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Hogan Lovells (Middle East) LLP

United Arab Emirates

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 2

Hogan Lovells (Middle East) LLP

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.

Leading individuals

Anthony Pallett - Hogan Lovells (Middle East) LLP

Next Generation Partners

Ahmet Kalafat - Hogan Lovells (Middle East) LLP

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Capital markets
Capital markets - ranked: tier 4

Hogan Lovells (Middle East) LLP

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.

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Commercial, corporate and M&A
Commercial, corporate and M&A - ranked: tier 3

Hogan Lovells (Middle East) LLP

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.

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Construction - ranked: tier 3

Hogan Lovells (Middle East) LLP

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. Christopher Cross handles non-contentious work, including advising King's College Hospital on creating hospitals in Dubai and Abu Dhabi.

Leading individuals

Nabeel Ikram - Hogan Lovells (Middle East) LLP

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Dispute resolution: arbitration and international litigation
Dispute resolution: arbitration and international litigation - ranked: tier 5

Hogan Lovells (Middle East) LLP

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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Energy and infrastructure
Energy and infrastructure - ranked: tier 3

Hogan Lovells (Middle East) LLP

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.

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Islamic finance
Islamic finance - ranked: tier 1

Hogan Lovells (Middle East) LLP

At Hogan Lovells (Middle East) LLP, Rahail 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.

Leading individuals

Rahail Ali - Hogan Lovells (Middle East) LLP

Next Generation Partners

Ahmet Kalafat - Hogan Lovells (Middle East) LLP

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