Nick Kramer

Nicholas Kramer

Partner
Head of Commercial Construction

CMS (UAE) LLP
Level 15 Burj Daman
Dubai International Financial Centre
Happiness Street
PO Box 506873
Dubai
United Arab Emirates
Languages English
Construction & Engineering

Nick is the Head of Commercial Construction at CMS (UAE) LLP. He has worked in Dubai since 2005. Nick specialises in the drafting and negotiation of construction related contracts, as well as advising on associated disputes. His experience includes building contracts; EPC contracts; consultancy services contracts; public works concession contracts; and O&M contracts, on projects throughout the Middle East and Africa. He has considerable experience using and advising on the FIDIC standard forms of contract.

Nick has advised and represented clients from all sides of the construction, engineering and project development industries, including international construction and engineering contractors and consultants; commercial real estate developers; government ministries and agencies; developers of industrial projects, process plants and petrochemical plants; promoters and developers of independent water and power projects; family offices; and oil and gas multinationals.

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“leads by example and is well-respected within and outside the firm”

Legal 500, 2018

"focuses on non-contentious construction mandates…recommended."

Legal 500, 2017

"a non-contentious specialist"

Legal 500, 2016

"reliably produces good advice in a timely manner and has led the construction side of many deals"

Legal 500, 2014

"provides solid technical advice in a commercial context"

Legal 500, 2012

Relevant experience

  • Al Ghurair on an 8MW captive co-generation power plant project in Dubai.
  • Gulf Data Hub on a data centre development at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology in Saudi Arabia.
  • BP Middle East on an aviation fuel tank farm project at Erbil International Airport.
  • Abu Dhabi Airports Company on the USD 6.8bn expansion of Abu Dhabi airport, including drafting the USD 3.6bn Midfield Terminal Building construction contract.
  • Korea Electric Power Corporation/Mitsubishi Corporation/Wartsilla Corporation on the USD 800m, 573 MW, IPP3 independent power project in Jordan.
  • Higher Corporation for Specialized Economic Zones (ZonesCorp) in relation to the Industrial City of Abu Dhabi (ICAD) II, III, V and Al Ain Industrial City projects, all in Abu Dhabi.
  • Global Student Accommodation on a student accommodation development in Dubai.
  • Olbapack on a USD 37m, 1 billion cans per year, aluminium canning plant project in Algeria.
  • Japan/Turkey joint venture (Obayashi/Kajima/Yapi Merkezi) on the USD 4.2bn first phase of the Dubai Metro, as well as advising on related claims.
  • Sumitomo Corporation/Malakoff International Limited/Aljomaih Automotive Company on the USD 7bn Ras Azzour IWPP in Saudi Arabia.
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Education

  • 2002 - Legal Practice Course (Commendation), College of Law, London
  • 2001 - Post Graduate Diploma in Law (Commendation), College of Law, London
  • 1999 - BA (Hons) Classical Civilisation (2:1), University of Leeds, Leeds
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Memberships

  • The Law Society of England and Wales
  • Society of Construction Law
  • British Business Group
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Publications

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Lectures list

  • 2018 – FKI Conference - Infrastructure Investment into the GCC, Iran and Iraq (Seoul, South Korea)
  • 2018 – Hot Topics In Construction - New FIDIC Rainbow Suite of Contracts (Dubai, UAE)
  • 2017 – KCAB/DIAC Conference - Resolving Disputes in the MENA Region: Perspectives for Korean Companies (Dubai, UAE)
  • 2017 – FIDIC Africa Contract Users Conference (Livingstone, Zambia)
  • 2016 - Ras Al Khaimah Finance and Investment Forum (Ras Al Khaimah, UAE)
  • 2016 - FIDIC Africa Contract Users Conference (Nairobi, Kenya)
  • 2016 - MEED Kuwait Projects Advisory Panel (Kuwait City, Kuwait)
  • 2016 - FIDIC Middle East Contract Users Conference (Dubai, UAE)
  • 2014 - Mega Engineering Projects Management Forum (Dubai, UAE)
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Infrastructure & Projects

Nick is the Head of Commercial Construction at CMS (UAE) LLP. He has worked in Dubai since 2005. Nick specialises in the drafting and negotiation of construction related contracts, as well as advising on associated disputes. His experience includes building contracts; EPC contracts; consultancy services contracts; public works concession contracts; and O&M contracts, on projects throughout the Middle East and Africa. He has considerable experience using and advising on the FIDIC standard forms of contract.

Nick has advised and represented clients from all sides of the construction, engineering and project development industries, including international construction and engineering contractors and consultants; commercial real estate developers; government ministries and agencies; developers of industrial projects, process plants and petrochemical plants; promoters and developers of independent water and power projects; family offices; and oil and gas multinationals.

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“leads by example and is well-respected within and outside the firm”

Legal 500, 2018

"focuses on non-contentious construction mandates…recommended."

