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United Arab Emirates

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 1

White & Case LLP

White & Case LLP is ‘knowledgeable, responsive and focused on putting together balanced and implementable deals’, advising both lenders and borrowers on high-value project and corporate financing deals. The Abu Dhabi-based Matthew Wood handles significant project financings and is ‘an excellent leader’. In Dubai, Claire Matheson Kirton advised International Petroleum Investment Company on a €800m revolving facility. Other clients include Cassa Depositi e Prestiti.

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Capital markets
Capital markets - ranked: tier 1

White & Case LLP

White & Case LLP is praised for its ‘strong industry knowledge’, which covers equity and debt capital markets. Debashis Dey ‘possesses excellent industry knowledge and is very pragmatic and results-oriented’ – he advised Investment Corporation of Dubai on a $1bn issuance of trust certificates. On the ECM side, Abdulwahid Alulama and newly promoted partner Ali Shaikley advised Emirates NBD Capital as bookrunner and listing adviser on ENBD REIT’s IPO on NASDAQ Dubai. Also recommended are counsel Claudio Medeossi, who advises a number of bond trustees, and Sami Al-Louzi, who returned to the firm from Latham & Watkins LLP and divides his time between Dubai and Riyadh.

Leading individuals

Debashis Dey - White & Case LLP

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

White & Case LLP

White & Case LLP’s UAE practice handles a range of high-value local and cross-border deals, often working in conjunction with teams in the US and London. Michiel Visser advised United Arab Shipping Company on its merger with Hapag-Lloyd, while Michael Watson in Abu Dhabi advised Saudi Aramco on purchasing an equity stake in a refinery project in Malaysia. UAE-qualified Abdulwahid Alulama regularly acts for local and regional investors.

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Construction - ranked: tier 4

White & Case LLP

White & Case LLP’s Michael Turrini primarily represents employers in high-stakes disputes arising from energy and water infrastructure developments and high-rise projects. On the non-contentious side, Luke Robottom is advising ADWEA on the construction aspects of the Barakah nuclear project.

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Energy and infrastructure
Energy and infrastructure - ranked: tier 1

White & Case LLP

White & Case LLP’s practice in Abu Dhabi acts for sponsors, procurers and financiers on energy, water and industrial projects. Antoine Cousin and Abdulwahid Alulama advised DEWA on the development and financing of the 2.4GW Hassayan power station, the first coal-fired plant in the GCC region. Michael Watson, Luke Robottom and Matthew Wood advise ADWEA on the 5.6GW Barakah nuclear power station project in Abu Dhabi.

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Islamic finance
Islamic finance - ranked: tier 3

White & Case LLP

White & Case LLP, headed by Debashis Dey as global head of Islamic finance, has a particular strength in work with Saudi elements. Dey, working with the firm’s other offices, advised HSBC, JPMorgan and Citi as managers and bookrunners on the $9bn Saudi sovereign sukuk, Claire Matheson Kirton advised Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank on an AED887m ijara facility lent to Manazel Real Estate.

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United Arab Emirates: Dispute resolution

Arbitration and international litigation
Dispute resolution: arbitration and international litigation - ranked: tier 5

White & Case LLP

White & Case LLP represents owners in high-value construction and infrastructure arbitrations. Michael Turrini is a key contact.

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Legal Developments in United Arab Emirates

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    In late November 2018, the Securities and Commodities Authority (SCA), the Dubai Financial Services Authority (DFSA) of the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) and the Financial Services Regulatory Authority (FSRA) of the Abu Dhabi Global Market (ADGM) announced that they had reached agreement on facilitating the licensing of domestic funds by each authority for promotion across the UAE. 
  • 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. 
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    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. 
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    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. 
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    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.
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