We advise on all aspects of construction projects and infrastructure development throughout the MENA region. Our clients range from government entities and private developers to EPC contractors, general contractors, specialty subcontractors and design professionals.
Our Corporate Practice is diverse and covers a wide range of activities within the commercial sphere including the following key areas:
- Corporate formation and maintenance – Throughout all of our MENA offices, we assist clients with company and branch formations, domestically and in free zones, and ongoing business needs including commercial contracts, corporate governance, compliance and employment needs.
- Joint ventures – Foreign ownership restrictions in many MENA jurisdictions often incline international clients toward a joint venture structure involving a local partner. We frequently assist in structuring and establishing collaborations involving traditional corporate joint ventures, partnerships, contractual joint ventures and other strategic alliances.
- Mergers and acquisitions (M&A) – We offer a full spectrum of M&A services from our professionals trained in global financial centers such as New York and London. We have extensive experience across MENA, advising on local and cross-border corporate transactions, for buyers and sellers of private and public companies, and for strategic and financial investors.
Disputes involving multinationals and multiple jurisdictions can present complex challenges, requiring a thorough understanding and familiarity with governing laws and rules. Our arbitration experience includes handling matters before the Qatar Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Dubai International Arbitration Centre (DIAC), the Abu Dhabi Commercial Conciliation & Arbitration Centre (ADCCAC), the Gulf Co-operation Council Commercial Arbitration Centre (GCCAC), the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA), the DIFC-LCIA Arbitration Centre and the American Arbitration Association (AAA and ICDR). Further, we work closely with highly qualified local litigation counsel for client matters in the Qatar courts.
Global Regulations and Policy
For more than 50 years, sovereign nations and international companies confronting problems in world capitals have looked to us as a trusted adviser in achieving their strategic objectives when navigating various legislative systems and regulatory frameworks whether in Washington DC, Brussels or elsewhere. Owing to our skill and discretion, as well as our reputation for conducting public policy advocacy in compliance with applicable laws and ethics rules, we are recognized as one of the world’s most influential law firms.
Our international Healthcare Group provides legal, regulatory and legislative counsel to healthcare sector clients in MENA and around the world. We are ranked as leaders in this dynamic and rapidly changing industry, helping navigate the intricacies of healthcare reform and working with sovereign governments to establish world-class healthcare systems. We are proud to offer our clients a preeminent international health law and policy practice
Hospitality and Tourism
Our MENA hospitality team combines the strengths of preeminent hospitality and leisure experts with experienced transactional lawyers. With broad experience in negotiating and managing the legal and business issues in project development plans, we support the full range of challenges and opportunities hotel owners and operators face. We are also heavily involved in the tourism sector and offer legal, regulatory and legislative advice to several prominent clients in MENA and around the world.
We provide pragmatic real estate advice encompassing property acquisitions and dispositions, development and construction, condominium and homeowner associations, litigation and dispute resolution. We can support you in land use planning, financing, real estate investment trusts (REITs), landlord/tenant matters, management and franchise agreements, restructuring, workouts, foreclosures, bankruptcy and creditors’ rights and transactional tax planning.
Sovereign and Other Institutional Investors
We offer astute advice for a myriad of investors, from family offices and high net worth individuals to sovereign wealth funds, pension funds and foundations. Our MENA team represents institutional investors in investment types such as private fund investments and co-investments, real estate investments, global infrastructure investments, direct investments in debt and equity, global custodian and securities lending contracts, and investment management arrangements relating to equity securities, debt instruments, derivatives and commodities.