Projects, Infrastructure & Energy

Projects, Infrastructure & Energy

Our lawyers have considerable experience and expertise in structuring and negotiating large and complex projects across a range of industries, utilities and infrastructure, including the oil and gas, water, power, industrial and petrochemical sectors.

Hadef & Partners has a pre-eminent track record in acting for project sponsors and financiers in the UAE power and water industry, as well as advising in other groundbreaking public private partnerships (PPPs) and project funding structures in a range of sectors.

The UAE is a leading international energy producer and investor, and our team advises on projects and investments in the upstream, midstream and downstream sectors (including projects and investments with a cross-border element).

In the upstream sector, we have experience of various forms of concession, licensing and production sharing agreements, joint operating and joint venture agreements, farm-ins, farm-outs and other forms of investment participation and unitisation arrangements. In the midstream and downstream sectors, we have advised on transportation and processing contracts, product sale and purchase agreements, marketing, distribution and agency arrangements, and energy storage transactions.

We have represented clients in some of the region’s largest projects including the GCC’s first cross border processed gas transmission project and the largest energy-related venture ever undertaken in the region. Our team has been involved in major transactions in various international jurisdictions including in the UAE, Iran, Iraq, Yemen, Egypt, Oman, Qatar, Libya, Sudan, Malaysia, Pakistan, India, Vietnam, the United Kingdom, Norway, Papua New Guinea and the Falkland Islands.

Many of our lawyers have extensive experience working as in-house counsel to international oil and gas companies. As such, we offer a comprehensive start to finish service ensuring our clients’ business objectives are met whilst taking into consideration the requirements of other stakeholders throughout the life of the project.

We advise on:

  • formation of consortia into joint venture legal entities to acquire energy assets or to build, own, operate, finance, and develop energy projects
  • project finance and refinancing
  • evaluation, acquisition and disposal of oil and gas assets
  • various forms of production sharing agreements; operating and joint venture agreements; farm-ins; unitisations; transportation and processing agreements; crude oil and product sale and purchase agreements; joint marketing, distribution, agency, and fuel depot agreements; crude oil and product sales agreements; technical and commercial services agreements; project management services agreements and operation and maintenance services agreements; tariff agreements, tolling agreements, power purchase agreements, fuel supply agreements, and gas sale and purchase agreements/offtake agreements
  • various types of EPIC and EPC contracts for major construction activities for petroleum ventures
  • competitive tendering and probity
  • environmental compliance and surveying agreements
  • procurement of environmental licenses and approvals and the preparation and negotiation of requirements for Environmental Impact Assessments
  • the pursuit and defence of contractual claims before courts and tribunals

  • "They are proactive, able to think ahead and find solutions, and pay a lot of attention to detail."

    Chambers Global 2015

  • A trusted choice as local counsel, thanks to its in-depth understanding of the UAE market and deep bench of finance lawyers. Frequently advises corporate issuers on a range of bond, sukuk and share capital offerings.

    Chambers Global 2015

  • Hadef & Partners' projects practice has 'always delivered specialist local advice to international standards'. It is firmly rooted in the UAE.

    Legal 500 2014

  • Often a first port of call when clients or international firms require in depth advice on local banking and finance matters. Well versed in Islamic finance, infrastructure and projects and regulatory services.

    Chambers Global 2014

  • The breadth of their large-scale financing knowledge is great. It's among the handful of go-to firms in the UAE.

    Chambers Global 2013

  • This local favourite is often a first point of contact for international firms and clients seeking UAE law advice on project financing transactions.

    Chambers Global 2013

  • Among the top UAE law firms for finance-related matters’, Hadef & Partners ‘scores highly in terms of quality, promptness of response and market knowledge’.

    Legal 500 2013

  • Jointly headed by Alan Rodgers in Dubai and James Farn in Abu Dhabi, the practice’s record in the power projects and infrastructure space has made it a logical choice for borrowers and lenders involved in international projects with a UAE law component.

    Legal 500 2013

  • Shortlisted as Regional Law Firm of the Year 2016

    Shortlisted as Regional Law Firm of the Year 2016

    By : The Oath Middle East Legal Awards

  • Most Responsive Domestic Firm in the UAE 2016

    Most Responsive Domestic Firm in the UAE 2016

    By : Asian-MENA Counsel – In-House Community Survey 2016

  • Projects & Projects Financing Firm of the Year 2016

    Projects & Projects Financing Firm of the Year 2016

    By : Asian-MENA Counsel – In-House Community Survey 2016

  • Energy & Natural Resources Firm of the Year 2016

    Energy & Natural Resources Firm of the Year 2016

    By : Asian-MENA Counsel – In-House Community Survey 2016

  • Middle East Law Firm of the Year 2016

    Middle East Law Firm of the Year 2016

    By : Corporate Counsel Middle East Awards

  • GAR100 Selected Firm 2016

    GAR100 Selected Firm 2016

    By : Global Arbitration Review - GAR

  • Shortlisted as Regional Law Firm of the Year 2015

    Shortlisted as Regional Law Firm of the Year 2015

    By : The Oath Middle East Legal Awards

  • Shortlisted for Project Finance Deal of the Year 2015

    By : IFLR MIDDLE EAST AWARDS

    Lawyer : ROGER MORRIS

  • Most Responsive Domestic Firm in the UAE 2015

    By : Asian MENA Counsel In-house Survey

  • Highly Commended for Middle East Law firm of the Year 2015

    By : Corporate Counsel Middle East Awards

  • Middle East Water Deal of the Year 2014

    for Mirfa IWPP

    By : IJ Global Awards 2014

    Lawyer : ROGER MORRIS

  • Middle East Bond Deal of the Year 2013

    for Ruwais Power Company deal

    By : Project Finance Magazine Deals of the Year

  • Middle East Oil & Gas Deal of the Year 2013

    For Fujairah Oil Terminal deal

    By : Project Finance Magazine Deals of the Year

  • Restructuring Deal of the Year 2013

    By : IFLR Middle East

  • Honourable mention for Capital Markets 2013

    By : Asian MENA Counsel In-house Survey

  • Honourable mention for Energy & Natural Resources 2013

    By : Asian MENA Counsel In-house Survey

  • Honourable mention for Projects and Project Financing 2012

    By : Asian MENA Counsel In-house Survey

  • Project Finance Law Firm of the Year 2012

    By : ACQ Finance Magazine Global Awards