Firm Profile > Vinson & Elkins LLP > Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Vinson & Elkins LLP
United Arab Emirates

Iraq > Leading firms Tier 1

Vinson & Elkins LLP has solid capabilities in advising on energy and infrastructure projects, M&A transactions, and foreign investments in Iraq. It covers a number of fields, including the energy, telecoms, and banking sectors, and has handled numerous claims relating to white-collar crime cases, false claims, and qui tam actions. Dubai-based Ahmed T. El-Gaili handles complex cross-border M&A, private equity issues and joint venture transactions. In London, Christopher Strong has notable experience in the energy, infrastructure and natural resources sectors. Houston-based James Loftis acts for clients in litigation and arbitration proceedings pertaining to international commercial and investor disputes.


Vinson & Elkins law firm is one of the most efficient, professional law firms and capable of dealing with any matter referred to them. The team are professional, qualified, intellectual, creative and able to do their work easily and in a very precise manner.

I work with Mr. James Loftis, Mr. Christopher Strong, Mr. Ahmed El-Gaili, and others. All of them are professional in doing their work, they always try to find solutions to any matter or problem referred to them. Very precise in giving their opinion. They are very hard workers and devoted, and it is easy to deal and work with them.

Key clients

The Ministry of Oil (Iraq)


The firm: Vinson & Elkins is one of the oldest and largest international law firms, founded in Houston in 1917 with approximately 700 lawyers located in 16 offices around the world, in Austin, Beijing, Dallas, Dubai, Hong Kong, Houston, London, Moscow, New York, Palo Alto, Richmond, Riyadh, San Francisco, Taipei, Tokyo and Washington DC.

The Dubai office provides a geographically centralised position to serve clients with interests in the Middle East, North Africa and the Asian subcontinent. The attorneys in Dubai work closely with those in the Riyadh office and are integrated with Vinson & Elkins’ worldwide network of offices, resulting in efficient delivery of legal advice across nearly every business sector, regardless of client location.

The firm understands the unique legal, business and regulatory issues facing clients located in, and doing business in, the Middle East. Vinson & Elkins’ lawyers have been actively involved in the ongoing development of the region’s energy sector; commodities markets and regulations; restructuring regulations; and many other areas impacting business in the UAE and internationally. This knowledge, coupled with its understanding of UAE-specific laws, frameworks and customs, is integrated with the firm’s worldwide network of offices, ensuring efficient project management and excellent service whenever and wherever clients need it.

The Dubai team includes US, English and regionally qualified lawyers. A number of Vinson & Elkins’ lawyers in the UAE are bilingual or multilingual with Arabic, English, Farsi, French and Urdu/Hindi language capabilities. These language skills allow them to more effectively and efficiently represent the interests of the firm’s clients and maintain a robust catalogue of precedent documents that provide cost savings.

Areas of practice: The Dubai office advises on corporate, structured and project finance; mergers and acquisitions; private equity; capital markets and securities; restructuring and reorganisation; energy transactions; privatisations and deregulation; and arbitration and litigation matters, with particular strength in the energy, construction, infrastructure, telecommunications, media and financial services sectors.

Department Name Email Telephone
Energy and natural resources
Project finance and development
Capital markets and securities
Restructuring and reorganisation
Arbitration and litigation
Banking and finance
Private equity
Financial services
Number of lawyers : approximately 700
at this office : 7
Other offices : Austin
Other offices : Beijing
Other offices : Dallas
Other offices : Hong Kong
Other offices : Houston
Other offices : London
Other offices : Moscow
Other offices : New York
Other offices : Palo Alto
Other offices : Richmond
Other offices : Riyadh
Other offices : San Francisco
Other offices : Taipei
Other offices : Tokyo
Other offices : Washington DC