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 been involved in all of the UAE’s water and power and sewage infrastructure projects
advising lenders, sponsors and government entities.
We have advised large real estate developers and banks in financing a range of real estate and hospitality projects. We have also advised leading local Islamic banks on various Islamic finance matters; borrowers and conventional lenders in some of the largest syndicated loans in the UAE; advised on all types of loan/credit facility agreements including ship finance, aircraft finance leases and corporate finance facilities; and provided guidance on available security arrangements in the UAE.
A substantial component of our expertise lies in our knowledge of the UAE market, its practices, procedures and the workings of UAE regulatory bodies such as the UAE Central Bank, federal Ministries, DIFC, ESCA, local governmental authorities and other agencies. We help our clients successfully navigate the legal landscape to achieve their objectives.
Many lawyers in our multilingual team have worked in the largest global law firms and bring expertise of the highest international standards. Our lawyers have multi-jurisdictional experience including Oman, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Jordan, Egypt, Libya, Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, continental Europe and the United States.
Clients engage us on the following:
- project finance
- corporate finance
- construction and real estate finance
- Islamic finance - Murabaha, Istisna’a, Mudaraba, Musharak and Ijara financing instruments and Sukuks
- acquisition finance
- corporate restructuring for stressed and distressed entities
- PPPs and privatisation
- all types of club and syndicated loans
- ship, aircraft and asset finance
- security arrangements and documentation
- derivatives and other financial products and investments
- forms of guarantees and available shareholder and government support mechanisms
- banking regulatory and compliance issues, including dealing with the UAE Central Bank
- drafting of laws and regulations
- legal opinions.
Jointly with our Financial Services
, Dispute Resolution
, Real Estate
and Mergers & Acquisitions
teams, we offer clients a seamless experience.
Winner of the IFLR Middle East Restructuring Deal of the Year Award 2013 for Dana Gas PJSC Restructuring
Winner of the IFLR Middle East Project Finance Deal of the Year Award 2011 for Shuweihat 3 IPP
Winner of the IFLR Middle East Project Finance Deal of the Year Award 2009 for Paris-Sorbonne PPP
"The breadth of their large-scale financing knowledge is great. It's among the handful of go-to firms in the UAE." Chambers Global, 2013
“This local favourite is often a first point of contact for international firms and clients seeking UAE law advice on project financing transactions.” Chambers Global, 2013
“’Among the top UAE law firms for finance-related matters’, Hadef & Partners ‘scores highly in terms of quality, promptness of response and market knowledge’.” Legal 500, 2013
“Jointly headed by Alan Rodgers in Dubai and James Farn in Abu Dhabi, the practice’s record in the power projects and infrastructure space has made it a logical choice for borrowers and lenders involved in international projects with a UAE law component.” Legal 500, 2013
“Valeria Lysenko is ‘one of the finest minds in the UAE’.” Legal 500, 2013
“Hadef & Partners has a strong national presence, and acts for a diverse international and local banking clientele. The group has cultivated finance expertise covering corporate, infrastructure and project, ship and Islamic finance. The bilingual team offers services in English and Arabic and is especially renowned for its regulatory and financial services expertise.”
Chambers Global, 2012
Clients say Hadef & Partners “understands our business better than other law firms and their advice is clear, high in quality and has great added value.”
Chambers Global, 2012
“Hadef & Partners attracts praise for its ‘high level of professionalism’, making it a go-to firm for local law matters in project, asset and Islamic finance.”
Legal 500, 2012