Insight
March 2016
Doing Business in the United Arab Emirates
This simple yet comprehensive guide helps companies understand the legal framework and environment for doing business in the UAE.

Overview

Our UAE lawyers work on some of the most significant transactions in the country, such as advising a major shareholder in Dubai construction firm Arabtec on his AED 3.5 billion (US$953 million) sale of a major stake in the business to the Abu Dhabi state fund. We also successfully defended an Asian engineering company in one of the largest litigation cases in UAE history using legal arguments that established new case law.

With over 30 years of experience in the Gulf region, we are the firm of choice for local companies, leading multinationals and financial institutions because of our unmatched legal and commercial knowledge of the local market. Our Chairman, Dr. Habib Al Mulla, drafted many of Dubai's modern legislative structures and created the concept of financial free zones in the UAE, becoming the architect of the legal framework that established the Dubai International Financial Centre.

Named Middle East "Regulatory and Investigations Team of the Year" by Corporate Counsel and "Consumer M&A Legal Advisor of the Year" by Mergermarket in 2016, our multidisciplinary team of more than 60 lawyers has particular experience in the food and beverage, retail/luxury brands, hospitality and hotels, real estate, construction and education sectors. Our long-standing relationships with the government, ministries and family-owned companies, along with our fluency in Arabic and English enable us to leverage our global network to help clients achieve their local and cross-border objectives.

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Offices

Abu Dhabi

Level 8, Al Sila Tower
Abu Dhabi Global Market Square
Al Maryah Island, P.O. Box 44980
Abu Dhabi
United Arab Emirates
Tel: +971 2 696 1200 Fax: +971 2 676 6477

Dubai

Level 14, O14 Tower
Al Abraj Street
Business Bay, P.O. Box 2268
Dubai
United Arab Emirates
Tel: +971 4 423 0000 Fax: +971 4 447 9777

Dubai - DIFC

Level 3, Tower 1
Al Fattan Currency House
DIFC, P.O. Box 2268
Dubai
United Arab Emirates
Tel: +971 4 423 0005 Fax: +971 4 447 9777

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