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    • Samer Eido - Allen & Overy LLP
    • Safwan Moubaydeen - Dentons
    • Richard Parris - Clifford Chance
    • Michael Turrini - White & Case LLP
    • Andrew Wingfield - Simmons & Simmons Middle East LLP

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Allen & Overy LLP is an established name in the market and acts for a number of international corporations, financial institutions and Qatari banks, which call on the firm for assistance with corporate and commercial matters, project financings and capital markets transactions. Recent highlights include assisting a syndicate of banks (including key client Qatari Islamic Bank) with a QAR3.3bn loan for the construction of a mall, hotel and residential tower project in Lusail. It also assisted SEG Africa with the construction contracts and financing for the development of social housing and hospitals in Africa. Samer Eido leads the team and is ‘personable, approachable and very responsive’. Of counsel Anthony Traboulsi is also recommended.

Clifford Chance has been active in a number of M&A deals, including acting as lead counsel for Qatar National Bank on its acquisition of a stake in Turkish bank Finansbank, and acting as borrower counsel for a group of companies on the financing of its acquisition of a stake in Gfi Informatique. The firm has also handled various syndicated financing matters and investment transactions. Other clients include Qatari entities such as Qatar Electricity and Water Company, Commercial bank of Qatar and Qatar Navigation. Key figures include managing partner Richard Parris, who handles project finance and commercial matters, corporate partner Jason Mendens and Robin Hickman.

Simmons & Simmons Middle East LLP is one of only two international firms licensed to practice law in Qatar. Its recent workload encompasses several ICC arbitrations, in addition to advice on M&A, sports law matters and banking and finance work. Regional head Andrew Wingfield leads the Doha team and is noted for his ‘excellent attention to detail’. Philip Norman is recommended for construction and energy disputes. Recent clients include Qatar Islamic Bank, Ahli Bank QSC, Nordeon Group and Arabtec Holding.

At White & Case LLP, Michiel Visser jointly led advice to United Arab Shipping Company and its majority shareholder Qatar Investment Authority on a merger with Hapag-Lloyd. The team is also representing Qatar Solar Energy in ICC arbitrations concerning construction and infrastructure projects. Qatar Petroleum is another longstanding client. Michael Turrini is ‘a voice of reason’ and ‘understands the commercial implications of his advice’ and Julian Bailey is recommended for his ‘encyclopaedic’ knowledge of contentious construction issues.

Clyde & Co LLP has a prominent track record in construction and arbitration matters and continues to expand its disputes team with recruitments at associate level. Managing partner David Salt and Lee Keane lead the corporate team and recently acted for a large chemicals company on an industrial licensing matter. Experienced litigator Laura Warren heads the construction practice.

The ‘highly qualified and diversified team’ at Dentons acts for local, regional and international clients. ‘Highly professional, reliable and customer-focused’ managing partner Safwan Moubaydeen attracts praise for his regional expertise, and Zaher Nammour is recommended for his ‘calm and collected approach’ and ‘high business acumen’. The firm is advising an international dredging group on a proposed sale to a Qatari investor, and is assisting Mackeen Holdings, a Qatar-based property company, with a swap agreement.

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP’s Doha office can call on dedicated contentious and non-contentious specialists, including principal associate Shalagh Saleh, who is recommended for her maritime expertise. On the non-contentious side, managing partner Dani Kabbani is acting for Barwa Bank on its QAR2bn IPO and listing on the Qatar Stock Exchange. The firm also recently advised The First Investor on its acquisition of a stake in Educational Institution Group. Richard Ward heads the litigation and dispute resolution practice and specialises in construction and engineering disputes.

At Pinsent Masons LLP, construction specialists Peter Blackmore and Jonathan Collier have been involved in some of the biggest infrastructure projects in Doha, with Collier singled out for his expertise in construction-related disputes. Legal director Paul Prescott is another key name in the construction and engineering practice. The Doha office is headed by James Elwen, who focuses on corporate and commercial mandates, often concerning infrastructure projects. Clients include Al Futtaim Carillion and China State Construction and Engineering.

