Working with commercial and government entities that are shaping the future of this region requires a consistently sensitive, yet rigorous, approach to legal service.
Hadef & Partners has acknowledged expertise in banking and finance transactions. Our clients include financial institutions, corporations, governmental authorities, issuers, arrangers, underwriters, project sponsors and private equity participants in a range of sectors. We routinely advise on acquisition finance, project and other structured finance transactions, privatisation, rescheduling and corporate restructuring, asset finance, and debt capital market transactions. Our firm regularly acts on a variety of Islamic finance structures and transactions, working closely with specialist boards and scholars. We have also been involved in groundbreaking public private partnerships (PPPs) and a range of fund structures, including the UAE's first infrastructure fund and real estate investment trust (REIT) to be listed on NASDAQ Dubai and the Singapore Exchange.
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, construction, transportation, hospitality, tourism, manufacturing, technology 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 the specific laws, regulations, practices and customs of the UAE.
We are regarded as having a deep understanding of our region's business and legal environment. Our international and regional clients gain the benefit of our long-standing presence in the UAE, which corresponds to a wealth of knowledge and contacts in relation to the structuring and conduct of business. In the UAE, we regularly advise on significant equity capital market transactions, as well as substantial private placements, privatisations, corporate mergers, disposals and acquisitions, and restructurings. A large part of our corporate offering consists of the provision of legal advice in relation to the formation of companies, establishment of branch and representative offices, and related agency and sponsorship arrangements, both inside and outside the UAE's free zones and special economic areas. The firm has acted in the establishment of the vast majority of premier public and private joint stock companies in the UAE.
Hadef & Partners has a large and market leading dispute resolution practice. We have extensive experience of national, cross-border and international litigation and arbitration, as well as other forms of investigation and alternative dispute resolution. Our team of western and Arab lawyers is headed by senior litigators with judicial and commercial backgrounds and is well known for adopting a practical and commercially aware approach to disputes. The firm is a member of the DIFC Court Users Committee and we are registered to conduct proceedings and appear before the DIFC courts. Although many of our instructions culminate in successful out of court settlements, to the extent that a negotiated outcome cannot be achieved, we involve our team of advocates who are qualified to appear in the courts and tribunals of the UAE including the Federal Supreme Court and the Court of Cassation in each Emirate.