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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

Very experienced and efficient, with a number of high-quality lawyers’, Hogan Lovells (Middle East) LLP handles a range of mandates for borrowers and banks, with a particular strength in Islamic finance. Rustum Shah is ‘very experienced in the region and a pleasure to work with’; he advised Standard Chartered on $65m of term loans to Roush Pakistan. Rahail Ali advised Dubai Islamic Bank on an AED1.5bn wakala facility for a subsidiary of Nakheel. Anthony Pallett is another key contact.

Leading individuals

Anthony Pallett - Hogan Lovells (Middle East) LLP

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Capital markets
Capital markets - ranked: tier 3

Hogan Lovells (Middle East) LLP

Hogan Lovells (Middle East) LLPcombines technical expertise with in-depth local market knowledge’, covering a range of Islamic capital markets mandates. Imran Mufti and Rahail Ali advised Aktif Bank on a $118m sukuk, the first issued on the Irish Stock Exchange’s Global Exchange Market, and acted for the Islamic Corporation for the Development of the Private Sector as lead arrangers on Senegalese, Togolese and Ivorian sovereign sukuks. Andrew Tarbuck, who ‘really knows his stuff’, is a name of note for ECM matters.

Leading individuals

Andrew Tarbuck - Hogan Lovells (Middle East) LLP

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Commercial, corporate and M&A
Commercial, corporate and M&A - ranked: tier 2

Hogan Lovells (Middle East) LLP

Hogan Lovells (Middle East) LLP’s ‘diligent, experienced and attentive-to-detail’ team’s deals include several matters with cross-border regional aspects. Charles Fuller advised Mumtalakat on its purchase of Ron Dennis’ shares in McLaren Technology Group and McLaren Automotive, and Kingdom Holding on the purchase of a minority stake in Careem. The ‘commercially focusedImtiaz Shah advised Jimmy Choo plc on the formation of a joint venture with Al Tayer, its UAE distributor. Warren Thomson and Andrew Tarbuck are also names to note, as is ‘dedicated and responsive’ senior associate Erin Kiem.

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Construction - ranked: tier 3

Hogan Lovells (Middle East) LLP

Hogan Lovells (Middle East) LLP handles a range of issues arising from challenging and high-profile developments, including disputes and contract reviews. Nabeel Ikram, in addition to being ‘one of the best construction dispute resolution experts in the local market’ for many, also handles advisory work. Christopher Cross handles transactional matters related to skyscrapers and industrial structures.

Leading individuals

Nabeel Ikram - Hogan Lovells (Middle East) LLP

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Energy and infrastructure
Energy and infrastructure - ranked: tier 3

Hogan Lovells (Middle East) LLP

At Hogan Lovells (Middle East) LLP, Christopher Cross is praised for his ‘knowledge of financial documents in the region’; in addition to his workload on industrial and transport developments, Cross advised Kings College Hospital on the financing and construction of hospitals. Sohail Barkatali (who has ‘deep knowledge of doing business in the Middle East’) is advising the lenders to a concentrated solar power plant project.

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Investment funds
Investment funds - ranked: tier 2

Hogan Lovells (Middle East) LLP

At Hogan Lovells (Middle East) LLP, Warren Thomson advised Royal Capital Holdings on the formation of a Cayman-domiciled distressed asset fund. Imtiaz Shah and Andrew Tarbuck are also recommended.

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Islamic finance
Islamic finance - ranked: tier 1

Hogan Lovells (Middle East) LLP

Hogan Lovells (Middle East) LLP is ‘responsive, sharp and well respected’. Practice head Rahail Ali ‘has a fantastic market reputation; clients know they have a market leader when he is on their side’ – he and senior associate Ahmet Kalafat advised HSBC on a $236m commodity murabaha provided to Ziraat Participation Bank. Other key figures include Imran Mufti, who is a name to note in the sukuk space; Anthony Pallett, who advised Ominyat Holdings on an ijara financing for a real estate project; and Rustum Shah, who is ‘highly respected for his technical and problem-solving abilities’.

Leading individuals

Rahail Ali - Hogan Lovells (Middle East) LLP

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United Arab Emirates: Dispute resolution

Arbitration and international litigation
Dispute resolution: arbitration and international litigation - ranked: tier 4

Hogan Lovells (Middle East) LLP

At Hogan Lovells (Middle East) LLP, Nabeel Ikram handles a range of DIAC and ICC arbitrations, including joint venture, franchising and construction disputes, as well as free zone court litigation. Counsel Andrew Mackenzie is now at Baker McKenzie Habib Al Mulla.

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