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Dani is the Managing Partner of our Doha office and specialises in corporate law.

Before joining the firm, Dani was a Senior Counsel with Simmons & Simmons in Doha (2007-2012). He previously worked for Qatar Petroleum's Legal Department in the Projects section for seven years (2000 2007) and before that acted as Manager of the Legal Department of Doha Bank and has fifteen years of Doha based experience and knowledge.  Dani has extensive experience working with government bodies and companies on a wide range of commercial and corporate matters including joint ventures and mergers and acquisitions.  Dani also has extensive experience advising construction and oil and gas companies on project related agreements and has assisted numerous joint venture companies in their negotiations with both the public and private sector. 

Dani acted as secretary to the board of directors of Oryx GTL (a Qatar Petroleum and Sasol joint venture), Gulf Drilling International (a Qatar Petroleum and Japan Drilling Company joint venture), Starlink (a Qatar Telecom affiliate) and Qatar First Investment Bank.
Previous experience includes advising:

  • Barwa Bank - on its simultaneous acquisition of The First Investor (regulated by the Qatar Central Bank), First Finance Company (listed on the Qatar Exchange) and First Leasing Company.
  • Qatar Petroleum - on its joint venture with ExxonMobil for the Qatargas II LNG Project in relation to the financing and construction of two LNG trains, the acquisition of tankers to transport LNG from Qatar to the UK and the construction of an LNG receiving terminal in the UK. At US$11.2bn; this is one of the largest energy project financing and the first with an Islamic tranche.
  • The Government of the State of Qatar - on the acquisition of a listed company on the Qatar Exchange.
  • Qatar Investment Authority - on its USD 1 billion joint venture with NYSE Euronext in relation to Qatar Exchange.



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Lawyer Rankings

Qatar > Dispute resolution

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP’s dispute resolution practice is now led by ‘excellent‘ legal director Alexander Whyatt, following the retirement of former head Richard Ward. Whyatt handles a steady stream of domestic and international construction disputes for clients operating in the industry in Qatar and across the Middle East. His experience includes arbitration (ICC, LCIA, QICCA), Qatar court litigation, expert determination and mediation. Elsewhere, other key contacts at the firm include managing partner Dani Kabbani and Dubai-based partner Shalagh Massingham.

Qatar > Commercial, corporate and M&A

Dani Kabbani leads Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP‘s corporate practice in Qatar, which is highlighted for its strengths in multijurisdictional M&A (including inbound and outbound investment transactions), IPOs and joint ventures. The firm also advises on almost all of the funds that are issued in Qatar, as well as advising on ultimate structures in Cayman Islands and Luxembourg. Sector strengths for the team include renewable energy and oil and gas. Principal associate Samer Sarkis is a key figure in the group.

Qatar > Banking, finance and capital markets

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP demonstrates strong capabilities acting for borrowers and lenders on a myriad of complex shari’ah-compliant and conventional finance transactions. Its work in this space spans areas such as real estate finance, project finance, syndicated and bilateral loans, acquisition finance, trade finance and asset finance. Elsewhere, capital markets transactions are another key driver of mandates, as are fund structurings. Doha managing partner Dani Kabbani has been active in the local market for 25 years. Dubai-based partner Clint Dempsey is the overall head of the banking practice in the Middle East.