We know our market and are proud to be regularly involved in groundbreaking developments that shape the region’s business environment. Although many of our lawyers have a specialist focus, our collaborative approach ensures that the expertise of the firm as a whole is available to meet the requirements of any transaction or case.
Dubai office managing partner Sadiq Jafar forms an overwhelmingly positive impression on sources and is an important point of contact for many regional clients, particularly in the energy and infrastructure sectors.
Described by client as ‘the wisest counsellor in the region’.
Sadiq Jafar is a key contact for the group, and is also the Dubai office's managing partner. (Capital Markets)
Sadiq Jafar is managing partner of the Dubai office and continues to garner respect for his management skills and extensive local experience. (Corporate/Commercial)
"A bastion of local law expertise, frequently engaged as local counsel on large-scale banking and finance deals or to handle regulatory matters. Notably experienced in the financing of real estate developments and energy projects."
James Farn advises on a wide range of finance deals, notably in the projects and trade sectors. Clients are impressed with his skilful navigation of the local legal environment, saying: "He got the right balance between protecting the rights of the client and being pragmatic."
Sameer Huda plays a key role on many of the firm's M&A deals and maintains strong links with regional companies, as well as receiving instructions as local counsel. His wide-ranging experience includes education, pharmaceuticals and retail.
Sameer Huda is head of the firm's corporate department in Dubai and is popular with clients. One interviewee noted: "He is a self-starter – he'll set to the task as soon as you hand it to him."
Sources find Alan Rodgers a valuable source of UAE law advice on banking and finance deals, saying he is "very useful in shepherding us through the process." He has particular expertise relating to project finance, infrastructure funds and restructurings.
Alan Rodgers is widely respected by clients and peers alike. Sources describe him as "proactive and on the ball from a UAE perspective."
Valeria Lysenko is ‘one of the finest minds in the UAE’.