Projects, real estate and construction in Qatar

Clyde & Co LLP

Al Tamimi & Company In Association with Adv. Mohammed Al Marri

Al Tamimi & Company In Association with Adv. Mohammed Al Marri has a sizeable team that is highly active in large-scale construction and projects disputes. The team also specialises in matters relating to the enforceability and termination of construction contracts. Practice head Hani Al Naddaf has a wide range of experience in high-profile construction and property litigation, as well as in international construction arbitrations. Roy Georgiades and Mohammad Al Marri are also noted and offer expertise in real estate and construction disputes.

Practice head(s):

Hani Al Naddaf; Roy Georgiades; Mohammad Al Marri

Key clients

SNC Lavalin

Synohyrdro

Nestlé

UTC

China Railway

SEB

FIFA

BNP Paribas

Standard Chartered Bank

Hitachi

Salam International

Etihad Airways

Swatch Group

Richemont

Jaidah Group

HSBC Middle East

Work highlights

  • Successfully acted for BNP Paribas in a dispute against Carillion with regard to a bank guarantee.
  • Advising Aktor on a €62m commercial dispute related to one of the largest infrastructure projects in Qatar.
  • Representing Puentes y Calzadas Infraestructuras in a complex construction claim filed against Ashghal, the Qatar-based public works authority, regarding an infrastructure megaproject.

Sharq Law Firm

Sharq Law Firm has a high level of expertise in the real estate sector and regularly assists government bodies with PPPs in the real estate and energy sectors. Other areas of work include advising on the commercial aspects of projects, such as project management, negotiation, facilitation and implementation, as well as dispute resolution. Founding partner and practice head Rashid Al Saad Al Kuwari has immense knowledge in major infrastructure and rail projects.

Practice head(s):

Rashid Al Saad Al Kuwari

Key clients

Qatar Investment Authority

Qatar Foundation-Sidra

Qatar Petroleum District

Energy City

Milaha

Katara Hospitality

Qatari Diar

Qatar Development Bank

Hamad Medical Corporation

Work highlights

  • Representing a client in the QAR 100m trophy acquisition of a five-star hotel in a popular development area in Doha.
  • Acted for a real estate company in the QAR 1.5bn acquisition of a major subsidiary of a competitor.
  • Provided a health services provider  with advice on procurement and other matters in a deal covering 50 facilities and valued at nearly QAR 2m.

White & Case LLP

White & Case LLP has an experienced construction, projects and energy team, which has a strong presence in the oil and gas sector and advises a range of leading energy companies. London-based Philip Stopford is well known in the region, particularly in the Qatari projects space. Anne-Marie Wicks has a broad practice that covers the oil and gas, LNG, petrochemical and electricity sectors. Michael Turrini has extensive experience advising on construction litigation and arbitration. Payvand Vahdat advises on contracts and procurement as well as construction disputes.

Practice head(s):

Philip Stopford; Michael Turrini

Other key lawyers:

Anne-Marie Wicks; Payvand Vahdat

Key clients

Qatar Investment Authority

Qatar Petroleum

QatarGas

Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy

Qatari Diar

Qatar Cool

Katara Hospitality

Amwal LLC

Qatar Aluminium Limited (Qatalum)

DWF

Based in Doha, managing partner, Kirk Durrant leads the energy, construction and infrastructure practice at DWF. The team provides end-to-end support not only to developers and contractors but also advises government departments, banks and sponsors. It guides clients from the contractual/EPC phase through to related disputes and is skilled in international arbitrations. It is also known for advising on PPPs. Senior associate Elena Suraeva is noted for her experience advising on the development and financing of energy projects in addition to construction and real estate matters.

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP has an active presence in the project finance and energy spaces, with particular experience advising on matters in the renewable energy sector. PPP is another key area of focus. The team has advised on infrastructure projects ranging from wastewater plants to schools. Dani Kabbani heads the practice. Richard Ward leads the contentious work and has a broad range of experience in engineering and construction disputes. Legal director Alexander Whyatt and Shalagh Massingham advise on non-contentious construction matters as well as construction-related dispute resolution and arbitration.

Practice head(s):

Dani Kabbani; Richard Ward

Other key lawyers:

Alexander Whyatt; Shalagh Massingham

Key clients

Investment House

QInvest

The First Investor

Baladna

Yara Nederland B.V.

