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Al Tamimi & Company

Bahrain > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 1

Al Tamimi & Company has an extensive corporate offering spanning M&A, investment funds, corporate restructurings and private equity transactions, with the practice being led by managing partner Foutoun Hajjar. It generates work from a mix of both domestic and international clients. The ‘excellent’ Rad El Treki  works on all of the firm's corporate and M&A deals. He also has notable expertise in the corporate aspects of project finance transactions, particularly in the oil and gas sector.

Practice head(s):

Foutoun Hajjar; Rad El Treki


‘Their large team in the region makes differentiates them and places them well as a single point of contact for us for all our commercial and corporate needs. The team in Bahrain is able to call on subject matter specialists as and when needed from other offices in the region, which has worked well for us.’

‘Very commercial and responsive.’

‘Al Tamimi bring with them regional expertise and high quality advice. They are generally reliable and responsive.’

Key clients

Olayan Group

Ajlan Group

Bahrain Financing Company (BFC)


Delivery Hero


Kalyan Jewellers

EFG Hermes

Standard Chartered Bank

Tata Steel

Hydro Extruded Solutions

Raya Group


Al-Ghalia Holding B.S.C. (C) (Bahrain)

GFH Financial Group B.S.C.

Guardian Glass / Koch Group


Emaar Properties

Eagle Hills Diyar Company W.L.L.


Bahrain > Dispute resolution Tier 1

Bahrain > Banking and finance (including Islamic finance) Tier 2

Al Tamimi & Company, which is highlighted for its strong presence across the Middle East and North Africa, advises domestic and international banking clients on a wide ambit of Islamic finance and conventional banking matters. Its varied portfolio of transactional work spans areas such as bilateral and syndicated lending, aircraft finance, project finance, trade finance, derivatives and securitisation. Team head Rafiq Jaffer , whose practice is split between Bahrain and the UAE, has over a decade of experience in debt capital market transactions. Also recommended is senior associate Natalia Kumar.

Practice head(s):

Other key lawyers:


They are easily accessible, listen to your viewpoint and recommend legal way out accordingly. Besides they are pretty knowledgeable and experienced in their respective law fields.

‘We believe they have given a standout service to our bank.’

‘The team is knowledgeable and responsive when needed. This makes the firm stand out against their peers in Bahrain.’

‘The individuals in the team are very approachable with a can-do attitude. Rather than being theoretic, individuals are pragmatic and advise is always practically achievable.’

‘Excellent. The law firm is friendly, open and responsive to the needs of its clients. These lawyers are very approachable and pleasant to work with. They have shown by their tireless endeavours that the work is not merely an assignment to them, it is something they work on with passion.’

Key clients

Standard Chartered Bank

Kuwait Finance House (Bahrain) B.S.C.

ICICI Bank Limited

Credit Suisse AG – Foreign Branch

Julius Baer (Bahrain) B.S.C. (C)

HSBC Bank Middle East Limited

Mashreq Bank P.S.C.

National Bank of Bahrain

Bank of Bahrain and Kuwait (BBK)

Citibank N.A.

Habib Bank Limited

United Gulf Holding Company B.S.C.

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 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
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
Rad El Treki photoMr Rad El TrekiHead of Corporate Structuring – Bahrain
Foutoun Hajjar photoMs Foutoun HajjarPartner, Head of Office – Bahrain
Natalia Kumar photoMs Natalia KumarSenior Associate, Banking & Finance
Mahmood Salman Al-Araibi photoMr Mahmood Salman Al-AraibiHead of Litigation – Bahrain
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