Projects and energy in Pakistan
Haidermota & Co Advocates
Haidermota & Co Advocates is a known name for its work on major project financings under the direction of Umar Shereef and Owais Aziz. Key clients include leading national and international financial institutions, project companies and sponsors as well as multilateral agencies, construction companies and provincial governments. The firm particularly stands out for its energy sector expertise and is well-versed in both alternative and conventional forms of energy. It is also recommended for its work on infrastructure projects and has advised on the development of numerous public-private partnership transactions on behalf of provincial governments. In addition the first-class team regularly appears before the various regulatory authorities in Pakistan including the National Electric Power Regulatory Authority. It is a 'resourceful, experienced, knowledgeable and dependable' team.
‘We think the team at Haidermota is skilled and experienced in the projects and energy sector (especially for hydropower and transmission line projects) in Pakistan, and has a firm grasp and in-depth understanding of this sector‘.
‘The lawyers are always result-oriented and capable of providing feasible and flexible solutions, even for those pioneering projects which are unprecedented in Pakistan. Their strong legal and transactional expertise are extremely impressive, and their outstanding negotiation skills are also noteworthy‘.
‘Compared with other firms we have cooperated with in this sector, Haidermota is more capable of dealing with complicated and unique transactions involving multiple parties and of providing a higher-standard of work with more cost efficient billing standards’.
‘In particular we are impressed by one of the partners Mr. Umar Shereef. Umar is a well-known and reputable legal expert in the sector, especially for independent power producer projects and he is pragmatic. He is very experienced in both the project and banking arenas, and we are impressed by his commercial and solution-oriented approach as well as his outstanding negotiating skills‘.
‘A very strong team at Haidermota & Co with leaders of the sector like Umar Shereef. Haidermota has a large number of partners and associates who can deliver excellent legal services on a variety of projects, especially in the energy sector. I have worked extensively with Owais Aziz, Babar Zaman Khan and Rahmat Kamal Ghanghro‘.
‘The main thing that stands out about the HMCO lawyers is their dedication, professionalism, depth of knowledge and customer focus‘.
Act2 Wind (Private) Limited
Gul Ahmed Electric Limited
Metro Wind Power Limited
Liberty Wind Power 1 (Private) Limited
Liberty Wind Power 2 (Private) Limited
NASDA Green Energy (Private) Limited
Artistic Wind Power (Private) Limited
Sindh Engro Coal Mining Company Limited
Shanghai Electric Group Corporation
Power Cement Limited
Faysal Bank Limited
China Power Hub Generation Company Limited
Bank Alfalah Limited
MCB Bank Limited
Sindh Mass Transport Authority, Government of Sindh
Local Government Department, Government of Sindh
Lahore Ring Road Authority, Government of Punjab
International Finance Corporation
Thar Coal Block-1 Power Generation Company (Private) Limited
Pak Matiari-Lahore Transmission Company (Private) Limited
Sindh Carbon Energy Limited
Punjab Health Initiative Management Company
Eco Trade and Development Bank
Deutsche Investitions-und Entwicklungsgesellschaft mbH
Islamic Development Bank
Mitsubishi Corporation Limited
The Hub Power Company Limited (HUBCO)
Fauji Cement Company Limited
Zephyr Power (Private) Limited
Ib Vogt GmbH
Habib Bank Limited
United Bank Limited
Bank of Punjab
Harbin Electric International Company Limited
Zonergy Group of Companies
Attock Gen Limited
Sapphire Wind Power Company Limited
UEG Renewable Energy Group (Private) Limited
Engro Powergen Thar (Private) Limited
Sphere Logic Partners
China CAMC Engineering Co. Limited
Yellow Door Energy
- Involved in eight out of eleven projects that are being developed in this round of wind power projects in Pakistan, either as project & sponsors’ counsel or as lenders’ counsel.
- Engaged as the project company counsel to advise on the development of a 2×660 MW imported-coal fired power project and an integrated 7.8 MTPA Thar coalfield block I open-pit coal mine in Thar Coalfields Block-1.
- Advising a local department, part of the government of Sindh, on the construction and commissioning of the Malir Expressway and maintenance/operations/tolling of the complete Malir Expressway ( a 38.75 km expressway).
