Commercial, corporate and M&A in Qatar

Al Tamimi & Company In Association with Adv. Mohammed Al Marri

Al Tamimi & Company In Association with Adv. Mohammed Al Marri displays a high level of expertise in corporate structuring and restructuring, M&A deals and initial public offerings involving Qatari businesses, and joint ventures between Qatari and global partners. Frank Lucente has in-depth expertise in a broad range of corporate and commercial transactions, as well as experience handling trusts, revenue and competition law matters. Ahmed Jaafir has a strong background in corporate compliance and regulatory matters.

Practice head(s):

Frank Lucente; Ahmed Jaafir

Key clients

Al Baraka

Hewlett Packard

GE/Baker Hughes

Canon Middle East

Axa Insurance

Samsung

Al Khaliji Bank

Commercial Bank of Qatar

Uber

Msheireb

Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank

Barwa Bank

Work highlights

  • Advising Uber in relation to a regulatory approvals issue linked to the $3.1bn Uber and Careem merger.
  • Advising Msheireb on the drafting of all of the documentation in relation to sales and leasing with respect to the creation of a new city within the municipality of Doha.
  • Advising Pratt & Whitney as lead counsel in implementing the restructuring of its operations in Qatar.

Dentons

Dentons has a broad corporate and commercial offering and regularly advises regulators, banks, and national and multinational corporations. Key sectors of focus include energy, banking, aviation and TMT. Safwan Moubaydeen heads the corporate and commercial practice and has a strong background in international finance and business. Zaher Nammour focuses on corporate joint ventures, M&A, restructuring and public offerings.

Practice head(s):

Safwan Moubaydeen; Zaher Nammour; Andrew Jones

Testimonials

‘The team have an excellent reputation. They offer very open and direct dialogue with straight answers, and are quick and professional.’

‘Very good personal contact. Reliable. Honest advice.’

Key clients

Qatar Airways Group Q.C.S.C.

Qatar Sports Investments

Castlelake L.P.

Qatar Mining Company Q.S.C.

Qatar International Islamic Bank Q.S.C.

Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy

Axia Power Holdings B.V. (subsidiary of Marubeni Corp)

Total Solar International

Leonardo SpA

Work highlights

  • Advising the Communications Regulatory Authority of Qatar on a variety of matters, including the preparation of a dual-language Qatar Consumer Protection Regulations module for consultation with the key industry stakeholders.
  • Assisted Qatar Sports Investments with reviewing contracts and providing corporate structuring advice.
  • Advising the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy on a number of matters relating to the Fifa World Cup 2022, including the standardisation of commercial agreements and the establishment of a think tank.

Sultan Al-Abdulla & Partners

Sultan Al-Abdulla & Partners advises clients from a range of industries and has in-depth expertise in handling cross-border corporate and tax structuring. Practice head Salman Mahmood has extensive experience in the energy and infrastructure sectors and in corporate finance. William Cattan also heads the practice and has a strong background in the energy sector. Founding and managing partner Sultan Al-Abdulla and senior associate Michael Earley are also noted.

Practice head(s):

William Cattan; Salman Mahmood

Other key lawyers:

Sultan Al-Abdulla; Michael Earley

Testimonials

‘Sultan Al-Abdulla & Partners has an extremely experienced team who truly understand the market and the needs of global businesses. Their advice is excellent, practical and actionable and they are uniquely able to assist clients with their most complex legal challenges.’

‘Sultan Al-Abdulla & Partners has an extremely strong team and you can always count on them to quickly engage on client matters. Will Cattan is a key standout. He brings decades of experience and gives his personal attention to each and every matter. Clients trust his judgement and his ability to help navigate local law.’

Key clients

Marubeni Corporation

Al Rajhi Group

Hellmuth, Obata & Kassabaum, Inc.

Drake & Scull Qatar/UAE

Pinsent Masons

Hawar Group

Taisei Corporation

Sacyr Construccion SA

Virgin Health Bank

Qatar Petroleum Development Company Ltd.

Work highlights

  • Assisting a business software solutions provider with the restructuring of two Qatari entities, one established in the Qatar Science and Technology Park, and one established as a Ministry of Commerce and Industry licensed limited liability company.

White & Case LLP

White & Case LLP advises corporate clients from a broad range of sectors, including sports, media, infrastructure, petrochemicals, hospitality and financial services. The team has significant experience advising state-owned entities, and is recognised for its high level of expertise in handling M&A deals. New York-based Michiel Visser has an active presence in the Qatari market and advises on high-profile M&A and restructuring deals. Doha-based Charbel Abou Charaf was promoted to partner in 2020 and has significant local and outbound M&A experience.

Practice head(s):

Michiel Visser; Charbel Abou Charaf

Testimonials

‘White & Case is by far the number one international law firm in Doha. Their advice is always accurate, whether locally or globally. They are reliable and always available for assistance. They are diversified and can cater to our needs. Very strong position in M&A deals.’

