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Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 5


HFWprovides an extremely good service’, primarily in the asset and trade finance space. Tien Tai advised Topaz Energy and Marine on an $84m loan from HSBC to finance two newbuild vessels under construction in Germany. In the aviation space, Shyamal Jeewoolall advised Crédit Agricole on financing two ATR 72-600 airliners for Bangkok Airways. Vince Gordon joined the firm’s newly opened Abu Dhabi office in 2018 from Reed Smith.

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Commercial, corporate and M&A
Commercial, corporate and M&A - ranked: tier 4


HFW, which handles M&A and joint ventures around the firm’s core strengths in commodities, mining and shipping, is ‘very good, responsive and to-the-point, with an understanding of business needs’. Alexander Reid heads key mandates, while Rula Dajani Abuljebain is ‘responsive, with a focus on practical solutions’. Clients include P&O and Topaz Marine. Vince Gordon and Tania De Swart joined the firm’s newly opened Abu Dhabi office in 2018 from Reed Smith.

Next generation lawyers

Alexander Reid - HFW

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Construction - ranked: tier 4


For some HFW is ‘more adaptable and ingenious than its competitors’, and handles contentious and non-contentious work concerning real estate developments, as well as more unusual projects. Practice head Beau McLaren (who joined from Dentons) is ‘hardworking, client friendly and extremely innovative: all the attributes of a great lawyer’. Senior associates Jane Miles and James Plant are also recommended. Clients include Alstom, Denholm Yam and several Korean contractors.

Next generation lawyers

Beau McLaren - HFW

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Shipping - ranked: tier 1


HFW is ‘renowned in this area’, and its expertise covers wet and dry shipping matters, transactions and advice regarding port operations. Tien Tai handles transactional and vessel finance matters, including advising Topaz Energy and Marine on an $84m loan for two newbuild subsea vessels. Yaman Al Hawamdeh’s practice includes local court litigation on various shipping matters. Richard Strub advises on vessel collisions and arrests, as well as cargo disputes. The firm’s clients include leading port operators, shipping lines and P&I clubs.

Leading individuals

Yaman Al Hawamdeh - HFW

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United Arab Emirates: Dispute resolution

Arbitration and international litigation
Dispute resolution: arbitration and international litigation - ranked: tier 3


A well-established firm in Dubai with some extremely active and able young lawyers’, HFW handles construction arbitration and DIFC litigation, with a particular strength in insurance. Richard Gimblett is representing Mozambique Airlines and its insurers in claims arising from an air crash in Namibia in 2013. John Barlow is another key contact for insurance-related disputes, as is Samuel Wakerley, who is also representing Cisco Systems in litigation against an Irish debtor in the DIFC courts. Richard Strub is a name of note for enforcing arbitral awards in the DIFC. Yaman Al Hawamdeh, who has shipping expertise, is a key contact for Arabic-language hearings. James Harbridge was a new arrival from Trowers & Hamlins LLP in July 2018.

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