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Hogan Lovells (Middle East) LLP

United Arab Emirates

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 2

Hogan Lovells (Middle East) LLP

β€˜Very experienced and efficient, with a number of high-quality lawyers’, Hogan Lovells (Middle East) LLP handles a range of mandates for borrowers and banks, with a particular strength in Islamic finance. Rustum Shah is β€˜very experienced in the region and a pleasure to work with’; he advised Standard Chartered on $65m of term loans to Roush Pakistan. Rahail Ali advised Dubai Islamic Bank on an AED1.5bn wakala facility for a subsidiary of Nakheel. Anthony Pallett is another key contact.

Leading individuals

Anthony Pallett - Hogan Lovells (Middle East) LLP

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Capital markets
Capital markets - ranked: tier 3

Hogan Lovells (Middle East) LLP

Hogan Lovells (Middle East) LLP β€˜combines technical expertise with in-depth local market knowledge’, covering a range of Islamic capital markets mandates. Imran Mufti and Rahail Ali advised Aktif Bank on a $118m sukuk, the first issued on the Irish Stock Exchange’s Global Exchange Market, and acted for the Islamic Corporation for the Development of the Private Sector as lead arrangers on Senegalese, Togolese and Ivorian sovereign sukuks. Andrew Tarbuck, who β€˜really knows his stuff’, is a name of note for ECM matters.

Leading individuals

Andrew Tarbuck - Hogan Lovells (Middle East) LLP

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

Hogan Lovells (Middle East) LLP

Hogan Lovells (Middle East) LLP’s β€˜diligent, experienced and attentive-to-detail’ team’s deals include several matters with cross-border regional aspects. Charles Fuller advised Mumtalakat on its purchase of Ron Dennis’ shares in McLaren Technology Group and McLaren Automotive, and Kingdom Holding on the purchase of a minority stake in Careem. The β€˜commercially focused’ Imtiaz Shah advised Jimmy Choo plc on the formation of a joint venture with Al Tayer, its UAE distributor. Warren Thomson and Andrew Tarbuck are also names to note, as is β€˜dedicated and responsive’ senior associate Erin Kiem.

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Construction - ranked: tier 3

Hogan Lovells (Middle East) LLP

Hogan Lovells (Middle East) LLP handles a range of issues arising from challenging and high-profile developments, including disputes and contract reviews. Nabeel Ikram, in addition to being β€˜one of the best construction dispute resolution experts in the local market’ for many, also handles advisory work. Christopher Cross handles transactional matters related to skyscrapers and industrial structures.

Leading individuals

Nabeel Ikram - Hogan Lovells (Middle East) LLP

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Energy and infrastructure
Energy and infrastructure - ranked: tier 3

Hogan Lovells (Middle East) LLP

At Hogan Lovells (Middle East) LLP, Christopher Cross is praised for his β€˜knowledge of financial documents in the region’; in addition to his workload on industrial and transport developments, Cross advised Kings College Hospital on the financing and construction of hospitals. Sohail Barkatali (who has β€˜deep knowledge of doing business in the Middle East’) is advising the lenders to a concentrated solar power plant project.

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Investment funds
Investment funds - ranked: tier 2

Hogan Lovells (Middle East) LLP

At Hogan Lovells (Middle East) LLP, Warren Thomson advised Royal Capital Holdings on the formation of a Cayman-domiciled distressed asset fund. Imtiaz Shah and Andrew Tarbuck are also recommended.

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Islamic finance
Islamic finance - ranked: tier 1

Hogan Lovells (Middle East) LLP

Hogan Lovells (Middle East) LLP is β€˜responsive, sharp and well respected’. Practice head Rahail Ali β€˜has a fantastic market reputation; clients know they have a market leader when he is on their side’ – he and senior associate Ahmet Kalafat advised HSBC on a $236m commodity murabaha provided to Ziraat Participation Bank. Other key figures include Imran Mufti, who is a name to note in the sukuk space; Anthony Pallett, who advised Ominyat Holdings on an ijara financing for a real estate project; and Rustum Shah, who is β€˜highly respected for his technical and problem-solving abilities’.

Leading individuals

Rahail Ali - Hogan Lovells (Middle East) LLP

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United Arab Emirates: Dispute resolution

Arbitration and international litigation
Dispute resolution: arbitration and international litigation - ranked: tier 4

Hogan Lovells (Middle East) LLP

At Hogan Lovells (Middle East) LLP, Nabeel Ikram handles a range of DIAC and ICC arbitrations, including joint venture, franchising and construction disputes, as well as free zone court litigation. Counsel Andrew Mackenzie is now at Baker McKenzie Habib Al Mulla.

