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Pinsent Masons LLP

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United Arab Emirates

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 5

Pinsent Masons LLP

Pinsent Masons LLP's Amir Ahmad advised cornerstone client Dubai Islamic Bank on the refinancing of PNC Investment's debt concerning its real estate joint venture with Meydan Group. His other clients include Indian, European and other Middle Eastern banks, with much work involving financing of deals centring on British real estate. Tim Armsby and Gurmeet Kaur, who were new hires from Eversheds Sutherland LLP, handle projects and their financing.

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Commercial, corporate and M&A
Commercial, corporate and M&A - ranked: tier 3

Pinsent Masons LLP

Pinsent Masons LLP, whose client base includes a range of listed companies, 'gives clients the comfort of personal service that clients can depend on'. Osama Hassan has 'a unique advantage of being proficient in both English and Arabic, with strong personal relationships the various local departments'; he advised the shareholders of QMI Building Metal Products on selling the business to Allegion. Mohammad Tbaishat is 'fantastic: he is able to explain what is required and is very enjoyable to work with'; he assisted National Energy Services Reunited with its purchase of National Petroleum Services for $1.1bn. Other clients include Baker Hughes GE, which Tbaishat advised on a number of corporate transactional matters.

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Construction - ranked: tier 1

Pinsent Masons LLP

At Pinsent Masons LLP, Mark Raymont handles work for well-known contractors in energy-related projects, while Jed Savager represents joint ventures in  major infrastructure disputes. In the non-contentious arena, Bill Smith advises Kier on its role as management contractor of the Dubai Arena project. Clients include Korean and Turkish contractors. Sachin Kerur and Michelle Nelson are now at Reed Smith.

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

Pinsent Masons LLP

At Pinsent Masons LLP, Mark Raymont represents Assas Opco in a dispute over its termination of Viceroy's contract to manage its hotel on the Palm Jumeirah, which has led to proceedings in the Dubai courts, the DIFC and the US. Damian Crosse handles billion-euro asset recovery litigation in the DIFC courts, among other matters.

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Employment - ranked: tier 3

Pinsent Masons LLP

A ‚Äėstand-out employment practice‚Äô, Pinsent Masons LLP¬†blends ‚Äėimpressive technical knowledge with pragmatism and commercialism‚Äô. In particular, department head ‚ÄĒ and newly promoted partner ‚ÄĒ Luke Tapp¬†is ‚Äėresponsive, collaborative and solutions oriented‚Äô; he advised a global pharmaceutical client on restructuring its Middle East business.

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Energy and infrastructure
Energy and infrastructure - ranked: tier 4

Pinsent Masons LLP

Pinsent Masons LLP has bolstered its projects team by hiring Tim Armsby and Gurmeet Kaur from Eversheds Sutherland LLP. The two advise the lenders to a consortium bidding for the 450 megalitre/day third phase of the Shuqiaiq water plant in Saudi Arabia. Amir Ahmad acts for Pakistan GasPort on the Port Qasim LNG port project in Karachi. Sachin Kerur is now at Reed Smith.

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Islamic finance
Islamic finance - ranked: tier 3

Pinsent Masons LLP

At Pinsent Masons LLP, Amir Ahmad advises a number of Emirati banks on locally significant loans; his other deals include purchases of UK real estate assets, some of which involve Channel Island structures.

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Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 2

Pinsent Masons LLP

Pinsent Masons LLP leverages its signature construction expertise to specialise in development matters. It is also routinely involved in investment, leasing and corporate transactions. Group head Philip Corfield-Smith is advising a major local developer on a mall project. Senior associate James Rayner, who provides support on the mall work, is also a key contact.

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