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Hogan Lovells (United Arab Emirates) LLP
United Arab Emirates

Banking and finance: Corporate finance (including Islamic lending) Tier 2

Strong in Islamic and conventional finance, Hogan Lovells (United Arab Emirates) LLP advises major banks as well as lenders on trade, corporate, real estate, syndicated and asset finance. The Dubai-based team handles transactions in the UAE in addition to Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Oman and Qatar. Key names include Islamic finance expert Rahail Ali, international syndicated finance and structured finance specialist Rustum Shah and Anthony Pallett, who handles a range of conventional and Islamic finance deals. Senior associate Ahmet Kalafat is also noted.

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Key clients

Standard Chartered Bank

Dubai Airports

EMAAR Properties

ACWA Power

Dubai Islamic Bank

Arab Banking Corporation

Sidra Capital

Noor Bank

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 3

Hogan Lovells (United Arab Emirates) LLP has 'a deep understanding of the region's legal and cultural environment'. The team advises international and regional companies on corporate and commercial matters. In a major M&A highlight, Charles Fuller advised Kingdom Holding Company (one of the largest shareholders in Careem) on the acquisition of Careem by Uber, which represented Uber's largest ever acquisition. Imtiaz Shah heads the team.

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The HL team members have a deep understanding of the region’s legal and cultural environment. I felt that this experience was accumulated by years of experience serving local and multinational customers in the region.

They have very good response times and availability.

Imtiaz Shah is capable of explaining the unique legal atmosphere of the Middle East to clients from outside the region in a way that is clear and easy to understand.

Imtiaz Shah’s experience also allows him to propose solutions that are creative and not easy to spot.

Charles Fuller is a rockstar in our eyes. Charles is always attentive, provides legal advice and services beyond what is requested, and in a timely manner.

Capital markets Tier 4

Hogan Lovells (United Arab Emirates) LLP's capital markets offering benefits from the firm's Islamic finance expertise. It is particularly active in transactions in Africa and Turkey. Imran Mufti and Rahail Ali and senior associate Ahmet Kalafat are noted.

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Firm provides advice on any issue and responds in a timely manner. They approach cases as a solution partner.

Key clients



Al Bayan Group Holding Company


IFC (World Bank Group)

Islamic Corporation for Development of the Private Sector (ICD)

Dubai Islamic Bank

Government of Cote d’Ivoire

Samba Capital


Construction Tier 4

At Hogan Lovells (United Arab Emirates) LLP, Nabeel Ikram represents contractors, employers and subcontractors in DIAC, ICC and other arbitrations concerning projects in the region. Ikram is also active in a range of front-end mandates concerning large office, hotel and infrastructure developments in Dubai. Jodie Reindorf (who, like Ikram, is English-qualified) is a key associate.

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‘Consistently responsive, consistently excellent advice headed by an extremely able and capable partner who has the gift of presenting complex concepts in a digestible format.’

‘Nabeel Ikram is an expert on the construction industry in the UAE. He has a talent for explaining complex legal nuances to clients in a clear and cogent manner that makes him the ultimate trusted adviser to senior management. With a depth of knowledge and a calm disposition, he is the ideal lawyer to have in the room for contentious discussions.’

Key clients


King’s College Hospital



CH2M Hill

Tamouh Investments


ACWA Power



Dispute resolution: arbitration and international litigation Tier 4

Nabeel Ikram  is the key partner at a Hogan Lovells (United Arab Emirates) LLP disputes practice which handles a range of arbitrations concerning engineering and technology, property and commercial matters.

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‘The Hogan Lovells dispute resolution team stands out for its excellent leadership and the quality of its offering in a very sensible and cost-effective manner.’

‘Nabeel Ikram heads the team and he has a wealth of experience, which he sensibly applies his subject matter expertise to given situations.  Nabeel takes on board the views of others and he will tailor approaches accordingly. Refreshingly, he also offers clear opinions on matters, coming off the fence when necessary, which is something other lawyers find hard to do, this comes from experience.’

Infrastructure and projects (including project finance) Tier 4

Hogan Lovells (United Arab Emirates) LLP's broad offering allows it to cover the corporate, commercial, project finance, Islamic finance and dispute resolution aspects of projects in the Middle East. Sohail Barkatali has been leading on many of the department's major energy and infrastructure projects; this included advising Natixis, as sole underwriter and initial mandated lead arranger to the ACWA Power-led consortium, on the successful project financing of the 300MW Sakaka Solar power plant IPP project in Saudi Arabia. Finance experts Rahail Ali and Imran Mufti are additional contacts. Christopher Cross left for the National Center for Privatization & PPP in Saudi Arabia.

