The electricity and power market is undergoing significant change across the Middle East and South Asia region. There is an extreme shortage of power in many parts of the region. A complex set of variables ranging from transmission and distribution constraints, resource availability, costs and technological advances are shaping our current and future generation, transmission and distribution needs. Government projections over the coming years make it clear that substantial investment in these sectors will be essential, creating new opportunities for local and international power developers, related industries and their customers.

Our experience began with the 1200 MW Hub Power Project. Since then we have represented sponsors and/or lenders in almost all of the power projects in Pakistan. We have an extensive track record assisting power project sponsors, investors and developers. We regularly provide advice on generation, transmission and distribution projects. Our clients include power developers, facility owners, fuel suppliers, as well as domestic and international lending agencies.

Our expertise includes assisting in project structuring, tax planning, regulatory compliance, EPC contracts, project and conventional debt and equity financing, and site lease and acquisition. We have significant experience in acquisitions and divestitures in the power industry and regularly negotiate a wide range of supply and sales contracts, off-take and power purchase agreements as well as other physical and financial contracts, operating agreements, interconnection arrangements with transmission and distribution grids, fuel supply and related arrangements.

We represent the interests of our clients in negotiations with the Private Power and Infrastructure Board, NTDC and fuel suppliers, and before the National Electric Power Regulatory Authority and all other relevant regulatory authorities.

  • Debt and equity project financing
  • Engineering procurement and construction contracts
  • Equipment supply contracts
  • Fuel supply agreements
  • Implementation agreements
  • Land concessions
  • Loan documentation
  • Power purchase agreements
  • Security documentation
  • Shareholders’ agreements
  • AES: USD 2b AES Power Project.
  • British Gas: Kot Addu Power Project.
  • China Hub Power Generation Company: local project counsel for the 
development of 2×660 MW Coal fired power project
  • Engro Energy Limited: counsel in the 225 MW Permeate Gas/Diesel based Project at Daharki, Sindh.
  • Fauji Foundation: lenders counsel in respect of the financing of a 175 MW combined cycle power plant to be constructed by the project company
  • Huaneng Shandong Ruyi Pakistan Energy Pvt Limited: local legal counsel to a consortium of lenders (including ICBC, China Construction Bank and Bank of China) for the financing 2×660 coal fired power project.
  • K‐Electric Limited: legal advisors for the development of 2x660MW coal fired power project in joint venture with Chinese entities
  • Rousch Pakistan Power Plant: 450 MW Natural Gas-Fired thermal plant.
  • Sapphire Electric Company Limited: project counsel in the 225 MW Gas/Diesel based Power Project at Lahore.
  • Siddiqsons Energy Limited: project counsel for the development of 350 MW Coal fired power project
  • Sind Engro Coal Mining Company: legal counsel for the Company for drafting and negotiating the coal supply agreement.
  • Sindh Nooriabad Power Companies: project counsel for the development of two 50MW gas fired power projects being set up under a Public Private Partnership in Nooriabad, Sindh
  • Thal Nova Thar Power Company Limited: legal advisors to the project company for the development of 330MW coal fired power project in Thar
  • The Hub Power Company Limited: counsel in the 1320 MW coal powered project.
  • The Hub Power Company Limited: counsel in the 210 MW RFO based power station near Narowal (Punjab).

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What clients say...

“Large and well-reputed practice”

Chambers: Asia Pacific 2015

“RIAA’s banking and finance department is noted for its ‘vast experience’ and ‘strong track record’”

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“Our relationship with the firm started 20 years ago and we have never looked back.”

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“They really take the time to listen to the case.”

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“I only use RIAA and no other firm in Pakistan – I have the utmost regard for them.”

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“’Strong’ litigation department”.

The Legal 500: Asia Pacific 2015

“’Renowned’ corporate practice”

Tier 1: IFLR1000 2015

RIAA is ‘strong on telecoms-related work’, and has acted on for a number of high-profile clients in this sector.

Legal 500: 2015

RIAA’s ‘experienced’ tax department is praised as ‘top notch’. It is advising several multinational corporate clients on tax structuring to minimise fiscal exposure in Pakistan. Ahsan Rizvi leads on tax mandates.

Legal 500: 2015

RIAA’s ‘exceptionally good’ practice is ‘always available’ and ‘has excellent knowledge of the energy sector’.

Legal 500: 2015

Ahsan Rizvi (a former director of the Karachi Stock Exchange) is recommended for capital markets work.

