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Joanne Emerson Taqi

Head of Bahrain; Partner

Norton Rose Fulbright (Middle East) LLP

Joanne Emerson Taqi


T:+973 16 500 214 / +973 3943 0475 / +973 3943 0475

Joanne Emerson Taqi is a projects and construction partner based in Bahrain.

Joanne specialises in projects and construction in the real estate and infrastructure sectors. Joanne advises on all types of developments, including commercial, industrial, domestic and public, and all forms of contract, including the FIDIC suite of agreements, NEC, JCT and the Australian Standards.

Joanne has a particular experience on water (including wastewater, desalination and district cooling), waste (including waste to energy) and housing (including social housing and worker/staff accommodation) sectors and in PPP procurement. Joanne has experience advising government institutions, concessionaires, project companies, developers, contractors, consultants and financial institutions.

Significant transactions include advising on the Umm Al Hayman Wastewater Project to provide assistance to the Partnership Technical Bureau and the Ministry for Public Works in Kuwait in connection with the procurement of a waste water treatment plant and a sewage pipe transmission system. This will be the biggest WWTP in the Middle East. Joanne also advised on the Muharraq Wastewater Treatment PPP project, in partnership with HSBC, advised the Ministry of Finance on the construction and operation of a wastewater treatment plant in Muharraq (on a BOO basis).

Joanne is recognised as a key individual by Chambers & Partners Legal Directory 2013, which comments, “Joanne Emerson ... enjoys a strong reputation in Bahrain. She has experience on large infrastructure projects and impresses clients with her responsiveness and direct advice.” In Legal 500 Legal Directory 2013, Joanne is named as ‘one of the best property lawyers in the MENA region’, with 'first-rate knowledge of the industry’ and an ‘excellent reputation’. Joanne has also been named by ‘Experts Guide: The World’s Finest Lawyers Chosen by Their Peers’ as one of Bahrain’s leading practitioners and in 2012 Joanne was recognised by MEED as one of six leading Bahrain-based international lawyers.

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  • Admissions
    • Barrister and Solicitor, qualified in Australia