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Eversheds scoops double award win at the Middle East Solar Industry Association’s Awards 2014

Eversheds scoops double award win at the Middle East Solar Industry Association’s Awards 2014
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    Law firm Eversheds has won Law Firm of Year at the Middle East Solar Industry Association’s annual solar awards presentation. In addition, Michelle T. Davies has been named Solar Woman of the Year for the second year running.

    The MESIA solar awards recognise and celebrate exceptional talent and achievements in the Middle East and North America (MENA) solar market.

    Eversheds was awarded ‘Law Firm of the Year’ in recognition for its active and committed support of the MENA solar industry. The firm advises on some of the most important solar power transactions in the region, and is currently advising on 10 of the 12 solar projects in Jordan Round 1. This includes acting for Diamond Generating Europe on the 52MW Shams Ma’an project which will be one of the largest solar projects in the Middle East, and acting for a number of developers on projects including EPC and financing.

    The firm also advised Scatec, a leading solar energy provider, on a joint venture to construct and operate three solar energy projects in Jordan. It has also worked on over 15 other solar equity investments in the Middle East for companies such as E.on, Skypower/FAS and Desert Tech.

    The awards selection was conducted by a panel of seven independent judges from across the industry and chaired by Dr. Abdulaziz Al Midfa, Chairman of Middle East Solar Industry Association and Vice Chair Person of the Emirates Environmental Group.

    MESIA’s awards took place on Monday 1 December 2014 at a gala ceremony held in the Emirates Towers Hotel in Dubai, UAE.

    Michelle said:

    “We are honoured to receive this reward which is a great testament to the hard work and commitment of our team across the Middle East over the past two years. We are extremely fortunate to have such a fantastic client base, and we are proud to be working with them as they help the Middle East achieve its goals in this exciting sector.”

    Vahid Fotuhi, President & Founder of the Middle East Solar Industry Association, said:

    “Eversheds has played a prominent role in empowering the solar industry across the Middle East, and so it is no surprise that the jury panel selected the firm for this prestigious award. In addition Michelle, the flag carrier for the Eversheds clean energy team, winning Woman of the Year is icing on the cake.”

    Nasser Ali Khasawneh, Eversheds Middle East Managing Partner, commented:

    “Winning both of these prestigious awards is a real achievement for the team. They emphasise our position in the renewable energy field and underline our continued commitment to delivering excellent service for our clients. Tim Armsby and the team are some of the best lawyers in the Middle East and this accolade recognises that. Michelle’s award is also extremely well deserved. She is one of the most highly regarded and technically advanced lawyers in the sector.”

    Commenting on the Woman of the Year award, Michelle added:

    “It is an honour to be awarded Woman of the Year by MESIA. I have met many remarkable women engaged at all levels in the renewable energy industry in the Middle East who are making significant contributions to their company’s and the sector’s success. It is wonderful that an organisation like MESIA is taking the lead in helping women in the sector access opportunities.”

    Michelle heads the Eversheds Clean Energy and Sustainability Group and advises with the team across all clean energy and sustainability projects. She specialises on all renewable technologies including offshore and onshore wind, biomass, solar, hydro and biofuels. Michelle's focus is on corporate strategy including M&A, equity raising and investment and exit mechanisms.

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