United Arab Emirates

At the heart of business in the Middle East, Asia and Africa

Combining local understanding and international expertise

Recognised as one of the strongest legal advisors in the UAE, our Dubai office is strategically placed to serve global, regional and local clients across a wide range of sectors. Over many years, clients throughout the Middle East, Africa and Asia have benefited from our lawyers’ expertise in corporate, M&A and securities, alongside our outstanding dispute resolution team.

We combine an excellent understanding of local laws along with the highest standards of international practice enabling our corporate clients, both companies and investors, to operate and transact with, from and within the Middle East.

Our teams work across a number of sectors including consumer and retail, construction, financial services, food and beverage, manufacturing, energy and infrastructure, hotels and real estate, technology, media and telecoms and healthcare and pharmaceuticals. Our prestigious clients include numerous Middle Eastern Governmental entities, top tier multi-national corporations, and leading financial institutions.

Corporate, M&A and securities

Our regional team advises on the full range of local and cross-border corporate services including mergers and acquisitions, equity capital markets, private equity, joint ventures, consortia, strategic alliances and group reorganisations, as well as general commercial expertise. We have extensive knowledge of local laws, and have acted for a number of regional companies in relation to general corporate and commercial matters, on a day-to-day basis.

The team has significant experience in Middle East and local joint ventures, cross border M&A and investments. Not only does the team act for leading regional names, it has been involved on substantial market leading deals.

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We are experienced in advising on:

  • Share purchase agreements, disclosure letters, shareholder agreements and related documents
  • Joint ventures and investments
  • Securities regulatory advice
  • Foreign Direct Investment issues
  • Completion procedures.

The corporate lawyers in the Middle East offices importantly have detailed knowledge of the local laws and documentation in the region, including local companies’ laws, constituent documents and shareholder rights. We are also very familiar with how the ministries and notaries in the region operate.

Dispute Resolution

Tim Taylor QC and Joanne Strain lead our Middle East dispute resolution team, with specialist expertise in multi-jurisdictional cases.

We are recognised as a top-tier firm for high value, complex commercial disputes throughout the MENA region and beyond. We focus on international arbitration, commercial litigation and alternative dispute resolution.

Ranked as one of the leading arbitration practices in the world, we are experts on enforcement and resisting enforcement of Arbitral Awards. We have significant expertise in cases involving bribery, fraud, shareholder disputes, TMT disputes and regulatory investigations. We are the go-to team for construction related disputes in the region.

Our extensive litigation experience includes acting on the leading ‘hot topic’ cases before the DIFC Courts and our lawyers are at the forefront of developing DIFC Courts’ jurisprudence.

Our market leading international dispute resolution practice offers unrivalled services to clients operating in the Middle East. We have successfully concluded many disputes on behalf of our clients. We give absolutely everything to a case. 

  • Proud winner of the MergerMarket Middle East Industrials and Chemicals M&A Legal Advisor of the Year 2017
"One of the best litigation firms in the UAE."

Legal 500 UAE

"King & Wood Mallesons really impresses with a strong understanding of Middle East laws. "

Legal 500 UAE

Meeting the needs of your business sector

Our representatives are part of an experienced team with the right knowledge and experience to work together with you.

Dubai office in UAE

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