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We have worked with clients in Qatar for over 25 years. Our team delivers high-profile results for clients in Qatar and Qatari entities active across the Middle East and internationally.
Building on proven success
We have worked with international and domestic clients in Qatar for over 25 years and in the Middle East for nearly 40 years. We opened an office in Doha in 2011. Our clients include Qatari corporates, financial institutions, government agencies and international companies who do business in Qatar.
In Qatar we have a long track record of high profile work and longstanding client relationships. Several of these relationships are with Qatari-state entities who we have advised on a range of banking, finance, and capital markets matters for over 20 years.
Recent client work has built on our existing relationships and helped us develop new ones. Examples include advising Qatar National Bank, Qatar's largest financial institution, on its US$1.97 billion acquisition of Société Générale’s majority stake in its Egyptian subsidiary in 2012; the QAR3.7 billion Qatari riyal (US$1 billion) financing of the Doha Festival City development, the largest-ever private sector financing in Qatar; and being appointed to advise on 2022 FIFA World Cup™ projects, including the 85,000 seat Lusail Iconic Stadium (see Recent assignments for details of these and other deals).
Delivering results across and beyond the Middle East
We've invested in building our presence in Qatar, the Middle East and the wider MENA region and our lawyers are permanently based in the region – we believe that clients get the best advice from lawyers who understand local and regional markets, business practices, and regulations.
And because our work in Qatar often spans regional and international jurisdictions we regularly work with colleagues in other offices - from our 120-plus Middle East colleagues in Abu Dhabi, Dubai, and Riyadh, to specialist lawyers in key financial markets across our international network. This means that our lawyers know how to work effectively in extended teams, have first-hand experience of the practicalities of Middle East markets, and are used to complex deals and innovative ideas.
It's this combination of skills and experience and our pragmatic commercial advice that helped us win two deal-of the-year awards in 2012 for our work with two Qatari entities.
Awards and milestones
- Middle East Law Firm of the Year: Chambers Global Awards, 2013
- International Law Firm of the Year: ALB Middle East Awards, 2012
- International Law Firm of the Year: IFLR Middle East Awards, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2007
- CSR Initiative of the Year: Corporate Counsel Middle East Awards, 2013
- Corporate Citizen / CSR Law Firm of the Year: ALB Middle East Awards, 2012
- Consistently achieved the highest number of Tier One rankings in Chambers Global and Legal 500 in the Middle East than any other competitor
- First joint Saudi and foreign owned law partnership to operate in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
- on a number of Qatar 2022 FIFA World CupTM projects in 2013, including the main stadium
- the arranging banks on Ooredoo's US$2 billion debut issue and US$1.25 billion programme establishment Airtime Voucher sukuk in 2013. We have also advised Ooredoo on a series of financings totalling over US$5 billion for general corporate purposes and to finance acquisitions outside Qatar, including the region’s first forward start facility
- Qatar National Bank on its US$2.5 billion acquisition of Société Générale’s stake in National Société Générale Bank,Egypt in 2013. This was the largest bank M&A transaction in the MENA region since the financial crisis
- Qatar National Bank on its US$1.8 billion corporate facility in 2013, the largest syndicated financing for a bank in the Middle East
- Mannai Corporation QSC on its recommended US$445 million bid to acquire Damas International Limited; M&A Deal of the Year:IFLR Middle East Awards, 2012
- HSBC on the establishment of Qatar Islamic Bank's US$1.5 billion sukuk in 2012; the first hybrid wakala-mudaraba transaction for financial institutions in Qatar
We have been lead advisers to Qatar Government and associated agencies on numerous legislative and regulatory mandates including:
- drafting of the PPP Law for Qatar
- preparing key licensing regulations for institutions in the Qatar Financial Centre
- drafting for the Qatar Financial Centre Authority its ancillary service provider regulations
- preparing the collective investment fund laws for the Qatar Financial Centre Regulatory Authority
- setting up a reinsurance and re-takaful contract formation and administration platform for Qatar Financial Centre Regulatory Authority.
Chambers Global: Qatar, 2013
- Tier One in Corporate/Commercial
- Tier One in Projects & Energy
- "They know their stuff, are efficient and offer a good service. A market-leading firm."