United Arab Emirates

IFLR1000 Reviews

Financial and corporate
Allen & Overy

Allen & Overy is an international law firm and a member of the “Magic Circle”. The firm has had a presence in the UAE since 1978 and currently operates offices in the country’s main business centres – Dubai and Abu Dhabi.

 

Focusses / specialisms

The firm is one of the top players in every facet of financial and corporate work in the UAE.

Its banking team, for instance, often features in a lot of the high-profile financing and restructuring/ insolvency transactions.

In capital markets the firm is equally strong and supports swathes of debt and equity transactions each year.

Its market-leading M&A team has been involved in a high number of “market firsts” in the country. It covers the full spectrum of corporate work, including takeovers, private M&A, complex joint ventures, disposals and corporate restructurings, as well as general commercial, antitrust and corporate governance issues.

The firm’s project development and project finance teams are market leading, with demonstrated capabilities to support the largest infrastructure and energy projects in the UAE.

 

Key clients

Key clients include Credit Suisse, Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank, Mubadala, Meraas, Emirates Global Aluminium, First Abu Dhabi Bank, GEMS Varkey, Standard Chartered Bank.

 

Client feedback: 32nd edition (2021/2022)

 

Capital markets: Debt

“Very well versed in documentation and execution of debt capital markets issuances. Positive attitude to managing client relationships.”

 

M&A

“Extremely proactive and knowledgeable, commercial-minded lawyers seeing beyond what is before them, attentiveness to detail, highest quality of advice and problem-solving skills.”

Clifford Chance

London-headquartered multinational “Magic Circle” law firm Clifford Chance has offices in about 23 countries. It opened its first office in the UAE in 1975 and now has office locations in both Dubai and Abu Dhabi.

 

Focusses / specialisms

The firm is a leader across all financial and corporate practice areas in UAE.

It has a top-tier capital markets practice, which is active in debt equity and structured finance.

M&A is another clear area of focus for the firm, as its corporate team advises on a share of the market’s most complex, innovative transactions in multiple sectors.

 

Key clients

Key recent clients include The Red Sea Development Company, Qiddiya Investment Company, Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC), Al Khaliji Commercial Bank, Abu Dhabi National Energy Company (TAQA), Port & Free Zone World FZE, DP World, Mubadala Investment Company, Abu Dhabi Retirement Pensions & Benefits Fund, Citigroup Global Markets, Goldman Sachs International, JP Morgan Securities, Etihad Airways, Ahli Bank and Government of the Emirate of Sharjah.

 

Client feedback: 32nd edition (2021/2022)

M&A

“Good sector knowledge and understanding of the region specifics; good client relationship; ability to win points during negotiations.”

Project finance

“Clifford Chance was helpful in helping the lenders work through a very complex structure and coming up with commercial solutions to novel issues.”

Eptalex

Eptalex - MEG Legal Services is an international law firm with a presence in several Middle East countries. The firm has an office in Dubai.

 

Focusses / specialisms

The firm has strong capabilities in corporate work. It advises on all aspects of domestic UAE law applicable in cross border M&A, joint ventures and takeover bids.

 

Key clients

Key clients include Euro Mena Fund, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, Morgan Stanley UK, Credit Libanais Bank, Credit Libanais Assurance, Africa International Group, US Agriseeds, Sakr Real Estate, SUEZ Consulting and Danone Insurance.

 

Research period review: 32nd edition (2021/2022)

The firm was active in the corporate space during the review period. It advised corporate clients on private acquisition, joint venture and incorporation of companies in UAE. The firm was particularly visible in the mining, oil and gas, entertainment and food sectors.

Senior associate Marc Al Azzi joined the firm’s financial and corporate practice during the research period.

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

London-headquartered international law firm Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer is among the largest law firms in the world and one of the world’s oldest. It has offices in Dubai and Abu Dhabi.

 

Focusses / specialisms

The firm has an active presence in the UAE banking space. Its banking practice is organised around three key pillars – restructuring and insolvency, leveraged and acquisition finance and direct lending.

