Olivier Nicolas

Vice President, Structured Finance / International Banking
SMBC

Olivier Nicolas

Biography

Olivier has 10 years experience in project finance with strong expertise in financial advisory to both state procurers and corporates in the Power, Renewable & Infrastructure space.

Olivier started his career at Natixis in Paris before moving to HSBC New York in 2012 where he spent the next three years working on project and export finance transactions in the US and Latin America. Olivier later moved to Dubai with HSBC before joining the SMBC Power & Infrastructure advisory team in 2016.

Since his move to the UAE, Olivier worked on landmark advisory mandates to both GCC procurers and international and regional corporates – in particular, Olivier is acting as Lead and Financial Advisor to the KSA Ministry of Energy (REPDO) in respect of the National Saudi Renewable Energy Program since 2017.

Olivier holds an MSc in Structured and Project Finance and a Bachelor degree in Industrial Engineering, both from Ecole des Ponts ParisTech, France.

Key recent experience

•Advisor to the KSA Ministry of Energy (REPDO) on Round 3 of the KSA Renewable Energy Program – 1.2GW Solar PV (KSA/ongoing)

•Advisor to the KSA Ministry of Energy (REPDO) on Round 2 of the KSA Renewable Energy Program – 1.5GW Solar PV (KSA/ongoing)

•Advisor to Sponsors on the world’s largest Waste to Energy plant – 1.8 mtpa Warsan WtE (Dubai/ongoing)

•Advisor to the KSA Ministry of Energy (REPDO) on the first GCC utility-scale Wind IPP – 400MW Dumat Al Jandal (KSA/2019) – PFI Middle East Renewables Deal of the Year 2019

•Advisor to the KSA Ministry of Energy (REPDO) on the first KSA utility-scale solar PV IPP – 300MW Sakaka (KSA/2018) – PFI Middle East Power Deal of the Year 2018

•Advisor to Sponsors on the first GCC Waste to Energy plant – 300 ktpa Sharjah WtE (Sharjah/2018) – PFI Middle East Clean Energy Deal of the Year 2018

•Advisor to Bidders on the 200 MiGD Taweelah RO IWP bid tendered by EWEC (Abu Dhabi/2018)

•Advisor to Bidders on the 100MW Al-Jouf / Rafha solar PV IPP bid tendered by SEC (KSA/2017)

•Financial Advisor to the ENEC on the 5.6 GW Baraka Nuclear power plant (U.A.E./2016)

•Financial Advisor to KAPP on the 280 MW Al Abdaliyah ISCC plant (Kuwait/2016)

•Structuring Bank to Mazoon Petrogas (Day-to-day Execution and Financial Modelling) on a Reserve Based Lending (Oman/2016)


Speaker at these virtual events:

Project, ECA & Structured Finance MENA 2020 - Virtual Conference