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Legal market overview
Bahrain continues to face difficulties generated both by the international economic downturn and by internal social and political unrest. The legal market has remained fairly stable, with firms reporting a recent increase in litigation and restructuring mandates. Government bodies, such as the Ministry of Energy and the Ministry of Housing, have also increased their activity, and money from other GCC countries is starting to flow into Bahrain following a commitment to invest $10bn in social projects.
Dispute resolution remains dominated by top local practitioners with a depth of knowledge of the judicial system and the necessary reputation and contacts. In corporate and finance, international players with local allies co-exist with local firms with international capabilities.
In 2012, two of Bahrain’s local powerhouses, Qays H. Zu’bi, Attorneys & Legal Consultants and Hatim S. Zu’bi & Partners, merged to create Zu’bi & Partners, Attorneys & Legal Consultants.