Planning consultants from the WYG Group are putting together an outline planning application for the first phase of Peel's Liverpool Waters project.
The Leeds-based consultancy said that the application will include a proposed 'Shanghai Tower' as part of the first phase plans, which is planned for land at the south of the Clarence Dock cluster.
Peel plans to transform the area north of Princes Dock with a £5.5bn mixed-use development over the coming decades.
WYG said that the development aims to echo "the Shanghai bund", incorporating new sustainable development with Liverpool's cultural heritage.
WYG also said it will provide environmental, retail, visual, planning, acoustic and drainage advice to Peel.
The Liverpool Waters development is currently being exhibited at the World Expo in Shanghai.
Paul Grover, regional director for the planning and design team at WYG, said: "The World Expo in Shanghai represents a once in a life time opportunity to promote Liverpool and the Liverpool Waters project on the World Stage. It is for this reason that we are proud sponsors of the Liverpool Pavilion. Through its support of the Liverpool Waters project the city will be sending a clear message that Liverpool is a city with the drive to work with its heritage to secure its economic future."
Peel is the main sponsor of the Liverpool Pavilion and is using the World Expo in Shanghai to forge relationships to deliver projects across the North West including Liverpool Waters.
Last week, Peel said a Chinese company is in talks to take a "substantial stake" in part of the Liverpool Waters development.
The World Expo runs until 31 October this year.