Sheikh Mohamed Fahed M Al Thani

Credit Suisse

SNC-Lavalin

Gulf Agency Company

Doha Bank

Inchcape Shipping Company

American Bureau of Shipping

International Protection & Indemnity Clubs

Skema SpA

Bouygues Batiment International

Qatar Financial Centre (QFC)

Mather & Company Limited

Pentair

Wartsila Corporation

Aspire Zone

Public Works Authority of Qatar

Ministry of Transport

Ministry of Finance in Qatar

Ministry of Health in Qatar

Work highlights

  • Advising QInvest on a structured real estate acquisition, including a murabaha facility followed by a mortgage over real estate assets and pledge over shares.
  • Advising the Public Works Authority of Qatar on the structuring, negotiation and delivery of a new, state-of-the-art wastewater treatment plant to be located in the southern suburbs of Doha.
  • Advising the Public Works Authority of Qatar on the structuring, negotiation and delivery of multiple “waves” of new elementary and secondary schools.

Sultan Al-Abdulla & Partners

Sultan Al-Abdulla & Partners advises on commercial and contractual matters and regulatory requirements surrounding major oil and gas projects. Managing partner Sultan Al-Abdulla has a strong background in the oil and gas sector; William Cattan regularly advises energy companies on matters relating to project finance; and Salman Mahmood has extensive experience in litigation relating to energy and projects.

Practice head(s):

Sultan Al-Abdulla; William Cattan; Salman Mahmood

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP has a broad client offering with particular expertise in real estate, construction, engineering and projects. Hotels and hospitality are key sectors of strength. Simon Green heads the Qatar office and leads the work on projects, cross-border real estate transactions and foreign direct investment. Paula Boast, who is based in Bahrain, leads the construction practice and advises on a wide spectrum of contentious and non-contentious matters.

Practice head(s):

Simon Green; Paula Boast; Thanos Karvelis

Key clients

Economic Zones Company (Manateq)

Ooredoo

Qatar Financial Centre Authority

Nixon Hire Middle East (Transport)

First Qatar Real Estate Development Co.

Qatar National Bank

Ahli National Bank

Energy City Qatar

GEKTERNA Group

Gulf Bridge

Alliance Business Centres

Al Qamra Real Estate Company

Alduwaliya

Work highlights

  • Advising Manateq in respect of various construction projects undertaken in Qatar’s free zones and economic zones.
  • Representing Bemco & Almabani Engineering and Contracting WLL in a multimillion-dollar arbitration which involves elements of Qatari law, Saudi law and Lebanese law.
  • Advising various purchasers, including high-net-worth individuals, based in Qatar in connection with UK residential property acquisitions exceeding a total value of $120m.

K&L Gates

K&L Gates has an active presence in the infrastructure and PPP space. The firm's client roster includes some of Qatar's leading utilities and construction companies, state-owned entities and the government. Amjad Hussain has a strong background in infrastructure and financing. Matthew Walker leads the team's dispute resolution work and has extensive construction law expertise. Counsel Pawel Piotrowsk, who specialises in PPP, front-end construction and projects work, is also noted.

Practice head(s):

Amjad Hussain; Matthew Walker

Other key lawyers:

Pawel Piotrowsk

Key clients

Al Jazeera

Barwa Real Estate QPSC

Credit Suisse

Masraf Al Rayan QPSC

Mowasalat

M’sheireb

Ooredoo QPSC

Qatar Financial Centre Authority

Qatar Free Zones Authority

Qatar Media City

United Development Company QPSC

Free Zones Authority

Iberdrola QSTP

Work highlights

  • Advised United Development Company on a QAR 1.25bn facility for the construction of high-end residential accommodation on Gewan Island, made available by Qatar National Bank and The Commercial Bank.

Pinsent Masons LLP

Pinsent Masons LLP has a well-established presence in the construction sector and displays specialist expertise in energy, infrastructure, PFI, international arbitration and real estate matters. Jonathan Collier heads the Qatar office and advises clients on the supply side in the infrastructure and energy sectors. Tim Armsby is a key name to note and leads the projects and finance practice.

Practice head(s):

Jonathan Collier

Other key lawyers:

Tim Armsby

Work highlights

  • Advising an international group of lenders in relation to the Al Wakra and Al Wukair Sewage Treatment Plant PPP Project in Qatar.
  • Acted as lenders’ counsel to an international consortium bidding to develop an 800MW solar PV plant in Qatar, which is being tendered by Qatar General Electricity and Water Corporation (Kahramaa).
  • Advising an international consortium in relation to package 2 of the Qatar Schools PPP programme, which involves the DBFOMT delivery of 12 new schools consisting of two secondary schools, three preparatory schools, one shared school and six primary schools.