Firms To Watch: Commercial, corporate and M&A

ADG Legal‘s ascendant UAE team has strengthened its ranks further through the arrival of John Podgore from Addleshaw Goddard and Paul Bugingo from Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP. Mohammed Al Dahbashi leads the practice which covers a wide array of corporate and commercial mandates, often working with international clients looking to establish businesses in the UAE and wider region.
Hourani & Partners provides a full-service offering. The team, which is jointly led by Chadi Hourani, Salim Sader, and Rudolf Goldschmidt, retains close contacts with a number of private equity firms who rely on the group’s expertise in cross-border transactions and market regulatory and compliance knowledge.
Kennedys' commercial and corporate practice, led by Sean Angle, is particularly active in corporate restructurings, advising family offices and consortiums on their assets and acquisitions. The group is also proficient across a range of sectors, notably healthcare, retail and construction.
Tom Keya is the key name at Ruthberg LLC, which has a niche acting for companies establishing offices in the region. It has a strong focus on the fintech sector and also acts for several ultra-high-net-worth individuals.

Commercial, corporate and M&A in United Arab Emirates

Al Tamimi & Company

A ‘practical, solution-seeking and professional' team, Al Tamimi & Company is a one-stop shop for the full gamut of commercial and corporate work, handling landmark M&A and joint venture mandates, as well as advising on corporate structuring and restructuring projects and contractual advisory matters. Samer Qudah and Nicholas Watson, who was a new arrival from Trowers & Hamlins LLP in January 2023, jointly head the practice. Izabella Szadkowska is noted for her 'amazing judgement and decision-making skills', and is predominantly active on foreign investment regime and cross-border issues and Richard Catling is well regarded for his wide sector engagement, acting for leading retail, education, consumer and investment players. Associate Gulsun Ozmen is also noted. Suhail Mirza  joined from Gowling WLG in January 2023.

Responsables de la pratique:

Samer Qudah; Nicholas Watson

Les références

‘Gulsun Ozmen is an excellent professional, always on top of the matters, very quick in responding and in understanding the needs of her clients.’

‘Very good local experience of laws and practice.’

‘Swift turnaround times and reliable legal services.’

Principaux clients

Dubai Holding

Apollo Global Management

Apollo Capital Management


Steven Madden

Patyka Cosmetics

Autorola A/S

Chef’s Warehouse

Priveq Investment VI (A) AB and Priveq Investment VI (B) AB (together, “Priveq Investment”)

Mohamed Ruqait Properties LLC

Principaux dossiers

  • Advising Apollo Global Management Inc on a USD 400milllion deal to acquire a minority stake in Aldar Investment Properties, a subsidiary of Abu Dhabi-listed Aldar Properties PJSC.
  • Advising Steve Madden, a company listed on NASDAQ, on establishing its presence in the GCC region and entering into a joint venture with the Apparel Group.
  • Advising Autorola on its joint venture with Al Futtaim Automotive creating a digital platform for the B2B used car market.

Allen & Overy LLP

Allen & Overy LLP handles a range of blockbuster M&A deals in a number of different sectors, including landmark healthcare mergers, significant real estate property sales, and seismic deals between leading energy players. The team also acts for a number of enviable clients on commercial issues including antitrust, corporate governance, and restructurings. David Foster is highly respected and has recently advised on significant work pertaining to the energy, TMT, aerospace and defence sectors. Nicholas Stuart is well regarded for his corporate expertise, overseeing a number of disposals, joint ventures and equity capital market transactions in the Middle East and further afield. Tom Butcher is highly active a key figure for TMT-related mandates, often working in tandem with Ben Ward.

Responsables de la pratique:

David Foster

Autres avocats clés:

Khalid Garousha; Nicholas Stuart; Tom Butcher; Ben Ward

Les références

‘The team has the depth and capabilities to deliver on time in large and complex files. ’

‘David Foster is an experienced M&A professional with the capacity to not only support but at times challenge his clients’ positions to ensure an optimal outcome.’

‘A&O remains our counsel of choice for M&A in the region.’

Clifford Chance

Clifford Chance has an impressive track record in big-ticket transactions in the region, often working with leading Middle Eastern investors and corporates in deals involving asset managers and private equity players. Healthcare, energy and infrastructure are just a few of the sectors the team has been active in, with the group frequently working with the firm's banking and finance, real estate, and funds teams on the region's most complex deals. Mohammed Al-Shukairy has handled major M&A deals for financial services and energy clients and Mike Taylor is a key point of contact for equity investments and joint ventures. Jason Mendens has expertise in capital raisings and structured finance transactions and Daud Khan has handled several recent healthcare and infrastructure deals. Deniz Tas is also noted and senior associate Rizwan Butt has shown notable activity across a broad range of matters. Daniel Boyle left the firm.

Responsables de la pratique:

Mohammed Al Shukairy

Autres avocats clés:

Mike Taylor; Jason MendensDaud Khan; Deniz Tas; Rizwan Butt; Tom Lloyd

Les références

‘Very strong team led by example from the top.’

‘Deniz Tas and Tom Lloyd are the dream team!’

Principaux clients

Abu Dhabi National Energy Company PJSC (TAQA)



Al Rajhi Bank

Aldar Properties

DP World


Hassana Investment Company


Saudi Aramco

Damas Jewellery LLC

HSBC Group


Dubai World

Al Yah Satellite Communications Company PJSC (“Yahsat”)

Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company (Masdar)

Principaux dossiers

  • Advised Abu Dhabi National Energy Company (TAQA) in connection with its landmark transaction with Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) and Mubadala Investment Company (Mubadala) pursuant to which TAQA and ADNOC acquired stakes in Masdar from Mubadala.
  • Advised DP World on the c. US$2.4 billion (SAR9.0 billion) investment in three of its flagship UAE assets (the Jebel Ali Port, Jebel Ali Free Zone and National Industries Park) by Saudi Arabia-based Hassana Investment Company.
  • Advising M42 on its acquisition of the entire share capital of Diaverum AB.

White & Case LLP

A team that approaches challenging deals with 'rigor, thought, and creativity', White & Case LLP handles several of the most significant transactions in the region, including major healthcare disposals., landmark energy acquisitions, and a range of premium equity investments by domestic and international funds. Abdulwahid Alulama is highly adept at complex cross-border transactions, active across sectors including energy, real estate and financial services, and Steven Worthington stands out for his knowledge and understanding of an array of jurisdictions. Marcus Booth is often engaged with top-end private equity entities for all forms of corporate and commercial work and Sami Al-Louzi lends extensive financing and capital markets knowledge to a number of transactions. Sonia Abdul-Rahman is the go-to in the group for traditional and renewable energy work and Fraser Galloway is reputed for his wide sector activity.

Responsables de la pratique:

Abdulwahid Alulama; Marcus Booth; Steven Worthington; Sami E. Al-Louzi; Sonia Abdul-Rahman

Autres avocats clés:

Fraser Galloway; Roger Gaspard

Les références

‘Very high quality team.’

‘Incredibly responsive partners with a “can do” attitude and good lines of communication into senior lawyers across the entire firm’s network. All in all, a first class service for clients who do a large number of high-value transactions across a number of jurisdictions.’

‘Steve Worthington and Marcus Booth are available 24/7, are always incredibly responsive and can get the right answer from the right person in the right office unbelievably quickly.’

Principaux clients

Abu Dhabi Catalyst Partners

CVC Capital Partners

Blue Water Energy

Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company (Masdar)

e& (Etisalat)

International Holdings Company PJSC

Kent Corporate Holdings Limited

Mubadala Investment Company

Saudi Arabian Oil Company (Saudi Aramco)


Yellow Door Energy

ZMI Holdings

HEA Investment

OMV Group

Principaux dossiers

  • Advised Bridgepoint on its disposal of Diaverum to M42, a newly created healthcare joint venture between G42 Healthcare and Mubadala Health.
  • Advised The Industrialization and Energy Services Company (TAQA) on the US$1bn 100% acquisition of Al Mansoori Petroleum Services LLC.
  • Advised global energy investment firm Blue Water Energy (Bluewater) on the sale of engineering portfolio company, Kent, to Nesma & Partners.


Akin acts for an impressive array of sovereign wealth funds, financial institutions and the market's most active investors on premium, multibillion-dollar M&A, joint venture and commercial mandates. The firm has an 'excellent team that works seamlessly across various jurisdictions’, leveraging vast expertise across the Middle East and abroad to handle complex transactions in the energy and infrastructure, healthcare, defence, hospitality and retail sectors - among others. On the ground in the UAE, Wael Jabsheh heads the group and handles the practice's most consequential transactions, utilising his leading expertise in digital assets and cryptocurrency to competently advise on tech-related aspects of deals. Simon Rootsey - who relocated from London in 2023 - largely focuses on cross-border M&A and private equity, with extensive experience in joint ventures and public takeovers. Associate Mazen Baddar is quickly building an impressive portfolio of deals due to high levels of activity across a range of sectors.

Responsables de la pratique:

Wael Jabsheh

Autres avocats clés:

Simon Rootsey; Mazen Baddar

Les références

‘Excellent Team that works seamlessly across various jurisdictions’

‘Wael Jabsheh provides excellent counsel ’

‘Professional and outstanding.’

Baker McKenzie LLP

Baker McKenzie LLP has a strong reputation for commercial and corporate advice in the UAE, with a wide sector reach that includes energy and infrastructure, healthcare, education and consumer goods. The firm regularly acts on takeovers, joint ventures and restructuring for high-end strategic investment vehicles, asset managers, established corporates and start-ups. Osama Audi heads the group, providing a wealth of venture capital and investment fund expertise and experience in a number of different sectors and jurisdictions. Hani Naja largely focuses on corporate structuring and market entry issues as well as providing commercial advice, often supported by counsel Laya Aoun Hani. Both Abeer Jarrar and Adnan Doha are revered for their cross-border practice, and Stephanie Samuell was promoted to partner in July 2023. Counsel Grace Ong has provided additional support on several key mandates. Omar Momany left the firm.