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    After years of debate, on 14 June 2012 and in its last days of office, the Legislative Council finally enacted Hong Kong’s first cross- sector competition law.
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  • New Long Term Residency Visas

    After much media coverage, Cabinet Decision 56 of 2018 (the Decision ) has been gazetted which introduces new long term residency visas to, amongst others, four categories of persons in the UAE.Β 
  • Significant Changes to Civil Procedure Code

    Significant changes to Federal Law No 11 of 1992 (the Civil Procedure Code ) will soon be coming into effect. These changes are introduced through regulations (the Regulations ) issued under the Civil Procedure Code and will come into effect on 16 February 2019.
  • Merger Clearance Matters

    The United Arab Emirates (the UAE ) promulgated legislation to specifically address the regulation of competition (being Federal Law 4 of 2012, or the Competition Law ) several years ago but until recently, it has been the case that the requisite implementing regulations and processes were not in place. This is no longer the case. Not only have the much anticipated implementing regulations been issued, the UAE Ministry of Economy (the Ministry ) (being the regulator in charge of administering the UAE competition regime) has now formed the required committee and issued the anticipated guidance and forms to allow concerned parties to make merger clearance submissions to the Ministry where required to do so pursuant to the Competition Law.Β 
  • New Promotion Regime for Domestic Funds

    In late November 2018, the Securities and Commodities Authority (SCA), the Dubai Financial Services Authority (DFSA) of the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) and the Financial Services Regulatory Authority (FSRA) of the Abu Dhabi Global Market (ADGM) announced that they had reached agreement on facilitating the licensing of domestic funds by each authority for promotion across the UAE.Β 
  • Federal Penal Code Amendments

    In the latest development in an eventful year, Federal Decree-Law 24 of 2018 introduces amendments to the Federal Penal Code, originally enacted as Federal Law 3 of 1987.Β 
  • New Anti-Money Laundering Law

    The new anti-money laundering ( AML ) law of the UAE took effect at the end of October 2018. Containing features recommended by the Financial Action Task Force ( FATF ), the new law introduces subtle but important changes to the AML landscape in the UAE.Β 
  • Confidentiality Under Renewed Focus

    The UAE federal government has recently issued a raft of important legislation, addressing and in many ways updating areas of law that are key to businesses in the jurisdiction. Amongst this legislation is Federal Decree-Law 14 of 2018 concerning the central bank and the organisation of financial institutions and activities (the New Banking Law ) and Federal Decree-Law 20 of 2018 concerning anti-money laundering and anti-terrorism financing (the New AML Law ). Both the New Banking Law and the New AML Law repeal and replace the previous legislation on their respective subjects. Importantly, the New Banking Law and the New AML Law have together enhanced the protection afforded to confidential information under UAE law, in particular where financial and legal service providers and their customers and clients are concerned.Β 
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    Freezones have always been the topic of discussion in the U.A.E. Amongst the various benefits, 100% foreign ownership is one of the advantages which is enjoyed the most by investors in these freezone companies. In the below article, our Company Setup Specialist, Neelesh Pillai talks about everything that you need to know about setting up a Freezone branch in Mainland.
  • Overview of the Bankruptcy Proceedings and Preventive Measures in the UAE

    Before the approval of the UAE Federal Decree Law No. 9 of 2016 (the β€œBankruptcy Law”) by the UAE Cabinet on 4 September 2016, the bankruptcy proceedings were regulated under the Commercial Code and were limited to court-driven proceeding addressed to liquidate companies rather than assist in restructuring their debts. This new law puts some light on the regulation on how companies should deal with their financial issues. In below article, our Associate from the Dispute Resolution department, Ahmed Salih talks about the bankruptcy proceedings and the preventive measures in the UAE. With over 10 years of experience in the UAE and Sudan , Litigator Ahmed Salih specializes in Commercial Law, Corporate Law, Civil Claims, Labour Disputes, Shari'a Law, personal status cases, Real Estate Claims, and Bankruptcy.
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    Under UAE civil law – like in other civil law systems – not all time-bars are mentioned and dealt with in one particular statue. Our Partner, Alessandro Tricoli , and Senior Associate, Shehab Mamdouh explains the different time bars, time limits and deadlines for legal cases under UAE law.