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Hogan Lovells (Middle East) LLP

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United Arab Emirates

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 2

Hogan Lovells (Middle East) LLP

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 ‘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) LLPcombines 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 ‘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 ‘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 ‘commercially focusedImtiaz 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 ‘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 ‘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 ‘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 ‘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 ‘responsive, sharp and well respected’. Practice head Rahail Ali ‘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 ‘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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  • Cautious Optimism on 100 per cent Foreign Ownership

    Recent media reports have suggested that 100 per cent foreign ownership of companies in the UAE will now be permitted. The reports are based on a government press release regarding a UAE Federal Cabinet (Cabinet) meeting held on 20 May 2018.
  • Thoughts on the Extradition Rules under the UAE Laws

    This article assesses the feasibilities and outline of the process of extradition in the UAE. The article also reviews how extradition succeeds through judicial collaboration internationally.
  • Arbitration Article Series V: Challenging an Arbitration

    In this case the losing party will file an annulment case. However, it may be possible to argue that the parties have accepted the tribunal’s jurisdiction, or have waived any right to object, or have lost that right by not objecting at the first opportunity.
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    A Dubai developer has been ordered to pay three men Dh84m after they failed to deliver villas the men had purchased from a housing project near Dubai Land.
  • The Public-Private Partnership Law Review 3rd Edition

    The Philippine chapter of The Public-Private Partnership Law Review 3 rd edition was contributed by SyCipLaw partners Marievic G. Ramos-Añonuevo and Arlene M. Maneja . The chapter includes information on public-private partnerships (PPPs) in the Philippines, including general framework, bidding and award procedure, contractual arrangements, financing, and recent developments and decisions.
  • Arbitration Article Series IV: Enforcing Arbitration Awards

    In this case the losing party will file an annulment case. However, it may be possible to argue that the parties have accepted the tribunal’s jurisdiction, or have waived any right to object, or have lost that right by not objecting at the first opportunity.
  • Arbitration Article Series I: Rise of Arbitration

    The UAE has rapidly emerged as a leading financial centre, attracting large global investors and businesses. As international developers and contractors continue to invest in construction projects, there has been an increasing trend in the use of arbitration in Dubai. The arbitration process is the preferred method to resolve disputes by commercial companies. As the certified language of arbitration proceedings is in English, a specialist tribunal can be appointed as opposed to the more broad UAE courts, and arbitration is generally more cost-effective and less time-consuming. This has led businesses and investors in the UAE to ensure that arbitration clauses or agreements are inserted into their contracts. Furthermore, the downturn in economic conditions in the real estate market over the past few years has led to an increase in disputes in general, and parties are more likely to issue court proceedings than to try to recover their losses through other ventures.
  • Arbitration Article Series II: Appointing Arbitrators

    An arbitrator can be appointed directly by name (this is not the common method used), through the court or through the arbitration centre. If you agree for the court or arbitration centre to appoint an arbitrator you need to make an application. The arbitration provisions of the Civil Procedure Code contain mandatory provisions concerning the appointment of an arbitrator. There must be an odd number of arbitrators, although there is no limit set on the number of arbitrators.
  • Arbitration Article Series III: Terms of References

    Parties wanting to enforce an award under the New York Convention must satisfy the requirements of the UAE Civil Code. In practice, enforcing arbitration awards can be a lengthy and unpredictable process. It is common for the UAE courts to require the foreign award to satisfy the rules and procedures of the UAE, and they may refuse to enforce it if there is a violation of local laws. One potential difficulty arises in convincing the UAE court that it did not have jurisdiction to hear the dispute in the first place (irrespective of the arbitration agreement between the parties). The UAE courts normally have a fairly broad jurisdiction over disputes including, for example, claims connected to money or assets within the UAE and claims arising out of contracts executed or to be performed in the UAE, as well as claims over foreigners who are resident in the UAE. Therefore, it is difficult to prove that the UAE court did not have jurisdiction over the order.
  • An Introduction to Corporate Guarantee

    In the UAE, the risk management activities inherent in running a corporate or investment banking business remain of crucial importance, not least because of the strong local characteristic of “name lending”, by which is meant lending or providing other banking facilities to family or other private businesses, primarily on the strength of the “name” or “names” of the proprietors standing behind the business, rather than on the strength of the asset quality and underlying credit of the particular business. Of course, in practice, there is commercial overlap between the proprietors and the companies which they own, but the credit analyses can break down where poor banking practices and procedures result in poorly constructed legal documentation and gaps in guarantee and security support documents.