Simon is a Partner and the head of Real Estate in the Middle East. Having been based in the Middle East since 2008, Simon specialises in real estate and construction matters. His main areas of expertise are large scale mixed use developments and infrastructure projects (particularly PPPs), city centre redevelopments, real estate investment, management and finance as well as hotels and hospitality. In addition, Simon regularly advices on ‘foreign direct investment’ from the GCC into commercial and residential property in the UK and other parts of the world.
Simon acts for a variety of corporates, financial institutions, government and quasi-government entities, high profile individuals, contractors and consultants across the GCC. He has also advised on the financing of acquisitions and developments using both conventional and Islamic finance structures.
Simon has co-authored a number of recent publications relating to real estate in the GCC, is a regular contributor to a leading property journal and has spoken at a number of real estate events over the last several years including the Bahrain Property Exhibition, Gulf Engineering Forum, The Hotel Technology Forum in the UAE and various property seminars RICS events.
Simon is admitted to practise in England and Wales.