Property

Property

The real estate sector represents a significant element of the UAE economy. Hadef & Partners is regarded as a market leader in all aspects of property law, with expertise in the entire range of property sectors, including tourism, leisure, utilities, energy, infrastructure, dispute resolution, development and industrial matters.

Our Property team advises on the entire real estate life cycle, including project and corporate structuring, land and real estate acquisition, asset management, disposals and leasing. We have advised on projects with a combined value in excess of AED80 billion and our real estate lawyers have more than 45 years of combined UAE-specific experience between them.

We act for regional and international developers, investors, contractors, financial institutions, investment funds, operators, retailers, landlords, tenants and governmental entities.

Our team is regularly involved in the establishment of mixed-use developments, industrial projects and strata structures. We also have extensive experience in major projects, infrastructure and commercial developments, including retail, leisure, residential and office developments.

We maintain close working relationships with governmental authorities and the primary developers of the region, enabling us to provide advice with valuable local knowledge and insight into existing and planned real estate laws, regulations and practices.

We also have considerable experience in a broad range of real estate disputes, working alongside our market-leading dispute resolution practice, which has rights of audience in the UAE courts and a team dedicated to arbitration proceedings in UAE arbitration centres, as well as specialist rent committee advisors. We are well-versed in the practical impact of federal laws as well as local laws affecting real estate matters across all of the Emirates of the UAE.

Our services include:

  • Acquisitions and disposals and financing - of major commercial, retail and industrial properties, as well as tourism and leisure assets
  • Development - preparation of development agreements, sale and purchase agreements, strata documentation and other ancillary documentation
  • Structuring - advising on corporate structuring and investment vehicles for local and international clients seeking to enter the UAE real estate market
  • Jointly-owned property - structuring jointly-owned and mixed-use developments and assisting with negotiations and disputes in respect of service charges
  • Financing - advising on, negotiating and establishing real estate financing options together with our experienced Banking & Finance team
  • Due diligence - conducting due diligence and preparation of reports to assist with real estate and corporate acquisitions, disposals, restructurings and financings
  • Environmental - advising on applications for environmental and other approvals
  • Dispute resolution - negotiating the resolution of real estate disputes and coordinating court and arbitral proceedings
  • Leasing - negotiating and documenting retail, commercial and residential leasing agreements and assisting with property management and tenancy issues
  • Non-contentious construction - advising on and preparing construction agreements and other related documentation
  • Projects and infrastructure - assisting with large, complex projects across a range of industries, utilities and infrastructure
  • Funds - advising on efficient fundraising and investment vehicles including REITS, together with our Corporate team who specialise in various fund vehicles and structures

Complemented by the expertise of our Banking & Finance, Corporate and Dispute Resolution teams, we provide comprehensive service to our real estate clients.

  • “Hadef & Partners LLC stands out for its UAE real estate law expertise, handling transactional as well as contentious matters.”

    Legal 500, 2017

  • “Clients say: ‘The firm is highly professional, responsive and diligent’.”

    Chambers Global, 2017

  • “Focused and broad-thinking in terms of finding solutions”

    Chambers Global, 2016

  • A well-rounded offering with an emphasis on the hospitality sector, encompassing acquisition, development, licensing and operational matters. A noteworthy real estate dispute resolution practice staffed by English and Arabic-speaking lawyers.

    Chambers Global 2015

  • For pure real estate I would consider Hadef among the best - they dominate the bulk work from the big developers as they have the resources to deal with it.

    Chambers Global 2014

  • A notable profile for real estate in the domestic market, thanks to the team's vast local knowledge, as well its ability to service clients in English and Arabic.

    Chambers Global 2014

  • Strong presence in the shipping and aviation industries and impressive track record representing local and international banks and financial institutions. Other areas of expertise include commercial, real estate and insurance disputes. Steadily expanding team, further consolidating the firm's strenght in both arbitration and litigation.

    Chambers Global 2013

  • This team benefits from its vast local knowledge and experience to advise on a range of contentious and non-contentious matters, both in the real estate and construction spheres.

    Legal 500 2013

  • Hadef & Partners “It is often consulted by government departments to advise on the development of new laws in the UAE."

    Chambers Global 2013

  • A slick local firm, very international and sophisticated in their approach.

    Chambers Global 2013

  • Hadef & Partners’ long-established real estate practice is among the most experienced in the region. It is consistently at the forefront of cutting-edge transactions in the region.

    Legal 500 2013

  • Shortlisted as Regional Law Firm of the Year 2016

    Shortlisted as Regional Law Firm of the Year 2016

    By : The Oath Middle East Legal Awards

  • Real Estate & Construction Team of the Year 2016

    Real Estate & Construction Team of the Year 2016

    By : The Oath Middle East Legal Awards

  • Most Responsive Domestic Firm in the UAE 2016

    Most Responsive Domestic Firm in the UAE 2016

    By : Asian-MENA Counsel – In-House Community Survey 2016

  • Real Estate / Construction Firm of the Year 2016

    Real Estate / Construction Firm of the Year 2016

    By : Asian-MENA Counsel – In-House Community Survey 2016

  • Middle East Law Firm of the Year 2016

    Middle East Law Firm of the Year 2016

    By : Corporate Counsel Middle East Awards

  • GAR100 Selected Firm 2016

    GAR100 Selected Firm 2016

    By : Global Arbitration Review - GAR

  • Shortlisted as Regional Law Firm of the Year 2015

    Shortlisted as Regional Law Firm of the Year 2015

    By : The Oath Middle East Legal Awards

  • Most Responsive Domestic Firm in the UAE 2015

    By : Asian MENA Counsel In-house Survey

  • Highly Commended for Middle East Law firm of the Year 2015

    By : Corporate Counsel Middle East Awards

  • Real Estate / Construction Firm of the Year 2014

    By : Asian MENA Counsel In-house Survey

  • Shortlisted for Property & Construction Team of the Year 2014

    By : Corporate Counsel Middle East Awards

  • Real Estate / Construction Firm of the Year 2013

    By : Asian MENA Counsel In-house Survey

  • Property & Construction Team of the Year 2013

    By : Corporate Counsel Middle East Awards

  • Real Estate / Construction Firm of the Year 2012

    By : Asian MENA Counsel In-house Survey