IFLR's first Middle East awards

Author: | Published: 1 Aug 2006
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Deals of the year


MTN - Investcom

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer – MTN (international and Dubai counsel)
Webber Wentzel Bowens – MTN (South Africa law)
Dewey Ballantine - Investcom

DP World – P&O

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer – P&O
Linklaters – DP World
Clifford Chance – banks

Inchcape Shipping Services

Linklaters – buyer Istithmar
Ashurst – seller Electra Investment
Freshfields - RBS
SJ Berwin – management

Etisalat – Pakistan Telecommunication Company

Norton Rose – Etisalat
Allen & Overy – Government of Pakistan

Dubai International Capital - Doncasters Group

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer - Dubai International Capital
Macfarlanes - Royal Bank of Scotland  
Pinsent Masons - Doncasters Group
Morrison & Foerster - Dubai International Capital (US law)
Ashurst - banks

Debt capital markets

Tabreed sukuk

Allen & Overy – lead managers (English and UAE law)
Linklaters – company (English and UAE law)
Walkers – company (Cayman Islands law)

PCFC Development

Clifford Chance – issuer and Ports Customs & Free Zone Corporation (English and Dubai law)
Denton Wilde Sapte – lead managers (English and Dubai law)

Saudi British Bank

Baker & McKenzie – issuer (English law)
Torki A. Al-Shubaiki in association with Baker McKenzie – issuer (Saudi Arabia law)
Clifford Chance – arranger and dealer (English law)
The Law Firm of Yousef & Mohammed Al-Jadaan - dealer (Saudi Arabia law)

Kuwait Projects Company (Kipco)

Allen & Overy – issuer and guarantor (English law)
Clifford Chance – dealers (English law)
Al Sarraf & Al Ruwayeh – guarantor (Kuwait law)
The Law Offices of Al-Essa & Partners – dealers (Kuwait law)
Walkers – guarantor (Cayman Islands law)

Aabar Sukuk

Denton Wilde Sapte – lead managers (English, Abu Dhabi and UAE law)
Simmons & Simmons – company (English, Abu Dhabi and UAE law)
Maples & Calder – SPV issuer (Cayman Islands law)
Wong Partnership – company (Singapore law)
Rodyk & Davidson – lead managers (Singapore law)

Equity capital markets

Egypt Telecom

Baker & McKenzie – issuer and selling shareholder (US and English law)
Helmy Hamza & Partners – issuer and selling shareholder (Egyptian)
Dewey Ballantine – lead managers (US and English law)
Ibrachy & Dermarkar – lead managers (Egyptian law)

Kingdom Hotels Investments

Allen & Overy – lead managers (US and English law)
Dewey Ballantine – Kingdom Hotel Investments (US and English law)
Maples and Calder – Kingdom Hotel Investments (Cayman Islands law)

Al Baraka Banking Group

Norton Rose - company
Ghellal & Mekerba (Algeria)
Al Mahmood & Zu'bi (Bahrain)
Zaki Hashem and Partners (Egypt)
Obeidat & Freihat (Jordan)
Abousleiman & Partners (Lebanon)
Khan & Associates (Pakistan)
Webber Wentzel Bowens (South Africa)
Omer Abdel Ati (Sudan)
Salaheddine Caid Essebsi (Tunisia)
Taboglu & Ates (Turkey)

Project finance

Greater Equate

Norton Rose – lead arrangers (English and French law)
Al-Essa and Partners – lead arrangers (Kuwait law)
King & Spalding –lead arrangers (US law)
Wong Partnership – lead arrangers (Singapore)
Linklaters – sponsors
International Counsel Bureau – sponsors (Kuwait law)
Ashurst – joint venture company (Petrochemical Industries)

QatarGas 3

White & Case - project sponsors
Allen & Overy - export credit agencies
Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom – lenders
The Law Office of Ahmed Abdel Latif Al-Mohannadi managed by Gebran Majdalany


Allen & Overy – sponsors
Trowers & Hamlins – sponsors
Clifford Chance – Off-taker
The Law Firm of Yousef & Mohammed Al-Jadaan – Off- taker (Saudi)
Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy – lenders
The Alliance in Jeddah – lenders (Saudi)

Sohar Aluminium

Allen & Overy – lead managers
White & Case – company
Trowers & Hamlins
Al Alawi Mansoor Jamal & Co


Clifford Chance – Japan Bank for International Cooperation and the other lenders
The Law Firm of Yousef & Mohammed Al-Jadaan – lenders (Saudi)
White & Case – Saudi Aramco (joint sponsor)
The Law Office of Mohammed Al-Sheikh – Saudi Aramco (Saudi)
Herbert Smith – Sumitomo Chemical (joint sponsor)
Law Office of Dr Mujahid M Al-Sawwaf – Sumitomo Chemical (Saudi)
Norton Rose – contractors

Qatofin / Q-Chem II

White & Case – US Ex-Im bank
Linklaters – lenders
Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom – lenders
Latham & Watkins – sponsors
Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy – sponsors
Sayel M Daher Law Offices - US Ex-Im bank (Qatar)

Egypt LNG Train 2

Shearman & Sterling – Egypt LNG and the project sponsors
Helmy Hamza & Partners – Egypt LNG (Egyptian law)
Slaughter and May – lenders
Al Kamel Law Office – lenders (Egypt)

Teams of the year

Mergers and acquisitions
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
Norton Rose
Allen & Overy

Debt capital markets
Clifford Chance
Allen & Overy
Denton Wilde Sapte

Equity capital markets
Baker & McKenzie
Allen & Overy
Dewey Ballantine
Norton Rose

Project finance
Allen & Overy
White & Case
Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy
Clifford Chance
Latham & Watkins

National winners

Winners will be announced on the night.

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia