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Hogan Lovells (United Arab Emirates) LLP
United Arab Emirates

Islamic finance Tier 1

At Hogan Lovells (Middle East) LLPRahail Ali advised the mandated lead arrangers and bookrunners on a dual-currency syndicated murabaha lent to Albaraka Türk; senior associate Ahmet Kalafat, who is active in a number of Turkey-related matters, was also involved in this deal. Rustum Shah's practice includes project-related deals such as assisting Dubai Islamic Bank with the financing of Construction Workers Residential City. Anthony Pallett advised Omniyat on borrowing funds to be used to develop a new Dorchester-branded hotel in Dubai. On the capital markets side, Imran Mufti is active on sukuk, including work for sovereign issuers.

Banking and finance Tier 2

Hogan Lovells (Middle East) LLP's Rustum Shah and senior associate Ahmet Kalafat (who is dual-qualified in both England and Turkey) advised a syndicate of banks including Mashreq Bank and Commerzbank on an $87m and €57m term loan to Burgan Bank's Turkish operations. In a construction finance deal, Shah also advised Dubai Islamic Bank on an AED907m ijara-structured financing of the Construction Workers Residential City project. Rahail Ali has Islamic finance expertise, such as advising banks including Arab Banking Corporation, Emirates NBD Capital and Standard Chartered on a $245m and €60m syndicated murabaha lent to Albaraka Turk Katilim Bankasi. Borrower work includes Anthony Pallett assisting Unatrac Holding with borrowing $275m from Barclays and JPMorgan, and in a separate deal advising Averda on borrowing $120m in its debut syndicated financing, which features both conventional and ijara tranches. Other work concerns sovereign debt. The team is based in Dubai.

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 3

Hogan Lovells (Middle East) LLP's Imtiaz Shah's recent work includes handling a range of deals concerning buy-outs of joint venture partners, such as advising Jimmy Choo on forming a joint venture with Al Tayer Group, which previously acted as its distributor. Another area of his expertise is banking deals in Afghanistan - he assisted IFC with purchasing a minority stake in Afghanistan International Bank from companies incorporated in Delaware and the Cayman Islands. Charles Fuller advises Mumtalakat as the new owner of McLaren, and also has expertise in energy sector deals. Other clients include Oracle, which Shah assisted with the due diligence aspects in Saudi Arabia and the UAE of its purchase of Aconex in a deal managed by the firm's Menlo Park and Perth offices. Education is another sector strength.

Construction Tier 3

At Hogan Lovells (Middle East) LLP, Nabeel Ikram handles non-contentious work, as well as disputes concerning alleged non-payments, extensions of time and final account disputes. The firm handles non-contentious work, including advising King's College Hospital on creating hospitals in Dubai and Abu Dhabi.

Energy and infrastructure Tier 3

At Hogan Lovells (Middle East) LLP, Sohail Barkatali advised the lenders to the Al Fanar Consortium on a bid for a concentrated solar project. Christopher Cross handles work on public-private partnerships and procurement contracts, some of which are for government-related clients.

Capital markets Tier 4

Hogan Lovells (Middle East) LLP  has expertise in sukuk, advising multilateral financial institutions on sovereign issuances, among other matters. Rahail Ali is the firm's global head of Islamic finance, with Imran Mufti also a key contact. Clients include the IFC, the Islamic Corporation for the Development of the Private Sector and the government of the Ivory Coast.

Dispute resolution: arbitration and international litigation Tier 5

Alongside his construction practice, Hogan Lovells (Middle East) LLP's Nabeel Ikram handles DIFC and ADGM court cases on issues such as franchising, finance and hotel management agreements.

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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
Mr Sohail Barkatali  photo Mr Sohail Barkatali
Mr Christopher Cross  photo Mr Christopher Cross
Mr Charles Fuller  photo Mr Charles Fuller
Mr Nabeel Ikram  photo Mr Nabeel Ikram
Mr Imran Mufti  photo Mr Imran Mufti
Mr Anthony Pallett  photo Mr Anthony Pallett
Mr Imtiaz Shah  photo Mr Imtiaz Shah
Mr Rustum Shah  photo Mr Rustum Shah
Mr Andrew Tarbuck  photo Mr Andrew Tarbuck
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