Legal 500, 2017

"a non-contentious specialist"

Legal 500, 2016

"reliably produces good advice in a timely manner and has led the construction side of many deals"

Legal 500, 2014

"provides solid technical advice in a commercial context"

Legal 500, 2012

Relevant experience

  • Bidder on a USD 545m solid waste to energy project in Dubai.
  • Abu Dhabi Airports Company on the USD 6.8bn expansion of Abu Dhabi airport, including drafting the USD 3.6bn Midfield Terminal Building construction contract.
  • Korea Electric Power Corporation/Mitsubishi Corporation/Wartsilla Corporation on the US$800 million, 573 MW, IPP3 independent power project in Jordan.
  • Cimerwa on a US$100 million, 1500 TPD, cement plant in Rwanda.
  • Obayashi Corporation on the USD 390m Palm Jumeirah Monorail, Dubai.
  • Japan/Turkey joint venture (Obayashi/Kajima/Yapi Merkezi) on the USD 4.2bn first phase of the Dubai Metro, as well as advising on related claims.
  • Sumitomo Corporation/Malakoff International Limited/Aljomaih Automotive Company on the USD 7bn Ras Azzour IWPP in Saudi Arabia.
  • Sumitomo Chemical on the USD 6bn Petro-Rabigh petrochemicals and refinery complex in Saudi Arabia.
  • United Utilities/Samsung Engineering Co. Ltd/Mushrif National Construction on a wastewater treatment system at International City, Dubai.
  • Total Gas & Power Ventures SAS on a power plant and an HV transmission line in Obite, Nigeria.
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Education

  • 2002 - Legal Practice Course (Commendation), College of Law, London
  • 2001 - Post Graduate Diploma in Law (Commendation), College of Law, London
  • 1999 - BA (Hons) Classical Civilisation (2:1), University of Leeds, Leeds
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Memberships

  • The Law Society of England and Wales
  • Society of Construction Law
  • British Business Group
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Publications

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Lectures list

  • 2018 – FKI Conference - Infrastructure Investment into the GCC, Iran and Iraq (Seoul, South Korea)
  • 2018 – Hot Topics In Construction - New FIDIC Rainbow Suite of Contracts (Dubai, UAE)
  • 2017 – KCAB/DIAC Conference - Resolving Disputes in the MENA Region: Perspectives for Korean Companies (Dubai, UAE)
  • 2017 – FIDIC Africa Contract Users Conference (Livingstone, Zambia)
  • 2016 - Ras Al Khaimah Finance and Investment Forum (Ras Al Khaimah, UAE)
  • 2016 - FIDIC Africa Contract Users Conference (Nairobi, Kenya)
  • 2016 - MEED Kuwait Projects Advisory Panel (Kuwait City, Kuwait)
  • 2016 - FIDIC Middle East Contract Users Conference (Dubai, UAE)
  • 2014 - Mega Engineering Projects Management Forum (Dubai, UAE)
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Hotels & Leisure

Nick is the Head of Commercial Construction at CMS (UAE) LLP. He has worked in Dubai since 2005. Nick specialises in the drafting and negotiation of construction related contracts, as well as advising on associated disputes. His experience includes building contracts; EPC contracts; consultancy services contracts; public works concession contracts; and O&M contracts, on projects throughout the Middle East and Africa. He has considerable experience using and advising on the FIDIC standard forms of contract.

Nick has advised and represented clients from all sides of the construction, engineering and project development industries, including international construction and engineering contractors and consultants; commercial real estate developers; government ministries and agencies; developers of industrial projects, process plants and petrochemical plants; promoters and developers of independent water and power projects; family offices; and oil and gas multinationals.

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“leads by example and is well-respected within and outside the firm”

Legal 500, 2018

"focuses on non-contentious construction mandates…recommended."

Legal 500, 2017

"a non-contentious specialist"

Legal 500, 2016

"reliably produces good advice in a timely manner and has led the construction side of many deals"

Legal 500, 2014

"provides solid technical advice in a commercial context"

Legal 500, 2012

Relevant experience

  • Acropole on an Accor Hotel development in Downtown Dubai.
  • Global Student Accommodation on a student accommodation development in Dubai.
  • Sabban Group on Bayat Plaza development in Saudi Arabia.
  • Abdul Latif Jameel Real Estate Investment on the USD 2.6bn, 7,000 room, Jabal Al Ka’aba Hotel in Saudi Arabia.
  • Ultimate Developers on the Vision City residential project in Kigali, Rwanda.
  • The Private Office of Sheikh Suroor on the Etihad Towers; Abu Dhabi Trade Centre; and Saadiyat Island Resort projects, all in Abu Dhabi.
  • Al Habtoor Engineering Enterprises on the USD 3.5bn Dubai Pearl project.
  • Kerzner Istithmar on the construction of Atlantis Hotel, Dubai.
  • Dubai World Trade Centre on the Dubai Trade Centre District project.
  • Oman International Development Co. (Ominvest) on a USD 1bn integrated tourist complex in Salalah, Oman.
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Education

  • 2002 - Legal Practice Course (Commendation), College of Law, London
  • 2001 - Post Graduate Diploma in Law (Commendation), College of Law, London
  • 1999 - BA (Hons) Classical Civilisation (2:1), University of Leeds, Leeds
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Memberships

  • The Law Society of England and Wales
  • Society of Construction Law
  • British Business Group
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Publications

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Lectures list

  • 2018 – FKI Conference - Infrastructure Investment into the GCC, Iran and Iraq (Seoul, South Korea)
  • 2018 – Hot Topics In Construction - New FIDIC Rainbow Suite of Contracts (Dubai, UAE)
  • 2017 – KCAB/DIAC Conference - Resolving Disputes in the MENA Region: Perspectives for Korean Companies (Dubai, UAE)
  • 2017 – FIDIC Africa Contract Users Conference (Livingstone, Zambia)
  • 2016 - Ras Al Khaimah Finance and Investment Forum (Ras Al Khaimah, UAE)
  • 2016 - FIDIC Africa Contract Users Conference (Nairobi, Kenya)
  • 2016 - MEED Kuwait Projects Advisory Panel (Kuwait City, Kuwait)
  • 2016 - FIDIC Middle East Contract Users Conference (Dubai, UAE)
  • 2014 - Mega Engineering Projects Management Forum (Dubai, UAE)
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