Nasirud Doulah

Nasirud Doulah is our exclusively recommended Financial and Infrastructure Law expert in Bangladesh on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Nasirud directly using the contact details listed above.

With a work experience over fifteen years Mr. Doulah is a leading personality for corporate and finance law matters in the region. Project finance and Documentary Credit are his stressed areas and he has advised in a number of major projects in energy / infrastructure sectors. He has also established himself as an authority in the fields of project development with extensive PPP / infrastructure transaction advisory expertise. He is also an asset/lease finance expert and acts for all major aviation and lease finance corporations of the world including GECAS, Aercape (ILFC) etc. With extensive knowledge in capital and money markets, Mr. Doulah represents a handful number of global institutional investors in Bangladesh including Citibank, Morgan Stanley, Blackrock, etc. Fintech clients include Ant Financial, Microsoft, Amazon, Google etc.

Nasirud Doulah possesses a market leading practice in M&A and attends major M&A matters in Bangladesh. In 2008 under instructions of World Bank and IFC he acted as a key researcher to compare local corporate governance standards and practices with its OECD counterparts which was later released as a corporate governance assessment report by World Bank. Mr. Doulah is a member of the Thomas Jefferson School of Law Tax and AML Research teams and an accredited Lexis author with numerous publications. Some major transactional highlights are provided below.

  • Acted as local legal counsel for IFC and Excelerate Energy in project development and financing aspects of the first LNG terminal (FSRU) project in Bangladesh at Maheshkhali;
  • Acted in major M&As including SZSE / SSE acquisition of Dhaka Stock Exchange, Holcim/Lafarge Merger, Microsoft acquisition of Nokia, Zhenhua’s $2bn bid for three gas fields, Ophir acquisition of Santos assets and merger with Medco, AES acquisition of Covanta power assets and so on;
  • Has been acting in major PPP / infrastructure development projects including all toll road PPPs i.e. First Dhaka Elevated / Dhaka Bypass / RAD Expressways, Payra Port (for JDN), 2nd Kanchpur / Meghna / Gumti Bridges, South Asia Subregional Economic Cooperation Road and so on;
  • Acted for sponsors / lenders in project development of major economic zones including Chinese Economic Zone at Anwara and China-Bangladesh Iron & Steel Production Zone;
  • So far structured and developed over seventy-eight power projects including clients like General Electric, Blackstone, Golar Power, AES, El Paso, CMEC etc;
  • Acted as Lender’s Counsel for IFC, European Investment Bank, Islamic Development Bank, China Exim Bank, China Development Bank, Industrial & Commercial Bank of China in a number of infrastructure / power projects. Acting for SInosure in three large coal fired power projects;
  • Acted for all of the latest gas exploration PSC contract awardees including ONGC, OIL, POSCO and Daewoo.

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.

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 (CEO) 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 (including linked to commodity sales) 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.

Miguel taught the “Project Development and Finance in Latin America” course at the University of Miami School of Law from 2003 to 2010 and was a professor of law at Universidad Católica in Venezuela from 1991 to 1993. He has been a frequent lecturer at legal seminars and has published articles involving Latin American legal matters. He received the University of Miami Inter-American Law Review 2009 “Lawyer of the Americas Award.”

The Deal calls Miguel “a diplomat in a lawyer’s clothing” and Hispanic Executive praises his “legal prowess” and “innate abilities” that distinguish him from other lawyers in the field. Even among his peers, he has been acknowledged as “a very intelligent attorney and a leading cross-border corporate lawyer” in several industry publications like The Best Lawyers in America, Chambers and Partners, and The Legal 500.

Victoria Bright

Victoria Bright 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 UK 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 (by revenue). Victoria 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.

The merger was inspired by an acute recognition by the senior partners of the two firms Addison and Associates and International Legal Consultancy Services (“ILC”) of the:

  • need to provide significantly more sophisticated and unparalleled legal advice to the world’s leading organisations as they move into Ghana as a direct response to Ghana’s newfound oil economy, its ambition to industrialise and its business-friendly environment; and/or
  • expansion of the operations of such businesses on the continent and beyond.

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.

Dr. Matthias Lang

Offering extensive entrepreneurial knowledge and long-standing expertise in regulatory matters around infrastructure and energy, I am a partner in our international Energy and Utilities Sector Group and a member of our Regulatory and Administrative Practice Group.

I advise our clients on infrastructure, energy, regulatory, state aid and environmental law as well as issues arising from public commercial law. In addition, I have expertise in corporate law, administrative, European and real estate law, as well as standardisation.

