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 August 2023
Allen & Overy has advised Aljazira Capital (AJC) as anchor investor on the USD350m Series C investment round of Axiom Space, a Houston-based space company building the world’s first commercial space…
News: 27 July 2023
Allen & Overy (A&O) today announces the appointment of Khalid Garousha as interim global managing partner, effective 1 September 2023, for an eight-month period to 30 April 2024.
Blog Post: 20 July 2023
Summary In June 2023, the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) issued a report addressing the progress made by the UAE in improving its level of compliance with the FATF Standards, since the FATF’s…
News: 06 July 2023
Allen & Overy has advised Hub71, Abu Dhabi’s unique global tech ecosystem, on the development of its incubator investment framework for the intake of the latest cohort of start-ups joining its…
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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