Firm Profile > Latham & Watkins LLP > Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Latham & Watkins LLP
PO BOX 506698, DUBAI
United Arab Emirates

Capital markets Tier 2

The impressive DCM department at Latham & Watkins LLP advises on complex Sukuk and conventional bond issuances. The firm has a strong track record advising on sovereign and quasi-sovereign issuances; in recent work, it advised the government of Dubai on the update of its EMTN programme and trust certificate issuance programme. DCM expert and managing partner of the Dubai office Nomaan Raja leads on many of the department's major transactions; also of note are banking and finance specialist Harj Rai and counsel Basil Al-Jafari.

Practice head(s):

Nomaan Raja

Key clients

Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

J.P. Morgan


Dar Al-Arkan

Standard Chartered


Government of Dubai

Dana Gas

Banking and finance: Corporate finance (including Islamic lending) Tier 3

Latham & Watkins LLP's finance team covers bank lending, shari’ah-compliant financing, derivatives, project finance, real estate finance and restructurings. Highlights included advising the lenders - First Abu Dhabi Bank, HSBC Bank Middle East, Mashreq Bank and Samba Financial Group - on the conventional and shari’ah-compliant facility for Kuwait Food Company (Americana); the refinancing was to settle any principal amounts under previous facilities and to fund distribution payments within the company structure. Harj Rai led the advice. Aly Kassam left the firm.

Practice head(s):

Harj Rai

Key clients

Public Investment Fund


The First Group

Dana Gas



Standard Chartered Bank


Credit Suisse

Acciona Agua

Kingdom of Saudi Arabia acting through the Ministry of Finance

Infrastructure and projects (including project finance) Tier 3

Companies from across the UAE, Oman, Bahrain, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and outside of the region turn to Latham & Watkins LLP for advice on energy, social infrastructure, transport and tourism projects. Among the team's recent highlights was its advice to Harbin Electric, part of a consortium led by Harbin Electric International and Acwa Power, as the preferred bidder for developing, constructing, owning and operating Phase 1 of the 1,200MW Hassyan clean coal power plant; Villiers Terblanche was the lead partner.

Practice head(s):

Villiers Terblanche; Craig Nethercott

Key clients


The Export Import Bank of Korea

Korea Trade Insurance Corporation

UK Export Finance


TMT Tier 3

Latham & Watkins LLP stands out for its expertise in tech and fintech, and leverages the firm's strengths in corporate, finance and projects to handle a range of transactions. A team of Dubai and London-based lawyers led by Brian Meenagh advised Newbridge Fintech on the development and roll-out of, a UAE-based fintech that is designed to provide banks and corporates in the Middle East with new ways to borrow and lend money. In internal developments, associate Alexander Hendry relocated to Dubai from the Singapore office.

Practice head(s):

Brian Meenagh

Key clients


STC Ventures

Newbridge Fintech

General Sports Authority of Kingdom of Saudi Arabia



BECO Capital


Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 4

In a major healthcare M&A deal, Latham & Watkins LLP's Christopher Lester advised Mubadala Healthcare and China UAE Fund on the acquisition of a 77% stake in Amana Healthcare, a provider of long-term care, rehabilitation and home healthcare services. Eyad Latif is a name to note in the venture capital space, and Villiers Terblanche specialises in infrastructure transactions.

Practice head(s):

Nomaan Raja; Christopher Lester


The team is very client- and issue-focused in delivering precise and succinct advice.

Christopher Lester is a very responsive and responsible trusted advisor.

Key clients

China UAE Fund

Mubadala Investment Company

Dubai Holding/Meraas Holding

Air Products

The First Group

Magrabi Hospitals

Alkhabeer Capital

Banque Saudi Fransi

BECO Capital

The firm: Latham & Watkins is a leading international law firm serving multinational companies, state-owned enterprises, investment banks, private equity funds, venture capital firms, sovereign wealth funds, governments and other organisations. The firm’s global platform spans Asia, Europe, the Middle East and the US, and consists of internationally recognised practices across a wide spectrum of transactional, litigation, corporate and regulatory areas. Latham lawyers offer unrivalled legal resources and strategic commercial thinking to provide clients with innovative solutions to complex business and legal matters.

Latham lawyers have been advising some of the most active strategic and financial dealmakers in the Middle East for over 20 years. The firm’s Middle East offices in Dubai and Riyadh are staffed with approximately 30 English, US and regionally qualified lawyers with Arabic, English, French and other language capabilities. The Middle East practice combines regional knowledge and experience with an international network of offices to provide comprehensive service to clients with interests in the Middle East, Africa, Turkey, South Asia and beyond.

Latham established an on-the-ground presence in Dubai in 2008 and has witnessed the rapid growth of this dynamic city, as well as its recent economic challenges. Latham’s Dubai team has a commitment to continue growing and serving their clients in the UAE and the GCC, as well as those located internationally with interests across the region.

Areas of practice: With 20 lawyers located in its Dubai office, Latham has a team highly experienced in banking and finance, project development and finance, capital markets, investment funds, Islamic finance, private equity, mergers and acquisitions, intellectual property and technology transactions across industries such as education, energy, power, oil and gas, financial services, government entities, healthcare, infrastructure, mining and metals, construction, retail, and telecommunications.

Latham & Watkins is one of the few firms to have full English and US securities capabilities on the ground in the Middle East. Latham is a leader when it comes to debt and equity capital markets offerings in the Middle East and other emerging markets. Over the past decade, Latham has been the top law firm in global project bonds – ranked by value of bonds issued and by number of offerings. In addition, its lawyers have advised financial institutions, regional government agencies and corporate clients on many high-profile capital markets transactions and a wide range of GCC regulatory matters.

Latham’s M&A and private equity team has the in-depth knowledge and resources necessary to structure and execute complex transactions involving cross-border legal regimes throughout the GCC and the globe.

The firms’ lawyers are involved in some of the largest debt restructurings in the Middle East. Latham lawyers are members of the Hawkamah task force on MENA insolvency and creditor rights reform, as well as the Hawkamah task force on reforming corporate governance standards in Islamic financial institutions. The Legal 500 EMEA 2016 ranks Latham Tier 1 for banking and finance, and energy and infrastructure.

The firms’ award-winning global Islamic finance lawyers advise clients on the development of groundbreaking transactions in numerous jurisdictions, such as the first Islamic bank in the UAE to acquire conventional banking assets which were converted to Shari’ah-compliant financial products. The Legal 500 EMEA 2015 ranks Latham Tier 2 for Islamic finance.

Department Name Email Telephone
Capital markets
Intellectual property
Mergers and acquisitions/ private equity
Joint ventures and strategic investments
Fund formation
Technology transactions
Litigation and disputes
Venture capital
Banking and finance
Islamic finance
Project development and finance
Restructuring and insolvency
Structured/leveraged finance
Number of lawyers : 2,600+
at this office : 20
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