IFLR Middle East awards 2019: shortlist announced

Author: IFLR Correspondent | Published: 15 Aug 2019
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International Financial Law Review is pleased to announce the full shortlist for the 2019 IFLR Middle East Awards.

The winners of these categories, plus national law firms of the year, rising stars and lifetime achievement award will be announced at the annual dinner at the Burj Al Arab in Dubai, Wednesday October 16.

The law firms listed on each deal are based on preliminary research and submissions. If your firm advised on one of these deals but is not listed, please email james.wilson@legalmediagroup.com.

Photos from the sold out event in 2018 can be seen here and the official book of the night, with in-depth analysis of all the shortlisted teams and deals from 2018 can be downloaded here

Booking details can be seen here. To reserve your table at the October ceremony, please contact Liam Sharkey on lsharkey@iflr.com or call +44 207 779 8384.

Deals of the year

Debt and equity-linked

ADIB AT1 Capital sukuk issuance
Allen & Overy
Linklaters
Maples Group

ASMA Capital Partners / Brooge Petroleum and Gas convertible notes
Al Tamimi & Company
Herbert Smith Freehills
Hogan Lovells

Emirate of Sharjah sukuk and tender-and-switch
Clifford Chance
Dechert
Maples Group

Emirates Development Bank debt programme and issuance
Allen & Overy
Clifford Chance

NMC Healthcare sukuk
Allen & Overy
Linklaters
Maples Group

Saudi Aramco bond
Allen & Overy
Latham & Watkins
Law Firm of AlSalloum and AlToaimi|
The Law Office of Salman M Al-Sudairi
White & Case

Saudi Telecom Company trust certificate programme and issuance
Abuhimed Alsheikh Alhagbani Law Firm
Allen & Overy
Clifford Chance
Khoshaim & Associates
Maples Group

Tabreed sukuk
Allen & Overy
White & Case

Equity

Arabian Centres Company IPO
Abuhimed I Alsheikh Alhagbani Law Firm
Baker McKenzie
Clifford Chance
Legal Advisors Abdulaziz Al-Ajlan & Partners

BLME share repurchase
Al Tamimi & Company
Travers Smith

Cairo for Investment and Real Estate Development IPO
Gide Loyrette Nouel
Nour & Partners
White & Case
Zulficar & Partners

Finablr IPO
Linklaters
Matouk Bassiouny & Ibrahim
White & Case

Leejam Fitness IPO
White & Case

Network International IPO
Allen & Overy
Al Tamimi & Company
Clifford Chance
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
Gibson Dunn & Crutcher

M&A

ADNOC - KKR and BlackRock
Milbank
Trowers & Hamlins
White & Case

KDB Infrastructure Investments Asset Management Company / Mubadala's social infrastructure platform
Bae Kim & Lee
Clifford Chance
Herbert Smith Freehills

NESR / Gulf Energy and NPS
Al Busaidy Mansoor Jamal & Co
Clyde & Co
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
Looper Goodwine
Ogier
Shearman & Sterling
Vinson & Elkins

Saudi Aramco - Total / Sahel
Allen & Overy
Dentons
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
Khoshaim & Associates
The Law Firm of Wael A Alissa
The Law Firm of Salah Al-Hejailan

Tenaris / Saudi Steel Pipe Company
Abuhimed Alsheikh & Alhagbani Law Firm
Clifford Chance

The Rise Fund Management and TPG / Abraaj Healthcare Funds
Aelex
Al Tamimi & Company
Anjarwalla & Khanna
BLC Robert & Associates
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton
Debevoise & Plimpton
Dechert
Kabraji & Talibuddin
Maples Group
Mohamed Abdulla Lawyers and Legal Consultants
Stephenson Harwood Middle East

United Energy Group/ Kuwait Energy
Allen & Overy
ASAR - Al Ruwayeh & Partners
Confluent Law Group
Maples Group
Mourant
Shalakany Law Office
Slaughter and May
The Law Office of Bader Saud Al Bader and Partners

Project finance

Al Hamriya IPP
Allen & Overy
Al Tamimi & Company
Clifford Chance
Linklaters

Bahrain Petroleum Company refinery expansion
Allen & Overy
Linklaters
Shearman & Sterling

Dumat Al Jandal Wind IPP
Allen & Overy
Baker McKenzie
DLA Piper
King & Spalding

Duqm Refinery
Al Busaidy Mansoor Jamal & Co
Allen & Overy
Ashurst
Dentons
International Counsel Bureau
Latham & Watkins

Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park Phase IV
Allen & Overy
Al Tamimi & Company
Ashurst
Covington & Burling
Pinsent Masons

Sharjah waste-to-energy project
Clifford Chance
Herbert Smith Freehills
Pinsent Masons
Shearman & Sterling

Sharqiyah IWP
Al Busaidy Mansoor Jamal & Co
Clifford Chance
Hogan Lovells

Shuqaiq 3 IWP
Abuhimed Alsheikh Alhagbani Law Firm
Ashurst
Clifford Chance
Law Firm Hassan Mahassni

Restructuring

Dana Gas restructuring
Allen & Overy
Al Tamimi & Company
Latham & Watkins
Maples Group
Norton Rose Fulbright
Squire Patton Boggs

Dubai International Capital
Allen & Overy
Clifford Chance
Jones Day
Linklaters

Interserve Bahrain – RMD Kwikform
Akin Gump
Allen & Overy
ASAR - Al Ruwayeh & Partners
Ashurst
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
Gateley
Hogan Lovells
Simmons & Simmons
Zu'bi & Partners

