Pinsent Masons attracts project financing star in Asia

by Sol Dolor25 Jan 2019

Pinsent Masons has appointed James Harris as partner.

Harris, who has more than three decades’ experience in energy and infrastructure projects financing, started in the firm’s Singapore office on Wednesday. He moved from Jones Day, where he was a partner based in Singapore. Prior to that, he was Hogan Lovells’ Singapore managing partner and global head of infrastructure.

The new partner has been tasked to further grow the firm’s regional projects practice and expend its energy and infrastructure capabilities. He has a particular focus on project financing and PPPs in Asia, Pinsent Masons said.

“James brings a wealth of experience of the Asia market and is a well-respected figure in the energy and infrastructure sectors. As the fastest growing region in terms of population, urbanisation and economic activity, Asia represents significant future demand for infrastructure and energy. James' addition to the team will boost our capabilities in Asia and ensure we can support the growing demand from our clients in the region,” said Michael Watson, who heads the finance and projects group of the firm.

Harris said that Pinsent Masons is known for its innovation and for its focus on renewable energy and infrastructure.

“With a strong mandate to grow the Asia Pacific business in these areas, I am keen to push these strengths further forward in the region with a young, dynamic and diversely experienced team focussed on long term superior client service,” he said.