Sultan Al-Abdulla & Partners > Doha, Qatar > Firm Profile

Sultan Al-Abdulla & Partners
LEVEL 16, THE Y TOWER
MARINA STREET 305, LUSAIL CITY
P.O. BOX 20464
Qatar

Qatar > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 1

Sultan Al-Abdulla & Partners has a strong track record handling a wide ambit of corporate and commercial issues arising at each stage of a company’s lifecycle. The team, which is jointly led by Salman Mahmood and William Cattan, has notable strengths in transactions, corporate structuring and tax issues, among various other matters. Experienced associate Omar Qouteshat is another key practitioner at the firm. Michael Earley is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

William Cattan; Salman Mahmood

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

With the team being built on experience from various jurisdictions and commercial environments, it is well-equipped to lend support not only within Qatar, but also in other countries, where it enjoys a strong network of reliable connections. The administrative infrastructure and performance is also efficient and responsive, which eliminates billing disputes and the like.’

‘The team is very professional and willing to help. They are researching thoroughly and know the industry very well. They are coming up with flexible ideas and make ends meet.’

‘The team at Sultan Al Abdulla & Partners provides solid legal advice with regard to commercial matters related to Qatar. The work quality is high and the team members are reliable and responsive.’

‘I have mainly worked with Salman Mahmood, a partner in the firm. His legal advice as always been extremely helpful in the mandates we work on. He always replies on time and provides excellent legal services. In addition, he is a very friendly and nice person to work with.’

Key clients

Al Khaliji Commercial Bank

Google

Hawar Group

Ashurst

Ahmed Rashad K. Abdelmegeed

Work highlights

  • Assisted with a review of the new distributorship agreement to be entered into between Monster Energy and Coca Cola Al Mana WLL from a Qatar law perspective and responding to specific queries from Monster Energy in relation to certain specific terms of the agreement.
  • Advised an international company specialized in the creation and operation of luxury outlet destinations on certain matters of Qatari law relevant to the launch of its remote virtual private shopping programme/model in Qatar.
  • Advised an international board game company on certain matters of Qatari law relevant to the launch of a new board game in Qatar.

Qatar > Dispute resolution Tier 1

Sultan Al-Abdulla & Partners has a first-rate reputation for dispute resolution, with its team being equally skilled at representing clients in litigation and arbitration. On the litigation side, the group is notably strong in cases relating to infrastructure, projects and construction. It also excels in enforcing foreign judgments. Ashraf Feshawi is the head of litigation. Thomas Williams heads up the arbitration practice, which handles complex commercial disputes across the energy, oil and gas and banking sectors. Sultan Al-Abdulla remains a key contact.

Practice head(s):

Sultan Al-Abdulla; Thomas Williams; Ashraf Feshawi

Other key lawyers:

Ahmed Durrani; Umang Singh

Testimonials

‘The team is led by Thomas Williams who, as an individual, is a fantastic lawyer with a great balance between specific legal knowledge and ability to put forward arguments succinctly and persuasively.’

‘The firm is quick to provide any kind of legal support that is requested. Also, the affirmative response that is always received is a major takeaway.’

‘The representatives are attentive, innovative and up to date with the industry knowledge.’

‘The team is the leading local law firm in Qatar however has an international team so is able to offer local support with the quality traditionally expected from higher priced international firms. Sultan heads up the law firm and has an excellent reputation in the market and ensures this high level of service is maintained across the whole firm.’

‘Sultan Al-Abdulla is a leading local figure in the legal community and is definitely the ‘go-to’ person for all types of legal issues. We have been working with Sultan and using his firm since 2000 and would not go anywhere else.’

‘Thomas Williams heads up the arbitration/disputes team and is a warm and dynamic character who, having worked in the UK, brings the highest level of professionalism traditionally associated with international law firms.’

‘Mr. Sultan is a very senior lawyer with great experience.’

Key clients

Olayan Financial Company

Qatar Building Company

United Engineers Malaysia

Debbas Qatar WLL

Trans Gulf International Electro-Mechanical WLL

Al Darwish Engineering

First Qatar

Dukhan Bank

Hawar Group

Samsung C&T Corporation

Mohamed Abdulaziz Mohamed Ali Al Emadi

Reed Smith

Work highlights

  • Representing Olayan Financial Company in a dispute arising from a property sale agreement.
  • Representing a leading construction company in Qatar in a major real estate development project.
  • Representing a contractor in a construction dispute against a well-known construction company on the Doha Exhibition and Convention Centre project.

Qatar > Projects, real estate and construction Tier 2

Sultan Al-Abdulla & Partners handles a wide variety of matters associated with projects in the energy and infrastructure arena, including project development and financing, corporate transactions and general advisory work, as well as litigation and arbitration. William Cattan‘s experience includes project development and finance, while Salman Mahmood handles public tenders and dispute management. Also of note is Ashraf Feshawi, who focuses on litigation and arbitration.

Practice head(s):

Sultan Al-Abdulla; William Cattan; Salman Mahmood; Ashraf Feshawi

Testimonials

‘The team is very knowledgeable about real estate and construction. The client is updated in a timely fashion about all developments pertaining to the court sessions and experts reports. SAP utilize latest technology and resort to innovative solutions in their presentations and memos, ensuring they keep up with global changes and trends.’

