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Corporate and M&A
- Rukhsana Khan – Gebran Majdalany, Law Offices of
John Whatnall –
Hassan A Alkhater Law Office
In 2012, Arab Law Bureau advised on many high-profile corporate mandates, acting as local counsel alongside international firms such as Baker & McKenzie and Norton Rose (Middle East) LLP. Managing partner Alaa Hamad recently led on Qatar Petroleum’s yen-denominated bond issuance in Japan. The team frequently advises construction sector clients on large projects including Lusail City.
Law Offices of Gebran Majdalany has a strong finance practice, and is also noted for its corporate expertise. It recently acted as local counsel to the borrower on the financing of the $10.4bn Barzan joint venture gas project. The team also advised FIFA on the Qatar 2022 World Cup project. Gebran Majdalany is the key figure.
John Whatnall heads Hassan A Alkhater Law Office’s ‘excellent’ corporate and M&A practice, which is ‘one of the best in the business for local oil and gas matters’. Highlights included acting as local counsel to Dolphin Energy on its $1.3bn bond issuance, and working alongside Clifford Chance on the $1bn financing of Doha Festival City.
Al Tamimi & Company in association with Al Marri has one partner and four associates in Doha, following the departure of former department head Jay Fortin to Bennett Jones LLP. New team head Mohammed Khodeir advised ARCADIS on its acquisition of a majority stake in EC Harris LLP, which included an indirect acquisition of its subsidiary in Qatar. Other clients include IBM Middle East, Deloitte and Al Meera Group.
Salman Mahmood heads Sultan Al-Abdulla & Partners’ ‘well-respected’ corporate and commercial department, which routinely acts as local counsel to international firms. The group recently advised on the restructuring of 18 entities for a Qatari media company, and also acts for a number of multinational clients.
A Rahman Mohamed Al-Jufairi, Advocates & Legal Consultants’ corporate and commercial team has a strong client base across the financial services, energy and construction sectors.
Al-Ansari & Associates provides ‘rapid turnaround times, responsiveness, and a good understanding of the business and legislative environment’. Highlights included assisting Travelex with its entry into Qatar, and advising Hassad Food Company on its proposed acquisition of a privately owned holding company. Salman Al-Ansari has ‘a great reputation in the industry’.