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DWF Middle East LLP
OFFICE 901 & 904, TOWER 2, AL FATTAN CURRENCY HOUSE
DIFC, PO Box 507104
DUBAI
United Arab Emirates

United Arab Emirates > Oil, gas and natural resources Tier 2

DWF Middle East LLP advises a number of international and national oil companies, service providers, EPC contractors and pipeline companies. Slava Kiryushin heads the global oil and gas practice and also has a strong background in contentious construction work.

Practice head(s):

Slava Kiryushin

Testimonials

‘Highly responsive and deep knowledge of the industry.’

‘Deep knowledge of the industry and great added value in collaboration with lawyers of other jurisdictions.’

Key clients

Lukoil Mid-East

Chelpipe Group

Pakistan Petroleum Ltd

Mass Global Energy

RN Middle East

Lukoil Mid-East

Chelpipe Group

Pakistan Petroleum Ltd

Mass Global Energy

RN Middle East

Work highlights

  • Advising RN Middle East LLC on all matters of Iraqi law and representing the company in Iraqi courts and administrative institutions.
  • Representing Mass Global, the Cayman entity placed into liquidation by the Grand Cayman courts in relation to the control over the branch entity in Erbil and the recognition of the liquidation order in Kurdistan.

United Arab Emirates > Dispute resolution: arbitration and international litigation Tier 3

DWF Middle East LLP's UAE litigation offering represents banks, global financial institutions, blue-chip US companies and global oil and gas majors. Managing partner and head of dispute resolution James Fox specialises in asset recovery, complex litigation and domestic and international arbitration. Slava Kiryushin has 'excellent industry knowledge' and is a key point of contact for disputes in the oil and gas sector.

Practice head(s):

James Fox

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘It is a small but very experienced team that knows the UAE disputes market extremely well.’

‘DWF is efficient and focused and is not wasteful of client funds – they are able to present clear, accurate cost forecasts so there are no surprises.’

‘Slava Kiryushin: excellent industry knowledge (energy and construction); good advocate; very experienced in the Middle East.’

‘James Fox is super knowledgeable on all matters UAE, and displays excellent judgement in knowing and advising on which points are best pursued and which are best left. The team are creative, and adept in managing the complex jurisdictional challenges within the UAE.’

‘They know their stuff, have extensive experience, and can be relied on to get the job done.’

‘James Fox – He stands out as he is incredibly capable, responsive and pleasant to work with.’

‘James has that combination of excellent legal knowledge and analysis combined with street smarts. He is an excellent tactician. He engages in fee discussions in an open and transparent manner. Litigation can be costly and unpredictable – James has given us value for money and options.’

‘Slava Kiryushin is probably the best person that we have worked with in the recent past. He understands what we need as a business. Commercially savvy and technically great, his strategic advice is always welcome by our board of directors.’

Key clients

Lukoil

The Saudi British Bank

Smiths Detection

Cesfin Ventures LLC

Neoma Private Equity Fund IV (NPEF IV)

Work highlights

  • Acting for Cesfin Ventures LLC in the recognition and enforcement of over $150m in arbitral awards.
  • Acting for NPEF IV in claims totally c.$550m, including a claim against KPMG in relation to its audit work arising from the collapse of the Abraaj Group.

United Arab Emirates > Construction Tier 4

Energy, infrastructure, construction and technology are key areas of focus for DWF Middle East LLP. Slava Kiryushin heads the firm's global energy and natural resources group and has a particular focus on oil and gas, power and renewables. He has an experienced construction projects and disputes practice.

Practice head(s):

Slava Kiryushin

Key clients

Lukoil

Smiths Detection

Strabag

United Arab Emirates > Banking and finance: Corporate finance (including Islamic lending) Tier 5

DWF Middle East LLP acts for a range of clients in the UAE including lenders, financial institutions, funds, sponsors, borrowers, and issuers. Practice head Umera Ali specialises in Islamic finance and structured finance and advises clients in the financial services, energy and transportation sectors. Ali has been increasingly active in the renewable energy and sustainable finance space.

Practice head(s):

Umera Ali

Key clients

Bin Sulaiman Holding Company

VIP Investment Holdings

Novelis Incorporated

Novelis Incorporated

Link Lease Finance PLC

Al Hamra Real Estate Development LLC

International Polymers Company

BodySmart Finance Limited

Neutral Capital Finance PLC

Gulf Pharmaceutical Industries PSC (“Julphar”)

Novelis MEA LTD.