‘We work with Charbel Abou Charaf. He is very knowledgeable, experienced in international M&A, hands on, available and reliable.’

Key clients

Qatar Investment Authority

Qatar Petroleum

QatarGas

Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy

Qatari Diar

Qatar Cool

Katara Hospitality

Amwal LLC

Qatar Aluminium Limited (Qatalum)

Work highlights

  • Advised the Qatar Investment Authority, the sovereign wealth fund of the State of Qatar, on its acquisition of a significant stake in Oryx Midstream Services from an affiliate of Stonepeak Infrastructure Partners.
  • Advised Qatar Petroleum in relation to the IPO of Qatar Aluminium Manufacturing Co. and its listing on the Qatar Stock Exchange.
  • Advised Amwal LLC on the transfer of certain investment management funds and mandates to Aventicum Capital Management, an asset management joint venture owned by Credit Suisse and the Qatar Investment Authority.

Clyde & Co LLP

Clyde & Co LLP has a broad corporate and commercial practice with expertise across a range of sectors, including infrastructure, oil and gas, education and hospitality. Its client base includes both Qatari and international companies. Lee Keane, who has significant experience in the education and healthcare sectors, is a key name to note and advises on cross-border M&A, private equity, joint ventures and restructurings. Emma Higham leads the work on all matters relating to employment.

Practice head(s):

Laura Warren

Other key lawyers:

Emma Higham; Lee Keane

Key clients

Consortium of GCC insurers and international reinsurers

Orbital Education

QTerminals

Work highlights

  • Successfully represented Qatari port operator QTerminals in the largest port concession tender in Ukraine.
  • Advised Orbital Education on its joint venture agreement with United Development Co. for the founding and operation of United School International, a British-style international school on the Pearl development in Doha.

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP has significant experience advising on complex M&A transactions and assisting government bodies with a range of corporate and commercial matters. The team displays expertise in handling cross-border M&A deals, including both inbound and outbound investment transactions. Managing partner Dani Kabbani leads the corporate offering and works closely with government bodies on matters ranging from joint ventures and M&A to funds and IPOs.

Practice head(s):

Dani Kabbani; Richard Ward

Key clients

Investment House

QInvest

The First Investor

Baladna

Yara Nederland B.V.

Sheikh Mohamed Fahed M Al Thani

Credit Suisse

SNC-Lavalin

Gulf Agency Company

Doha Bank

Inchcape Shipping Company

American Bureau of Shipping

International Protection & Indemnity Clubs

Skema SpA

Bouygues Batiment International

Qatar Financial Centre (QFC)

Mather & Company Limited

Pentair

Wartsila Corporation

Aspire Zone

Public Works Authority of Qatar

Ministry of Transport

Ministry of Finance in Qatar

Ministry of Health in Qatar

Work highlights

  • Advising Qatargas and Rasgas following their operational merger on the amendment of the constitutional documents of 12 oil and gas ventures in accordance with the new Qatari Commercial Companies Law.
  • Advised Yara on its restructuring and ultimate disposition of its interest in Qatari petrochemical joint venture QAFCO.
  • Advised Aventicum Capital Management (a subsidiary of Credit Suisse) on its acquisition of the fund management business of Amwal.

Addleshaw Goddard

Addleshaw Goddard has a 'detail-oriented and cooperative' team that displays a wide range of expertise in commercial, corporate and M&A work. The team regularly advises on M&A, joint ventures, disposals and reorganisations, and IPOs are a particular focus. Ahmad Anani, who heads the Qatar office, has a strong background in corporate and capital markets matters.

Practice head(s):

Ahmad Anani

Testimonials

‘Addleshaw Goddard proved themselves as very effective and professional case managers. In addition, they were detail oriented and cooperative.’

‘The firm is an excellent manager of large due diligence projects and a true expert in commercial, corporate and M&A.’

Key clients

Baladna QPSC

Work highlights

  • Acting as lead international legal adviser to Baladna QPSC on its QAR 1.43bn IPO.

Allen & Overy LLP

Allen & Overy LLP advises on cross-border corporate and M&A transactions, corporate restructurings and equity capital market transactions from its offices in London and Dubai. Anthony Traboulsi, who is based in Dubai, has experience in capital markets transactions, M&A and corporate restructurings and is a key name to note.

Practice head(s):

Samer Eido

Other key lawyers:

Anthony Traboulsi

Key clients

Qatar National Bank

The Commercial Bank

Barwa Bank

QInvest

Credit Suisse

Investment Holding Group

Qatar Islamic Bank

Masraf Al Rayan

beIn Channels Network

Constellation Hotels Holding Limited

Al Faisal Holding

Qatar Foundation

Work highlights

  • Advising Mitsubishi in connection with the transfer of its shareholding in ETA Melco Elevator Company LLC.
  • Advising Saham Group on the sale of its 49% equity stake in Ecco Gulf (a leading contact centre operator and business process outsourcer) to Majorel Group.
  • Advising Qatar Foundation Endowment on the sale of its shareholding in Gulf Bridge International Inc. to a confidential buyer.

