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The ‘very helpful and practical’ projects and energy practice at Baker & McKenzie Limited provides ‘an excellent service’ and is ‘extremely efficient on all counts’. Ian Siddell and Julie Alexander are highly regarded for their experience acting for lenders and developers across the oil and gas, aviation, and infrastructure sectors; recent highlights include acting for Nogaholding subsidiary Bahrain National Gas Expansion Company on the $515m financing for the development, construction, and operation of a gas processing plant in Sakhir, Bahrain.

Leveraging its strong reputation within the transport and oil and gas sectors, the projects and energy team at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has been particularly active in high-value project finance transactions for both regional and international clients. Harnek Shoker continues to lead advice to the Ministry of Housing on one of the largest urban development projects in Bahrain; the $730m project is being developed by Diyar Al Muharraq and will create 3000 new housing units in the Kingdom.

Newton Legal has been active in a number of major projects in Bahrain, with key partners Joseph Huse, Nicholas Williams, and Khalid Al Kubaisi noted for their expertise in projects and energy matters. The team has particular experience within the oil and gas industry, and recently advised The Bahrain Petroleum Company (Bapco) and Nogaholding on the $5bn expansion of Bapco’s refinery. Other clients include Tatweer Petroleum and The Bahrain Aviation Fuelling Company.

Clients of Norton Rose Fulbright’s projects and energy practice highlight its ability to provide ‘spot-on advice’. The team has experience in the renewables, water, power, petrochemicals, and social infrastructure sectors, as well as being particularly active in government-funded and PPP infrastructure and energy projects. Highlights included advising the National Oil and Gas Authority and Nogaholding on the $750m development of the Bahrain LNG terminal project. Practice head Joanne Emerson Taqi is recommended.

Zu'bi & Partners, Attorneys & Legal Consultants is highly regarded for its ability to provide local law advice on oil and gas and water projects. Qays H Zu’bi heads the practice, which counts Bahrain LNG, Energy City Qatar, ACWA Power, and The Oil and Gas Holding Company as clients.

At Hassan Radhi & Associates, Hassan Ali Radhi regularly acts as local counsel on major projects in the region.

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