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The Legal 500 Middle East

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FROM THE EDITOR

Welcome to The Legal 500 Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA). Since 1991, we have been providing readers with an annually updated, impartial, third-party opinion on the leading law firms and lawyers in countries across the region, and the coverage extends to the Caucasus and Central Asia. Current rankings and information online are taken from The Legal 500 Europe, Middle East and Africa 2017 edition, which was published on 12 April 2017.

The EMEA guide provides researched coverage of 81 countries and over 2,700 ranked law firms. Law firms pay nothing to participate and so we are free to make ranking decisions on merit alone.

Our research is conducted annually, providing a detailed qualitative assessment of various factors including work conducted by law firms over the past 12 months and historically; experience and depth of teams; specialisms and ancillary services; and, importantly, opinions of law firms’ clients – each year, The Legal 500 series contacts over 300,000 clients globally to obtain feedback on which law firms meet the criteria required by today's in-house counsel and business leaders, wherever in the world their work takes them. All of this is used to benchmark each law firm versus competitors in the practice area in question.

The Legal 500 EMEA 2017 Launch date

The Legal 500 EMEA 2017 edition is now live.

What's new?

This edition introduces coverage of Afghanistan and Ethiopia. We have also added several new practice areas across numerous different countries.

Upcoming research

The EMEA 2018 research schedule and guidelines will be available in early May 2017, with research taking place in autumn (fall) 2017.

Feedback or queries

If you have queries or feedback of any kind regarding The Legal 500 series, please email your query to us at editorial@legal500.com. We welcome suggestions for new legal market coverage desired by our readers.


Jonathan Armstrong
Editor, The Legal 500 Middle East & Africa

Mike Nash
Senior Editor, The Legal 500 EMEA

Country Spotlights

Israel

Israel has the most lawyers per capita of any country in the world; unsurprisingly, therefore, it has an extremely competitive legal market. While the market is technically open to foreign firms, the fact that there is a very strong pool of highly qualified local lawyers, many of whom have spent years working at large international firms and charging comparatively low rates means few international firms actually have offices in the country. [Greenberg Traurig P.A 20691] is a notable exception, with a small but growing presence. Israel’s home-grown law firms have upscaled in size and numbers in recent years and the largest are now very significant for the size of market. Israeli full-service firms with the most rankings include Herzog Fox & Neeman, Meitar Liquornik Geva Leshem Tal Law Offices, S. Horowitz & Co, Fischer Behar Chen Well Orion & Co, Goldfarb Seligman & Co. and Yigal Arnon & Co .

UAE

The UAE serves as a regional business hub, making it an attractive destination for international law firms to set up offices from which they serve a very wide range of clients. Local firms compete directly with their international counterparts, resulting in a vibrant but crowded legal market. In Dubai, the city of choice for most market participants, the DIFC is a common-law governed independent free zone which acts as an international financial centre and regional hub for arbitration. International law firms are shifting away from the older philosophy of maintaining offices in Abu Dhabi and Dubai, in favour of pooling resources in the latter. Renewable energy, construction and real estate, healthcare infrastructure and hospitality are particularly active sectors; the market is also a global hub of Islamic finance; several firms specialising in the laws of offshore jurisdictions also have a notable presence.

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