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Dechert LLP
United Arab Emirates

Investment fund formation and management Tier 1

The 'pragmatic, commercial and upfront' Middle East investment funds practice at Dechert LLP is concentrated in Dubai, and the firm benefits from having investment funds experts in key jurisdictions across the globe. The team advises on the establishment of funds across all major onshore and offshore jurisdictions and is equipped to assist funds clients at all stages of their life cycle. August 2019 saw the firm hiring private equity, corporate and investment funds expert Philip Dowsett from Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP, and the team was also bolstered at the associate level by the hire of Dounia Mansoor from Allen & Overy LLP's Paris office in December 2018. Practice head Philip Sacks is 'one of the savviest lawyers in town'.

Practice head(s):

Phillip Sacks


The team is pragmatic, commercial and upfront. Outstanding in terms of service. Everyone in the industry knows that if you need fund advice you go to this team.

With Philip you get one of the savviest lawyers in town. He has an unparalleled ability to think on his feet and structure deals in ways that only the best can. He is hands on and the team works well together.

Key clients

Azimut (DIFC) Limited

Jadwa Investment Company

SEE Capital

AGC Equity Partners Limited

Frontier Investment Management Partners Limited

Real estate Tier 2

Advising on a range of commercial and specialist real estate transactions, Dechert LLP's real estate team has a broad offering, complemented by the firm's corporate and funds practices. The team has particular expertise in master planned communities and mixed-use and hotel developments across the region. In a significant mandate, the team advised Qiddiya Investment Company on its entertainment and leisure master planned community in Riyadh, one of Saudi Arabia’s mega developments being constructed as part of the 2030 Vision. Stephen Kelly and Sarah Mahood are noted.

Practice head(s):

Stephen Kelly; Sarah Mahood

Key clients

Marriott International

1 International Fin Centre Associates

Qiddiya Investment Company


Dubai Real Estate Corporation

IMKAN Properties LLC

Frontier Investment Management Partners Ltd

MJM Investments

Al Sharq Investments

Falconcity of Wonders

Diamond Developers

Third Generation Real Estate & Development LLC

Dubai World Central Corporation (DWCC)

Union Properties

Seven Tides Limited

Volante Limited

Vincitore Real Estate Development LLC

Construction Tier 3

Dechert LLP represents employers, many of them well-connected in Dubai, in a range of disputes with contractors concerning large developments. Ravinder Bhullar and Alex Freeman left the firm in 2020.

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 6

Dechert LLP hired corporate and private equity partner Philip Dowsett from Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP in 2019. Chris Sioufi and Rodolphe Pellerin are other names to note.


High level of commerciality and partner engagement. Practical advice.

Established in 2012, Dechert’s Dubai office is the firm’s first office in the Middle East. Our lawyers have a strong heritage of working with clients throughout the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region.

We advise clients on matters of local law and regulation in both the United Arab Emirates and the Dubai International Financial Centre, and assist regional and international clients on their transactions and projects throughout the MENA region, particularly in the countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council. Our market-leading capital markets lawyers pioneered capital markets transactions in the region, and we advise on both equity and debt transactions.

We conduct business in Arabic and English with equal dexterity. Our team includes Middle Eastern, English, U.S. and Canadian-qualified lawyers.

Department Name Email Telephone
Office Managing Partner Chris Sioufi +971 4 425 6330
Photo Name Position Profile
Mr Ravinder Bhullar  photo Mr Ravinder Bhullar Ravinder Bhullar specializes in international commercial arbitration and international litigation matters, with…
Mr Philip Dowsett  photo Mr Philip Dowsett
Mr Alex Freeman  photo Mr Alex Freeman Associate
Mr Stephen Kelly  photo Mr Stephen Kelly Partner
Ms Sarah Mahood  photo Ms Sarah Mahood National Partner
Ms Dounia Mansour  photo Ms Dounia Mansour Associate
Mr Phillip Charles Sacks  photo Mr Phillip Charles Sacks
Mr Chris Sioufi  photo Mr Chris Sioufi
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