Responsables de la pratique:

Osama Audi

Autres avocats clés:

Hani Naja; Abeer Jarrar; Adnan Doha; Stephanie Samuell; Grace Ong; Laya Aoun; Hani Naja; Rony Eid

Les références

‘Adnan Doha has excellent drafting skills, and is able to come up with neat legal solutions to complex issues.’

‘B&M has been intuitive with clients’ asks and reverts with practical advice. Potential clients will appreciate their responsiveness coupled with the legal and market knowledge.’

‘Laya Aoun has been a pleasure to work with. To the point and concise, her advice helped us progress business with ease and confidence.’

Principaux clients

AirCarbon Ptd. Ltd.

Aldar Properties

Allegion Investments (UK) Limited

Brookfield Business Partners L.P

Drake and Scull International PJSC

Emaar Malls PJSC

Emaar Properties PJSC

Emirates National Oil Company (ENOC)


ETC Group (ETG)

Fresenius Medical Care Middle East

Ghassan Aboud Group

Gulf Marketing Group (GMG)

Kitopi (Ripples Capital Limited) – the fastest growing unicorn in history in the Middle East, with a valuation in excess of USD 1 billion

Montfort Group

Murban Energy Limited


Roshn Real Estate

Seddiqi Holding

SMSA Holding

Tanmiah Food Company

The Abu Dhabi National Energy Company (TAQA)


Principaux dossiers

  • Advised Kitopi in relation to its acquisition of AWJ Investments, a food and beverage company based in Dubai which operates regional brands Operation Falafel, Catch 22, Awani, SushiDo and others.
  • Advised the Montfort Group, a global commodity trading and related-asset investment company, in relation to its acquisition of Uniper’s crude oil processing and marine fuel trading business based in the UAE via a joint venture with the Private Office of Sheikh Ahmed Dalmook Al Maktoum.
  • Advised Saudi-listed Tanmiah Food Company (Tanmiah) as it entered into a strategic sale to US-listed Tyson Foods, Inc. (Tyson Foods).

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton has a strong bench of practitioners who can competently advise on a range of corporate matters, including major transactions for sovereign wealth funds and investment firms. Energy matters are a key cornerstone of the group's impressive workload, but the team's book of work also includes deals involving household chemical, distribution, manufacturing and tech names, as well as an array of commercial instructions. Chris Macbeth and Gamal Abouali jointly head the group, with both practitioners revered for their M&A and private equity expertise, regularly working on cross-border and multi-jurisdictional transactions. Lynn Ammar is a key name for capital markets and restructurings mandates and is also a go-to for energy projects and Mikhail Suvorov is particularly proficient at joint ventures and transactional work involving emerging markets. Scott Senecal left the firm.

Responsables de la pratique:

Chris Macbeth; Gamal Abouali

Autres avocats clés:

Lynn Ammar; Mikhail Suvorov

Les références

The firm provides excellent service. The quality of deliverables, timeliness, flexibility, and practical and solution-oriented approach make the firm stand out amongst others we have used in the region.’

‘We have been working with Chris Macbeth for several years and highly regard his expertise, pragmatism and ability to partner with clients to find a solution. We also appreciate his responsiveness and ability to work under tight deadlines without compromise on the excellent quality of legal product.’

Principaux clients



Mubadala Investment Company PJSC


Republic of Iraq

Principaux dossiers

  • Advised a wholly owned subsidiary of the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority on its USD 1.5 billion co-underwrite alongside funds managed by Apollo Global Management, the proceeds of which will be used to acquire 100% of Univar Solutions Inc. (Univar).
  • Advised the investment funds managed by affiliates of Brookfield Business Partners on the acquisition of 60% of Magnati, the payment solutions business of First Abu Dhabi Bank.
  • Represented Fertiglobe PLC in its partnership with Scatec, a leading renewable power producer headquartered in Norway, and the Sovereign Fund of Egypt for the development of green hydrogen plant “Egypt Green”.

Clyde & Co LLP

Frequently sought out by high-end corproates and state-backed entities for its expansive cross-border offering, Clyde & Co LLP acts on a range of M&A, corporate structuring transactions, and regulatory and legislative matters, as well as having notable specialism in transactional advisory and foreign direct investment mandates, areas where Ben Smith is active. Practice head Naji Hawayek is a key figure for deals involving the healthcare sector. Roshanak Bassiri Gharb is chiefly recognised for her strong work in insurance, financial services, and foreign investment, and has considerable regulatory knowledge. Ross Barfoot left the firm.

Responsables de la pratique:

Naji Hawayek

Autres avocats clés:

Ben Smith; Roshanak Bassiri Gharb

Principaux clients

Select Group


Abu Dhabi Health Services Company PJSC (SEHA)

BMS Group

The shareholders of Al Mansoori Petroleum Services LLC (AMPS)

RSA Insurance Group Ltd

Intact Financial Corporation

Islamic Arab Insurance Company PSC (Salama)

Al Khayyat Investments

Oliver Wyman Fze LLC

Aldar Properties PJSC

Principaux dossiers

  • Advising noon, a leading e-commerce platform on its AED 1.23 billion (US$ 335.2 million) acquisition of Namshi Holding Limited from Emaar Malls Management LLC.
  • Advising BMS Group on a strategic stake of shares in Berns Brett Masaood.
  • Advising the shareholders of AlMansoori Petroleum Services LLC (AMPS) on its 100% disposal to Industrialization and Energy Services Company (TAQA).

Hadef & Partners LLC

Hadef & Partners LLC specialises in share and purchase sales, private equity funds and investments, joint ventures and partnerships, as well as legal due diligence. Yasser Omar 'has the ability to understand the scope of deals and deliver quality service', with activity in high-end M&A alongside complex and multi-faceted distribution, agency and supply contracts. Ahmad Sergieh handles a varied workload but has recently been kept busy handling finance and hospitality work and Victoria Woods is a popular choice for both domestic and international clients, where she advises on premium cross-border transactions and commercial advisory work. M&A and private equity specialists Patrick Tweedale and Paul Wynne have wide sector experience, including technology and pharmaceuticals. Senior associate Diana Froyland provides support on a wide range of mandates.

Responsables de la pratique:

Yasser Omar; Ahmad Sergieh; Victoria Woods

Autres avocats clés:

Patrick Tweedale; Paul Wynne; Diana Froyland; Dina Mahdi; Mahmoud El Gharabawy

Les références

‘Great team with a mixture of practitioners from Western jurisdictions and Middle Eastern jurisdictions. They are perfect for large, cross-border matters in the Middle East as they know the Middle East as well as international best practice.’

‘We were particularly impressed by Dina Mahdi. She is tenacious, details-oriented and very hard-working. Clients are lucky to have her on their side.’

‘Excellent understanding of client sensitivities, outstanding legal skills and ability to deliver advice within the agreed parameters.’

Principaux clients

Al Nowais Investments LLC

Voodoo SAS

Aliph Capital Limited

IHC Industrial Holding LLC, part of the International Holding Company (IHC)

National Takaful Company (Watania) PJSC

IHC Industrial Holding LLC, part of the International Holding Company (IHC) (Project REACH)

Principaux dossiers

  • Acted for Al Nowais Investments LLC in respect of the sale of a majority stake in Emircom LLC to International Holding Company (“IHC”) and the subscription by IHC for additional shares.
  • Acted for Voodoo on the purchase of 51% of the share capital of Tarboosh Games and an option to acquire the remaining shares.
  • Advised on the establishment of ADGM fund and investment in fund by ADQ.


Linklaters handles work for clients including sovereign wealth funds, financial sponsors and premium corporates and the team regularly handles standout M&A transactions and top-quality commercial advisory work. The firm has seen a recent uptick in energy and infrastructure deals, as well as outbound investment by key clients. Scott Campbell has a well-established practice assisting top-end clients with complex cross-border transactions. Nicholas Edwards is active in private M&A and joint ventures and is a key port of call for domestic and international clients as they look to form partnerships. Patrick Sutton-Mattocks stand outs within a team of talented juniors for his high level of activity, supporting on a range of M&A, equity raisings and joint venture deals. Waleed Rasromani and Amro Bakhaidar are key names for deals with a nexus to Saudi Arabia.

Responsables de la pratique:

Scott Campbell; Nick Edwards; Waleed Rasromani; Amro Bakhaidar

Autres avocats clés:

Patrick Sutton-Mattocks; Claire Neil

Les références

‘Commercial, internationally and domestically knowledgeable, practical, user friendly, to the point, time efficient, personable and a genuine sense of team effort.’

Principaux clients

Hassana Investment Company

DP World Limited

SHUAA Capital

Emirates Telecommunications Group Company PJSC (“e&”)

Meraas Holding LLC

Emaar Properties PJSC

Emaar Malls PJSC

The Mawarid Investment Group

Bytedance Pte. Ltd.

Abu Dhabi National Energy Company PJSC (“TAQA”)

Ahli United Bank B.S.C.

Principaux dossiers

  • Advising e& e& on its proposed US$400m investment in exchange for a majority stake in Careem’s Super App.
  • Advising Emaar on its acquisition of 100% of the shares of Dubai Creek Harbour LLC from Dubai Holding.
  • Advising Hassana, on behalf of the General Organization for Social Insurance of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (GOSI), on a landmark c. US$2.4bn investment in three of DP World’s flagship UAE assets, valued at approximately US$23bn.

Norton Rose Fulbright

The 'cohesive, well managed, thoughtful, experienced and consistent' team at Norton Rose Fulbright attracts instructions from regional government entities, sovereign wealth funds, and established industry names. The group handles a considerable volume of big ticket M&A and cross-border investment deals, alongside excellent corporate restructuring and joint venture work. Practice head Adjou Ait Ben Idir has a core focus on M&A in the energy, infrastructure, aviation and fintech sectors. The 'excellent' Zubair Mir is lauded for his ability 'to find commercial solutions to the most complex issues' and is well regarded for his strength in private equity. Kayaan Unwalla's strong understanding of defence and technological developments is of great benefit to clients in a range of sectors and Jonathan Burton is particularly accomplished at strategic joint ventures and foreign direct investment mandates. Shahrzad Askarpour is noted for her involvement in commercial and corporate matters.

Responsables de la pratique:

Adjou Ait Ben Idir

Autres avocats clés:

Zubair Mir; Kayaan Unwalla; Jonathan Burton; Shahrzad Askarpour

Les références

Zubair Mir is a pleasure to work with and has deep knowledge of the local and regional markets.’

