WTE Wassertechnik GmbH and International Financial Advisors Holding K.P.S.C’s Bid For The Umm Al-Hayman Wastewater Project


Hogan Lovells has advised a consortium of WTE Wassertechnik GmbH and International Financial Advisors Holding K.P.S.C as successful bidder for the Umm Al-Hayman wastewater project in Kuwait.

As general contractor, WTE will be responsible for the planning and construction of a sewage treatment plant in particular (contract value equivalent to around EUR 600 million) and – with partners – a sewage network with pumping stations (contract value equivalent to around EUR 950 million). With a construction volume of approximately USD 1.8 billion (excluding financing and operating costs), it is one of the world’s largest and most complex water projects.

With a complex financing structure including six international and national banks, the project is also one of the largest public-private partnership (PPP) projects in the Middle East. For the first time, a PPP project in this region and this size has received legal counseling by an international team with German lawyers in the lead. Hogan Lovells’ advisory services covered all legal aspects, including project procurement and tendering, structuring, project contracts, project financing, EPC and operator agreements.

Hogan Lovells Team for WTE and IFA was composed of

Dr. Tobias Faber (Partner), Dr. Alexander Stefan Rieger (Partner), Dr. Fabian Bonke (Senior Associate), Maria Koliasta, Jürgen Keß, Kristina Laewen, Johannes Groß, Katharina Baunach, Jan Hendrik Müller, (all Associates), Camilla Fröhlich (Foreign Associate) (all IERP Infrastructure, Energy, Resources and Projects); Amy Bruland (Associate, IERP Finance); Dr. Carla Luh (Partner), Marco Weibrecht (Associate), Anne Gahleitner (Business Lawyer) (all IERP Project Finance); Dr. Heiko Gemmel (Partner), Anne-Svenja de Kiff (Senior Associate) (both Tax); Sohail Barkatali (Partner, IERP Projects), Tony Nicholson (Senior Associate, IERP Finance); James Doyle (Partner), Nicholas Watmough (Senior Associate) (both IDCM International Debt Capital Markets).

WTE Inhouse Legal: Dr. Axel Bowmann, Katarzyna Pater, Miriam Angelstorf

IFA Inhouse Legal: Alaa Ahmed Kamel

Local Counsel WTE/IFA: ASAR: Ibrahim Sattout, Akusa Batwala, Talal Bijjani, Dania DIB

Involved fees earner: Sohail Barkatali – Hogan Lovells; Katharina Baunach – Hogan Lovells; Fabian Bonke – Hogan Lovells; Amy Bruland – Hogan Lovells; Anne-Svenja de Kiff – Hogan Lovells; James Doyle – Hogan Lovells; Tobias Faber – Hogan Lovells; Anne Gahleitner – Hogan Lovells; Heiko Gemmel – Hogan Lovells; Johannes Gross – Hogan Lovells; Jürgen Kess – Hogan Lovells; Maria Koliasta – Hogan Lovells; Kristina Laewen – Hogan Lovells; Carla Luh – Hogan Lovells; Jan Hendrik Müller – Hogan Lovells; Tony Nicholson – Hogan Lovells; Alexander Stefan Rieger – Hogan Lovells; Nicholas Watmough – Hogan Lovells; Marco Weibrecht – Hogan Lovells;

Law Firms: Hogan Lovells;

Clients: International Financial Advisors Holding K.P.S.C ; WTE Wassertechnik GmbH;