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Amina Ahmed

Amina has extensive experience in various aspects of corporate law and non-contentious legal matters. she specializes in project financing, energy, power and infrastructure projects.

Prior to moving to Pakistan, Amina lived in Australia where she had the opportunity of working for two of Australia’s magic circle law firms whilst pursuing her law degree. From January 2008 she has practiced law in Pakistan and has worked on a number of power projects (both green field projects and those that have successfully been commissioned under the 1994 power policy or the 2002 power policy).

Amina advises clients on investments in Pakistan’s power sector, tariff and licensing matters, negotiated project documents with the government of Pakistan, power purchaser, fuel suppliers, contractors and lenders etc. She is currently assisting (foreign & local) sponsors and lenders of wind, coal, solar, thermal and gas power projects, often working closely with international law firms. Amina has a Juris Doctor (JD) from Monash University, Melbourne and a Bachelors of Economics from Macquarie University, Sydney.

Axis Law Chambers:

Axis Law’s headquarters are based in Lahore with links in all provinces of Pakistan and the Federal Capital, Islamabad. Axis Law’s lawyers represent clients across Pakistan and routinely liaison with select law firms and individual counsel all over Pakistan.

Our lawyers have vast experience in advising clients on the different stages of commercial transactions of various kinds. We specialize in structuring and documenting complex commercial transactions including both domestic and cross-border transactions. At the same time our litigation practitioners bring to our practice a formidable experience of commercial, corporate, civil and criminal litigation while also representing clients in arbitrations, both domestic and international.

Axis Law provides legal services to a wide range of industries including banking, textile, pharmaceutical, cement, fertilizer, construction, and power sectors. Our lawyers are trained to familiarize themselves with the particular demands of the sector they are engaged with and have represented trade organizations representing specific industries. Additionally, Axis Law partners provide consultancy services relating to law and policy reforms.

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Bruce Mullins

Bruce Mullins’ practice covers project work applicable in Oman to the development of infrastructure, utilities, energy, LNG, ports and shipping, environmental waste, and tourist complexes.

For the past 10 years Paul has advised the Government of the Sultanate of Oman through their various Ministries and investment entities on various strategic projects. During that time he developed all new business, negotiated the legal consultancies, and attended to all government members, consultants, and negotiations in coordination with offshore senior partners, financial advisers and technical advisers.

Project Finance Practice:

Our lawyers have more than three decades of experience in the infrastructure market and act for both sponsors and lenders in a wide range of limited recourse financing transactions. We have broad experience of PPP/PFI transactions and thorough knowledge of several market sectors, including power (thermal and renewable), transport (roads, airports and shipping), oil, gas, commodities and water.

We have experience in executing all types of infrastructure finance, including project finance and other secured, structured financings, bond financing and other financings solutions tailored for the current market.

We take a proactive role in understanding project economics and are skilled at crafting innovative solutions to mitigate credit risks.

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Ariel Ramos

Ariel Ramos is a partner in the Finance Practice Group at Haynes and Boone, SC in Mexico City. He primarily focuses on transactions related to the development and financing of infrastructure projects, including, among others, power, oil and gas, liquefied natural gas (LNG), government procurement, public-private partnerships (PPP or Proyectos de Prestación de Servicios), toll roads, maritime ports and terminals, water treatment plants, aqueducts and shipping. In addition, he has deep experience and actively participates in real estate, mergers and acquisitions and corporate and debt restructuring matters.

Ariel has advised lenders, developers, buyers and sellers, and governmental entities in transactional negotiations; assisted in preparation of corporate documentation and risk identification, assessment and allocation; advised on negotiation and instrumentation of project agreements, including concessions, power purchase agreements (PPA), long-term service contracts (CPS), long-term supply contracts, public private partnership agreements (PPS), public financed works (OPF), engineering, procurement and construction contracts (EPC), operation and maintenance contracts (O&M), fuel and gas supply and transportation agreements; advised on design and implementation of schemes for the development and financing of infrastructure projects, including preparation of financing and security agreements; performed analysis of permits and governmental authorizations required for the development of projects and real estate transactions; and bid processes and preparation of the bid proposals, among others.

