Firm Profile > Shearman & Sterling LLP > Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Shearman & Sterling LLP
ETIHAD TOWERS, OFFICE TOWER 3
21ST FLOOR, CORNICHE ROAD, PO BOX 2948
ABU DHABI
United Arab Emirates

United Arab Emirates > Oil, gas and natural resources Tier 1

Shearman & Sterling LLP is a key destination for core client ADNOC, with Marwan Elaraby advising on a number of its key M&A deals concerning its upstream business. Renad Younes is also active in the upstream space and also has a track record handling downstream M&A. Dan Feldman is another key name in the practice.

Practice head(s):

Renad Younes; Dan Feldman; Iain Elder; Anthony Patten; Ben Shorten

Testimonials

‘The firm has put together a sizeable team of a wide spectrum of capabilities thus can provide more comprehensive legal advice.’

‘Dan Feldman provides a comprehensive legal opinion, with attention to detail and the ability to explain intricate legal points in simple business terms.

‘This team has wide and deep knowledge of the oil and gas agreements covering the whole oil and gas value chain.’

‘Dan Feldman is always available to receive comments and respond back promptly while providing complete answers. We feel we are are talking to the expert.’

Key clients

Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC)

Intercontinental Exchange, Inc (ICE)

First Abu Dhabi Bank PJSC

Chevron

Sharjah National Oil Corporation

Emirates Global Aluminium

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

With its UAE centre of gravity in Abu Dhabi, Shearman & Sterling LLP is well connected in that emirate, and in addition to its government-linked clients also has a strong practice advising well-known international businesses. New York-admitted Arabic speaker Marwan Elaraby continues to head the practice and is active in a number of deals with a strong energy crossover. Rodney Cannon joined Mubadala as general counsel in February 2020, and Matthew Powell is now at Squire Patton Boggs.

Practice head(s):

Marwan Elaraby

Testimonials

‘Shearmans’ M&A practice is very unique and have a profound experience in the region with an overarching international experience. In addition to the depth of experience and awareness of market practice, the team has an innovative mindset and willingness to design optimal.’

‘Marwan El Araby is a very knowledgeable lawyer, who combines the international standards with profound understanding of local laws, using his bilingual capabilities. He is very talented in dealing with local regulator and very mindful in approaching key decision making individuals.’

Key clients

Abu Dhabi National Oil Company

EFG Hermes

Intercontinental Exchange, Inc (ICE)

Mubadala

The Olayan Group

Abu Dhabi Global Market

Investcorp

Babcock International

Ripplewood Advisors

HM Partners

United Arab Emirates > Construction Tier 3

Alex Bevan  heads a construction industry practice group at Shearman & Sterling LLP in Abu Dhabi that is well connected to local notable employers. Bevan focuses on arbitration work, with clients including local parties and international contractors. Dan Feldman is the key name in the team for front-end work.

Practice head(s):

Alex Bevan; Dan Feldman

Key clients

Masdar

Obrascon Huarte Lain

Orascom Construction / Contrack (Cyprus) Ltd.

Samsung C&T Corporation

Qatar Building Company

Emirates Global Aluminium

Guinea Alumina Corporation

Mubadala

ENKA

United Arab Emirates > Dispute resolution: arbitration and international litigation Tier 4

In Abu Dhabi, as part of Shearman & Sterling LLP's global arbitration practice Alex Bevan handles a range of cross-border disputes covering insurance, commercial matters, aviation and energy, among other matters. He is supported by David Hume and Alexander Nordang.

Practice head(s):

Alex Bevan

Other key lawyers:

David Hume; Alexander Nordang

Key clients

OHL Internacional

Contrack (Cyprus) Ltd

Samsung C&T Corporation

Qatar Building Company

ENKA Insaat ve Sanayi AS.

Oracsom Construction

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

Shearman & Sterling LLP advises on matters across the energy and infrastructure spectrum, from oil and petrochemicals, to power, nuclear and renewables. Renad Younes advises companies, financial institutions and governments on international M&A transactions and projects that cover the energy sector. Dan Feldman has a strong background in project development  and finance.

Practice head(s):

Renad Younes; Dan Feldman; Iain Elder; Anthony Patten; Ben Shorten

Key clients

Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC)

Intercontinental Exchange, Inc (ICE)

Emirates Global Aluminium

Masdar

Mubadala

Chevron

ADQ

AD Power

EWEC

Sharjah National Oil Company

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

Shearman & Sterling LLP offers expertise in project finance, capital markets, derivatives, structured finance, funds and tax. Iain Goalen has extensive experience advising on specialist banking and finance transactions. Philip Stopford is also noted. The team is praised for its 'availability' and for its 'vast network of experts.'

Practice head(s):

Iain Goalen; Philip Stopford

Other key lawyers:

Sanja Udovicic; Claire Hunter

Testimonials

‘Availability of the team during the tough Covid-19 period was important. The team have provided the insights needed to drive the deal forward. They have made sure that our requirements are met and the objectives and targets of the deal are met within our expected timeline and boundaries set.’

‘Accessibility to the experts of all business aspects is vital in our work, the team have provided us with the expertise from their end or have tapped into their vast network of experts to support us.’

Sanja Udovicic and Claire Hunter of the team were vital team players to deliver on the target, they have proven their values through our constant and multiple meetings and interactions up to the date of delivery for the deal. The capabilities showcased and insights provided to us has managed to help in the completion of the deal.’

Key clients

Mubadala Investment Company PJSC and its subsidiaries

Islamic Development Bank

The Dow Chemical Company

National Commercial Bank

First Abu Dhabi Bank PJSC

Standard Chartered (Dubai)

JBIC

Wafra Investment

ACWA Power

ENGIE

The firm: Shearman & Sterling has a longstanding presence in the Middle East. Its Abu Dhabi office was established in 1975 after more than a decade of advising clients in the region. The office started as a base from which to serve a handful of clients in the oil and gas sector, but quickly developed into a busy centre of project activity for the firm.

Areas of practice: Clients come to Shearman & Sterling for its market-leading experience in the oil and gas, power and infrastructure sectors. The firm providesfirst-rate services in project development and finance, banking and finance, corporate, mergers and acquisitions, construction and dispute resolution. The firm can also advise on the entire spectrum of private equity and capital market transactions. It advises on major international arbitrations, foreign-based investment transactions, and counsels clients seeking to do business in the Middle East and local clients seeking to make investments around and outside the region.

Renowned as pioneers in the field of Islamic (Shari’ah-compliant) financing, Shearman & Sterling has advised on cutting-edge transactions such as the first power project in the Middle East that included financing from Islamic banks and the largest-ever oil and gas Islamic financing. The firm has especially been at the forefront of advising on the development of Shari’ah-compliant project financings; in particular, in relation to non-recourse Shari’ah finance structures used to finance major infrastructure projects in the GCC.

Department Name Email Telephone
Project development and finance, Corporate and M&A Renad Younes
Project development and finance Dan Feldman
Mergers and acquisitions Matthew Powell
Mergers and acquisitions Marwan Elaraby
Mergers and acquisitions Rodney Cannon
Banking and finance Iain Goalen
International arbitration Alex Bevan
Capital markets Marwan Elaraby
Private equity Matthew Powell
Private equity Marwan Elaraby
Private equity Rodney Cannon
Photo Name Position Profile
 Alex Bevan  photo Alex Bevan Partner in Shearman & Sterling’s International Arbitration practice, Managing Partner of the firm’s Abu Dhabi…
 Renad Younes  photo Renad Younes Partner
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