Ciara Hickey

Senior Associate

Ciara is a Senior Associate in the project development practice in the UAE.

She is a front-end project development and construction law specialist and regularly advises government entities, sponsors, lenders and contractors on a wide range of projects across various sectors and asset classes, including large scale infrastructure and energy assets in the region. Ciara has significant specialist expertise in PPPs and working with clients in the project structuring phase.

Prior to moving to the UAE, Ciara worked for a global law firm in its PPP and projects practice in Dublin


Representative matters

The Abu Dhabi Investment Office (ADIO) and the relevant Abu Dhabi government departments on the procurement of multiple PPP projects in Abu Dhabi (including the Zayed City Schools PPP and LED Phase 1 and Phase 2 PPP) and the development of the PPP regulatory framework in Abu Dhabi.

Major national oil company across its downstream petrochemical business (including construction contracts and licensing arrangements).

The project company on the development and financing of the cross-border Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) gas pipeline project.

Saudi Electricity Company across multiple IPP projects in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.



-Admitted as solicitor, Ireland, 2018

-Admitted as solicitor, England and Wales, 2021


-BCL (Law with Economics), University College Dublin, 2009 - 2013

-Professional Practice Course (PPC I and PPC II), Law Society of Ireland, 2015 - 2017

-Construction law diploma, Law Society of Ireland, 2018

Allen Overy Shearman Sterling LLP (practising in the Emirate of Dubai as “Allen & Overy RLLP” pending the registration completion of the new name with the relevant UAE local authorities) is a limited liability partnership registered in England and Wales with registered number OC306763.
A&O Shearman was formed on May 1, 2024 by the combination of Shearman & Sterling LLP and Allen & Overy LLP and their respective affiliates (the legacy firms). Any matters referred to above may include matters undertaken by one or more of the legacy firms rather than A&O Shearman.