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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 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.

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
    Corporate Counsel Middle East Awards 2016, 2014
  • International Law Firm of the Year
    IFLR Middle East Awards 2016, 2014, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2007
  • Best Islamic law firm
    The Asset Triple A Islamic Awards 2016
  • Middle East Pharma, Medical & Biotech M&A Legal Advisor of the Year and Middle East Financial Services M&A Legal Advisor of the Year
    Mergermarket Middle Eastern M&A Awards 2016
  • Middle East Deal of the Year
    Airfinance Journal Awards 2016
  • Innovation in Islamic Finance
    Euromoney Awards 2016
  • Consistently achieved the highest number of Tier One rankings in Chambers Global and Legal 500 in the Middle East than any other competitor.

Recent work

Directory listings and client comments

Directory listings

Legal 500: Qatar, 2017

  • Tier One in Foreign Firms

Chambers Global: Qatar, 2017

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

Legal 500: Qatar, 2016

  • Tier One in Foreign Firms

Chambers Global: Qatar, 2016

  • Tier One in Projects & Energy
  • Tier Two in Corporate/Commercial

Client comments

  • "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
  • "Global hard-hitter with a leading Qatari corporate and commercial group."
    Chambers Global: Qatar, 2016
  • "Has a highly esteemed M&A practice and is active as counsel for both international and domestic market participants."
    Chambers Global: Qatar, 2016
  • "They are excellent – the responsiveness is first-class, their turnaround good, and they add value in the project."
    Chambers Global: Qatar, 2016
  • "They provide great external feedback and good commercial input."
    Chambers Global: Qatar, 2016
  • "Very diligent and we are also very comfortable with them representing us in front of other parties."
    Chambers Global: Qatar, 2016