Orr, Dignam & Co. is particularly renowned in the energy sector and is skilled at advising upstream, midstream and downstream oil and gas companies on a regular basis. The busy team acts for a broad range of clients in the power sector including power companies, fuel suppliers, lenders and contractors as well as insurers and consultants. Recently the team has advised on several coal and wind power generation projects and on several long-distance pipeline deals. Zahir Riaz and Aliya Yusuf are among the key contacts.
Mari Petroleum Co Limited
Pakistan State Oil Company Limited
- Acting for Inter State Gas Systems (Pvt) Limited, an entity established by the Government of Pakistan, in the $10bn Turkmenistan, Afghanistan, Pakistan and India (TAPI) Gas Pipeline Project.
With Adnan Aslam Qureshi at the helm at Qureshi Law Associates the team has a strong track record of acting in major projects in the power sector and in infrastructure projects. The practice is varied and continues to thrive. The group has extensive experience in the oil and gas sectors and in wind power and solar power projects as well as in coal mining. It frequently works with a broad range of national and international companies both upstream and downstream and has particular strength in the exploration and production sectors. It also routinely acts for the major stakeholders in these projects such as banks, international developers and contractors.
Solution de Energy (Pvt) Ltd
M/s Red Sea Petroleum (Private) Limited
M/s IPS Solar Park-IPS 22 (Pvt) Ltd
M/s IPS Solar Park- JA 23 (Pvt) Ltd
M/s IPS Solar Park- SB 24 (Pvt) Ltd
Zhenfa Pakistan New Energy (Pvt) Ltd
Soan River Hydel Power Project
Sino Energy Consortium
Hydrochina Dawood (Pvt) Ltd
Murree Hydropower Project
- Acting as project counsel on a 100 MW solar power project that is based in Punjab, Pakistan.
- Acting as project counsel on a 50 MW solar power project that is based in Sindh, Pakistan.
- Acting as project counsel on a 50 MW solar power project that is based in Lahore, Pakistan.
RIAA BARKER GILLETTE has acted in the majority of Pakistan’s most significant projects in recent years. It has a proven track record of being able to advise on all aspects of these projects from advising on procurement matters through to construction agreements and any disputes as they arise on these projects. Recently it has also been active in advising on the development of various types of distributed solar solutions for both developers and consumers. Head of team Hasnain Naqvee mostly advises the project companies and sometimes advises the lenders on major projects. Ahsan Zahir Rizvi continues to act on most of the independent power projects in Pakistan acting either for the Government, foreign sponsors or lenders. Bilal Shaukat is also well-regarded for his extensive experience in power projects including renewable energy projects.
Nepal Water and Energy Development Company Private Limited
Enertech Holding Company
Azad Pattan Hydropower (Private) Limited
Korea Hydro & Nuclear Power Co. Limited
Mira Power Limited
Triconboston Consulting Corporation (Private) Limited
S K Hydro (Private) Limited
Askari Cement Limited
Millat Tractors Limited
Sukkur Municipal Corporation
Habibullah Coastal Power Company Limited
Sindh Nooriabad Company (Private) Limited
Star Hydro Power Limited
Almoiz Industries Limited
Etihad Power Generation Limited
Siddiqsons Energy Limited
Din Energy Limited
Tricom Wind Power (Private) Limited
Lakeside Energy (Private) Limited
Indus Wind Energy Limited
Hub Power Company Limited
Lucky Electric Power Company Limited
ThalNova Power Thar (Private) Limited
Mari Petroleum Company Limited
Zulekha Energy Limited
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Economic Zones Development and Management Company
Star Hydropower Limited
CTGI Welt Konnect (Private) Limited
Savvy Links (Private) Limited
Mehran Power (Private) Limited
Faran Power (Private) Limited
Habib Sugar Mills Energy (Private) Limited
Sitara Energy Limited
Master Power (Private) Limited
Habibullah Coastal Power Company (Private) Limited
Star Hydro Power Limited
Almoiz Industries Limited
China Road and Bridge Corporation
Industrial and Commercial Bank of China
Savvy Links (Private) Limited, Mehran Power (Private)
Limited, Faran Power (Private) Limited, and Habib Sugar
Mills Energy (Private) Limited
- Acting as the international project company counsel in relation to the development of a hydropower project of approximately 216MW in Nepal.
