Projects, real estate and construction in Qatar

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

Al Tamimi & Company In Association with Adv. Mohammed Al Marri is particularly noted for its strengths in construction and large-scale project disputes. It advises clients on the enforceability of clauses contained in construction contracts (such as FIDIC) under Qatari law. The team is also active in advising on infrastructure projects involving railways, ports and roads. Hani Naddaf is one of the names to note for assistance with construction litigation, as is Mohammad Al Marri, who is also prominent in arbitration proceedings. Roy Georgiades is acting for Aktor in a €62m commercial dispute related to one of the largest infrastructure projects in Qatar. Andrew Symms, who joined from DWF in October 2020, is head of the construction and infrastructure practice.

Practice head(s):

Hani Naddaf; Roy Georgiades; Mohammad Al Marri; Andrew Symms

Other key lawyers:

Noelle Tannous; Khushboo Shahdadpuri

Testimonials

‘We have been working with this specific law firm for quite a long time. The level of the service provided is high and we always receive advice in a timely manner.’

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

  • Advising BNP Paribas on a dispute against Carillion, the major UK-based global facilitiesmanagement and construction services company, with regard to a bank guarantee.
  • Advising Standard Chartered Bank on a dispute with Imperial relating to a complicated facilities loan to numerous local companies. The court of first instance issuedits judgment in favour of Standard Chartered Bank, for QAR 52 million.
  • Advising Puentes on a complex construction claim filed against Ashghal, the Qatar-based public works authority, regarding an infrastructure megaproject. As a result of the case, Ashghal made a settlement offer to Puentes.

Sharq Law Firm

Sharq Law Firm advises government bodies in and outside Qatar on development schemes involving public-private partnerships (PPPs) related to the energy sector, as well as real estate projects. It also acts for contractors and developers in international arbitration procedings; Josias de Salles is a name to note in this space, with him acting for clients before the ICC, DIFC and QICCA, among other forums. Rashid Al Saad heads up the practice, which was strengthened by the arrival of senior legal counsel James Joshua from Astad in March 2021.

Practice head(s):

Rashid Al Saad

Other key lawyers:

Josias de Salles; James Joshua

Testimonials

‘We have been working with Rashid and his team at Sharq law firm up till this date in representing us and providing us with the needed legal services. It is a great chance to express their quality of their work and performance.’

‘James and Josias are very cooperative and devote their time to clients. The client becomes at ease and confident when the matter is dealt with by either of them.’

Key clients

Qatar Petroleum

Uber Inc

Hamad Bin Khalid Contracting Company

United Development Company

Prada

IMAR Al Jaber Alec Trading & Contracting W.L.L.

Zhong Lun Law Firm

Qatar Navigation QPSC

Tadmur Trading W.L.L.

Araygi & Maalouly Law Firm

Al Wajba Establishment

Mazaya Qatar Real Estate Development QPSC

FIFA

Hamad Medical Corporation

ASCO Qatar Consulting Engineers

Black Cat Engineering & Construction W.L.L.

Qatar Railways Corporation

The Film House

ASELSAN A.Ş.

Q-Post

Tekfen Construction

Work highlights

  • Represented Hamad Medical Corporation, Qatar’s national health service, in relation to a deal to revamp its exiting IT system and systems to be incorporated in line with ongoing and the planned construction ofpublic health centres and hospitals.
  • Retained by FIFA to advise on legislation to be incporated in Qatar to host the FIFA World Cup 2022.
  • Represented IMAR Al Jaber Alec Trading & Contracting in an ICC arbitration against a major international joint venture in an arbitration in Doha.

White & Case LLP

White & Case LLP is widely-hailed as leading name for high-profile construction projects in Qatar, where it acts for the government or for developers. It has a longstanding reputation handling the development and financing aspects of projects, and in addition, is also sought after for advice on construction disputes. Anne Wicks (née Lowe), who is a key name in the project development and finance practice, is prominent in large international projects, particularly those involving the oil and gas, LNG, petrochemical and electricity sectors. Another key individual in Doha is Payvand Vahdat, who handles construction-related disputes for contractor clients. Counsel Verena Gross specialises in international construction and commercial arbitrations. The team in Doha also works with Michael Turrini in Dubai and Philip Stopford in London.

