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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.

Leading individuals

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
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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  • Thoughts on the Extradition Rules under the UAE Laws

    This article assesses the feasibilities and outline of the process of extradition in the UAE. The article also reviews how extradition succeeds through judicial collaboration internationally.
  • Arbitration Article Series V: Challenging an Arbitration

    In this case the losing party will file an annulment case. However, it may be possible to argue that the parties have accepted the tribunal’s jurisdiction, or have waived any right to object, or have lost that right by not objecting at the first opportunity.
  • Investors win Dh84m claim against developer in Dubai

    A Dubai developer has been ordered to pay three men Dh84m after they failed to deliver villas the men had purchased from a housing project near Dubai Land.
  • The Public-Private Partnership Law Review 3rd Edition

    The Philippine chapter of The Public-Private Partnership Law Review 3 rd edition was contributed by SyCipLaw partners Marievic G. Ramos-Añonuevo and Arlene M. Maneja . The chapter includes information on public-private partnerships (PPPs) in the Philippines, including general framework, bidding and award procedure, contractual arrangements, financing, and recent developments and decisions.
  • Arbitration Article Series IV: Enforcing Arbitration Awards

    In this case the losing party will file an annulment case. However, it may be possible to argue that the parties have accepted the tribunal’s jurisdiction, or have waived any right to object, or have lost that right by not objecting at the first opportunity.
  • Arbitration Article Series I: Rise of Arbitration

    The UAE has rapidly emerged as a leading financial centre, attracting large global investors and businesses. As international developers and contractors continue to invest in construction projects, there has been an increasing trend in the use of arbitration in Dubai. The arbitration process is the preferred method to resolve disputes by commercial companies. As the certified language of arbitration proceedings is in English, a specialist tribunal can be appointed as opposed to the more broad UAE courts, and arbitration is generally more cost-effective and less time-consuming. This has led businesses and investors in the UAE to ensure that arbitration clauses or agreements are inserted into their contracts. Furthermore, the downturn in economic conditions in the real estate market over the past few years has led to an increase in disputes in general, and parties are more likely to issue court proceedings than to try to recover their losses through other ventures.
  • Arbitration Article Series II: Appointing Arbitrators

    An arbitrator can be appointed directly by name (this is not the common method used), through the court or through the arbitration centre. If you agree for the court or arbitration centre to appoint an arbitrator you need to make an application. The arbitration provisions of the Civil Procedure Code contain mandatory provisions concerning the appointment of an arbitrator. There must be an odd number of arbitrators, although there is no limit set on the number of arbitrators.
  • Arbitration Article Series III: Terms of References

    Parties wanting to enforce an award under the New York Convention must satisfy the requirements of the UAE Civil Code. In practice, enforcing arbitration awards can be a lengthy and unpredictable process. It is common for the UAE courts to require the foreign award to satisfy the rules and procedures of the UAE, and they may refuse to enforce it if there is a violation of local laws. One potential difficulty arises in convincing the UAE court that it did not have jurisdiction to hear the dispute in the first place (irrespective of the arbitration agreement between the parties). The UAE courts normally have a fairly broad jurisdiction over disputes including, for example, claims connected to money or assets within the UAE and claims arising out of contracts executed or to be performed in the UAE, as well as claims over foreigners who are resident in the UAE. Therefore, it is difficult to prove that the UAE court did not have jurisdiction over the order.
  • An Introduction to Corporate Guarantee

    In the UAE, the risk management activities inherent in running a corporate or investment banking business remain of crucial importance, not least because of the strong local characteristic of “name lending”, by which is meant lending or providing other banking facilities to family or other private businesses, primarily on the strength of the “name” or “names” of the proprietors standing behind the business, rather than on the strength of the asset quality and underlying credit of the particular business. Of course, in practice, there is commercial overlap between the proprietors and the companies which they own, but the credit analyses can break down where poor banking practices and procedures result in poorly constructed legal documentation and gaps in guarantee and security support documents.
  • An Introduction to Personal Guarantee

    The economic boom in UAE has resulted in huge developments and a considerable increase in trade. This in turn has led to a rise in transactions which require a fast debt recovery mechanism. According to common practice in the UAE, the most secure and quickest method is the post-dated -  and in some cases undated – cheque. This is often requested by creditors (financial institutions) and sellers, mostly in real estate transactions and trade. The rationale is mostly economic to individuals who are issuing the cheque, and how does personal guarantee play a role? In this Article, we attempt to analyze and overview UAE laws on Personal guarantee.