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RIAA Barker Gillette

Projects, Infrastructure & Energy

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What the team is known for

RIAA Barker Gillette is a pre-eminent firm routinely advising on high-profile power and infrastructure projects from its Karachi, Lahore and Islamabad offices. Ably handles the full range of financing, development and regulatory work. Active on conventional and alternative energy projects, as well as telecoms matters, advising on PPAs, EPC contracts and project documents as well as licences and tariffs. Team can draw upon support from RIAA's international network of offices, enhancing its ability to handle cross-border mandates. Its broad client base includes leading local and international power companies including Mira Power, Indus Wind Energy and Sindh Nooriabad Power.


One client notes RIAA's strong knowledge of the power sector regulatory environment and the expertise and reliability of the team from partner to associate level: "They have very good associates and they take care of us and do the groundwork independently."

Work highlights

RIAA Barker Gillette acted for Nepal Water and Energy Development on the USD450 million financing of a 216 MW hydropower project in Nepal.

Notable practitioners

Ahsan Zahir Rizvi is the global senior and managing partner of RIAA Barker Gillette and has forged a formidable reputation as one of the country’s leading experts on energy sector financings.

Bilal Shaukat is admired for his adept handling of energy projects, regularly assisting clients with development and financing matters. He is well acquainted with the PPP model, advising clients regularly on concession agreements, licences and project agreements. One client states he is "very well respected in the power area."

Hasnain Naqvee operates a market-leading projects practice and offers notable expertise in project finance mandates, acting primarily for borrowers. One client enthuses that "for the power sector he is one of the most prominent lawyers in Pakistan - he knows all the insides and outsides of this sector."

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RIAA Barker Gillette has an unrivalled track record as Pakistan’s leading Projects and Energy Firm. The Firm has acted as counsel in Pakistan’s most defining projects, including the first independent power project set up in Pakistan (Hub Power), Pakistan’s largest international airport in Karachi and the first motorway in Pakistan established by the private sector  (Islamabad - Lahore) in the 1990s. Our Partners have previous experience of working in industry as well as state institutions and regulatory bodies, giving them a unique ability to move transactions forward.

The firm has been counsel in approximately 90% of the power projects in Pakistan. In the wake of the China Pakistan Economic Corridor, we are representing, Thalnova Power Thar (Private) Limited and Lucky Electric Power Company Limited, who are developers of coal-fired power plants, and Azad Pattan Power (Private) Limited, which is developing a hydro-electric power generation facility. We are also advising key the key public sector entities, NTDC (transmission company) and CPPA-G (market operator), in relation to their supply and transmission elements with K-Electric Limited.

We advise on project structuring, draft and negotiate project and finance documents, engineering, procurement and construction contracts and shareholders agreements. The firm also represents clients in negotiations with the PPIB and NTDC and before NEPRA.


Altaf, Nadir (Head of Department)

Naqvee, Hasnain (Head of Department)

Rizvi, Ahsan Zahir

Shaukat, Bilal


Access Solar (Private) Limited

ACT Wind (Private) Limited

Almoiz Industries Limited

Asia Energy (Private) Limited

Azad Pattan Power (Private) Limited

Central Power Generation Company Limited

Chanar Energy Limited

China Power Hub Generation Company (Private) Limited

China State Construction Engineering Corporation

China Three Gorges South Asia Investment Limited

Crown Transport (Private) Limited

CTGI Welt Konnect (Private) Limited

Defence Housing Authority

DIN Energy Limited

Elite Estates (Private) Limited

Enertech Holding Company

ET Energy Pakistan One (Private) Limited

ET Energy Pakistan One (Private) Limited

Etihad Power Generation Limited


Faran Power Limited

FFBL Power Company Limited

Gul Ahmed Wind Power Limited

Habib Bank Limited

Habib Construction Services Limited

Habib Sugar Mills Energy Limited

Hartford Alternative Energy (Private) Limited

Hydro Electric Power System Engineering Company

Indus Wind Energy (Private) Limited

InfraCo Asia Development PTE Limited

K-Electric Limited

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Economic Zones Development and Management

Kohala Hydropower Limited

Kulachi Solar Power (Private) Limited

Lakeside Energy (Private) Limited

Liberty Wind Power One (Private) Limited

Lucky Electric Power Company Limited

Mari Petroleum Company Limited

Master Power (Private) Limited

Mehran Energy Limited

Mehran Power (Private) Limited

Mira Power Limited

Mughal Energy Limited

NASDA Green Energy (Private) Limited

Neelum Jhelum Hydro Power Company

Nepal Water and Energy Development Company Private Limited

Noor Solar Energy (Private) Limited

Sapphire Renewables Limites

Sapphire Wind Power Company Limited

Savvy Links (Private) Limited

Shajar Roads Limited

Siddiqsons Energy Limited

Sindh Nooriabad Company (Private) Limited

Sinohydro Corporation Limited

Sitara Energy Limited

SK Hydro (Private) Limited

Star Hydropower Limited

Thalnova Power Thar (Private) Limited

The Hub Power Company Limited

Triconboston Consulting Corporation (Private) Limited

Yunus Energy Limited

Zulekha Energy Limited


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Projects, Infrastructure & Energy

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Projects, Infrastructure & Energy

Ahsan Zahir Rizvi
Senior Statespeople
Bilal Shaukat
Band 2
Hasnain Naqvee
Band 1