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Al Tamimi & Company

DIFC-6TH FLOOR, BUILDING 4 EAST, DUBAI INTERNATIONAL FINANCIAL CENTRE, PO BOX 9725, DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
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Work +971 4 364 1641
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Fax +971 4 364 1777
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www.tamimi.com

United Arab Emirates

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 2

Al Tamimi & Company

Al Tamimi & Company has a particular strength in the UAE law elements of deals, lending itself to deals with more challenging security elements. Jody Waugh handles project-related work, and also advised Citibank on the UAE elements of its global sale of its prepaid card business to Wirecard. Mamoon Khan (who is qualified in Pakistan and as an English barrister) assisted Bank Alfalah, the fifth-largest bank in Pakistan, with its entry to the UAE via the creation of a wholesale branch. Khan also advised the State Bank of India on providing Emirates National Oil Company with term loans. Senior associate Mark Brown advised Cityland Real Estate on borrowing $142m to develop a mall in Dubai. Other clients include Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank, as well as some Chinese lenders.

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Mark Brown - Al Tamimi & Company

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Capital markets
Capital markets - ranked: tier 2

Al Tamimi & Company

Al Tamimi & Company stands out for its 'extensive local experience and relationships and global best practice, enabling it to provide solutions for its clients'. Husam Hourani has 'a unique ability to identify and resolve regulatory and transaction-related challenges for publicly offering and listing companies in the UAE'; he advised Emaar Development as local counsel on its IPO, which raised $1.3bn. The firm also assisted Ithmaar Holding with gaining a secondary listing on the Dubai Financial Market. Mohamed Khodeir and senior associate Yousef Al Amly advised Union Cement on a take-private, including delisting its shares from the Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange (ADX). In Abu Dhabi, Alex Ghazi advised Wahat Al Zaweya Holding on listing its shares on ADX's secondary market. Other ECM clients include United Arab Bank, which Hourani assisted with a rights issue. Turning to debt capital markets, Jody Waugh advised Acwa Power on the local law elements of a bond issuance connected to existing power projects. Divya Abrol Gambhir has securitisation expertise, including matters concerning novel revenue streams. Andrew Tarbuck, who is based in the firm's Dubai office, is a new hire from Hogan Lovells (Middle East) LLP. Ahmed Ibrahim is now at Matouk Bassiouny & Ibrahim- in association with Amal Advocates and legal Consultants.

Leading individuals

Andrew Tarbuck - Al Tamimi & Company

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Commercial, corporate and M&A
Commercial, corporate and M&A - ranked: tier 2

Al Tamimi & Company

Al Tamimi & Company has a reputation for handling the technical points of onshore UAE law and is frequently sought out to handle this aspect of agenda-setting global deals. James MacCallum spearheaded a multi-office team made up of practitioners from across the the region, working with Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP, to advise on General Electric's sale of its global water business; MacCullum also assisted the same referring law firm and lay client with the sale of its industrial solutions business to ABB. Other work for MacCallum included acting as main transaction counsel to Star Satellite Telecommunications, a subsidiary of Yahsat, on purchasing satellite phone business Thuraya. Alex Saleh advised Shuaa Capital on a part-purchase of Amwal Investment. Dubai office managing partner Husam Hourani acted for Emaar on the spin-off of its development arm, which was subsequently listed on the Dubai Financial Market. Izabella Szadkowska, who is qualified in New Zealand, is a key contact for restructuring mandates. Samer Qudah is the firm's head of corporate structuring. Other key contacts include corporate and commercial head Gary Watts and Ali Bachrouch, who heads the firm's Northern Emirates corporate practice from Sharjah. The firm also has an office in Ras Al Khaimah. Abdullah Mutawi is a new hire from Baker Botts L.L.P..

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Construction
Construction - ranked: tier 3

Al Tamimi & Company

At Al Tamimi & Company, senior counsel Euan Lloyd advised Emirates National Oil Company on drawing up contracts for an 80-floor tower in Downtown Dubai, and assisted Bin Yousuf group on a 60-floor five-star hotel to be operated by Rotana on Sheikh Zayed Road. He and John Gaffney, another senior counsel, also handle disputes work, as does Thomas Snider, the firm's head of arbitration. Scott Lambert is now at Beale & Company Solicitors LLP.

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Dispute resolution: arbitration and international litigation
Dispute resolution: arbitration and international litigation - ranked: tier 2

Al Tamimi & Company

Al Tamimi & Company is 'highly sophisticated in its field of practice - the DIFC and onshore litgiation teams work well together with the focus on the client's ultimate goals at all times'. Rita Jaballah is 'highly responsive, handling client expectations well and with the talent to explain complicated matters in simple terms' - she handles high-profile DIFC cases, including representing Dusty Tourani and Duzty LLC in a case against Tourani's former stepfather concerning an alleged loan to set up the eponymous restaurant in the DIFC, raising questions of the presumption of advancement (a presumption that transfers of money or assets between spouses, and from parents to their children are gifts). Senior associate Peter Smith, who is qualified as an English barrister, is also notable. Khalid Al Hamrani and Ibtissem Lassoued contribute financial crime expertise. Thomas Snider, who heads the firm's arbitration team, handles international arbitrations, including investor-state disputes and matters crossing into Africa. Senior partner Essam Al Tamimi is also involved in international arbitrations, including DIFC-LCIA and ICC arbitrations.

