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Pinsent Masons PPP expert relocates to Dubai amid Saudi push

Catherine Workman has played a key role in developing Pinsent Masons' relationship with Saudi Arabia's Gaca

Board member and partner at Pinsent Masons, Catherine Workman.
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Board member and partner at Pinsent Masons, Catherine Workman.

The UK-based projects partner at law firm Pinsent Masons, Catherine Workman, has relocated to the group’s Dubai office amid a concerted Saudi Arabia-focused push as the law firm looks to build further its association with Saudi law firm Alsabhan & Alajaji.

Highly experienced in advising on public private partnership (PPP) projects across the Middle East, Europe and Asia, Workman has been with Pinsent Masons for more than 15 years, according to a press release posted on finance portal Zawya.

Specialising in the infrastructure sector, she has acted for government bodies, consortia, operators, and lenders on major infrastructure schemes for a number of projects, including airports, ports, hospitals, schools, roads, and real estate redevelopments.

Commenting on her move in a statement, Pinsent Masons said: “[Workman] has been instrumental in developing the firm's relationship with General Authority of Civil Aviation of Saudi Arabia (Gaca), speaking at a recent Gaca event and advising on the regulations regarding the new bonded logistic zone of the Riyadh airport.”

Workman said she was “hugely excited” to be relocating to the region, adding she was “looking forward to continuing to perform [her] board sponsor role and developing [the firm’s] relationship with Alsabhan & Alajaji in Saudi".

She said the association with the Riyadh-based law firm was “a key relationship in a significant market across a number of sectors, and for our global client base particularly in China, Korea, France, Spain, and the UK”.

Speaking on the move, Pinsent Masons' head of finance and projects for the Middle East, Tim Armsby, said: "[Workman] is a recognised infrastructure expert and has played a significant role in the development of PPP in the UK and emerging markets."

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