Of Counsel

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Edward Rose advises on the development and financing of major projects in Saudi Arabia and across the Middle East. He has more than 20 years of experience acting for governments, sponsors, and contractors on a wide variety of energy and infrastructure projects. His work encompasses upstream, midstream, and downstream oil and gas contracts; refinery, petrochemical, and heavy industrial projects; independent power and water projects; and airport and port developments. Edward also advises on the corporate and commercial transactions linked to the establishment and operation of these facilities.

Since locating to Alkhobar, Edward has gained broad experience in the Saudi petrochemicals sector and has advised on projects in the power, rail, and health arenas. Prior to joining Jones Day, he acted on the financing of an independent water project in Oman, the development of a petrochemicals plant in Abu Dhabi, the restructuring of the downstream petroleum sector in Jordan, disputes arising from a petrochemicals complex in Qatar, and matters relating to port concessions in Oman.

Edward has lived and worked in Saudi Arabia, Abu Dhabi, and Oman and has advised on deals in Abu Dhabi, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait, Jordan, Egypt, Iraq, and East Africa. He is a regular speaker at conferences and a contributor to publications including the Journal of Energy & Natural Resources Law. He also has served as a senior lecturer on oil, gas, and construction law courses held in the United Kingdom, the Middle East, Malaysia, and South Africa.


  • Consortium of Marafiq, Amwal, and Veolia develop large Independent Sewage Treatment Plant in Saudi ArabiaJones Day advised the consortium of sponsors consisting of The Power and Water Utility Company for Jubail and Yanbu (Marafiq), AlAmwal AlKhaleejiah AlThaniya, and Veolia Middle East, in connection with the project close and financial close of the Jeddah Airport 2 Independent Sewage Treatment Plant Project located in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
  • Arsenal Capital Partners acquires Seal for Life Industries from Berry Global Group Inc. for $328 millionJones Day advised Arsenal Capital Partners on the $328 million acquisition of Seal for Life Industries from Berry Global Group Inc.
  • Saudi-based company invests in joint venture to produce marine enginesJones Day advised a Saudi-based investment company on its direct investment in a major international joint venture to produce marine engines and pumps in the Kingdom.
  • Consortium of senior creditors provide €700 million to Northwester 2 for development of Belgian offshore wind farmJones Day advised the consortium of senior creditors consisting of Belfius Bank SA/NV, BNP Paribas Fortis SA/NV, Coöperatieve Rabobank U.A., De Volksbank N.V. trading as ASN Bank, ING Belgium SA/NV, KBC Bank NV, Société Générale, Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation, Brussels Branch, Triodos Bank, the European Investment Bank, and EKF Danmarks Eksportkredit, in the financing of Northwester 2's €700 million (US$804.8 million) total required investment for the development and construction of a 218.5 megawatt offshore wind farm to be located approximately 50 kilometers off the Belgian coast.
  • U.S. university establishes joint engineering degree program with university for women in BahrainJones Day assisted a state university in establishing a joint engineering degree program with a university for women in Bahrain.
  • Global schools group builds new co-educational campus in Saudi ArabiaJones Day is advising a global schools group on all aspects of its strategic partnership with a Saudi developer to finance, build, and lease a landmark new co-educational campus in Saudi Arabia.
  • Saudi chemicals company negotiates contracts related to supply of feedstockJones Day is advising a major Saudi chemicals company on its contracts for the supply of feedstock to various tenants of a manufacturing park located adjacent to the client’s production facilities, and assisting with the negotiation of contracts with individual customers.
  • Saudi chemicals manufacturing company develops full suite of template customer supply contractsJones Day is advising a leading Saudi chemicals manufacturing company in connection with the development of a full suite of template customer supply contracts, agency agreements, and distribution agreements.
  • Consortium provides €900 million financing for Belgium's largest offshore wind farmJones Day advised a consortium of senior creditors, consisting of ABN AMRO Bank N.V. Belgian Branch; Belfius Bank SA/NV; BNP Paribas Fortis SA/NV; The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, Ltd.; Coöperatieve Rabobank U.A.; Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation; Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Bank, Limited (London Branch); Société Générale, London Branch; European Investment Bank; and EKF Danmarks Eksportkredit, in connection with the financing of Norther's approximately €1.2 billion total required investment for developing and constructing a 370 megawatt offshore wind farm.
  • EPC contracting group reviews corporate arrangements and shareholdings in Saudi ArabiaJones Day is representing a leading European EPC contracting group on its corporate arrangements and shareholdings in Saudi Arabia, on the defense of a claim brought before the Kingdom’s courts by a sub-contractor, and on the evaluation of its claims against a Saudi industrial company for additional work and costs.
  • Saudi industrial company proposes disposal of certain business assetsJones Day is representing a Saudi industrial company, active in the plastics sector, on the proposed disposal of certain business assets.
  • Saudi trading group reviews contractual arrangements relating to development of industrial plant in Yanbu, Saudi ArabiaJones Day is advising a major Saudi trading group on its contractual arrangements with an international energy company for the development and financing of an industrial plant to be constructed in Yanbu, Saudi Arabia.
  • Jubail-based petrochemicals company expands operations in Jubail and Yanbu, Saudi ArabiaJones Day acted for a Jubail-based petrochemicals company on all aspects of the project and corporate structuring necessary for the development of a major expansion programme, comprising additional plants in both Jubail and Yanbu, Saudi Arabia (including on a joint venture basis).
  • Saudi Arabian petrochemicals company reviews contractual issues leading to delays of expansion projectJones Day acted for a leading Saudi Arabian petrochemicals company with respect to contractual issues arising under a technology license leading to delays in the completion of an expansion project, and under a contract for the supply of product.
  • Saudi chemicals company reviews contractual claims by EPC contractorsJones Day is advising a major Saudi chemicals company in connection with the review of a range of complex claims arising from the client's contracts with two EPC contractors and on options for the resolution of these claims.
  • Saudi Arabian petrochemicals company considers contractual issues under FEED contract and tenders major EPC contractJones Day acted for a Saudi Arabian petrochemicals company with respect to contractual issues arising under a FEED contract, as well as advising on the drafting and tendering of a major EPC contract.
  • Saudi subsidiary of European logistics company forms joint venture to establish new chemical transportation business in Saudi ArabiaJones Day is assisting a Saudi subsidiary of a European logistics company serving the chemicals sector on the formation of a new joint venture company in Saudi Arabia and advising on structures for the establishment of a new chemical transportation business.
  • International healthcare provider establishes new local company to operate private clinic in Saudi ArabiaJones Day represented a leading international healthcare provider on the negotiation and conclusion of a management contract for the operation of a private clinic in Saudi Arabia, together with the setting up of a new local company.
  • Industrial services company bids on commercial contracts in Saudi ArabiaJones Day is acting for a U.S.-based industrial services company on its bids for contracts from clients in Saudi Arabia, on the award of a contract for the supply of specialist mining equipment, and on its local corporate arrangements.
  • Saudi-based technology commercialization company examines acquisition of two equity stakes in U.S.-based water technology companies and establishes joint venture in Saudi ArabiaJones Day advised a Saudi-based technology commercialization company on two acquisitions of equity stakes in U.S.-based water technology companies (one completed, one aborted), as well as on the related establishment of a joint venture company in the Kingdom to undertake water projects for the oil industry.
  • The following represents experience acquired prior to joining Jones Day.

