Clifford Chance triumphs at IFLR’s Middle East awards

Author: IFLR Correspondent | Published: 19 Oct 2016
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Clifford Chance was named international law firm of the year at last night's 11th annual Middle East awards. The firm appeared consistently throughout the practice area categories, taking home three deal of the year awards, and two in the team categories.

The event at the Burj Al Arab in Dubai brought together the best financial and corporate lawyers in the region to celebrate the most innovative deals, teams, firms and individuals over the past 12 months.

Mohammed Al-Jadaan, the chairman of Saudi Arabia's Capital Market Authority, won the lifetime achievement award for his work over the years at his namesake firm, Al Jadaan & Partners.

Freshfields' Pervez Akhtar took home the managing partner of the year award after a stellar 12 months for the firm, which also won M&A team of the year for the second time running.

The IFLR Women in Business Law award went to National Bank of Abu Dhabi's legal and compliance managing director Louise Flanagan for her outstanding work on the bank's ongoing merger with First Gulf Bank.

Congratulations to all the winners. The full list is below.

Lifetime Achievement Award

Mohammed Al-Jadaan, Saudi Arabia Capital Market Authority

Deals of the Year

Debt & equity-linked

Boubyan Bank sukuk
Al Tamimi & Company
Allen & Overy
Meysan Partners


Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank rights issue
Latham & Watkins


Commercial International Bank/Citi Egypt consumer & retail
Clifford Chance
Matouk Bassiouny
Zulficar & Partners

Project finance

Facility D IWPP
Allen & Overy
Arab Law Bureau
Shearman & Sterling
Simmons & Simmons


Clifford Chance
Norton Rose Fulbright
Pinsent Masons


ADNIC mandatory convertible bonds
Clifford Chance
Hadef & Partners

Teams of the Year

Debt & equity-linked

Allen & Overy


Clifford Chance


Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Project finance

White & Case


Clifford Chance

National Winners


Zu'bi & Partners


Matouk Bassiouny


T&S Associates


Ali Sharif Zu'bi Advocates & Legal Consultants


ASAR-Al Ruwayeh & Partners


Badri & Salim El Meouchi


Al Busaidy Mansoor Jamal & Co


Allen & Overy

Saudi Arabia

Clifford Chance


Al Tamimi & Company

Individual Winners

Managing partner of the year

Pervez Akhtar, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

IFLR Women in Business Law award

Louise Flanagan, National Bank of Abu Dhabi

Individual rising star

Charbel Abou Charaf, White & Case

Bank and Firm Awards

In-house team of the year

Standard Chartered

Islamic bank of the year

Dubai Islamic Bank

Pro bono firm of the year

White & Case

Rising star of the year

Tribonian Law Advisors

International firm of the year

Clifford Chance




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