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    Dubai

    Clifford Chance, Dubai

    Level 15, Burj Daman
    Dubai International Financial Centre
    P.O. Box 9380
    Dubai, United Arab Emirates

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    Clifford Chance, Dubai Onshore

    1204 Maze Tower
    Trade Centre 2nd
    Sheikh Zayed Road
    P.O. Box 9380
    Dubai, United Arab Emirates

    Tel +971 4 503 2600

    United Arab Emirates

    Our team of over 80 lawyers advises clients on domestic, regional, and international matters and have delivered many first-of-a-kind deals. We opened our first UAE office in 1975 and are well known for innovative, market-leading work.

    A sizeable team with a proven track record

    We've advised clients in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) for over 40 years, significantly longer than many other international law firms. We have in-house Arabic capability, and, in contrast to many other firms, we can advise on both English and UAE law.

    Our offices in Abu Dhabi and Dubai are permanently staffed by over 80 lawyers. We base lawyers in the UAE, rather than bringing in out-of-region lawyers to resource complex transactions, because we believe that clients get the best results from teams who are familiar with the region's laws, languages, and business processes.

    The size of our UAE team and our close links with the firm's other Middle East offices mean that we can quickly put together strong in-region teams who can work efficiently on complex domestic, regional, and international deals. These teams are used to working together and with specialist lawyers from the firm's international network.

    We advise many financial institutions, corporations and government entities on regional matters and regularly deliver complex regional and international transactions.

    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
    • Regional M&A Law Firm of the Year; Financial Services M&A Law Firm of the Year
      Mergermarket Middle Eastern M&A Awards 2017
    • Islamic Finance Deal of the Year
      ALB Malaysia Awards 2017
    • 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
    • Egypt Deal of the Year
      Oman Deal of the Year
      Hybrids Deal of the Year
      IPO Deal of the Year
      Real Estate Deal of the Year
      IFN Awards 2017
    • 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
    • We sit on the DIFC (Dubai International Financial Centre) Courts Users Committee and Partner, James Abbott, is Chairman of the Legislative Committee of the DIFCA (Dubai International Financial Centre Authority) Board. We were the first law firm to be registered to issue and conduct proceedings before the DIFC Courts.

    Recent work

    • the landmark acquisition by Dubai Aerospace Enterprise of 80% of Jordan Aircraft Maintenance Limited (Joramco) from the Abraaj Group
    • DP World on the acquisition of Economic Zones World from Port and Free Zone World for USD$2.6 billion
    • the increase in Dubai Parks and Resorts' (DPR) issued share capital by way of a USD$460 million rights issue on the Dubai Financial Market
    • UAE sovereign wealth fund in the sale of a business to an international private equity consortium, one of the largest PE deals in the region in several years
    • Dubai World in its successful negotiations with 130 lenders for the extension of more than USD$14.6 billion of debt facilities
    • the award-winning ENOC Jebel Ali Refinery expansion USD$1.5 billion facility
    • Majid Al Futtaim Holding LLC's issuance of USD$500 million reset subordinated perpetual notes (the Notes) by MAF Global Securities Limited
    • DP World USD$3 billion sukuk issuance programme to Regulation S/Rule 144A standards and the inaugural issuance thereunder, coupled with a simultaneous liability management exercise
    • National Bank of Abu Dhabi (NBAD) on the establishment of a US Commercial Paper Programme for the issuance of up to USD$5 billion
    • continuing to advise Masdar (Abu Dhabi National Energy Company) on the development of the UAE's first carbon capture project and the world's first commercial scale carbon capture project
    • Emirates Global Aluminium  on a USD$4.9 billion conventional and Islamic facilities for the refinancing of an existing project finance facility of EMAL (Emirates Aluminium)
    • the largest EUR denominated loan for a Middle East borrower, Aabar EUR€3.6 billion facility.

    Directory listings and client comments

    Directory listings

    Chambers Global: UAE, 2018

    • Tier One in Banking & Finance
    • Tier One in Capital Markets
    • Tier One in Corporate/M&A
    • Tier Two in Dispute Resolution
    • Tier Two in Construction
    • Tier Three in Real Estate

    Chambers Global: UAE, 2017

    • Tier One in Banking & Finance
    • Tier One in Capital Markets
    • Tier One in Corporate/M&A
    • Tier Two in Dispute Resolution
    • Tier Two in Construction
    • Tier Three in Real Estate

    Legal 500: UAE, 2017

    • Tier One in Banking & Finance
    • Tier One in Corporate/M&A
    • Tier One in Dispute Resolution
    • Tier One in Debt Capital Markets
    • Tier One in Equity Capital Markets
    • Tier One in Projects/Energy & Infrastructure
    • Tier One in Islamic Finance
    • Tier Two in Construction
    • Tier Three in Real Estate

    Client comments

    • "I find that the work the team does is some of the best I've come across. They're very client-oriented and provide care and attention to detail."
      Chambers Global: UAE, 2018
    • "They have a very good network that we can benefit from in multi-jurisdictional transactions."
      Chambers Global: UAE, 2018
    • "They are experts in their fields, they know their client really well and advise accordingly."
      Chambers Global: UAE, 2018
    • "Their debt capital markets team is one of our go-to legal teams. They are trusted advisers for us and offer sound legal advice and innovative legal solutions on a commercial and practical basis."
      Chambers Global: UAE, 2018
    • "Very transparent, service-minded, well informed and highly skilled."
      Chambers Global: UAE, 2018
    • "They are a very well-run team. They're good at building long-term relationships with the client. The team has a good structure and they are always able to cover for each other if one of them is not there."
      Chambers Global: UAE, 2018
    • "Established practice with strong construction capabilities, both locally and throughout the MENA region."
      Chambers Global: UAE, 2018
    • "They are a top law firm and their work ethic and responsiveness are second to none."
      Chambers Global: UAE, 2017
    • "Absolutely first-rate team with unparalleled DIFC financial services-related work."
      Chambers Global: UAE, 2017
    • "I think they are the most widely-established firm in the region."
      Chambers Global: UAE, 2017
    • "A standout firm which performs at a different level."
      Chambers Global: UAE, 2017
    • "The lawyers have a very strong consistency of talent."
      Chambers Global: UAE, 2017
    • "Has a very good depth of knowledge of the local market and local issues."
      Chambers Global: UAE, 2017
    • "They implement measures fast and efficiently. What they have achieved is quite revolutionary."
      Chambers Global: UAE, 2017
    • "They are very attentive and they are open to dialogue – it's a very professional relationship."
      Chambers Global: UAE, 2017
    • "They are not just focused on the individual deal but they have in mind the long-term relationship and how to best serve the client."
      Chambers Global: UAE, 2017
    • "They are both responsive and practical in their approach."
      Chambers Global: UAE, 2017