Ibrahim & Partners > Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates > Firm Profile

Ibrahim & Partners
24th Floor, Al Sila Tower, ADGM Square
Abu Dhabi
United Arab Emirates

United Arab Emirates > Capital markets Tier 3

Ibrahim & Partners is particularly adept at handling ECM matters, with the team regularly acting on large-scale IPOs and secondary offerings across a broad spectrum of sectors, including healthcare and pharmaceuticals, energy, education, real estate, retail, and insurance. Ahmed Ibrahim and Malack El Masry co-lead the team from Dubai and have significant expertise in ECM matters alongside a broader corporate and commercial practice.

Practice head(s):

Ahmed Ibrahim; Malack El Masry

Other key lawyers:

May El Ghamry


Ahmed Ibrahim has unrivalled knowledge and expertise in UAE equity capital markets deals.’

Key clients

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority

Dubai Holding


Emirates NBD

Gulf Pharmaceutical Industries (Julphar) PJSC

Abu Dhabi National Oil Company

Tristar Transport LLC



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Work highlights

  • Advised the Government of Dubai on its IPO of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority.
  • Advised Dubai Holding on the IPO of TECOM Group on DFM as part of Government of Dubai initiative to IPO 10 companies.
  • Advised ADNOC Drilling PJSC as the issuer on its IPO.

United Arab Emirates > Dispute resolution: local litigation Tier 3

The local litigation team at Ibrahim & Partners is led by Mohamed Abdelrehiem, who has significant experience advising on a broad range of disputes before UAE courts, covering commercial, civil, employment, construction, banking, and white-collar crime. Also noted is associate Hazem Elbagoury, who has experience handling litigation in the UAE courts.

Practice head(s):

Mohamed Abdelrehiem

Other key lawyers:


‘The litigation team are very professional and try to find out-of-the-box alternatives for dispute resolution.’

‘Mohamed Abdelrehiem and Hazem Elbagoury are very good lawyers and litigators in terms of effective actions, timing, and cost.’

‘Very knowledgeable and client-oriented.’

‘Mohamed Abdelrehiem’s advice has always been timely and straight to the point.’

Key clients

Ismail Ali Mohamed Ahmed

Omnix International Co. LLC

Oren Hydrocarbons Middle East FZCO

Noon E Commerce Owned by Noon AD Holdings One Person Company LLC


Gulf Pharmaceutical Industries

Halwani Ikhwan


Work highlights

  • Representing Zangezur Copper Molybdenum Combine CJSC as one of the defendants in a multimillion dollar case (USD 9,500,000).
  • Representing over 10 ex-employees of IBM Middle East FZ-LLC in labour cases against IBM.
  • Representing Halwani Ikhwan, an FMCG tycoon, in a dispute against its UAE distributor for unlawful termination of the distribution agreement.

United Arab Emirates > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 4

Ibrahim & Partners advises on a wide variety of public and private M&A transactions, including those involving joint stock companies and UAE companies with international operations. Managing partner Ahmed Ibrahim co-leads the team from Dubai alongside Malack El Masry, who has extensive experience in the region advising on M&A deals, as well as a broad range of corporate, commercial, and structuring expertise.

Practice head(s):

Malack El Masry; Ahmed Ibrahim

Other key lawyers:

Mohamed Madi


‘Malack El Masry is knowledgeable not only about relevant local laws, but also about the local players involved, and takes a commercial approach.’

Key clients

Amanat Holdings PJSC

Dar Al Takaful

BH Mubasher PrJSC

Al Ramz Corporation PJSC

Dubai Holding Group LLC


VPS Health Group

Wilo Middle East FZE

Work highlights

  • Advised Dar Al Takaful PJSC on a merger transaction that is the first of its kind as the first merger in the insurance sector of the UAE. It is also the first merger across the two emirates of Abu Dhabi and Dubai.
  • Advised Allianz Marine Logistics and Services Ltd on one of the largest merger and acquisition deals in the maritime offshore sector in the Middle East in recent years, with the acquisition of Allianz Marine by Shuaa PJSC through an acquisition finance by the National Bank of Fujairah.
  • Advising Corys Environmental Investments on a joint venture with Cafu App DMCC (Dubai Branch).

United Arab Emirates > Banking and finance: Corporate finance (including Islamic lending) Tier 5

Ibrahim & Partners acts for local, regional, and international clients on banking and finance transactions across a broad range of sectors, including advising on ADGM and DIFC regulated matters. Ahmed Ibrahim and May El Ghamry, who is experienced in syndicated loans and project finance transactions, co-lead the practice from Dubai.

Practice head(s):

Ahmed Ibrahim; May El Ghamry

Key clients

Arab International Bank

Arab African International Bank (UAE)

Amanat Holdings PJSC

Banque Misr

Commercial International Bank



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IBRAHIM & PARTNERS is an independent MENA-region law firm, led by our managing partner, Ahmed Ibrahim, and is comprised of a team of lawyers that are experts in advising on all aspects of UAE law. We advise both local and international companies on a full range of issues from contentious and non-contentious corporate and commercial matters, including major project work, establishing, and conducting business across the Emirates, joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions, equity capital market, legal due diligence/audit, employment matters, property, structuring, distributions and franchise arrangements.

