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Clifford Chance

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United Arab Emirates

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 1

Clifford Chance

Clifford Chance handles a range of corporate, asset and project finance matters, including deals straddling Islamic and conventional finance. Key figures include Robin Abraham and Debbie Walker, who are ‘responsive, commercial and pragmatic’; and Peter Avery and Antony Single, who is located in the Abu Dhabi office. The firm is, for some, ‘the leader for Africa-related work’, with Edmund Boyo, who recently relocated to Dubai from Frankfurt, singled out for Africa-facing mandates. The ‘impressive’ Tariq Imam has real estate finance expertise. Mark Valenzia is a key senior associate. Clients include Dubai Islamic Bank and HSBC.

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Peter Avery - Clifford Chance

Robin Abraham - Clifford Chance

Next generation lawyers

Mark Valenzia - Clifford Chance

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Capital markets
Capital markets - ranked: tier 1

Clifford Chance

Clifford Chance’s track record covers both debt and equity capital markets mandates. On the ECM front, Mike Taylor handles a range of Dubai Financial Market--related matters, including potential IPOs and rights issues. Stuart Ure advised the government of Kuwait on the establishment of its GMTN programme and $8bn dual-tranche Rule 144A issuance of notes, which were admitted to trading on the Irish and London stock exchanges. Ure also advised Etihad Airways on its $3bn debut sukuk.

Leading individuals

Mike Taylor - Clifford Chance

Stuart Ure - Clifford Chance

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Commercial, corporate and M&A
Commercial, corporate and M&A - ranked: tier 1

Clifford Chance

Clifford Chance is a regular fixture on market-leading regional and global M&A deals in sectors ranging from banking and aviation through to retail and healthcare. Jason Mendens moved from the firm’s Doha office to Dubai, where he joins Mohammed Al-Shukairy, Mike Taylor, James McCarthy and senior associate Andrew Steele. Rupert Harper is the key partner in Abu Dhabi. Amazon, HSBC and Dubai Aerospace Enterprise are clients.

Leading individuals

Mike Taylor - Clifford Chance

Mohammed Al-Shukairy - Clifford Chance

Next generation lawyers

Andrew Steele - Clifford Chance

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Construction - ranked: tier 2

Clifford Chance

Clifford Chance’s ‘deep resources add significant value’. In Abu Dhabi, Tim Steadman, who relocated from London in 2017, and Richard Parris handle construction matters relating to infrastructure projects. In Dubai, James Abbott handles construction disputes arising from projects in the Middle East and beyond. Clients include SOCAR and Emirates Global Aluminium.

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Energy and infrastructure
Energy and infrastructure - ranked: tier 1

Clifford Chance

Clifford Chance has a particular strength in project financing, covering large real estate developments as well as conventional and renewable energy projects, often in challenging jurisdictions. Richard Parris in Abu Dhabi handles energy and water projects, while Debbie Walker, Robin Abraham and Qudeer Latif are key names in Dubai for project financings, some of which use shari’ah-compliant structures. Andrej Kormuth and Mark Valenzia are key senior associates. Clients include DP World.

Next generation lawyers

Andrej Kormuth - Clifford Chance

Mark Valenzia - Clifford Chance

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Islamic finance
Islamic finance - ranked: tier 1

Clifford Chance

Clifford Chance handles a range of Islamic transactions, including sukuks, commodity murabahas, ijaras and hybrid shari’ah-compliant and conventional multi-tranche facilities. Qudeer Latif heads the firm’s global Islamic practice, with Mohamed Hamra-Krouha in Abu Dhabi and Stuart Ure also key contacts. Clients include Emirates NBD and HSBC. Senior associate Ahmed Choudhry joined from Dentons.

Leading individuals

Qudeer Latif - Clifford Chance

Next generation lawyers

Ahmed Choudhry - Clifford Chance

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United Arab Emirates: Dispute resolution

Arbitration and international litigation
Dispute resolution: arbitration and international litigation - ranked: tier 1

Clifford Chance

Clifford Chance provides ‘a consistently high level of service, as one would expert from a leading global firm – its service delivery gives much assurance to its clients’. James Abbott (‘approachable, practical, hugely experienced and very easy to deal with’) and senior associate Shane Jury handle DIFC Court litigation, often concerning the financial services sector. Matthew Shanahan joined Baker McKenzie Habib Al Mulla in October 2017.

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Legal Developments in United Arab Emirates

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  • New Promotion Regime for Domestic Funds

    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. 
  • 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.