Lawyers from across the Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP network have advised on Middle East-based matters for decades. We have been in the region for the last 10 years and most recently opened our Abu Dhabi office in response to strong client demand. Recently, we relocated to Sowwah Square, the heart of Abu Dhabi’s new central business district.
Lawyers in our Abu Dhabi office have a wide breadth of experience in fields that range from traditional strengths such as corporate and public policy to 21st-century concentrations such as climate change, intellectual property, investment funds and national security. Our clients include both public and private sector entities from a diverse range of industries such as oil and gas, renewable energy, infrastructure, mining and metals, financial services, communications and technology, and consumer goods and services. The firm advises on matters as diverse as public policy, trade, dispute resolution, banking and finance, corporate transactions, investment funds and project development activities in both mature and emerging markets.
Lawyers in our Abu Dhabi office collaborate with, and enjoy support from, our international network of lawyers, advisers and staff in Beijing, Hong Kong, London, Moscow, Geneva and the United States in order to seamlessly and effectively provide practical strategies and innovative solutions for our clients in virtually all areas of the law.
In addition, the multicultural team of lawyers in our Abu Dhabi office is able to provide multilingual advice to our clients, including in Arabic, English, French, Italian, Japanese, Kazakh, Korean, Russian, Turkish and Uzbek.
Corporate and Capital Markets
We provide lasting solutions, carefully crafted strategies and advice to clients in cross-border corporate transactions. Our experience includes all aspects of international corporate transactions, including joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions, licensing, securities offerings, financing and international taxation.
Energy and Renewable Energy
Our energy practice, including liquefied natural gas (LNG) and renewable energy, has been repeatedly singled out as a global leader in the field. Recent representations in the Middle East and North Africa region include advising the developers of petrochemical and refinery projects. We also assisted one of the sponsors of the Marafiq Independent Water and Power Project (IWPP) in Saudi Arabia. Our sophisticated and diverse energy law practice encompasses both transactional and regulatory matters, and our lawyers have represented all segments of the energy industry.
Entertainment and Media
Akin Gump’s media and entertainment practice advises studios, producers, broadcast and cable companies, promoters of live events, game developers and others, in the development, finance, production and distribution of entertainment and media projects.
Our finance team advises borrowers, investors, Islamic finance institutions, export credit agencies, development finance institutions and commercial banks in relation to conventional, multisourced and Islamic finance across a diverse range of financial products, including general banking (covering syndicated and bilateral investment-grade corporate finance, acquisition and leveraged finance, real estate finance, asset finance, structured finance and restructurings) and debt capital markets.
Akin Gump lawyers have comprehensive knowledge of the complex, rapidly evolving health care industry derived from many years of hands-on experience. Our experience in the health care industry is broad, with in-depth exposure to the U.A.E.’s regulatory framework and regulatory decision-makers.
Our Islamic finance practice is centered in Abu Dhabi and includes finance and investment funds experts in Geneva, Hong Kong, London and the United States. This practice has advised international and regional banks, investment funds and sponsors in relation to the structuring and financing of major local and international Shari’ah-compliant transactions. We are well acquainted with the application of the principles of Shari’ah and have worked with Shari’ah scholars and various supervisory boards across the Middle East, North Africa and Turkey region in the structuring and documentation of a rich variety of transactions, including those based on murabaha, tawarruq, ijara, istisna’a and musharaka structures.
International Dispute Resolution
We are experienced at every stage of the dispute resolution process, including the challenge and enforcement of arbitral awards and pre-filing strategy. The firm has led arbitrations under numerous institutional rules, including AAA/ICDR International Rules, ICAC, ICC, LCIA, DIAC, ADCCAC, SCC and UNCITRAL.
We offer clients an array of services designed to optimize our clients’ ability to engage in the cost-efficient and timely exchange of goods and services across borders in full compliance with applicable laws and regulations. We advise on the regulatory and compliance aspects of transactions with cross-border dimensions and on a range of trade compliance issues as well as trade policy and WTO matters. We have a dedicated Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and antibribery practice in the Middle East. Our practitioners are experienced in the representation of clients in all aspects of FCPA and antibribery compliance, including development of global compliance programs and conduct of third-party due diligence and of internal investigations.
Middle East Projects Group
Our Middle East Projects Group has a wealth of experience advising governments, developers, borrowers, contractors, investors, Islamic finance institutions, export credit agencies, development finance institutions and commercial banks in relation to the development and financing of major projects. We have helped our clients win and complete some of the most significant deals to come to market across a range of sectors, including oil and gas, petrochemicals, power (including renewables), water & wastewater, infrastructure, and metals and mining.
Private Equity, Investment Funds and Hedge Funds
Our Abu Dhabi team advises on all aspects of fund management and is experienced with all types of alternative investment products, hedge funds, private equity, distressed debt, real estate, futures funds, managed accounts, fund of funds, listed investment companies and emerging market funds.
In today’s economy, the knowledgeable purchase, development, financing, leasing and sale of property for business and investment purposes is the key to success. Our experienced real estate lawyers represent sophisticated clients at all phases of this process.