IFLR’s Middle East Awards 2017: winners revealed

Author: IFLR Correspondent | Published: 18 Oct 2017
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Allen & Overy was named international law firm of the year last night at the IFLR Middle East Awards. The firm appeared on three winning deals and 13 shortlisted deals and took home the coveted team award for its M&A practice.

Two other great success stories of the night were White & Case and Clifford Chance, which between them appeared on all but one of the winning deals. White & Case appeared on 12 shortlisted deals and Clifford Chance, which displayed superb depth in the region, on 11.

Other firms with an impressive showing in the awards included Linklaters, Shearman & Sterling, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Latham & Watkins, Herbert Smith Freehills and Baker McKenzie.

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

After nearly 30 years of commitment to developing Middle East and North Africa's capital markets, Camille Abousleiman, head of international capital markets at Dechert, won the lifetime achievement award. His legacy, which continues to grow, includes a remarkable list of market firsts stretching back to the early 1990s.

White & Case's Doug Peel won the managing partner of the year award after navigating the firm through a potentially tricky 12-month period and significantly increasing its stature in the region. White & Case took won equity team of the year and appeared on three winning deals.

The IFLR Women in Business Law award went to Herbert Smith Freehills' Middle East energy practice head Caroline Kehoe, who while handling complex arbitration cases relating to Iraq and Kurdistan has also tirelessly promoted the role of women in private practice.

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


LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD


Camille Abousleiman – Dechert


DEALS OF THE YEAR

Debt and equity-linked

Kingdom of Saudi Arabia's GMTN programme and issuance
Latham & Watkins
Law Firm of AlSalloum and AlToaimi
Law Office of Salman Al-Sudairi
White & Case

Equity

ADES International Holding IPO
Baker McKenzie
Helmy Hamza & Partners
White & Case

M&A

Adeptio AD Investments / Americana
Al Tamimi & Company
Allen & Overy
ASAR – Al Ruwayeh & Partners
Bader Saud Al-Bader & Partners
Clifford Chance
Gibson Dunn & Crutcher
Latham & Watkins
Linklaters
Sharkawy & Sarhan

Project finance

Barakah nuclear power plant
Baker McKenzie
Herbert Smith Freehills
Millbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy
Peace Crowell
Trowers & Hamlins
White & Case

Restructuring

Adeem Investment and Wealth Management restructuring
Al Markaz Law Firm
Al Tamimi & Company
Allen & Overy
ASAR – Al Ruwayeh & Partners
Carey Olsen
Latham & Watkins
Ogier

Domestic

International Petroleum Investment Company / Mubadala Development Company merger
Al Busaidy Mansoor Jamal & Co
Ali Sharif Zu'bi Advocates & Legal Consultants
Allen & Overy
Clifford Chance
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
Hadef & Partners
Shalakany Law Office


TEAMS OF THE YEAR

Debt and equity-linked

Linklaters

Equity

White & Case

M&A

Allen & Overy

Project finance

Shearman & Sterling

Restructuring

Clifford Chance


NATIONAL WINNERS

Bahrain

Zu'bi & Partners

Egypt

Matouk Bassiouny

Iraq

Al Tamimi & Company

Iran

Atieh Associates

Jordan

Ali Sharif Zu'bi Advocates & Legal Consultants

Kuwait

ASAR – Al Ruwayeh & Partners

Lebanon

Abousleiman & Partners

Oman

Al Busaidy Mansoor Jamal & Co

Qatar

Al Tamimi & Company

Saudi Arabia

Law Firm of AlSalloum and AlToaimi

UAE

Al Tamimi & Company


INDIVIDUAL WINNERS

Managing partner of the year

Doug Peel – White & Case

IFLR Women in business law award

Caroline Kehoe – Herbert Smith Freehills

Individual Rising Star of the Year

Brian Gillespie – Allen & Overy


BANK AND FIRM AWARDS

International firm of the year

Allen & Overy

Rising Star Law Firm

Al Hossam Legal - Kuwait

Pro bono firm of the year

Badri and Salim El Meouchi Law Firm

In-house team of the year

HSBC

Islamic bank of the year

Dubai Islamic Bank

 


 

 

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