    Advised Malakoff, Sumitomo, and Cadagua on the close of the project financing for the Ghubrah Independent Water Project, Oman's largest IWP, valued at approximately US$350 million.

    Acted for Borealis AG for more than a decade on its joint venture with Abu Dhabi National Oil Company — Abu Dhabi Polymers Co. Ltd. (Borouge) — a US$5 billion petrochemicals plant in the UAE.

    Represented a major Scandinavian energy company on its bid for an oil concession in Abu Dhabi.

    Advised the Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources of Jordan on the restructuring and part privatization of Jordan's downstream petroleum sector, including a planned refinery concession and a new regulatory regime for the transportation, storage, and sale of refined products.

    Acted for the founding committee on all legal matters required to establish the first Shari'a-compliant bank in Oman — Bank Nizwa — including Oman's second largest initial public offering.

    Acted for a publicly listed international energy company on its bid for an onshore gas concession in Oman.

    Acted for Salalah Port Services Company on a range of contractual and commercial matters relating to the company's concessions to operate a world-class container terminal and general cargo port at Salalah in southern Oman.

    Represented a major regional EPC contractor on legal issues arising from its joint venture arrangements, an EPC contract, and a key subcontract connected with the company's work on the Pearl Gas-To-Liquids project in Qatar.

    Acted for a U.K./Iraqi consortium on a joint venture relating to the redevelopment of an international airport in Iraq.

    Advised the Natural Resources Authority of Jordan on the development and negotiation of legal documentation for the granting of concessions over oil shale and natural gas resources.

    Advised Etisalat of the UAE on its successful bid, and award of a licence, to set up Saudi Arabia's second mobile phone provider, Mobily (Etihad Etisalat). The structuring of this project represented the world's largest Islamic financing at that time.

    Speaking Engagements

    • April 27, 2017
      Saudi Arabia: Opportunities in the Renewables Sector, Japan Institute for Overseas Investment
    • April 4, 2017
      Saudi / UK SME Partnership Forum, Saudi British Joint Business Council
    • September 20, 2016
      Opportunity Arabia XIII, Middle East Association
    • June 1, 2016
      Project Finance and EPC Contracts in the Middle East, In-House Counsel Legal Training
    • May 25, 2016
      IP Use and Protection in Saudi Arabia, during the Licensing Executives Society training course “Principles and Practices of Intellectual Asset Management”
    • April 5, 2016
      Creating new Companies for Early Stage Technologies, during Workshop organised by DTVC
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