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United Arab Emirates

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 2

Norton Rose Fulbright

Norton Rose Fulbright regularly advises banks and borrowers on project finance transactions. Matthew Escritt advised EFG Hermes as arranger on a syndicated financing of the acquisition of several offshore oil rigs, necessitating a Liberian law ship mortgage. Abu Dhabi-based Paul Mansouri advised the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) on financing the third phase of the Mohammed bin Rashid solar park. Mohammed Paracha is a name to note for shari’ah-compliant transactions. Of counsel Nicholas Robinson is also recommended.

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Nicholas Robinson - Norton Rose Fulbright

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Capital markets
Capital markets - ranked: tier 3

Norton Rose Fulbright

Norton Rose Fulbright is a firm ‘clients can always rely on, with very good experience in Islamic structures’. Gregory Man advised the Central Bank of Bahrain on a $1bn Eurobond and $1bn sukuk issuance. Arranger clients include Emirates NBD and Barclays.

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Commercial, corporate and M&A
Commercial, corporate and M&A - ranked: tier 2

Norton Rose Fulbright

Norton Rose Fulbrightprovides accurate and commercially sound advice’ on a range of M&A matters. Key partners in the team include Jane Clayton, John Boehm, the recently promoted Adjou Ait Ben Idir, who has experience in Africa-related deals and is ‘very responsive and commercial’; all three are advising national carrier Saudia on the privatisation of its private jet business. Senior associate Hani Ghattas is also recommended.

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Adjou Ait Ben Idir - Norton Rose Fulbright

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Energy and infrastructure
Energy and infrastructure - ranked: tier 4

Norton Rose Fulbright

At Norton Rose Fulbright, the Abu Dhabi-based Paul Mansouri advised DEWA on procurement issues arising from the third phase of the Mohammed bin Rashid solar park. Other mandates involve renewables, water and transport infrastructure projects across the Middle East.

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Investment funds
Investment funds - ranked: tier 3

Norton Rose Fulbright

Norton Rose Fulbright is rated for its ‘very good level of service’. Jane Clayton (who ‘takes a very practical approach and is very transparent and personable’) advises fund sponsors and investors.

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Islamic finance
Islamic finance - ranked: tier 2

Norton Rose Fulbright

Norton Rose Fulbright’s work in the Islamic finance space covers lending and capital markets matters. Mohammed Paracha advised HSBC as arranger on a $65m commodity murabaha provided to a Turkish clothing retailer. Capital markets expert Gregory Man advised Tenaga National Berhad on its $750m sukuk issuance. Other clients include Emirates NBD.

Leading individuals

Mohammed Paracha - Norton Rose Fulbright

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United Arab Emirates: Dispute resolution

Arbitration and international litigation
Dispute resolution: arbitration and international litigation - ranked: tier 2

Norton Rose Fulbright

Norton Rose Fulbright represents key local, regional and global clients in commercial, banking and engineering disputes. Patrick Bourke, who heads the practice, handles cases ranging from commercial through to construction. Also recommended are Paul Stothard, who handles engineering cases, and Orlando Vidal, a former US attorney who handles internal investigations. Deirdre Walker relocated from the London office to head the firm’s Middle East offering. Of counsel Peter Wood is also a name of note.

Leading individuals

Patrick Bourke - Norton Rose Fulbright

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Legal Developments in United Arab Emirates

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  • Federal Penal Code Amendments

    In the latest development in an eventful year, Federal Decree-Law 24 of 2018 introduces amendments to the Federal Penal Code, originally enacted as Federal Law 3 of 1987. 
  • New Anti-Money Laundering Law

    The new anti-money laundering ( AML ) law of the UAE took effect at the end of October 2018. Containing features recommended by the Financial Action Task Force ( FATF ), the new law introduces subtle but important changes to the AML landscape in the UAE. 
  • Confidentiality Under Renewed Focus

    The UAE federal government has recently issued a raft of important legislation, addressing and in many ways updating areas of law that are key to businesses in the jurisdiction. Amongst this legislation is Federal Decree-Law 14 of 2018 concerning the central bank and the organisation of financial institutions and activities (the New Banking Law ) and Federal Decree-Law 20 of 2018 concerning anti-money laundering and anti-terrorism financing (the New AML Law ). Both the New Banking Law and the New AML Law repeal and replace the previous legislation on their respective subjects. Importantly, the New Banking Law and the New AML Law have together enhanced the protection afforded to confidential information under UAE law, in particular where financial and legal service providers and their customers and clients are concerned. 
  • Get 100% Foreign Ownership Today in Dubai

    Freezones have always been the topic of discussion in the U.A.E. Amongst the various benefits, 100% foreign ownership is one of the advantages which is enjoyed the most by investors in these freezone companies. In the below article, our Company Setup Specialist, Neelesh Pillai talks about everything that you need to know about setting up a Freezone branch in Mainland.
  • Overview of the Bankruptcy Proceedings and Preventive Measures in the UAE

    Before the approval of the UAE Federal Decree Law No. 9 of 2016 (the “Bankruptcy Law”) by the UAE Cabinet on 4 September 2016, the bankruptcy proceedings were regulated under the Commercial Code and were limited to court-driven proceeding addressed to liquidate companies rather than assist in restructuring their debts. This new law puts some light on the regulation on how companies should deal with their financial issues. In below article, our Associate from the Dispute Resolution department, Ahmed Salih talks about the bankruptcy proceedings and the preventive measures in the UAE. With over 10 years of experience in the UAE and Sudan , Litigator Ahmed Salih specializes in Commercial Law, Corporate Law, Civil Claims, Labour Disputes, Shari'a Law, personal status cases, Real Estate Claims, and Bankruptcy.
  • Time-bars, time limits and deadlines for legal cases under UAE law

    Under UAE civil law – like in other civil law systems – not all time-bars are mentioned and dealt with in one particular statue. Our Partner, Alessandro Tricoli , and Senior Associate, Shehab Mamdouh explains the different time bars, time limits and deadlines for legal cases under UAE law.
  • Seven Things to Know About Filing a Bankruptcy Petition in the UAE

    The absence of a legal framework for bankruptcy has long been a hindrance to UAE business. In the absence of proper bankruptcy laws, even a bounced cheque could land an entrepreneur in jail. The implementation of the relatively new bankruptcy law in the UAE is a huge step forward in improving the country’s economic and regulatory environment.
  • UAE Shipping Companies Seek VAT Exemption

    The UAE has climbed to sixth place in 2017 from seventh in 2015 on the list of the future leading maritime capitals.
  • Digital Directions

    Digital assets are the foundation of the new economy, and the developments of it continue to hit the headlines regularly. Our Partner & Head of Commercial & Technology, Irina Heaver explains different regulations depending on the nature of the specific assets.  This article was also published in LexisNexis - Middle East. 
  • All You Need to Know About Debt Recovery Procedures in the UAE

    According to the 2018 Global Ranking on Debt Collection, UAE is one of the most challenging places in the world for recovering the debt. With this in mind, keeping an eye on your cash-flow and expenditures are more vital than ever! Fichte & Co.’s dedicated Corporate and Litigation teams provide specialized commercial advice both for creditors and debtors and offer a tailor-made solution, including methods of recovery involving both judicial and quasi-judicial proceedings. Our debt recovery services minimize the time and expenditure involved in the pursuit of defaulting companies or individuals by applying a “No Cure – No Pay” policy. In the below article, our Associate & Litigator, Moaz Mustafa explains the debt recovery process, the court procedures and the time limitation in the UAE.