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.

Doug Jones AO RFD

Doug Jones is an internationally recognised infrastructure and dispute resolution lawyer. Acting for owners (both government and private sector), financiers, contractors, consultants and subcontractors.

Doug has advised extensively on project structuring and financing, contract drafting and advice during project implementation and dispute resolution for major infrastructure matters, including Department of Defence facilities and equipment acquisitions, airports, ports, roads and rail projects throughout Australia, New Zealand, Europe, Asia, the Middle East and USA.

Doug has devised innovative ways of successfully bidding for and closing PPP and PFI project delivery in Australasia and internationally. Doug also has extensive experience as arbitrator and counsel in international and domestic arbitrations, and has also been regularly involved in the use of ADR including mediation in construction industry disputes.

Recognition:

Doug was awarded the Michael Kirby Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2014 Lawyers Weekly Law Awards.

In June 2012 in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List, Doug was made an Officer of the Order of Australia, for distinguished service to the law as a leader in the areas of arbitration and alternative dispute resolution, to policy reform, and to national and international professional organisations.

Asia Pacific Legal 500: ranks Doug Jones as a leading individual in Dispute Resolution (2014).

Chambers Asia-Pacific: Doug has been recognised as a star individual in Australia in 2014, 2013, 2012 and 2011. Doug is 1 of only 2 construction lawyers in Australia to receive this endorsement in 2014. He also received this endorsement in the arbitration category in 2011 and was of only five individuals in Australia to receive this notation.

2012: In addition to his star individual ranking in the construction category, Doug was recognised as one of the most in-demand arbitrators and received a band one ranking in the International Arbitration Category. He was also ranked in the projects category and was ranked band one for dispute resolution (arbitration) in Australia.

2011: In addition to his star individual ranking in both the construction and arbitration categories, Doug received a band one ranking and was recognised as “most in demand arbitrator” in the international arbitration category in the Asia-Pacific region. He also received a band 1 ranking in dispute resolution (arbitration) in Australia.

Best Lawyers Australia: Doug has been consistently voted by peers as one of Australia’s Best Lawyers in the following categories:

– Alternative Dispute Resolution (2008-2018)
– Construction / Infrastructure (2008-2018)
– Transportation (2008-2018)
– International Arbitration (2013-2018)
– Lawyer of the Year, International Arbitration (2015-2018)
– Lawyer of the Year, Construction / Infrastructure (2014)
– Lawyer of the Year, Transportation (2011)

Doyle’s Guide: Leading lawyer in Construction and Infrastructure – Back End (2017).

PLC Which Lawyer: Doug is currently endorsed in the categories of construction and dispute resolution (international arbitration) (2011). In 2010 he was ranked sole Leading Lawyer in Australia.

APL500: Doug is recognised as a leading individual in Construction (2011).

IFLR 1000: Doug is ranked as one of Australia’s leading lawyers in Project Finance (2011).

Who’s Who Legal:

– Doug Jones was recognised by Who’s Who Legal (Construction) as Lawyer of the Year in 2012 and 2013
– Doug Jones was recognised by Who’s Who of Construction Lawyers (2011-2013)
– Doug Jones was recognised by Who’s Who of Public Procurement Lawyers (2011-2013)
– Doug Jones was recognised by Who’s Who of Commercial Arbitration (2011-2013)
– Doug Jones was recognised by Who’s Who of Commercial Litigation (2013)

In 1999, Doug was made a Member of the Order of Australia for services to Construction Law and Dispute Resolution, recognising 30 years’ contribution in those areas.

Qualifications:

Bachelor of Laws, University of Queensland (1972)
Bachelor of Arts, University of Queensland (1974)
Master of Laws, University of Queensland (1977)

Admitted To Practice:

Admitted to practice in most States of Australia and New Zealand.

Kent Rowey

Kent represents investors, credit providers, public sector entities, contractors and other participants in infrastructure and natural resources transactions. His global experience is unique among infrastructure lawyers. He’s been involved in major infrastructure financings in Asia, the Middle East, North America and the UK, including many first-of-their-kind transactions. He has played a leading role in the development of private finance in the transportation infrastructure sector in North America, having successfully closed many transactions now considered templates for infrastructure finance. He has been involved in the financial closing of more than 85 infrastructure and natural resources transactions worldwide.  He has negotiated over 100 concession agreements, operating agreements, construction contracts and related documentation, and is considered a thought-leader in the market for his innovative structuring of P3s across all classes of infrastructure.

Recognition:

“He is a fine lawyer who is extremely knowledgeable, authoritative and has really good judgment.” Chambers USA, 2016

“He is a go-to guy in the market.” Chambers USA, 2016

“Kent Rowey is a very good negotiator and wickedly smart.’” Chambers USA, 2015 (Projects)

“Kent Rowey is described as ‘one of the truly great project finance deal attorneys: he has great knowledge and always achieves his goal.’” Chambers USA, 2011 (Projects)

 

Professional Qualifications:

Admitted: Bar of the State of New York, 2013
Admitted: Bar of the State of California, 1987

Academic Qualifications:

J.D., New York University School of Law, 1987
University of California, Los Angeles, 1983