Private Equity

Our practice is recognised as a leader for both transactions executed for private equity institutions and fund formation. 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. Hadef & Partners' transactional and financial services teams have considerable experience advising on applicable laws, regulations and practices of the UAE and the 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 Private Equity team. We collaborate with our Banking & Finance and Financial Services teams and with other specialist lawyers to ensure our clients’ transactions are built on solid regulatory and compliance frameworks and are handled efficiently.

Our lawyers’ experience in other jurisdictions such as Oman, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Bahrain, Iraq, Jordan, Sudan, Lebanon and Egypt enables us to apply a considered logic to both local and Middle East-facing transactions.

We achieve reliable and competitively focused outcomes due to our thorough understanding of regional legal issues and practical know-how. Our team maintains excellent working relationships with most of the leading global law firms from the United States, United Kingdom, Europe, and Asia Pacific, and as a result participate in many cross border transactions that involve the UAE.

We specialise in:

  • fund formation and partnership arrangements
  • leveraged management buy outs and buy ins
  • exit strategies involving trade sales and IPOs
  • debt provision on private equity
  • expansion and venture capital.

  • “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

  • Hadef & Partners displays ‘a rare proactive approach and a welcome attention to client needs’. Sameer Huda is recommended, as is Sadiq Jafar, who is described by one client as ‘the wisest counsellor in the region’.

    Legal 500 2014

  • Hadef & Partners’ corporate head Sameer Huda has extensive experience in private equity fund formation. Additionally, the team has been instrumental in advising government bodies on the development of the regulatory regime governing investment funds in the UAE.

    Legal 500 2013

  • 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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