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

Qatar > Banking, finance and capital markets Tier 1

Al Tamimi & Company In Association with Adv. Mohammed Al Marri’s full-service banking practice has a strong track record acting for leading Qatari and global financial institutions. Led by Doha managing partner Matthew Heaton, the team acts for clients such as Société Générale and Goldman Sachs on a broad cross-section of financing transactions, bonds issuances and corporate lending matters. It works with Rafiq Jaffer in Dubai, who has specialist expertise in Islamic finance. Senior associate Muhammad Mitha supports practice head Heaton on both borrower and lender-side mandates and he is also active in sukuk issuances.

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Other key lawyers:


‘Al Tamimi are up there with the international law firms in Qatar. They can provide complex work at a good rate to the clients and have commercial sense. Their leading partners have been on the ground in Qatar for years.’

Matthew is a solid lawyer, great to work with.’

Key clients

Société Générale

RCB Bank

VTB Bank


Cargill Inc.


HSBC Bank Middle East

J.P. Morgan

Ahli United Bank

Goldman Sachs

Intesa Sanpaolo SpA


Qatar > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 1

Al Tamimi & Company In Association with Adv. Mohammed Al Marri's corporate and commercial team, which is 'second to none', distinguishes itself in some of the most high-profile transactions and projects seen in the Qatari market. Ahmed Jaafir has over a decade of experience assisting clients with their corporate structuring requirements. In addition, he is also sought after for corporate compliance advice. Jaafir works with Frank Lucente, who handles commercial transactions and competition related matters. The group acts for various Qatari businesses, blue-chip companies and regional players.

Practice head(s):

Frank Lucente; Ahmed Jaafir

Other key lawyers:

Zeina Al Nabih; Ayman Raad; Samiya Mitha


‘Al Tamimi are up there with the international law firms in Qatar. They can provide complex work at a good rate to the clients and have commercial sense. Their leading partners have been on the ground in Qatar for years.’

‘Ahmed Jaafir seem to have been around forever. He has a considerable client base, provides high quality work and is easy to work with, even on the opposite end of a transaction, as he evidences commercial awareness alongside in-depth knowledge of the laws and practices.’

‘Frank Lucente seem to have been around for as long as Ahmed has! He is capable of cleverly guiding foreign incoming investors, he speaks their language and has the local knowledge to present the existing legal framework and provide clients with smart solutions to their issues.

‘The team’s strength and capabilities are second to none. Their local knowledge and wide regional coverage is what makes them stand out.’

‘Al Tamimi’s team are very professional, very open, very commercial and understand clients needs. They put the client first.’

Key clients


Air Canada

Pratt & Whitney

Beijing Capital


Samba Financial Group

Bertelsmann SE & Co

McNally Group

Landesbank Baden-Württemberg (LBBW)


Work highlights

  • Advising McNally Capital, a leading international insurer US venture capital provider, on its takeover of Orbis Operations, a leading international defence contractor in respect of its Qatar operations.
  • Advising Samba Financial Group, a leading Saudi bank, on its big-ticket merger with National Commercial Bank of Saudi Arabia.
  • Advising Bertelsmann, and co-ordinating the legal implementation for Bertelsmann, of the €1.25 billion Project Washington.

Qatar > Dispute resolution Tier 1

Al Tamimi & Company In Association with Adv. Mohammed Al Marri‘s dispute resolution practice, which is managed by Hani Al Naddaf, provides specialist services to clients in relation to litigation and arbitration. The team is notably active in large-scale construction disputes and contentious matters arising from projects. Other drivers of work include disputes arising from commercial agency and distribution agreements, intellectual property, syndicated loans and credit card fraud, among other matters. In 2020, Roy Georgiades represented BNP Paribas in litigation against UK-based company Carillion over a bank guarantee. Also recommended is Mohammad Al Marri. The team strengthened its construction arbitration offering by hiring Andrew Symms from DWF.

