Firm Profile > Norton Rose Fulbright > Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Norton Rose Fulbright
4TH FLOOR, GATE PRECINCT, BUILDING 3
DUBAI INTERNATIONAL FINANCIAL CENTRE
PO BOX 103747, DUBAI
United Arab Emirates

United Arab Emirates > Dispute resolution: compliance and investigations Tier 1

Former Assistant US Attorney Orlando Vidal is the key contact at Norton Rose Fulbright's practice, covering internal investigations across the greater Middle East and North Africa region, frequently covering issues of corruption, bribery and fraud. Crossing over with her broader disputes practice, Deirdre Walker also accepts instructions in this space, with some matters concerning sexual misconduct.

Practice head(s):

Orlando Vidal

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The team was very thorough and diligent. They explored all work options in a thoughtful manner. I was very comfortable with the work product.’

‘The partners were very good. They were incredibly responsive. They were very thorough. They were more engaged and hands-on than most partners. They knew the issues and findings very well.’

United Arab Emirates > Banking and finance: Corporate finance (including Islamic lending) Tier 2

Norton Rose Fulbright advises global financial institutions, major regional financial institutions and regional corporates. The team advises on a broad range of conventional and Shari'ah-compliant financings, including corporate and syndicated facilities, cross-border financings, project financings, real estate, trade finance and aviation finance. Mohammed Paracha, who heads up the Islamic finance practice in the Middle East and Africa, has expertise in areas such as real estate finance and project finance, to sukuk, Shari'ah governance and regulatory matters. Robin Balmer heads up the banking and finance practice in Saudi Arabia. Nicholas Robinson is also recommended.

Pinsent Masons LLP's banking and finance expertise is particularly evident in the infrastructure, energy and real estate sectors. In a significant development, Matthew Escritt joined the firm from Norton Rose Fulbright in 2020 to lead the banking and finance practice. He has experience across all aspects of cross-border finance and is also sought out to advise on restructuring and insolvency mandates. Tim Armsby heads up the Middle East projects and finance practice. Associate Matthew Dyson is another key member of the team.

Practice head(s):

Mohammed Paracha

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

HSBC and Mizuho Bank

Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Limited, Citigroup Global Markets Limited, Emirates NBD Bank PJSC, Industrial and Commercial Bank of China Limited, Dubai (DIFC) Branch, J.P. Morgan Securities plc and Société Générale

Lenders to ACWA Power

Lenders to the winning consortium

Dubai Islamic Bank

BNP Paribas (Suisse) SA

Emirates NBD Bank (P.J.S.C.)

SMAA Developments Limited

Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation Europe Limited

ABC International Bank plc

Practice head(s):

Matthew Escritt

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Have worked well with Matthew Escritt in the past and found him to be very technically competent, able to navigate difficult legal issues with a view to getting the deal done.’

‘Matt is a very available partner.’

Key clients

Meraas Holding

Al Rajhi Bank

Lulu Group

Mashreq Bank

Dubai Islamic Bank

Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank

YES Bank Limited

Emirates NBD

Bank of Muscat

Al Fahim Group

United Arab Emirates > Dispute resolution: arbitration and international litigation Tier 2

At Norton Rose Fulbright's international arbitration-led disputes practice, Deirdre Walker handles a range of arbitrations, as well as related DIFC Court litigation, covering sectors as diverse as hotel management agreements and M&A disputes. Paul Stothard handles a range of other matters alongside his construction arbitration practice (some concerning metals), and insurance disputes specialist counsel Shabnam Karim joined from Clyde & Co LLP in January 2020.

Practice head(s):

Deirdre Walker

Key clients

Harlan Group for Civil Rights

United Arab Emirates > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 3

At Norton Rose Fulbright, Adjou Ait Ben Idir handles a number of private equity M&A deals, as well as corporate joint venture work, franchising and other commercial matters. A niche area of expertise concerns warranties and indemnities insurance coverage of M&A deals. Kayaan Unwalla joined in November 2020 from DLA Piper (ADME) LLP Abu Dhabi with defence industry expertise. Senior counsel Hani Ghattas is now based in Houston.

Practice head(s):

Adjou Ait Ben Idir

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Norton Rose Fulbright are the market leading advisor in the Middle East for transactional liability insurance (including advising insurers providing warranty and indemnity insurance products). They have advised on a large number of placements across the region in a range of industry sectors, including the first sharia-compliant warranty and indemnity insurance to be placed.’

‘Adjou Ait Ben Idir is incredibly responsive and has a huge amount of experience on M&A deals in the Middle East. She is an effective negotiator and often finds solutions to issues on transactions that address the concerns of all parties and allow a deal to be reached quickly.’

‘They are highly technical, understand the commercial rational of the client and are top tier negotiators – the whole team but particularly Adjou Ait Ben Idir who is one of the most impressive lawyer we have worked wit and client dedication and availability is from another level. Her technical abilities, knowledge of the market, creativity. She has trained top lawyers who deliver a level of service that we have rarely come across.’

