Firm Profile > Pinsent Masons LLP > Dubai , United Arab Emirates

Pinsent Masons LLP
The Offices 1, (adjacent to the Dubai World Trade Centre)
One Central
PO Box 115580, DUBAI
United Arab Emirates

Construction Tier 1

At Pinsent Masons LLP, Mark Raymont handles work for well-known contractors in energy-related projects, while Jed Savager represents joint ventures in  major infrastructure disputes. In the non-contentious arena, Bill Smith advises Kier on its role as management contractor of the Dubai Arena project. Clients include Korean and Turkish contractors. Sachin Kerur and Michelle Nelson are now at Reed Smith.

Real estate Tier 2

Pinsent Masons LLP leverages its signature construction expertise to specialise in development matters. It is also routinely involved in investment, leasing and corporate transactions. Group head Philip Corfield-Smith is advising a major local developer on a mall project. Senior associate James Rayner, who provides support on the mall work, is also a key contact.

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 3

Pinsent Masons LLP, whose client base includes a range of listed companies, 'gives clients the comfort of personal service that clients can depend on'. Osama Hassan has 'a unique advantage of being proficient in both English and Arabic, with strong personal relationships the various local departments'; he advised the shareholders of QMI Building Metal Products on selling the business to Allegion. Mohammad Tbaishat is 'fantastic: he is able to explain what is required and is very enjoyable to work with'; he assisted National Energy Services Reunited with its purchase of National Petroleum Services for $1.1bn. Other clients include Baker Hughes GE, which Tbaishat advised on a number of corporate transactional matters.

Employment Tier 3

A ‘stand-out employment practice’, Pinsent Masons LLP blends ‘impressive technical knowledge with pragmatism and commercialism’. In particular, department head — and newly promoted partner — Luke Tapp is ‘responsive, collaborative and solutions oriented’; he advised a global pharmaceutical client on restructuring its Middle East business.

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Islamic finance Tier 3

At Pinsent Masons LLP, Amir Ahmad advises a number of Emirati banks on locally significant loans; his other deals include purchases of UK real estate assets, some of which involve Channel Island structures.

Dispute resolution: arbitration and international litigation Tier 4

At Pinsent Masons LLP, Mark Raymont represents Assas Opco in a dispute over its termination of Viceroy's contract to manage its hotel on the Palm Jumeirah, which has led to proceedings in the Dubai courts, the DIFC and the US. Damian Crosse handles billion-euro asset recovery litigation in the DIFC courts, among other matters.

Energy and infrastructure Tier 4

Pinsent Masons LLP has bolstered its projects team by hiring Tim Armsby and Gurmeet Kaur from Eversheds Sutherland LLP. The two advise the lenders to a consortium bidding for the 450 megalitre/day third phase of the Shuqiaiq water plant in Saudi Arabia. Amir Ahmad acts for Pakistan GasPort on the Port Qasim LNG port project in Karachi. Sachin Kerur is now at Reed Smith.

Banking and finance Tier 5

Pinsent Masons LLP's Amir Ahmad advised cornerstone client Dubai Islamic Bank on the refinancing of PNC Investment's debt concerning its real estate joint venture with Meydan Group. His other clients include Indian, European and other Middle Eastern banks, with much work involving financing of deals centring on British real estate. Tim Armsby and Gurmeet Kaur, who were new hires from Eversheds Sutherland LLP, handle projects and their financing.

The firm

Pinsent Masons is a market-leading international law firm built around the needs of its clients across five sectors: energy, infrastructure, financial services, real estate, and advanced manufacturing and technology. It combines legal expertise with a deep understanding of the dynamics of these sectors, to grow long-term relationships with clients and intermediaries operating within them.

With an international resource of over 1,800 lawyers the firm delivers on-the-ground legal advice from 24 locations. The firm is internationally recognised for excellence and innovation. In recent years it has been named the most innovative law firm in Europe by The Financial Times and Law Firm of the Year by Legal Business.

The Middle East is an increasingly important, strategic bridge between east and west, and a gateway into Africa. The firm has over 30 years’ experience of working in the region, having established a presence in Dubai in 2004. The office, combines local knowledge with international experience to advise clients effectively across the region, and globally.

The firm has a long history of serving the needs of clients rooted in the region in addition to US, UK and European organisations, and Indian, Chinese, Japanese and other Asian clients investing or transacting business across the Middle East.

Pinsent Masons offers a full range of legal services including: real estate and construction; projects and energy; corporate and commercial; banking and finance (including Islamic finance); and technology and telecommunications. The Dubai office also has the largest team of infrastructure specialists in the region. Clients include government entities, locally owned companies and international corporations.

The team is fully conversant in all aspects of local and regional compliance and regulation, employment, finance and day-to-day advisory services. It includes several native-speaking lawyers, including Arabic, English and Indian dialects, with extensive experience of working in the region.

Further, the firm has an established network of regional law firms across the Middle East and North Africa (for instance in Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Kuwait, Jordan, Oman, Syria and Saudi Arabia) offering Pinsent Masons’ clients access to truly cohesive legal services across the region.

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Number of lawyers : 1,800
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