Practice head(s):

Hani Al Naddaf


Roy Georgiades is highly knowledgeable in his area of expertise and his attention to details in your matters is extraordinary. Not only does he possess an excellent track record of successfully advising international and local clients in disputes, he is the “go to” person on all types of litigation matters in Qatar and on civil law. Rest assured you are in good hands with Roy Georgiades from Al Tamimi Qatar!’

The firm is a full service firm with high experience. The firm has lawyers who can represent clients in Qatar courts, eliminating the need for duplication or the briefing of alternative firms, which provides both costs and service benefits.’

Key clients

Qatari Diar



United Technologies Company

Baker Hughes


Leonardo SpA

BNP Paribas

Standard Chartered Bank


HSBC Middle East

Swatch Group


Jaidah Group

Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co., Ltd


Aptec Distribution FZ LLC (UAE)

Kuehne + Nagel W.L.L (Qatar)

Rotana City Centre

Qatar Solar Technologies




AL Rayyan F.C. (SPC)

Putzmeister Holding

Standard Chartered Bank (SCB)

Qatar > Projects, real estate and construction Tier 1

Al Tamimi & Company In Association with Adv. Mohammed Al Marri is particularly noted for its strengths in construction and large-scale project disputes. It advises clients on the enforceability of clauses contained in construction contracts (such as FIDIC) under Qatari law. The team is also active in advising on infrastructure projects involving railways, ports and roads. Hani Naddaf is one of the names to note for assistance with construction litigation, as is Mohammad Al Marri, who is also prominent in arbitration proceedings. Roy Georgiades is acting for Aktor in a €62m commercial dispute related to one of the largest infrastructure projects in Qatar. Andrew Symms, who joined from DWF in October 2020, is head of the construction and infrastructure practice.

Practice head(s):

Hani Naddaf; Roy Georgiades; Mohammad Al Marri; Andrew Symms

Other key lawyers:

Noelle Tannous; Khushboo Shahdadpuri


‘We have been working with this specific law firm for quite a long time. The level of the service provided is high and we always receive advice in a timely manner.’

Key clients

SNC Lavalin




China Railway



BNP Paribas

Standard Chartered Bank


Salam International

Etihad Airways

Swatch Group


Jaidah Group

HSBC Middle East

Work highlights

  • Advising BNP Paribas on a dispute against Carillion, the major UK-based global facilitiesmanagement and construction services company, with regard to a bank guarantee.
  • Advising Standard Chartered Bank on a dispute with Imperial relating to a complicated facilities loan to numerous local companies. The court of first instance issuedits judgment in favour of Standard Chartered Bank, for QAR 52 million.
  • Advising Puentes on a complex construction claim filed against Ashghal, the Qatar-based public works authority, regarding an infrastructure megaproject. As a result of the case, Ashghal made a settlement offer to Puentes.

Saudi Arabia > Banking and finance

Al Tamimi & Company is active in project financing matters, particularly across the water desalination and infrastructure areas, and is overseen by Dubai based partners Jody Waugh  and Rafiq Jaffer. The team acts as counsel on large financings projects and advises on banking regulatory matters. Senior associate in Riyadh Agathi Trakkidi has a specialism in syndicated loans transactions.

Practice head(s):

Rafiq Jaffer; Jody Waugh

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

HSBC Saudi Arabia

The Saudi British Bank (SABB)

International Company of Water and Power Projects (ACWA Power)

First Abu Dhabi Bank – KSA Branch

FAB Capital

Credit Suisse Saudi Arabia

Credit Suisse Riyadh Branch

Work highlights

  • Acted as local KSA counsel for ACWA Power in connection with the $700m project financing relating to the Jubail 3A seawater desalination plant in KSA.
  • Advised HSBC Saudi Arabia on the refinancing of syndicated facilities extended to Shuaibah Two Water Development Project Company to finance the development of the SHUAIBAH 2 IWP (STPC) in KSA.