With extensive experience in advising clients on all aspects of the German Energiewende (energy turnaround), I also advise on cross-border energy issues, including both conventional and renewable energy generation, oil and gas, planning and permit procedures for power generation, extra-high-voltage lines, gas pipelines and gas storage, as well as energy and other industrial installations. Over the years, I have worked on numerous complex infrastructure, energy efficiency and climate change projects, as well as transactions in regulated industries, including energy, healthcare, transportation, water and chemicals.

I represent our clients before the Federal Network Agency, ministries and other authorities in diverse administrative, regulatory or legislative proceedings, before national and European courts and in arbitration proceedings. Together with my team, I have advised on the transposition of European law, such as the Third Internal Market Package, the Energy Winter Package and other European environmental directives and regulations, including REACh, REMIT and MIFID.

Contributing regularly to legal publications, I write the section on permits for conventional power plants, wind farms, solar parks and the closure of nuclear power plants for the “Berlin Commentary on Energy Law” and cover international company law in the “Beck Online Commentary on the Limited Liability Company Act”. I have also published articles on oil and gas law in Germany, prosumer legislation, the digitalisation of the energy transition, state aid to the energy sector, grid expansion and environmental protection in the extra-high-voltage grid, on the permitting regime for HVDC lines and the Renewable Energy Sources Act (EEG).

I’m a former chairman of the oil and gas committee and a member of the Council of Energy, Environment, Natural Resources and Infrastructure Law (SEERIL) Section of the International Bar Association. I also sit on the board of the German-American Lawyers’ Association (DAJV) for Düsseldorf. Furthermore I often speak at national and international seminars and conferences and teach postgraduate energy law courses at Technische Universität Berlin and Freie Universität Berlin.

You’ll find me listed as top legal practitioner advising on energy law in Euromoney’s 2018 Energy and Best of the Best Expert Guides, the 2019 Who’s Who Legal Germany and the 2019 Who’s Who Legal Energy.

Before studying law, I graduated with a degree in economics and worked as a banker.

Ranjit Prakash

Ranjit Prakash founded Archeus Law (“Archeus”) in October 2016. Prior to launching Archeus, Ranjit headed the Dispute Resolution, Project Advisory and Corporate Law Divisions and was a Senior Partner with other leading law firms in India. He has been practicing law since 1991 and is enrolled with the Bar Council of Delhi.

Ranjit’s practice areas include Infrastructure & Projects, Mining and Dispute Resolution. He has been involved with the infrastructure sector, in particular the energy, highways and mining sectors. He also has substantial experience in several international and domestic commercial arbitrations involving large infrastructure and manufacturing companies.

He has advised clients on several high profile matters like representing SEPCO in the cases relating to the industrial accident which arose after the collapse of a chimney at the BALCO site, Gujarat Fluorochemicals Limited (GFL) on a very high stake arbitration proceeding in the wind energy sector in India, Moser` Baer Electric Power Limited in an arbitration proceeding before the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) with respect to a dispute arising out of an agreement entered for development of a 63 MW Hydro Power Project, Visa Steel Limited in defending arbitration proceedings before London Court of International Arbitration, London.

Ranjit has also been advising several of the firm’s clients on domestic and international arbitration related matters, including international arbitrations before the Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC), London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA), International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) etc.

Firm Overview:

Archeus Law is a boutique law firm specializing in the areas of Project Advisory, Contract Management and International Dispute practices in various areas of businesses including Infrastructure, Real estate and Mining. Launched in October 2016, the firm has commenced operations with a strong portfolio of clients including some of the leading Indian and Foreign Multinational Companies and part of the Fortune 500 list of companies. Archeus Law consists of a team of highly motivated and experienced professionals who possess extensive knowledge and understanding of the Indian legal and regulatory framework.

The firm has been launched by Ranjit Prakash, Chief Executive Partner, a legal professional having more than 25 years of experience. Ranjit is a former Senior Partner and one of the founding partners of HSA Advocates. He moved on with his entire highly specialized project management and dispute team to set up his new firm Archeus Law. The team at Archeus Law has substantial experience in advising on an array of issues related to Infrastructure and Energy sector, which includes project advisory, transactional support, contract management and dispute resolution. The team is currently handling a portfolio of infrastructure projects which includes large Power Projects both conventional and renewable energy, highway projects, metro rail projects and mining projects.

With its principal office in New Delhi, Archeus Law is supported by a network of associate firms in other parts of the country. From its early days, Archeus Law has already built up a significant client base in a short span of time by delivering quality professional service in a timely manner, which have been appreciated by client.