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Middle East

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 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 40 years the Dubai office, along with our office in Abu Dhabi, has 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.

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News & insights

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Publications: 25 MARCH 2021

Joint venture funds in the Middle East market: a model of collaborative investing

We are seeing increasing interest in joint venture funds in the Middle East region as a model of collaborative investing as investor types are multiplying and looking globally for investment…

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Publications: 12 MARCH 2021

Great Fund Insights podcast: In conversation with PRI – navigating the ESG landscape in 2021 from a manager and investor perspective

As part of our focus on ESG, Paul Sampson and Eleanor Wells from our Funds & Asset Management practice speak to Peter Dunbar at the Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) in relation to ESG…

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Publications: 26 FEBRUARY 2021

Great Fund Insights podcast: Investing in Saudi Arabia - current and emerging trends for institutional investors

In this podcast, MaameYaa Kwafo-Akoto, senior associate in our Funds & Asset Management practice, speaks with Mazen Al-Jubeir, Private Investor, Chairman of the Jada Fund of Funds and Vice Chairman of…

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News: 27 JANUARY 2021

Global loans transaction rankings for 2020 – A&O again leads the way in EMEA and APAC

Newly released data from Bloomberg and Refinitiv show that in 2020 Allen & Overy was once again the leading adviser in loans transactions across EMEA, and one of the leading advisers in the APAC and…

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Recognition for our work

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The Dubai office of Allen & Overy opened in 1978 and was the firm’s first office outside of London.

Our global coverage

Click on the regions in the map below to find out more about the jurisdictions we cover across the world.

  • 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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Global Experts and Markets

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Our Global Experts and Markets bring together lawyers from across Allen & Overy with significant experience of working on deals in key regions and markets – they support our clients with their business needs across any region by mobilising international teams as well as selecting and maintaining our ties with our chosen relationship law firms. As our network of relationship law firms has grown, we have committed to build an enduring bond that will bring value to them, us and ultimately to our clients. 

Media contact

Amira Alyamani
Amira Alyamani

BD Manager

Dubai

Dubai
  • Allen & Overy LLP

    11th Floor, Burj Daman Building, Al Mustaqbal Street, Dubai International Financial Centre

    Dubai

    PO Box 506678

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