Allen & Overy triumphs at IFLR Middle East Awards

Author: IFLR Correspondent | Published: 16 Oct 2014
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Allen & Overy was named international firm of the year at last night’s ninth annual IFLR Middle East Awards. The firm also won debt and equity-linked and project finance team of the year, as well as appearing on two winning deals.

The ceremony, hosted at Dubai’s Burj Al Arab, celebrated the most innovative deals and firms from the last 12 months.

Magic circle firm Clifford Chance enjoyed a successful night too, winning restructuring team and Saudi Arabia firm of the year. Clifford Chance partner Debbie Walker was also named female lawyer of the year.

For the second year running, Standard Chartered won in-house team of the year, and Al Tamimi & Company’s Husam Hourani was announced as managing partner of the year.

IFLR also introduced a new category for the 2014 awards. The rising star law firm of the year recognises innovative firms that have been in the market for five years or less. Shariah-compliant law firm Agha & Co took home the award this year.

Elsewhere, Linklaters won M&A team of the year. Al Busaidy Mansoor Jamal & Co was named equity team after an impressive year.

Congratulations to all the night’s winners, the full list is below. For more information, please contact Gemma Varriale at gvarriale@euromoneyplc.com

DEALS OF THE YEAR

Debt and equity-linked

GEMS corporate hybrid sukuk
Allen & Overy
Linklaters
Maples & Calder

Equity

Emirates Reit IPO
Herbert Smith Freehills
K&L Gates

M&A

Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank acquisition of Barclays' UAE retail banking assets
Al Tamimi & Company
Latham & Watkins
Linklaters

Project finance

Az-Zour North IWPP
Allen & Overy
Al Tamimi & Company
ASAR - Al Ruwayeh & Partners
Chadbourne & Parke
Clifford Chance
Dentons
Latham & Watkins

Restructuring

Dubai Holdings Investments Group
Clifford Chance
Conyers Dill & Pearman
Maples and Calder
Norton Rose Fulbright


Domestic

Sale of Barwa real estate assets
Al-Ansari & Associates
White & Case

TEAMS OF THE YEAR

Debt and equity-linked
Allen & Overy

Equity

Al Busaidy Mansoor Jamal & Co

M&A
Linklaters

Project finance
Allen & Overy

Restructuring
Clifford Chance

IN-HOUSE TEAM
Standard Chartered

MANAGING PARTNER OF THE YEAR
Husam Hourani, Al Tamimi & Company

ISLAMIC BANK OF THE YEAR
Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank


PRO BONO LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR
Gibson Dunn & Crutcher

FEMALE LAWYER OF THE YEAR
Debbie Walker, Clifford Chance

RISING STAR LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR
Agha & Co

INTERNATIONAL FIRM OF THE YEAR
Allen & Overy

NATIONAL FIRMS OF THE YEAR

Bahrain
Zu’bi & Partners

Egypt
Matouk Bassiouny

Jordan
Al Tamimi & Company

Kuwait
ASAR – Al Ruwayeh & Partners

Lebanon
Badri and Salim El Meouchi

Oman
Al Busaidy Mansoor Jamal & Co

Qatar
Arab Law Bureau

Saudi Arabia
Clifford Chance

UAE
Al Tamimi & Company