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White & Case LLP

16TH FLOOR, AL SILA TOWER, ABU DHABI GLOBAL MARKET SQUARE, PO BOX 128616, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
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Work +971 2 611 3400
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Fax +971 2 611 3499
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http://www.whitecase.com

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
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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