Leading individuals

Rita Jaballah - Al Tamimi & Company

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Dispute resolution: local litigation
Dispute resolution: local litigation - ranked: tier 1

Al Tamimi & Company

Al Tamimi & Company, which 'has a very dedicated team that pulls all extra efforts into reaching the desired objectives and adds value through technical knowledge', handles all manner of commercial litigation from offices in several Emirates. Zafer Oghli, who leads the firm's team in Sharjah, represented Dana Gas in the Sharjah elements of its well-known and high-profile global dispute in which it sought to annul a sukuk, alleging that it was in violation of UAE public policy and Shari'ah principles. In the Dubai office, Naief Yahia acted for Ahli United Bank in foreclosure proceedings, securing the sale of 29 plots of land for a total of AED320m. Senior partner Essam Al Tamimi is also involved in shareholder litigation, among other matters. Regional litigation co-heads Hassan Arab and Hussein Eisa Shiri are other notable names in the Dubai office. Mohamed Al Marzouqi heads the firm's litigation team in Abu Dhabi, and represented Al Dar Properties in a case concerning the collapse of a two-year-old building, securing a judgment against the main contractor and consultant for AED 195m. Ayen Biar (who is 'excellent in terms of communication, evaluation of issues and implementing strategy') in Abu Dhabi and Hussain Abdel Ghaffar in Dubai, both qualified in Sudan, are notable senior associates. Tarek Shrayh is now a partner at Fletcher Day in London.

Leading individuals

Naief Yahia - Al Tamimi & Company

Zafer Oghli - Al Tamimi & Company

Next Generation Partners

Ayen Biar - Al Tamimi & Company

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Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 1

Al Tamimi & Company

Al Tamimi & Company‚Äôs ‚Äėknowledgeable and responsive group‚Äô ranks among the largest employment practices in the region. Highlights included Ivor McGettigan¬†advising GE Power on the Middle East employment aspects of its sale of GE Water & Process Technologies to Suez. On the contentious side, department lead Samir Kantaria¬†represented Gulf Bridge International in a claim concerning dual employment rights. Gordon Barr¬†is also noted.

Leading individuals

Samir Kantaria - Al Tamimi & Company

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Energy and infrastructure
Energy and infrastructure - ranked: tier 4

Al Tamimi & Company

Al Tamimi & Company acts as local counsel to parties involved in heavyweight deals. Jody Waugh advises the members of the consortium constructing the fourth phase of the Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 1

Al Tamimi & Company

‚ÄėHigh-quality performer‚Äô, Al Tamimi & Company¬†is commended for its ‚Äėresponsive and business-oriented advice‚Äô. The ‚Äėfully comprehensive IP practice‚Äô shines in contentious matters and is also highly regarded for prosecution and portfolio management. Omar Obeidat¬†has ‚Äėstrong judgement‚Äô and heads a team that includes patent and design lead Ahmad Saleh¬†and senior associate Stephen Jiew. Caterpillar and Fifa are representative clients.

Leading individuals

Omar Obeidat - Al Tamimi & Company

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Stephen Jiew - Al Tamimi & Company

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Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 1

Al Tamimi & Company

Al Tamimi & Company‚Äôs ‚Äėtop-tier practice‚Äô¬†handles a comprehensive range of real estate matters, with strong skill sets in commercial property and hotels and leisure.¬†Group head Tara Marlow¬†is highly rated and advised Sweid & Sweid Developments¬†on the ¬£280m sale of an office building. The group also includes the ‚Äėvery strong‚Äô Jeremy Scott, Mohammed Kawasmi¬†and ‚Äėimpressive‚Äô senior associate Andrew Balfe.

Leading individuals

Jeremy Scott - Al Tamimi & Company

Tara Marlow - Al Tamimi & Company

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Shipping
Shipping - ranked: tier 1

Al Tamimi & Company

Al Tamimi & Company, which strikes a balance between contentious and non-contentious work, impresses with its ‚Äėgreat knowledge of the law and the workings of local administrative bodies‚Äô. UAE transport and insurance head Omar Omar¬†has ‚Äėbroad shipping expertise‚Äô and recently acted on several vessel acquisitions.¬†Yazan Al Saoudi¬†is ‚Äėvery responsive‚Äô. Clients include Drydocks World Dubai and United Arab Shipping Company.

Leading individuals

Omar Omar - Al Tamimi & Company

Yazan Al Saoudi - Al Tamimi & Company

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TMT
TMT - ranked: tier 2

Al Tamimi & Company

The ‚Äėexperienced team‚Äô at Al Tamimi & Company¬†is ‚Äėstrong across all three TMT disciplines‚Äô.¬†Senior associate Fiona Robertson¬†is 'a leader in media law in the region‚Äô and advised¬†Image Nation on the production of¬†three films. Other clients include¬†Al Yah Satellite Communications and Shock FM. Former department lead Nick O‚ÄôConnell¬†relocated to Riyadh; he was replaced by¬†Martin Hayward, who¬†joined from Ciena, where he was Middle East regional counsel. He was followed by¬†Abdullah Mutawi¬†,¬†who joined from¬†Baker Botts L.L.P.¬†in February 2019.

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Fiona Robertson - Al Tamimi & Company

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