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We have worked with clients in Qatar for close to 30 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 close to 30 years and in the Middle East for over 45 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.

Recent client work has built on our existing relationships and helped us develop new ones. Examples include advising Al Khaliji Commercial Bank on its merger with Masraf Al Rayan which is the first ever public company statutory merger in Qatar; Standard Chartered Bank on the world's first Formosa Sukuk for Qatar Islamic Bank; and 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

  • Ranked 1st for M&A in the Middle East and Africa, by value
    Mergermarket, 2020
  • Sustainable Finance Deal of the Year
    Niche Market Deal of the Year
    Quasi-Sovereign Debt Deal of the Year
    Syndicated Loan Deal of the Year
    Structured Loan Deal of the Year
    Bonds, Loans & Sukuk Middle East Awards 2020
  • Real Estate Deal of the Year
    Hybrid Deal of the Year
    Project & Infrastructure Finance Deal of the Year
    Sovereign Deal of the Year
    Social Impact SRI/ESG Deal of the Year
    Trade Finance Deal of the Year
    Cross-border Deal of the Year
    Best Country Deal of the Year – UAE
    Best Country Deal of the Year – Saudi Arabia
    Best Country Deal of the Year – Bahrain
    Best Country Deal of the Year – Pakistan
    Best Country Deal of the Year – Turkey
    IFN Deals of the Year 2019
  • UAE Corporate Law Firm of the Year
    Chambers Middle East Awards 2019
  • M&A Team of the Year
    Domestic Deal of the Year
    Equity Deal of the Year
    IFLR Middle East Awards 2019

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