Baker Botts hires Shane Wilson as New Projects Partner in Dubai 

International law firm Baker Botts has welcomed Shane Wilson (pictured) as a partner in its Dubai office, further enhancing its Global Projects Department. With extensive experience in the Middle East, Africa, and beyond, Wilson brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise in advising clients on energy, technology, and life sciences projects and transactions. 

“The admission of Shane bolsters our on-the-ground projects capabilities in the Middle East and gives us a more diversified practice in the region,” commented Baker Botts Managing Partner John Martin

Having been based in Dubai for over 16 years, Wilson has established himself as a trusted advisor in the region. His practice focuses on the development and financing of energy and infrastructure projects, encompassing sectors such as power, water, waste management, oil and gas, infrastructure, and transportation. 

Throughout his career, Wilson has represented a diverse range of stakeholders, including lenders, governments, project sponsors, and project companies. He has worked on numerous projects across multiple jurisdictions, including those in the energy, utilities, oil and gas, infrastructure, and metals sectors. His comprehensive understanding of project development and financing enables him to provide valuable insights and strategic guidance to his clients. 

“Shane has extensive regional experience, and the combination of his experience and our platform will help grow our projects practice in the Middle East,” said Mark Rowley, Partner-in-Charge of London and the Middle East at Baker Botts. 

Notably, Wilson has extensive experience advising on Shari’ah-compliant projects, working closely with sponsors and Islamic financiers to structure projects that adhere to Islamic principles. 

“I am delighted to have joined Baker Botts, a premier global energy law firm that plays strongly with my practice. I am very excited to not only help strengthen our growing Dubai practice but to also expand our Riyadh client offering,” commented Wilson. 

Prior to joining Baker Botts, Wilson served as a partner at Squire Patton Boggs in Dubai for nearly six years. He also held a partner position at Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co for nine years. With a strong background in international law, Wilson has previously worked at prestigious firms such as Vinson & Elkins and Norton Rose Fulbright, further enriching his expertise and capabilities.