In early July, after an undoubtedly busy year to that point, the legal eagles at Clyde & Co might have been tempted to ponder a week or two away from the deal frontline – alluring visions of sun-drenched tropical beaches perhaps beginning to penetrate their imaginations.
If so, they were swiftly snapped out of such idle thoughts with a call to justify the viability of their current projects in a Dragon’s Den-style showdown in front of a 100-strong audience. Deal wizards from far-flung global destinations were summoned to Clyde’s London office to explain why “their” project deserved the backing of five judges/dragons.
In the end, the judges’ winner was the Roy Hill mining, rail and port project in Western Australia; while the audience vote went to the East Africa team’s Tanzania-Rwanda-Burundi railway.
“The range of infrastructure projects presented today illustrate Clyde & Co’s global experience and local expertise across both mature and emerging markets,” claimed partner and chair of the event, Liz Jenkins.
It also illustrated an admirable willingness to forego a spot of sunbathing for a rather more intense grilling.