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Our first Middle East office opened in Dubai in 1978, with our Abu Dhabi office following in 2007. Our UAE practice provides a comprehensive legal service to our clients. We advise large companies, banks and government entities on their commercial and financial activities. Our lawyers are consequently exposed to a very wide variety of high-profile and excellent work and have numerous opportunities to advance their skill-sets.

We are focussed on developing our offering in the UAE by recruiting top calibre lawyers to join the team.

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Practice areas

Corporate and M&A

Corporate and M&A

The UAE offices advise on corporate law, including domestic and regional mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, outward investments by UAE clients, inward investment by international clients and commercial arrangements (such as agency arrangements) for international clients conducting business within the UAE. Our comprehensive M&A advice covers disposals, public and private companies, joint ventures, private investments and takeovers.

Finance

Finance

Our UAE finance practice is one of the leading practices across the Middle East. We advise on all aspects of finance law, including bank finance for both borrowers (both local and international banks), debt capital markets for issuers and managers and all aspects of Islamic financing (including Sukuks).

Litigation, Arbitration and Dispute Resolution

Litigation, Arbitration and Dispute Resolution

Our Litigation lawyers have extensive experience of handling a wide range of disputes throughout the UAE and wider Middle East, across the broad spectrum of industry sectors. Clients benefit from our strong expertise on the ground, as well as the international reach that comes from being and integral part of a global international litigation practice.

Projects

Projects

Our UAE projects group is recognised as “top-tier” in all the major legal directories. We are the market leader in projects and have played an important role in some of the major projects in infrastructure (roads, bridges) and energy (renewables, oil and gas) taking place in the UAE and across the region. We advise a wide range of clients both in the public and the private sectors, including governments, sovereign wealth funds, sponsors, financiers, ECAs and project companies.

Real Estate

Real Estate

Our regional Real Estate practice consists of an integrated team of specialist lawyers spread across our offices in the Middle East. Thanks to our strategic presence in the UAE the team is able to advise clients on all aspects of legal advice across the real estate sector in the region. We have been involved in some of the most pivotal and pioneering work across the region.

Telecommunications, Media and Technology

Telecommunications, Media and Technology

Our Middle East Telecommunications, Media and Technology practice is ranked in Tier 1 by Chambers Global and is widely acknowledged as one of the leading practices in the region. Our dedicated knowledge and hands-on commercial experience enable us to provide our clients with legal services of the highest quality.

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Learning and development

The A&O Business School will provide you with the commercial and personal skills that you need to navigate through an ever-changing business landscape. We offer exceptional professional and personal development, training, mentoring and practical support – all of which will allow you to progress in your career.

The A&O Business School offers a variety of excellent courses relevant to your career stage, with an emphasis on practical skills and business insight, to complement our advanced legal knowledge training. The school also offers a unique opportunity to interact with, and learn from experts, peers and partners and gain valuable insights from the world of business. From cutting-edge content to world-class coaches, our partners work on the design of the courses and act as faculty members to share their experience and expertise.

The A&O Leadership Centre equips our partners with the leadership skills to inspire others, encourage innovation and develop strong and enduring relationships with our clients. The Centre offers a combination of programmes, master classes, personal coaching, mentoring and access to relevant experience and opportunities, so you can tailor your personal development to your own needs and aspirations.

Working environment

Allen & Overy Abu Dhabi is located on the 5th floor of Al Mamoura Building B on Muroor Road. Conveniently removed from the immediate bustle of the city centre, yet still situated near the main commercial centre with easy access out towards the airport and towards Dubai. Beach Rotana is in the bustling tourist club area and backs on to the popular Abu Dhabi mall.

Our Dubai office is in the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC), which is classed as the "financial hub" of Dubai. It is a bustling area with many cafes, restaurants, bars and a gym.It also boasts easy access to Dubai Mall and the Burj Khalifa.

Benefits

We’ll equip you for the future, both yours and ours, whatever it may bring. We believe that enjoyment and satisfaction at work go hand in hand. That’s why we’re proud to offer a competitive and innovative employment package that’s committed to the health, success and well-being of all of our people. The Middle East offices of Allen & Overy offer an attractive and competitive range of benefits.

Our benefits include 30 days holiday, comprehensive medical coverage, group life assurance, subscriptions to professional institutions and the option of career breaks after a certain amount of continuous service.  In addition, we also offer a Rent Loan for Accommodation Pre-prepayment. 

Our locations

  • Europe
  • Africa
  • Asia Pacific
  • Middle East
  • North America
  • Latin America
In addition to countries where we have offices, we also have a number of International Desks advising clients on large scale international transactions in Europe.

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