M&A work is a key priority and strength for the firm. Each year the practice acts on some of the most notable and innovative transactions in the UAE and wider Middle East and Africa region. Key sectoral strengths for the team include TMT, fintech, financial services, ports and logistics, healthcare and the public sector.

 

Key clients

Abu Dhabi Development Holding Company (ADQ), Abu Dhabi National Oil Company, Bank ABC, Cargill, Cerberus, DP World, First Abu Dhabi Bank, GFH Financial Group, Mubadala, Olive Rock Partners, Ruya Partners, Saudi Telecom Company, Waha Capital, OSN, Public Investment Fund, NBK Capital, GC Credit Opportunities and Ruya Capital.

 

Client feedback: 32nd edition (2021/2022)

Banking and finance

“Responsive, hands-on, experienced and committed. Partners also understand client needs very well.”

 

M&A

“Super-responsive and communicative, hand holding as it was my first deal, anticipated needs and issues, clear work product, cost control.”

IN'P - Ibrahim & Partners

IN'P - Ibrahim & Partners is a fully serviced local firm headquartered in Abu Dhabi.

 

Focusses / specialisms

The banking team works on diverse range of financing transactions for local, regional and international banks and companies.

The capital markets team is one of the most active in the UAE with the team leading almost all IPOs and rights issues in the jurisdiction including two UAE issues on the London Stock Exchange. The team also advises on complex structuring and regulatory issues in several industries including healthcare/pharmaceutical, energy and environmental, financial services, logistics, retail and real estate sectors.

The firm’s M&A practice is also highly recognised in the jurisdiction with the firm leading many acquisitions and disposals of private and public joint stock companies, which is very uncommon in the UAE as many companies in the jurisdiction are formed as limited liability companies.

 

Key clients

Key clients include Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA), Meraas, Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC), Tristar Transport, Allianz Marine and Logistics Services, Corys Environmental Investments, Wilo Middle East, Abu Dhabi Developmental Holding Company (ADQ), Arab International Bank, Arab African International Bank (UAE), Amanat Holdings, Banque Misr, Commercial International Bank, Linklaters and Meraas.

 

Research period review: 32nd edition (2021/2022)

In banking, the firm advised banks and financial services companies acting as lenders on several financing transactions. Most deals are cross-border with the firm acting as local counsel.

The equity capital markets practice was very active during the research period with the firm advising on many large cross-border IPOs, delistings and rights issues in UAE. A notable example is the team’s involvement is Fertiglobe Holdings’ IPO on the Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange.

The firm was also visible in advising on large-scale acquisitions for both the buy-side and sell-side clients. The firm assisted DXB Entertainments and Meraas Leisure and Entertainment in the acquisition of 100% shares in DXB Entertainments.

Senior associate Mohamed Madi joined the firm while Senior associate Charlotte Jackson departed the firm during the research period.

 

Deal highlights: 32nd edition (2021/2022)

ADQ acquisition of a Bausch pharmaceutical business in Sharjah

ADNOC drilling ADX IPO

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority DFM IPO

 

Matouk Bassiouny

Matouk Bassiouny is a full-service MENA law firm headquartered in Cairo with its branch offices in Dubai and Khartoum.

 

Focusses / specialisms

The firm is visible in the financial and corporate practice area where it provides legal advice to a wide range of corporate clients on corporate and regulatory matters. The firm mostly represents real estate industry within the jurisdiction.

 

Research period review: 32nd edition (2021/2022)

In the research period the firm was active in providing general legal advice to a wide range of clients, mostly in the real estate industry sector, on several corporate matters including establishment of new companies in UAE, conducting due diligence on companies and drafting transaction agreements such as sale purchase agreements, joint venture agreement and independent contractor agreements.

Afridi & Angell

Founded in 1975, Afridi & Angell is a full-service UAE law firm with offices in Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah and Toronto.  

 

Focusses / specialisms  

Areas of activity for the firm include banking, M&A and project development. 

The firm is broadly active in banking work, providing advice to international banks, financial institutions, borrowers and investors. It covers the full extent of work in the area ranging from structured finance and acquisition finance to regulatory work, investment, trade, consumer and treasury products.  