Baker & McKenzie Limited is advising key client Saudi Binladin Group on a QAR7bn contract for construction works connected to the Khalifa Avenue project in Doha and on corporate, project and construction issues concerning several packages of the Doha Metro Project. Banking and Finance specialist Ian Siddell heads the seven-lawyer team.

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP’s Doha office is headed by Simon Green, who also leads the real estate team and is advising several large developers in relation to lettings and lease agreements. Paula Boast, who leads on construction and energy matters, attracts praise for her ‘accommodating and clear’ approach. Other work included successfully defending in several high-value construction disputes.

The Doha team at Herbert Smith Freehills LLP has an extensive track record of work for high-profile clients within the energy sector and regularly works for a number of Qatar government-owned entities, including Qatar Investment Authority and Qatar Petroleum. Joanna Addison is highly experienced in the sector and has recently advised clients on several large infrastructure projects.

In an illustration of its core strength in construction projects, K&L Gates is acting as project counsel for Halul Real Estate Investment Company on all aspects of the Doha Oasis project, a privately funded hotel and leisure development, and is advising BFL Hydro on contract terms and insurance issues relating to a hydroelectric plant. Other highlights included advising United Development Company on a syndicated loan facility and assisting Masraf Al Rayan with the establishment of its first exchange traded fund. Recent contentious work includes advising Parsons Transportation Group on an ICC arbitration involving the Steering Committee of New Doha International Airport. Kirk Durrant and Matthew Walker head the seven-lawyer team.

Squire Patton Boggs is a longstanding presence in the Qatar legal market, and is one of two firms licensed to practise Qatari law. Its expertise spans corporate and commercial matters, as well as commercial arbitration, investment treaty arbitration, cross-border litigation, dispute avoidance and risk and crisis management. On the dispute front, the firm has recently handled contentious matters for New Doha International Airport, United Engineers Malaysia and Qatar Navigation. New client wins include BRF SA and Qatar First Bank.

Addleshaw Goddard is known for its strength in banking and finance work, in addition to fielding expertise in corporate and commercial matters and dispute resolution. Martin Brown heads the team and has experience in conventional and shari’ah-compliant financings. Clients include Masraf Al Rayan, Qatar National Bank, Commercial Bank Qatar and Royal Bank of Scotland.

Badri and Salim El Meouchi Law Firm acts for a range of clients in the public and private sectors, as well as private individuals. Recent work includes acting as lead counsel for a contractor in a high-value construction matter. Managing partner Chadia El Meouchi and Walid Honein are recommended.

DLA Piper is particularly noted for its TMT sector expertise, and has a track record of handling ICC arbitrations arising from construction projects. Simon Palmer leads the construction disputes practice in the Middle East and is the managing partner in Doha. Recent work includes representing Consolidated Contractors Group in a claim for delay and disruption against the main contractor related to the construction of process trains for a gas plant in the north of Qatar.

In addition to handling a number of high-profile arbitrations, Lalive in Qatar LLC’s expertise also covers corporate and commercial advice and projects and infrastructure mandates. Key clients include Qatar Development Bank. Managing partner Marcus Boeglin and Fouad El Haddad head the practice and work closely with the team in Geneva.

Shearman & Sterling LLP advises international clients on their investments in Qatar and high-profile Qatari clients, including Qatar Investment Authority, on their outbound investments. Recent highlights include advising Qatar Holding LLC (a subsidiary of Qatar Investment Authority) on the acquisition of a property in Milan’s Piazza San Fedele. The firm also acted as lenders’ counsel on the $3bn financing and development of the Facility D IWPP in Qatar. Regional managing partners Nicholas Buckworth and Marwan Elaraby head the team with John Inglis.

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