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Baker & McKenzie Limited has experience of capital markets and M&A transactions, joint venture agreements and corporate reorganisations. Key figures in the team include practice head George Sayen and Ian Siddell, the latter of whom assisted Aergen Management Services with the purchase of two aircraft. Also recommended are Gavin Witcombe, who is particularly active in the energy and infrastructure space, and David A. Monnier, who advised a multinational transportation company on various licensing and operational requirements for foreign companies doing business in Bahrain.

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP¬†maintains ‚Äėa¬†very approachable, very competent and client-focused‚Äô corporate group, with experience of M&A, private equity and investment funds transactions, commercial agreements, capital markets deals and restructuring and insolvency. Clients have identified practice head Rupert Copeman-Hill¬†in particular as ‚Äėa pleasure to deal with‚Äô; he advised Khaleeji Commercial Bank on the reorganisation of its employee share scheme in order to comply with revised statutory requirements stipulated by the Central Bank of Bahrain.

Trowers & Hamlins LLP specialises in M&A, corporate real estate transactions, equity capital markets deals, fund structuring, commercial agreements and regulatory compliance. Abdul-Haq Mohammed acts as international managing partner from the Manama office, and Nick Green and Brian Howard are regularly instructed by clients from the telecoms, real estate, tourism, banking, infrastructure, energy and leisure industries. Tom Reynolds relocated to the Kuala Lumpur office following his promotion to partnership in January 2018.

Al Tamimi & Company advises energy companies, manufacturers, investment funds and financial services companies on real estate and M&A transactions, loan agreements and corporate restructuring. The practice is jointly headed by Foutoun Hajjar  and Rad El Treki, who was promoted to head of corporate structuring in August 2018. Batelco Group, Thales Group and Gulf Finance House are among the department's clients.

Acting for clients in the¬†engineering, tourism, banking and telecoms sectors,¬†ASAR ‚Äď Al Ruwayeh & Partners¬†has advised on acquisition finance,¬†corporate transactions and due diligence, and commercial arrangements including joint ventures, distribution and franchising agreements. Past work has included assisting an investor with the acquisition of online food delivery service Tabalat, and advising Alghanim Industries on a major stake acquisition in the oil and gas sector.¬†Further,¬†Steven Brown¬†advised Air Liquide on its acquisition of Middle East Carbon Dioxide, a carbon dioxide recovery plant.

Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP specialises in advising regional conglomerates, particularly those in the energy sector, on M&A and project developments, joint ventures and corporate reorganisations. Joint practice heads Saud Al-Ammari and Graham McLeod are advising Yasref, a full-conversion oil refinery joint venture between Saudi Aramco and Sinopec, on all operational requirements, contractor disputes and ongoing contractual arrangements. The team also assists Sadara Chemical Company with regulatory compliance, product marketing contracts, credit facilities and product supply agreements. Additionally, Tim Sunar and Zein Semaan are advising Al Abdulkarim Holding on a joint venture and related technology licensing agreement with a Chinese counterparty aimed at developing a Saudi manufacturing facility to produce products for the power and electricity sector.

Elham Ali Hassan & Associates (EAH Law) is instructed by clients in the telecoms, manufacturing, technology and insurance sectors, which it advises on M&A and corporate restructuring, and operational regulatory requirements including market entry conditions. Contacts include managing partner Essa Jawahery and practice head Sara Jawahery, who advised the United Nations Development Program on the launch of its operations in Bahrain. Other clients of the firm include UPS, Apple and Estée Lauder.

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer is particularly active in the housing and utilities sectors, where it advises on joint venture agreements, real estate development and M&A. In a recent highlight, the team advised Diyar Al Muharraq, a real estate joint venture between Premier Group and Kuwait Finance House, on the preparation and closure of a separate joint venture agreement with Eagle Hills International Properties. Dubai-based Pervez Akhtar heads the M&A practice throughout the Middle East and North Africa, and Bahrain office head Harnek Shoker leads the regional energy and infrastructure practice group.

The corporate team at Hassan Radhi & Associates is known for its capabilities in M&A and commercial law. Key figures include name partner Hassan Radhi, Fatima Hussain Al Ali, who heads the corporate and telecoms group, and Sayed Hassan Ali Al-Nawah and Al Sayed Jaffer Mohammed, both of whom have broad experience in practice areas including finance, securities, employment, insurance and restructuring.

Haya Rashed Al Khalifa Attorneys at Law & Legal Consultants has experience of licensing issues and joint venture agreements, M&A and corporate structuring. Name partner Haya Rashed Al Khalifa and Elie Yazbeck are contacts in the practice group.

Newton Legal has experience of commercial law, corporate finance and labour law, and has particular strength in regulatory issues including anti-bribery and corruption, cybersecurity and data protection, and directors' responsibilities. Contacts in the department include Aamal Al Abbasi, Nicholas Williams and Khalid Al Kubaisi. Recent highlights include acting for a shareholder in relation to a share sale and purchase agreement in the energy sector, and assisting a government agency with a review of its internal policies and procedures.

Norton Rose Fulbright is particularly active in the healthcare, banking and online retail sectors, where it advises clients on M&A, corporate restructuring, joint venture agreements, private equity transactions and regulatory compliance. Joanne Emerson Taqi heads the firm's Bahrain office, while Dubai-based Adjou Ait Ben Idir leads the corporate practice in the UAE and consultant Jane Clayton handles M&A across the Middle East and North Africa.

Zu'bi & Partners, Attorneys & Legal Consultants handles M&A and a range of commercial contract matters, including joint venture arrangements and distribution, licensing, outsourcing and franchise agreements, particularly in the e-commerce, telecoms and aviation industries. Moreover, the team has experience of financial restructuring and insolvency, and employment law. Contacts include Qays H Zu’bi  and Naveen Thakur.

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