M&A is another focal point of the firm and covers the full range of mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures and private equity transactions, as well as day-to-day corporate matters. 

The firm’s project practice is active as well, with the firm consistently involved in landmark projects in the market, particularly energy sector undertakings across a wide variety of jurisdictions. 

 

Key clients  

Key recent clients include Siemens, ABB, Impregilo, AES, International Capital Market Association, International Securities Lending Association and Citibank.

Al Tamimi & Company

Founded in 1989, Al Tamimi & Company is a full-service commercial law firm with 17 offices across 10 countries through the Middle East and North Africa. The firm operates in the UAE through its offices in Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Ras Al Khaimah and Sharjah.

 

Focusses / specialisms  

The firm is mostly recognised for its banking and finance practice with well-established history in the financial services sector and has in the past advised some of the largest local and international banks, finance providers, corporate organisations and sovereign entities.

 

Key clients  

ADQ is one of the firm’s major clients.

Amereller Legal Consultants

Amereller is an international law firm offering expertise to clients around the world. With 10 offices across the Mena region, the firm offers cross-border expertise from its Dubai office.

 

Focuses / specialisms

The firm excels in advising multinational a clints on their M&A activity with a focus on inbound investments in the MENA region.

 

Key clients

The firm’s key client list features a high number of well recognised multinational companies.

 

Client feedback: 31st edition (2020/2021)

M&A

"Knowledgeable of the local regulations and most important the practicalities of the system, being very solution-oriented."

Anjarwalla Collins & Haidermota

Anjarwalla Collins & Haidermota is a commercial law firm located in Dubai and focusing on Africa, southwest Asia and the Middle East. The firm has operated since 2010.

 

Focusses / specialisms

The firm often acts on cross-border, pan-African and southwest Asian transactions in the M&A, banking and project finance spheres, across such sectors as energy, hospitality, real estate, healthcare and private equity.

 

Key clients

Key clients include Alliance Group Africa, Qbera Trade Finance Master Fund, Technomedics International (Pvt), Betika Group, Equity Group Holdings, CPAS Management DWC, IPS Cable Systems, Novelty France, Raysut Cement Company, StratLink Advisory Group, Permaneo Capital, International Business Ventures, Liberty Wind Power and Fedha Group.

Bonelli Erede Lombardi Pappalardo

Bonelli Erede Lombardi Pappalardo is an Italian, multinational law firm with offices in Europe, Middle East and North Africa. The firm launched its Dubai office at the end of 2017.  

 

Focusses / specialisms  

The firm is active in corporate work where it provides advice to clients on both transactional issues and general assistance matters. The Dubai team covers the whole of the GCC, on top of UAE, having worked on matters in Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Kuwait, Qatar and Bahrain. 

 

Key clients  

Key recent clients include Vertiv Group, Moncler, International Materials and Luxottica. 

 

Client feedback: 32nd edition (2021/2022)

M&A

“They are extremely professional and always give us the most accurate feedback to our questions, adding value to our business.”

“Highly professional, attention to detail, great business acumen.”

Bracewell

Bracewell is an international law firm headquartered in Houston, Texas. Founded in 1945 in the US, the firm has international locations in London and Dubai. With operations in the UAE since 2007, it has maintained a solid projects practice in the region.

 

Focusses / specialisms

The firm has a superlative project finance and project development team in the UAE. Its experience in the energy sector is among the top in the country and wider GCC region.

 

Key clients

Key clients include Alcazar, Engie, Eni, FRV, Jinko, Marubeni and Total.

 

Client feedback: 32nd edition (2021/2022)

Investment funds: Private equity funds

“Very helpful and responsive. Super commercial approach to contract review.”

 

Project development: Energy

“They are incredibly commercial and deliver well thought-out solutions. They are a trusted adviser to our business and are a pleasure to work with.”

BSA Ahmad Bin Hezeem & Associates

BSA Ahmad Bin Hezeem & Associates is a law firm doing business broadly in the Middle East, with offices in Dubai, UAE, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Lebanon and Iraq.

 

Focuses / specialisms

The firm has a banking and finance practice specialising in corporate lending, trade financing, asset finance and fund formation.

