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, and Casablanca in 2012 (Nasrollah & Associés - Baker McKenzie). In 2013, Baker McKenzie merged with leading UAE firm, Habib Al Mulla, marking the firm's arrival in Dubai. 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 130 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. Tapping into a unique blend of local and international experience, we help clients navigate complex issues with ease. Many of our lawyers are fluent Arabic speakers and are qualified to practice in the UK, US and Middle East.

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.


 


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.

Construction
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.

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

Dispute Resolution
We have represented and advised clients in relation to disputes throughout the MENA region by assisting in strategic dispute analysis, litigation, arbitration and alternative dispute resolution. We have full rights of audience before all UAE courts, free zone authorities and tribunals and frequently advise on complex cross border disputes, including international arbitrations and commercial litigation, working closely with our other offices to provide a seamless multijurisdictional service.

2021 Awards

  • Arbitration Law Firm of the Year (2021): ALB Middle East Law Awards
  • Debt Market Deal of the Year (2021): Government of Egypt's Sovereign Deal - ALB Middle East Law Awards
  • Real Estate Law Firm of the Year (2021): USD 5 billion monetization of ADNOC's real estate portfolio - Chambers Middle East Awards
  • Banking & Finance Law Firm of the Year (2021): Egypt - Chambers Middle East Awards

2020 Awards

  • Corporate Team of the Year (2020): Arabian Centres Company IPO - The Middle East Legal Awards
  • Real Estate Team of the Year (2020): SAR 12 billion Makkah Real Estate Development Fund - The Middle East Legal Awards
  • Arbitration Team of the Year (2020): The Middle East Legal Awards

2019 Awards

  • Corporate Team of the Year (2019): Alawwal Bank Merger - The Middle East Legal Awards
  • Infrastructure & Energy Projects Team of the Year (2019): DEWA Solar - The Middle East Legal Awards
  • Financial Services M&A Legal Adviser of the Year (2019): Alawwal Bank Merger - Mergermarket Middle East M&A Awards
  • GCC Tax Firm of the Year (2019): ITR European Tax Awards
  • Equity Deal of the Year (2019): Arabian Centres Company IPO - IFLR Middle East Awards
  • Domestic Deal of the Year (2019): Alawwal Bank Merger - IFLR Middle East Awards
  • Equity Team of the Year (2019): Arabian Centres Company IPO - IFLR Middle East Awards
  • Corporate & Finance Law Firm of the Year (2019): Egypt - Chambers Middle East Awards

2018 Awards

  • Financial Services M&A Legal Adviser of the Year (2018): Investors USD 1.12 billion acquisition of a stake in Arab Bank Group - Mergermarket Middle East M&A Awards
  • Regulatory & Investigations Team of the Year (2018): The Middle East Legal Awards Consumer M&A
  • Legal Adviser of the Year (2018): Al Faisaliah Group Holding USD 539 million sale of Al Safi Danone - Mergermarket Middle East M&A Awards
  • Global Multilateral Deal of the Year (2018): Egypt Solar - Project Finance International (PFI) Awards Middle East and Africa
  • Renewables Deal of the Year (2018): DEWA Solar - Project Finance International (PFI) Awards

2017 Awards

  • Litigation Team of the Year (2017): The Middle East Legal Awards TMT M&A
  • Legal Adviser of the Year (2017): Rakuten Inc. investment in Careem Networks - Mergermarket Middle East M&A Awards