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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

At Pinsent Masons LLP, Amir Ahmad advised the trade creditors of Limitless World on its second restructuring of $1.9bn of debt. Other work concerns project and real estate financing, often utilising shari’ah-compliant structures. Noor Bank is a client.

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Commercial, corporate and M&A
Commercial, corporate and M&A - ranked: tier 4

Pinsent Masons LLP

Pinsent Masons LLP’s practice handles a range of corporate and commercial work, including sensitive M&A deals and joint ventures. Osama Hassan advised Balfour Beatty on the sale of its UAE operations to Dubai Transport Company. Mohammad Tbaishat handles commercial and joint venture work for clients such as Bloomberg and Hikma Pharmaceuticals.

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Construction - ranked: tier 1

Pinsent Masons LLP

Pinsent Masons LLP is ‘a go-to firm’ with ‘deep knowledge and experience of construction disputes’. The firm has a strong track record in airport construction mandates; Michelle Nelson handles non-contentious work, while Sachin Kerur represented GMR Maldives International in a long-running dispute following the termination of a contract with the Maldives government to redevelop Malé airport. Non-contentious highlights included Bill Smith’s advice to Kier on the Dubai Arena project. Mark Raymont and Jed Savager are also names to note.

Leading individuals

Michelle Nelson - Pinsent Masons LLP

Sachin Kerur - Pinsent Masons LLP

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Employment - ranked: tier 4

Pinsent Masons LLP

Pinsent Masons LLPprovides the assistance needed in a timely manner – it has good knowledge of the national labour law’. Senior associate Luke Tapp is ‘personable, responsive and has a good understanding of what international clients need’. He defended a construction company in an unfair dismissal claim in the UAE courts. Corporate partner Osama Hassan is another name to note.

Next generation lawyers

Luke Tapp - Pinsent Masons LLP

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Energy and infrastructure
Energy and infrastructure - ranked: tier 3

Pinsent Masons LLP

Pinsent Masons LLP handles a range of aviation projects, as well as disputes arising from shipping and infrastructure projects. Sachin Kerur advised Limak on the construction of a new terminal at Kuwait International Airport. Amir Ahmad advised Pakistan GasPort on its LNG import terminal in Karachi. Jed Savager is also a name of note.

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Islamic finance
Islamic finance - ranked: tier 3

Pinsent Masons LLP

Pinsent Masons LLP’s Amir Ahmad advised China Machinery Engineering Corporation as sponsor on a shari’ah-compliant financing of a coal-fired power station and coal mine in Pakistan. The firm also acts for banks in the corporate lending space.

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Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 2

Pinsent Masons LLP

Pinsent Masons LLP is praised for its ‘strong sector knowledge and proactive attitude’ to work concerning a range of real estate assets. The ‘tenacious and detail-focussed’ Philip Corfield-Smith advised Bhatia Group on negotiating a hotel management agreement with Marriott. James Rayner is a key senior associate.

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United Arab Emirates: Dispute resolution

Arbitration and international litigation
Dispute resolution: arbitration and international litigation - ranked: tier 3

Pinsent Masons LLP

Pinsent Masons LLP is ‘very client-focused and responsive, providing strong and practical advice’. ‘Exceptional lawyer’ Damian Crosse, who is based in Dubai, represented Daman Health Insurance in a pioneering Qatar Financial Centre case regarding health insurance coverage. Michelle Nelson and Jed Savager handle construction disputes, as does Sachin Kerur, who ‘has deep experience and can strategise effectively’. Also recommended are legal director Mahmoud Selim and Luke Tapp, who was made partner in 2018 and is singled out for employment-related disputes.

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