Joseph Huse

Joseph Huse is our exclusively recommended infrastructure Law expert in Bahrain on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Joseph directly using the contact details listed above.

Joseph is the Founding Partner of Newton Legal. He works closely with a number of key clients, including the Government of Bahrain. Prior to 2012, he was the MENA Regional Managing Partner of Freshfields Bruckhaus and Deringer and a member of its Projects and International Arbitration Groups for over twenty years.

Joseph is a leading expert in the structuring of infrastructure and energy projects. Joseph is the author of Understanding and Negotiating EPC and Turnkey Contracts, published by Sweet & Maxwell. He also has particular experience in disputes on construction, infrastructure and energy projects. In addition to advising and representing clients in a litigation context, Joseph also frequently sits as arbitrator in international courts.

Joseph Huse is a past member of the LCIA Court as the special delegate for the DIFC-LCIA Arbitration Centre. He was the first Registrar of the Centre from February 2009 to February 2010. He also acted as Chairman of the Appeals Committee of the Dubai Mercantile Exchange.

Firm Overview:

Newton Legal is a Bahrain-based international law firm established in 2012 with the objective of providing world-class legal services throughout the Kingdom of Bahrain and the GCC region.

Newton Legal, under the guidance of the Founding Partner – Joseph Huse and Managing Partner – Aamal Al Abbasi, has grown to become the largest law firm in Bahrain with over 20 of the brightest Bahraini lawyers specialising across a number of practice areas, including Corporate & Commercial, Real Estate, Energy & Infrastructure, Dispute Resolution, Banking and Finance, Employment, Telecommunications, Media and Technology, and Public Law.

Miguel A. Zaldivar, Jr.

Miguel Zaldivar is our exclusively recommended Infrastructure Law expert in Washington, DC on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Miguel directly using the contact details listed above.

Widely recognised as a guiding light in complicated international cross-border transactions, Miguel Zaldivar is a partner and serves as Chief Executive Officer responsible for the firm’s overall global direction and strategic leadership. He became CEO in July 2020 and is one of only a handful of Latino leaders of any major global law firm.

Before taking up the role of CEO, he served as Regional Chief Executive for the Asia, Pacific Middle East region. He had been a member of the Global Board of Directors, served as Co-leader of our Infrastructure, Energy, Resources and Projects practice area and co-founded our Latin American Practice. Miguel’s versatility, determination and ability to rise to a challenge were evident throughout.

His leadership is focused on driving the firm’s vision to provide clients with valuable solutions and superior client service. As CEO, he puts an emphasis on delivering our vision by leveraging our global reach, industry sector knowledge, and unique capability to advice at the intersection of business and government. He is passionate about collaboration, actively listening to clients’ needs and mentoring lawyers to build deep and enduring relationships wherever they practice. Pro bono work, citizenship and the creation of a truly diverse and inclusive workplace are also among Miguel’s top priorities. He has put in place a plan to foster the development and progression of the firm’s diverse lawyers, and to increase the number of diverse lawyers the firm hires.

As a practicing lawyer he brings many years of experience in project development and finance, complex sovereign debt and cross-border corporate transactions. He has facilitated multi-billion-dollar investments aimed at the development of projects across Latin America.

He has advised U.S., European, and Asian multinational corporations in business dealings in the Americas, as well as Latin American state-owned companies and governments in a wide variety of international matters. He has many years of hands-on experience with global export-credit and development banks.

Miguel brings a strategic and unique approach to solving complex transactional problems, offering clients creative solutions that not only meet their legal needs, but also take into account business considerations. Miguel’s distinct background underscores his approach to conflict resolution. Miguel is trained as a lawyer in both the common and civil law systems. Recognising that focusing on differences in law is not the single driver in negotiating cross-border deals, he appreciates the importance of culture and familiarity with each country’s unique political and legal systems.

Bahram Vakil

Bahram Vakil is our exclusively recommended Infrastructure Law expert in India on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Bahram directly using the contact details listed above.

Bahram, Co–Founder and Senior Partner, is renowned for his restructuring, bankruptcy and infrastructure / project finance experience. He has served on various high–level government committees on financial reform, foreign direct investment and securities market reform. Amongst these, Bahram was appointed as a key member of the Dr. T K Viswanathan Bankruptcy Law Reforms Committee, constituted by the Indian Ministry of Finance, to draft the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code. Bahram is also a member of the (i) Insolvency Law Amendment Committee, constituted by the MCA to recommend amendments to the IBC; and (ii) International Insolvency Institute (“III”), a non–profit, limited membership organisation set up to promote international cooperation / coordination in the insolvency field. Bahram is the first lawyer to be invited to the III.

Bahram also serves on the following committees: (i) Member of the Task Force on the Development of Secondary Market for Corporate Loans set up by the Reserve Bank of India (“RBI”) (2019); (ii) the Financial Sector Legislative Reforms Committee – SEBI Advisory Group (2011); and (iii) the United Kingdom Sinha Committee – Working Group on Foreign Investment in India (2010).

The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business mentions that Bahram is a gregarious and hard headed lawyer, whose clients value his “smart, reliable and practical advice.” His finesse in negotiations is especially singled out. “He adds value in negotiations, ensuring both parties see the other’s point of view,” states Chambers Global.