‘Zubair has an ability to quickly understand a client’s needs, and often connects clients to relevant parties even when not asked to, this adds tremendous value beyond the legal element aspect. This is what distinguishes dealing with Zubair.’

‘Knowledgeable team with great personalities. Have good tech partners to recommend in region.’

Principaux clients

Royal Group

International Holding Company (IHC)

Total SA


Arise IIP

Public Investment Fund

Saudia Airlines

Pure Health






IHC Digital

Dubai Islamic Bank

Africa Transformation & Industrialization Fund Limited Partnership

Dar Global



KHK Partners

Principaux dossiers

  • Advised UAE’s largest healthcare platform and Alpha Dhabi subsidiary, Pure Health, on its US$500m investment in US healthcare provider, Ardent Health Partners LLC.
  • Advised International Holding Company PJSC on its acquisition in the renewable energy sector through its subsidiary International Energy Holding — the c. AED 1.8 billion acquisition of a 50% stake in Turkish clean energy market leader, Kalyon Enerji.
  • Advised International Holding Company PJSC on its capital investment of AED 734 million (USD 200 million) in Lulo Colombia S.A, through its subsidiary IHC Digital.

Baker Botts L.L.P.

Baker Botts L.L.P. has a considerable corporate offering, acting on a wide array of sectors for blue-chip and high-end clients on M&A and joint venture transactions and also demonstrating established commercial capabilities, especially in the franchising sector. The group's strong links with its office in Saudi Arabia also allows the firm to act on substantial cross-border deals. Mark Bisch and Haitham Hawashin are the practice heads. Omar Iqbal joined the firm from Baker McKenzie LLP in 2023 to further bolster the team. Senior counsel Hassan Elsayed and associate Mohammed Tatir provide additional support.

Responsables de la pratique:

Mark Bisch; Haitham Hawashin

Autres avocats clés:

Hassan Elsayed; Omar Iqbal; Mohammed Tartir

Les références

‘The longevity of the team in the region is a key selling point. The firm has a great reputation for energy and technology, but the corporate team covers a range of sectors.’

‘Mark Bisch and Hassan El Sayed have been based in the Middle East for decades. Their ability to ally on the ground know-how with legal knowledge is exceptional.’

‘The distinguishing feature of Baker Botts Dubai office is Mark Bisch and Hassan Elsayed. They are excellent lawyers and they have devoted their entire careers to an international practice in Dubai with a focus on practical implementation from a local law and practice perspective.’

Principaux clients

Kaman Corporation (NYSE: KAMN)

World Wide Technology, LLC

Oxford Nanopore Technologies (LON: ONT)

Halliburton Company (NYSE: HAL)

Black & Veatch

McDermott International (OTCMKTS: MCDIF)

Koch Industries

Guardian Industries

Caterpillar Inc. (NYSE: CAT)

Cubic Corporation

Dunkin’ Brands Group, Inc. (Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin Robbins) (NASDAQ: DNKN)

Restaurant Brands International and each of its key brands (Burger King, Tim Hortons, and Popeyes) (NYSE: QSR)

Caribou Coffee, Inc (NASDAQ: CBOU)

Enterprise Holdings

Energizer Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: ENR)

Troon Golf, L.L.C.

Valiant Integrated Services LLC (Valiant Foodstuff Services FZE)

McWane, Inc

Signal Perfection Limited

Eshraq Investments PJSC

Shuaa Capital psc

Yas Holding LLC

GFH Financial Group BSC

GiB Capital

Principaux dossiers

  • Advised Kaman Corporation (NYSE: KAMN) on an announced joint venture to establish a Height of Burst (HOB) manufacturing and final assembly facility in collaboration with Remah International Group – Sole Proprietorship LLC (RIG) in Abu Dhabi.
  • Advised as sell side counsel on the sale of Awj Investments LLC to Kitopi Sand Limited in numerous jurisdictions.
  • Advised Saudi Research and Marketing Group in connection with a joint venture with UK-based CT Partners Group Limited

Bird & Bird

Bird & Bird is regularly entrusted by public and private bodies and government entities on some of the largest developments and projects in the region, utilising formidable commercial capabilities to act on a range of contractual, regulatory, compliance and technological instructions - among others. On the corporate side, the firm has a strong track record in M&A, corporate restructuring, and joint ventures. The practice is jointly led by Anders Nilsson, who handles the corporate side, and Melissa Murray, who oversees commercial matters. Both partners have considerable market experience and act for a range of premium domestic and international clients. Senior associate Surabhi Singhi is another figure of note, and supported on a range of departmental mandates.


Responsables de la pratique:

Anders Nilsson; Melissa Murray

Autres avocats clés:

Surabhi Singhi; Johannes Eisser

Principaux clients

NEOM Company

Florin Court Capital

ATPI Limited

Dubai Cultiv8

The Grooming Company

Principaux dossiers

  • Assisted DeNa Co. (through Mori Hamada & Matsumoto) on its proposed acquisition of 50% of the voting shares of Allm Inc.
  • Advised NEOM Company in relation to the development of the NEOM Media Village Studios and Bajdah Desert Studios.


A ‘great team with unique and valuable insight on local practice and law’, Dentons is active in the full range of corporate deals in the region and acts for clients in a range of sectors, including energy, TMT, healthcare and real estate. Cross-border transactions are a key strength of the team and it is able to draw on the firm’s offices across the wider Middle East. The ‘superb‘ group head Iain Black stands out for his M&A and joint venture practice and David McGrory provides extensive counsel to clients engaged in the fintech, spacetech, renewables, aerospace and healthcare industries. Senior legal consultant Catherine Beckett and associate Kislay Kumar have also been active on an array of mandates. Ross Barfoot and Stephen McKenna were new arrivals in February 2024.

Responsables de la pratique:

Iain Black

Autres avocats clés:

David McGrory; Catherine Beckett; David Pang; Kislay Kumar; Lamia Al Lamki; Ross Barfoot; Stephen McKenna

Les références

‘Dentons Corporate and Commercial teams are excellent and work closely with the infrastructure team to provide seamless advice across transactions.’

‘Iain Black has developed a close understanding of our business over many years and is a superb operator. We have recently developed a good understanding with David Mc Grory and Lamia Al Lamki who have been strong performers.’

‘We engaged Dentons to assist with an equity investment. The work outputs and time commitments from David and Kislay were absolutely outstanding.’

Principaux clients

National Central Cooling Company (Tabreed)

DMCC (Dubai Multi Commodities Centre)

Gulf Capital

MENA Infrastructure Fund



Ryse Energy Holdings Limited

A.T Kearney Middle East

Cordis Medical

Bayer US

Hertz Europe


Mitsui & Co., Ltd.

International Finance Corporation

Karen Wazen

Ryse Energy Holdings Limited

Zero & One Holding Limited

Principaux dossiers

  • Advising Mitsui, APICORP and IFC on a series B fundraise, pursuant to which it partially divested and re-structured its existing investments in Yellow Door Energy and entered into a new shareholders’ agreement with the incoming majority investor, Actis.
  • Advised Dulsco on its cross-border acquisition of Advance Global Recruitment Ltd (AGR), as part of its international expansion plans.

DLA Piper

DLA Piper advises a range of different clients including financial institutions, start-ups, established corporates, and international investors on domestic and cross-border mandates. There is clear specialism in the life sciences, tech and healthcare sectors, and the group works closely with its IP colleagues to handle complex, multi-faceted matters. Will Seivewright is the leading name in the practice and handles the full array of corporate and commercial issues. Thérèse Abou-Zeid lends trusted counsel to clients engaged in regional and international M&A deals, and is particularly noted for her proficiency in the education space. Richard Hughes has recently handled matters relating to the cosmetics, media and sports, and healthcare industries.

Responsables de la pratique:

Will Seivewright

Autres avocats clés:

Thérèse Abou-Zeid; Richard Hughes; Rami Zayat

Les références

‘A broad skillset with a diverse team of lawyers that fully considers matters.’

‘The personal touch, availability and speed was amazing.’

‘We needed support to set up a rather unique set-up for our business in the UAE that had never been done before and hence required an innovative approach. The DLA team showed great collaboration in working out how this could all work and be mutually beneficial for us and our partner; and was instrumental in working out this concept in a contractually sound manner.’

Principaux clients


Zain Group

Principaux dossiers

  • Advising on the JV between Equinix and Omantel
  • Advising Zain and Omantel on the wholesale joint venture, Zain Omantel International (ZOI).

Eversheds Sutherland LLP

The team at Eversheds Sutherland LLP works with both established businesses and new market entrants and has the resources to competently handle corporate and commercial instructions, demonstrating notable specialism in the pharmaceutical, oil and gas, and automotive sectors. In addition, the team also assists with commercial contracts, often drafting high-value, long-term strategic arrangements for private and public sector bodies. Geraldine Ahern, who heads the firm's Middle East commercial practice, is proficient across regulatory and contractual matters and competition law. Zeid Hanania focuses on M&A, joint ventures and private equity, and has experience advising on high-value cross-border transactions; he is routinely supported by principal associate Steve Jennings who has previously worked in-house at ADNOC.

Responsables de la pratique:

Geraldine Ahern; Zeid Hanania

Autres avocats clés:

Steve Jennings; Christine Khoury

Les références

‘Great teamwork, responsive, work according to specific timeline.’

‘Availability, strong expertise within the entire team: people have the capacity to take over the work very smoothly which is exceptional and much appreciated by in-house teams.’

‘Steve Jennings and Christine Khoury have demonstrated outstanding performance, they are solution oriented and manage to propose suitable alternative solutions.’

Principaux clients

VFS Group

Savola Group

Gulf Capital

Olive Rock Partners

Levant Capital

Al Faisaliah Group

Arabian International Healthcare Holding Co.


