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

Squire Patton Boggs
DUBAI INTERNATIONAL FINANCIAL CENTER
BURJ DAMAN OFFICE TOWER, LEVEL 10
PO BOX 111713, DUBAI
United Arab Emirates

United Arab Emirates > Construction Tier 2

Squire Patton Boggs assists its clients with all aspects of construction and infrastructure development. Clients include general contractors, EPC contractors, governments, private developers and project sponsors. Managing partner Thomas Wilson heads the construction and arbitration practices. Ravinder Bhullar specialises in international commercial arbitration and litigation in relation to construction, energy, real estate and infrastructure projects. For project finance mandates, Shane Wilson is a key point of contact. Stephan Adell and Jonathan Taunton are also noted. Changes in the team include the departure of Scott Hutton.

Practice head(s):

Thomas Wilson

Key clients

Veolia

Sumitomo Corporation

Sojitz Corporation

Siemens

Doosan

Standard Chartered Bank

KDB

KFW

SMTB

MUFG

Federal Authority for Nuclear Regulation (FANR)

The Department of Finance, Dubai

Maersk

UIDC

Mizuho Bank

Work highlights

  • Advising the lenders (six banks) to a consortium bidding for the Al Wakra Independent Sewage Treatment Project in Qatar.
  • Advising the UAE Federal Ministry of Infrastructure Development along with PWC Dubai on a review of the current PPP legislative and regulatory framework and engaging with stakeholders on how this framework might change.
  • Advised the government of Dubai on the structuring, procurement and implementation of a major waste-to-energy project in Dubai, UAE.

United Arab Emirates > Dispute resolution: compliance and investigations Tier 2

Squire Patton Boggs defends a range of clients before domestic and international regulators, including local public prosecutors and the US Department of State and the Department of Defense. Rich Gibbon heads the practice and focuses on white-collar regulatory enforcement and criminal defence, internal investigations and financial crimes compliance.

Practice head(s):

Rich Gibbon

United Arab Emirates > Employment Tier 2

Squire Patton Boggs has an experienced cross-border employment practice and advises a broad range of clients. Workplace harassment investigations are a key area of focus for the firm. Sarah Lawrence heads the firm’s Middle East employment practice and has been instrumental in the firm’s growth in the employment space. Associate Habib Saeed joined the practice in 2020 and specialises in employment law and data protection issues.

Practice head(s):

Sarah Lawrence

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

AXA Insurance (Gulf) BDC

Bacardi Plc

The Boeing Company

Collins Aerospace Inc.

Day & Zimmermann

Etisalat

Export Trading Group

Michael Page/Page Group

Raytheon Technologies

Smiths Group

Turner Broadcasting/CNN

Warner Media

Wood Group

Work highlights

  • Advised Raytheon Technologies on several multi-jurisdictional labour and employment projects arising out of the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Advising ETC Group on numerous data protection compliance matters, assessing its personal data processing operations in its capacity as an employer and cross-border transfers of personal data, ensuring its DIFC and Netherlands branches are compliant with the recently enforced DIFC Data Protection Law No. 5 of 2020 and the General Data Protection Regulation 2016/679, respectively.
  • Advising a leading construction and engineering company on all employment law aspects enabling the client to service various key contracts across the UAE, Kuwait, Jordan and various other MENA jurisdictions.

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

Government advisory and regulatory work is a key area of focus for the UAE projects and infrastructure team at Squire Patton Boggs. In addition to his projects work, managing partner Thomas Wilson also heads the firm's construction and arbitration offerings. Shibeer Ahmed focuses on project finance particularly on financings in the real estate and oil and gas sectors. Shane Wilson is another individual to note and specialises in international projects and project finance.

Practice head(s):

Thomas Wilson

Other key lawyers:

Shibeer Ahmed; Shane Wilson

Key clients

Veolia

DP World

International Finance Corporation

Arab Petroleum Investment Corporation

Sumitomo Corporation

Sojitz Corporation

Siemens

Doosan

Standard Chartered Bank

KDB

KFW

SMTB

MUFG

Federal Authority for Nuclear Regulation (FANR)

The Department of Finance, Dubai

Maersk

UIDC

Mizuho Bank

Work highlights

  • Advising the UAE Federal Ministry of Infrastructure Development. alongside PwC Dubai, on a review of the current PPP legislative and regulatory framework and engaging with stakeholders on how this framework might change.
  • Advised the government of Dubai on the structuring, procurement and implementation of a major waste-to-energy project in Dubai, UAE.
  • Advised DP World on the project financing of the Sokhna Port Basin 2 Project, Egypt.

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.

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Aerospace, defence and government services
Automotive
Aviation
Brands and consumer products
Business immigration
Chemicals
Communications
Competition – antitrust
Construction and engineering
Corporate
Data privacy and cybersecurity
Energy and natural resources
Environmental, safety and health
Financial services
Government investigations and white-collar
Healthcare
Hospitality and leisure
Industrial products
Infrastructure
Institutional investors
Intellectual property and technology
International dispute resolution
International trade
Labour and employment
Latin America
Life sciences
Litigation
Media and advertising
Pensions
Private investment funds
Public and infrastructure finance
Public policy
Real estate
Restructuring and insolvency
Retail
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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