‘Dr Ashraf Feshawi (partner and founder) is a seasoned practitioner having largely contributed to the development of the legal framework in the State of Qatar. His expertise as well as his approach provide the client the level of comfort they need at all pivotal stages of the case life cycle. That has obviously been materialized in favorable court rulings.’

‘Salman Mahmood and his juniors are able to grasp the topics discussed quickly and suggest useful ways of dealing with issues.’

‘Easy to approach and strong knowledge.’

Key clients

First Qatar

Trans Gulf International Electro-Mechanical WLL

Work highlights

  • Provided advice to a European provider of electrification infrastructure regarding the ability of Qatar’s electricity utility to instruct reductions in the scope of work under multiple fixed price contracts for the construction and installation of Qatar’s electricity grid.
  • Advised a Chinese contractor on its withdrawal from a consortium that submitted a bid for a major Qatar infrastructure project, including its right to withdraw from a joint development agreement among the consortium members.
  • Advising an international construction group on its dispute with an international commercial bank in Qatar.

Qatar > Banking, finance and capital markets Tier 3

Sultan Al-Abdulla & Partners is highly reputed for its work on complex conventional and Islamic finance transactions. The team in Doha, which is jointly led by Salman Mahmood and William Cattan, is also active in compliance work. It is often engaged as local counsel by major international law firms, and is highlighted for its strength in the oil and gas sector.

Practice head(s):

Salman Mahmood; William Cattan

Testimonials

‘To date their advice has proven accurate and complete, allowing us to move the matter forward. Their diversity makes them a one stop shop for all domestic issues. Their billing is transparent, competitive and consistent which eliminates unnecessary administration.’

‘Our main point of contact is Salman Mahmood, who always ensures that our queries are fully addressed, either by himself or a suitable colleague. Partners clearly and completely responded to several rounds of queries.’

Key clients

Al Khaliji Commercial Bank

Google

Hawar Group

Ashurst LLP

Work highlights

  • Acted as a local counsel whereby SAP advised on various regulatory and compliance matters under Qatar law, conducted due diligence and reviewed transaction agreements in the merger transaction of Al-Khaliji Commercial Bank P.Q.S.C.a with another local listed bank, Masraf Al- Rayyan.
  • Advised a Russian bank in respect of its entering into an International Swaps and Derivatives Association Master Swap Agreement and a Collateral Security Agreement with a local bank established in the Qatar Financial Center.

Sultan Al-Abdulla & Partners (“SAP”) is a full-service Qatar law firm that provides a wide range of services in both contentious and non-contentious matters. Our clients range from multinational companies and international law firms to Qatari private business and governmental entities. Founded in 1999, SAP is one of the longest established and largest law firms in Qatar.

SAP is placed highly by international legal directories in all areas of legal practice. SAP is ranked Band 1 by Chambers and Partners and Tier 1 by The Legal 500. The Firm recently won the Qatar Domestic Law Firm of the Year Award 2021 by Chambers and Partners. Additionally, the firm was named Qatar Law Firm of the Year in 2017 and again in 2020, and Technology, Media & Telecommunications Team of the Year in 2019 by the Qatar Business Law Forum presented by LexisNexis.  Our partners are also highly ranked individually for their corporate – commercial, energy, projects and disputes work.

Our corporate advisory team draws on its expertise to advise on all aspects of domestic and cross-border transactions. The advisory team invests time to understand the needs of its clients so it can deliver astute and effective advice. Our team not only advises on corporate structures but also gives sound commercial advice on company management, mergers and acquisitions and employment related issues, contract law, administrative law, intellectual property and IP registration. In addition to providing commercial and industry insight, the corporate advisory team, alongside the dispute resolution teams, supports its clients throughout the dispute resolution process, including litigation, mediation or arbitration.

Our dispute resolution team are highly experienced in local practice with a thorough grounding in procedural and substantive law. Our lawyers regularly appear before all courts and tribunals in the state of Qatar, including the Court of Cassation. Our dispute resolution team has an outstanding track record in complex, high stakes disputes arising from construction contracts, which includes disputes relating to works completed, change orders and variation, payment disputes and change of law claims.

Our arbitration team has extensive experience in commercial arbitration and represents clients in domestic and international arbitrations, both under major institutional rules and ad hoc. Our team has assisted arbitration on matters involving joint ventures, partnerships and disputes arising from banking and finance transactions. The team also advise on related court matters, such as the enforcement of arbitral awards.

DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
Agency and Franchise Salman Mahmood
Arbitration Sultan M. Al-Abdulla
Arbitration Thomas Williams
Arbitration Salman Mahmood
Banking and Finance Salman Mahmood
Corporate, Commercial and Transnational Salman Mahmood
Employment and Immigration Salman Mahmood
Energy and Natural Resources Sultan M. Al-Abdulla
Energy and Natural Resources Salman Mahmood
Events and Sporting Salman Mahmood
Intellectual Property Salman Mahmood
Litigation Sultan M. Al-Abdulla
Litigation Ashraf Feshawi
Regulatory and Compliance Salman Mahmood
Tax Salman Mahmood
Telecoms, Media and Technology Salman Mahmood
Number of lawyers : 22 (including partners)
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