United Arab Emirates > Construction

Al Tamimi & Company has ‘deep knowledge‘ of the regional and international laws in the region. Key areas of focus include front-end construction, construction advisory, litigation and arbitration. Practice head Andrew Symms specialises in all aspects of construction and engineering law. Euan Lloyd focuses on power, infrastructure, building and development projects. On the contentious end, Naief Yahia is noted.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Symms

Other key lawyers:

Euan Lloyd; Naief Yahia; Thomas Snider; John Gaffney; Sara Aranjo


‘We have been collaborating with Al Tamimi and Co. for some time now and are very pleased with the level of services we receive and the timely manner, within which this is taking place.’

‘High level of communication and efficiency in providing legal services and advice.’

‘The members of the firm have the ability to catch the important matters and issues out of complex situations. They are also experienced lawyers with deep knowledge in regional laws and customs along with international practices. Also, the firm holds the ability to communicate in English perfectly, which seemed to be a great strength compared to other regional/local firms.’

‘Sara Aranjo: She gives advice precisely in concise words.’

‘Mr. Naief Yahia: His qualities include mastery of the law, remarkable ability to grasp the issues and historical events, good negotiator, competent, creative, approachable, composed, strategic thinker, accommodating, bilingual, leadership skills.’

Key clients



Sheikh Suroor Project Department

Abu Dhabi Motorsports Company

Modon Properties



RAK government entities

GFH Financial Group


The firm: Al Tamimi & Company is the largest law firm in the Middle East with 17 offices across nine countries. Established in 1989, we are a full service commercial firm combining knowledge, experience and expertise to ensure our clients have access to the best legal solutions that are commercially sound and cost effective.

Our clients are at the centre of everything that we do – their business is our business.
Our strength comes from our clients’ trust that we will provide them the quality of service that they deserve. Therefore, we make it our business to find creative and commercial legal solutions whilst focusing on making the law work for them. Over the years, we have acted for a wide variety of clients, including: government bodies; government or semi-government owned entities; local, regional and international companies; banks and financial institutions; along with both international and regional law firms.

We’re not like everyone else.
As a firm, we have the ability to practice local law in each of the nine jurisdictions where we have a presence. This means that each of our licensed litigators have rights of audience before local courts. We are proud of this unique strength, which truly sets us apart from the competition.

Doing Business in the Middle East?
So are we! Our regional footprint means that wherever our clients are doing business in the region, we are there to support them. Our expansion has been strategic and client driven. Our values define who we are and what is important to us. As a firm, we have grown based on a set of core values, which are integral to all that we do.

Areas of practice: As the Middle East’s largest law firm Al Tamimi & Company has vast experience acting for clients across many jurisdictions in the region. Through our full service offering we are able to provide legal advice with a one-stop-shop for all your legal requirements. We offer specialist legal advice in the following practice areas: arbitration; aviation; automotive; banking and finance; capital markets; commercial; construction and infrastructure; corporate services; education; employment and incentives; Expo 2020; family business and private wealth; financial crime; FMCG; healthcare; hotels and leisure; mergers and acquisitions; projects; rail; regulatory; shipping; sports and events management; transport and logistics.