Legal 500: 2015

…banking and finance department is noted for its ‘vast experience’ and ‘strong track record’ on project finance.

Legal 500: 2015

"We have a very positive relationship with them. They are proactive, down-to-earth, thorough and extremely knowledgeable when finding solutions."

Chambers: Asia Pacific 2015

"I have the utmost regard for the firm; they are first class."

Chambers: Asia Pacific 2015

"RIAA has vast experience of the power sector, and always provide alternative solutions to problems - they really take ownership of the projects they are working on."

Chambers: Asia Pacific 2015

What the RIAA team is known for: Active on a wide range of conventional and renewable projects, including notable activity on the conversion of power plants to coal.

Chambers: Asia Pacific 2015

What the RIAA team is known for: Offers high levels of expertise in the power sector, advising the sponsors on development, financing and regulatory issues.

Chambers: Asia Pacific 2015

Ahsan Zahir Rizvi keeps things on an even keel and so people trust him, even those on the other side."

Chambers: Asia Pacific 2015

Sources highlight Ahsan Zahir Rizvi’s strong negotiation capabilities, with one noting: "He can see the other side's perspective, that is his greatest strength.

Chambers: Asia Pacific 2015

Ahsan Zahir Rizvi is held in high regard for his depth of expertise in the power sector.

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Ahsan Zahir Rizvi is also praised for "his precision in giving advice. He is very to the point."

Chambers: Asia Pacific 2015

Senior partner Ahsan Zahir Rizvi is one of Pakistan's most highly reputed transactional lawyers: "He is one of the most individually outstanding people, both from a commercial point of view and a legal point of view."

Chambers: Asia Pacific 2015

"RIAA has a very strong reputation for handling commercial and corporate matters."

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"They have been absolutely outstanding. I don't think there is a team more dedicated."

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Excellent bench of practitioners with a full-service corporate offering. Often mandated on big-ticket M&A deals, particularly for corporations in the energy and power sectors.

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RIAA Barker Gillette provides notable expertise across the full spectrum of contentious and non-contentious banking matters, and counts numerous financial institutions among its clients. On the borrower side, the team has experience representing companies in the power, energy and transport sectors.

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The firm has an active transactional practice and is instructed by clients across the energy, telecoms, financial services and construction sectors. Complementary expertise in tax, employment and competition benefits a practice covering mergers, acquisitions, takeovers, joint ventures and privatisations.

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RIAA Barker Gillette’s disputes department handles cases spanning constitutional, employment, trade mark, energy and family law.

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RIAA Barker Gillette maintains an active energy practice, where it advises clients on compliance and liability under environmental law, and assists with licensing and regulatory approvals.

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RIAA Barker Gillette receives instructions from insurance company clients in relation to both contentious and non-contentious matters. Past work includes handling corporate transactions and international arbitrations.

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RIAA Barker Gillette advises on corporate and commercial agreements relating to power, water and construction projects, and is becoming increasingly involved in matters concerning wind and other renewables.

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RIAA Barker Gillette’s longstanding experience in the construction sector, with past work including the construction and development of hospitals and various power and infrastructure projects. Acquisitions, sales, transfers and property leasing are other mainstays, as is project finance…

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In the media space, the team has experience in licensing, and advises radio, television and print clients on operational matters.

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Telecoms is an area of strength at RIAA Barker Gillette, with the team providing expertise in corporate, commercial and regulatory matters.

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RIAA Barker Gillette advises multinational corporate clients on tax structuring and restructuring. It is also active in tax litigation and appeals before the High Court.

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RIAA Barker Gillette…"It is a powerhouse."

Chambers Guide: Asia-Pacific 2016

Renowned for his expertise in the power sector, peers highlight Ahsan Zahir Rizvi as "one of the most experienced projects lawyers in Pakistan."

Chambers: Global Guide 2016

Ahsan Zahir Rizvi continues to be revered by market commentators, who single him out for his "sharp legal mind."

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Hasan Anwar Rizvi is “technically assured and resourceful” and with "good local market knowledge".

Legal 500: 2015

"Clients enjoy working with Hasan Anwar Rizvi... He wins praise from sources for being 'extremely responsive, commercially practical and incredibly diligent'".

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Ahsan Zahir Rizvi is singled out by clients for the depth of his transactional experience and for "bringing a colour and vibrancy to the table."

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Sources describe Ahsan Zahir Rizvi as "an exceptional practitioner" and "a backbone of the firm."

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