Our Dubai and Abu Dhabi offices are also well placed to provide local legal support across the GCC. We are also happy to announce that we have expanded our regional footprint to cover KSA and Lebanon. Our firm is organized into four regional practice groups including corporate and M&A, capital markets, finance and projects and dispute resolution.

We strongly believe in combining legal knowledge with sector awareness. Our philosophy is based on consistently ensuring that all lawyers are dedicated to their own practice area and specialty. We believe that this brings an added value to our clients through our lawyer’s understanding of key issues particular to their sector, which is reflected through practical solutions addressing our clients’ expectations.

Almost all of our UAE office is fully bilingual including legal, paralegal and support staff (English/Arabic) with several trilingual members (French), and they possess over 10 to 20 years of experience amongst them. We have enhanced our English and US law capabilities by having senior members of our corporate commercial team who are qualified to advise on English and US laws, giving our clients both civil and common law competences.

Capital markets: Our capital markets team is the most active capital markets team in the UAE, having led almost all the IPOs and rights issue which have taken place in the UAE, including two UAE issuers listed on London Stock Exchange. Dubbed as “the UAE ECM guru” by Chambers & Partners and “the first choice when it comes to UAE IPOs”. Ahmed Ibrahim is ranked as tier 1 capital markets lawyer by The Legal 500 in 2018 and has a second-to-none and hands-on capital markets experience.  He also continues to maintain his ranking by Chambers Global as a leading individual up to this day in the UAE and the Middle East.

Corporate and M&A: Our corporate and M&A practice group’s primary goal is to provide services to a wide range of local, regional, and international companies. Our UAE team has in a short span of time been part of large-scale M&A’s across the various Emirates, the region and globally. Our M&A team is one of the most active in public acquisitions in the UAE with members of our team having led many acquisitions and disposals of private and public joint stock companies, which is rare in the UAE being that most companies are formed as limited liability companies. These transactions are very specific in nature and require a different set of qualifications and experience giving our team unrivalled expertise of these transactions. We are also active in advising a variety of clients in private merger and acquisition transactions involving UAE companies with operations in the UAE and abroad, in various sectors and different regions.  Further, we are the preferred local counsel of many international/magic circle law firms and banks in their cross border and local M&A transactions.

Finance and projects: Our finance and projects team has considerable experience in the region and provides invaluable assistance to our clients in the UAE.

Litigation and disputes: Our litigation/disputes practice extends to many industries, including banking, finance, insurance, real estate, construction, technology, pharmaceuticals, telecommunications, retail, government contracts and healthcare. Not only do we understand the UAE local courts proceedings in and how they function, but we have the substantive knowledge in these and many other industries that allows us to understand how basic commercial disputes function before the courts to the peculiarities of a particular industry or contracting relationship. Our partners and litigators, across our offices’ jurisdictions, are highly experienced in handling large and complex investigations and claims, both domestically and internationally, and are regularly instructed by some of the largest financial institutions in relation to their most substantial and sensitive disputes. We are equally comfortable litigating before all UAE courts in the seven Emirates, DIFC courts and ADGM courts as well. Additionally, our team brings in a wealth of specialised experience in transnational organised crime, financial crime, Anti Money Laundering and international judicial cooperation via their track record and previous position such as senior prosecutors. Our team regularly advises on and provides training in relation to compliance, corporate governance, GDPR, FCPA, AML and UK Anti Bribery and works closely with governmental agencies and law enforcement authorities in relation to those areas which brings tremendous value to our clients.

Our clients rely on our global experience, personable approach and on our in-depth knowledge and understanding of local and regional laws in the UAE, and all the jurisdictions in which we operate. With lawyers from the biggest regional firms ensures our clients trust that they will get a first class experience without the price tag in handling their complex cross-border disputes.

Tax: It is also worth mentioning our tax practice as led by Abdelhamid Attallah, who is one of the most experienced and well-regarded tax experts in the region with more than 35 years of experience. Mr Attallah has worked as a senior tax partner at KPMG and a regional tax chief of other multinational conglomerates.

IBRAHIM & PARTNERS was awarded rising star law firm of the year in the IFLR Middle East Awards 2019 and was nominated in the category of UAE national law firm of the year alongside two of the oldest and largest law firms in the UAE in a span of less than two years.

IBRAHIM & PARTNERS has been ranked recently by The Legal 500 for Capital Markets in the UAE and “is now at the top of the market for ECM”.

IBRAHIM & PARTNERS is also ranked in the UAE for Corporate, commercial and M&As, the firm is a “highly regarded firm [that] regularly advises on the UAE aspects of significant cross-border deals, often working alongside leading international firms. In particular, the firm is well versed in acquisitions and disposals of private and public joint stock companies”.  Managing partner Ahmed Ibrahim and partner Malack El Masry are recognized practitioners in the UAE. Ahmed Ibrahim is also a long-standing ranked lawyer in Chambers and Partners in the UAE and Middle East.

Capital Markets Ahmed Ibrahimahmed.ibrahim@inp.legal+971 50 557 3162
Corporate and M&A Malack El Masrymalack.elmasry@inp.legal+971 50 397 7689
Malack Elmasry photoMrs Malack ElmasryPartner Head of Corporate, Commercial and M&As
Ahmed Ibrahim photo Ahmed IbrahimManaging Partner