Our Dubai lawyers have a strong heritage of working with clients throughout the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). We advise clients on matters of local law and regulation in both the UAE and the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC). In addition, we assist regional and international clients on their transactions and projects throughout the Middle East and North Africa region with a particular emphasis on the countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), namely Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Qatar, Kuwait and Oman. We conduct business in Arabic and English with equal dexterity, and our team includes Middle Eastern, English, U.S. and Canadian qualified lawyers.
We provide top-tier legal services to a broad range of clients, including sovereigns, governments, banks, owners, developers, investors, financiers, export credit agencies, manufacturers and multinational companies.
Mergers and Acquisitions
Our M&A lawyers advise buyers, sellers and advisers in complex commercial transactions, with a focus on structuring successful deals, ensuring speed-to-market execution and protecting our clients’ interests in all phases of the transaction. Recognized as a leading adviser among M&A law firms, we handle private and public, domestic and cross-border, and negotiated and hostile transactions throughout the MENA region.
Our private equity lawyers advise on all phases of the investment life cycle. With a focus on accomplishing successful exits, we structure funds for cost and tax efficiency and good governance, execute fund investments that maximize value and handle transactions that enhance portfolio companies. Our cross-functional team of lawyers understands issues unique to our clients, such as auction strategies, “club” deal arrangements and deal terms, and is committed to helping fund sponsor clients maximize the yields of their investments wherever they do business.
Our international funds practice is world class and continues to grow in depth and strength. We service fund clients globally through our offices in Dubai, London, Luxembourg, Dublin, Frankfurt, Brussels, Munich, Paris, New York, Washington, Boston, Newport Beach and Hong Kong. Our lawyers have been involved in a broad range of public and private equity funds, alternative investment funds, exchange-traded funds, country-specific funds, mutual funds and Shari’a-compliant funds.
Our Dubai lawyers have witnessed and participated in the rapidly growing Islamic banking and finance industry. We represent regional and international banks in structuring Shari’a-compliant finance and investment products.
Energy and Natural Resources
Our lawyers advise domestic and international clients on corporate transactions, financings and all other aspects of their upstream, midstream and downstream operations, including exploration, production, transportation, oilfield and other energy services. We draft and negotiate the full range of industry-specific agreements relating to subsoil exploitation and advise on all related commercial and regulatory issues including environmental issues.
Real Estate Finance and Investing
Our finance and real estate team includes leading lawyers who have played a central role in numerous high visibility real estate transactions. We advise clients on the development, financing, construction, operation and acquisition of a wide range of capital intensive projects and facilities throughout the MENA region.
Our team is experienced in resolving issues by negotiation, mediation, adjudication and arbitration under various rules, including those of the Dubai International Arbitration Centre (DIAC), the International Court of Arbitration (ICC) and the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA).
We handle disputes across the MENA region and other jurisdictions with experience in construction and engineering, commercial, cross-border and international boundary disputes for various entities including stand-alone companies, multinational corporations and governments.