Ariel has served as an adjunct professor of law at Escuela Libre de Derecho, Mexico City, Mexico in Administrative Law Second Course, 2009, and at the Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas, Mexico City (CIDE), 2007-2008. He was also Professor of Law of Licenciatura (B.A. equivalent) and Maestría (LL.M. equivalent) degrees at the Universidad Iberoamericana, Mexico City: International Economic Relations, International Contracts, Banking and Contracts, 1996-2002.

Haynes & Boone LLP

Haynes & Boone is an American Lawyer top 100 law firm, with more than 550 lawyers in 13 offices and 30 major legal practices. We are among the largest firms based in the United States. Our growth has been driven by our client service strengths, especially our problem-solving acumen and our ability to collaborate with clients.

It is our mission to be a preeminent law firm that serves clients globally on sophisticated legal matters while maintaining a special culture founded on teamwork, a healthy work environment, and a strong work ethic. While every law firm believes culture is an important component of success, our culture is truly unique. Our culture is defined by our collaborative work environment and by putting the interests of our clients first. It focuses on teamwork, an environment of mutual respect, and a long-term view that supports investing in the future and the success of Haynes and Boone as an outstanding professional service institution.

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Guilherme de Figueiredo Forbes

Education and Memberships: Bachelor of Laws Degree from Faculdade de Direito da Universidade de São Paulo (USP). Masters Law Degree (LL.M.) from the London School of Economics. Member of the Brazilian Bar Association.

Guilherme Forbes is a founding partner of the firm, having acted for over 15 years in financial and corporate transactions involving companies and assets in the infrastructure, industrial and real estate sectors.

Guilherme was a partner of Souza, Cescon, Barrieu e Flesch Advogados and an international associate at Dewey Ballantine LLP, in New York.

Guilherme is recognized by Chambers and Partners as one of the leading lawyers in Brazil in the fields of Project Finance and Energy and Natural Resources, having been described to by the publication as follows: “creative, skillful negotiator, business-oriented and technically impeccable” (Chambers Latin America 2013) and “he’s straightforward and gives you answers rather than conditions; there are no ifs and buts” (Chambers Global 2012). International Financial Law Review and Who’s Who Legal also refer to Guilherme as a leading attorney in Brazil.

Guilherme was recommended by IFLR Latin American Energy and Infrastructure 2013 Guide as a leading lawyer in Capital Markets, Restructuring and Insolvency, Disputes, Power and Intellectual Property.

Stocche Forbes:

Stocche Forbes is formed by attorneys with extensive experience advising Brazilian and foreign entities doing business in all economic sectors in Brazil. Our teams are equipped to handle the most complex and sophisticated legal issues impacting our clients’ activities. We cover all practice areas except criminal law.

We operate as a fully integrated firm out of offices in São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro.

Stocche Forbes is structured to ensure the rendering of our services with intensive partner involvement, and with teams which offer the ideal combination of attorneys and expertise for each specific matter.

Stocche Forbes strives to form long term strategic relationships with its clients, forged on the trust that the firm will provide services at the highest standards of efficiency, responsiveness, quality and ethics, proactively seeking to identify and understand the issues that are relevant to our clients’ business, and offering creative and practical solutions.

Central to our vision and values is a colaborative and open working environment which encourages the attraction, retention, motivation and development of our attorneys.

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José Guardo

José Guardo’s main areas of practice are Projects, Asset Finance and Export and Trade Finance. José advises all the main financial Spanish and international institutions active in Spain.

José also is very active advising corporations and multilaterals abroad, and in particular in Latin America. He enjoys vast expertise in infrastructures and energy related transactions

RELEVANT EXPERIENCE
  • Advised the bank syndicate on the financing of the winning consortium for the Medina-Mecca high-speed train deal.
  • Advised the bank syndicate on financing the construction and start-up of Gas Natural’s underwater storage, Project Castor.
  • Advised the banks on the financing of the Pintado wind-farm project in Uruguay’s Florida department.

Clifford Chance:

We are one of the world’s pre-eminent law firms, with significant depth and range of resources across five continents. As a single, fully integrated, global partnership, we pride ourselves on our approachable, collegial and team-based way of working. We always strive to exceed the expectations of our clients, which include corporates from all the commercial and industrial sectors, governments, regulators, trade bodies and not-for-profit organisations. We provide them with the highest-quality advice and legal insight, which combines the Firm’s global standards with in-depth local expertise.

