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Baker & McKenzie Limited is representing banks and real estate investment companies in several multi-jurisdictional acquisitions. Restructuring has been another active area for the team, which is headed by Julie Alexander and includes Bilal Ambikapathy. United Steel Company, Aluminium Bahrain and First Energy Bank are among its clients.

Harnek Shoker heads the ‘knowledgeable and responsive’ team at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, which is ‘a leader in M&A in Bahrain’. The practice handles reorganisations, joint ventures and public private partnerships, often dealing with international companies. Recent clients include the government of Bahrain, Mumtalakat and Diyar Muharraq. Dubai-based Pervez Akhtar is also recommended for his Bahrain expertise.

Trowers & Hamlins LLP provides ‘an excellent service’. The group has notable funds experience, covering fund formation and investments in areas such as infrastructure, pensions and real estate. Key figures include managing partner Dominic O’Neil, Brian Howard and Dubai-based Bill Jefferies.

ASAR – Al Ruwayeh & Partners advised Mubadala Development Company on its acquisition of a 20% stake in Bahrain-based investment management firm Investcorp. Steven Brown is the key name.

Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP in association with Dr. Saud Al-Ammari Law Firm has had an active year advising international companies on acquisitions and establishing operations in the country, as well as assisting with reorganisations. Clients include Arab Petroleum Investments Corporation, Sadara Chemical Company and Gulf One Investment Company. Tim Sunar is the key name.

Rupert Copeman-Hill and Patrick Gearon head the team at Charles Russell Speechlys LLP, which has been acting for a number of financial institutions on their acquisitions and disposals. Other active industry areas for 2016 included telecommunications, manufacturing and oil. Central Bank of Bahrain, Mumtalakat and the Telecommunication and Regulatory Authority are clients.

Excellent for complex cross-border work’, Norton Rose Fulbright regularly assists foreign investors active in the region. Real estate acquisitions are another key area for the group. Clients include Nogaholding. Joanne Emerson Taqi is the key contact.

The corporate team at Zu’bi & Partners, Attorneys & Legal Consultants regularly handles the local law aspects of international transactions, and advised on numerous acquisitions and corporate restructurings in 2016. Clients include high-net-worth individuals and telecoms companies. Qays H Zu’bi is the senior partner; Hatim Q Zu’bi is another name to note.

Established in 2014, Al Tamimi & Company’s ‘very responsive’ practice is ‘making good headway’. The firm acts as local counsel for international companies looking to invest and open operations in Bahrain; in a highlight matter, team head Raj Puhuja led the advice to KKR on its $150m investment into JBF Group. Fountoun Hajjar is also recommended.

Sara Jawahery heads the corporate team at Elham Ali Hassan & Associates (EAH Law), which handles a range of corporate matters, with restructurings and manufacturing-related deals particular areas of activity. Essa Jawahery is well versed in employment matters.

A solid local law firm’, Hassan Radhi & Associates has particular strength in acquisitions and restructurings. Abdul Jalil Al Aradi is a key name.

Haya Rashed Al Khalifa Attorneys at Law & Legal Consultants is a respected local law firm with strong transactional experience. Recent work has involved advising government bodies on legislative reform.

Jalila Sayed Attorneys & Legal Consultants is praises as being ‘easy to work with and reliable’. Jalila Sayed is the name to note.

The ‘very responsive and flexible’ team at Zeenat al Mansoori & Associatesprovides clear and up-to-date local law advice’. Practice head Amel Al Aseeri is noted for her ‘confidence, professionalism and gravitas’, and Reem Al Rayes has ‘excellent client skills’.

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