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United Arab Emirates

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 2

Norton Rose Fulbright

Norton Rose Fulbright regularly advises banks and borrowers on project finance transactions. Matthew Escritt advised EFG Hermes as arranger on a syndicated financing of the acquisition of several offshore oil rigs, necessitating a Liberian law ship mortgage. Abu Dhabi-based Paul Mansouri advised the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) on financing the third phase of the Mohammed bin Rashid solar park. Mohammed Paracha is a name to note for shari’ah-compliant transactions. Of counsel Nicholas Robinson is also recommended.

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Nicholas Robinson - Norton Rose Fulbright

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Capital markets
Capital markets - ranked: tier 3

Norton Rose Fulbright

Norton Rose Fulbright is a firm ‘clients can always rely on, with very good experience in Islamic structures’. Gregory Man advised the Central Bank of Bahrain on a $1bn Eurobond and $1bn sukuk issuance. Arranger clients include Emirates NBD and Barclays.

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

Norton Rose Fulbright

Norton Rose Fulbrightprovides accurate and commercially sound advice’ on a range of M&A matters. Key partners in the team include Jane Clayton, John Boehm, the recently promoted Adjou Ait Ben Idir, who has experience in Africa-related deals and is ‘very responsive and commercial’; all three are advising national carrier Saudia on the privatisation of its private jet business. Senior associate Hani Ghattas is also recommended.

Next generation lawyers

Adjou Ait Ben Idir - Norton Rose Fulbright

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Energy and infrastructure
Energy and infrastructure - ranked: tier 4

Norton Rose Fulbright

At Norton Rose Fulbright, the Abu Dhabi-based Paul Mansouri advised DEWA on procurement issues arising from the third phase of the Mohammed bin Rashid solar park. Other mandates involve renewables, water and transport infrastructure projects across the Middle East.

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Investment funds
Investment funds - ranked: tier 3

Norton Rose Fulbright

Norton Rose Fulbright is rated for its ‘very good level of service’. Jane Clayton (who ‘takes a very practical approach and is very transparent and personable’) advises fund sponsors and investors.

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Islamic finance
Islamic finance - ranked: tier 2

Norton Rose Fulbright

Norton Rose Fulbright’s work in the Islamic finance space covers lending and capital markets matters. Mohammed Paracha advised HSBC as arranger on a $65m commodity murabaha provided to a Turkish clothing retailer. Capital markets expert Gregory Man advised Tenaga National Berhad on its $750m sukuk issuance. Other clients include Emirates NBD.

Leading individuals

Mohammed Paracha - Norton Rose Fulbright

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United Arab Emirates: Dispute resolution

Arbitration and international litigation
Dispute resolution: arbitration and international litigation - ranked: tier 2

Norton Rose Fulbright

Norton Rose Fulbright represents key local, regional and global clients in commercial, banking and engineering disputes. Patrick Bourke, who heads the practice, handles cases ranging from commercial through to construction. Also recommended are Paul Stothard, who handles engineering cases, and Orlando Vidal, a former US attorney who handles internal investigations. Deirdre Walker relocated from the London office to head the firm’s Middle East offering. Of counsel Peter Wood is also a name of note.

Leading individuals

Patrick Bourke - Norton Rose Fulbright

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Legal Developments in United Arab Emirates

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  • New Long Term Residency Visas

    After much media coverage, Cabinet Decision 56 of 2018 (the Decision ) has been gazetted which introduces new long term residency visas to, amongst others, four categories of persons in the UAE. 
  • Significant Changes to Civil Procedure Code

    Significant changes to Federal Law No 11 of 1992 (the Civil Procedure Code ) will soon be coming into effect. These changes are introduced through regulations (the Regulations ) issued under the Civil Procedure Code and will come into effect on 16 February 2019.
  • Merger Clearance Matters

    The United Arab Emirates (the UAE ) promulgated legislation to specifically address the regulation of competition (being Federal Law 4 of 2012, or the Competition Law ) several years ago but until recently, it has been the case that the requisite implementing regulations and processes were not in place. This is no longer the case. Not only have the much anticipated implementing regulations been issued, the UAE Ministry of Economy (the Ministry ) (being the regulator in charge of administering the UAE competition regime) has now formed the required committee and issued the anticipated guidance and forms to allow concerned parties to make merger clearance submissions to the Ministry where required to do so pursuant to the Competition Law. 
  • New Promotion Regime for Domestic Funds

    In late November 2018, the Securities and Commodities Authority (SCA), the Dubai Financial Services Authority (DFSA) of the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) and the Financial Services Regulatory Authority (FSRA) of the Abu Dhabi Global Market (ADGM) announced that they had reached agreement on facilitating the licensing of domestic funds by each authority for promotion across the UAE. 
  • Federal Penal Code Amendments

    In the latest development in an eventful year, Federal Decree-Law 24 of 2018 introduces amendments to the Federal Penal Code, originally enacted as Federal Law 3 of 1987. 
  • New Anti-Money Laundering Law

    The new anti-money laundering ( AML ) law of the UAE took effect at the end of October 2018. Containing features recommended by the Financial Action Task Force ( FATF ), the new law introduces subtle but important changes to the AML landscape in the UAE. 
  • Confidentiality Under Renewed Focus

    The UAE federal government has recently issued a raft of important legislation, addressing and in many ways updating areas of law that are key to businesses in the jurisdiction. Amongst this legislation is Federal Decree-Law 14 of 2018 concerning the central bank and the organisation of financial institutions and activities (the New Banking Law ) and Federal Decree-Law 20 of 2018 concerning anti-money laundering and anti-terrorism financing (the New AML Law ). Both the New Banking Law and the New AML Law repeal and replace the previous legislation on their respective subjects. Importantly, the New Banking Law and the New AML Law have together enhanced the protection afforded to confidential information under UAE law, in particular where financial and legal service providers and their customers and clients are concerned. 
  • Get 100% Foreign Ownership Today in Dubai

    Freezones have always been the topic of discussion in the U.A.E. Amongst the various benefits, 100% foreign ownership is one of the advantages which is enjoyed the most by investors in these freezone companies. In the below article, our Company Setup Specialist, Neelesh Pillai talks about everything that you need to know about setting up a Freezone branch in Mainland.
  • Overview of the Bankruptcy Proceedings and Preventive Measures in the UAE

    Before the approval of the UAE Federal Decree Law No. 9 of 2016 (the “Bankruptcy Law”) by the UAE Cabinet on 4 September 2016, the bankruptcy proceedings were regulated under the Commercial Code and were limited to court-driven proceeding addressed to liquidate companies rather than assist in restructuring their debts. This new law puts some light on the regulation on how companies should deal with their financial issues. In below article, our Associate from the Dispute Resolution department, Ahmed Salih talks about the bankruptcy proceedings and the preventive measures in the UAE. With over 10 years of experience in the UAE and Sudan , Litigator Ahmed Salih specializes in Commercial Law, Corporate Law, Civil Claims, Labour Disputes, Shari'a Law, personal status cases, Real Estate Claims, and Bankruptcy.
  • Time-bars, time limits and deadlines for legal cases under UAE law

    Under UAE civil law – like in other civil law systems – not all time-bars are mentioned and dealt with in one particular statue. Our Partner, Alessandro Tricoli , and Senior Associate, Shehab Mamdouh explains the different time bars, time limits and deadlines for legal cases under UAE law.