IFLR Middle East awards 2015: shortlist announced

Author: IFLR Correspondent | Published: 25 Aug 2015
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The shortlist for IFLR's 2015 Middle East awards has now been announced. For all of the deal and team of the year nominations, please see below.

The winners of national firm of the year categories and the rising star law firm of the year will be announced on the night.

The law firms listed on each deal are based on IFLR's preliminary research and the submissions received. If your firm advised on one of the below, but you are not listed, please email Lizzie Meager on elizabeth.meager@legalmediagroup.com.

The awards will be announced at the annual dinner on October 28 at the Burj Al-Arab in Dubai. To reserve your table, please email Liam Sharkey at lsharkey@iflr.com or call +44 207 779 8384.

DEALS OF THE YEAR

Debt and equity-linked

Agricultural Bank of China RMB-denominated bond
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
Haiwen & Partners
Linklaters

Ahli United AT1 bond
Allen & Overy
Hassan Radhi & Associates
Jalila Sayed Attorneys & Legal Consultants
Slaughter and May

Bank Dhofar AT1 bond
Addleshaw Goddard
Allen & Overy
Dentons

Burgan Bank AT1 bond
Allen & Overy
ASAR - Al Ruwayeh & Partners
Bader Saud Al-Bader & Partners
Dentons
Maples and Calder

Egyptian General Petroleum pre-export financing
Helmy Hamza & Partners
Latham & Watkins
Matouk Bassiouny
Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom

Emirates ECA-backed sukuk
Allen & Overy
Clifford Chance
Hogan Lovells
Maples and Calder
Norton Rose Fulbright

Oman Electricity Transmission Company issuance of $1 billion notes
Al Busaidy Mansoor Jamal & Co
Dechert
Dentons
Walkers

Equity

Damac Properties GDR exchange offer
Afridi & Angell
Herbert Smith Freehills
Latham & Watkins

Dubai Parks & Resorts IPO
Al Tamimi & Company
Allen & Overy
Clifford Chance

Edita Foods IPO
Baker & McKenzie
Helmy Hamza & Partners
Matouk Bassiouny
Shearman & Sterling

Emaar Malls IPO
Al Tamimi & Company
Allen & Overy
Linklaters

Orascom Construction dual listing
Allen & Overy
Latham & Watkins
Zaki Hashem & Partners
Zulficar & Partners

M&A

Abraaj Group and TPG Capital investment into Kudu
Hourani & Associates
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
Vinson & Elkins

BRF acquisition of Al Khan Foodstuff
Al Busaidy Mansoor Jamal & Co
Al Tamimi & Company

Barwa Bank acquisition of a stake in Lusail Golf
Al-Ansari & Associates
Al Tamimi & Company
Arab Law Bureau
Herbert Smith Freehills
Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy

DP World acquisition of Economic Zones World
Clifford Chance
Linklaters

Fajr Capital, Blackstone and Mumtalakat acquisition of minority stake in GEMS
Allen & Overy
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
Gibson Dunn & Crutcher
Maples and Calder

Standard Chartered Private Equity acquisition of a stake in FINE Hygienic
Clifford Chance
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
Linklaters
Rabah & Sharaiha
Walkers

Project finance

Mirfa IWPP
Al Tamimi & Company
Chadbourne & Parke
Hadef & Partners
Linklaters
White & Case

Shams Ma'an
Ashurst
Bracewell & Giuliani
Khalifeh & Partners
Zu'bi & Partners

Sulaibiya waste water
Al Tamimi & Company
Allen & Overy
ASAR - Al Ruwayeh & Partners
Clifford Chance

Sur IWP
Al Busaidy Mansoor Jamal & Co
Clifford Chance
Dentons

Wa'ad Al Shamal
Abdulaziz I Al-Ajlan & Partners
Allen & Overy
Zeyad S Khoshaim Law Firm

Restructuring

Al Jaber
Allen & Overy
Herbert Smith Freehills
Norton Rose Fulbright
Ogier
Walkers

Amlak
Allen & Overy
Clifford Chance

Dubai World
Allen & Overy
Clifford Chance

Gulf Bank Al Mal
Al Tamimi & Company
ASAR - Al Ruwayeh & Partners

Khalid Ahmad Foudeh
BSA Ahmad Bin Hezeem & Associates
Talal Abu-Ghazaleh 

Domestic

Mezzan IPO
ASAR - Al Ruwayeh & Partners

National Commercial Bank of Saudi Basel III AT1 perpetual sukuk
Clifford Chance
Hatem Abbas Ghazzawi & Co
Linklaters

National Commercial Bank of Saudi IPO
Latham & Watkins

Port & Free Zone World refinancing
Allen & Overy
Clifford Chance
Linklaters

Rasameel Structured Finance securitisation
Al Tamimi & Company
Appleby
Foot Anstey

Saudi Ground Services IPO
Clifford Chance
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Warba Bank shariah-compliant auto finance securitisation
Al Tamimi & Company

TEAMS OF THE YEAR


Debt and equity-linked

Al Tamimi & Company
Allen & Overy
Clifford Chance
Dentons
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
Linklaters

Equity
Al Tamimi & Company
Allen & Overy
Clifford Chance
Latham & Watkins
Linklaters

M&A
Al Tamimi & Company
Allen & Overy
Clifford Chance
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
Herbert Smith Freehills
Linklaters

Project finance
Al Busaidy Mansoor Jamal & Co
Al Tamimi & Company
Allen & Overy
Ashurst
Clifford Chance

Restructuring
Al Tamimi & Company
Allen & Overy
Clifford Chance
Herbert Smith Freehills
Norton Rose Fulbright

INDIVIDUAL, BANK AND FIRM AWARDS


Managing partner of the year
Robin Abraham, Clifford Chance
Scott Campbell, Linklaters
Husam Hourani, Al Tamimi & Company
John Matouk, Matouk Bassiouny
Simon Roderick, Allen & Overy

Islamic bank of the year
Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank
Al Rajhi Capital
Dubai Islamic Bank
Warba Bank

In-house team of the year
Barclays
Deutsche Bank
HSBC
JP Morgan
Standard Chartered

Pro bono firm of the year
Badri and Salim El Meouchi Law Firm
Clifford Chance
Clyde & Co
Dechert
Linklaters

Female lawyer of the year
Debbie Barbour, DLA Piper
Judith Kim, Allen & Overy
Erin Miller-Rankin, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
Debbie Walker, Clifford Chance

International firm of the year
Allen & Overy
Clifford Chance
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
Herbert Smith Freehills
Latham & Watkins
Linklaters