Savola Foods Company




ALEC Engineering and Contracting LLC

Principaux dossiers

  • Advised Gulf Capital on the US$100m sale of Chef Middle East to Nasdaq-listed The Chefs’ Warehouse Inc.
  • Advised Olive Rock Partners on the separate acquisitions of controlling stakes in multiple chains of dental clinics operating in the UAE.
  • Advised ALEC Engineering and Contracting LLC (a subsidiary of Investment Corporation of Dubai) on its acquisition of 100% of the issued share capital of Target Engineering Construction Company LLC and its subsidiaries from Arabtec Holding PJSC.

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP acts for a host of large-cap sponsors, corporates and public sector bodies on complex, cross-border M&A and commercial mandates, increasingly engaging with a wealth of instructions originating from Saudi Arabia. Chris Walters is an experienced practitioner, who is particularly noted for his work in the energy, infrastructure and TMT sectors, often acting as investor-side counsel. Anna Szynlder is well positioned to advise private equity outfits and sovereign wealth groups on transactions across the region. Andrew El-Khoury is a key supporting presence on a number of practice mandates.

Responsables de la pratique:

Chris Walters

Autres avocats clés:

Anna Szyndler; Andrew El-Khoury

Les références

‘The team is substantially experienced in all areas of any M&A deal pertaining to all industries possible. They can easily handle legal, business and finance related topics with their various practice areas.’

‘The individuals we worked with have substantial knowledge and information in various practice areas. They are always available, around the clock, even on holidays and weekends. They showed high standards of professionalism, values and communication.’

Principaux clients

Emirates Telecommunications Corporation

Uber Technologies

Egis S.A.

Marubeni Global Pharma

Provis Real Estate Management


Saudi Railway Company

RWE Supply & Trading


Marex Group

King & Spalding LLP

King & Spalding LLP advises on a broad array of corporate and commercial matters, with the team active in standout M&A and joint venture deals. The firm often works with top-end clients from a variety of sectors including healthcare, real estate, construction, technology, and financial services, and leverages its large network of practitioners across the region to handle complex deals. Practice head Nabil Issa divides his time between the UAE and Saudi Arabia and assists investment funds and corporates on transactions. James Stull is another funds specialist and excels in advising on the set up of asset managers and regulated entities in the region. Macky O’Sullivan is noted for his technological expertise and is adept in issues concerning blockchain, cryptocurrency and fintech. Simon Fraser and Matt Hartsuyker were new arrivals in late 2023.

Responsables de la pratique:

Nabil Issa

Autres avocats clés:

James Stull; Macky O’Sullivan; Matt Hartsuyker; Simon Fraser

Principaux clients

Access USA Shipping, LLC

Al Dabbagh Group Holding Company

Elm Company

Al Thiqa Al Shamlah For Real Estate Company (Dr. Ghassan Pharaon)

Alsulaiman Group (ASG)

Arabian Hala Investment Holding Company

Azmeel Contracting Company


Baker Hughes



Dallah Albaraka

Dammam Valley Company

Dar Al Arkan

Events Investment Fund

eWTP Capital Arabia

E& (formerly known as Etisalat)

Franklin Templeton

General Dynamics

GLD Partners


Global Ventures Ltd

Gulf Islamic Investments (GII Capital)

Impact Capital Company (commonly known as Impact46)

Jadwa Investment Company


Merak Capital

Loro Piana

Korea Electric Power Company (KEPCO)

Christian Dior

Lucid Motors

Nazer Group Company and Affidea

Netizen Limited /


Riyad Capital

Rua Growth Fund

Sadu VC Fund LLP

Saudi Real Estate Co. (Al Akaria)

Saudi Technology Ventures (STV)

Shawcor Limited

Solb Steel

Red Sea International Company

The Chefz

Western Union

Principaux dossiers

  • Representing Al Dabbagh Group Holding Company (ADG) during its USD123 million acquisition of 50% of the share capital of Flexible Packaging Solutions (FPS) from NYSE-listed Greif Inc.
  • Advised The Chefz SPV Ltd on the sale of its entire issued share capital to Jahez International Company for Information System Technology, a public company listed on the Saudi Stock Exchange Parallel Market.
  • Advised Egis Engineering, a subsidiary of Egis SA, on the acquisition of U Plus A FZ LLC, a limited liability company incorporated under the laws of the Dubai Design District, and Ultra Architectural Consultancy, a civil company incorporated under the laws of Dubai, UAE (together, “U + A”).

Latham & Watkins LLP

Latham & Watkins LLP regularly acts on cutting-edge corporate and commercial mandates and has a strong track record working with domestic and international venture capital investors and emerging growth companies. Christopher Lester is a key name for M&A, joint venture and restructuring mandates. Eyad Latif has particular expertise advising venture capital and private equity funds and Omar Maayeh has substantial transactional know-how, and is especially strong in regard to the technology venture capital space.

Responsables de la pratique:

Christopher Lester

Autres avocats clés:

Eyad Latif; Omar Maayeh

Principaux clients

Chimera Abu Dhabi


Sequioa Capital India


Nana Direct

Bayway AG

Baraka Technology


Principaux dossiers

  • Advised TotalEnergies on an agreement with CEPSA to acquire CEPSA’s upstream assets in the United Arab Emirates.
  • Advised Dubai Holding on the acquisition of the iconic The Westin Paris – Vendome.
  • Advised Convergint on its acquisition of the MVP Group.

Pinsent Masons LLP

A key point of differentiation for the team at Pinsent Masons LLP is its expertise in corporate restructuring and the team has handled landmark cases of this nature in the UAE, particularly in the healthcare space. The group also acts on a range of cross-sector M&A, as well as a wide array of commercial issues. Mohammad Tbaishat is the standout adviser in the practice and excels in public and private M&A, acting for sovereign wealth funds and private equity firms on domestic and cross-border transactions. Senior associate Christopher Neal has a strong understanding of the manufacturing, technology and energy sectors and senior associate Alexandra Aikman and associate Kate Iliff are principally engaged with commercial instructions, especially contractual issues and corporate restructurings. Senior associate Nathalia Elhage is also noted.

Responsables de la pratique:

Mohammad Tbaishat

Autres avocats clés:

Christopher Neal; Alexandra Aikman; Nathalia Elhage; Kate Iliff

Les références

‘Broad range of expertise’


Principaux clients

NMC Healthcare LTD

Abu Dhabi Ports Group

Baker Hughes Group

Aker Solutions

Starlink Group

Saudi Agricultural and Livestock Investment Company (SALIC)

Shareholder of WME Global

Sanabil Private Equity Investments

Joe & The Juice

Hikma Pharmaceuticals PLC

Principaux dossiers

  • Advised Starlink Group on its strategic merger with Infinigate GmbH a leading distributor of cyber security in Europe and portfolio company of private equity firm Bridgepoint to form a group that has approx. US$ 2.2 billion in revenues.
  • Advised Abu Dhabi Ports on its strategic joint venture with SEG ENERA Group, in respect of an international logistics and warehousing hub in Uzbekistan.
  • Advised NMC Healthcare, the largest private healthcare company in the UAE, on its USD 7.1 billion restructuring.

Addleshaw Goddard

Addleshaw Goddard‘s team is well versed in cross-border M&A, joint ventures, and restructuring and also handles commercial matters. The team has strong sector expertise in education, retail and consumer, real estate and transport, and also acts for private equity entities. Andrew Johnston has particular strength in cross-border transactions and Lowri Llwyd is a key contact for retail, TMT and education clients. Owen Richards has recently assisted with investment deals, shareholder exits, and joint venture agreements.

Responsables de la pratique:

Andrew Johnston; Lowri Llwyd

Autres avocats clés:

Owen Richards; Philip Dowsett

Les références

‘Simply the best team. ’

‘Hardworking, dedicated, diligent, efficient, responsive, creative, eye for details, critical thinking, empathetic, and simply the best. ’

Principaux clients

3S Investment Limited (3S)

Abu Dhabi Capital Group

Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank

Agility/United Projects for Aviation Services Company

AJWGK Limited / HLD Group

Al Futtaim Group

Aldar Properties

ASCA Capital


AVEVA / Schneider Electric

Bios Middle East

Blue Ocean Terminals Limited

Carlyle Group

CedarBridge Capital Partners

Coffee Planet LLC

Cognita Limited

Coty Inc.

Coty Middle East FZCO

Dassault Aviation

Diamond Developers


Dominic Docherty, the founding shareholder of the BIOS Group (Seller)

DP World

El Grocer Limited

Element Materials Technology

Emirates Flight Catering

Emirates Integrated Technology Company (du)

Exterran Corporation

Finasi Group

Fircroft Engineering Services

G4S plc

GEMS Education

GHA Loyalty DMCC or Global Hotel Alliance

Guggenheim KBBO Partners Limited

Gulf Capital

Hawk Limited

HEA Investments

Hoare Lea

InfraCo Africa

J.K. Cement Works (Fujairah) FZC

Kasamar Holdings

KFC MENAPAKT FZ-LLC and Pizza Hut Menapakt FZ-LLC (Yum!)

Khidmah Sole Proprietorship LLC (a subsidiary of Aldar)

Kids First Group

Knoma LTD

Mizuho Gulf Capital Partners

Multiplex Construction

Newsgroup International

Oman Fasteners

Owners of Seashell Nursery

Pedram Nosrati Rad and Pierre Martin Dufresne

Phanes Group

Polyeco Waste Management / Green Evolution

Reckitt Benckiser

Rhipe Limited

RJ O’Brien

Service Souk Ltd

Shareholders of Earnest Insurance LLC

Signify International B.V

TA Associates

Talria Limited / Dr. Nasir

The Carlyle Group and Ideal Holding Limited

The Shareholders of International Electromechanical Services Co. L.L.C

The Sovereign Group LTD (Sovereign)

Traffic Digital Group

Transmed Holding Limited

Val Morgan Australia Pty Ltd

Viking International Limited

Waha Capital

Waha Land LLC

Wan An International Holdings Limited

WSP Opus


Principaux dossiers

  • Advised ASCA Capital on its investment into Squatwolf Holdings Limited, a UAE-based sports apparel brand.
  • Advising Khidmah, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Aldar Properties PJSC, on the acquisition of a 75% stake in Basatin Landscaping Sole Proprietorship LLC, a landscaping service provider based in Abu Dhabi, from Zaad Capital.
  • Advised a subsidiary of Waha Capital on its sale of 17 leased warehouse buildings situated in Almarkaz Industrial Development to Peninsula Real Estate for AED 555 million.