Practice head(s):

Philip Stopford; Michael Turrini; Payvand Vahdat; Anne Wicks (née Lowe)

Other key lawyers:

Verena Gross

Testimonials

‘W&C’s team is exceptional all around. We’ve worked with their industry team, as well as their finance and arbitration teams. All of which have provided exceptional service.’

‘Philip Stopford is the relationship partner. He is always engaged, available and willing to offer support whenever we need it. He has been a true friend and an ally to our organization. Sets the standard in relationship management.’

‘Anne Marie Wicks has also provided support to us on finance and corporate matters. She is dedicated, professional and takes complex commercial issues in her stride. A pleasure to work with.’

‘Very strong knowledge of Qatar market for projects, especially in Philip Stopford’s team, with Anne-Marie Wicks being a bright spot on the ground in the Middle East with lots of experience.’

‘Anne-Marie Wicks has a good grasp of the local circumstances in Qatar and the broader Gulf, and also has strong projects experience.’

Key clients

Qatar Petroleum

Qatargas Operating Company

Qatar Aluminium Limited (Qatalum)

Qatar Investment Authority

Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy

Qatari Diar

Work highlights

  • Advised Qatar Investment Authority (QIA), the sovereign wealth fund of the State of Qatar, onits acquisition of a significant stake in Oryx Midstream Services (Oryx), the largest privately held midstream crude operator in the Permian Basin, from an affiliate of Stonepeak Infrastructure Partners (Stonepeak).
  • Providing ongoing advice to Qatalum, a joint venture of Qatar Petroleum and Norsk Hydro, in connection with the financing and operations of its 585,000 MTPA aluminium project in the Mesaieed Industrial City in Qatar.
  • Advised Qatar Petroleum as issuer on its $12.5bn multi-tranche bond offering.

DWF

At DWF, the team advises developers, contractors and government agencies on all aspects of projects, including feasibility, delivery strategy, procurement and dispute resolution. It also handles the drafting and negotiation of contracts, including the FIDIC suite of contracts. The group, which is led by managing partner Kirk Durrant, handles matters across the Middle East and Asia. Its work spans the energy, infrastructure and construction sectors. Senior associate Elena Mytnik-Gonta is a name to note at the firm.

Practice head(s):

Kirk Durrant

Other key lawyers:

Elena Mytnik-Gonta

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Led by managing partner Dani Kabbani, Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP's team acts for developers and funders on renewable energy projects in the MEAP region, including solar and wind projects. The team is also considered the go to for PPP projects in Qatar and is instructed by government entities on multiple procurement matters. Senior associate Benjamin Clark leads on sponsor and lender projects across the MENA region, working with Iwan Walters in Dubai. Principal associate Samer Sarkis is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Dani Kabbani

Other key lawyers:

Benjamin Clark; Samer Sarkis

Key clients

Qatar General Electricity and Water Co (Kahramaa)

Qatargas

Aspire Zone

Public Works Authority of Qatar

Ministry of Transport

Ministry of Finance in Qatar

Ministry of Health in Qatar

Qatar Airways

Qatar National Tourism Council

Ministry of Municipality and the Environment

Work highlights

  • Advising Ashgal on the structuring, negotiation and delivery of a new wastewater treatment plant in Southern Doha.
  • Advising a multinational power developer and its consortium on Qatar law matters in connection with its bid for the Facility E independent water and power (IWPP) project under development by the Qatar General Electricity & Water Corporation (Kahramaa)
  • Advising Ashgal on the delivery of four new health clinics across Qatar.

Sultan Al-Abdulla & Partners

Sultan Al-Abdulla & Partners handles a wide variety of matters associated with projects in the energy and infrastructure arena, including project development and financing, corporate transactions and general advisory work, as well as litigation and arbitration. William Cattan‘s experience includes project development and finance, while Salman Mahmood handles public tenders and dispute management. Also of note is Ashraf Feshawi, who focuses on litigation and arbitration.

Practice head(s):

Sultan Al-Abdulla; William Cattan; Salman Mahmood; Ashraf Feshawi

Testimonials

‘The team is very knowledgeable about real estate and construction. The client is updated in a timely fashion about all developments pertaining to the court sessions and experts reports. SAP utilize latest technology and resort to innovative solutions in their presentations and memos, ensuring they keep up with global changes and trends.’