- Advising the client on the development of a 50 MW wind power project in Jhimpir, Sindh, Pakistan.
- Acting as part of a financial, legal and technical advisory consortium to the Investment Department, Government of Sindh in relation to the establishment of a special economic zone in Thatta, Sindh through a public private partnership model.
ABS & Co. has a skilled team that advises on a broad range of issues relating to infrastructure projects through its offices in Lahore and Islamabad . It frequently advises both public and private sector clients on various large-scale projects and on procurement processes. It has considerable strength in the oil and gas sectors as well as in power, energy and aviation. Names to note include the heads of department Amna Warsi, Ayasha Warsi and Sarjeel Mowahid.
Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority
Karachi Port Trust
Lahore Waste Management Company
- Provided a legal opinion about the procurement process for a project that was carried out by Lahore Waste Management Company for the hiring of a contractor for the secondary waste collection and its transportation to a dump.
- Advised Lahore Waste Management Company on the legal implications of directly engaging the labour/manpower that was hired by the international contractors.
Ahmed & Qazi
Ahmed & Qazi continues to advise a broad range of clients on various infrastructure and energy projects. Clients include governmental bodies and agencies as well as local and international corporates including some major Chinese companies. The team is well versed in all aspects of local water and power laws. Saim Hashmi is a key figure in the department and managing partner Nadeem Ahmed also has a wealth of experience in this area.
Akhund Forbes is known for its work on complex projects which frequently have an international dimension. Recently the firm has been active in a variety of sectors from infrastructure, mining and minerals to energy projects. The team is well-equipped to advise on all aspects of these projects from the regulatory and legal to the financial aspects of these transactions under the leadership of Rabel Akhund. Akhund has been busy advising on various projects and energy related deals.
Privatisation Commission, Government of Pakistan
Chongqing Changan Automobile Co. Ltd
China Power Hub Generation Company (Private) Limited
Zhong Lun Law Firm
Government of Sindh (Karachi Circular Railway)
Weye Cement and Construction Materials (Private) Limited
Gemini Office Services UK Limited
edotco Pakistan Pvt Limited
Edotco Group SDN Berhad
Edotco Towers (Private) Limited
Central Depository Company of Pakistan Limited
Association of Builders and Developers of Pakistan
InterContinental Hotels Group (Asia Pacific) Pte. Ltd
Bank of Shanghai , Beijing Branch
Baker & McKenzie
China Development Bank
China Electric Power Equipment and Technology Co.Ltd.
China Zhongyuan Engineering Corporation
- Advising the Privatisation Commission of Pakistan on the privatisation of two RLNG based power plants in what will be the largest ever privatisation (in the power sector) through a strategic sale in Pakistan’s history expected to yield around $2bn.
- Advising on the digitalisation of land records in Sindh through Land Repository System which will be the first ever system in Pakistan catering to the needs of the Electronic Registration of Land and Land Titles.
- Successfully advised the client on its first-ever private equity investment/joint venture in Pakistan- the client is one of the largest truck/vehicles manufacturers in China and is the largest Chinese investment in Pakistan’s automotive industry to date.
Axis Law Chambers
Axis Law Chambers has ‘vast experience and a good reputation in the energy sector’. The team receives plaudits for being ‘solution-orientated’. It is increasingly establishing itself as one of the preferred project teams in Pakistan and continues to receive a steady stream of instructions from the government, project developers and the banks that are financing these projects. It is currently acting in a sizeable number of the key infrastructure and energy projects in the country ( both renewable and thermal power projects), transhipment projects, water treatment projects as well as infrastructure projects in the health sector and in public-private partnership projects. The ‘hardworking’ Amina Ahmed heads the department and is lauded for her ‘exceptional personal skills and deep market and legal knowledge’.
‘The team at Axis Law can cover the commercial, financial and technical issues, which gives it a unique edge over competitors. The fee level of the firm is very competitive too because it develops a better commercial understanding (in each transaction) of the legal issues. The firm offers better value for money compared to other legal firms operating in the field of transnational advisory – Amina Ahmed‘.
