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Hadef & Partners LLC

12TH FLOOR, THE BLUE TOWER, SHEIKH KHALIFA STREET, PO BOX 3727, ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
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www.hadefpartners.com
Abu Dhabi, Dubai

United Arab Emirates

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 3

Hadef & Partners LLC

Hadef & Partners LLC is 'a very friendly firm that makes clients feel that they are in good hands'. It handles a range of work in banking and finance, with a particular strength in matters centred around onshore UAE law. Alan Rodgers heads the Dubai practice and in particular has restructuring expertise. Valeria Lysenko, who is Russian-qualified, is also a key contact and Constanze Doering is a key senior associate. Fintech is also an area of expertise. James Farn leads the team in Abu Dhabi - his work includes UAE law issues on major projects. Also in Abu Dhabi, Faraj Ahnish has finance-related government relations expertise.

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Commercial, corporate and M&A
Commercial, corporate and M&A - ranked: tier 2

Hadef & Partners LLC

Hadef & Partners LLC 'understands clients' needs and enquiries and acts in a professional way to fulfill these objectives - it comes up with unique structures that understand business needs'. A homegrown Emirati firm registered as advocates, its particular strength is acting as co-counsel with international firms on the UAE law elements of global deals and restructurings, as well as dealing with more hands-on regulatory matters. Sameer Huda, who heads the practice, handles work including management buy-outs and cross-border restructurings across the Arab world and beyond. Victoria Woods, who heads the commercial team, is notable for franchising and distribution agreement work, including for new entrants to the market. Ahmad Sergieh heads the firm's restructuring practice. The UAE Ministry of Finance is a client - in Abu Dhabi, office managing partner Faraj Ahnish and Yasser Omar advised it on drafting new template contracts for public procurements run by the UAE's federal government. Ahmed Nasser was recently promoted to the partnership and Patrick Tweedale was hired as partner from Dentons, where he was a senior associate. Tim Watkins is now at Coffin Mew LLP in England.

Next generation lawyers

Patrick Tweedale - Hadef & Partners LLC

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Construction
Construction - ranked: tier 2

Hadef & Partners LLC

Hadef & Partners LLC fields 'a number of real specialists in the region across a wide range of work - it has a huge amount of experience and expertise both in the UAE courts and also in international and DIFC arbitration'. John Smy, the firm's head of engineering and construction, is 'highly skilled at managing large-scale complex construction litigation while keeping a grip on the detail of the case, a rare and unusual skill'; he represents subcontractors, contractors and developers in matters with leading London counsel instructed concerning major building developments, towers, hotels and infrastructure. Consultant Anthony Edwards is also a name of note. In Abu Dhabi, Basil Siddiqi advised Global Gate Way Properties on a construction project for several towers with a value of AED359m; he also represents Folcra Beach Industrial Property in a dispute with Commodore Contracting concerning the aluminium and glazing subcontract for the Ipic Headquarters building. Patrick McPherson is now at CMS.

Leading individuals

John Smy - Hadef & Partners LLC

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Dispute resolution: arbitration and international litigation
Dispute resolution: arbitration and international litigation - ranked: tier 2

Hadef & Partners LLC

Hadef & Partners LLC is 'solution oriented and analyses all facets of the issues'. Adrian Chadwick handles arbitration and DIFC litigation, including real estate cases and shareholder disputes. Mahmoud Awad handles a range of DIFC litigation and international arbitrations, including civil fraud matters. Executive partner Richard Briggs has international arbitration expertise, and John Smy is active in construction disputes. Patrick McPherson is now at CMS, and Claire Raven is now in-house at Samsung Electronics.

Leading individuals

Richard Briggs - Hadef & Partners LLC

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Dispute resolution: local litigation
Dispute resolution: local litigation - ranked: tier 1

Hadef & Partners LLC

Hadef & Partners LLC represents clients in a diverse range of litigation - it is 'able to deal with both civil and criminal cases, with very well-connected local partners who are able to understand local approaches and provide valuable strategic advice'. Abdulrahman Juma shares leadership of the practice with Omar Al Shaikh; Juma's caseload includes civil fraud and customs matters crossing over with internal investigations, as well as matters such as shareholder disputes and trade mark litigation. Mohammed Al Dhaheri also handles civil fraud matters. Walid Azzam is another key contact - he has experience in cases involving challenging asset tracing issues. Omar Al Heloo has a focus on construction litigation. Khaled Al Hayyas, who is qualified in the UAE, and Dina Mahdi, who is admitted in Ontario, were recently promoted to the partnership. Khalid El Derderi is a notable senior associate.

Leading individuals

Abdulrahman Juma - Hadef & Partners LLC

Next generation lawyers

Khalid El Derderi - Hadef & Partners LLC

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Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 2

Hadef & Partners LLC

Hadef & Partners LLC, best known for its strength in contentious work, is particularly active for clients within the financial services, real estate, construction and energy sectors. In an example of its litigation sweet spot, it acted for Atlas Mara Management Services in the dismissal of its chief executive officer. In 2018, department head Jamie Liddington left for an in-house position at Amazon, while Sarah Anderson joined Eversheds Sutherland LLP. Rachel Hill, who recently arrived from Al Tamimi & Company, now heads the practice.

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Energy and infrastructure
Energy and infrastructure - ranked: tier 3

Hadef & Partners LLC

Hadef & Partners LLC's primary focus is advising on the "onshore" UAE law elements of projects, including IPP projects and others. James Farn handles project finance work among other matters, as does Alan Rodgers. Valeria Lysenko is also notable for project finance. On the oil and gas side, Michael Webb acts for, among others, Chinese clients.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 2

Hadef & Partners LLC

Hadef & Partners LLC is distinguished by its ability to draw upon its dispute resolution team to advise on contentious IP matters in local courts. Other key attributes include its specialist trade marks and brand protection unit, which is led by James Dunne. Victoria Woods, who heads the commercial practice, is also a senior figure.

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Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 1

Hadef & Partners LLC

Hadef & Partners LLC¬†impresses with its¬†ability to find ‚Äėpragmatic solutions to fit blue-chip investment requirements in frontier market transactions‚Äô. The ‚Äėcommercial and knowledgeable‚Äô Michael Lunjevich¬†heads the Dubai property practice and advised Souq Extra on the shari‚Äôah-compliant sale of two retail centres.¬†Abu Dhabi-based real estate lead Basil Siddiqi¬†and Dubai-based Ashraf Sayed¬†(‚Äėa pleasure to work with‚Äô) are also noted.

Leading individuals

Basil Siddiqi - Hadef & Partners LLC

Michael Lunjevich - Hadef & Partners LLC

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Shipping
Shipping - ranked: tier 2

Hadef & Partners LLC

At Hadef & Partners LLC, shipping and insurance-related disputes provide the bulk of instructions. Among its recent cases, key contact Adrian Chadwick was appointed arbitrator on a significant cargo claim. Court litigation head Omar Al Shaikh and high-profile litigator Richard Briggs are also names to note. The group also handles regulatory, transactional and environmental matters.

Leading individuals

Adrian Chadwick - Hadef & Partners LLC

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TMT
TMT - ranked: tier 3

Hadef & Partners LLC

Hadef & Partners LLC’s TMT group, which specialises in regulatory and commercial matters, routinely advises on technology agreements, service contracts, outsourcings and licensing matters. Commercial head Victoria Woods is the key contact.

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