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DLA Piper Middle East LLP

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Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 2

DLA Piper Middle East LLP

DLA Piper Middle East LLP is 'very respectible, with technically excellent lawyers that cover a wide range of the practice area, producing Magic Circle-quality work and advice at a fraction of the cost'. Paul McViety's practice includes real estate finance transactions, while Robert Harker (a new hire from Bracewell LLP) also handles project finance and refinance deals. James Iremonger has restructuring and insolvency expertise, including advise to governments on legislative changes in this space. Other clients include the Bank of London and the Middle East, Emirates NBD, Emirates Islamic Bank, Mediclinic, Port Development Company, and several other well-known European and Asian banks. Senior legal consultant Hamed Fathinejad is also notable. Debbie Barbour, who was previously based in the firm's Abu Dhabi office, has retired.

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Hamed Fathinejad - DLA Piper Middle East LLP

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Commercial, corporate and M&A
Commercial, corporate and M&A - ranked: tier 3

DLA Piper Middle East LLP

DLA Piper Middle East LLP handles a range of M&A and commercial work across the region. Ben Gillespie is the firm's regional head of corporate - he advised Kerzner International Holdings on a joint venture with private equity firm Dolphin Capital Partners to develop a new resort in Greece, and separately assisted a US-headquartered multinational with a carve-out of some of its business units prior to their sale. Richard Hughes, who was promoted to the partnership in May 2018, led a team acting for GFH Financial Group on its acquisition of mobile discount app company The Entertainer, and also advised Mediclinic Middle East on purchasing City Centre Clinic Deira and City Centre Clinic Me'aisem from Majid Al Futtaim Healthcare. Thérèse Abou-Zeid, who was elected to the partnership in May 2019, also handles health care deals - she assisted Egyptian pharmaceutical manufacturer Orchidia with the sale of the company to the Egyptian-American Enterprise Fund. Will Seivewright  joined as Middle East head of corporate in May 2019 from Baker McKenzie Habib Al Mulla.

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Construction - ranked: tier 1

DLA Piper Middle East LLP

At DLA Piper Middle East LLP, Trevor Butcher handles non-contentious construction work, such as advising the Saudi Ministry of Culture on the construction elements of creating a new cultural district in Jeddah; his other Saudi-related work includes assisting Saudi Airlines Cargo Company with developing a new cargo terminal at King Abdulaziz International Airport. Suzannah Newboult handles work concerning major infrastructure projects and other developments, including representing Korean contractors. Daniel Jude also represents main contractors in regional infrastructure disputes, with Simon Palmer another notable name for contentious projects. In addition, Henry Quinlan and Wissam Dagher act for Hircon International in a dispute before the Dubai courts concerning the 23 Marina development. Gulf Related and Carillion are other clients.

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Dispute resolution: arbitration and international litigation
Dispute resolution: arbitration and international litigation - ranked: tier 2

DLA Piper Middle East LLP

DLA Piper Middle East LLP 'brings a unique blend of in-house technical expertise to provide its clients with the best service possible'. Henry Quinlan represents Das Real Estate in DIFC litigation and a separate arbitration concerning the Langham Hotel in the Palm Jumeirah. Wissam Dagher contributes Arabic-language litigation expertise - he is representing Sociedad Química y Minera de Chile in a shareholder dispute concerning a joint venture in the UAE. Fraud investigations are another area of expertise, with Ramsey Jurdi particularly active in this space. Adam Vause heads up the firm's investigations practice. Sharif Hamadeh moved to an in-house position.

Leading individuals

Henry Quinlan - DLA Piper Middle East LLP

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Employment - ranked: tier 2

DLA Piper Middle East LLP

The ‚Äėvery solid‚Äô¬†DLA Piper Middle East LLP¬†is recognised for its broad regional offering, drawing on support from offices in Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait and Bahrain. Neil Crossley, who heads the Middle East employment practice, advised a global medical devices company on regional employment matters, including all onboarding for a new entity in the¬†Dubai Multi Commodities Centre Free Zone.

Leading individuals

Neil Crossley - DLA Piper Middle East LLP

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Energy and infrastructure
Energy and infrastructure - ranked: tier 2

DLA Piper Middle East LLP

DLA Piper Middle East LLP handles a range of work, frequently but not exclusively for Saudi project sponsors. Practice head Trevor Butcher, Keith Bullen and senior legal consultant Adam Haque advise Saudi Arabia Water & Electricity Company on the procurement of a water and energy generation plant in Jubail, which promises to be the world's largest desalination plant. On the transport side, Butcher assists Saudia Cargo with a new terminal project in Riyadh. Robert Harker, who joined from Bracewell LLP, is another notable name - his work includes advice to project lenders. Clients also include Oman Power and Water Procurement Company, which the team is acting for on a project concerning a brownfield site in Al Ghubrah, Muscat.

Next Generation Partners

Adam Haque - DLA Piper Middle East LLP

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 2

DLA Piper Middle East LLP

A ‚Äėgo-to firm for trade mark enforcement‚Äô, DLA Piper Middle East LLP‚Äôs practice is also active in copyright, franchising and licensing matters for clients such as¬†Adobe,¬†Duracell and¬†Paramount Pictures. Paul Allen‚Äôs team also includes newly promoted partner Jamie Ryder.

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Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 1

DLA Piper Middle East LLP

Comprised of ‚Äėtrue experts‚Äô, DLA Piper Middle East LLP‚Äôs practice is 'a reliable partner on complex mandates‚Äô. Dubai-based group head Tom O‚ÄôGrady¬†is highly recommended and advised Gulf Resources Development & Investment on the sale of HSBC‚Äôs new regional headquarters. Abu Dhabi‚Äôs Duncan Pickering¬†is ‚Äėprofessional, collaborative and knowledgeable‚Äô.¬†Helen Tapadar Hangari left to become general counsel at Realstar Group.

Leading individuals

Tom O’Grady - DLA Piper Middle East LLP

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TMT - ranked: tier 1

DLA Piper Middle East LLP

A ‚Äėclass act‚Äô, DLA Piper Middle East LLP‚Äôs ‚Äėstrong regional offering‚Äô and ‚Äėwell-established practice‚Äô mark it as top tier for TMT. Group head Paul Allen, ‚Äėa leader in technology law‚Äô, advised Dubai Holdings on the outsourcing of its ICT infrastructure network. Newly made-up partner¬†Jamie Ryder, ‚Äėan outstanding media lawyer‚Äô, advised Saudi Telecom Company on its $1.8bn purchase of the worldwide broadcast rights for the Saudi Professional League and other matches. Eamon Holley, who was promoted to the partnership in May 2019,¬†is noted for regulatory matters. Legal director¬†Emily Southon, who joined in 2018 from Barclays, is a fintech specialist.

Leading individuals

Paul Allen - DLA Piper Middle East LLP

Next Generation Partners

Eamon Holley - DLA Piper Middle East LLP

Jamie Ryder - DLA Piper Middle East LLP

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  • Sentencing guidelines for corporate manslaughter

    In February 2010 the Sentencing Guidelines Council (the SGC) issued definitive guidelines to courts on imposing appropriate sentences for corporate manslaughter and health and safety offences causing death. The SGC states that fines imposed on companies found guilty of corporate manslaughter should not fall below £500,000, while fines in respect of health and safety offences that are a significant cause of death should be at least £100,000. Crucially, the SGC declined to provide for a fixed link between the imposed fine and the turnover or profitability of the offending company.‚Ä©
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