Capital Markets

Hadef & Partners’ transactional and financial services teams have considerable experience advising on applicable laws, regulations and practices of the UAE and the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC). We combine the role of global and local counsel by applying the international skills of our lawyers in a focused local context. An all-inclusive range of services from fund formation to management strategies and exit buyouts are performed by our specialist team.

We advise on the establishment, structuring and operation of domestic and international funds, targeted at investment opportunities and attracting limited partners in the GCC or MENA region. We have acted on groundbreaking assignments in Abu Dhabi, Dubai and the DIFC, including the UAE's first infrastructure fund.

We have proven liaising skills with the government, regulators and authorities such as the UAE Council of Ministers, Ministry of Economy, Ministry of Cabinet Affairs and Securities and Commodities Authority (SCA), Dubai Financial Market (DFM), Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange (ADX) and the UAE Central Bank. In fact, we have helped to develop some of the UAE’s regulations in this arena. The firm continues to play a significant role in advising all levels of government, but in particular at the federal level. Our lawyers are regularly sought out for their uncompromising approach to ethics and integrity. We continue to be involved in numerous government regulation matters as well as being involved in reviewing and drafting draft laws and regulations.

We specialise in:

  • capital markets (debt & equity)
  • structured finance
  • derivatives
  • securitization
  • regulatory
  • fund formation and partnership arrangements
  • leveraged management buy outs and buy ins
  • exit strategies involving trade sales and IPOs
  • expansion and venture capital
  • Islamic Finance

We work closely with Hadef & Partners’ Commercial, Employment, Dispute Resolution, Banking & Finance, Financial Services and Real Estate teams to offer clients a truly seamless service.

  • “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

  • Honourable mention for Capital Markets 2013

    By : Asian MENA Counsel In-house Survey

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