Afridi & Angell

Afridi & Angell provides 'tactical advice' on agreements and disputes and also handles M&A, joint ventures and restructuring. Charles Laubach jointly leads the team alongside Bashir Ahmed, who has over 35 years of experience in the market and is a go-to for cross-border transactional matters. The 'professional' Danielle Lobo is chiefly noted for her work on private equity transactions, active on both the buyer and seller side. Abdus Samad is a key name for corporate advisory work.

Responsables de la pratique:

Bashir Ahmed; Charles Laubach

Autres avocats clés:

Danielle Lobo; Abdus Samad

Les références

‘The team are familiar with most of various laws in the UAE.’

‘Danielle Lobo is very professional.’

‘The company has the capacity to analyze the specific needs of the client and offer the legal advice accordingly.’

Principaux clients

Al Batha Group

Modern Pharmaceutical Company L.L.C

Al Ansari Financial Services

Dubal Holding

Rexnord Corporation

Dubai Electricity & Water Authority

Mai Dubai L.L.C

Griffith Foods International Inc.

Dubai Investments PJSC

Principaux dossiers

  • Advised a UK-based forwarding and shipping company on the Middle East portion of its GBP20 million global acquisition of a UK-based relocation services company.
  • Acted as local counsel to an Indian multinational paint company in connection with the incorporation of a USD70 million joint venture entity in Fujairah for the manufacturing of white cement and white cement clinker.
  • Advised a global group of companies that manufactures petrochemicals and agri-nutrients on data privacy and cyber-security laws impacting its business in the UAE including the free zones.

Ashurst LLP

Ashurst LLP remains a popular choice for clients in the oil and gas and infrastructure projects space and its team has experience handling multijurisdictional transactions. The team also handles corporate and commercial instructions from clients ranging from private equity entities to start-ups, with strong work in the healthcare and education space.  Practice head David Charlier is particularly active in the oil and gas industry. Stuart James handles a range of joint venture, strategic investment and venture capital mandates alongside general commercial work. Simon Rahimzada is also noted. Simon Fraser and Matt Hartsuyker left the firm in late 2023.

Responsables de la pratique:

David Charlier; Faisal Baassiri

Autres avocats clés:

Simon Rahimzada; Stuart James

Les références

‘The team is commercially savvy and is able to bring together and coordinate a group of experts from around the wider firm in a seamless manner to achieve the client’s objectives.’

Principaux clients



ADES Investments Holdings Ltd

Geltec Inc. Pte. Ltd

Kuwait Petrochemical Company

Petrochemical Industries Company K.S.C

Vision Invest

Abu Dhabi Catalyst Partners

Abu Dhabi Pension Fund


Newberry Global Limited / Bespin Global

Cerberus Capital

Gulf Capital

Al Mutlaq Group

Principaux dossiers

  • Advised ADNOC on all aspects of the establishment of ADNOC Gas, one of the world’s largest integrated energy companies.
  • Advising Newberry Global Holdings as lead counsel on the investment by e& Enterprise Cloud (a subsidiary of e&, formerly known as Etisalat group) into its Bespin Global business and the formation of an ADGM domiciled joint venture combining each party’s existing cloud business and professional and managed services businesses to jointly service the Middle East, Turkey, Africa and Pakistan post-closing.
  • Advised Schlumberger on its acquisition of shares, as a cornerstone investor, in the IPO and listing on the Muscat Stock Exchange of Abraj Energy Services SAOG.


CMS‘ broad capabilities and presence across the Middle East makes it a strong choice for UAE and foreign investors and corporates for transactional deals. The team handles instructions in multiple areas, including TMT, real estate and energy. John O’Connor is particularly well-reputed for his work in the hospitality sector. Graham Conlon has extensive expertise in private equity, joint ventures, and M&A. Also recommended is Patrik Daintry, who combines transactional expertise with strong regulatory and structuring advice.

Responsables de la pratique:

John O’Connor

Autres avocats clés:

Graham Conlon; Patrik Daintry

Les références

‘CMS Dubai’s corporate team are client-focused which comes from John O’Connor’s understanding of his key client’s business.’

‘My interactions are primarily with the senior associates in the team who are all highly intelligent lawyers, but at the same time personable and approachable. This is an important quality for me as in-house counsel when you know they are always willing to assist with a wide variety of queries.’


Principaux clients

Abu Dhabi National Energy Company (TAQA)


Aldar Properties PJSC

Al Dahra Group


Corinthia Hotels

Saudi Industrial Investments Company (Dussur)

Dana Gas


Dubai Electricity & Water Authority

e& (Etisalat)



Emaar Properties PJSC


Investment Corporation of Dubai

Dubai World Trade Centre

Klarna Bank AB

New Balance

Bin Dawood Group PSC

Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank PJSC


Macquarie Capital

Weir Group

Hambro Perks Oryx Fund

Principaux dossiers

  • Advised Aldar Properties on its landmark joint venture with Dubai Holdings for the acquisition of three major plots of land in Dubai and subsequent structuring, financing and development of three master communities on those plots.
  • Advised e& (Etisalat Group) on the structuring and carve out and restructuring of its Enterprise Digital Division as a key component of its digital transformation strategy to pivot away from being a telco to being a global technology group.
  • Advised the Saudi Arabian Industrial Investments Company (Dussur) on its acquisition of a stake in Italmatch Chemicals (Italmatch) from Bain Capital.

Gibson Dunn

Gibson Dunn handles oil and gas transactions alongside instructions from sovereign wealth funds, asset managers and multinational corporations on a range of commercial and corporate issues. In recent work, the group has assisted with agricultural and farming deals in South America and, fintech mandates in Northern Africa. Marwan Elaraby, who handles multi-jurisdictional M&A, private equity, and regulatory work, and Renad Younes, who primarily works with financial institutions and governments on M&A transactions in the energy and infrastructure space, are the practice heads. Jade Chu is also active in corporate matters and Hanna Chalhoub is principally focused on private equity. Andrew Steele and Omar Morsy are also noted.

Responsables de la pratique:

Renad Younes; Marwan Elaraby

Autres avocats clés:

Jade Chu, Hanna Chalhoub; Andrew Steele; Omar Morsy

Les références

‘Jade Chu, Andrew Steele, Marwan Elaraby and Renad Younes are all standout individuals who provide highly effective advice and support on our most complex transactions.’

Principaux clients

Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC)

ADNOC Distribution

ADNOC Gas plc

Borealis AG

Borouge plc



The Sovereign Fund of Egypt

Abu Dhabi Oil Refining Company (Takreer) (ADNOC Refining)


HFW acts on a range of corporate and commercial matters, including cross-border M&A and restructuring, licensing and regulatory issues, and commercial contract and international trade instructions. Practice head Rula Dajani Abuljebain, who splits her time between Kuwait and Dubai, is well-positioned to act on joint ventures, M&A and corporate restructures. The 'skilled, hardworking, conscientious and customer-focused' Tania De Swart has wide sector experience, including construction, manufacturing, defence, aviation and healthcare and Vince Gordon is a key name for corporate regulatory matters. Jemima McDonald is also noted.

Responsables de la pratique:

Rula Dajani Abuljebain

Autres avocats clés:

Tania De Swart; Vince Gordon; Jemima McDonald

Les références

‘Dynamic, proactive, and client oriented team.’

‘Jemima McDonald is a highly professional and result-oriented lawyer.’

‘The team is able to provide outstanding deliverables.’

Principaux clients



Al Futtaim Willis

Alstom Transport

Andritz AG

Aquarius Global Limited

Aspen Medical (Pty) Ltd


Capital Link

Chedid Capital Holdings

DOW Chemicals

DP World / P&O Maritime

Emirates Business Group

Etihad Rail Company PJSC

Flight Centre Travel Group

Force 10 Limited


Harris Corporation

Hartree Partners

Lancaster6 DMCC


Munich Re

PPG Industries

Range Developments

SAAB AB (publ)

Signet Global


Windward Holdings

Principaux dossiers

  • Advising private equity manager Shuaa Capital on its leveraged buy-out of Allianz Marine and Logistics Services Holding.
  • Advising ADM in respect of the establishment of a joint venture with IMGS Group.
  • Advising on various logistics projects undertaken by Aquarius Global.

Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP

Energy and infrastructure transactions are a core focus of the team at Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP, but it also handles work in the healthcare, technology and manufacturing industries. Team head Patricia Tiller is active in premium energy projects across the Middle East, particularly in the LNG space and James Comyn is noted for his work advising clients on foreign direct investments into the jurisdiction, particularly regarding healthcare and real estate. David Pang left the firm.

Responsables de la pratique:

Patricia Tiller

Autres avocats clés:

James Comyn

Les références

‘The practice has supported us with a full service offering through many of the changes of our business through M&A changes, settlement agreements, and entity liquidations that have occurred over the number of years we have been serviced by their firm.’

‘The team at HAK is well versed in the regional nuances that make up the legal landscape of the reason with their ability to access specialized outsider support where needed if needed. I have, no matter what the occasion, been able to reach out to their team for insight into the most robust and future proofed strategies to achieve our businesses objectives.’

Principaux clients

Emirates Global Aluminium PJSC

Petromal (Emirates International Investment Company)

Al-Waha Petroleum Company Limited

ENOC Link L.L.C.

Emirates National Oil Company (ENOC) LLC

OEG Offshore Group

Middlesex University Law School

Rabigh Refining and Petrochemical Co. (Petro Rabigh)

International Finance Corporation

Gerab Energy LLC

Medical Innoventure FZE

PowerSchool Holdings

CMax System Inc.

Principaux dossiers

  • Advising OEG Offshore Group on all its Middle East corporate and commercial matters, including joint venture agreements between OEG Offshore (Abu Dhabi and Dubai) and partners located throughout the GCC.
  • Advising ENOC Link L.L.C. on various corporate and commercial legal matters.
  • Advising CMax System Inc. on the deployment of its product in the UAE, including a joint venture and technology transfer agreement with Naffco. CMax.

