IFLR Middle East Awards 2021: shortlist revealed

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All the shortlisted deals, teams, firms and individuals – winners will be announced at the awards ceremony in Dubai on October 27

IFLR is delighted to reveal the full shortlist list for the Middle East Awards 2021.

The winners for all the categories shortlisted below will be announced in Dubai on October 27, along with this year’s rising stars and the recipients of the in-house ESG and tech innovation awards, as well as the Lifetime Achievement award winner.

The law firms listed on each deal are based on preliminary research. If your firm advised on one of the deals but is not listed, please contact awards editor Sophie Astles.

We will be announcing the winners of this year’s awards at a live ceremony at the Mandarin Oriental in Dubai on Wednesday October 27 2021.

To book your place at the awards ceremony, or to find out more about commercial opportunities surrounding the awards, please contact Liam Sharkey.

Congratulations to all those shortlisted!


DEALS OF THE YEAR

Debt and equity-linked

Arab Republic of Egypt green bonds

Al Tamimi & Company

Dechert

Linklaters

Zaki Hashem & Partners

DP World hybrid sukuk

Clifford Chance

Maples Group

White & Case

Etihad Airways ESG issuance

Allen & Overy

Clifford Chance

Maples Group

Khaleeji Commercial Bank Additional Tier 1 Sukuk

Allen & Overy

Dentons

Hassan Radhi & Associates

Walkers

Zu'bi & Partners Attorneys & Legal Consultants

KIB Tier 2 sukuk

ASAR - Al Ruwayeh and Partners

Dentons

International Counsel Bureau

Linklaters

National Commercial Bank AT1 Sukuk

Abuhimed Alsheikh Alhagbani Law Firm in cooperation with Clifford Chance

Clifford Chance

Linklaters

Maples Group

Z&Co

Nogaholding sukuk programme and issuance 

Allen & Overy

Hassan Radhi & Associates

Latham & Watkins

Zu'bi & Partners

Saudi Aramco multi-tranche sukuk

Latham & Watkins

Law Office of Salman M Al-Sudairi in cooperation with Latham & Watkins

White & Case

Domestic

Edge Group / Ammroc

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld

Hogan Lovells

KFH securitisation programme

Al Tamimi & Company

Meraas / DXB Entertainments

Allen & Overy

Clifford Chance

Linklaters

IN’P – Ibrahim and Partners

NCB - Samba merger

Abuhimed Alsheikh Alhagbani Law Firm in cooperation with Clifford Chance

Clifford Chance

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Khoshaim & Associates

White & Case

Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Saudi Electricity Company mudaraba-based perpetual subordinated instrument

Abuhimed Alsheikh Alhagbani Law Firm in cooperation with Clifford Chance

Baker McKenzie

Clifford Chance

Legal Advisers Abdulaziz I Al-Ajlan & Partners in association with Baker & McKenzie

Red Sea Development green financing

Allen & Overy

Khoshaim & Associates

Law Office of Megren M Al Shaalan in cooperation with White & Case

White & Case

Sharjah Covid Response Sukuk

Clifford Chance

Maples Group

Taif ISTP Project

Abuhimed Alsheikh Alhagbani Law Firm in cooperation with Clifford Chance

Clifford Chance

Pinsent Masons


Equity

ADNOC accelerated book build equity offering and exchangeable bond

Allen & Overy

Shearman & Sterling

BinDawood IPO

Abdulazuz Alajlan & Partners

Baker McKenzie

White & Case

Investcorp Series E preference shares

Hassan Radhi & Associates

Linklaters

White & Case

Zu'bi & Partners Attorneys & Legal Consultants

Natwest/Santander accelerated bookbuild

Allen & Overy

Khoshaim & Associates

Latham & Watkins

Yalla Group IPO

Al Tamimi & Company

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton

Conyers

Hadef & Partners

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett

M&A

CDC/Adwia Pharma

Matouk Bassiouny & Hennawy

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co

Zaki Hashem & Partners

EIG-led consortium - Aramco Oil Pipelines JV

Abuhimed Alsheikh Alhagbani Law Firm in cooperation with Clifford Chance

Allen & Overy 

Ashurst Clifford Chance

Latham & Watkins

Law Office of Megren M Al Shaalan in cooperation with White & Case

White & Case


 

