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 has an experienced ECM practice and is regularly instructed on IPOs and rights issues in the UAE. The team has a broad range of sector expertise and advises clients in the healthcare and pharmaceutical, energy, insurance, education, retail and real estate sectors among others. Managing partner Ahmed Ibrahim has a well-established presence in the ECM space. Malack El Masry is also noted and combines her corporate practice with her expertise in IPOs and rights issues.

Practice head(s):

Ahmed Ibrahim

Other key lawyers:


‘Practical, pragmatic and business acumen to understand the needs of the client and why the transaction is being made.

Ahmed has in depth experience in Capital Markets. It’s not about providing legal advice but rather the practical exposure and connections to make deals happen. He is really a guru when it comes to Capital Markets.

Ahmed Ibrahim is highly personable, responsive and always on-point with his advice.

Hugely client responsive with practical and informed advice.

Key clients


Emirates NBD

Gulf Pharmaceutical Industries (Julphar) PJSC

Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC)

Tristar Transport LLC

Work highlights

  • Advised ADNOC in relation to a combined equity and debt offering of $1.64bn.
  • Advised Meraas and DXBE on a transaction that involved applying the tender offer and squeeze-out rules, as well as the motivation and capitalisation of debt and conversion of mandatory conversion bonds.
  • Advised Gulf Pharmaceutical Industries (Julphar) PJSC on a capital restructuring that included a capital reduction followed by a rights issue.

United Arab Emirates > Dispute resolution: compliance and investigations Tier 3

United Arab Emirates > Dispute resolution: local litigation Tier 3

Ibrahim & Partners has expertise acting on cross-border disputes and demonstrates an in-depth understanding of the DIFC and ADGM court proceedings. The practice represents clients in the financial services, insurance, real estate and construction sectors. Practice head Mohamed Abdelrehiem has a particular focus on employment, construction and white-collar disputes.

Practice head(s):

Mohamed Abdelrehiem


They provide you with legal advice in a professional manner.’

Key clients

Armada Retail Concept General Trading Co. (Kuwait)

Al Behar for Multiple Industries

Omnix International Co. LLC

Oren Hydrocarbons Middle East INC

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

MSN Prestressed Concrete

4TN Trading LLC

Greenline Interiors Co. (GH)

Greenline Yacht Interiors FZCO

GGICO (Gulf General Investment Co.)

National Trading and Development Enterprises LLC

Work highlights

  • Representing Greenline Interiors Co. (GH) in relation to a very complex banking facility dispute of AED 558 million against Invest Bank PSC.
  • Representing GGICO (Gulf General Investment Co.) in relation to a banking dispute of AED 501 million and multiple mortgaged properties against Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank (ADIB).
  • Represented Oren Hydrocarbons Middle East INC in a commercial dispute against Abasia Petrotech DMCC.

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

Ibrahim & Partners has an active M&A practice in the UAE and is frequently instructed to advise on acquisitions and disposals of private and public joint stock companies. Practice head Malack El Masry has a broad M&A and corporate practice that covers ECM and project finance transactions. Managing partner Ahmed Ibrahim is another key individual to note.

Practice head(s):

Malack El Masry

Other key lawyers:


Practical, pragmatic and business acumen to understand the needs of the client and why the transaction is being made.

Malack has huge experience in M&A.

Key clients

Meraas and Dubai Holding

Wilo Middle East FZE

Tristar Transport LLC

Work highlights

  • Advised Meraas and Dubai Holding on the purchase of DXB Entertainments PJSC (DXBE).
  • Advised Wilo Middle East FZE on the purchase of a pumps overhauling, repair and service business from Direct Trade House International LLC.
  • Assisted Tristar Transport LLC with extensive due diligence and advised on certain restructuring steps to align for its listing.

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

Ibrahim & Partners advises on a broad range of banking and finance matters and has expertise in ADGM and DIFC regulatory matters. May El Ghamry has a strong background in banking and her expertise covers project finance and syndicated loan transactions, feed-in tariffs and PPP. Ahmed Ibrahim specialises in ECM transactions and corporate restructuring.

Practice head(s):

Ahmed Ibrahim; May El Ghamry


Highly supportive, well-experienced/highly exposed, and very prompt in providing their feedback and service in the agreed upon timeline.’

May Adel is always available and ready to assist even during holidays.’

The team working with us has the following strengths: 1- They are well organized. 2- Well acquainted with our requirements. 3- Highly supportive. 4- Prompt with their feedback. 5- Excellent lead time in providing the required service.’

Key clients

Arab International Bank

Allied Partners PSC

Arab African International Bank (UAE)

Amanat Holdings PJSC

Commercial International Bank



Shearman & Sterling LLP

Work highlights

  • Advised AIB on the credit facility with Orascom Construction S.A.E and Orascom Construction PLC with an amount of up to 800 million Egyptian Pounds (appx. $51m), as well as compliance with the LIBOR regulations.
  • Acted as the CIB’s legal counsel in connection with a credit facility extended by the CIB to Starwood Industries, LLC (Egypt) as the borrower, and Starwood Industries LLC (UAE) as the guarantor.
  • Advised Amanat Holdings PJSC in relation to a common terms agreement of up to AED 405 million.

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 505573162
Corporate and M&A Malack El Masrymalack.elmasry@inp.legal+971 503977689