Ibrahim & Partners

Ibrahim & Partners has recently handled several significant mergers in the insurance sector as well as M&A deals in the maritime industry. The group also has a strong track record in restructurings, with recent work in the healthcare and utilities space, as well as general commercial and regulatory issues. Practice head Malack El Masry is routinely instructed by clients in a range of sectors for a variety of corporate deals. Other practitioners to note are Ahmed Ibrahim, who is equally well versed in corporate, commercial, capital markets and employment work, and counsel Mohamed Madi, who has supported on a range of matters.

Responsables de la pratique:

Malack El Masry

Autres avocats clés:

Ahmed Ibrahim; Mohamed Madi

Les références

‘The team is very well aware of the market practice and knows very well when to highlight the risks and protect the client’s interests. The firm has a diversified team that speaks multiple languages and have experiences in wide range of areas.’

‘The team has outstanding negotiation and communications skill. All documents drafted by the firm are accurate and precise. The team is reliable and flexible.’

Principaux clients

Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC)

Al Ramz Corporation PJSC

Corys Environmental Investments LLC

Emirates Refreshments PJSC

Dubai Holding Group LLC

Emirates NBD

Gulf Pharmaceutical Industries (Julphar) PJSC


Tristar Transport LLC

Wilo Middle East FZE

Creek Capital

BHM Capital PrJSC (previously BH Mubasher PrJSC)

Burjeel Holding PLC

Dar Al Takaful

International Holdings Company PJSC

Abu Dhabi University/ Amanat PJSC

Principaux dossiers

  • Acted for Dar Al Takaful PJSC on a merger.
  • Advised Emaar Properties on a structure to acquire a strategic subsidiary owned by Dubai Holding.

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

The 'practical and proactive' team at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP has experience handling transactions, joint venture partnerships and contractual agreements. Project development and finance agreements are a key component of the group's work, alongside assistance with government contracts. Department lead Mark Gilligan is often instructed by sovereign wealth funds in connection with UAE-based investment opportunities, while also advising on corporate and commercial work. Richard Knott is chiefly noted for his counsel on capital deployment and facilitating capital formation. Of counsel Joanna Maria El Khoury is a proficient cross-border M&A adviser, and also has expertise in private equity and capital markets transactions.

Responsables de la pratique:

Mark Gilligan

Autres avocats clés:

Richard Knott; Joanna Maria El Khoury

Les références

‘Trusted law firm with a solid commercial acumen. Truly differentiated from the rest in the market. Extremely proactive and approachable.’ 

‘Excellent knowledge, practical and proactive, provision of usable advice and understand the clients’ needs.’

‘Richard Knott, Mark Gilligan, William Nash and Alishia Sullivan are all fantastic to work with and incredibly knowledgeable.’ 

Principaux clients

Trillium Flow Technologies

TASC Towers

Agile Sports Technologies (dba Hudl)

TVM Healthcare

Mizuho Gulf Capital Partners Ltd.

Multiply Group

Reed Smith

Reed Smith's team has impressive range handling acquisitions, corporate restructurings, capital raisings, and commercial agreements and is a key destination for technology and entertainment and media players. The 'exceptional' Adela Mues heads the practice and is noted for her 'technical knowledge and expertise on cross-border capital markets and transactional matters'. Senior associate Zahir Sabur has extensive experience acting on inbound and outbound international M&A and senior associate Tufayel Hussain's expertise is crucial to the firm's dynamic list of growth companies and start-ups. Marie Borye is also noted.

Responsables de la pratique:

Adela Mues

Autres avocats clés:

Zahir Sabur; Tufayel HussainMarie Borye

Les références

‘Marie Borye is an excellent lawyer to work with. Responsive, pragmatic and very commercial. She gets things done, which is exactly what you need’

‘Very pleasant people to work with, and they collaborate well.’

‘The lawyers are always available to answer any question and are very good to work with.’

Squire Patton Boggs

Squire Patton Boggs has a strong corporate offering, acting across various sectors on multimillion-dollar transactions and able to leverage key expertise from colleagues in the firm’s regulatory, environmental, antitrust and competition departments. The telecoms and hospitality sectors – the former Elias Hayek is particularly strong in –  have been notable areas of activity for the group and it acts for regional and global players in this space. Matthew Powell is frequently sort out by a host of clients for his expertise in a number of strategically significant deals. Senior associate Leila Drissi has been instrumental to a number of key practice mandates. Omar Momany joined the firm from Baker McKenzie LLP in September 2023.

Responsables de la pratique:

Matthew Powell; Elias Hayek

Autres avocats clés:

Leila Drissi; Omar Momany

Les références

‘Unrivaled experience and best in class knowledge on all hospitality related contracts and a global coverage.’

‘They bring the practical application of contracts to the table and are very commercial yet strong advocates for their clients’ rights based on their detailed knowledge of best in class contracts.’

Principaux clients


Emirates Cable TV and Multimedia LLC

Ministry of Minerals and Industrial Resources – Saudi Arabia

Enera Group / Sanoat Energetika Guruhi

NOMD Holdings

Collins Aerospace

Government of Georgia

Principaux dossiers

  • Advised NOMD Holdings on its sale of MachinesTalk to IoT Squared.
  • Acted as lead transaction adviser to the SEG / Enera group in connection with its joint venture for freight and food trading infrastructure between the UAE and Uzbekistan.
  • Advising X-ELIO on its joint venture with Dutco.

Stephenson Harwood Middle East LLP

Stephenson Harwood Middle East LLP is well positioned to act on stellar cross-border deals in the Middle East and beyond, receiving instructions from longstanding clients as well as a growing list of new connections. Diwakar Agarwal is a private equity and venture capital-focused adviser with multi-jurisdictional expertise and Sandeep Dhama has expertise in capital markets and corporate restructuring. Melissa Forbes-Miranda is also noted. Managing associate Toufic Safie advises on M&A, joint ventures and large-scale projects, particularly in the tech sector.

Responsables de la pratique:

Diwakar Agarwal; Sandeep Dhama; Melissa Forbes-Miranda

Autres avocats clés:

Toufic Safie

Les références

‘Melissa Forbes‑Miranda. She shows genuine interest in the business model and the commercial aims of our deals. She worked hard to come up with a de-risked but commercial solution to our R&D agreements around joint ownership of IP.’

‘The team understood the corporate M&A aspects of the deal well, but added value with their understanding of the underlying asset.’

‘Melissa Forbes-Miranda was the corporate lead on the transaction and negotiated very well with the other side on the all parties’ calls which took place on the documents.’

Principaux clients

Al Dahra Group

EMAAR Properties

Chart Industries

Inspired Education

FENIX Networks



Ardonagh Specialty

Madison Pacific Trust Limited

S&P Global Platts

Lexim Trading DMCC

ComTech FZCO

UltraTech Cement Middle East Investments

Physicswallah Pvt Ltd

Cotecna Inspection SA

Badia Al Sahra Agricultural L.L.C (Badia Farms)

Principaux dossiers

  • Advising NYSE-listed Chart Industries Inc on its acquisition of UK-based industrial equipment maker Howden for US$4.4 billion from private equity firm KPS Capital Partners through a combination of cash and preferred stock.
  • Advising UltraTech Cement Middle East Investments Ltd. (“UltraTech Cement”) on its 70% equity share acquisition of Duqm Cement Project International (“Duqm Cement”) from Seven Seas Group, Oman.
  • Advising Physicswallah Pvt Ltd on its acquisition of Knowledge Planet Centre Group, Dubai.


AMERELLER has a strong track record in foreign inbound investment and commercial work, handling M&A, joint ventures between foreign and UAE companies, and cross-border restructurings. Jochen Murach heads the team alongside Christopher Gunson, Jonathan Noble and Babak Namazi, with the first three reputed for their strong corporate offering and Babak particularly proficient in handling contractual agreements and corporate governance matters. Senior counsel Amer Jamoukha and of counsel Maryam Hosseini Bonilla are skilled in joint venture establishments and restructurings and Baika Altymukhamedov is active in key M&A.

Responsables de la pratique:

Jochen Murach; Christopher Gunson; Babak Namazi; Jonathan P. Noble

Autres avocats clés:

Amer Jamoukha; Maryam Hosseini Bonilla; Baika Altymukhamedov

Les références

‘Amereller stands out due to its deep expertise in UAE Law, but also the understanding of what an inhouse client expects. Their team has a proven track record of delivering exceptional results in this area. One of Amereller’s key differentiators is their commitment to understand and meet their clients’ unique needs. They prioritise client satisfaction above all else.’

‘We have a track record of successful projects with Jochen Murach; I appreciate his ability to provide cost-effective solutions without compromising on quality. Jochen Murach is always available for a call and takes a personalized and client-centric approach. Brainstorming with him is highly effective and the cost-to-value ratio is excellent. The written output I receive is of high quality.’

‘Amereller’s support has been key for me and my company where they have shown great sense of commitment to the business requirements in MEA region and their ability to support in Japanese as well is key to their success.’

Anjarwalla Collins & Haidermota (AC&H)

Anjarwalla Collins & Haidermota (AC&H) has steadily established itself as a strong player in the Middle East and Africa, with the UAE office sitting as a regional hub and working closely with its partner firms across key jurisdictions. The team specialises in cross-border work with a nexus to Africa and Southwest Asia and advises on corporate, commercial and financing mandates. Atiq S. Anjarwalla's strong reputation across a variety of African markets generates significant instructions for the firm. Team lead Adil Shafi is chiefly recognised for his work in public and private financings of equity and debt and Devvrat Periwal is key to the early stages of deals and ventures, specialising in new business start ups, joint ventures, and shareholder-related matters. Senior associate Edward Macharia  is noted for M&A and corporate finance.

Responsables de la pratique:

Adil Shafi

Autres avocats clés:

Atiq Anjarwalla; Devvrat Periwal; Edward Macharia

Les références

‘The team at AC&H has extraordinary multifaceted experience in multiple fields. The reason they are better than other firms is due to their response, availability and access without having just billing in mind. The interests of the client are paramount. They have advised us on M&A, contractual, and structuring issues.’

‘Adil Shafi is our go to person. He not only advises but ensures connections and delivery of other subject matter experts in the firm – whether subject matter or locational/geography. Depth of knowledge and practical application – which is the paramount factor.’