Its M&A and corporate function advises on the full range of corporate solutions to regional and international clients involved in the purchase, spin-off or disposal of a company or business unit - from structure and strategy negotiation to documentation.

 

Key clients

Key clients include JBF RAK, Al Ahli Bank of Kuwait, Gulf Petrochem Group, CES Investments Limited, German Usufruct Fund, Stanhope Financial, Alphaseed Technology, Delivery Hero, Total Solar, FPG Holding and Brite Financial Advisors.

 

Client feedback: 31st edition (2020/2021)

Restructuring : Corporate

"Precise information thorough analysis, experience with local authorities, timely services. "

 

M&A

"1) Team expertise, capabilities, and cross-functional advice. 2) Local and regional experience. 3) Client service. 4) Scope management and delivery (with no surprises). 5) Schedule management."

"BSA, namely partner Rima Mrad, are very responsive and on point, and have the adequate team to handle transactional work with the highest quality of services. They are fierce negotiators but know also how to bargain and take the deal to closing without compromising on the clients' legal remedies, protections and rights. "

"Strong work ethic, practical and balanced approach to problem-solving, utilising technical resources across the firm, relationship management, empathy."

CMS

Established in 1999, CMS is an international law firm with more than 70 offices in over 40 countries worldwide. The firm operates in the UAE through its offices in Abu Dhabi and Dubai.

 

Focusses / specialisms

The offices in UAE are best known for their M&A and project development practice. The project team advises sponsors, lenders, public sector organisations, contractors and service providers on a plethora of infrastructure and PPP projects. In M&A, the firm focuses on advising clients in the technology industry.

 

Key clients

The firm’s key clients include Aldar Properties, Investment Corporation of Dubai, STC Pay, Al Dahra Group, TikTok, Public Authority for Housing Welfare, EMPG, Etisalat, Dubai Future Foundation, AW Rostamani, Medtronic, Abu Dhabi National Energy Company (TAQA), Etihad Rail, Dana Gas, Port of Duqm Company and Gazprom Neft.

 

Client feedback: 32nd edition (2021/2022)

Project development: Infrastructure

“The availability of the team, especially the relationship partner, and the reliable/quick response are among the reasons why the company relies on the firm.”

Dentons

Dentons is a full-service global law firm with two offices in the UAE located in Abu Dhabi and Dubai. The firm has a global presence with more than 200 offices in more than 80 countries.

 

Focusses / specialisms

The firm is active in banking, debt capital markets, M&A and project development. The firm advises local, regional and global clients on all aspects of corporate and M&A transactions. In banking, the firm advises UAE-based banks, governments, corporations, etc on the largest banking and finance transactions in UAE. The firm also has experience across the infrastructure and projects sectors, particularly PPP. The debt capital markets team has advised on the majority of ESG debt capital markets transactions in the Middle East.

 

Key clients

Some of the firm’s key clients are Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank, Dubai Islamic Bank, Barclays Bank, Citigroup, Standard Chartered Bank, Emirates NBD, First Abu Dhabi Bank, ACWA Power International, Maysan Properties, Gemalto Middle East, Al Husainiyah Power Generation Company, Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank, Aldar Properties, Banco Santander, Alamar Foods, BASF and National Central Cooling Company (Tabreed).

Gibson Dunn & Crutcher

Formed in 1890, Gibson Dunn & Crutcher is an international law firm with operations in the Americas, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. Its Dubai office services clients in the Middle East, Africa and other locations.

 

Focusses / specialisms

The firm’s MENA business often serves as international counsel and advises clients on restructuring, leveraged finance transactions, Islamic finance, bank lending, term loan financings, leveraged loans and asset-backed credits.

In M&A, the firm’s Middle East team has expertise in cross-border work, advising both its buy-side and sell-side clients, as well as businesses in the restructuring space.

 

Key clients

Key clients include FTI Consulting, Gulf Capital, Arcapita Investment Partners, KBBO Group, Gulf Energy Maritime, Investbridge Capital, TPG, Silverpoint and Everest Capital.

