Frances-Yvonne Igweh

Dubai, UAE

T. +971 4 528 5555

Frances-Yvonne is a Partner and Head of Energy and Natural Resources, based in our DIFC office in Dubai.

Driven by excellence, with a wealth of legal and business experience, spanning over 22 years of practice in high-net-worth projects. Frances-Yvonne is a client-focused, pro-active and highly astute legal practitioner regularly advising on large cross border/multi-jurisdictional projects in energy, oil and gas, (upstream, downstream and procurement) renewable energy, road and rail construction, mining, precious mineral transactions commercial contracts, international trade, project financing and sovereign bond financing, and regulatory compliance matters with particular international expertise in the EMEA, Region. Europe Middle Eastern, Asia and Africa Practice.

Called to the Bar at Lincoln’s Inn in 1999, Frances-Yvonne started her practice at the leading sets of 3 Verulam Buildings and Essex Court Chambers, before gaining experience with leading law firms in the City of London such as Clyde & Co which enabled her continued acquisition of extensive non-contentious and contentious experience in multi-national and cross jurisdictional cases.

This formed an invaluable foundation for the honing of sharp business and legal skills and enabled a seamless move into a General Counsel role for an International Consortium, before leading to Partnership at Spencer West LLP where she led on the Firm’s Africa Practice; advising major investors, developers and clients in the global market on high value multi-million-pound contracts. 

Her work extends to governments and organisations in public private partnerships covering multi-sector infrastructure projects in power, road and railway construction, renewable energy, oil and gas transactions, precious minerals and mining matters.

Further, as a Fellow of the International Compliance Association, Frances-Yvonne’s practice encompasses a pro-active compliance, anti-corruption, and anti-money laundering regulatory service coupled with project development and sovereign bond financing for multiple Governments.

Areas of expertise
  • Environment, social and governance
  • Corporate & M&A
  • Energy
  • Construction and Engineering
  • International Trade, Transport & Maritime
Education & qualifications
  • Fellowship and Advanced Diploma in Anti Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing International Compliance Association 2014-2015
  • MPhil Law and Policy Cambridge University 1999-2000
  • Inns of Court School of Law -1998-1999 BVC The Bar Vocational Course
  • Call to the Bar of England and Wales the Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn 1999
  • LLB Law Degree with Honours Sussex University 1995-1998
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