UNICUS Investments Holding Limited

GFH Westside

DWF is the largest listed legal business in the world, with an award-winning reputation for client service excellence, effective operational management and innovation. The company became the first Main Market Premium Listed legal business on the London Stock Exchange in March 2019. DWF has been named by the Financial Times as one of Europe’s most innovative legal businesses and has been independently recognised for its quality of legal advice, service delivery and responsiveness.

DWF’s stated purpose is to transform legal services through its people for its clients using its three principal strategic objectives: understanding our clients, engaging our people and doing things differently. DWF aims to deliver its strategy by building long-term relationships with its clients, recruiting talented individuals to maintain a high service level culture and continually innovating in its provision of complex legal services, managed and connected services to address client needs and increase its market share.

The business has core strengths in corporate banking, insurance and litigation and in-depth expertise in several chosen sectors, including insurance; public sector; energy and industrials; real estate; financial services; retail, food and hospitality; technology and transport.

In addition to its legal services, DWF provides a range of professional, business or consulting services, a number of which include or are enabled by technology products and solutions to its clients through its Connected Services division. This offering is complementary to the traditional legal services offered by DWF.

DWF employs over 4,000 people across 30 key locations and has steadily grown its international presence in response to client demand. In 2019 and 2020 DWF expanded its international footprint by opening a new office in Warsaw, Poland and acquired Mindcrest Inc. to establish offices in Chicago and New York, USA, and Pune, India. DWF also acquired RCD in Spain and now has offices in Barcelona, Madrid and Valencia, Spain as part of its strategic growth plans.

DWF was the first UK legal business to achieve the ‘Disability Confident’ accreditation, which highlights the firm as an inclusive recruiter of disabled talent and is a Top 30 Employer for Working Families. The business also has its own charitable enterprise, the DWF Foundation, a registered charity aimed at providing funds and support to local charities and programmes focused on education, employability, health and wellbeing and homelessness.

PhotoNamePositionProfile
Umera Ali photo Umera AliPartner / Head of Banking & Finance (Middle East) / Global Head…
James Fox photo James FoxPartner / Head of Dispute Resolution (Middle East)
Aisha Gondal photo Aisha GondalOf Counsel
Slava Kiryushin photo Slava KiryushinPartner

Email: enquiries@dwf.law Website: www.dwfgroup.com Tel: 0333 320 2220

The firm: DWF is a listed legal business with an award-winning reputation for client service excellence, effective operational management and innovation. The company became the first main market premium listed legal business on the London Stock Exchange in March 2019. DWF has been named by the Financial Times as one of Europe’s most innovative legal businesses and has been independently recognised for its quality of legal advice, service delivery and responsiveness.

DWF’s strategy is to offer clients an integrated legal management approach through three streamlined and efficient global divisions of Legal Advisory, Mindcrest and Connected Services.

Legal Advisory is DWF’s traditional law firm arm. The division provides commercial intelligence and deep sectoral experience to deliver premium legal advice to clients.

Mindcrest is an established and well-known brand that provides outsourced and process-led legal services through which DWF standardises, systematises, scales, and optimises legal work.

Connected Services is DWF’s collection of products and business services that enhance the Group’s legal offerings. The division complements the Legal Advisory and Mindcrest teams through the provision of non-legal services such as claims management, costs and regulatory consulting.

Together, the three divisions support DWF’s single Integrated Legal Management approach through which DWF seamlessly combines any number of these services to deliver bespoke solutions to its clients with efficiency, price certainty and transparency. This approach enables DWF to offer solutions that combine traditional law firm services with new, modern legal and business services relevant to today’s companies, and the challenges and opportunities they face.

DWF employs over 4,000 people across 30 key locations and has steadily grown its international presence in response to client demand.

In 2019 and 2020, DWF expanded its international footprint by opening a new office in Warsaw, Poland and acquired Mindcrest Inc. to establish offices in Chicago and New York, USA, and Pune, India. DWF also acquired RCD in Spain and now has offices in Barcelona, Madrid and Valencia, Spain as part of its strategic growth plans.

DWF was the first UK legal business to achieve the ‘Disability Confident’ accreditation, which highlights the firm as an inclusive recruiter of disabled talent, and is a Top 30 Employer for Working Families. The business also has its own charitable enterprise, the DWF Foundation, a registered charity aimed at providing funds and support to local charities and programmes focused on education, employability, health and wellbeing and homelessness.

