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Winston & Strawn LLP
United Arab Emirates

Islamic finance Tier 3

Winston & Strawn LLP's Shibeer Ahmed advised a consortium of investment banks on a facility lent to Tabreed secured over revenues from district cooling plants, and assisted the mandated lead arrangers with a syndicated AED310m sale-and-leaseback deal.

Banking and finance Tier 4

Winston & Strawn LLP handles a range of project finance deals, with many of them utilising Islamic structures. Shibeer Ahmed advised the mandated lead arrangers of an AED310m facility to Paragon Malls for the construction of a shopping mall in Abu Dhabi. Other deals include acting for Mashreqbank and Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank on a project finance facility extended to Tabreed, and assisting Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank and Emirates NBD with lending an unsecured $300m murabaha to Etihad.

Dispute resolution: arbitration and international litigation Tier 4

Winston & Strawn LLP has 'an extremely knowledgeable and capable team' that is 'willing to provide measured yet strong opinions on courses of action'. Ben Bruton is 'technically savvy with excellent client relationship skills - he can explain highly complex legal situations to clients without legal backgrounds' - he handles internal investigations. Nick Sharratt, previously of counsel with the firm, joined Stephenson Harwood in 2019.

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 6

Winston & Strawn LLP's Campbell Steedman handles a range of cross-border work within the region, including restructuring exercises and outbound acquisitions. Christopher Skipper is another notable lawyer in the team.

The firm: Founded in 1853, Winston & Strawn LLP has offices across the US, Europe, the Middle East and Asia. Acting for businesses of all types and sizes, as well as financial institutions and government entities around the world, the firm’s lawyers recognise that clients are looking for value beyond legal expertise and take time to understand their businesses and objectives.

Winston’s Dubai team advises on a wide array of matters, including project development and finance, construction, asset finance, banking, corporate, M&A, restructurings, private equity and venture capital, and regulatory matters. Winston is one of the world’s leaders in litigation and arbitration and counsels on some of the most critical disputes faced by companies, governments, and individuals. The team is adept at managing large-scale cross-border matters and have been involved in some of the most innovative litigation across the commercial spectrum. Its lawyers regularly represent government departments and agencies, banks, financial institutions, and major domestic and multinational corporations based in (or doing business in) the region.

Areas of practice: Corporate and M&A: represents clients in cross-border merger, acquisition, disposition, and joint venture transactions. Winston’s corporate lawyers active in the Middle East have extensive experience in the energy, oil and gas, utilities, infrastructure, healthcare, manufacturing, maritime, real estate, TMT, and financial sectors. Recognising the geographical hub of the GCC, the firm’s practice covers the entire region, Indian sub-continent, Turkey and Central Asia, and Eastern-Central Africa – across which its team has wide experience supporting clients in relation to cross-border investment work both into and out of the region.

The firm’s attorneys have handled M&A transactions of all sizes and degrees of complexity, and have represented an exceptionally diverse base of clients, both large and middle-market. They have extensive experience advising boards of directors and independent committees on corporate governance, transactions, investigations, and change-of control issues.

Project finance: represents project companies, sponsors and developers in negotiations with commercial banks, export credit agencies and multilateral and development finance institutions on major transportation infrastructure projects. The Dubai attorneys regularly represent clients in a wide variety of sectors that include independent power generation (hydro, natural gas, coal, fuel oil, and renewables); motorways, toll roads, and heavy and light rail; water and wastewater treatment; oil and gas projects; airport-related infrastructure; industrial (hospitals, schools, prisons, and government buildings); telecommunications; and hotels and hospitality.

Islamic finance: advises on complex banking and finance transactions throughout the Middle East and internationally. The team works on a wide array of Shariah-compliant transactions, including the full range of corporate, acquisition, and structured Islamic bank financings; corporate and sovereign Islamic bond (or Sukuk) issuances; and complex multi-sourced (Islamic and conventional) project financings. They regularly represent Islamic financial institutions and conventional banks, export credit agencies, development finance institutions, and government departments and agencies, as well as major domestic and multinational corporations.

Disputes and investigations: counsels on some of the most critical disputes faced by companies, governments, and individuals. The Middle East team is an integral part of the firm’s global practice, ensuring a seamless representation in multijurisdictional matters with the benefit of market-leading e-disclosure litigation support. The practice extends across all manner of general commercial and financial disputes in many sectors, including cross-jurisdictional litigation and multi-party actions.

Department Name Email Telephone
Banking and finance Campbell Steedman
Banking and finance Christopher Skipper
Corporate and M&A Campbell Steedman
Corporate and M&A Christopher Skipper
Islamic finance Shibeer Ahmed
Project finance James D Simpson Jr
Project finance Stephen Jurgenson
Private equity transactions Campbell Steedman
Private equity transactions Christopher Skipper
Disputes and investigations Ben Bruton
Photo Name Position Profile
Mr Shaheer Momeni  photo Mr Shaheer Momeni
Mr Martin Skehill  photo Mr Martin Skehill
Ms Marwa Al Siyabi  photo Ms Marwa Al Siyabi
Mr Fraser Galloway  photo Mr Fraser Galloway
Ms Sara Al Awadhi  photo Ms Sara Al Awadhi
Mr Campbell Steedman  photo Mr Campbell Steedman
Mr Shibeer Ahmed  photo Mr Shibeer Ahmed
Mr Christopher Skipper  photo Mr Christopher Skipper
Mr Ben Bruton  photo Mr Ben Bruton
Ms Rajwah Al Kuhaymi  photo Ms Rajwah Al Kuhaymi
Number of lawyers : 975+
at this office : 12
Contact : Campbell Steedman (
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