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Clifford Chance

13TH & 14TH FLOORS, AL NIYADI BUILDING, AIRPORT ROAD, SECTOR W-14/02, PO BOX 26492, ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
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United Arab Emirates

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 1

Clifford Chance

Clifford Chance has ‘a strong team of legal experts, which displays commercial savviness, ensuring that the most commercial and legally sound solution is achieved’. Managing partner Robin Abraham is ‘a deal-maker, combining his legal expertise with a commercial approach’. Peter Avery acted for Emirates National Oil Company on its $1.5bn syndicated facility provided by local, regional and international banks for the expansion of an oil refinery. The ‘knowledgeable’ Antony Single, Islamic finance specialist Qudeer Latif and Mohamed Hamra-Krouha, who splits time between Abu Dhabi and Saudi Arabia, are also key names to note.

Leading individuals

Peter Avery - Clifford Chance

Robin Abraham - Clifford Chance

Next generation lawyers

Andrej Kormuth - Clifford Chance

Mark Valenzia - Clifford Chance

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

Clifford Chance

Clifford Chance frequently handles complex cross-border corporate and M&A mandates, such as Mohammed Al-Shukairy advised Qatar National Bank on its $2.7bn proposed acquisition of Finansbank; he also led a multi-jurisdictional team acting on the joint venture between Mubadala and Trafigura. Mike Taylor recently assisted Jezeera Airways with its $507m sale of 15 aircraft to Investec Bank and Chow Tai Fook Enterprises. James McCarthy and Abu Dhabi-based Rupert Harper are also recommended.

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 often acts for procurers and project companies in non-contentious matters pertaining to major energy and infrastructure projects. Katie Joukadjian has ‘a calm disposition and analytical approach’. James Abbott handles contentious matters. Practice head Sandy Hall relocated to the London office, but continues to lead on large transactions, particularly in the oil and gas industry. Clients can rely on Hall to ‘steer them through complex procurement and technology licensing issues, providing robust but commercially oriented advice’.

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 1

Clifford Chance

Clifford Chance provides ‘a highly efficient and result-oriented service’. It is acting for a multinational in a series of disputes arising out of the liquidation of a bank. Counsel Matthew Shanahan has extensive expertise in advising financial institutions on regulatory issues. Practice head James Abbott is ‘practical and pragmatic’. Graham Lovett joined Gibson Dunn in January 2016.

Next generation lawyers

Matthew Shanahan - Clifford Chance

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Energy and infrastructure
Energy and infrastructure - ranked: tier 1

Clifford Chance

Clifford Chance’s highlights included acting for Kuwait National Petroleum Company on the conventional and Islamic financing of a multibillion-dollar clean fuels project and advising National Bank of Abu Dhabi on the term loan facility for the expansion of Fujairah Oil Terminal. Key contacts include practice head Richard Parris, project finance experts Peter Avery and Mohamed Hamra-Krouha; construction specialist Sandy Hall remains involved in the practice, but recently relocated to London.

Leading individuals

Mohamed Hamra-Krouha - Clifford Chance

Peter Avery - Clifford Chance

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 cross-border Islamic finance matters, including sovereign sukuk issuances. Global head of Islamic finance Qudeer Latif advised the mandated lead arrangers on the AED1.8bn financing of the IMG World of Adventures project. In another highlight, a multi-jurisdictional team acted for Kuwait National Petroleum Company on the conventional and Islamic financing of its Clean Fuel Project. Stuart Ure specialises in structured finance and Islamic debt capital markets. Rising star Ahmed Choudhry recently joined from Dentons.

Leading individuals

Qudeer Latif - Clifford Chance

Next generation lawyers

Ahmed Choudhry - Clifford Chance

Shauaib Mirza - Clifford Chance

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Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 3

Clifford Chance

Clifford Chance frequently advises on the real estate aspects of sizeable corporate and financing transactions. Tariq Imam has notable experience in hospitality developments. Clients include Aldar Properties, Dubai Holdings and Investment Corporation of Dubai.

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United Arab Emirates: Capital markets

Debt
Capital markets: debt - ranked: tier 1

Clifford Chance

Clifford Chance’s breadth and depth of expertise enables it to handle a range of first-of-its-kind DCM transactions. The ‘commercially minded and knowledgeable’ Stuart Ure assisted National Bank of Abu Dhabi with the establishment of a US commercial paper programme.

Leading individuals

Stuart Ure - Clifford Chance

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Equity
Capital markets: equity - ranked: tier 1

Clifford Chance

Clifford Chance has ‘one of the best ECM practices in the Middle East’. In 2015, the team acted for Saudi Ground Services on its SAR2.8bn IPO. On the underwriter side, it advised SambaCapital and lead manager Investment Management Company on the secondary sale of ordinary shares in Middle East Healthcare Company through an IPO on the Saudi stock exchange. Mike Taylor is the key contact, regularly working with the firm’s Riyadh office.

Leading individuals

Mike Taylor - Clifford Chance

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