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Middle East



Deep local roots

The Dubai office of Allen & Overy opened in 1978 and was the firm’s first office outside of London. Dubai was chosen as a base in the Middle East because it had a strong future as a financial centre and welcomed foreign businesses. Our Regional Managing Partner, Simon Roderick arrived in the region as a young lawyer in 1986 when the Dubai Trade Centre was the tallest building in Dubai and Emirates Airline was less than a year old. He has been privileged to witness the transformation of Dubai from a small town into a leading international centre under the leadership of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.

Our partners have developed deep relationships with a broad base of widely envied clients, both government-related and private sector. Furthermore, we have gained unparalleled experience in relation to the ground-up establishment of mega projects and transactions in the region. 
For over 37 years the Dubai office, along with our offices in Abu Dhabi, Doha and a cooperation office in Riyadh, have thrived together with the economy. Today we are proud to be able to say that we have grown to become the pre-eminent international law firm located in the Middle East, with an unrivalled presence in the region. We can offer you strength and depth that no competitor can match, with top tier legal advice delivered by our on-the-ground team of legal experts.
Independent market recognition was first achieved in 2008 when Chambers Global introduced a Middle East category and Allen & Overy was ranked in Band 1 for our corporate/commercial work. We have remained in Band 1 ever since.

What we can offer you

Our lawyers combine the international expertise gained on high-profile, multi-jurisdictional transactions with deep local roots, the result of many years’ experience in the local Middle East markets where they operate. They advise on some of the most innovative and complex transactions in the region, many of which are market firsts.
Our coverage extends beyond the jurisdictions in which our offices are based into the wider MENASA region. In countries such as Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Pakistan, Tunisia and Yemen, among others; our clients benefit from our lawyers’ deep knowledge of each market’s specific requirements.
Over the years we have also built strong relationships with key government agencies, regulatory bodies and local law firms. Thanks to this combination we are now recognised as the preferred legal adviser to some of the most successful organisations operating in the Middle East, including those expanding overseas and international clients investing in the region.
Whether we are handling corporate, banking, project finance, capital markets, funds and real estate transactions or dispute resolution matters, we use the best of our technical and international expertise and local knowledge to find practical ways to help our clients achieve their business objectives.

Recognition for our work

  • “What makes the firm stand out is the depth of knowledge and the calibre of the lawyers.”  Chambers global 2014
  • “You can just pick up the phone, chew the fat on an issue and get sensible advice. They’ll pull out all the stops and draw in other parts of the network.”  Chambers Global 2015 
  • “Allen & Overy are like an iPhone – very simple to use, but you know there is huge processing power behind the advice.”  CEO, FTSE 250 Company
  • “They have a good international presence and understanding of international and local nuances.” IFLR1000 2014

Simon Roderick

United Arab Emirates SimonRoderick

Ibrahim Mubaydeen

United Arab Emirates IbrahimMubaydeen

Zeyad Khoshaim

Saudi Arabia

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