Initial Public Offerings

We are regarded as market-leading both for transactional and advisory work. With acknowledged expertise in Corporate, M&A, Private Equity and Banking and Finance, our clients include corporations, financial institutions, governmental authorities, issuers, arrangers, underwriters and private equity participants in a range of sectors.

We have led the industry on numerous matters, such as playing an instrumental role in establishing the legal framework governing private placements and IPO prospectus preparation in the UAE. Indeed, our lawyers pioneered western style IPOs in the UAE and have advised on more IPOs in Abu Dhabi and Dubai than any other law firm. On many occasions, we assisted in the creation of the procedures and standards used by governmental authorities.

Our market-leading team has worked on many of the UAE’s more complex and challenging transactions. We are known for our thoroughness, whilst maintaining a pragmatic and commercially astute approach.

A substantial component of our expertise lies in our knowledge of the UAE market, its practices, procedures and the workings of UAE regulatory bodies. Our lawyers have developed good relationships with the securities markets’ regulators, the Emirates Securities and Commodities Authority.

Whilst these times of unprecedented global financial turmoil have seen a dramatic drop in the number of IPOs completing in the UAE and the Middle East region as a whole, our depth of experience in helping some of the UAE’s highest profile companies go public and raise the capital necessary to see them reach the next level continues to stand us in good stead when it comes to advising clients looking to achieve the same results.

In addition to having been at the forefront of the development of the securities and capital markets in the UAE, Hadef & Partners continues to be able to draw upon the experience of our lawyers from other jurisdictions with longer-established securities markets (including the United Kingdom, Canada and the United States), and this enables us to apply a considered logic to regulated securities work, including initial public offerings in the Dubai and Abu Dhabi markets, even in circumstances where there may not yet be any direct precedent in those markets themselves.

  • “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

  • A trusted choice as local counsel, thanks to its in-depth understanding of the UAE market and deep bench of finance lawyers. Frequently advises corporate issuers on a range of bond, sukuk and share capital offerings.

    Chambers Global 2015

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Corporate Team of the Year 2016

    Corporate 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

  • Corporate and M&A Firm of the Year 2016

    Corporate and M&A Firm of the Year 2016

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

  • Most Responsive Domestic Firm in the UAE 2015

    By : Asian MENA Counsel In-house Survey

  • Alternative Investment Funds (including private equity) Firm of the Year 2014

    By : Asian MENA Counsel In-house Survey

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