Real estate lawyer takes project finance COO role

Oppenheimer Investments Group, the Zurich-based project finance adviser, has appointed veteran private equity real estate lawyer Iain Morpeth, who spent 23 years at Clifford Chance, as its new global chief operating officer. Among his mandates, Morpeth advised on the sale of the Millennium Dome.

Iain Morpeth, who advised opportunity funds, investment banks and private equity clients on a range of infrastructure and real estate transactions during a 23-year career at law firm Clifford Chance, has joined Oppenheimer Investments Group as global chief operating officer.

Oppenheimer Investments Group is a client of Clifford Chance, and the move is expected to strengthen ties between the two companies. 

Among the high-profile deals Morpeth advised on at Clifford Chance was the acquisition from the UK government of London’s Milennium Dome by Meridian Delta, backed by billionaire Philip Anschutz, in 2002.

Based in Switzerland, Oppenheimer Investments Group provides project finance advice to governments, corporations and industrials around the world on access to the international capital markets.