Firm Profile > Bird & Bird > Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Bird & Bird
PO BOX 507110
United Arab Emirates

Intellectual property Tier 2

The busy IP department at Bird & Bird acts for leading brands in the education, fashion, consumer goods and entertainment sectors, among others. It is equipped to advise on myriad IP issues, from brand management and trade mark protection to patent and trade secrets protections. Practice head Melissa Murray is highlighted for her 'very good understanding of the laws and commercial practicalities of the Middle East'.

Practice head(s):

Melissa Murray


The team has a good understanding of not just the law but also the commercial practicalities in the Middle East which are often just as (if not more) important than the black letter law.

Melissa Murray has a very good understanding of the laws in the Middle East and the commercial practicalities of the Middle East. She very promptly responds to queries and is readily available.

TMT Tier 2

Sector-focused firm Bird & Bird is well versed across the gamut of corporate, commercial and regulatory matters affecting companies in the TMT industries. In the media space, the team advised production company Nomad Media on various projects, including the production of a local television show called The Majlis. David Bintliff heads the practice, which was bolstered by the arrival of associates Christopher Eklund from Clifford Chance and Lena El-Malak from an in-house position at Microsoft.

Practice head(s):

David Bintliff

Key clients



Etihad Airways

Nomad Productions




Employment Tier 4

Bird & Bird's employment group has recently assisted its clients with terminations, redundancy, employee transfers and investigations. The team is led by transactional partner Anders Nilsson and acts for a number of multinational companies. Senior associate Surabhi Singhi joined from Al Tamimi & Company in 2018.

Practice head(s):

Anders Nilsson


Surabhi Singhi has shown great professionalism, accuracy and speed. Her advice has been detailed and also quite pragmatic and this is what I am looking for.

Banking and finance: Corporate finance (including Islamic lending) Tier 5

Bird & Bird excels in aviation finance. Emirates Airline is a key client; recent work for the client includes handling the sale-and-leaseback of three Airbus A380s. Rachael Petersen was promoted to counsel. Anders Nilsson heads the practice.

Practice head(s):

Anders Nilsson

Key clients

Bank of Singapore


Emirates Airline

Etihad Airways


Gulf Islamic Investments

The firm: Bird & Bird is an international law firm, with a long-established reputation for having a rare and invaluable grasp of strategic commercial issues. The firm combines exceptional legal expertise with deep industry knowledge and refreshingly creative thinking, to help clients operating at the forefront of their industries to achieve their commercial goals.

The local team has an in-depth understanding of the laws, business practices and customs of the region, and its core industries. Through its offices in Dubai and Abu Dhabi, our full-service UAE practice provides innovative corporate and commercial advice to local, regional and international clients in all areas of business law, with a focus on sectors and industries that are important to the development of the region..

Areas of practice: In the UAE, the firm focuses on the following key sectors:

Aerospace, defence and security: providing advice on all elements of ADS including on systems integration, defence contracting and procurement, international co-operation and competition, corporate, partnering, alliances and strategic partnerships, PFI, equipment leasing and receivables financing, technology, export control and customs, IPR, risk allocation, employment and immigration.

Aviation: advising airlines, lessors, financiers, aircraft manufacturers, groundhandlers, airports, MROs, freight forwarders, insurers, tour operators and travel agents around the world. It provides advice on aircraft sale and purchase, aircraft finance and leasing, dispute resolution, aviation commercial agreements, and aviation competition and regulation.

Education: advising schools, examination boards, professional training bodies and universities on franchising, licences, joint ventures, strategic alliances, co-operation and management agreements.

Fashion and retail: advising clients on trade marks and intellectual property, franchising, licensing, distribution, agency, and multi-channel and hybrid structures.

Food and beverage: advising on a full range of areas, including branding, labelling, health claims, fair trade and patents on novel foods.

Life sciences and healthcare: its focus on e-health projects, strategic partnerships, outsourcing and large-scale IT is complemented by the e-commerce, data protection compliance and regulatory work that it undertakes for clients.

Hospitality and tourism: advising major stakeholders in the hotels and leisure industry, across a wide range of transactions including acquisitions and disposals, operating leases, management and franchise agreements, and brand management, among others.

Real estate: advising clients on REITs and infrastructure, real estate development and financing, hotel acquisitions, operations and franchising, strata ownership, retail leasing, mall development and management, joint ventures, and commercial agencies.

Media and entertainment: advising clients from across the media spectrum on a wide range of issues, including exploitation across all forms of digital media, such as user-generated content exploitation.

Sports: advising national and international sports governing bodies, event organisers and sponsors on issues including exploitation of commercial rights, brand management, regulatory and disciplinary issues.

Technology and communications: advising on matters ranging from smaller innovative projects to the largest and most complex transactions of recent years. It advises clients on agile development methodologies, big data, cloud services, cyber and IT security, M2M, smart metering, mobile payments and apps, next generation genomics, open source and open data, robotics and software patentability, spectrum auctions, sharing and trading, and 3D printing.

Department Name Email Telephone
Banking and finance Anders Nilsson
Commercial Richard Lucas
Commercial Melissa Murray
Commercial David Bintliff
Corporate Anders Nilsson
Employment Saladin Aljurf
Franchising, licensing and multi-channel strategies Melissa Murray
Intellectual property Melissa Murray
Privacy and data protection David Bintliff
Public sector Richard Lucas
Public sector Melissa Murray
Real estate Saladin Aljurf
Regulatory and administrative (public) Melissa Murray
Restructuring and insolvency Anders Nilsson
TMT David Bintliff
Photo Name Position Profile
Ms Melissa Murray  photo Ms Melissa Murray
Number of lawyers : 1,200
at this office : 8
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