‘The team at Axis Law is diligent and very responsive. The lawyers have a strong foothold in the Pakistani market and are, therefore, well positioned to provide support on various transactions. They are very knowledgeable about (in this case the energy sector) what is going on in the market’.
‘I have been working very closely with Amina Ahmed – I very much appreciated her dedication and she is very proactive. She is very experienced, knowledgeable about the energy sector and very hardworking. Because she has been involved in many transactions over time, her advice and guidance is very good. On a personal note, she is an open, energetic and a likable person, making her easy to approach and cooperate with‘.
‘Axis has vast experience in the power sector which very few other practices have to this extent in the market. They are extremely flexible and accessible which is indeed a rare attribute in comparable law practices. The partners have hired a very good support team which leads overall to a great customer experience‘.
‘Amina in particular stands out due to her background with one of the largest law firms of Pakistan and being there since the early days of power sector contracts. She is a ‘solution finder’ and ‘flexible’ which differentiates her from other senior partners in other practices‘.
‘I’ve had a great experience of working with the team in terms of the quality of its work and the personal attention that is paid to solving contractual issues‘.
‘The people I have worked with owned and stood by their work. They treated my problem as their own and gave genuine advice‘.
‘For over a decade now we have an excellent working relationship with Miss. Amina Ahmed in particular, who has assisted on all the legal aspects for achieving completion of the project. We really appreciate her dedication and consultations at all times‘.
Energy Department, Government of Sindh
HUBCO Thar Energy Limited (330MW)
Zorlu Enerji Pakistan Limited (300MW)
Nizam Energy (Private) Limited (3 x 50MW)
United Bank Limited and United National Bank Limited (50MW)
Huaneng Shandong Ruyi (Sahiwal) (1320MW)
National Highway Authority
Solis Energy Solutions (Private) Limited
JS Petroleum Limited
Nederlandse Financierings-Aatschappij Voor Ontwikkelingslanden N.V. (FMO), Faysal Bank Limited and Bank of Punjab (50MW)
National Resources (Pvt.) Limited
Privatization Commission, Ministry of Privatization, Government of Pakistan
The Act Group and the Din Group
- Acting as part of the consortium that is advising on various matters for the Keti Bandar Project (a 1320 MW coal-based power plant, jetty and railway tracks to be established at the ancient port site of Keti Bandar, Sindh, Pakistan).
- Acted as local legal counsel to Nederlandse Financierings-Maatschappij Voor Ontwikkelingslanden N.V (FMO), Faysal Bank Limited and Bank of Punjab on the financing to Lakeside Energy (Private) Limited in relation to a 50 MW wind power project that is being developed in Thatta, Sindh.
- Acted as project counsel for HUBCO / Thar Energy Limited in relation to the 330 MW power project to be located in Thar, Sindh, Pakistan.
FGE Ebrahim Hosain
FGE Ebrahim Hosain has been involved in some significant power projects with particular sector expertise in coal, LNG and wind power projects. Key names include Zaki Rahman who is recommended for his work on major infrastructure projects. Haroon Jan Baryalay is another known name particularly for his work on major project financing transactions and his expertise in advising on power purchase agreements and EPC contracts.
Ijaz Ahmed & Associates has enjoyed another busy year advising on a wide range of projects. The team has particular strength in oil, gas and mineral exploration projects and also in electricity and power generation projects. Heads of department Ijaz Ahmed and Altaf Qureshi are highly regarded practitioners.
Mustaqim Dyeing and Printing Industries (Private) Limited
Nestle Pakistan Limited
Pak Oman Investment Company Limited
Hum Networks Limited
National Electric Power Regulatory Authority
Asian Development Bank
Kabraji & Talibuddin
Kabraji & Talibuddin fields an experienced team in the energy and power sectors. The group has particular capabilities in hydel, wind, coal and fuel-based power projects. It regularly acts as local counsel for foreign lenders or as project counsel for power companies. The group handles all aspects of these projects from drafting the transaction documents through to obtaining the necessary consents and approvals. Senior partner Kairas Kabraji ’s practice primarily focuses on matters relating to power, energy, renewable and non-renewable resources in addition to infrastructure projects.
