Firm Profile > Hogan Lovells (United Arab Emirates) LLP > Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Hogan Lovells (United Arab Emirates) LLP
19TH FLOOR, AL FATTAN CURRENCY TOWER
DUBAI INTERNATIONAL FINANCIAL CENTRE, PO BOX 506602
DUBAI
United Arab Emirates

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

Hogan Lovells (United Arab Emirates) LLP's team has deep expertise in both conventional and Islamic finance, which makes it well-placed to offer clients a broad range of sophisticated financing options. The practice has a strong presence in the projects and energy space with experience advising clients in the transport, real estate, energy and projects, financial institutions, education and healthcare industries. Practice head Rahail Ali leads a 'very commercial and efficient' team and is a 'respected figure' in the Islamic finance industry. Rustum Shah is an 'excellent lawyer' and Anthony Pallett is another key individual. Senior associate Ahmet Kalafat is also noted.

Practice head(s):

Rahail Ali

Other key lawyers:

Rustum Shah; Anthony Pallett; Ahmet Kalafat

Testimonials

‘Extremely experienced and knowledgeable team of partners who have been in the regions for many years. They are very commercial and efficient in their approach to transactions and always a pleasure to work with.’

‘Rahail Ali is one of the most experienced and respected figures in the Islamic finance industry. Having Rahail on the team makes transactions much easier to manage as he is respected by the Sharia scholars and other Islamic finance lawyers. Imran Mufti and Rustum Shah are excellent lawyers and provide an exceptional quality of service always commercial and efficient.’

Key clients

Standard Chartered Bank

EMAAR Properties

ACWA Power

Dubai Islamic Bank

Arab Banking Corporation

Sidra Capital

Noor Bank

Averda

Emirates NBD

Alfanar

Capital markets Tier 3

Rahail Ali and Imran Mufti are the key partners in Hogan Lovells (United Arab Emirates) LLP's broader Islamic finance practice in Dubai, which is active in a range of sukuk transactions. Senior associate Ahmet Kalafat is well-connected in Turkey.

Practice head(s):

Rahail Ali

Other key lawyers:

Imran Mufti; Ahmet Kalafat

Key clients

Islamic Corporation for the Development of the Private Sector

Aktif Bank

IFC

Dubai Islamic Bank

Noor Bank

Emirates NBD

Alfanar

Praesidium

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 3

Hogan Lovells (United Arab Emirates) LLP's Imtiaz Shah advises on a broad range of commercial contracting work as well as transactional and joint venture matters, while Charles Fuller is active on a range of matters, often with African connections. The practice is particularly well connected in the fashion and luxury goods sectors, among others.

Practice head(s):

Imtiaz Shah

Other key lawyers:

Charles Fuller

Testimonials

‘What makes the practice unique is the solution-oriented approach of the team at Lovells. They are well versed with the best practices in the M&A domain and help clients manage their risks while balancing the practical considerations in these complex transaction.’

‘What sets them apart from competition is accessibility and astuteness when it comes to finding work-around solutions. I have worked with solicitors who can make things complex for their clients while that partners at Lovells simplify matters for their clients and provide a way-out in complex situations.’

Key clients

Aramis Partners

Saint Laurent

Gucci

ExxonMobil

Facebook

Jimmy Choo

Omniyat Properties

Aimia

Brioni

Exxon Mobil

Ford

Google

Construction Tier 4

Hogan Lovells (United Arab Emirates) LLP's Nabeel Ikram handles both contentious and non-contentious work, with disputes mandates including work for employers, architects and EPC contractors. Jodie Reindorf is a notable associate.

Practice head(s):

Nabeel Ikram

Other key lawyers:

Jodie Reindorf

Testimonials

‘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.’

‘The team provides an excellent, dedicated service.’

‘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.’

‘Nabeel Ikram is a stand-out lawyer in the region.  Extremely knowledgeable, but has a sensible commercial approach to issues.’

Key clients

Serco

King’s College Hospital

Honeywell

JGC

CH2M Hill

Tamouh Investments

Gunal

ACWA Power

AECOM

CCC

Infrastructure and projects (including project finance) Tier 4

Hogan Lovells (United Arab Emirates) LLP's team includes practitioners specialising in corporate/commercial, project finance, Islamic finance and dispute resolution. The team has a deep understanding of the power and water, renewable energy and social infrastructure sectors. Sohail Barkatali heads the practice. Rahail Ali and Imran Mufti are also noted.

Practice head(s):

Sohail Barkatali

Other key lawyers:

Rahail Ali; Imran Mufti

Key clients

ACWA Power

WTE Wassertechnik GmbH

WTE/IFA consortium

Alfanar

JGC Corporation

Natixis

Consolidated Contractors Company

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

Kuwait > Privatisation and projects Tier 1

Although based overseas, Hogan Lovells (United Arab Emirates) LLP has a significant presence in Kuwait’s privatisation efforts, especially through major PPPs. The team’s work includes advising on the corporate, commercial and financing aspects of infrastructure developments, such as energy projects and school developments. Sohail Barkatali, who is based in Dubai, and Tobias Faber, who operates from the Frankfurt office, are the key practitioners.

Practice head(s):

Sohail Barkatali

Key clients

Kuwait Petroleum

WTE Wassertechnik GmbH

WTE/IFA consortium

Ah Ahli Bank of Kuwait

EVN Umwelt Holding und Betriebs

EVN Umwelt Holding und Betriebs, International Financial Advisors, KCC

Engineering & Contracting, and Steinmuller Babcock Environment consortium

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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Photo Name Position Profile
 Rahail Ali photo Rahail Ali Partner
Mr Sohail Barkatali  photo Mr Sohail Barkatali Office Managing Partner
 Charles Fuller photo 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 Rustum Shah  photo Mr Rustum Shah Having spent 15 years in the Middle East, Rustum brings a wealth…
Mr Imtiaz Shah  photo Mr Imtiaz Shah Based in the Middle East for over 20 years, Imtiaz Shah has…
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