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Eversheds Sutherland LLP

CAPITAL PLAZA OFFICE TOWER, LEVEL P7, CORNICHE RD, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
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Work +971 2 494 3600
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Fax +971 2 494 3601
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United Arab Emirates

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 4

Eversheds Sutherland LLP

Eversheds Sutherland LLP is 'always up-to-date with the relevant laws and practices in the industry'. The 'highly knowledgeable' Clint Dempsey advised United Engineering Construction on borrowing syndicated construction financing, secured over its bank accounts, to develop a shopping centre in Deira. Borrower-side work includes assistance to Voltalia with a solar project in Egypt. On the banks side, Dempsey advised Alubaf Arab International Bank on loans to both a Turkish bank and a Turkish construction leasing company. Retail banking clients include Bank of Sharjah, which the firm acted for on updating its lending and security documents. Other clients include Standard Chartered and Commercial Bank International; the team advised the latter on a $7m mortgage over a Cypriot-flagged container ship.

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

Eversheds Sutherland LLP

At Eversheds Sutherland LLP, Zeid Hanania and principal associate Hani Nassef advised Gulf Capital on purchasing a majority stake in Accumed, a provider of hospital invoicing services. The pair, working with the firm's other offices, also assisted Stolt-Neilson with separating out its tanker business for a potential future sale. The firm also handles corporate and commercial work for leading technology-based businesses, with Geraldine Ahern a key contact for this work - she also handles other commercial contracts and agency agreements . Other clients include CK Hutchison, which Hanania, along with the firm's Iraqi offices, advised on purchasing a stake in the port of Basra.

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Construction
Construction - ranked: tier 4

Eversheds Sutherland LLP

Eversheds Sutherland LLP's Paul Taylor and legal director Roberta Wertman - both of whom joined from Reed Smith - handle various disputes, including those concerning tower and energy infrastructure. Shalagh Massingham is also a notable name.

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

Eversheds Sutherland LLP

At Eversheds Sutherland LLP, Rebecca Copley handles financial services matters, including document-heavy cases before the DIFC courts and alleged frauds pertaining to financial services institutions. Nasser Ali Khasawneh is a key contact for technology-related arbitrations, and handles some conducted in Arabic.

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Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 2

Eversheds Sutherland LLP

Eversheds Sutherland LLP¬†boosted its group with the hire of ‚Äėvery capable‚Äô principal associate Sarah Anderson¬†from Hadef & Partners LLC.¬†Commercial head Geraldine Ahern, who handles a broad range of employment and immigration matters, remains the key contact and represented a global company in an employment termination case.

Leading individuals

Geraldine Ahern - Eversheds Sutherland LLP

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Energy and infrastructure
Energy and infrastructure - ranked: tier 3

Eversheds Sutherland LLP

At Eversheds Sutherland LLP, Karim Mahmud, who is dual-qualified to practise in England and Wales and Canada, relocated from the London office; he has expertise in a wide ambit of infrastructure matters, including those with a nexus to oil and gas, water, mining and social infrastructure. Clint Dempsey continues to be involved in renewables project finance - he led a cross-office team in the advice to Voltalia on financing the development of a 32MW solar photovoltaic power plant in Egypt. Elsewhere, the team is active in projects in the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia and Jordan, among other markets. Iwan Walters leads on the firm's clean energy and sustainability work in the Middle East and North Africa, acting for clients such as utilities, banks, developers, and private equity and infrastructure funds. Walters was the lead adviser to an international consortium on a bid to develop the 400MW Dumat al Jandal wind project in Saudi Arabia. Paul Taylor, who has a focus on construction and engineering disputes, joined from Reed Smith. Tim Armsby and Gurmeet Kaur are now at Pinsent Masons LLP.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 3

Eversheds Sutherland LLP

At Eversheds Sutherland LLP, TMT head Nasser Ali Khasawneh is the key contact for IP; he recently advised a technology client on enforcement matters. IP litigation is also a notable strength.

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Real estate
Leading individuals

Andrew Thomson - Eversheds Sutherland LLP

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TMT
TMT - ranked: tier 4

Eversheds Sutherland LLP

Eversheds Sutherland LLP, which has close links with major regional and multinational technology and media companies, handles a range of regulatory, commercial and contentious matters. In Dubai, global TMT co-head Nasser Ali Khasawneh¬†is noted for his ‚Äėstrong IT expertise‚Äô. Commercial head Geraldine Ahern¬†is a key contact in Abu Dhabi.

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