Other key lawyers:
‘K&T has a deep bench of experienced lawyers. The team has been very responsive, organised and proactive on a number of highly complex matters. There are outstanding individuals at all levels at the firm’.
‘Ali Maaz and Maheen Faruqui at partner level are outstanding. They are very experienced and commercial’.
‘Zara Tariq at associate level is very impressive, performing at partner level’.
International Finance Corporation
Overseas Private Investment Corporation
China Development Bank
Asian Development Bank
Industrial and Commercial Bank of China
DEG- Deutschu Investitions – und Entwicklungsgesellschaft mbH
Bank AL Habib Limited
Meezan Bank Limited
Bank Alfalah Limited
Mohsin Tayebaly & Co has an excellent reputation for its work in project financing and in the power sector with a particular focus on renewable energy projects. Irfan Tayebaly heads the team that includes the well-respected practitioner Vaseeq Khalid – both are based in Karachi. In Lahore Salman Rahim is the key partner who regularly advises on renewable energy projects.
Farooq, Khan & Mirza
Farooq, Khan & Mirza has specialist expertise in all aspects of infrastructure, PPP projects, and project financing. The 'nimble outfit' frequently advises sponsors, equity investors, project companies as well contractors, public service entities, and the financiers of such projects on a broad spread of PPP projects in Pakistan. The head of team is barrister Omer Farooq who is a well-known figure in the market and has 'great commercial acumen'. Farooq has a particular focus on highways, expressways, motorways, toll roads, and toll bridges. The team is 'experienced and is extremely responsive, diligent, and prompt in providing its legal advice'.
‘An overall comprehensive practice that is capable of handling multiple types of matters. With a strong presence in Islamabad, the firm is well staffed and provides partner-level attention to clients. An extremely capable team that has handled some of the largest and most complex infrastructure transactions in the country over the past year‘.
‘Omer Farooq – a thorough and solution-orientated lawyer who has the ability to be one of the future leaders in this area of practice. Understands the commercial part of the transactions exceptionally well. Readily available and well prepared‘.
‘It is a highly professional firm which provides you with the most helpful, consistent, and timely legal services. Here are some of the qualities which make this firm unique – extraordinary knowledge about legal matters; good communication and analytical skills; timely decisions and reliable professional services‘.
‘Omer Farooq is an extremely professional individual who is well aware of his corporate responsibilities. He has always promptly and satisfactorily replied to all the queries raised by us which makes him a distinguished lawyer‘.
‘The most unique aspect of the practice is the flexibility of the partners in making themselves available at short notice, in preparing guidance notes, memos, and legal assessments to assist the client in making decisions which are sometimes over and above the scope of work agreed. In addition, the lawyers are very ‘hands-on”.
‘Omer Farooq – by far his stand-out quality is his research and knowledge about the project finance space which extends to multiple sectors, various PPP regimes across the world, and project structures. In addition, the amount of preparation that Omer puts in for discussions/negotiations with his counterparts, and the client is exceptional. Lastly, his turnaround time in submitting the required deliverables is the best in the industry‘.
‘In the public-private partnership (PPP)/infrastructure/project finance realm, Farooq, Khan & Mirza, Advocates & Corporate Counsel (FKM) is a leading law firm of Pakistan. The firm has more experience and expertise in respect of PPPs than any other law firm of Pakistan. It has worked on and continues to work on some of the largest investment based infrastructure projects in Pakistan‘.
‘Despite working with a team of lawyers, Mr. Farooq remains closely involved in all transactions that the firm works on and dedicates personal time to all such deals. His strengths are a deep knowledge and understanding of project finance and PPPs related to transactional work, drafting and negotiation, attention to detail, meeting deal-closing deadlines, and dedicating personal time to service all his clients’ needs‘.
