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Harnek Shoker

Head of Bahrain office

Corporate and M&A, Major projects

Satisfied clients say they “trust his advice"

Chambers Global 2015

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About Harnek Shoker

Harnek 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

Publications

  • 'Getting the Deal Through’ (2017) Harnek regularly writes and contributes to a number of articles and journals in various sectors such as oil and gas and restructuring and insolvency. His most recent article was the Bahrain Chapter in the latest Restructuring and Insolvency guide