Principaux clients

CPAS Management DWC-LLC

Skylines Group UAE

Atlas Group

Litemarch Trading

Atraco Industrial Enterprises

Master Group (Pakistan),

Lattice Software Group

BLK Partners

BLK Partners has a skilled corporate team that handles a range of cross-border transactions. The firm is active across foreign direct investment, joint ventures, M&A, and corporate restructurings, as well as handling a variety of commercial instructions including distribution, franchising and manufacturing agreements. Patrick Khoury is particularly noted for his structured finance, funds and corporate finance work. Ziad El-Khoury advises clients from Saudi Arabia where he also works with entities looking to invest and acquire assets in the UAE. Brian Onaissy is a strong supporting presence on matters,

Responsables de la pratique:

Patrick Khoury; Ziad El-Khoury

Autres avocats clés:

Brian Onaissy

Principaux clients




Hill Dickinson


Related Inc

Damac Group

Principaux dossiers

  • Provided assistance and guidance to Rentokil – Boecker throughout the finalisation and implementation of the new merger structure in the UAE.
  • Assist a client on corporate setups in both mainland UAE and free zones, compliance with data protection laws, and understanding the Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) law.
  • Advise Damac Group on corporate governance and compliance matters related to more than 100 entities in the implementation of the introduction of the new commercial companies law and the income tax in the UAE.


BonelliErede is particularly strong in the luxury and retail and hospitality sectors, working with household brands on a range of corporate and commercial work. The firm also handles strategically significant infrastructure projects in the region, including railway developments and associated contractual and structuring issues. Marco De Leo is the key figure in the group; he advises local and international clients on M&A, frequently with a cross-border angle. Managing associate Riccardo Denaro assists with transactional, contractual and general advisory matters.

Responsables de la pratique:

Marco De Leo

Autres avocats clés:

Riccardo Denaro

Les références

‘Small but strong team able to provide high quality advice. Very dedicated to client’s needs and high availability to ensure client’s deadlines are respected.’

‘Strong knowledge of the local market and practices and strong ability to guide the client to efficiently reach its goals.’

Principaux dossiers

  • Assistance to Hitachi Rail STS on an ongoing basis on all its activities across the GCC, including its participation in public and private tenders for the operation and maintenance of railway/metro systems.
  • Ongoing legal corporate and commercial assistance to International Material Inc. in connection with the activity of its branch in the UAE.

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP ‘demonstrates exceptional expertise in commercial, corporate, and M&A matters, excelling in understanding clients’ specific needs and tailoring its approach accordingly.’ The team is especially well regarded for its knowledge of the media, entertainment and sports space, often working with companies, broadcasters, celebrities and athletes on a variety of commercial issues. The group also handles an array of joint venture and acquisition mandates for top-tier financial services and real estate entities, areas where William Reichert is the go-to name. Mark Hill is a key name for media, IP and tech issues. Alex Reid is 'thorough and detail oriented’. Legal director Lara Haidar is another name of note.

Responsables de la pratique:

William Reichert; Mark Hill

Autres avocats clés:

Alex Reid; Lara Haider

Les références

‘Very focused on the specific practice areas with great turnaround time and precise responses.’

‘Alexander Ried is well versed with his subject and provides practical solutions in a time effective way. He is also thorough and detail oriented.’

‘The team at Charles Russell Speechlys LLP demonstrates exceptional expertise in Commercial, corporate, and M&A matters. Their unique strength lies in their ability to provide not only legal guidance but also strategic business insights. They excel in understanding clients’ specific needs and tailoring their approach accordingly.’

Principaux clients

Al Tayer Group

Backlite Media LLC

Emblem Consulting DMCC (MBLM)

Industrial and Financial Systems (IFS UK Ltd)

International Cricket Council (ICC)

Image Nation Abu Dhabi

Lutron E.A Limited

Principaux dossiers

  • Supported Backlite Media and its shareholders on the sale of the Backlite group.
  • Providing ongoing strategic advice to Etisalat and its various operations.
  • Advising the Saudi Arabian Ministry of Culture on critical projects.

Covington & Burling LLP

Covington & Burling LLP's team acts for household names in the tech and media space as well as leading players in the energy, infrastructure and real estate sectors. The team is able to competently handle a range of corporate instructions, but particularly excels in commercial work, including commercial licensing, data privacy, employment, and regulatory matters. Rupert Harper heads the team with Bruce Wilson, who is noted for his work on joint venture deals. Haykel Hajjaji is also a name to note.

Responsables de la pratique:

Rupert Harper; Bruce Wilson

Autres avocats clés:

Haykel Hajjaji

Les références

‘Rupert Harper has excellent communication skills.’

‘All the lawyers in this team are highly capable, and are representative of the overall quality of the firm.’

‘The main strength of the team is its capacity to work with difference practices within the firm very easily. We had project finance, M&A, corporate and labour law teams involved on the deal and the team worked together smoothly.’

Principaux dossiers

  • Advised Zoom on a strategic cross-border project.
  • Provided UAE commercial advice to Merck in connection with a global corporate reorganisation and Merck’s day-to-day UAE operations on an ongoing basis.
  • Provided UAE advice to ACWA Power in connection with the corporate maintenance of its subsidiaries in the UAE.

Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP

Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP regularly assists with cross-border M&A, regulatory and contractual issues. The team has been notably active in the agricultural, hospitality and real estate space. Team head Jeremy Miocevic advises on private equity and M&A, as well as strategic corporate issues. Senior associates Philippe Habib and Ashley Connick have built up an extensive portfolio of matters regarding M&A, joint ventures, and debt capital market transactions, with both having notable strength in the healthcare, education and energy sectors.

Responsables de la pratique:

Jeremy Miocevic

Autres avocats clés:

Philippe Habib; Ashley Connick

Les références

‘The team is diversified and responsive, and they work long hours and get the job done to meet the client’s deadline.’

‘I work with Jeremy Micevic, he is a well versed lawyer with deep understanding of commercial needs and business models. His quick understanding of our briefs saved us time in closing multiple sell out transactions and helped us to avoid future litigation.’

‘The team has some outstanding lawyers, all capably led by Jeremy Miocevic.’

Principaux clients

Software AG

Al Ain Farms

Al Eskan Al Jamae

Daman Investments




Binladin Contracting Group

Calatrava Middle East

Sayacorp Capital Ltd

Principaux dossiers

  • Advised Al Eskan Al Jamae on its USD2.2 billion merger with Abu Dhabi Port’s real estate development and leasing business and related assets.
  • Advised the founders of Mustard & Linen on the sale of 75% of the equity of their business to Aldar.
  • Advising Sayacorp on its investment into Cognetivity Neuroscience- a listed Canadian health tech company.

Galadari Advocates & Legal Consultants

An ‘extremely collaborative’ team that has ‘well-grounded and extremely informed partners’, Galadari Advocates & Legal Consultants competently handles M&A, restructurings, insolvency and operational matters. The firm is well placed to act for regional and international investors and industry players as it operates in the freezones, mainland, and other regional locations and leverages key regulatory expertise from colleagues across the Middle East. Ziad Galadari has been a key point of contact for governmental institutions and public bodies for corporate and commercial work and Fadi Hassoun is a key name for asset management-related matters. Manish Narayan is also noted. Gerry Rogers and Paula Villegas Guevara left the firm.

Responsables de la pratique:

Ziad Galadari; Fadi Hassoun

Autres avocats clés:

Manish Narayan

Les références

‘Fast to adopt to ever changing geo-political changes, hunger for opportunities to expand globally.’

‘The team is extremely collaborative and does not hesitate to involve other experts from the firm in case the issue is complicated. Well grounded and extremely informed partners go to great lengths to ensure that the client gets the required solutions and that too in a timely manner.’

‘Manish Narayan is extremely grounded and well versed in the theoretical and practical impacts of the legal provisions. He is aware of the regulatory changes and legal updates and provides clients with practical and easy to implement solutions. Definitely value for every penny spent on the advice.’

Principaux clients

Hero MotoCorp

Government of Umm Al Quwain


Air India Limited


Philanthropic Organisation

Hector Group

Genmarca Shipping

Bhatia Brothers Group of Companies

Jumbo Electronics Co. Ltd LLC

Principaux dossiers

  • Advised on a high value project, worth AED 3 billion, involving Musataha and option agreements and guiding the implementation and procurement of rights for a significant Independent Water Project in the Northern Emirates.
  • Advised an Indian multinational motorcycle and scooter manufacturing company, valued at AED 27.5 billion, on its UAE market expansion.

Gowling WLG

Gowling WLG's team is frequently sought out by large corporations, active in a variety of sectors including energy, tech, and media, to assist with commercial agreements, domestic transactions, and in-bound investments. Tim Casben, who handles M&A and joint venture work, and Alexandre Brazeau, who is noted for his specialism in digital and IP mandates, are the practice heads. Rachel Armstrong is chiefly recognised for her advice on sponsorship and partnership agreements and also works with Jon Parker on IP matters. Simon Elliott is another name to note.

Responsables de la pratique:

Tim Casben; Alexandre Brazeau

Autres avocats clés:

Rachel Armstrong; Jon Parker; Simon Elliott

Les références

‘The Corporate team works seamlessly with the projects and energy team. The corporate team – particularly Simon Elliot – understand not only the required structuring of the deal but the practical aspects and constraints that can really effect the development and IRR.’

‘The Corporate team are really well resourced and seem to be able to make themselves available at any time – excellent.’

‘Simon Elliot has the commercial acumen but also understands our business and the issues we face in our developments. Simon is sensible, efficient with time and delivers to schedule.’

Principaux clients

e& Capital

Founder (Seller) of Advanced Watertek Group

Paul Scally

doTERRA Global Limited

Kitara Capital Limited

Raiven Capital (DIFC) Limited

Mitsubishi Corporation

Principaux dossiers

  • Advised e& capital as lead-investor in (1) Airalo on its $60 million series seed round and (2) Almentor on its $10 million pre-series C round.
  • Advised a global payment service provider in becoming a Category I Retail Payment Service Providers licensed by the UAE Central Bank pursuant to the new Retail Payment Services and Card Schemes Regulations.
  • Advised an Abu Dhabi fund on a number of M&A / venture capital investment-related mandates.