Frontier Works Organization (FWO)
National Logistics Cell (NLC)
Contractors Association of Pakistan (CAP)
Government of Sindh, PPP Unit
Sardar Muhammad Ashraf D. Baloch (Private) Limited
Usmani International Associates (Private) Limited
Zahir Khan & Brothers (Private) Limited (ZKB)
Sultan Mehmood and Company (SMC)
Swat Expressway Planning Construction and Operations
(Private) Limited (SEPCO)
Superhighway Construction Operation and Rehabilitation
Engineering (Private) Limited (SCORE)
Punjab Ring Road Infrastructure Management and
Engineering (Private) Limited (PRIME)
Motorway Operation and Rehabilitation Engineering
(Private) Limited (MORE)
Frontier Oil Company-I (Private) Limited (FOC-I)
Lahore Sialkot Motorway Infrastructure Management
(Private) Limited (LSMIM)
Southern Loop Engineering Company (Private) Limited
- Representing Motorway Operation and Rehabilitation Engineering (Private) Limited on the project for the overlay and modernisation of the Lahore-Islamabad Motorway (M-2).
- Representing Superhighway Construction Operation and Rehabilitation Engineering (Private) Limited on the project for the improvement of the Karachi-Hyderabad Superhighway and its conversion into a six lane, controlled access motorway.
- Representing Lahore Sialkot Motorway Infrastructure Management (Private) Limited as project company counsel on the project for the establishment of the Lahore-Sialkot Motorway which is to form part of an economic trade corridor commencing from Kala Shah Kaku Interchange at N-5 Highway, Lahore and terminating at Sambrial Town of Sialkot District.
Liaquat Merchant Associates
Liaquat Merchant Associates has vast experience of advising on major power projects such as hydel power projects, coal-based power projects, LNG-based power projects and wind power projects. Under the leadership of Faresa Jafarey Ahsan the skilled team has been working with a number of foreign law firms on major projects. Hira Ahmad is renowned for her work on LNG projects in particular. Mustafa Mumtaz is recommended for his work on numerous projects as well as his experience in the oil and gas sectors and power projects including alternative energy projects.
Puma Energy Pakistan
Sui Southern Gas Company Limited
Karachi Infrastructure Development Company Limited
- Appointed by Puma Energy Pakistan Limited to advise on various agreements relating to the operations of the client throughout Pakistan.
- Appointed as legal advisors to Sui Southern Gas Company Limited (“SSGC”) to advise on the execution of an addendum to the gas transportation agreement under which SSGC is to transport the RLNG to Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited after having regasified the LNG at the Engro LNG Terminal at Port Qasim, Karachi.
- Continuing to represent Karachi Infrastructure Development Company Limited as its sole lead counsel and regularly advises the client on corporate and commercial matters.
Raja Mohammed Akram Co.
The infrastructure and energy department at Raja Mohammed Akram Co. covers the entire spectrum of services from the initial project development through to advising on the project agreements and any disputes that arise during the project. The department has been active in advising on a number of renewable energy projects recently. Aneesa Agha heads the team and has significant experience in this sector particularly in relation to greenfield projects. Agha continues to advise various foreign and local energy clients on project financing, mergers and acquisitions, and capital structuring matters.
MOL Pakistan Oil and Gas Co.B.V (MOL Pakistan)
Fatima Fertilizer Company Limited
Hyundai Nishat Motor (Pvt) Limited
Lake City Management (Pvt) Limited
Burj Wind Energy (Pvt) Limited
Gharo Solar Limited
Kathai-II Hydro (Pvt) Limited
Harappa Solar (Pvt) Limited
Hyundai Nishat Motor Company (Pvt) Limited
NIshat Chunian Power Limited
All Pakistan Sugar Mills Association
MCB Bank Limited
- Representing Kathai-II Power (Hydro) Private Limited as project company in the negotiations relating to the financing documents, shareholders’ agreements and other project agreements for the setting up of an 8MW small hydro power plant in Azad Jammu & Kashmir.
- Representing Orient Power Company (Pvt) Limited in relation to the proceedings for the recognition and enforcement of the award before the Supreme Court of Pakistan.
- Successfully represented MOL Pakistan Oil and Gas Co.B.V. (MOL Pakistan) in proceedings before the KPK-EPA Tribunal.
Vellani & Vellani
With Badaruddin Vellani and Tariq Nasir at the helm at Vellani & Vellani the team is well-placed to advise domestic and foreign financial institutions on major power generation and port infrastructure projects. The firm has a comprehensive understanding of the oil and gas sector in Pakistan and has considerable strength in the wind and solar sectors as well as in Thar coal and LNG import terminals. The group has also worked closely with a number of major developers in the country.