Arab Law Bureau

Arab Law Bureau displays experience in M&A, corporate restructurings and the structuring of funds. The team offers a range of commercial advice, particularly in the fields of energy, construction and infrastructure. Managing partner Alaa Hamad is a key point of contact with expertise in commercial, corporate, and banking and finance matters.

Badri and Salim El Meouchi LLP

Badri and Salim El Meouchi LLP offers a wide range of corporate and commercial services, including advising on M&A transactions. The practice specialises in assisting with corporate structures and frameworks. Key sectors of strength include financial services, tax, technology, oil and gas, telecoms and real estate. Managing partner Chadia El Meouchi and Carine Farran are key names to note.

Practice head(s):

Chadia El Meouchi; Carine Farran

Key clients

Banque Misr Liban

GazpromBank

Holdal Group

Saint-Gobain Middle East

Construction Development Company International

Projects Development Company

Intel

Fransabank

Audi Saradar Private Bank

Macquarie Airfinance

PriceWaterhouseCoopers

Work highlights

  • Assisting LeapLearner with its Series B fundraising.

K&L Gates

K&L Gates advises on a wide range of corporate and commercial issues, with an emphasis on transactions in the TMT sector. Infrastructure, construction and financial services are other key areas of expertise. Amjad Hussain has a broad corporate, commercial and finance practice, and displays strong knowledge of the TMT and infrastructure sectors.

Practice head(s):

Amjad Hussain; Matthew Walker

Key clients

Al Jazeera

Barwa Real Estate QPSC

Credit Suisse

Masraf Al Rayan QPSC

Mowasalat

M’sheireb

Ooredoo QPSC

Qatar Financial Centre Authority

Qatar Free Zones Authority

Qatar Media City

United Development Company QPSC

Free Zones Authority

Iberdrola QSTP

Work highlights

  • Acting as sole legal counsel for Iberdrola in Qatar, and advising on a number of energy-related research projects on which Iberdrola is collaborating with Qatar Foundation, Qatar University and Hamad Bin Khalifa University, including negotiating framework agreements.
  • Advising the Qatar Free Zones Authority on the establishment and implementation of the Free Zones in the State of Qatar.

Sharq Law Firm

Sharq Law Firm advises a range of clients including state-backed entities, family conglomerates, listed and unlisted local and global companies, and financial institutions. Key areas of work include due diligence, post-acquisition advisory, outsourcing and offshoring contracts, joint ventures and private equity M&A. Rashid Al Saad has a broad range of expertise in corporate transactions and the hotels and construction sectors.

Practice head(s):

 Rashid Al Saad

Key clients

K & L Gates

Qatar Development Bank

Pinsent Masons LLP

Katara Hospitality

Qatar First Bank

College of the North Atlantic

DLA Piper

Sidra Medical & Research Center

Qatar Chemical Company Ltd

Milaha Qatar Navigation QSC

Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy

White & Case

Mazaya Qatar

Al Majed Group

University Foundation College

Doha Elixir Trading

International Trade & Development

Commercial Bank

Al Rabban Oil and Gas

Gulf Shade

ANAS TEC Gulf Engineering L.L.C.

Al Rayyan Gold Refinery

Roofoods Ltd

Al Rayyan Mineral Water Co.

LLC Consortium Energoresurs

Assets Real Estate Development Co. WLL

Almubader Investment

Hire Equipment Co.

Al Adwani Law Firm

Alshaya Co. WLL

Mirwad Fragrances

Financial Associates International

Miller Thomson LLP

Awfaz Global School

Blue Lynx Co.

Biologix FZCo

Qatar Stars League Management

MIRAS Legal

Advanced Drainage Systems, Inc.

Al Hitmi Property Development Co. – Gulf Biotec

Qetaifan Projects

PSC Group

Work highlights

  • Assisted Al Rabban Oil & Gas with the drafting of over ten agreements including MoUs, service agreements and technical agreements relating to the extraction of crude oil worth a total transactional value of QAR 5bn.
  • Appointed as legal counsel to a real estate company in a QAR 1.8bn transaction to acquire a major subsidiary of a competitor.
  • Advised Qatar Petroleum on the establishment of a Qatari public shareholding company to be listed on the Qatar Stock Exchange.

Shearman & Sterling LLP

From locations in the USA, London, and elsewhere, Shearman & Sterling LLP provides Quatari clients with the full range of corporate and finance support on their global investments. George Casey in New York (global managing partner), Laurence Levy and John Inglis in London and Domenico Fanuele in Rome are the main contacts. The work encompasses cross-border M&A transactions, carve-out sales, strategic investments and joint ventures. It offering extends to capital markets and specialist funds matters.