Bahram has been recognised by most international publications, including being recognised as an ‘Eminent Practitioner’ (2018 – 2020) for Banking & Finance by Chambers Asia–Pacific and Chambers Global. Bahram is also recognised as an ‘Elite Practitioner’ for Banking & Finance, Banking & Financial Services and Infrastructure by Asialaw Profiles (2020). Additionally, Bahram is named a ‘Leading Individual’ for Banking & Finance and Projects & Energy by The Legal 500 Asia Pacific (2015 – 2019). He is ‘Highly Regarded’ for Energy, Infrastructure, Banking and Project and Finance by IFLR1000 (2016 – 2020) and ‘Recommended’ for M&A / Governance, Government Contracts, Corporate and Banking & Finance by International Who’s Who Legal (2018 – 2019). Bahram has also consistently featured in the ‘Top 100 Indian Lawyers’ list published by India Business Law Journal (2015 – 2019) and was awarded ‘Banking & Finance Lawyer of the Year – India.’

Bahram has an LL.M. from Columbia University and is dually qualified to practice law in India and New York, being a member of the New York State Bar.

Victoria Bright

Victoria Bright is our exclusively recommended Infrastructure Law expert in Ghana on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Victoria directly using the contact details listed above.

Victoria is the Managing Partner and co-founder of Addison Bright Sloane. She is qualified both in England & Wales and Ghana.

Victoria has been practising for over 26 years, mostly in the United Kingdom where she trained at Taylor Wessing, a leading international law firm, and subsequently practised as a senior associate and then a partner at DLA Piper, one of the world’s largest law firms.

Victoria Bright is responsible for overall management and international strategy of the firm and works closely with the firm’s Senior Partner. She also has responsibility together with the Senior Partner for business development and promotion of the firm in general.

Firm Overview:

Addison Bright Sloane is an exciting entrant into the Ghanaian legal market. Addison Bright Sloane was founded by two legal giants, Philip Addison and Vickie Bright, with a total of over 55 years’ experience, who have come together to combine their considerable Ghanaian and international legal expertise, to provide an exceptional range of services to the multiplicity and increasing volumes of sophisticated clients investing in Ghana at a time of significant change in the Ghanaian legal industry.

Accra is the capital of Ghana, on the Atlantic coast of West Africa. Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park honors Ghana’s first president, who helped lead the country to independence. The park contains Nkrumah’s mausoleum and a museum charting his life. Makola Market is the city’s vast, colourful bazaar. Popular seafront spots Labadi Beach and Kokrobite Beach offer golden sand and high-energy nightlife.

Legal practice has become fast-paced, interconnected and global. With the international relationships that we have built over the years, we are excellently positioned to assist our clients in matters with a multi-jurisdictional dimension.

Harnek Shoker

Harnek Shoker is our exclusively recommended Infrastructure Law expert in Bahrain on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Harnek directly using the contact details listed above.

Harnek’s practice focuses on major infrastructure / energy projects as well as banking and general financings, joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions, corporate governances in the oil and gas, power, housing, health, education and real estate sectors.

Harnek represents a wide range of clients including sponsors, governments, export agencies, lenders, project companies, investors and contractors on infrastructure transactions and projects. Harnek also has a close working relationship with the Government of Bahrain, with which he works frequently on a broad spectrum mandates.

Harnek Shoker frequently speaks at international conferences on energy and infrastructure projects and regularly contributes to leading journals in the energy and infrastructure sector.

Firm Overview:

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer is a global law firm with a long-standing track record of successfully supporting the world’s leading national and multinational corporations, financial institutions and governments on ground-breaking and business-critical mandates.

Our 2800+ lawyers deliver results worldwide through our own offices and alongside leading national firms. Our commitment and business know-how mean our clients rely on us when it matters most.

The world’s biggest international organisations rely on us to help them make the right decisions in a fast-changing world. We combine the knowledge, experience and energy of the whole firm to solve our clients’ most complex challenges, wherever and whenever they arise.

Don Stokes

Don Stokes is our exclusively recommended Infrastructure Law expert in Vietnam on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Don directly using the contact details listed above.

Don acts for sponsors, financiers and governmental agencies across Asia on the structuring and implementation of major investments and projects in high-growth and emerging economies.

He focuses on regulated sectors, including infrastructure, energy, banking and telecoms, and has recently acted on the development and financing of projects in Japan, Malaysia, Vietnam, Philippines, Myanmar, Cambodia and Mongolia.

Don Stokes is qualified to practise English and New York law and has spent 16 years at Freshfields’ offices in Singapore, Ho Chi Minh City, London, New York and Tokyo.

Past Work:

  • Leading the Freshfields team advising the Asian Development Bank, CGIF and BPI Capital on the project bond financing of Tiwi-Makban geothermal power plant in the Philippines – Asia’s first certified climate bond.
  • Supporting the US government development financing arm, Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), on the project financing of Myanmar infrastructure company Apollo Towers – one of the first major limited recourse project financings in Myanmar.
  • Supporting ACO on all aspects of its landmark solar farm development in Myanmar and Viettel, a major Vietnamese telecoms operator, on the $1.5bn joint venture for the fourth telco operating licence in Myanmar.
  • Advising New Kansai International Airport Company (a subsidiary of the Japanese government) on the $13bn privatisation of Kansai and Osaka international airports. Read more about the deal in our case study.
  • Advising sponsors on various aspects of major development projects in Vietnam, including the Nghi Son refinery project, Quang Tri IPP, Mong Duong IPP, Phu My 3 power plant and several ongoing solar projects.

Firm Overview:

The world’s biggest international organisations rely on us to help them make the right decisions in a fast-changing world. We combine the knowledge, experience and energy of the whole firm to solve our clients’ most complex challenges, wherever and whenever they arise.