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Clifford Chance

Clifford Chance

Middle East

We are an outstanding international law firm in the Middle East, with over 32 Tier One directory rankings achieved in the region in 2022, and more award winning first-of-a-kind deals than any other firm. We work with clients throughout the Middle East and North Africa and have offices in Abu Dhabi, Casablanca, Dubai, Istanbul and Riyadh*.

A market-leading international law firm

We opened our first Middle East office in 1975. Today we have offices in Abu Dhabi, Casablanca, Dubai, Istanbul and Riyadh*.

Our teams' outstanding work and our close working relationships with clients has earned us the most Tier One rankings across the Chambers Global (Chambers and Partners), The Legal 500 (Legalease Ltd) and IFLR (Delinian Limited) directories than any other law firm in the Middle East.

We advise regional and international clients on their business interests across the Middle East and North Africa. When we advise clients who want to build or expand their international business we work closely with colleagues from our international network.

An in-region team with an impressive track record

We base our lawyers – over 140 of them – in the region. We've found that clients get better results when their team is familiar with the region's languages, cultures, laws and business processes. So we've built an on-the-ground team with sophisticated capabilities and a wide range of expertise. We have a strong team that works on intra-region and outbound transactions.

*including the AS&H team in Saudi Arabia

Recent highlights

Recent assignments (deals and other client work)

Awards and milestones

Directory and client comments

Directory Highlights

  • Clifford Chance has earned more tier 1 rankings with Chambers Global, The Legal 500 and IFLR than any other law firm in the Middle East for many consecutive years
  • 1st place for M&A in the Middle East and Africa (Mergermarket 2020 Global M&A League Tables, by value)

Client Comments

  • "Clifford Chance's history in the Middle East goes back many years. In 1975, it was one of the first international law firms to establish an office in Dubai, and it has been a leading name in the region ever since. As of 2021, its Dubai presence is complemented by a substantial offering in Abu Dhabi, as well as a successful cooperation agreement with one of the best teams in Riyadh, AS&H Law Firm. From these three offices, Clifford Chance advises on a variety of market-leading mandates across the Middle East, with key areas of strength including Islamic and project finance, multi-jurisdictional M&A instructions, and high-value DIFC litigation. Client testimonials note that the team is “extremely attentive and very quick to respond,” in addition to being “technically very, very strong."
  • Middle East International Law Firm of the Year, Chambers Middle East Awards, 2021
  • Clifford Chance is a powerhouse across the financial and corporate sphere with highly rated partners and a deep bench in almost all areas. One of the world’s pre-eminent law firms, the firm has a significant depth and range of resources across five continents.
    IFLR, 2020
  • "fantastic in strategic advice, deal execution and 'white glove' service" 
    Chambers Global, 2022



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