Hogan Lovells (United Arab Emirates) LLP

Hogan Lovells (United Arab Emirates) LLP advises a host of clients across a range of sectors, particularly education, healthcare, energy and consumer goods, on matters including commercial contracts and agreements, joint ventures, equity investments, and business and asset transfers. Team head Imtiaz Shah acts leads the majority of practice mandates, with notable strength in the luxury retail sector where he acts for global marquee clients on commercial issues. Janelle Moussa is also noted. Charles Fuller left the firm to go in-house at TAQA group in April 2023.

Responsables de la pratique:

Imtiaz Shah

Autres avocats clés:

Janelle Moussa

Les références

‘A relationship focused and solution oriented approach at Hogan Lovells differentiates them from the competition. One feels that the firm is an extension of our operation and the partners are easily accessible and are highly responsive.’

‘Imtiaz Shah is our prime contact at the firm and he is highly knowledgeable regarding legal matters and is also commercially savvy which coupled with his relationship driven approach makes every interaction with him both pleasant and productive.’

Principaux clients

HRH Prince Alwaleed & Rotana Music

Gucci Group


Ocean Spray

Aeroports de Paris International

Hult Business School

Massachusetts General Brigham


Mayer Brown

Mayer Brown 'stands out because of its exceptional attention to detail and personalised approach to every case'. The team's clients range from start-ups to multinational corporations and it has noted an instructions from Saudi Arabia. Tom Thraya, who handles M&A, compliance and investigatory work, and Jad Taha, who is primarily focused on outbound and inbound investment in the Middle East, are the practice heads. Senior associate Farid Haroun is another key names and associate Nanda Al Qazaz has assisted with various cross-border deals.

Responsables de la pratique:

Tom Thraya; Jad Taha

Autres avocats clés:

Farid Haroun; Nanda Al Qazaz

Les références

‘Excellent access to senior lawyers who really care about your business and finding the right outcomes.’

‘Jad Taha is an excellent practitioner. Very knowledgeable, hard working, commercially minded and easy to work with.’

‘Our company receives advice from Mayer Brown on data protection issues in the UAE but also on other countries located in the Middle East region through affiliated law firms. The data protection team delivers hands-on and practical advice, while they follow closely the regulatory developments. The team has an international orientation and understands the business needs of a multinational company.’

Principaux clients



CNPC International

Danaher Corporation

Eastman Chemicals

Qatar Petroleum

Saudi Telecom (STC)

Lockheed Martin

Cruise Automation

First Abu Dhabi Bank

Commercial Bank of Dubai


MAG Group FZ

Underwriters Laboratories

Caesars Entertainment

Jensen Hughes

Publicis Groupe

Lotus Motors

RJ O’Brien Capital Limited

Gemcorp Holdings Limited (UK)

Capri-Sun Beverages

Anchorage Investments

Allied Power


Deutsche Telekom

Baxter International


Triple Five Group (555)

Beckman Coulter

Ingram Printing Group

Woods Bagot

SinoEnergy Capital Holding Limited

Prince Saud Bin Majid Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud

Bin Butti International Holdings

Saudi Arabia Ministry of Communications & Information Technology

Mensheng Financial Leasing

Jana Capital

TAJ Group/Beside General Trading

Fendi SA



Principaux dossiers

  • Represented The Boeing Company and its affiliates in connection with the recapitalisation of the Saudi Rotorcraft Support Company, a Saudi Arabia-based helicopter maintenance, repair and overhaul joint venture, with Saudi Arabian Military Industries (SAMI), a Saudi Arabia state-owned defence company.
  • Represented Akkad Holding in a joint venture with the UAE government to set up a global distribution centre for medical products in the UAE.
  • Representing MAG Group in a joint venture transaction in Dubai in regards to its Dubai Creek Project, the MAG Creek Wellbeing Resort.

SCHLÜTER GRAF Legal Consultants

SCHLÜTER GRAF Legal Consultants advises on contractual agreements, project development, and regulatory, marketing and data privacy policy issues, working with a range of international household brands and companies. Andrés Ring oversees the full gamut of commercial, corporate and employment instructions the team receives. Usama Munir and Yulia Kasiyanova provide additional support.

Responsables de la pratique:

Andrés Ring

Autres avocats clés:

Usama Munir; Yulia Kasiyanova

Les références

‘People, Collaboration and tailor-made solutions.’

‘Usama Munir: A well-versed lawyer, who has the ability to understand the client’s needs and provide tailor-made, commercially viable solutions.’

Principaux clients

Republic of Colombia

Power Mech Projects Limited

German Standards Group


Gulf Drug LLC

Unilever Gulf FZE

Schenker Middle East FZE

Baenninger Trading LLC

Beumer Group Middle East FZE

Puma Middle East FZ LLC

Bridgemaker GmbH


Principaux dossiers

  • Advising Power Mech Projects Limited on a project worth USD 15 million for erection, installation, testing, pre-commissioning and commissioning of units at a multimegawatt power plant.
  • Advising Unilever Gulf FZE on corporate and commercial laws in the Gulf region.
  • Advising Unilever Gulf FZE on corporate and commercial laws in the Gulf region.

Shearman & Sterling LLP

Shearman & Sterling LLP predominantly acts for oil and gas majors in the UAE market, with the team active on both investment and disposal deals. Omar Alkaffas and Pawel Szaja are the practice heads.

Responsables de la pratique:

Omar Alkaffas; Pawel Szaja

Les références

‘Under the leadership and guidance of the partner, Pawel Szaja, the Shearman team was collaborative, efficient, and a joy to work with as part of our team. What impressed me most was the international nature of the team from across the UAE, Saudi, Europe, UK CEE and the Balkans. This international aspect was invaluable to us given the nature of our work and the significant transactions we were undertaking that Pawel and the Shearman team assisted and/or led on.’

‘Pawel Szaja is simply one of the best in the business. His technical knowledge, market understanding, and deal experience is second to none. His ability to work and collaborate with us as his client was instrumental in the success of each of our transactions. He pre-empted all scenarios while ensuring he educated us along the way so that we were fully aware of all risks and then managed them for us in all aspects of his deliverables. He always delivered on time and even during the most difficult of negotiations, he managed 3rd parties and us with complete professionalism, confidence and assurance.’

Principaux clients

Abu Dhabi National Oil Company

Citibank Global Markets Limited

The Chefs’ Warehouse

Mubadala Investment Company

Principaux dossiers

  • Advised ADNOC on the sale by CEPSA of its entire upstream portfolio of assets in the UAE to TotalEnergies.
  • Advised ADNOC on its proposed investment into Masdar to create a growth platform to facilitate its collective investment in renewable power and hydrogen projects.
  • Advised The Chefs’ Warehouse on its acquisition of Chef Middle East.

Tribonian Law Advisors

Tribonian Law Advisors‘ team has a strong track record acting on domestic and cross-border M&A in the tech and telecoms space. Key names include founder and managing partner Rindala Beydoun; early stage investment specialist Carlo Pianese; and Emile Boulos, who oversees joint ventures, restructurings and corporate finance mandates. Senior associate Dhruv Agarwal is also a key name.

Responsables de la pratique:

Rindala Beydoun; Carlo Pianese; Emile Boulos

Autres avocats clés:

Dhruv Agarwal

Les références

‘Team is available even on short notices. Carlo Pianese and Dhruv Agarwal both were very forthcoming and have good expertise in M&A-related matters.’

‘The firm has an all hands on deck culture that I find very useful as a client. I know that my enquiries get the attention of all levels in the firm.’

‘All the individuals I have interacted with had excellent knowledge, paid attention to our requests, and were prompt in their delivery. Our primary contact is Carlo Pianese, who is a partner and has always ensured that our request is attended to promptly by the relevant team member and with Carlo’s oversight.’

Principaux clients

Al Faris Equipment Rentals LLC

Al Islami

Al Majdouie Holding Limited

Al Yasra General Trading LLC

Alcazar Capital Limited

Arab Beverages EST

Cambridge Medical and Rehabilitation Centre

Catalyst MENA Clean Energy Cooperat


El Grocer

Fujairah Oil Industry Zone

Global Ventures

Iron Mountain Document Storage

Khazna Data Centres

Noventiq Holdings PLC

PricewaterhouseCoopers Group (PwC)

The Luxury Closet


VTTI Fujairah Terminals Limited

Principaux dossiers

  • Acted as lead counsel for Etisalat on the acquisition of el Grocer, and drafted, negotiated and finalised a number of transaction documents including share purchase agreement; disclosure letter; executive management agreements; all corporate resolutions and completion deliverables.
  • Advised Path Solutions on the sale of business assets to Azentio Software (“Azentio”), a Singapore-headquartered software products business owned by funds advised by Apax.
  • Advised the shareholders of Bakemart on the sale of Bakemart to Almarai Company and drafted the share purchase agreement, disclosure letters and other completion documents.

Trowers & Hamlins LLP

Trowers & Hamlins LLP has a track record handling corporate and commercial matters, assisting with mid and upper-mid market transactions as well as advising on work pertaining to IP/IT and company law advice and contractual, structuring and regulatory issues. Practice head Bill Jefferies advises on buy- and sell-side cross-border private equity deals. Saleem Adam has been predominantly active in the energy, minerals and manufacturing sectors, and Nick Green and Stephen Sullivan bring further cross-border investment specialism to the fore. Associate Sapna Desai provides additional support.

Responsables de la pratique:

Bill Jefferies

Autres avocats clés:

Saleem Adam; Nick Green; Stephen Sullivan; Sapna Desai

Les références

‘The team assigned to us has been proactive, and has facilitated the dialogue and interaction with our client’s legal counterpart. The team is always available and quick in responding our queries. Practical solutions to legal matters is key to us.’

‘T&H has been consistent in providing the level of legal services that we need in our transactions. Proposed solutions to problems in a simple and practical manner, which was welcome.’

Principaux clients

Berns Brett Masaood Shareholders

Al Waha Venture Capital Fund of Funds 1

Arbah Capital


CR3 Pte. Ltd

Warba Bank KSCC

Dimah Capital KSCC

Yusuf bin Ahmed Kanoo Holdings BSC