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 is a key name in the market for M&A and restructuring, as well as advising international companies on establishing entities in Qatar. Frank Lucente jointly leads the practice and advised Uber on its $3.1bn merger with Careem. Fellow practice head Ahmed Jaafir assisted HSBC Bank Middle East with the Qatari elements surrounding the bank's changing of its head office from Jersey to Dubai. He also advised Microsoft on establishing a foreign-owned entity in Qatar. Senior associate Zeina Al Nabih recently transferred from the firm's Amman office and is experienced in M&A and commercial agreements.

Practice head(s):

Frank Lucente; Ahmed Jaafir

Key clients

Microsoft

Weatherford

Al Baraka

HSBC

Hewlett Packard

GE/Baker Hughes

Canon Middle East

Axa Insurance

Samsung

Al Khaliji Bank

Commercial Bank of Qatar

Uber

Work highlights

  • Advised on the documentation on Msheireb, a large-scale real estate develoment in Doha.
  • Advising on and implementing the restructuring of Pratt & Whitney’s operations in Qatar.
  • Advised Weatherford on the restructuring of its presence in Qatar.

Sultan Al-Abdulla & Partners

Sultan Al-Abdulla & Partners has 'a mature but energetic team', with 'international experience to draw upon' and 'local expertise at the highest level'. Salman Mahmood co-heads the team and works on general corporate and commercial matters in industries such as energy, TMT and infrastructure. Also leading the team is the 'very experienced and knowledgeable' William Cattan, whose work is also energy-focused. Another key figure is managing partner Sultan Al-Abdulla, who has a longstanding history in the oil and gas sector, having previously worked as managing counsel for Qatar Petroleum. Senior associate Michael Earley is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Salman Mahmood; William Cattan

Testimonials

‘Great advice for all commercial and corporate areas. Salman Mahmood is extremely knowledgeable and responsive.’

‘The practice has drawn together a team that plays off the competences and expertise of each member with objectivity and self-confidence.’

‘All partners and associates are ready to interact directly with the client, but the protocols in place ensure that every client contact is recorded so that all team members are aware of the most recent developments.’

‘Very unpretentious levels of self-importance make the individuals at the firm readily approachable and responsive to requests for advice and clarification of received counsel.’

‘My own dealings with Salman Mahmood and Michael Earley have always been productive and underscored by practicality and good common sense. The example is given by the managing partner himself: Sultan Al-Abdulla is highly engaged and ready to consider unconventional approaches to resolution.’

‘Rapidly responsive, understands both Qatari law and practice and also the more “Western” attitude, expectations and objectives.’

‘It is a mature but energetic team, with much international experience to draw upon, while the local expertise is at the highest level in terms of commercial and legal knowledge.’

‘Will Cattan is very experienced and knowledgeable.’

Key clients

Marubeni Corporation

Al Rajhi Group

Drake & Scull Qatar/UAE

Hawar Group

Taisei Corporation

Sacyr Construccion SA

Virgin Health Bank

Qatar Petroleum Development Company Ltd.

Sharq Law Firm

Sharq Law Firm is particularly skilled in handling restructurings and commercial agreements for both international and domestic clients. Rashid Al Saad leads the team and advised Qatar Solar on its restructuring from a private shareholding company to a limited liability company.

Practice head(s):

Rashid Al Saad

Key clients

Tadmur Trading WLL & Tadmur Contracting WLL

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

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

Ijarah Holding

Al Meera

Onsite Spain

Al Majed Group

University Foundation College

Doha Elixir Trading

InternationalTrade &Development

Commercial Bank

Al Rabban Oil and Gas

Gulf Shade

ANAS TEC

Gulf Engineering

Al Rayyan Gold Refinery

IMAR Trading and Contracting

Village Trading Group

Reed Smith

Roofoods

Al Rayyan Mineral Water Consortium

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

Kingsley Napley LLP

Jolt Trading Co.

Graze Café & Volume Café

Rose Elite

University Foundation College

QETAIFAN PROJECTS

PSC Group Engineering Procurement & Construction

 

Work highlights

  • Worked with Ideal Solutions on reviewing and drafting a distribution agreeement.
  • Advised Novikov Restaurant & Lounge on the transfer of assets to Novikov Asian.
  • Assisted Awfaz Global School with amending its company structure to that of an LLC.

Addleshaw Goddard

Addleshaw Goddard's team in Doha primarily focuses on M&A, joint ventures, disposals and reorganisations. Corporate and capital markets expert Ahmad Anani leads the team and is very experienced in the GCC legal market having formerly headed Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman, LLP's Middle Eastern practice. Another key figure is M&A specialist James Law, who was recently promoted to partner.

Practice head(s):

Ahmad Anani

Arab Law Bureau

Arab Law Bureau's core areas of focus are on advising on the corporate and commercial aspects of energy, infrastructure and construction projects. Managing partner Alaa Hamad is the key name to note.

Practice head(s):

Alaa Hamad