Gowling WLG

Gowling WLG is a multinational law firm. The firm’s Dubai office opened in 2007 acting as a hub for clients operating in the UAE and the wider Middle East region.

 

Focuses / specialisms

The firm operates across the wide infrastructure sector and specialises in energy, natural resources work and core infrastructure and digital infrastructure work. It advises a client base comprised of lenders, sponsor clients and government and public sector bodies.

The firm is highly active in the project development and project finance space in the UAE.

 

Key clients

Key clients include Bacanora, Bushveld Minerals, Brockwell Energy, AMEA Power, Gas and Electricity Markets Authority, Statkraft Markets, GuarantCo, Kansai Electric Power Corporation, Highview Power, Co-operative Energy, Octopus Renewables Infrastructure and Allied Irish Bank.

Herbert Smith Freehills

London-headquartered multinational law firm Herbert Smith Freehills has offices in Europe, the Middle East and Asia.

 

Focusses / specialisms

In projects, the firm advises on the full spectrum of clients in the sector on energy and infrastructure projects. The firm is also visible in the M&A practice, where it advises on several mandates across various sectors including energy and infrastructure.

 

Key clients

Key recent clients include Uber, Aramex, Marubeni, Provis Real Estate, LTR, Gras Savoye, Engie, Nesma and Mowah.

 

Client feedback: 32nd edition (2021/2022)

M&A

“Great legal knowledge and advisory, strong ability to adapt to the evolution of the project and provide solutions/options, always defending the client's interests.”

“Immediate responses to our emails/queries, explaining their rationale behind proposed suggestions, understanding our position and working with us to get our desired outcome. Approachability, as the entire team was easy to work with and friendly.”

King & Spalding

Headquartered in Atlanta, the international law firm King & Spaldinghas offices in North America, Europe & Middle East, and Asia. In the UAE, the firm operates from its Abu Dhabi and Dubai offices. 

 

Focusses / specialisms

The firm has strong experience in M&A, private equity, investment funds and banking practices in the Middle East. The firm’s M&A and private equity team advises clients in diverse industry sectors including energy, infrastructure, healthcare and food and beverage. In banking, the firm advises leading regional and international clients on both conventional and Shari’ah-compliant finance.

 

Key clients

Some of the firm’s key clients include Saudi National Bank, Saudi British Bank, Riyad Bank, JPMorgan, Emirates NBD Bank, Credit Suisse, SAIMCO, Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank, NBK Capital Partners, Cerberus, Mizuho Gulf Capital Partners, Gulf Investment Corporation and Islamic Development Bank.

Maples Group

Cayman Islands-headquartered Maples Group is a multi-jurisdictional offshore law firm. The firm’s operations in the Middle East include offices in Abu Dhabi and Dubai.

 

Focusses / specialisms

The firm offers a range of fund administration, fiduciary and company and fund formation services from its UAE offices, providing a one-stop-shop service for all the offshore corporate needs of its international clients. It is highly regarded for its experience in cross-border transactional work in banking, M&A and capital markets.

 

Key clients

Key clients include Riyad Bank, Al Rajhi Bank, Saudi Aramco, Standard Chartered Bank, HSBC, Etihad Airways, Boubyan Bank, Dubai Islamic Bank, Kuwait International Bank, Arab National Bank, Kuveyt Turk Katilim Bankasi, DP World, Masraf Al Rayan, Qatar Islamic Bank, Department of Finance, Government of Dubai, Dubizzle and Careem/Uber.

Morgan Lewis & Bockius

Morgan Lewis & Bockius is an international law firm with offices in North America, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. The firm serves clients in the UAE out of a Dubai location.

 

Focusses / specialisms

The firm supports transactions in the Middle East, North Africa and more widely, both conventional and Islamic finance deals.

In capital markets, the firm has been mostly active in debt work, including investment placements in and out of the Middle East. In addition, private placements have become an increasingly important part of the practice in the recent past, with the firm advising on a number of Shari’ah-compliant placements.

