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Clifford Chance

13TH & 14TH FLOORS, AL NIYADI BUILDING, AIRPORT ROAD, SECTOR W-14/02, PO BOX 26492, ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
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United Arab Emirates

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 1

Clifford Chance

At Clifford Chance, Debbie Walker in Dubai handles billion-dollar deals for syndicates of well-known banks, with Graham Brewer also having expertise in syndicated deals. Peter Avery's practice includes heavyweight restructuring matters. Qudeer Latif handles work using shari’ah-compliant structures, including real estate finance. Edmund Boyo has a track record of Africa-related deals. Anthony Single in Abu Dhabi has aviation finance expertise. Clients include businesses in the maritime and real estate sectors, as well as European and Middle Eastern banks.

Leading individuals

Debbie Walker - Clifford Chance

Peter Avery - Clifford Chance

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Capital markets
Capital markets - ranked: tier 1

Clifford Chance

At Clifford Chance, Mike Taylor handles ECM work, some of which crosses into the Saudi market. Turning to debt instruments, Stuart Ure advised Emirates REIT on an issuance of five-year trust certificates, and on the other side of the fence assisted banks including Arab Banking Corporation and Emirates NBD with Albaraka Turk's issuance of $205m of sukuk, which qualified as Basel III-compliant regulatory capital. Other clients include the Omani government, which Ure advised on establishing its global medium-term note (GMTN) programme.

Leading individuals

Mike Taylor - Clifford Chance

Stuart Ure - Clifford Chance

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Commercial, corporate and M&A
Commercial, corporate and M&A - ranked: tier 1

Clifford Chance

Clifford Chance handles a range of M&A work, including top-drawer investments by Middle Eastern clients looking overseas. Mohammed Al-Shukairy is a key contact - he handles significant deals for government-linked companies, as well as leading private sector names. Jason Mendens is another key partner in Dubai; his key clients include leading Japanese industrial names. James McCarthy handles M&A deals in the infrastructure sector; Mike Taylor advises major international companies on cross-border deals, which involves investing in the Middle East; Edmund Boyo has notable African expertise; and Rupert Harper in the Abu Dhabi office acts for major clients with origins in the Emirate.

Leading individuals

Mike Taylor - Clifford Chance

Mohammed Al-Shukairy - Clifford Chance

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Construction
Construction - ranked: tier 2

Clifford Chance

Clifford Chance handles a range of work in the construction space, including contentious matters concerning high-profile projects in the GCC region as well as large non-contentious matters. Inaamul Laher in Abu Dhabi heads the firm's MENA construction group - he handles various non-contentious construction projects including advising Qiddiya Investment Company on developing an entertainment district in Saudi Arabia. Paul Coates handles construction disputes concerning, among other matters, renewable and conventional energy projects.

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Dispute resolution: arbitration and international litigation
Dispute resolution: arbitration and international litigation - ranked: tier 3

Clifford Chance

At Clifford Chance, James Abbott handles DIFC litigation concerning debt recovery and financial services regulatory matters. He also represents government-backed clients in ADCCAC arbitrations. Paul Coates and senior associate Arun Wisweswaran contribute contentious construction expertise. Formerly a senior associate at the firm, Shane Jury is now at Gibson Dunn.

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Energy and infrastructure
Energy and infrastructure - ranked: tier 1

Clifford Chance

At Clifford Chance, Mohamed Hamra-Krouha, working with the firm's team in Riyadh, is advising Saudi Arabia's General Authority for Civil Aviation on the planned privatisation of five airports, including King Abdulaziz International Airport, a key airport for the Hajj. In the UAE itself, Richard Parris and Robin Abraham handle a range of renewables, water and conventional energy projects for stakeholders including financiers, contractors and sponsors. Andrej Kormuth joined Bracewell LLP in March 2019.

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Islamic finance
Islamic finance - ranked: tier 2

Clifford Chance

Qudeer Latif, who is based in Dubai, is Clifford Chance's global head of Islamic finance. He handles deals using istisna, wakala, ijara and other structures, covering real estate, corporate lending and projects. Robin Abraham also handles borrower-side work for major local clients. Ahmed Choudhry is a key senior associate.

Leading individuals

Qudeer Latif - Clifford Chance

Next generation lawyers

Ahmed Choudhry - Clifford Chance

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