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.
News and insights
News: 23 January 2023
Allen & Overy has advised the Abu Dhabi Investment Office (ADIO) and the Department of Municipalities and Transport (DMT) in Abu Dhabi in relation to Phase 2 of its Road Lighting public-private…
Publications: 09 December 2022
We expect these four markets to be a nexus for M&A activity in the months to come. And while the primary drivers are different, they all share a common trait – a relative openness to foreign…
Publications: 01 December 2022
The next podcast in the Channel Islands series of Selecting your Fund Domicile focuses on topical fund trends in Jersey and features Sophie Reguengo, a Jersey based partner at Ogier.
News: 29 November 2022
Allen & Overy has advised Abu Dhabi Ports Group on its acquisition of Spanish logistics firm Noatum for AED2.5 billion (USD681 million). The acquisition propels AD Ports Group to one of the most…
Recognition for our work
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
A&O met all of our expectations by providing sterling legal advice supported by many innovative solutions.
Chambers Global 2022 (Middle East)
The firm is one of the top players in every facet of financial and corporate work in the UAE.
IFLR1000 2022 UAE
Outstanding firm with a robust footprint in the Middle East.
Chamber Global 2022 (United Arab Emirates)
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We are at the top end of the market – as evidenced by advising on all ground-breaking ‘big-ticket’ deals across the UAE and wider Middle East.
Our global coverage
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