Practice area contacts
Legal advisory: Paul Rimmer
Mindcrest: Mark Qualter
Connected services: Jason Ford
Public sector: Jonathan Branton
Energy: Slava Kiryushin
Financial services: Robbie Constance
Retail, food and hospitality: Dominic Watkins
Technology: Stewart Room
Transport: Jonathan Moss
Insurance: Claire Bowler
Real estate: Melanie Williams

International offices: Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Qatar, Poland, Spain, UAE, USA

*Hong Kong, *USA, *Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, *Singapore, *Turkey, *South Africa, *Portugal,
* Associations

Chairman: Jonathan Bloomer
Managing partner and DWF Group CEO: Sir Nigel Knowles
Number of UK partners: c. 230
Number of qualified lawyers in the UK: c. 905

UK offices
Belfast: 42 Queen Street, BT1 6HL
Tel: 028 9023 0230 Fax: 028 9024 4644

Birmingham: One Snowhill, Snow Hill Queensway, B4 6GA
Tel: 0333 320 2220 Fax: 0333 320 4440

Bristol: DWF, Redcliff Quay, 120 Redcliff Street, Bristol, BS1 6HU
Tel: 0333 320 2220 Fax: 0333 320 4440

Edinburgh: No. 2 Lochrin Square, 96 Fountainbridge, EH3 9QA
Tel: 0333 320 2220 Fax: 0333 320 4440

Glasgow: 103 Waterloo Street, Glasgow, G2 7BW
Tel: 0141 228 8000 Fax: 0141 228 8310

Leeds: Bridgewater Place, Water Lane, LS11 5DY
Tel: 0333 320 2220 Fax: 0333 320 4440

Liverpool: 5 St Paul’s Square, Old Hall Street, L3 9AE
Tel: 0333 320 2220 Fax: 0333 320 4440

London: 20 Fenchurch Street, EC3M 3AG
Tel: 0333 320 2220 Fax: 0333 320 4440

Manchester: 1 Scott Place, 2 Hardman Street, M3 3AA
Tel: 0333 320 2220 Fax: 0333 320 4440

Newcastle: 2nd Floor Central Square South, Orchard Street, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 3AZ
Tel: 0333 320 2220 Fax: 0333 320 4440


At DWF we are proud of our reputation as a supportive and inclusive employer. We aim to be an employer of choice to talent across generations and life stages by providing interventions that advance social inclusion and enable our colleagues to balance their work lives, while providing the development opportunities to enjoy fulfilling and rewarding careers. As a responsible business and force for good in society, we embed our culture and values at the heart of everything we do, recognising that our people not only want a great place to work, but take pride in creating it.

Our Global Diversity & Inclusion Strategy 2020 sets out how we will make diversity & inclusion truly part of the way we do business. The global strategy is driven by a Diversity & Inclusion Leadership Group comprised of 39 senior leaders and supported by a growing network of diversity champions. We have identified six priority strands integral to improving inclusion in our workplace, these are: Gender, LGBT+, Disability, Agile Working, Race & Ethnicity and Age. Our Executive Sponsors for each strand serve as visible advocates to help advance the understanding of diversity & inclusion in DWF and beyond.

DWF has taken a number of tangible steps towards attracting, supporting, developing and retaining a diverse workforce:   

  • The business has been ranked in the Top 100 of Stonewall’s Workplace Equality Index 2019 as well as a Stonewall Global Champion.
  • Our partnership with Everywoman, which provides a global network of development resources, advice and inspiration for women at DWF, has enabled us to support the career progression of women into senior roles.
  • We’re a Top 30 Employer for Working Families and recognised as a business that has integrated agile working into our organisational strategy and culture.
  • The first legal business to achieve Clear Assured status and we are a Disability Confident Leader. Our inclusive recruitment practices have helped us identify and remove barriers that have the potential to exclude disabled talent.
  • We are a member of The Employers Network for Equality & Inclusion (ENEI) and in 2018, we were one of only five organisations to achieve Gold Standard in TIDE, the ENEI evaluation and benchmarking tool which measures a business’s approach to diversity and inclusion in its workforce, leadership and strategy.
  • Proud to use Rare Recruitment’s Contextual Recruitment System which allows us to consider academic achievements in the context in which they were gained.
  • We are a Living Wage Employer and a signatory of both the UN Global Compact and the UN’s Women Empowerment Principles.

Our affinity networks, open to all, provide colleagues with an opportunity to become meaningfully involved in developing and driving our diversity initiatives and programmes. Our networks include: Out Front (our LGBT+ Network), This is Me (Our Gender Network), Race & Ethnicity, Carers, Working Families, Agile Working, Disability and Age. The Networks host educational and social events internally and with our clients.