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Newton Legal

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Founding Partner: Joseph Huse
Managing Partner: Aamal Al Abbasi
Number of lawyers: 22
Languages: Arabic and English.

Firm Overview:
NLG is a Bahrain-based international law firm established in 2012 by Joseph Huse, former Regional Managing Partner of MENA for Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer where he was responsible for the opening of all of the Middle East Offices of Freshfields. NLG was established with the objective of providing world-class legal services throughout the Kingdom of Bahrain and the GCC region. NLG has grown to become one of the largest law firm in Bahrain with over 20 of the brightest Bahraini lawyers specialising across a number of practice areas. NLG works closely with a number of key Bahraini governmental clients including the Office of H.R.H First Deputy Prime Minister, the Office of H.E. Deputy Prime Minister Jawad Al Arrayed, the Labour Fund (‘Tamkeen’), the Economic Development Board (‘EDB’), the Bahrain Mumtalakat Holding Company B.S.C.(c) (‘Mumtalakat’), along with the Oil and Gas Holding Company B.S.C.(c) (‘nogaholding’) and its subsidiaries i.e. Bahrain Petroleum Company B.S.C.(c)(‘Bapco’), Tatweer, Banagas, Bahrain LNG, Bahrain Gasoline Blending (‘BGB’) and BAC Jet Fuel, to name a few.

Main Areas of Practice:  

Banking & Finance
Corporate & Commercial
Dispute Resolution
Energy & Infrastructure
Public Law
Real Estate
Telecommunications, Media & Technology

Banking & Finance:
2 partners, 6 fee earners
■ The BAPCO Modernisation Project (BMP): Acting as local counsel to nogaholding and Bapco for both the construction and financing phases of the BMP (deal value in excess of US$ 6 billion). The project will increase the refinery’s existing production capacity from 267,000 bpd to a maximum of 380,000 bpd.
■Bahrain LNG: Acting as counsel to nogaholding on the financing and construction of an LNG terminal.
■ Transfer of a Retail Energy Business (Petrol Stations): Advising nogaholding including on: (i) the terms of the transaction documents; (ii) the formalities required under Bahraini Law; and (iii) the arrangements required for the new owner to operate the business
Key Clients: nogaholding and its subsidiaries (Bapco, Bahrain LNG, Tatweer, BAFCO, Banagas), Sustainable Energy Authority
Contact: Joesph Huse
Tel: +97317006571
Email: [email protected]

Corporate and Commercial:
2 partners, 10 fee earners
■ GARMCO Reorganzation: Advising GARMCO which is going through a court run reorganisation under the Bahrain’s new Reorganization and Bankruptcy Law
■ Mumtalakat’s Acquisition of AI-Dhaen: Advising Mumtalakat on its acquisition of a majority interest in Al-Dhaen Boats, which involved restructuring financing arrangements with Al-Dhaen’s lenders. Al-Dhaen is a manufacturer of high-quality fishing boats, pleasure yachts and commercial and military patrol boats
■ Distressed Regional Manufacturer: Acting as local Bahraini counsel for lenders to a distressed regional manufacturing company including (i) conducting a due diligence on the Bahrain subsidiary; (ii) advising on the new Bahrain Reorganization and Bankruptcy Law, enforcement procedures and local security; and (iii) advising on the restructuring documentation
Key Clients: nogaholding and its subsidiaries (Bapco, Banagas, BAFCO), Garmco, The Bahrain Institute for Pearls and Gemstones (‘Danat’), Bahrain Mumtalakat Holding Company
Contact: Ahmed Al Fardan
Tel: +97317006571
Email: [email protected]

Real Estate:
1 partner, 5 fee earners
■ The Park-Janabiya: Advising a Bahraini company on a new retail complex in Bahrain including drafting a standard form commercial retail lease and standard form lease for food and beverages units
■ AIN520: Advising on a standard form commercial retail lease agreement to be used for the leasing of villa units for a range of commercial purposes
■ Warehouse Leasing and Subleasing: Advising nogaholding on the leasing and sub-leasing of a plot of land in the Bahrain Logistics Zone to be used for the construction, development and operation of a warehouse
Key Clients: CBRE and Savills
Contact: Aamal Al Abbasi
Tel: +97317006571
Email: [email protected]

Dispute Resolution:
2 partners, 10 fee earners
■ UNCITRAL Arbitrations: Representing two Bahraini companies in multiple claims in an international arbitration relating to a joint venture dispute. The claims were heard in separate arbitrations all seated in London
■ BAPCO Litigation: The Law Offices of Aamal Al Abbasi (‘LOAA’) a member of NLG handles all of Bapco’s civil and employment cases before the Bahraini courts, including but not limited to drafting the statement of claims and the memorandums of response for court submissions and attending all the hearings on behalf of BAPCO. Where appropriate, drafting and negotiating settlement agreements
■ Distressed Property Development: LOAA a member of NLG advise a syndicate of banks that have stepped into a distressed property development. This includes advising on civil cases before the Bahraini courts and, where appropriate, negotiating settlement agreements
Key Clients: Bapco and nogaholding
Contact: Aamal Al Abbasi
Tel: +97317006571
Email: [email protected]

Banking and Finance:
2 partners, 3 fee earners
■ International Lenders: Advising lenders on the Bahrain law aspects of an English law governed facility over $500 million, guaranteed by the international subsidiaries of an engineering and construction management consultancy, including providing a Bahraini law opinion on enforceability
■ nogaholding: Advising on several large financings for nogaholding
■ BMP Financing: NLG in association with LOAA acted as local counsel for nogaholding and Bapco for the financing of the BMP in excess of US$ 4 billion, including (i) advising on the security documentation, finance documents, land and other local law issues pertaining to assets of governmentowned companies; (ii) issuing legal opinions; and (iii) arranging for the registration and perfection of security. Joseph Huse led the financing for Bapco
Key Clients: Bapco and nogaholding
Contact: Joseph Huse
Tel: +97317006571
Email: [email protected]

Public Law:
1 partner, 6 fee earners
■ Office of H.R.H. the First Deputy Prime Minister and the Office of H.E. Deputy Prime Minister: Advising the office of H.R.H. the First Deputy Prime Minister and the Office of H.E. Deputy Prime Minister Jawad Al Arrayed through seconding lawyers to their esteemed offices Support includes issuing of legal opinions, conducting benchmark studies, reviewing draft laws and ministerial order
Key Clients: National Oil and Gas Authority, nogaholding and its subsidiaries, Office of H.R.H. First Deputy Prime Minister and Office of H.E. Deputy Prime Minister Jawad Al Arrayed
Contact: Dalal Al Kooheji
Tel: +97317006571
Email: [email protected]