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Hogan Lovells (United Arab Emirates) LLP
United Arab Emirates

United Arab Emirates > Banking and finance: Corporate finance (including Islamic lending) Tier 3

Hogan Lovells (United Arab Emirates) LLP has a strong Islamic finance practice, regularly acting for international and regional banks, corporations, and government-related entities. It also has expertise in conventional financing transactions, with sector specialists across a range of industries. Rahail Ali leads the group and has particular expertise in Shariah-compliant financings and project finance transactions. Sohail Barkatali is particularly involved with project financings in the electricity, oil and gas, water, and infrastructure sectors, whilst Ahmet Kalafat is noted for his expertise in Islamic finance mandates across the Middle East.

Practice head(s):

Rahail Ali

Other key lawyers:

Sohail Barkatali; Ahmet Kalafat

Key clients

Dubai Islamic Bank PJSC

MUFG Bank, Ltd.

Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank PJSC

ACWA Power


Kuwait International Bank K.S.C.P.

Investment Corporation of Dubai

Emirates NBD Capital Limited

Al Rajhi Banking & Investment Corporation


United Arab Emirates > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 4

Hogan Lovells (United Arab Emirates) LLP has a full-service corporate offering, with the team advising on agency and distribution arrangements, regulatory issues, and compliance mandates. Imtiaz Shah leads the team from Dubai, with extensive experience acting on M&A transactions in the Middle East, particularly in the luxury retail space. Charles Fuller advises PE funds, financial institutions, corporations and sovereign wealth funds on a broad range of corporate transactions.

Practice head(s):

Imtiaz Shah

Other key lawyers:

Charles Fuller


‘The relationship driven approach of the practice and the culture that has been built around this philosophy make the team unique.’

‘A solution-oriented practice. The team always takes a problem-solving approach to legal matters rather than creating legal complexity.’

‘Imtiaz Shah stands out due to his deep understanding of both the commercial and legal aspects of M&A transactions and a thoroughly professional yet relationship driven approach towards his legal practice.’

Key clients

HRH Prince Alwaleed & Rotana Music

AS Group

Lockheed Martin

Caretech Plc

International Finance Corporation

ExxonMobil Corporation

Gulf Investment Corporation

Jabreen Capital


Work highlights

  • Advised HRH Prince Alwaleed’s Rotana Music in connection with the Warner Music Group’s agreement to buy a minority stake in the Rotana Music Group.
  • Advised the AS Group on its acquisition of DMETCO-Bayti.
  • Advised Kook Cloud Kitchen Company on their Series A funding round.

United Arab Emirates > Construction Tier 4

United Arab Emirates > Dispute resolution: arbitration and international litigation Tier 4

United Arab Emirates > Infrastructure and projects (including project finance) Tier 4

Hogan Lovells (United Arab Emirates) LLP has strong project finance capabilities, with the team regularly advising banks on infrastructure and energy projects across the wider Middle East region. Practice head Sohail Barkatali has significant experience advising on projects in the electricity, oil and gas, water and waste, and infrastructure sectors.

Practice head(s):

Sohail Barkatali

Key clients

ACWA Power

WTE Wassertechnik GmbH

Mizuho Bank

Al Rajhi Bank

Riyad Bank

Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank

JGC Corporation

Work highlights

  • Advised ACWA Power on the US$1.2bn Taweelah IWP in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
  • Advised Al Rajhi Bank, APICORP, Mizuho Bank, Riyad Bank, Standard Chartered Bank and The Korea Development Bank as senior lenders on the financing of Sudair solar PV IPP in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

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Photo Name Position Profile
Rahail Ali photo Rahail Ali Partner
Sohail Barkatali photo Mr Sohail Barkatali Office Managing Partner
Charles Fuller photo Charles Fuller Partner
Nabeel Ikram photo Mr Nabeel Ikram Partner
Ahmet Kalafat photo Ahmet Kalafat Senior Associate
Imran Mufti photo Mr Imran Mufti A partner in Hogan Lovells Finance practice, Imran Mufti has practiced in…
Anthony Pallett photo Mr Anthony Pallett Acknowledged as a leader in his field, Anthony Pallett has more than…
Rustum Shah photo Mr Rustum Shah Having spent 15 years in the Middle East, Rustum brings a wealth…
Imtiaz Shah photo Mr Imtiaz Shah Based in the Middle East for over 20 years, Imtiaz Shah has…