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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. 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 USD$1.97 billion acquisition of Société Générale’s majority stake in its Egyptian subsidiary in 2012; the QAR3.7 billion Qatari riyal (USD$1 billion) financing of the Doha Festival City development, the largest-ever private sector financing in Qatar.

Delivering results across and beyond the Middle East

We've invested to build our presence in 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.

We regularly work with colleagues in other offices in key financial markets across the Clifford Chance 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.

Recent highlights

Awards and milestones

  • International Law Firm of the Year
    IFLR Middle East Awards 2016, 2014, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2007
  • International Law Firm of the Year
    Corporate Counsel Middle East Awards 2016, 2014
  • Middle East Ranked #1 by value and volume
    Airfinance Journal Awards 2017
  • Best Law Firm in Energy & Natural Resources
    IFN Law Awards 2017
  • Debt Market Deal Of The Year
    ALB SE Asia Awards 2017
  • Middle East and Africa Resource Deal of the Year
    Renewables Deal of the Year
    Petchem Deal of the Year
    PFI Awards 2017
  • Wind Deal of the Year
    Project Bond Deal of the Year
    Petrochemicals Deal of the Year
    MENA Midstream Oil & Gas Deal of the Year
    MENA Downstream Oil & Gas Deal of the Year
    IJGlobal Awards 2017
  • Hybrids Deal of the Year
    IPO Deal of the Year
    Real Estate Deal of the Year
    IFN Awards 2017

Recent work

Directory listings and client comments

Directory listings

Legal 500: Qatar, 2018

  • Tier One in Foreign Firms

Chambers Global: Qatar, 2018

  • Tier Two in Expert Based Abroad  

Legal 500: Qatar, 2017

  • Tier One in Foreign Firms

Chambers Global: Qatar, 2017

  • Tier Two in Projects & Energy
  • Tier Two in Corporate/M&A

Client comments

  • "Proven track record on projects and infrastructure-related matters."
    Chambers Global: Qatar, 2018
  • "They are always available, they have a good network of partnerships in the region and are flexible."
    Chambers Global: Qatar, 2018
  • "This international group is a driving force in this legal market."
    Chambers Global: Qatar, 2017
  • "Their advice is commercial. They know us inside out."
    Chambers Global: Qatar, 2017
  • "They are really working as a team and communicating well internally, which allows me to access the information and advice I need anytime."
    Chambers Global: Qatar, 2017
  • "Frequently lauded for its quality of advice and dedication to clients."
    Chambers Global: Qatar, 2017