NewBridge Pharmaceuticals
Al Tamimi & Company
Jones Day
Walkers

Domestic

Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank, Union National Bank and Al Hilal Bank merger
Allen & Overy
AZB & Partners
Clifford Chance
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
Kinstellar
Zulficar & Partners

Abu Dhabi National Hotels Company / five hotels from Emaar Properties
Al Tamimi & Company
Linklaters

Alawwal Bank / The Saudi British Bank (SABB)
Abuhimed Alsheikh & Alhagbani Law Firm
Allen & Overy
Baker McKenzie
Clifford Chance
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
Khoshaim & Associates
Legal Advisors Abdulaziz Al-Ajlan & Partners
Linklaters
Shearman & Sterling
Slaughter and May

Farabi Yanbu Petrochemicals Company petrochemicals and derivatives complex
Law Firm of AlSalloum and AlToaimi
Linklaters
White & Case
Zamakhchary & Co

Petroleum Development Oman (PDO) - Nibras Software spin off
Al Busaidy Mansoor Jamal & Co

Qatar Aluminium Manufacturing Company IPO
Sharq Law Firm

Saudi International Petrochemical Company / Sahara Petrochemical Company merger
Abuhimed Alsheikh & Alhagbani Law Firm
Allen & Overy
Clifford Chance
Khoshaim & Associates
Latham & Watkins

Saudi Real Estate refinance sukuk
Allen & Overy
Khoshaim & Associates
Law Firm of AlSalloum and AlToaimi
White & Case

Teams of the year

Debt and equity-linked

Allen & Overy
Clifford Chance
Dechert
Dentons
Herbert Smith Freehills
Latham & Watkins
Linklaters
White & Case

Equity

Allen & Overy
Al Tamimi & Company
Baker McKenzie
Clifford Chance
Linklaters
White & Case

M&A

Allen & Overy
Baker McKenzie
Clifford Chance
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
Herbert Smith Freehills
Linklaters
Shearman & Sterling
White & Case

Project finance

Allen & Overy
Ashurst
Clifford Chance
Hogan Lovells
Latham & Watkins
Linklaters
Shearman & Sterling
White & Case

Restructuring

Allen & Overy
Al Tamimi & Company
Clifford Chance
Linklaters

National law firm of the year


Bahrain

ASAR - Al Ruwayeh & Partners
Hassan Radhi & Associates
Haya Rashed Al Khalifa
Zu’bi & Partners Attorneys & Legal Consultants

Egypt

Helmy Hamza & Partners
Matouk Bassiouny & Hennawy
Shalakany Law Office
Sharkawy & Sarhan
Zaki Hashem & Partners
Zulficar & Partners

Iraq

Al Tamimi & Company
Confluent Law Group
Hannouche Associates

Jordan

Al Tamimi & Company
Ali Sharif Zu'bi Advocates & Legal Consultants
Khalifeh & Partners
Obeidat & Freihat

Kuwait

Al Hossam Legal 
ASAR - Al Ruwayeh & Partners
Bader Saud Al-Bader & Partners
International Counsel Bureau
Meysan Partners
Yaqoub Yousef Al-Munayae - Al Tamimi & Company

Lebanon

Abou Jaoude & Associates Law Firm
Abousleiman & Partners
Alem & Associates
Badri and Salim El Meouchi Law Firm

Oman

Al Busaidy Mansoor Jamal & Co
Al Tamimi & Company
CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang
Nasser Al Habsi & Saif Al Mamari in association with Addleshaw Goddard
S&A Law Firm in association with Dentons
Trowers & Hamlins

Qatar

Al Tamimi & Company in association with Advocate Mohammed Al-Marri
Sharq Law Firm
Simmons & Simmons

Saudi Arabia

Abuhimed Alsheikh Alhagbani Law Firm 
Khoshaim & Associates 
Law Firm of AlSalloum and AlToaimi
Legal Advisors Abdulaziz I Al-Ajlan & Partners

UAE

Al Tamimi & Company
Hadef & Partners
Matouk Bassiouny & Ibrahim


Individual, firm and bank awards

Managing partner of the year

Fahad Abuhimed – Abuhimed Alsheikh Alhagbani Law Firm
Mahmoud Bassiouny – Matouk Bassiouny
Scott Campbell - Linklaters
Husam Hourani – Al Tamimi & Company
Ian Ingram-Johnson – Allen & Overy
Doug Peel – White & Case

IFLR Women in business law

Shihana Alazzaz – Public Investment Fund
Rindala Beydoun – BonelliErede Middle East
Judith Kim – Allen & Overy
Anneliese Reinhold – Du
Andrea Tithecott – Al Tamimi & Company

WIBL Hall of fame past winners: Lubna Qassim (2018), Caroline Kehoe (2017), Louise Flanagan (2016), Debbie Walker (2015, 2014), Roberta Calarese (2013)

Pro bono firm of the year

Badri and Salim El Meouchi Law Firm
Clifford Chance
Dentons
Shalakany Law Office
White & Case
Winston & Strawn

International law firm of the year

Allen & Overy
Baker McKenzie
Clifford Chance
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
Latham & Watkins
Linklaters
Shearman & Sterling
White & Case

In-house team of the year

Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank
Emirates NBD Bank
First Abu Dhabi Bank
Goldman Sachs
HSBC
Natixis
JP Morgan
Standard Chartered Bank

Islamic bank of the year

Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank
Boubyan Bank
Dubai Islamic Bank
Kuwait International Bank
Samba Financial Group
Sharjah Islamic Bank