Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP’s Middle East, North Africa and Turkey (MENAT) practice is centered in Abu Dhabi and Dubai and fully integrated into our network of 20 offices and more than 85 practices. Our experience spans the MENAT region, and we have worked on major mandates in Bahrain, Iraq, Jordan, Kurdistan, Kuwait, North , Oman, Saudi Arabia, U.A.E. and Yemen. Our North coverage includes Algeria, Egypt, Libya, Morocco and Tunisia. Our lawyers have a rich history of representing high-profile clients in multibillion-dollar MENAT transactions and counseling domestic and foreign entities doing business in the MENAT region in energy, entertainment and media, finance, national security, global project finance and real estate matters, as well as offering services in critical fields such as health care, education and privatization.
Lawyers on our MENAT team have a profound understanding of how business is conducted in the region and an exceptional insight into how business interacts with national, regional and international geopolitical issues. This knowledge positions us to deliver comprehensive, high-quality service to our clients in these dynamic and sophisticated markets.
Representative examples of our extensive experience includes –
MENAT Regional Focus – Iraq, including Kurdistan
Akin Gump has worked on numerous Iraq and Kurdistan matters over the past five years and has deep relationships with key government officials in Baghdad and Erbil. We have worked closely with local legal counsel in Iraq and Kurdistan on some of the most complex transactions arising in those jurisdictions, and we have developed a database of legislation and “know-how” that means we are strategically placed and extremely qualified to assist our clients with their legal and business needs in this region.
MENAT Practice Focus – Islamic Finance
Our Islamic finance practice is centered in Abu Dhabi and includes finance and investment funds experts in Dubai, Geneva, Hong Kong, London and the United States. Our Islamic finance 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 MENAT region in the structuring and documentation of a rich variety of transactions, including those based on murabaha, tawarruq, ijara, istisna’a and musharaka structures.