First Abu Dhabi / Bank Audi Egypt

Dechert

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Matouk Bassiouny & Hennawy

Zulficar & Partners

Helios / Oman Telecoms towers

AMJ - Al Busaidy Mansoor Jamal & Co

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Latham & Watkins

Innovative Energy / ADES International

Allen & Overy

Ashurst

Hill Dickinson

United Arab Chemical Carriers - United Overseas Group merger

BSA Ahmad Bin Hezeem & Associates

Kramer Levin

Morgan Lewis

Stephenson Harwood

Watson Farley & Williams

White & Case

Western Union / stc Pay

CMS

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

King & Spalding

Project Finance

2GW Al Dhafra PV2

Clifford Chance

Norton Rose Fulbright

White & Case

Al Kharsaah Solar IPP

Allen & Overy

Bracewell

Clifford Chance

DLA Piper

Cairo Monorail

Ashurst

White & Case

Zaki Hashem & Partners

DEWA V 900MW PV IPP

Al Tamimi & Company

Covington & Burling

Norton Rose Fulbright

Trowers & Hamlin

Rabigh 300MW solar IPP

AlDhabaan & Partners in association with Eversheds Sutherland

Bracewell

Derayah

DLA Piper

Eversheds Sutherland

Pinsent Masons

White & Case

Umm Al Hayman Wastewater Treatment Project

Al Tamimi & Company

ASAR - Al Ruwayeh and Partners

Covington & Burling

Hogan Lovells

Norton Rose Fulbright

The Law Office of Bader Saud Al-Bader & Partners

Warsan Waste-to-Energy Project

Allen & Overy

Ashurst

Covington & Burling

Squire Patton Boggs

Restructuring

Aayan debt restructuring

ASAR - Al Ruwayeh and Partners

Nader Al Awadhi Law Firm

Cimic Group restructuring and exit

BSA Ahmad Bin Hezeem & Associates

Dentons

Fetchr restructuring

Al Tamimi & Company

Campbells

Gunderson Dettmer

Latham & Watkins

Fresenius / Eugin Group

Allen & Overy

Brigard & Urrutia

Bruun & Hjejle

DLA Piper

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Kirkland & Ellis

KPMG Argentina

KPMG Latvia

Lindahl

Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan

Toledo & Marchetti

NMC Healthcare funding facility

Clifford Chance

Global Advocacy and Legal Counsel

Kirkland & Ellis

Milbank

Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan

Weil Gotshal & Manges

Sadara debt restructuring

Allen & Overy

Derayah

DLA Piper

Khoshaim & Associates

Milbank

Shearman & Sterling

White & Case


TEAMS OF THE YEAR

Debt and Equity-linked

Al Tamimi & Company

Allen & Overy

Clifford Chance

Dechert

Dentons

Latham & Watkins

Linklaters

White & Case

Equity

Al Tamimi & Company

Allen & Overy

Baker McKenzie

Latham & Watkins

Linklaters

Shearman & Sterling

White & Case

M&A

Allen & Overy

Ashurst

Clifford Chance

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

King & Spalding

Latham & Watkins

Matouk Bassiouny

White & Case

Project Finance

Allen & Overy

Bracewell

Clifford Chance

Covington & Burling

DLA Piper

Norton Rose Fulbright

Pinsent Masons

White & Case

Restructuring

Al Tamimi & Company

Allen & Overy

Clifford Chance

Linklaters

Milbank

Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan


NATIONAL LAW FIRMS OF THE YEAR

Bahrain

Al Tamimi & Company

ASAR - Al Ruwayeh and Partners

Hassan Radhi & Associates

Zu'bi & Partners Attorneys & Legal Consultants

Egypt

Al Tamimi & Company

Helmy Hamza & Partners

Ibrachy Legal Consultancy

Matouk Bassiouny & Hennawy

Shalakany Law Firm

Zaki Hashem & Partners

Zulficar & Partners