 

Key clients

Key clients include TVM Capital Healthcare Partners, Dubai Islamic Bank, Mashreqbank, Warba Bank, Emirates Development Bank, Emicool, Abu Dhabi Financial Group, Greenstone Equity Partners and VPS Healthcare.

 

Client feedback: 32nd edition (2021/2022)

Project development: Transport

“They are always professional, timely and effective at delivering the services we require.”

Pinsent Masons

London-headquartered international law firm Pinsent Masons has advised clients for more than 15 years from its office in Dubai.

 

Focusses / specialisms

The banking and restructuring team covers all areas of legal advice and services commercial lenders, borrowers, sponsors, multilateral agencies and other development finance institutions and credit agencies across all industry sectors.

In M&A, the firm increasingly acts for high-profile clients, including government bodies, domestic companies and international corporations, on a range of M&A work across the MENA region.

The firm’s projects team’s strengths lie in supporting projects spanning their entire lifecycle. The firm works across several sectors including transport and infrastructure, energy, water and oil and gas.

 

Key clients

 Key clients include NMC Healthcare, Ecotrade, National Center for Privatization, Government of Jordan, Lebanese Centre for Energy Efficiency, HSBC, Mashreqbank, Dubai Islamic Bank, Al Rajhi Bank, ICICI Bank, Yes Bank, Mizuho, Samsung Engineering, China Railway Construction Corporation, Consolidated Contractors Company, Lulu Group and Meraas Holding.

 

Client feedback: 32nd edition (2021/2022)

 

M&A

“Pinsent Masons’ M&A team is extremely competent and professional. I personally admire their ability to handle complex M&A transactions in a very efficient manner. Pinsent Masons’ team members are very knowledgeable and are on top of market updates. We worked with many other law firms in the region, but the service we received from them is unparalleled.”

 

Project finance

“They understand their craft. They are solution oriented, and always strive to ensure that lenders and sponsors on the project speak the same language. They are very responsive.”

PwC

PwC Legal has a global presence in more than 160 countries. The firm’s team in the UAE belongs to a global M&A and restructuring network.

 

Focusses / specialisms

The firm specialises in M&A transactions and corporate restructuring, with specified focus on carve-outs, group simplifications and reorganisations. The firm operates across a range of sectors with particular expertise in retail, industrials, financial services and energy sectors.

 

Key clients

Some of the firm’s key clients include Al Ghurair, GymNation, NEOM, Aramex, Delivery Hero, Arqaam Capital, Sama, PIF, ADIA, Oracle, Dubai Holding, SABIC, Al Futtaim, EWEC, ADNOC, BP, Shell, Apple, Spinneys (Al Seer), Choithrams, Government of Dubai, Coca-Cola, Standard Chartered and Rentokil.

 

Client feedback: 32nd edition (2021/2022)

 

M&A

“PwC Legal’s corporate team are technically strong – focusing on M&A, restructuring and joint ventures. They have a very experienced team who are very knowledgeable of local laws and regulations – great quality throughout the team. They are very responsive. The team use great technology and have a great blend of local and international lawyers. The team are a notch above other firms in the market.”

 

Restructuring

“They have the knowledge and the experience to handle such a large number of entities for a restructuring.”

Shearman & Sterling

Shearman & Sterling is one of the first global law firms to establish a presence in the Middle East. The firm’s presence in the UAE traces back to 1975 when it launched in Abu Dhabi. In 2015, the firm opened an office in the Dubai International Financial Centre.

 

Focusses / specialisms

The firm has a strong offering across all types of financial and corporate work in the UAE, with distinct market-leading capabilities in project work.

Its banking team’s experience encompasses the wide range of finance capabilities in both Shari’ah and conventional lending.

In capital markets, the firm is especially strong and active in equity, where it often handles cross-border transactions.

M&A is an area of relative strength for the firm. The team handles most transaction types in the corporate space on behalf of both buy-side and sell-side clients.

In projects, it is often a firm of choice for clients undertaking the largest and most sophisticated projects in power, oil and gas, petrochemicals, metals and mining and infrastructure.

 

Key clients

Key recent clients include Abu Dhabi National Oil Company, Dow Chemical Company, Guinea Alumina Corporation, Emirates Global Aluminium and The Saudi Arabian Industrial Investments Company.

