Based in Dubai, Matthew is responsible for providing commercially focused counsel to the Enviromena group of companies, primarily to support the efficient execution of the group’s energy projects and facilitate its business activities. He also oversees the group’s governance and regulatory compliance, as well as performing the function of Corporate Secretary. Originally working for clients on corporate mergers and acquisitions, having trained and qualified with UK law firm Mills & Reeve LLP, Matthew moved into the renewable energy sector over nine years ago and has been working in-house for international developers since.
Prior to joining Enviromena, Matthew worked for Stumpf Energy in Abu Dhabi, the energy development and investments division of the Austrian Stumpf group, in his role as General Counsel and non-executive director, and ACWA Power in Dubai. Since working in the UAE, he has advised his clients on utility scale renewable energy public tenders and private wire corporate and industrial power projects with an aggregated capacity of over 2.7 GW, in markets as diverse as South Africa, Morocco, Egypt, Jordan, UAE, Thailand, Philippines, Mexico and Australia. Most notably, Matthew led the sponsors’ legal team on the bidding process and financial close of the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) Phase II 200MW solar park, the first independent power project in Dubai and utility scale solar PV project in the MENA region.
Before relocating to the Middle East, Matthew worked for EDF Energy Renewables in London and Paris, helping develop, own and operate the EDF group’s on and offshore wind farms portfolio in the UK; and Wind Prospect Group in Bristol, supporting the company’s renewables captive power development business.
Matthew is an English qualified lawyer, licensed to practice by the Supreme Court of England and Wales; holds a bachelor of laws (LLB) awarded by the University of Southampton; and is a graduate of BPP Law School, London.