Many of the world’s leading organisations look to Clifford Chance not just for legal expertise but for advice on business critical issues.

Given our market-leading position, we also believe we owe it to our clients and our people to be a responsible business. We take a comprehensive approach to managing risk, and our Corporate Responsibility programme is among the most comprehensive in the industry – and a fundamental aspect of the firm’s life.

Last, but not least, we aim to be easy to work with, down to earth and approachable.

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Manuel Protásio

ACADEMIC BACKGROUND:

Law Degree, Catholic University of Lisbon, Faculty of Law.

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE:

Joined Vieira de Almeida & Associados in 1991 and is currently one of the partners in charge of the Projects – Infrastructure, Energy & Natural Resources practice group. In such capacity he has participated and/or lead the teams involved in most of the transactions carried out by the firm to date on the power (including the renewable energies), oil & gas, road, transport, water and wastes sector. He has also been actively working in regulation and public procurement procedures of those sectors.

PUBLISHED WORDS

Author of various articles including the chapter about Portugal in the “The Projects and Construction Review”, published by the Law Business Research in 2011, 2012 and 2013.

MEMBERSHIPS

Admitted to the Portuguese Bar Association.

LANGUAGES

English, French

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Bertrand Andriani

Principal area of practice in the past 20 years has been in the field of major project financings, leveraged and structured finance, banking, secured and unsecured syndicated loans, derivatives products, insolvency and corporate restructuring.

According to leading directory Chambers & Partners: “Bertrand Andriani gains superb feedback for his technical capacity, strong negotiating style and ability to adeptly handle all parties involved. A client says of him: ‘He is amongst the best lawyers I’ve ever met. He can handle all subjects and is very well known and respected, commanding his audience in negotiations.”

Bernard is also Co-Head of the Francophone Africa Desk.

Project Finance Practice:

Linklaters’ project finance team is known for its particular strength in advising on complex, large scale projects. We have advised on over US$1 trillion of closed project finance transactions around the world.

We specialise in large scale, award winning and market-leading projects across the world – covering oil and gas, petrochemicals, LNG, thermal power, renewables, nuclear, water and waste, mining, airports, roads and bridges, ports, stadia, telecoms, and rail related transactions.

We act for host governments, sponsors, lenders, contractors and suppliers. Our broad experience advising the full range of market participants means that we are able to anticipate, and importantly to understand, issues and problems that may arise during the course of a project and find constructive solutions to them.

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Sokol Nako

Sokol Nako is head of the firm’s office in Albania. He specializes in corporate law, banking and finance, mergers and acquisitions, tax law, transport, energy and telecommunications. He regularly advises international clients on various projects in Albania.

In addition to his practice, Sokol assists in drafting new pieces of legislation, especially in the areas of corporate, finance and tax law. Prior to joining the firm, he served as Minister of Justice, Minister of Transportation, and Minister for European Integration in the Albanian government. He also gained valuable experience working as the Tax and Legal Director with Deloitte Albania.

EDUCATION:
  • Widener University, School of Law, Delaware, U.S.A. (LL.M. with distinction), 1999
  • Komenski University, Law Faculty, Bratislava, Slovak Republic, 1997
  • University of Tirana, Jurisprudence Faculty, Albania, 1989
LANGUAGES
  • Albanian
  • English
  • Slovak
  • Czech

Projects Law Practice:

Wolf Theiss once again enhanced its client services and strengthened its leading position in the Central, Eastern and Southeastern region by creating its full-service Projects practice. The firm’s Projects group is made up of a multidisciplinary team of the firm’s best lawyers from some of its leading practice groups integrated across the firm’s 14 regional offices.

The Projects group’s mission is to deliver to project development clients a complete and fully integrated set of legal services in the fields of infrastructure, energy and natural resources, utilities and public-private partnerships. Our lawyers strive to add value to our clients by combining the firm’s regional, cultural, economic and legal knowledge with industry insight to offer innovative solutions that promote both our clients’ business and economic goals.

