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Business across the Middle East continues to diversify and become more sophisticated. With declining oil prices and increasing international competition, CEOs are seeking a new way of doing business. Streamlining operations. Responding to evolving regulations. Focusing on economies of scale. Thinking smarter. We steer our clients through their most complicated challenges, combining practical advice with local insight. We anticipate pitfalls before they materialize. We work together to ensure success.

Creative project financing. Highly structured transactions and commercial agreements. Developing the global Islamic finance market. Hogan Lovells is leading the way advising clients on a range of market firsts.

Our commercially focused team advises on transactions, projects, and disputes throughout the Gulf and North Africa. We've consulted for several regional governments on Islamic financings, successfully steered domestic and international M&A deals, and won precedent-setting cases in the UAE courts. We draft and negotiate all types of commercial agreements, obtain licenses from Saudi regulators, and advise on IP matters. Our client base spans the energy, finance, construction, real estate, infrastructure, transport, education, and healthcare sectors.

We have a hub in Dubai and offices in Riyadh and Jeddah. And we’ve developed a strong track record in Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Oman, and Qatar. Our team includes civil law qualified Arabic-speaking lawyers. We work closely with our global network to help you with cross-border transactions and disputes.

“The team is extremely qualified, they are very precise, they work around the clock to meet deadlines and they have a deep knowledge of local regulation and custom practices" says one client in ILFR 1000 2015. Let our team guide you in developing your business in the Middle East.

Offices

Representative Experience

ECGD on their successful US$913m Sukuk issuance. This marks the world’s first UK government supported guaranteed Sukuk for aircraft financing.

ICD and Citi on inaugural US$200m Sukuk offering by the State of Senegal. First of its kind in the West African Economic and Monetary Union (WAEMU) zone.

Saint Laurent on an acquisition and joint venture with Al Tayer.

World Free Zones Organization on its  establishment and organisation. Providing advice and assistance in the UAE and across numerous jurisdictions globally.

Imperial Mercantile Solutions DMCC on the acquisition of 51% of Mi-Fone International DMCC.

Iliad Partners on the establishment of the Iliad Partners MENA VC fund.

RAK Ceramics, the world's largest manufacturer of ceramic tiles, with a US$1bn turnover - on the sale of 30.5% of their shares.

SEDCO Holding Group on the acquisition of a 40% stake in a leading clothing distributor (Project Wool).

Lenders and sponsors on various independent water projects in the MENA region.

An international contractor on material variation to the operation and maintenance subcontract in respect of the NYU Abu Dhabi campus PPP project.

Mandated lead arrangers on the successful project financing of the Fujairah Oil Terminal. Project Finance magazine’s 2013 Middle East Oil & Gas Deal of the Year.

An EPC contractor in relation to the Hassyan CCGT power and desalination complex in Dubai.

An EPC contractor in respect of the design and construction of the Jazan Industrial Gas Project.

An international contractor in relation to financing the Sheikh Zayed Road extension over the creek.

The consortium in respect of the Ruwais Housing Project in Abu Dhabi.

HSBC, Dubai Islamic Bank, Kuwait Finance House, and Liquidity House, on a US$100m sukuk for a member of World Bank Group.

An international contractor regarding the development of Al Maktoum International Airport.

Dubai Islamic Bank on an infrastructure financing in the Dubai aviation sector.

Sukuk of the Year

Islamic Finance News Awards, 2015

Commercial Team of the Year

Corporate Commercial Middle East Awards, 2015

Winner of two Deal of the Year awards

Asian-MENA Counsel Awards, 2014

Africa Deal of the Year

Middle East Islamic Finance News Awards, 2014
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