HFI is an independent consulting and legal services firm which was established in 2003. We are focussed on supporting clients with successful international business expansion ventures in the energy, water and environmental protection markets.     

We work with firms that deliver advanced technology including subsea petroleum and engineering, offshore renewables, power systems, carbon capture and desalination.

We support business ventures in the core Middle East region and the four surrounding regions: East Mediterranean & North Africa, Caspian, India and East Africa - whether these are new ventures or existing projects that need to be re-positioned.

HFI is led by Hugh Fraser, a Scottish lawyer and member of the GlobalScot network who has over 30 years’ experience of international business ventures in the Middle East. He is the former Group Head of Legal of John Wood Group PLC and Head of Middle East for Andrews Kurth Kenyon. Hugh is supported by a core team and a network of specialist consultants.

Our legal services - Legal Services International - are focussed on acquisitions, joint ventures, new international business establishments and local partner contracts. Details of our specialist services are set out in Client Services and our Roadmap to Successful Ventures in the Middle East is available here.

Our consultancy services are directed towards forming and managing Bridgehead Ventures - an innovative business expansion model which allows companies to collaborate to overcome the main barriers to international growth. Our approach is designed to increase the prospects of successful ventures in challenging target markets, to mitigate against risk and to reduce costs.

Our key drivers, differentiation and value proposition for clients comprises:

  • Specialisation and solid execution experience in our industry and regional sectors;
  • Investment in long term relationships with our clients, personnel and network;
  • Focus on real world planning and execution of successful ventures, with a results and solutions mindset and orientation;
  • Playing our role in protecting the environment and supporting clients through the energy transition including the roll out of carbon capture projects and their development of new technologies; and
  • Strict adherence to professionalism, creating and protecting value and business ethics.

We aim to be part of our clients’ competitive edge and a driving force for their business expansion ventures.