Our extensive local presence in the region and our “one stop shop” philosophy is a major advantage and allows us to provide cross-border services at the highest level, ensuring that our clients do not spend their valuable time coordinating with various advisors in a multitude of jurisdictions. Our projects team includes over 70 lawyers in 14 Wolf Theiss offices – Albania, Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina (Sarajevo & Banja Luka), Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Serbia, the Slovak Republic, Slovenia and Ukraine.

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Duc Tran

Duc advises both multinational and domestic clients in a variety of areas of banking and corporate law. He has led numerous landmark project finance, M&A and capital market transactions both in Vietnam and on behalf of Vietnamese clients in other markets.

With 20 years of legal practice (including 12 years as managing partner of VILAF), Duc is recommended as one of the leading lawyers in Vietnam by the major international legal guides. ALB Magazine (2013) named Duc as one of Asia’s best 75 lawyers and one of two from Vietnam. Chambers Asia 2008 notes, “The outstanding Tran Anh Duc is increasingly involved in corporate law, in addition to his flagship banking practice. He applies his foreign law firm experience with panache, and peers laud his ‘extremely commercial approach’”. He is “knowledgeable and able to perform to international standards” (IFLR1000 2006) and “is regarded as a ‘trailblazer’ by his peers” (Chambers Asia 2012). According to Chambers Asia 2012, “Tran Anh Duc is a well-established name in Vietnam with sought-after expertise on international transactions and a wealth of experience in high-value deals”. Legal 500 2013 also confirms “Tran Anh Duc is one of Vietnam’s leading corporate lawyers”.

Projects Practice:

Allen & Overy’s global Projects Group comprises over 70 partners globally and includes some 250 lawyers.

The Group advises sponsors, governments, construction companies and lenders on projects and project financings across energy, infrastructure, mining and telecoms throughout the world.

We provide our clients with a totally integrated service on all aspects of project work, drawing on and marshalling Allen & Overy’s specialist skills in all relevant areas of law.

Our lawyers win praise for their technical ability as well as their commercial approach and can provide a comprehensive service, including advising on joint ventures, project structures (BOT, BOOT, DBFO, DBFM, PPP, 3P, PFI and others), conducting legal due diligence, risk allocation and reviewing the “bankability” of project agreements, financing arrangements (Bank and bond) and relevant security packages and considerations across the Globe.

Allen & Overy has consistently closed more project finance deals globally than any other law firm since 2000 and is recognised as ‘top-tier’ in all the major legal directories.

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Hector M. De Leon, Jr.

Mr. de Leon’s practice focuses on corporate and commercial matters, with emphasis on equity investments, mergers and acquisitions, project development and finance, and similar commercial transactions.

He acted as counsel in many corporate transactions, including joint ventures and other strategic alliances, sale of assets and shares of stock, and corporate and project financing. Together with other lawyers of the firm, Mr. de Leon worked on some of the biggest M&A transactions in the Philippines, several of which were awarded or nominated as “Deal of the Year” by international publications.

Mr. de Leon provides advice to clients on a variety of other matters such as the establishment of a presence in the Philippines, legal compliance and permitting, transaction structuring and tax matters. He acts as director and corporate secretary in several Philippine companies.

While he has experience representing clients in a range of industries, Mr. de Leon has notably deep experience with clients in the energy, mining, oil and gas, energy and infrastructure sectors.

Mr. de Leon is a professorial lecturer at the University of the Philippines College of Law. He teaches Sales as well as Credit Transactions. He also worked as legal officer at the United Nations Compensation Commission in Geneva, Switzerland.

Chambers Global Guide 2014 named him as one of the leading lawyers in the Philippines in the field “Projects, Infrastructure and Energy” (Band 1). He also belongs to Asialaw’s 2014 Leading Lawyers. For the past several years, he is mentioned in Chambers Asia-Pacific’s Leading Lawyers for Business and in The Legal 500: Asia Pacific Guide to Asia’s Commercial Law Firms.

SyCipLaw:

SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan (SyCipLaw), founded in 1945, is the largest law firm in the Philippines.

Although its work centers on business activity, the firm has offered a broad and integrated range of legal services that cover such areas as family relations, constitutional issues, and other matters of law unrelated to commerce.

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