We have been active in the Middle East & North Africa (MENA) region since 1979 when we founded our first associated office in Riyadh (Legal Advisors, Abdulaziz Alajlan & Partners). In 1985 our associated office in Cairo was established (Helmy, Hamza & Partners) followed by Bahrain in 1998, Abu Dhabi in 2009, Doha in 2011, Casablanca in 2012 (Nasrollah & Associés - Baker McKenzie) and Dubai in 2013. In 2014, a second branch of Legal Advisors, Abdulaziz Alajlan & Partners was established in Jeddah to enhance our offering in the Kingdom.

We have over 30 partners and 80 associates who operate as an integrated team, often with colleagues from the Baker McKenzie offices worldwide. Our holistic approach eliminates logistical issues when coordinating international and local counsel, thus resulting in less duplication, enhanced efficiency, lower costs and improved levels of service. Our strategic locations and access to Baker McKenzie's global network of legal resources means we can advise clients on a wide range of international and domestic matters.

Many of our lawyers are fluent Arabic speakers and are qualified to practice in the UK, US and Middle East. We work readily with both English and Arabic documentation in handling all aspects of a transaction or case.

Our Locations

  Bahrain Egypt Morocco
  Qatar Saudi Arabia UAE


Banking & Finance
We advise financial institutions on project finance, pre-export and trade finance, real estate finance, acquisition finance, general corporate finance, aircraft and other asset based finance, and Islamic financing transactions. Our transactions range from short-term unsecured facilities to global banking facilities involving multijurisdictional collateral, several layers of credit (multilateral agencies, senior, mezzanine, subordinated, vendor), and often include Islamic finance structures.

Capital Markets
We regularly advise underwriters, placement agents and issuers on equity and debt capital market transactions. We are recognized for our work in areas ranging from IPOs and secondary offerings, financing corporates, private placements to convertible and debt securities. Our leading practice also provides guidance on financial services regulation.

We represent government agencies and various private entities on all aspects of major construction, engineering and infrastructure projects. We are experienced in dealing with standard local contracts as well as a wide range of project-specific agreements for project delivery approaches.

Our Corporate/M&A lawyers advise clients on domestic and cross-border joint ventures, acquisitions, privatizations, divestitures, financings, mergers, spinoffs, strategic alliances and reorganizations.

2023 Awards

  • Law Firm of the Year (International): LexisNexis Women in Law Awards
  • Infrastructure & Energy Projects Team of the Year: The Oath Middle East Legal Awards
  • Law Firm of the Year: Egypt, Legal 500 MENA Awards
  • Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year: Middle East, ITR EMEA Tax Awards

2022 Awards

  • Law Firm of the Year (International): LexisNexis Women in Law Awards
  • Banking Team of the Year: The Middle East Legal Awards
  • Employment Team of the Year: The Oath Middle East Legal Awards
  • Egypt National Law Firm of the Year: IFLR Middle East Awards
  • Project Finance Deal of the Year (Canal Sugar's USD 700 million project financing): IFLR Middle East Awards
  • Project Finance Team of the Year: IFLR Middle East Awards
  • Best Structured Finance Deal in North Africa: EMEA Finance Achievements Awards 2022