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Simon Chan

Counsel
+974.4424.6114
Fax +974.4424.6101
Simon Chan has been based in Doha since July 2010. Prior to joining K&L Gates, he worked for Allen & Overy. Before moving to Doha, he spent 10 years practicing in London, from 1999-2009. Mr. Chan has extensive experience advising financial institutions, corporate sponsors, and borrowers on general financing, including project finance, leveraged finance, asset finance and Islamic finance and also on restructurings. He has experience in advising project companies, sponsors, and lenders on the development and financing of large infrastructure projects.

“Simon Chan earns recognition for his Islamic finance and project finance capabilities. His competitors agree that he is ‘a very good technical lawyer,’ with one peer noting: ‘Simon is a good guy, dedicated to the work and an expert in his field.’” - The Legal 500: Qatar
  • Qatar National Bank on a QAR175m working capital facility to an aviation company in Kuwait secured by a mortgage over three jet aircraft.*
  • The lenders on the financing and refinancing of the api Energia integrated gasification combined cycle power station in Ancona, Italy.*
  • QInvest and a syndicate of nine banks (including QInvest as sole bookrunner and structuring adviser and Qatar Islamic Bank, Barwa Bank, Commercial Bank of Qatar and First Gulf Bank as mandated lead arrangers) from the GCC on a USD200m syndicated facility for Tüpraş, a leading refinery in Turkey.*
  • QInvest as arranger on a syndicated USD106.7m tawarruq facility to Qortuba Real Estate Investment, a subsidiary of Mazaya Qatar Real Estate Development, which in turn is a subsidiary of Qatar Foundation, for the financing of Sidra Medical Village. Qatar Islamic Bank acted as Investment Agent and the participating banks were ABC Islamic Bank, Ahli United Bank, Arab Banking Corporation, First Gulf Bank, National Bank of Abu Dhabi and Qatar Islamic Bank.*
  • Qatar National Bank on a USD450m term loan facility to Nakilat Holdco. LL.C., a joint venture between Qatar Gas Transport Company Limited (Nakilat) and Teekay LNG Partners LP in relation to the acquisition of three LNG vessels.*
  • Qatar National Bank on a USD500m term loan facility to Teekay Nakilat (III) Corporation in relation to the acquisition of four LNG vessels.*
  • Qatar National Bank on a USD190,000,000 to Nakilat Excelerate LLC for the financing of the floating storage and regasification vessel, Exquisite.
  • Qatar National Bank and Standard Chartered Bank as joint co-ordinators and the mandated lead arrangers on a USD700m revolving facility to Mobile Telecommunications Company for the payment of dividends, the refinancing of existing indebtedness and general corporate purposes.*
  • Goldman Sachs, Qatar Islamic Bank and ABN AMRO as mandated lead arrangers on their USD450m multi-currency split conventional/Islamic term and revolving facilities to Millennium Offshore Services Superholdings for the redemption of its senior secured notes, refinancing of an existing facility agreement and general corporate purposes.*
  • Barwa Bank and Qatar Islamic Bank as arrangers on a GBP800m murabaha facility for the refinancing of acquisition facilities for Claridge’s, The Berkeley and The Connaught hotels.*
  • Qatar Islamic Bank on a USD662.4m facility to Maran Nakilat Co Ltd. for the acquisition of four LNG vessels including two new build vessels.*
  • Barwa Bank as arrangers on a QAR910,625,000 murabaha facility to Vodafone Qatar PQSC for the financing of 5G network upgrade.*
  • Gulf Drilling International as borrower on a USD430m facility from a syndicate of banks for the financing of drilling rigs, land rigs and accommodation barges.*
  • Qatar Islamic Bank on USD380m syndicated tawarruq facility to Qatar Gas Transport Company Ltd. (Nakilat). The participating banks were Qatari Islamic Bank Q.S.C. and Qatar International Bank Q.S.C.*
  • Al Khalij Commercial Bank on a USD281m syndicated financing to a networking cabling company for refinancing existing debt.*
  • Qatar Shipping (Milaha) on a USD100m syndicated facility arranged by HSBC Bank Middle East for the acquisition and refit of vessels.*
  • Commercial Bank of Qatar on the QAR275m facility to Qatar Coral for Real Estate Development for the construction of towers on Viva Bahriya, the Pearl Qatar.*
  • Industrial and Commercial Bank of China on its USD100m syndicated facilities to Ooredoo for the financing of 5G upgrades.
  • the lender on a USD2bn bilateral sovereign loan to the State of Qatar for the financing of State development projects.*
  • HSBC Bank Middle East as arranger on a USD140m syndicated facility to Mannai Corporation for the acquisition of a 35% shareholding in Axiom.*
  • QInvest on the restructuring of facilities to the Salamanca Group for the acquisition of Marina Port Vell, Barcelona.
  • QInvest as arranger on a syndicated USD95m tawarruq facility to Al Jazeera Finance for the refinancing of existing debt. Qatar Islamic Bank, First Gulf Bank, Ahli United Bank and QInvest were the participating banks.*

*while working at a previous firm