Iraq

Airut Law Offices

Al Tamimi & Company

Confluent Law Group

Jordan

Ali Sharif Zu’bi Advocates & Legal Consultants

Al Tamimi & Company

Khalifeh & Partners

Osama Sukkari & Associates

Kuwait

ASAR - Al Ruwayeh and Partners

Al Tamimi & Company

International Counsel Bureau

Meysan Partners

Nader Al Awadhi Law Firm

The Law Office of Bader Saud Al Bader and Partners

Lebanon

Abou Jaoude & Associates

Abousleiman & Partners

Airut Law Offices

Alem & Associates

Badri and Salim El Meouchi Law Firm

Eptalex-Aziz Torbey Law Firm

Oman

AMJ - Al Busaidy Mansoor Jamal & Co

CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang

Nasser Al Habsi & Saif Al Mamari Law Firm in association with Addleshaw Goddard

SASLO

Yaqdhan Al Busaidi Law Firm in association with Dentons

Qatar

Al-Ansari & Associates

Al Tamimi & Company in association with Advocate Mohammed Al Marri

Baker McKenzie

Dentons

Sharq Law Firm

White & Case

Saudi Arabia

Abuhimed Alsheikh Alhagbani Law Firm in cooperation with Clifford Chance

Al Tamimi & Company

Derayah

Khoshaim & Associates

The Law Office of Salman Al-Sudairi in cooperation with Latham & Watkins

Law Office of Megren M Al Shaalan in cooperation with White & Case

United Arab Emirates

Al Tamimi & Company

Baker McKenzie Habib Al Mulla

BSA Ahmad Bin Hezeem & Associates

Hadef & Partners

KARM Legal Consultants


REGIONAL AWARDS

International Law Firm of the Year

Allen & Overy

Clifford Chance

Dentons

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Latham & Watkins

Linklaters

Norton Rose Fulbright

White & Case

Pro bono Firm of the Year

Badri and Salim El Meouchi Law Firm

Baker McKenzie

Dentons

Khalifeh & Partners

Meysan Partners

In-house Team of the Year: Corporate

Abu Dhabi Department of Energy

ACWA Power

Al Jomaih Energy & Water Company

Etihad Airways

Emirates Water and Electricity Company

Saudi Aramco

Saudi Telecoms Company

TAQA

In-house Team of the Year: Investment Bank

Barclays

Citi

Crédit Agricole

Goldman Sachs

HSBC

JPMorgan

MUFG

Standard Chartered

In-house Team of the Year: Regional Bank

Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank

Emirates NBD Capital

First Abu Dhabi

Gulf International Bank

Saudi National Bank

Riyad Bank

Islamic Bank of the year

Alizz Islamic Bank

Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank

Al-Rajhi Bank

Dubai Islamic Bank

Emirates Islamic Bank

Khaleeji Commercial Bank

Mashreqbank

Sharjah Islamic Bank


INDIVIDUAL AWARDS

Managing partner of the year

Pervez Akhtar - Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Mohammed Al-Shukairy - Clifford Chance

Mahmoud Fadlallah - Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld

Andrew Johnston - Addleshaw Goddard

Zeyad Khoshaim - Khoshaim & Associates

Doug Peel - White & Case

Catherine Workman - Pinsent Masons

Women Dealmakers Hall of Fame

Mariam Auda - Matouk Bassiouny

Sadaf Buchanan - Dentons

Cheuk-Yin Cheung - Clifford Chance

Justine Jones - HSBC

Katherine Hahm - Emirates Global Aluminium

Annaliese Reinhold - du

Laura Thomson – Emirates Water and Electricity Company

Women Dealmakers Hall of Fame past winners: Judith Kim (2020), Shihana Alazzaz (2019), Lubna Qassim (2018), Caroline Kehoe (2017), Louise Flanagan (2016), Debbie Walker (2015, 2014), Roberta Calarese (2013)

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