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DLA Piper Middle East LLP

LEVEL 10, EIBFS BUILDING, MUROOR ROAD, PO BOX 109950, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
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The firm: DLA Piper is a global law firm with lawyers in more than 30 countries throughout Asia Pacific, Europe, the Middle East and the Americas, positioning it to help companies with their legal needs around the world. DLA Piper strives to be the leading global business law firm by providing quality and value to clients every day. The firm achieves this through practical and innovative legal solutions that help clients succeed, and by delivering consistently across its full-service platform.

Areas of practice: Corporate: DLA Piper advises clients throughout the region on a wide range of transactions, including: mergers and acquisitions, both buy and sell side; private equity ‚Äď investments and divestments; corporate finance, including capital markets fund formation; Islamic finance; and joint ventures.

Employment: the firm is the only international legal practice offering a complete employment law service to businesses throughout the Middle East. The firm is conversant with the complex jurisdictional issues that apply across the different ‚Äėfree zones‚Äô, including the DIFC in Dubai.

Engineering and construction: the firm’s lawyers advise on all forms of contracts, including construct only, design and build, EPC, EPCM, alliance, construction management, project management, O&M consultancy, and the full suite of FIDIC and other commonly-used standard form contracts.

Finance and Islamic finance: the firm has vast experience of advising financial institutions on a variety of banking arrangements. The Islamic finance group has worked on numerous structures, including Ijara, Murabaha, Mudaraba, Takaful, Musharaka, Istisna’a, Wakala and Sukuk transactional structures, actively engaging with the Shari’ah scholars to develop constructs that are both Islamically compliant and commercially viable.

Global government affairs: global government affairs is the strategic communications and government relations international legal practice of DLA Piper. Its communications and public policy team offers expert lobbying and communications support to public and private sector clients across the region and the world.

Intellectual property and technology: the IPT team is among the largest and most consistently recognised leading practices in the Middle East. The team delivers the highest quality technical expertise, combined with commercial pragmatism and in-depth sector experience.

Litigation, arbitration and investigations: the firm is one of the few international legal practices with a dedicated and specialist legal team permanently on the ground. Its regional lawyers have genuine expertise in all areas of dispute resolution (including international litigation, local litigation and arbitration) and regulatory requirements.

Projects and project finance: the firm’s lawyers have a full understanding of the local regulatory environments and market drivers. The team is experienced across the full spectrum of infrastructure and project finance-related issues. From project structuring and delivery to construction and finance, the practice provides the know-how to tailor documents to local commercial conditions.

Real estate: the firm acts for some of the world’s largest real estate investors and developers and, regionally, many leading master developers and government-owned entities on some of the most high-profile projects. It has considerable experience in the acquisition and development of freehold and leasehold property and the structuring of mixed-use schemes, including community and strata title schemes.

Restructuring: the firm handles assignments from the mid-market to the largest national and international restructurings and insolvencies. It is the firm’s experience and understanding of all stakeholders’ competing, and sometimes complementary, interests which ensures it provides the best possible advice for each unique situation.

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Above material supplied by DLA Piper Middle East LLP.

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