We have a broad practice encompassing a range of commercial contracts and joint ventures, together with specialisation in agency, distribution, franchising, sale of goods and services, governmental procurement and other forms of contractual structure.

Our lawyers have experience in a range of sectors, including: energy, utilities, financial services, real estate, retail, education, health, pharmaceutical, construction, transportation, hospitality, tourism, manufacturing, technology, telecommunications, sports and media.

The breadth of knowledge gained from our experience enables us to provide well-informed and practical advice, addressing international requirements and standards, together with a thorough understanding of the specific laws, regulations, practices and customs of the UAE.

Strong commercial focus and deep local knowledge distinguishes Hadef & Partners. Many of our lawyers have practical industry experience and understand nuances inherent in key industry sectors in our region.

Because we understand that commercial outcomes require integrated legal solutions, we work with our colleagues in our Employment, Dispute Resolution, Banking & Finance, Financial Services and Real Estate teams as part of a total response to our clients' needs.

We advise on all manner and aspects of commercial transactions and matters including:

  • contracts associated with the manufacture and sale of goods and services
  • antitrust and competition
  • fraud and anti-money laundering
  • real estate and property
  • information technology, media and telecommunications
  • banking and finance
  • restructuring and insolvency
  • mergers and acquisitions
  • private equity
  • financial services and regulation
  • employment
  • intellectual property
  • insurance
  • arbitration, dedication and disputes.

  • “Sources praise the team's local expertise, commenting: ‘They have local knowledge of the region, combined with very strong legal skills and provide sound advice’.”

    Chambers Global, 2018

  • “Peers commend Hadef & Partners as ‘one of the premier local law firms’.”

    Chambers Global, 2017

  • “Clients describe the team's members as ‘first class - very proactive, with superb areas of expertise’.”

    Chambers Global, 2017

  • “The lawyers have good time and cost management.”

    Chambers Global, 2016

  • Clients say "They are pragmatic, can-do lawyers."

    Chambers Global 2015

  • Clients say "they are definitely major players - one of the first names to spring to mind in the UAE."

    Chambers Global 2015

  • A local disputes powerhouse, excelling in local and DIFC court litigation. Also very active in arbitration and the enforcement of arbitral awards. Offers considerable expertise in construction, shipping and general commercial disputes.

    Chambers Global 2015

  • A full-service IP registration and enforcement practice, particularly busy with trade mark registration and anti-counterfeiting campaigns. Assists clients in the hotel, media and consumer goods industries with the protection of their local franchising and distribution interests.

    Chambers Global 2015

  • Advises media and technology companies on marketing, licensing and franchising agreements. Huge manpower and experience in contentious matters make the firm a strong choice for the enforcement of intellectual property rights, as well as the collection of related royalties.

    Chambers Global 2015

  • Enjoys a prominent position in the local market with a large volume of acquisitions and restructurings for both UAE clients and inbound investors.

    Chambers Global 2014

  • This well-established local firm represents a large stable of domestic as well as international clients, across a range of transactional and advisory instructions.

    Chambers Global 2013

  • Hadef & Partners’ ‘very skilled team’ provides ‘professional service at reasonable fees, and has a good understanding of commercial issues’.

    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

  • 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

  • Domestic Deal of the Year 2016

    Domestic Deal of the Year 2016

    By : IFLR (International Financial Law Review) Middle East awards

  • Middle East Law Firm of the Year 2016

    Middle East Law Firm of the Year 2016

    By : Corporate Counsel Middle East Awards

  • 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