‘Definitely Adjou Ait Ben Idir, she is a very technical, bright, culturally aware, full on onto D&I, excellent negotiator. She is very client oriented, understand the business for having worked in house before and we really feel that her team is part of us, there is this mind set that your matter is our matter which makes us much more comfortable than with other lawyers we have used and we have worked with pretty much all magic circle firms who I know have always been interested in Adjou’s profile. She provides a haute couture service.’

Key clients

AIG

Ralph & Russo

Batelco

Deliveroo

First Gulf Bank

HSBC Bank Middle East

Macquarie Group Limited

Mubadala

AXA

EITC (Du telecom)

Saudi Arabian Airlines Corporation

Nestle

Total SA

Tawazun

Etisalat

Recochem

Helios Investment Partners LLP

United Arab Emirates > Construction Tier 3

Nicholas Kramer joined the Norton Rose Fulbright construction practice in January 2020 from CMS, bringing with him a strong workload for contractors and employers in front-end work spanning built-to-suit offices and other specialist buildings. Turning to disputes work, Paul Stothard is active, primarily for contractors, including in some of the broader region's more politically sensitive disputes, with a number of Turkish clients, Joanne Emerson Taqi has returned to Australia, joining the firm's Sydney office.

Practice head(s):

Nicholas Kramer; Paul Stothard

Testimonials

‘What makes NRF’s construction team outstanding is the diverse range of skills throughout the unit. This is very much a goal-orientated team with a well-honed comprehension of the pressures that in-house counsel are under. They stand out primarily because of the potency both in terms of intellect and commercial acumen of their partners. ’

‘Nicholas Kramer is probably the most intelligent front end construction lawyer I have ever met. His advice is always invaluable and I would describe him as a fountain of knowledge, persistently striving to achieve the best possible commercial outcome. There are few other superlatives I could think of to aptly express my sincere gratitude for the outstanding service I have received over the years.’

Key clients

Emirates National Investment

Bahrain Marina Development Company

twofour54

Mubadala

HSBC

Nakheel

Metito

ACWA Power

The Kuwait Authority for Partnership Projects

Vision Invest (formerly ACWA Holding)

Florexx

United Arab Emirates > Insurance Tier 3

In addition to advising warranties and indemnity insurers on deals as part of her M&A practice, Norton Rose Fulbright's Adjou Ait Ben Idir and contentious insurance specialist counsel Shabnam Karim (the latter having joined from Clyde & Co LLP in January 2020) advise insurers on policy coverage issues, corporate acquisitions and regulatory issues in the space.

Practice head(s):

Adjou Ait Ben Idir

Other key lawyers:

United Arab Emirates > Real estate Tier 3

At Norton Rose Fulbright, practice head Louisa Lynch advises a number of prestigious businesses on property lease matters, and is adept at handling land sales to developers, strata title issues pertaining to new projects and hotel management agreements, one of several areas in which the practice co-operates with the firm's disputes team.

Practice head(s):

Louisa Lynch

Testimonials

Norton Rose has an excellent consolidated real estate practice, which dovetails effectively with the construction and financing teams to provide in-depth expertise and deep industry sector knowledge.

Key clients

Credit Suisse

HSBC Bank Middle East

Nakheel PJSC

Samba Financial Group

Korea Development Bank

MUFG Bank

Siemens Bank

Standard Chartered Bank

First Abu Dhabi Bank

Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation

Natixis

The Norinchukin Bank

Mizuho Bank

Boubyan Bank

Dubai Islamic Bank

United Arab Emirates > Infrastructure and projects (including project finance) Tier 4

Norton Rose Fulbright is involved in large mandates involving the renewables, water, power, petrochemicals, social infrastructure and PPP sectors. Government-funded PPP infrastructure and energy projects are a key growth area for the team. Projects and banking lawyer Paul Mansouri has a focus on the energy, renewables and infrastructure sectors. Dubai-based Robin Balmer and Joanne Emerson Taqi, now based in Sydney, are also noted.

Practice head(s):

Paul Mansouri

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

ACWA Power

Vision Invest

European Bank for Reconstruction and Development

International Finance Corporation

Natixis

MUFG Bank

Standard Chartered Bank

Veolia

Marafiq

National Commercial Bank

Al Rajhi Bank

Abu Dhabi Investment Bank

First Abu Dhabi Bank

Emirates NBD

Korea Development Bank

KfW

Saudi Tabreed

Arab National Bank

Boubyan Bank

KAPP

Norinchukin Bank

Mizuho Bank

Siemens Bank

SMBC

Engie

Saudi Arabia > Dispute resolution

Mohammed Al-Ghamdi Law Firm in association with Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP has an active presence in the courts and displays a strong understanding of commercial and labour cases. Advising financial services and securities firms on regulatory compliance and investigations on matters including competition, labour and immigration is another key area of focus. Mohammed Al-Ghamdi is recommended for domestic and international arbitration. Other key individuals include Deirdre Walker and Orlando Vidal.

Practice head(s):

Mohammed Al-Ghamdi

Other key lawyers:

The firm: Norton Rose Fulbright is a global law firm. We provide the world’s preeminent corporations and financial institutions with a full business law service. We have more than 4000 lawyers and other legal staff based in more than 50 cities across Europe, the United States, Canada, Latin America, Asia, Australia, the Middle East and Africa.