Chairman Essam Al 4 364 1641
Senior Partner Husam 4 364 1641
Managing Partner Samer 4 331 7161
Deputy Managing Partner Mohamed Al 2 813 0444
Deputy Managing Partner Jody 4 364 1641
Arbitration Thomas 4 364 1641
Arbitration Hassan 4 364 1641
Aviation Yazan 4 364 1641
Banking & Finance Husam 4 364 1641
Banking & Finance Jody 4 364 1641
Capital Markets Andrew 4 331 7161
Commercial advisory Willem 4 331 7161
Competition law Omar 4 364 1641
Construction & Infrastructure Euan 4 364 1641
Corporate governance Andrea 2 813 0444
Corporate structuring Samer 4 331 7161
Corporate structuring Omer 4 331 7161
Corporate Structuring Izabella 4 331 7161
Debt capital markets Andrew 4 331 7161
Debt capital markets Rafiq 4 364 1641
Corporate Services Izabella 4 331 7161
Education Ivor 2 813 0444
Education Ahmad 4 364 1641
Employment & Incentives Samir 4 331 7161
Employment & Incentives Gordon 4 331 7161
Family Business & Private Wealth Richard 4 331 7161
Financial Crime Khalid Al 4 364 1641
Financial Crime Ibtissem 4 364 1641
Financial services regulation and enforcement Jody 4 364 1641
Financial services regulation and enforcement Rita 4 364 1641
Healthcare Andrea 2 813 0444
Hotels & Leisure Tara 4 364 1641
Insurance Yazan 4 364 1641
IP Omar 4 364 1641
IP Ahmad 4 364 1641
Legislative drafting Mohammed Al 2 813 0444
Legislative drafting Hassan 2 813 0444
Litigation Hussein Eisa Al 4 364 1641
Litigation Ahmed 4 364 1641
Litigation Hassan 4 364 1641
Maritime and shipping Omar 4 364 1641
Maritime and shipping Yazan 4 364 1641
Mergers & Acquisitions Abdullah 4 331 7161
Private client services Essam Al 4 364 1641
Private equity Richard 4 331 7161
Private equity Abdullah 4 331 7161
Private Notary Taiba Al 4 364 1641
Projects Mark 4 364 1641
Real estate Tara 4 364 1641
Real estate Mohammed 4 364 1641
Rail Foutoun 1710 8933
Regulatory Andrea 2 813 0444
Sports & events management Steve 4 331 7161
Tax law Shiraz 4 331 7161
Technology, media and telecommunications Martin 4 364 1641
Technology, media and telecommunications Fiona 4 364 1641
Transport & Logistics Yazan 4 364 1641
Transport & Logistics Omar 4 364 1641
Automotive Samir 4 331 7161
Aviation Yazan 4 364 1641
Education Ivor 2 813 0444
Expo 2020 Steve 4 331 7161
FMCG Samer 4 331 7161
Innovation, Technology & Entrepreneurship Ahmad 4 364 1641
China Group Jody 4 364 1641
India Group Samir 4 331 7161
Korea Group Omar 4 364 1641
Hani Al Naddaf photo Hani Al NaddafPartner,  Head of Litigation – Qatar
Ahmed Jaafir photo Ahmed JaafirPartner,  Head of Corporate Structuring (Qatar)
Frank Lucente photo Frank LucentePartner
Number of lawyers worldwide : 370
Association of International Petroleum Negotiators (AIPN)
Australian Business Group
ABA (American Bar Association)
British Business Group
Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) Courts
Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
Employment Lawyers Association
Energy Institute
International Federation of Industrial Property Attorneys (FICPI)
GCC Commercial Arbitration Centre
International Council for Commercial Arbitration

Diversity and Inclusion at Al Tamimi & Company

Al Tamimi & Company is committed to maintaining its high levels of diversity.  With over 50 different nationalities and cultural backgrounds amongst our people, we celebrate diversity.  This is one law firm where there is no stereotype, enabling our people to be who they are and value the differences in one another.

The Firm is committed to providing a supportive, inclusive and respectful work environment which recognises and values the diversity of all its employees, stakeholders and clients. We acknowledge that every employee, regardless of gender, age, ethnicity or cultural background, disability, religious belief, political affiliation, socioeconomic origin, or family responsibilities can make a valuable contribution to achieving the business outcomes. Moreover, we strongly believe outcomes are strengthened with a diverse team.

The Firm promotes an environment where equity and inclusion is encouraged and supported and where all forms of discrimination, harassment and bullying are eliminated. 

We will achieve this objective by: 

  • Raising awareness of and promoting workplace diversity within the Firm.
  • Integrating the principles of workplace diversity into business and human resource management policies, practices and systems.
  • Encouraging employees to identify and maximise use of their life skills and experiences in the workplace.
  • Encouraging managers to recognise and draw on the diversity of their employees.
  • Ensuring employees are not subjected to discrimination or unfair treatment in the workplace on grounds such as, ethnicity, race, gender, age, physical or mental disability or personal responsibilities.
  • Upholding and promote the Al Tamimi & Company Values, Employment Principles and Code of Conduct


Ensuring employees and those seeking employment with the Firm receive fair and equitable treatment in accessing employment opportunities, employees selection processes, career development and mobility arrangements