Firm Profile > Squire Patton Boggs > Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Squire Patton Boggs
PO BOX 111713, DUBAI
United Arab Emirates

Construction Tier 2

Squire Patton Boggs has bolstered its construction practice through the recruitment of Ravinder Bhullar and senior associate Alex Freeman; the duo joined from Dechert LLP and are exceptionally well connected to key "Dubai Inc." property developers. They join existing names such as Thomas Wilson, who is active for state-backed employers in disputes concerning aviation and defence infrastructure on top of a number of private sector matters. Scott Hutton, who also handles his own advocacy, is another key contact, and in addition Stephan Adell brings with him connections in Latin America and varied arbitration expertise from his time in the firm's office in the Dominican Republic.

Practice head(s):

Thomas Wilson

Other key lawyers:

Ravinder Bhullar; Alex Freeman; Scott Hutton; Stephan Adell

Dispute resolution: compliance and investigations Tier 2

Rich Gibbon and senior associate Sassi Riar are the key names in Squire Patton Boggs' team that has a strong focus on advising banks from the Middle East and South Asia on their relations with OFAC's regime of US sanctions.

Practice head(s):

Richard Gibbon

Other key lawyers:

Sassi Riar

Employment Tier 2

Squire Patton Boggs has strong cross-border capabilities with in-depth sector knowledge in the following sectors: insurance, media, financial services, recruitment, technology, defence and aerospace. The team has significant experience assisting with managing workplace investigations, particularly dealing with and preventing sexual harassment. Sarah Lawrence heads the practice and is 'practical' and 'extremely responsive'. Clients praise the team for its 'commercial acumen' and 'great service'.

Practice head(s):

Sarah Lawrence


‘Excellent commercial acumen and practical approach.’

‘Provides a great service, very personable, global presence, easy to deal with, feel like we are a priority for them and we can rely on them to provide good commercial advice.’

‘Sarah Lawrence – highly responsive; seamless service between jurisdictions; great client relationship manager; provides succinct advice which is easily understandable by those outside of legal; adaptable to our needs; in depth knowledge of the business in short timescales. I would highly recommend Sarah.’

‘The Squire Patton Boggs employment team has an in depth knowledge of employment laws in the region. They set themselves apart from their competitors by not just knowing the law but delivering timely, cost effective and practical advice. I have found their advice to be much more practical and cost effective than their peers. I would not hesitate to recommend the Squire Patton Boggs employment team to my peers. ’

‘Sarah Lawrence is extremely responsive and an absolute pleasure to work with. Sarah’s advice is always very practical and solutions focused rather than just reiterating the law as some of her competitors do. Sarah has become a trusted advisor on complex Middle East employment issues and knowing she is always on hand to assist, makes my job much easier. ’

Key clients

AXA Insurance (Gulf) BDC

Bacardi Plc

The Boeing Company

CDM Smith Inc.

Collins Aerospace Inc. (formerly Rockwell Collins Inc.)

Live Nation/Ticketmaster

Michael Page/Page Group

Turner Broadcasting/CNN

Infrastructure and projects (including project finance) Tier 4

Squire Patton Boggs has a reputation for advising government clients on the structuring, procurement and implementation of projects in the Middle East. The team has extensive expertise in the energy, water, utilities, petrochemical, transport, infrastructure and other sectors. Shibeer Ahmed specialises in project finance, and also handles banking and Islamic finance mandates. Thomas Wilson is the regional head of construction and arbitration, as well as the global head of infrastructure.

Practice head(s):

Thomas Wilson

Other key lawyers:

Shibeer Ahmed


‘The team that we work with headed up by Mr. Shibeer Ahmed has always provided us with tailor made solutions to our problems through out the deal. Even some of our issues have been pointed out to us before they arise with a perfect forward looking approach and mitigated.’

‘Mr. Shibeer Ahmed has always been the one we have been following for nearly 10 years now. We have the chance to reach out to him outside of usual work hours, have never been left unattended. We find both the technical expertise and his engagement with us exceptional.’

Key clients

Sumitomo Corporation






Standard Chartered Bank




Mizuho Bank


UAE Federal Ministry of Infrastructure Development

Federal Authority for Nuclear Regulation (FANR)

Government of Dubai Department of Finance

King Faisal Specialist Hospital & Research Centre (Saudi Arabia)

Ministry of Health (Saudi Arabia)

Ministry of Environment, Water and Agriculture

Riyadh Development Authority

Vision Invest (formerly ACWA Holding)

International Finance Corporation (IFC)

Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank (ADIB)

Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank (ADCB)

Arab Petroleum Investment Corporation (APICORP)

Commercial Bank of Dubai

Al Ahli Bank of Kuwait (ABK)

National Petroleum Construction Company PJSC

Rabigh Refining Petrochemical Company

DP World

FAST consortium (FAST)

The firm: Squire Patton Boggs is one of the world’s strongest integrated law firms, providing insight at the point where law, business and government meet.

The firm gives clients a voice, supports their ambitions and is committed to working alongside them to achieve successful outcomes.

With a multidisciplinary team of more than 1,500 lawyers in 47 offices across 20 countries, Squire Patton Boggs provides unrivalled access to expertise, guidance and invaluable connections on the ground. The firm delivers a seamlessly connected service that operates on any scale – locally or globally – and encompasses virtually every matter, jurisdiction and market.

The firm offers solutions shaped by a clear, commercially-focused understanding of clients’ business. Its robust and open culture enables the firm to find the right answers quickly and effectively from committed teams who understand the geographic, sector or issue-specific challenges at hand. Recognising the impact of politics and regulation on businesses across the world today, the firm has a unique mix of world-renowned lobbying and political capabilities supporting clients across Europe, the Middle East, Latin America and Asia Pacific.

Squire Patton Boggs advises a diverse mix of clients – from long-established leading corporations to emerging businesses, startup visionaries and sovereign nations – whom the firm places at the core of everything it does.

Department Name Email Telephone
Aerospace, defence and government services
Brands and consumer products
Business immigration
Competition – antitrust
Construction and engineering
Data privacy and cybersecurity
Energy and natural resources
Environmental, safety and health
Financial services
Government investigations and white-collar
Hospitality and leisure
Industrial products
Institutional investors
Intellectual property and technology
International dispute resolution
International trade
Labour and employment
Latin America
Life sciences
Media and advertising
Private investment funds
Public and infrastructure finance
Public policy
Real estate
Restructuring and insolvency
Sports and entertainment
Tax credit finance and community development
Tax strategy and benefits
Transportation, shipping and logistics
Contact : Mark Ruehlmann (chairman/global CEO)
Contact : Thomas Wilson (managing partner)
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