Middle East awards celebrates night of firsts

Author: IFLR Correspondent | Published: 24 Oct 2013
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The winners of IFLR’s eighth annual Middle East awards were revealed during a lavish ceremony last night.

In the impressive surrounds of the Burj Al Arab, the region’s finest lawyers gathered to celebrate the legal innovation for which the Middle East is renowned.

Allen & Overy took home the prestigious International Law Firm of the Year award, as well as winning accolades for its M&A and project finance teams. The firm was a worthy winner after a record-breaking year that saw the regional powerhouse win mandates on numerous high-profile deals.

Among Allen & Overy’s many highlights – and there have been lots – was the Emirates Airline sukuk, OCI NV’s public takeover for Orascom Construction Industries, and the Dana Gas restructuring.

Latham & Watkins was also celebrating a successful night as it scooped the fiercely contested award for debt and equity-linked team of the year. Latham’s roles on four of the shortlisted deals in the category highlight its growing presence in the region and secured its win this year.

Linklaters took equity team of the year, having advised Al Noor Hospitals on its initial public offering (IPO), the first premium listing of a local UAE business on the London Stock Exchange. The firm is also commended for its work on the Asiacell listing, a hugely challenging emerging market IPO that was recognised on the shortlist for its innovation.

Restructuring team of the year went to Clifford Chance. A long-time market-leader in the region, the firm dominated the category, playing key roles on an impressive four of the five shortlisted restructuring deals.

Standard Chartered was likewise celebrating as it scooped in-house bank team of the year. This year’s expanded awards also saw Roberta Calarese, chief legal officer at the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) Authority, take home the inaugural female lawyer of the year award. Jeff Singer, also of the DIFCA, was presented with the regulatory contribution award.

The full list of winners is available below. For more information please contact Gemma Varriale at gvarriale@euromoneyplc.com

DEALS OF THE YEAR

Debt and equity-linked

Emirates Airline sukuk
Allen & Overy
Linklaters
Walkers Global

Equity

Dallah Healthcare IPO
Al Fahad Law
Al-Jadaan & Partners
Clifford Chance

M&A

OCI public takeover of Orascom Construction Industries
Allen & Overy
Debevoise & Plimpton
NautaDutilh
Sarie Eldin & Partners
Zaki Hashem & Partners
Zulficar & Partners

Project finance

Sadara Integrated Chemicals project
Allen & Overy
Dr Waleed N Al-Nuwaiser
Hatem Abbas Ghazzawi
Law Office of Abdulaziz H Fahad
Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy
Shearman & Sterling
White & Case
Zeyad S Koshaim Law Firm

Restructuring

Dana Gas restructuring
Allen & Overy
Al Tamimi & Company
ASAR – Al Ruwayeh & Partners
Bedell Cristin
Hadef & Partners
Hassan Radhi & Associates
Helmy Hamza & Partners
Latham & Watkins
Lex Carribean
Linklaters
Maples and Calder
Shalakany Law Office
Walkers Global
Zu’bi Partners

TEAMS OF THE YEAR

Debt and equity-linked
Latham & Watkins

Equity
Linklaters

M&A
Allen & Overy

Project finance
Allen & Overy

Restructuring
Clifford Chance

IN-HOUSE TEAM: BANK
Standard Chartered

IN-HOUSE TEAM: CORPORATE
The Emirates Group

MANAGING PARTNER OF THE YEAR
Husam Hourani, Al Tamimi & Company

ISLAMIC BANK OF THE YEAR
Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank

PRO BONO LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR
Latham & Watkins

FEMALE LAWYER OF THE YEAR
Roberta Calarese, DIFC Authority

REGULATORY CONTRIBUTION
Jeff Singer, DIFC Authority

INTERNATIONAL FIRM OF THE YEAR
Allen & Overy

NATIONAL FIRMS OF THE YEAR

Algeria
Gide Loyrette Nouel

Bahrain
Hassan Radhi & Associates

Egypt
Helmy Hamza & Partners - Baker & McKenzie

Iran
Atieh Associates

Iraq
Al Tamimi & Company

Jordan
Ali Sharif Zu’bi Advocates & Legal Consultants

Kuwait
ASAR – Al Ruwayeh & Partners

Lebanon
Badri & Salim El Meouchi

Morocco
Naciri & Associes

Oman
Al Busaidy Mansoor Jamal & Co

Qatar
Hassan Al Khater Law Office

Saudi Arabia
Al Jadaan & Partners

Tunisia
Adly Bellagha & Associates

UAE
Al Tamimi & Company