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Established in 2012, Dechert’s Dubai office is the firm’s first office in the Middle East. Our lawyers have a strong heritage of working with clients throughout the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region.

We advise clients on matters of local law and regulation in both the United Arab Emirates and the Dubai International Financial Centre, and assist regional and international clients on their transactions and projects throughout the MENA region, particularly in the countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council. Our market-leading capital markets lawyers pioneered capital markets transactions in the region, and we advise on both equity and debt transactions.

Multilingual Lawyers With Diverse Backgrounds

We conduct business in Arabic and English with equal dexterity. Our team includes Middle Eastern, English, U.S. and Canadian-qualified lawyers.

Capital Markets

As part of a leading global team, our lawyers represent corporate and sovereign issuers, underwriters, financial sponsors, investors and selling shareholders in all types of public and private debt, equity, equity-linked and other securities offerings, across a wide range of industries.

Energy and Natural Resources

We advise domestic and international clients on corporate transactions, financings and other aspects of their upstream, midstream and downstream operations, including exploration, production, transportation, oilfield and other energy services. Our lawyers draft and negotiate industry-specific agreements relating to subsoil exploitation and handle all related commercial and regulatory issues, including environmental issues.


Our global finance team, led by lawyers who have played central roles in numerous high-visibility real estate transactions, advise clients on the development, financing, construction, operation and acquisition of a wide range of capital intensive projects and facilities throughout the MENA region.

International Arbitration

Dechert’s Dubai lawyers resolve disputes by negotiation, mediation, adjudication and arbitration across the MENA region and other jurisdictions. They have extensive experience working under various rules, including the Dubai International Arbitration Centre (DIAC), the International Court of Arbitration (ICC) and the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA).

Investment Funds

An integral part of our global funds practice, our Dubai lawyers advise on all the legal, regulatory, compliance, registration and distribution aspects of setting up funds, investment structures and investment products throughout the UAE.

Islamic Finance

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.

Mergers and Acquisitions

Recognized as a leading adviser among M&A law firms, Dechert represents buyers, sellers and advisers in complex commercial transactions throughout the MENA region. We focus on structuring successful deals, ensuring speed-to-market execution and protecting our clients’ interests in all phases of a transaction.

Private Equity

We advise on all phases of the investment life cycle. Our cross-functional team focuses on accomplishing successful exits, structuring funds for cost and tax efficiency and good governance, executing fund investments that maximize value and handling transactions that enhance portfolio companies.

Real Estate, Development and Hospitality

Our Real Estate practice brings together in-depth experience and expertise in development, hospitality and commercial real estate.  We advise developers, hotel operators, service providers and other players in the development and hospitality sectors across the full range of real estate and hospitality matters throughout the MENA region. According to the Chambers 2019 UAE directory, the team is “Knowledgeable, experienced, dedicated and understands business needs.”

White Collar, Compliance & Investigations

Dechert advises companies, boards of directors, executives, officers and other individuals on all aspects of white collar crime, compliance and investigations across the MENA region. Our global team has extensive experience in internal and government investigations, enforcement actions, economic sanctions, trade violations, white collar criminal defense and monitorships, as well as dealing with all major global regulatory authorities including the Dubai Financial Services Authority (DFSA).