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King & Spalding LLP

LEVEL 15, AL SILA TOWER, ABU DHABI GLOBALL MARKET SQUARE , PO BOX 130522, ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
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Work +971 2 596 7000
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Fax +971 2 596 7077
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www.kslaw.com

United Arab Emirates

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 3

King & Spalding LLP

King & Spalding LLP handles various real estate and project finance deals, many of them shari’ah compliant, with a particular strength in work related to Saudi Arabia. Nabil Issa, James Stull and Michael Rainey advised BlueApple Health Service on the financing of a hospital in Abu Dhabi, using shari’ah and conventional debt tranches. Jawad Ali advised Al Qahtani Investment Company and Dalma Energy as borrowers on facilities secured over their drilling fleet. Rizwan Kanji and counsel Asal Saghari contribute further Islamic finance expertise. Robin Bayley was a new arrival from Shearman & Sterling LLP in 2019.

Next generation lawyers

Asal Saghari - King & Spalding LLP

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Capital markets
Capital markets - ranked: tier 2

King & Spalding LLP

King & Spalding LLP’s practice handles heavyweight Islamic debt capital markets work alongside conventional mandates. Rizwan Kanji advised Barwa Bank on establishing a $2bn trust certificate programme listed in Dublin. James Stull contributes listed funds expertise. Hamed Afzal is a key senior associate.

Leading individuals

Rizwan Kanji - King & Spalding LLP

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Hamed Afzal - King & Spalding LLP

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

King & Spalding LLP

King & Spalding LLP handles a range of regional M&A deals, many of which involve private equity or connections to Saudi Arabia. New partner Osama Audi advised Delivery Hero on its acquisitions of Hungerstation and Carriage. Nabil Issa advised Gulf Investment Corporation on its purchase of a stake in Sudair Pharma. James Stull and Simon Rahimzada are also recommended.

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Osama Audi - King & Spalding LLP

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Construction
Construction - ranked: tier 2

King & Spalding LLP

King & Spalding LLP handles disputes and non-contentious work, often involving public procurement projects. Tim Burbury is advising Bupa Arabia on a new outpatient clinic in Jeddah. Adrian Cole and senior associate John Packer handle construction disputes regarding developments ranging from oil infrastructure through to hotels.

Leading individuals

Adrian Cole - King & Spalding LLP

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John Packer - King & Spalding LLP

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Energy and infrastructure
Energy and infrastructure - ranked: tier 3

King & Spalding LLP

King & Spalding LLP’s expertise comprises renewables and conventional energy matters, as well as transport and district cooling projects, among others. Tim Burbury led the advice to Dubai World Trade Centre on the procurement of district cooling for the EXPO 2020 site. Leroy Levy is a key contact for Saudi-related work. Other clients include Etihad Rail and Électricité de France. Robin Bayley was a new arrival from Shearman & Sterling LLP in 2019.

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Investment funds
Investment funds - ranked: tier 1

King & Spalding LLP

King & Spalding LLP is ‘a top-tier firm and a leader in establishing investment funds’, with a particular strength in real estate fund work. James Stull is ‘a top-performing lawyer with expertise in Saudi-regulated funds’ – he advised Riyad Capital on the creation of the first Saudi-regulated and Tadawul-listed REIT. Nabil Issa handles fund formations and acts for investors.

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Islamic finance
Islamic finance - ranked: tier 2

King & Spalding LLP

King & Spalding LLP advises a range of banks on shari’ah-compliant capital markets and debt transactions. Rizwan Kanji advised the joint lead managers on Africa Finance Corporation’s debut sukuk. Jawad Ali is noted for his expertise in shari’ah-compliant fund matters.

Leading individuals

Jawad Ali - King & Spalding LLP

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Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 1

King & Spalding LLP

King & Spalding LLP is ‘very knowledgeable in real estate development matters, providing practical legal advice based on deep knowledge’. The team advised Aldar Properties on off-plan sales of its development on Reem Island. Moustafa Said is ‘very experienced and a strong technical lawyer’ – he advised Jabal Omar Development Company on buying three hotels in Mecca. Stephen Kelly and Sarah-Jane Mahood joined Dechert LLP in July 2018.

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United Arab Emirates: Dispute resolution

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

King & Spalding LLP

Key figures at King & Spalding LLP include Adrian Cole in Abu Dhabi, who handles construction, finance and investment fund disputes, and counsel and English-qualified barrister Zeeshan Dhar in Dubai, who joined form Al Tamimi & Company. Dhar handles arbitrations and DIFC litigation, including representing Riyadh Bank in seeking enforcement of an arbitral award. John Packer is a key senior associate.

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John Packer - King & Spalding LLP

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