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Key clients

JGC Corporation

ACWA Power

Al Fanar

WTE Wassertechnik GmBH / EVN Group


Consolidated Contractors Company (CCC) / Morganti

Bank Muscat, Oman Arab Bank, Bank Sohar and Bank Dhofar

Kuwait > Privatisation and projects Tier 1

Hogan Lovells (United Arab Emirates) LLP is involved in a number of first-to the-market matters in Kuwait. In addition to being active in significant development projects, it also advises Kuwaiti companies and inbound investors on corporate, commercial and finance matters. The firm's areas of expertise include renewable energy, power, schoools and energy. It has played a significant role in Kuwait's new PPP framework, including the new Independent Water & Power Project, Al-Zour North. The firm also has an active Islamic finance practice in the Kuwaiti market, and has advised both local and international clients on sukuk issuances, Mubaraha facilities, and shari’ah law structuring. Dubai-based partner Sohail Barkatali has a strong track record in Kuwaiti projects, with a focus on the electricity and water sectors. Tobias Faber in Frankfurt has notable experience of cross-border energy (particularly energy-from-waste) projects, including those in the Middle East.

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The team can adapt to every situation that requires a tailored solution. It acts proactively and renders tailor-made solutions that always convinces both sides of the table. The team is very creative in overcoming problems that are very difficult to settle.’

Key clients

Kuwait Petroleum

WTE/IFA Consortium

Al Hali Bank of Kuwait

WTE Wassertechnik GmbH

The firm: Change is happening faster than ever, and legal challenges come from all directions. To stay ahead, organisations need to anticipate what’s next. Hogan Lovells understands this and works together with its clients to solve the toughest legal issues in major industries and commercial centres around the world. With 2,500 lawyers on six continents, Hogan Lovells offers extensive experience and insights gained from working in some of the world’s most complex legal environments and markets for corporations, financial institutions and governments. The firm provides practical legal solutions that help clients identify and mitigate risk and make the most of opportunities.

Whether a client is expanding into new markets, considering capital from new sources, or dealing with increasingly complex regulation or disputes, Hogan Lovells can help.

The firm’s lawyers are straight-talking. They understand and solve the problem before it becomes one. And they deliver clear and practical advice that gets the job done.

A fast-changing and interconnected world requires fresh thinking combined with proven experience. That’s what Hogan Lovells provides. Progress starts with ideas. And while imagination helps at every level, the firm’s legal solutions are aligned with each client’s business strategy. The firm’s experience in cross-border and emerging economies gives it the market perspective to be the global partner of choice for its clients. The team at Hogan Lovells brings a diverse variety of backgrounds and experience which delivers a broader perspective. This ultimately makes for more rounded thinking and better answers for clients. Giving back to communities and society is fundamental to good business. And, it’s part of the firm’s core. Everyone at Hogan Lovells is asked to volunteer at least 25 hours a year as part of their normal work duties.

Dubai office: Hogan Lovells in Dubai provides legal advice on a range of finance and business matters to financial institutions, corporations, and government entities. Its legal advice is coupled with a creative, commercial and service-oriented approach to legal services. Clients rely on the lawyers’ in-depth business and legal knowledge and see them as long-term business partners.

The firm’s practice areas include advisory services in finance, Islamic finance, capital markets, corporate, projects, business restructuring, dispute resolution and intellectual property. The office works collaboratively with more than 45 Hogan Lovells offices around the world.

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Capital markets
Infrastructure, enrgy, resources and projects
Intellectual property
Energy and natural resources
Financial institutions
Life sciences and healthcare
Photo Name Position Profile
 Rahail Ali photo Rahail Ali Partner
Mr Sohail Barkatali  photo Mr Sohail Barkatali Office Managing Partner
Mr Charles Fuller  photo Mr Charles Fuller Partner
Mr Nabeel Ikram  photo Mr Nabeel Ikram Partner
 Ahmet Kalafat photo Ahmet Kalafat Senior Associate
Mr Imran Mufti  photo Mr Imran Mufti A partner in Hogan Lovells Finance practice, Imran Mufti has practiced in…
Mr Anthony Pallett  photo Mr Anthony Pallett Acknowledged as a leader in his field, Anthony Pallett has more than…
Mr Imtiaz Shah  photo Mr Imtiaz Shah Based in the Middle East for over 20 years, Imtiaz Shah has…
Mr Rustum Shah  photo Mr Rustum Shah Having spent 15 years in the Middle East, Rustum brings a wealth…
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