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United Arab Emirates

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 5


At HFW, Shyamal Jeewoolall  advised an aircraft leasing company on the Islamic finance and leasing of 30 Airbus A320s and 20 Airbus A330s to Saudia. He also assisted Crédit Agricole with financing 14 spare CFM turbofan engines to be used by Asia Aviation Capital, AirAsia's leasing arm. Tien Tai has notable maritime experience, such as the financing of commodities and port projects, alongside other work. John Barlow has insurance expertise. Richard Lucas is a new hire from Bird & Bird.

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Commercial, corporate and M&A
Commercial, corporate and M&A - ranked: tier 4


HFW handles a range of work, with many deals having elements touching on the firm's core industries of shipping and natural resources. Alexander Reid in Dubai handles a range of shareholder relations and joint ventures work. Rula Dajani Abuljebain - who is qualified in both Kuwait and England and Wales - divides her time between Kuwait and Dubai. Key contacts Vince Gordon and Tania de Swart joined the firm's newly opened Abu Dhabi office from Reed Smith.

Next Generation Partners

Alexander Reid - HFW

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Construction - ranked: tier 3


HFW has 'an excellent team with breadth of knowledge across the entire range of construction disputes and sectors, and a good knowledge of the Middle East and other jurisdictions'. Beau McLaren is 'first rate: a hands-on partner, great with clients and an excellent lawyer'; he was joined by James Harbridge, whose 'humbleness belies a legal killer instinct', from Trowers & Hamlins LLP in July 2018. The pair handle disputes concerning high-profile buildings and major infrastructure projects, with Alstom in particular a cornerstone client. Senior associate Humayun Ahmad is 'a first-rate, high-class construction lawyer who provides excellent legal and commercial advice'; he represents an Omani group of companies in several ad hoc arbitrations following its termination from a project managed by another Omani company.

Next Generation Partners

Beau McLaren - HFW

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Dispute resolution: arbitration and international litigation
Dispute resolution: arbitration and international litigation - ranked: tier 3


HFW's disputes team is 'personable, clear and responsive, with an understanding of commercial risk and how to manage it'. Sam Wakerley and Sara Sheffield (the latter a new partner promotion) act for the former chairman and CEO of Menacom in an unfair prejudice case in multiple jurisdictions concerning the sale of a majority stake in the company to WPP. Sheffield also has expertise in debt recovery matters and DIFC litigation. The team also handles London and Singapore arbitrations. John Barlow has expertise in financial services and insurance disputes, while James Harbridge is a key contact for insolvency work. Beau McLaren, who also sits as an arbitrator, handles engineering disputes, while Richard Strub handles disputes with maritime elements. Charles Cockrell, who handles aviation disputes among other matters, is a new partner promotion. Other clients include notable insurers from the region and beyond.

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Shipping - ranked: tier 1


HFW¬†is noted for its ‚Äėbreadth of expertise across wet and dry shipping and insurance matters‚Äô. The department‚Äôs client roster is equally comprehensive and includes shipowners, charterers and operators, P&I clubs, cargo owners and banks. Group head Yaman Al Hawamdeh¬†is a key contact for litigation, while ‚Äėrecognised expert‚Äô Tien Tai¬†is sought after for ship finance. Richard Strub, who heads the Middle East commodities practice, is also a senior figure.

Leading individuals

Tien Tai - HFW

Yaman Al Hawamdeh - HFW

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