‘Dr Ashraf Feshawi (partner and founder) is a seasoned practitioner having largely contributed to the development of the legal framework in the State of Qatar. His expertise as well as his approach provide the client the level of comfort they need at all pivotal stages of the case life cycle. That has obviously been materialized in favorable court rulings.’

‘Salman Mahmood and his juniors are able to grasp the topics discussed quickly and suggest useful ways of dealing with issues.’

‘Easy to approach and strong knowledge.’

Key clients

First Qatar

Trans Gulf International Electro-Mechanical WLL

Work highlights

  • Provided advice to a European provider of electrification infrastructure regarding the ability of Qatar’s electricity utility to instruct reductions in the scope of work under multiple fixed price contracts for the construction and installation of Qatar’s electricity grid.
  • Advised a Chinese contractor on its withdrawal from a consortium that submitted a bid for a major Qatar infrastructure project, including its right to withdraw from a joint development agreement among the consortium members.
  • Advising an international construction group on its dispute with an international commercial bank in Qatar.

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP regularly handles large-scale mega-projects in Qatar for developers and employers.  The head of the regional construction group is Paula Boast in Bahrain, who leads on high-value contentious and non-contentious work (ADR) in the oil and gas sector. Senior associate Niel Coertse in Doha advises contractors and consultants across the GCC region on mixed-use developments, as well as infrastructure (road and railways) related disputes. Simon Green, who divides time between Dubai and Hong Kong, is also involved in Qatari work.

Practice head(s):

Simon Green; Paula Boast; Thanos Karvelis

Testimonials

‘The CRS team is very knowledgeable in relation to major events/projects and this is where we are able to obtain the most value from CRS. The team members are very personable and always on hand when required. We rely on the team to provide support on projects and ad hoc matters.’

Key clients

Energy City Qatar

GEK Terna Group

Katara Project

Madina Group WLL

Manateq Economic Zones Company QSC (Manateq)

Nass Scafform

Nixon Hire Middle East (Transport)

Work highlights

  • Advising a Qatari contractor in respect of claims made by a subcontractor in an ICC arbitration amounting to $24m, excluding counterclaims which amount to approximately $20m.
  • Developed a standalone UK residential property and projects investment practice whereby we advise purchasers/property investors and project clients based in Qatar inward to the UK.
  • Represented an international contractor in an ICC arbitration relation to a claim brought against it by a sub-contractor which arose out of the development of a world-renowned international airport.

Pinsent Masons LLP

Pinsent Masons LLP's ‘outstanding’ team in Doha is prominent in major energy and infrastructure projects in Qatar and further afield across the Middle East. Working with other offices in the global network (including those in London and Dubai), the Doha-based group handles a full range of contentious and non-contentious matters for contractors, lenders and various other clients. Jonathan Collier leads the group and handles large infrastructure matters for international construction companies; he is supported by associate Joseph Lee, who advises contractor clients on contentious energy matters. Pamela McDonald made partner in May 2021. Tim Armsby in Dubai leads the project finance group.

Practice head(s):

Jonathan Collier; Tim Armsby

Other key lawyers:

Pamela McDonald; Joseph Lee

Testimonials

‘The Pinsent Masons team is outstanding. They are superb lawyers, have unrivalled experience in this field and in the region with a fantastic construction practice, and are able to focus on their clients’ needs in a way which is commercial and pragmatic. In addition, they are very easy to work with.’

‘Pamela McDonald is brilliant. She is a superb construction lawyer, immensely hard working, fantastic with clients and an absolute delight to work with.’

‘Jonathan Collier is absolutely outstanding – exceptionally bright, a superb construction lawyer and an absolutely outstanding leader of a team who brings out the very best in all around him. He is very commercial, phenomenal with clients, has fantastic judgment, and is a pleasure to work with.’

Work highlights

  • Advising the Bidding Sponsors in connection with package 2 of the Qatar Public Private Partnership Schools Development Program for 8 schools issued by the Public Works Authority of the State of Qatar.
  • Advising lenders in relation to the Al Wakra and Al Wukair Sewage Treatment Plant PPP Project in Qatar.
  • Acted as lenders counsel supporting an international consortium bidding to develop a 800MW solar PV plant in Qatar, which is being tendered by Qatar General Electricity & Water Corporation (KAHRAMAA)