Squire Patton Boggs

The international, Washington DC-headquartered law firm Squire Patton Boggs boasts a global presence with 45 offices around the world. In the UAE, the firm has offices in Dubai and Abu Dhabi.

 

Focusses / specialisms

Banking is one area where the firm is active, alongside equity capital markets, where it often advises investment banks, sponsors and underwriters on landmark deals.

Its projects team has strength in assisting on complex, large-scale projects in such sectors as energy, water, utilities, petrochemicals, transport and infrastructure.

The firm works on the structuring, procurement and implementation of projects in the UAE and various GCC jurisdictions.

 

Key clients

Key clients include DP World, e& (formerly Etisalat), La Poste, Taiba Investments, Petro Rabigh, Saudi Arabian Industrial Investments (Dussur), Sumitomo Corporation, Marubeni, Kansai, Veolia, Doosan, UIDC, Standard Chartered Bank.

Tribonian Law Advisors

Founded in 2011, Tribonian Law Advisors is a regional boutique law firm headquartered in Beirut. The firm operates in the UAE out of its office in Dubai. It also has a branch office in Riyadh.

 

Focusses / specialisms

The firm is particularly active in the M&A practice, where it advises on mergers, acquisitions and divestitures. The firm advises on private equity and investment companies’ formation and deployment of their funds through investments and exists in diverse industry sectors, particularly the technology space.

Walkers

Walkers is an international offshore law firm headquartered in the Cayman Islands. The firm was formed in 1964 with its Dubai office opening in 2005.

 

Focusses / specialisms

With a client base spread across the Middle East and covering UAE, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain, Jordan, Lebanon, Egypt and Oman, the firm provides cross-border legal advice in banking, investment funds and restructuring/insolvency.

 

Key clients

The firm’s key clients include Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank, Abu Dhabi Financial Group, Apex Fund Services, Dubai Islamic Bank, Emirates, Emirates NBD, Etihad, First Abu Dhabi Bank, Gulf Capital, Gulf Finance House, International Airfinance Corporation, Mashreqbank and NBK.

 

Client feedback: 32nd edition (2021/2022)

Banking and finance

“Exceptional law firm and team that ticks all the boxes. Great to work with. Understand complex legal topics and matters and provide thorough advice that enables us to make sound business decisions.”

 

Investment funds

“Depth of knowledge and experience, commercial and pragmatic, committed and responsive.”

M&A
Meysan Partners

Meysan Partners is a Middle Eastern law firm headquartered in Kuwait and has offices in UAE, Egypt, Lebanon and Saudi Arabia. 

 

Focusses / specialisms  

The financial and corporate practice of the firm represents clients in deals of different sizes and complexities and has experience in working on business combinations and legal transactions by private enterprises. The firm’s expertise includes mergers and acquisitions, company incorporation, corporate restructuring and governance and compliance. 

 

Key clients  

Key clients include Agility International Investments and Al Shohub School. 

  

Research period review: 32nd edition (2021/2022)  

The M&A team advised mainly on private acquisitions for both the buy-side and sell-side. The firm is also active in advising local clients on joint ventures, corporate restructuring and financial investment work with much participation in the healthcare, investment, logistics and social infrastructure industry sectors. 

  

Deal highlights: 32nd edition (2021/2022) 

Aldar Education AED80 million acquisition of Al Shohub private school 

Levari

Established in 2012, Levari is a full-service international law firm with offices in London, Cairo, Washington, Amman and Dubai.

 

Focusses / specialisms

The firm has particular experience in both fund registration and formation as well as venture capital transactions. The firm’s practice specialises in representing oil and gas, retail, banking, technology, venture capital and private equity clients including SMEs.

 

Key clients

Some of the firm’s key clients include Dana Global, GFI informatique, Okadoc Technologies Dubai, Yela, Jonomi Ventures, Brink’s Global Services, Colgate Palmolive and Dinar.

 

Client feedback: 32nd edition (2021/2022)

 

Investment funds

“Highly cooperative; and highly understanding of startup naivety.”