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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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