IFLR Middle East Awards 2018: winners revealed

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Clifford Chance was named international law firm of the year at the 2018 Middle East Awards last night. The event took place at the Burj Al Arab in Dubai and also featured its first ever female Lifetime Achievement Award winner, Egypt’s Mona Zulficar.

Among the success stories of the night were Clifford Chance. The firm had roles on the winning deals in the debt and equity-linked and restructuring categories, while its debt and equity-linked and project finance teams both picked up coveted team of the year awards. Allen & Overy also had a great night, appearing on every winning deal and going home with the equity team of the year award.

King & Spalding beat a competitive field to win M&A team of the year, partly off the back of its work in KCA Deutag’s acquisition of Dalma Energy, which won M&A deal of the year. The restructuring team of the year nod went to Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer for its work in the restructuring of Drydocks World and OSN.

Al Tamimi & Company appeared on two winning deals and won most innovative national firm of the year for Iraq, Qatar and the UAE. Linklaters, Shearman & Sterling and Latham & Watkins also has a strong presence throughout the ceremony. 

The event celebrated the most innovative legal work over the past 12 months across six categories and the firms and teams behind it. It also recognised several individuals, not least Mona Zulficar, of Zulficar & Partners in Egypt. 

Mona was introduced to the stage by Shearman & Sterling regional managing partner Marwan Elaraby for the Lifetime Achievement Award. She was the first recipient of the award from Egypt, and the award reflected a lifetime of influential and innovative work in the corporate finance and regulatory practices, as well as impressive achievements in other fields.

Lubna Qassim, who recently left Emirates NBD, won the Women in Business Law Award, while rising stars from Allen & Overy, Clifford Chance, Al Tamimi & Company and Shalakany Law Firm were recognised. Managing partner of the year went to Bader El-Jeaan, from Kuwaiti firm Meysan Partners. 

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

Click here for photos of the event and here for the full write up on the deals and teams.


LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD


Mona Zulficar – Zulficar & Partners


DEALS OF THE YEAR

Debt and equity-linked

Qatar Islamic Bank collateralised murabaha financing
Al Tamimi & Co
Allen & Overy
Clifford Chance
Maples and Calder

Equity

ADNOC Distribution IPO
Al Tamimi & Co
Allen & Overy
Shearman & Sterling

M&A

KCA Deutag / Dalma Energy
Allen & Overy
Al Busaidy Mansoor Jamal & Co
King & Spalding
Koshaim & Associates
Latham & Watkins

Project finance

Dubai International Airport and Al Maktoum International Airport financing
Allen & Overy
Linklaters

Restructuring

Drydocks World
Allen & Overy
Clifford Chance
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
Linklaters

Domestic

Ma’aden Phosphate Company domestic sukuk
Allen & Overy
Khoshaim & Associates
Latham & Watkins
Law Office of Salman M Al-Sudairi
Maples and Calder


TEAMS OF THE YEAR

Debt and equity-linked

Clifford chance

Equity

Allen & Overy

M&A

King & Spalding

Project finance

Clifford Chance

Restructuring

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer


NATIONAL WINNERS

Bahrain

Hassan Radhi & Associates

Egypt

Sharkawy & Sarhan

Iraq

Al Tamimi & Company

Jordan

Khalifeh & Partners

Kuwait

ASAR – Al Ruwayeh & Partners

Lebanon

Abousleiman & Partners

Oman

Dentons

Qatar

Al Tamimi & Company

Saudi Arabia

Abuhimed Al Sheikh Al Hagbani Law Firm

UAE

Al Tamimi & Company

INDIVIDUAL WINNERS

Managing partner of the year

Bader El-Jeaan – Meysan Partners

IFLR Women in Business Law award

Lubna Qassim

Rising stars

Adam Banks – Allen & Overy
Zeina Al Nabih – Al Tamimi & Company
Nicola Reader – Clifford Chance
Omar Sherif – Shalakany Law Firm


BANK AND FIRM AWARDS

International firm of the year

Clifford Chance

In-house team of the year

HSBC

Islamic bank of the year

Qatar Islamic Bank

Pro bono law firm of the year

Dentons

Rising star law firm

Sharq Law Firm

 


 

 

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