A&O celebrates regional dominance at Middle East awards

Author: IFLR Correspondent | Published: 29 Oct 2015
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Allen & Overy was the big winner at IFLR’s 2015 Middle East awards, held at the Burj Al Arab in Dubai last night. The firm was named international firm of the year award for the third year running. It also won three out of five team of the year categories and appeared on multiple winning deals.

The night saw 160 market participants come together to celebrate the most innovative deals, teams and firms over the past 12 months.

IFLR also presented its inaugural Middle East lifetime achievement award to Essam Al Tamimi.

Clifford Chance dominated the individual categories, with Robin Abraham and Debbie Walker being named managing partner and female lawyer of the year, respectively.  The firm also scooped project finance deal of the year.

Elsewhere Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer won M&A team of the year, and Meysan Partners won IFLR’s rising star award.

Congratulations to all the night’s winners. For more information contact Lizzie Meager at Elizabeth.meager@legalmediagroup.com

DEALS OF THE YEAR

Debt & equity-linked

Emirates ECA-backed sukuk
Allen & Overy
Clifford Chance
Hogan Lovells
Maples and Calder
Norton Rose Fulbright

Equity

Emaar Malls IPO
Al Tamimi & Company
Allen & Overy
Linklaters

M&A

Fajr Capital, Blackstone and Mumtalakat’s acquisition of a minority stake in GEMS
Allen & Overy
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
Gibson Dunn & Crutcher
Maples and Calder

Project finance

Wa’ad Al Shamal
Abdulaziz I Al-Ajlan & Partners
Allen & Overy 

Restructuring

Deal: Al Jaber
Allen & Overy
Herbert Smith Freehills
Norton Rose Fulbright
Ogier
Walkers

Domestic

Warba Bank shariah-compliant auto finance securitisation
Al Tamimi & Company

 

TEAMS OF THE YEAR

Debt and equity-linked
Allen & Overy 

Equity
Allen & Overy

M&A
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Project finance
Clifford Chance

Restructuring
Allen & Overy

 

NATIONAL FIRMS OF THE YEAR

Bahrain
Zu’bi & Partners

Egypt
Helmy Hamza & Partners

Jordan
Ali Sharif Zu’bi Advocates & Legal Associates

Kuwait
ASAR – Al Ruwayeh & Legal Associates

Lebanon
Badri & Salim El Meouchi Law Firm

Oman
Al Busaidy Mansoor Jamal & Co

Qatar
Al Tamimi & Company

Saudi Arabia
Clifford Chance

UAE
Al Tamimi & Company

 

INDIVIDUAL WINNERS

Lifetime achievement award
Essam Al Tamimi, Al Tamimi & Company 

Managing partner of the year
Robin Abraham, Clifford Chance

Female lawyer of the year
Debbie Walker, Clifford Chance

BANK AND FIRMS OF THE YEAR

In-house team of the year

Standard Chartered

Islamic bank of the year
Dubai Islamic Bank

Pro bono firm of the year
Badri & Salim El Meouchi Law Firm

Rising star firm of the year
Meysan Partners

International firm of the year
Allen & Overy