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RIAA Barker Gillette

Projects, Infrastructure & Energy

3 ranked lawyersBand 1PakistanGlobal 2021 View ranking table
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What the team is known for

Pre-eminent firm routinely advising on high-profile power and infrastructure projects. Ably handles the full range of financing, development and regulatory work. Active on conventional and alternative energy projects, as well as telecoms matters. Team can draw upon support from the firm's international network of offices, enhancing its ability to handle cross-border mandates. Its broad client base includes leading local and international power companies.

Notable practitioners

Ahsan Zahir Rizvi is a "great lawyer" who "makes the lenders comfortable," according to interviewees. He is the global senior and managing partner of the firm 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. A client comments: "Bilal has probably the best commercial acumen of all the lawyers." Another agrees, stating how "the Karachi power sector is basically handled by Bilal."

Hasnain Naqvee operates a market-leading projects practice and offers notable expertise in project finance mandates, acting primarily for borrowers. One client reports: "Over the years Hasnain has become an extension of our team and remains the management’s main source of advice. I dare say, without his hand-holding and advice we would have been at sea in a number of business areas. A stellar professional, Hasnain is gifted and able to quickly develop a layout of the commercial options for clients. He has an ability to easily relate with the clients and develops the trust which is so essential in a client-counsel relationship."

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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. Iin 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 advising 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 the NTDC and before NEPRA.


Naqvee, Hasnain (Head of Department)

Altaf, Nadir

Rehman, Shafaq

Rizvi, Ahsan Zahir

Shaukat, Bilal

Tirmizey, Adil


Access Solar (Private) Limited

Almoiz Industries Limited

Asia Energy (Private) Limited

Azad Pattan Power (Private) Limited

Central Power Generation Company Limited

China Three Gorges South Asia Investment Limited

Crown Transport (Private) Limited

CTGI Welt Konnect (Private) Limited

Defence Housing Authority

DIN Energy Limited

Enertech Holding Company

ET Energy Fateh Jang (Private) Limited

Etihad Power Generation Limited


Faran Power Limited

FFBL Power Company Limited

Gul Ahmed Wind Power Limited

Habib Sugar Mills Energy 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

S K Hydro (Private) Limited

Sapphire Renewables Limited

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

Zulaikha Energy (Private) Limited


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Projects, Infrastructure & Energy

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