs's Middle East practice in October last year.