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.

Ana Stojanovska

ODI is one of the leading independent corporate law firms in South East Europe which has participated in the biggest and most complicated transactions in the Adria region. Due to our four offices and two desks we have permanent presence in the Slovenian, Serbian, Croatian and Macedonian, Bosnian and Montenegrin market hence, we can ensure the best legal service in the region for all cross-border projects. Our growth in recent years has enabled us to build a practice that meets the key needs of our clients.

We are proud to cooperate with multinational corporations, regional and local clients, as well as leading international and financial institutions of public and private nature in all areas of our practice. We treat each of our clients individually and appreciate their unique importance to our law firm. We aim to achieve the best possible result for our clients and relying on rich knowledge and experience of our legal experts strive to shed light on each legal issue from all angles and assess all relevant risks.

Our Approach:

– Three main features distinguish us from other law firms: full focus on our clients, high level of expertise in all areas of our legal practice and a broad regional presence. We always put our clients’ needs first and make understanding, anticipating and fulfilling individual clients’ legal needs our top priority. This commitment, together with our in-depth knowledge and experience in different areas of our practice, enables us to provide a high-quality service. When transferring our knowledge and expertise into results, we strive to create lasting value for our clients. The following three values characterize our approach:
– Outstanding: We fulfill all expectations. We are guided by high ethical standards and especially the highest level of professionalism. We tailor our approach to our clients’ needs and always try to not only meet our clients’ wishes but to exceed them.
– Dynamic: We understand the needs of the economy and business challenges of our clients. Our focus and continuous ability to adapt to different situations ensure success and reliability of our services.
– Innovative: Our dedication and perseverance create added value for our clients and contribute to their success. Using unique solutions we can perform even the boldest plans and ensure a competitive advantage to our clients.

Reputation:

We have acted for clients in the largest and most complex transactions in the Adriatic region. Our proactive approach, high standards of work and professional integrity have helped us in obtaining a central role in all practice areas. Our reputation is confirmed by the international legal directories rankings.

Bars & Courts:

– Macedonia Bar

Education:

– LL.B., University Saint Cyril and Methodius – Faculty of Law, Skopje, Macedonia

Harnek Shoker

Harnek Shoker is head of our Bahrain office and MENA energy and infrastructure projects practice.

His 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.

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

Recent Work:

– The Government of Bahrain on the US$2.1bn Al-Dur IWPP, Al Hidd, Al Ezzel power projects and PPP Affordable Housing Project.
– Advising the investment arms of The Royal Court of Bahrain on a number of joint ventures, corporate restructuring and international investments.
– A GCC sovereign wealth fund on the proposed divestment of its shareholding in the Muharraq Sewage Treatment Plant, the first privately-owned sewage treatment facility in Bahrain.
– Diyar Al Muharraq on its joint venture arrangement with Eagle Hills International Properties LLC in connection with a multi-million real estate development in Bahrain.
– The international bidders in connection with proposed design, construction, finance and operation of Bahrain LNG Import Terminal.
– The Government of Bahrain on its proposed waste to energy plant in Bahrain.
– National Oil & Gas Authority on a joint venture with Neste Oil for the creation of a US$400m lube base oil manufacturing plant.
– Bahrain Petroleum Company in connection with the US$1bn strategic investment programme loan.
– Sama Dubai (previously Dubai International Properties), the international real estate investment arm of Dubai Holding, on agreements with the Moroccan government for real estate projects totalling US$12bn, including US$500m Marina de Casablanca development comprising hotels, residential accommodation, offices, retail and entertainment facilities.
– Asian Development Bank, JBIC, MIGA and a consortium of commercial lenders, having the cover of comprehensive political risk insurance/guarantee coverage, financing the Phu My 3 720MW power project in Vietnam.

Qualifications:

– Admitted as a Solicitor in England and Wales, 1996
– LLM (Honours), University of London, 1993
– LLB (Honours), Brunel University, 1992

About Us:

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 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 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.

Recent 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.

Qualifications:

Education:

– National University of Ireland, Dublin (bachelor of civil law)

Professional Qualifications:

– Admitted as a member of the Law Society of England and Wales
– Admitted to the New York State Bar
– Registered as a foreign legal practitioner with the Vietnamese Ministry of Justice
– Registered as a Gaikokuho Jimu Bengoshi with the Daini Tokyo Bengoshi Bar Association in Japan

About Us:

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.

Alban Çaushi

Alban Çaushi, has more than 21 years of professional experience as an attorney at law both in Albania and Kosovo, in private commercial practice, focusing his expertise on energy, infrastructure, real estate, dispute resolution, employment and telecommunications.

His former experience includes being a senior partner of a leading Albanian law firm where he led the energy, infrastructure and litigation department during the last 15 years. As partner in charge of dispute resolution he has represented prominent domestic and international companies in civil and administrative actions before the local courts and in numerous local and international arbitrations.

Alban has been involved in many of the concession projects undertaken in Albania for the development of motorways, airports, HPPS etc., advising concessionaires, lending banks and contracting authorities. His experience in privatizations includes an impressive track record of involvement in the major, ground breaking transactions to have taken place in Albania.

Alban teaches employment law to students of the Albanian Bar Association training lawyers academy.

He is ranked with Chambers & Partners Global and Europe as a leading litigation, real estate, projects and corporate lawyer for several years. He is also ranked as a leading lawyer by IFLR1000.

Education:

• LL.B from University of Tirana, Faculty of Law
• LL.M. from Suffolk University

Membership:

Member of the Steering Board of the National Bar Association and Tirana Bar Association.

Recognition:

Alban Çaushi of CR PARTNERS draws wide-ranging praise from market commentators for his corporate prowess: “You can always rely on him to come up with useful solutions to unprecedented challenges.” ~ Chambers Europe 2016

Clients praise Alban Caushi of CR PARTNERS for his work on commercial disputes, often with cross-border elements. They deem him “a great support”, and note his “extensive knowledge of procedural law.” ~ Chambers Global 2017

Law Firm:

We are an independent law firm in Albania that draws on the extensive experience and professionalism of its lawyers who are leading professionals in their areas of expertise and have been assisting clients on Albanian law matters for many years.

Before CR Partners, the founders of the firm were partners with one of the leading law firms in Albania where they supervised for many years the litigation, M&A, competition and infrastructure legal works and successfully concluded many projects for their clients.

The firm is full-service and advises clients on all areas of civil and commercial law.

With significant industry expertise, we strive to provide our clients with practical business driven advice that is clear and straight to the point, constantly up to date not only with the frequent legislative changes in Albania but also the developments of international legal practice and domestic case law.

Our ambition is to create long term relationship with our clients and partners as we have the confidence that a trusted cooperation is the key to success in our industry.