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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

Hogan Lovells (Middle East) LLP bolstered its banking and finance practice by hiring Anthony Pallett from Latham & Watkins LLP in November 2015. The team, led by Rahail Ali, handles a broad range of transactions covering Islamic and conventional lending, including trade and asset finance. Recent highlights include assisting a syndicate of local and international lenders with the AED500m financing of Joyalukkas Group.

Leading individuals

Anthony Pallett - 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 augmented its corporate, private equity and capital markets practice by hiring Charles Fuller and Andrew Tarbuck from Latham & Watkins LLP. It is a popular choice for cross-border transactions in the region and also has notable expertise in the retail sector, advising clients such as Gucci and Bottega Veneta. Imtiaz Shah heads the team, which includes ‘fantastic lawyerWarren Thomson.

Next generation lawyers

Blake Harley - Hogan Lovells (Middle East) LLP

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Construction - ranked: tier 4

Hogan Lovells (Middle East) LLP

Hogan Lovells (Middle East) LLP established its contentious construction practice when Nabeel Ikram joined from Dechert LLP. Christopher Cross advises public and private sector clients on construction and infrastructure projects.

Leading individuals

Nabeel Ikram - Hogan Lovells (Middle East) LLP

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 4

Hogan Lovells (Middle East) LLP

Hogan Lovells (Middle East) LLP’s practice is now led by construction dispute resolution specialist Nabeel Ikram, who joined from Dechert LLP. The team, which regularly acts in multi-jurisdictional cases, also hired solicitor advocate Andrew Mackenzie from Simmons & Simmons Middle East LLP.

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Energy and infrastructure
Energy and infrastructure - ranked: tier 3

Hogan Lovells (Middle East) LLP

The ‘service-oriented’ team at Hogan Lovells (Middle East) LLP displays ‘excellent industry knowledge in plant construction and public infrastructure’. Construction specialist Christopher Cross is assisting Ashmore Group with several matters relating to the construction and operation of various clinical healthcare facilities. Sohail Barkatali has an excellent reputation in energy and utility projects, advising clients such as EDF Energy Renewables and Kuwait Authority for Partnership Projects.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 3

Hogan Lovells (Middle East) LLP

Hogan Lovells (Middle East) LLP recently handled trade mark clearance, opposition and filing issues. Peter Hansen heads the practice.

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Investment funds
Investment funds - ranked: tier 3

Hogan Lovells (Middle East) LLP

Hogan Lovells (Middle East) LLP is particularly known for advising on shari’ah-compliant funds, drawing on its market-leading Islamic finance practice. QInvest, Fajr Capital and Emirates NBD Capital are clients. Imtiaz Shah focuses on real estate or private equity funds and Warren Thomson advises on DIFC-domiciled funds.

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Islamic finance
Islamic finance - ranked: tier 1

Hogan Lovells (Middle East) LLP

A traditional global leader in Islamic finance, Hogan Lovells (Middle East) LLP handles a broad range of transactions, including sukuks and multi-tranche project finance deals. The team was bolstered by the arrival of Anthony Pallett, who joined from Latham & Watkins LLP. Rahail Ali is ‘a dynamic lawyer’, who is ‘commercially aware and practical’. Imran Mufti and Rustum Shah are also recommended.

Leading individuals

Rahail Ali - Hogan Lovells (Middle East) LLP

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United Arab Emirates: Capital markets

Capital markets: debt - ranked: tier 3

Hogan Lovells (Middle East) LLP

The ‘commercial and very responsive’ team at Hogan Lovells (Middle East) LLP has a strong standing in the Islamic finance space. Rahail Ali advises governments and major financial institutions on shari’ah-compliant debt and securitisation transactions.

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Capital markets: equity - ranked: tier 2

Hogan Lovells (Middle East) LLP

Hogan Lovells (Middle East) LLP hired ECM specialist Andrew Tarbuck from Latham & Watkins LLP. He has a solid track record in multibillion-dollar IPOs. Damac Properties, HSBC and National Bank of Abu Dhabi are clients.

Leading individuals

Andrew Tarbuck - Hogan Lovells (Middle East) LLP

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Legal Developments in United Arab Emirates

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  • 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.
  • Investors win Dh84m claim against developer in Dubai

    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.
  • An Introduction to Personal Guarantee

    The economic boom in UAE has resulted in huge developments and a considerable increase in trade. This in turn has led to a rise in transactions which require a fast debt recovery mechanism. According to common practice in the UAE, the most secure and quickest method is the post-dated -  and in some cases undated – cheque. This is often requested by creditors (financial institutions) and sellers, mostly in real estate transactions and trade. The rationale is mostly economic to individuals who are issuing the cheque, and how does personal guarantee play a role? In this Article, we attempt to analyze and overview UAE laws on Personal guarantee.