Corporate and Commercial

 We advise on all aspects of corporate and commercial legal services while also maintaining our focus on our clients’ overall business objectives in structuring and negotiating transactions. Our clients benefit from our deep understanding of our region’s business and legal environment to make informed decisions for their business.Understanding the clients’ specific business and applying our in-depth expertise and know how is critical to our success.

Our corporate and commercial legal services include advising clients on the following areas:

  1. Corporate structures and business restructuring
  2. Business formation on mainland, free zones and offshore.
  3. Mergers and acquisitions (buy-side or sell-side)
  4. Joint ventures and private equity
  5. Legal due diligence
  6. Share & asset purchase agreements
  7. Shareholders & joint venture agreements
  8. Foreign direct investment (FDI)
  9. Capital markets and initial public offerings (IPOs)
  10. Franchise and licensing agreements
  11. Sale of goods & services agreements
  12. Commercial agency and distribution agreements
  13. Employment law and employment agreements
  14. Corporate governance
  15. SMEs and family businesses
  16. Sports sponsorship and media broadcasting rights
  17. Intellectual property rights (IP)
  18. Data protection and cybersecurity

Dispute Resolution

 Our goal is to effectively manage client risk and resolve disputes pursuant to our client’s strategic interests be it through negotiation, mediation, litigation or arbitration.  We can also advise clients and represent them in case expert meetings  as well as offer dispute  mediation, adjudication and reconciliation services.

Our dispute resolution services include advising clients on the following areas:

  1. Negotiation and mediation services
  2. Adjudication and conciliation services
  3. Settlement agreements
  4. Total discharge arrangements
  5. Court litigation and enforcement of awards
  6. Arbitration
  7. Real estate, construction and project disputes
  8. Shipping, logistics and insurance disputes
  9. Civil and commercial disputes
  10. Banking and financial disputes
  11. Employment disputes

Banking, Finance and FinTech

We provide advice to lenders and borrowers on all aspects of structuring, negotiating and documenting conventional and Islamic finance transactions. We advise on Islamic finance transactions that involve a wide variety of structuring including: Ijara, Murabaha, Tawaruq, Mudaraba, Salam, Musharaka, Istisna’a, Wakala, Wa’ad, Sukuk and Takaful.

Technological innovation in the financial services arena is creating market opportunities to drive growth while enabling both financial institutions and FinTech focused technology providers to deliver their services more effectively. We also advise clients on fintech, smart payment systems and e-commerce as well as crowdfunding and peer to peer financing.

Our Banking and Finance practice provides advice to clients in the following areas:

  1. Conventional finance
  2. Islamic finance
  3. Investment funds and structure
  4. Asset finance
  5. Real estate and project finance
  6. Financial regulation and compliance
  7. Trade and export finance
  8. Trade receivable finance
  9. Debt restructuring and standstill arrangements
  10. Insolvency and bankruptcy
  11. Crowdfunding
  12. Cryptocurrencies and initial coin offerings (ICO)
  13. Peer-to-Peer (P2P) debt and equity financing
  14. Online and mobile payment services
  15. E-commerce, smart contracts & blockchain

Real Estate & Construction

We offer advice to our clients on residential, commercial and mixed-use developments, including retail, leisure, hospitality, and office developments. We also advise on corporate structuring for real-estate projects, land and real-estate acquisitions, asset management, disposals and leasing.

Our Real Estate and Construction practice provides advice to clients in the following areas:

  1. Property sale and purchase agreements (ready and off plan)
  2. Land acquisition and development agreements
  3. Hotel & resort development and management agreements
  4. Residential, commercial, and retail leasing agreements
  5. Property reservation contracts
  6. Property management agreements
  7. Project construction agreements