Areas of practice: Recognized for our industry focus, we are strong across all the key industry sectors: financial institutions; energy; infrastructure, mining and commodities; transport; technology and innovation; and life sciences and healthcare. Through our global risk advisory group, we leverage our industry experience with our knowledge of legal, regulatory, compliance and governance issues to provide our clients with practical solutions to the legal and regulatory risks facing their businesses.

Wherever we are, we operate in accordance with our global business principles of quality, unity and integrity. We aim to provide the highest possible standard of legal service in each of our offices and to maintain that level of quality at every point of contact.

Norton Rose Fulbright Verein, a Swiss verein, helps coordinate the activities of Norton Rose Fulbright members but does not itself provide legal services to clients. Norton Rose Fulbright has offices in more than 50 cities worldwide, including London, Houston, New York, Toronto, Mexico City, Hong Kong, Sydney and Johannesburg. For more information, see nortonrosefulbright.com

Offices: We have offices in the world’s most important business, financial and regulatory centres and are active in strategically important growth markets. Our offices are located in Amsterdam, Athens, Austin, Bahrain, Bangkok, Beijing, Brisbane, Brussels, Calgary, Canberra, Cape Town, Casablanca, Dallas, Denver, Dubai, Durban, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Hong Kong, Houston, Istanbul, Jakarta (in association with Norton Rose Fulbright Australia), Johannesburg, London, Los Angeles, Luxembourg, Melbourne, Mexico City, Milan, Minneapolis, Monaco, Montréal, Moscow, Munich, New York, Ottawa, Paris, Perth, Piraeus, Port Moresby, Québec, Rio de Janeiro, Riyadh (in association with Mohammed Al-Ghamdi Law Firm), San Antonio, San Francisco, São Paulo, Shanghai, Singapore, St Louis, Sydney, Tokyo, Toronto, Vancouver, Warsaw and Washington, DC. In Africa, we have alliances with firms in Kenya, Uganda, Burundi and Zimbabwe

Number of partners (worldwide): 1,000+
Number of other fee-earners (worldwide): 2,000+
Total staff: 7,500+

Global key contacts
Financial institutions: James Bateson
Energy: Anne Lapierre and John Mauel
Infrastructure, mining and commodities: Nick Merritt
Transport: Harry Theochari
Technology: Nick Abrahams
Life sciences and healthcare: Stacey Martinez and Randy Sutton

Department Name Email Telephone
Financial institutions Patrick Bourke
Energy Charles Whitney
Infrastructure, mining and commodities Joanne Emerson Taqi
Transport Harry Theochari
Technology and innovation Sean Murphy
Life sciences and healthcare Huw Evans
Photo Name Position Profile
 Adjou Ait Ben Idir  photo Adjou Ait Ben Idir Partner
 John Boehm Jr.  photo John Boehm Jr. Partner
 Louisa Lynch  photo Louisa Lynch Partner
 Gregory Man  photo Gregory Man Partner
 Paul Mansouri  photo Paul Mansouri Partner
 Mohammed Paracha  photo Mohammed Paracha Partner
 Paul Stothard  photo Paul Stothard Partner
 Orlando Vidal  photo Orlando Vidal Partner
 Deirdre Walker  photo Deirdre Walker Partner, Head of Middle East
Number of partners (worldwide) : 1,200+
Number of other fee-earners (worldwide) : 3,000+
Total staff : 7,500+
Other offices : Amsterdam
Other offices : Athens
Other offices : Austin
Other offices : Bahrain
Other offices : Bangkok
Other offices : Beijing
Other offices : Bogotá
Other offices : Brisbane
Other offices : Brussels
Other offices : Calgary
Other offices : Canberra
Other offices : Cape Town
Other offices : Caracas
Other offices : Casablanca
Other offices : Dallas
Other offices : Dar es Salaam
Other offices : Denver
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Other offices : Frankfurt
Other offices : Hamburg
Other offices : Hong Kong
Other offices : Houston
Other offices : Istanbul
Other offices : Jakarta (in association with Norton Rose Fulbright Australia)
Other offices : Johannesburg
Other offices : London
Other offices : Los Angeles
Other offices : Luxembourg
Other offices : Melbourne
Other offices : Mexico City
Other offices : Milan
Other offices : Minneapolis
Other offices : Monaco
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Other offices : Moscow
Other offices : Munich
Other offices : New York
Other offices : Ottawa
Other offices : Paris
Other offices : Perth
Other offices : Piraeus
Other offices : Port Moresby
Other offices : Québec
Other offices : Rio de Janeiro
Other offices : Riyadh (in association with Mohammed Al-Ghamdi Law Firm)
Other offices : San Antonio
Other offices : San Francisco
Other offices : São Paulo
Other offices : Shanghai
Other offices : Singapore
Other offices : St Louis
Other offices : Sydney
Other offices : Tokyo
Other offices : Toronto
Other offices : Vancouver
Other offices : Warsaw
Other offices : Washington, DC
Other offices : In Africa, it has alliances with firms in Kenya, Uganda, Burundi and Zimbabwe.