IFLR Middle East Awards 2023: Shortlist revealed  
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IFLR Middle East Awards 2023: Shortlist revealed  

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The full shortlist is out and winners will be announced in Dubai on October 17

IFLR is delighted to reveal the full list of nominees for the IFLR Middle East Awards 2023.

The winners for all the categories shortlisted below will be announced at the awards ceremony at the Mandarin Oriental Jumeira, Dubai, Tuesday October 17.

As ever, the categories for Rising Star Lawyers of the Year, Rising Star Law Firm, the in-house Market Maker awards and the IFLR Lifetime Achievement Award do not have shortlists, and winners will be revealed on the night.

IFLR awards focuses exclusively on recognising and celebrating legally innovative deals. The law firms listed on each of the deals shortlisted below are based on preliminary research. If your firm advised on one of the deals but is not listed, please contact James Wilson.

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

Congratulations to all those shortlisted!

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Deals of the Year

  • Debt and equity-linked

    Air Lease Corporation sukuk
    Allen & Overy
    Clifford Chance
    Walkers
    Al Rajhi Banking and Investment sukuk
    Allen & Overy
    Khoshaim & Associates
    Maples Group
    The Law Office of Megren M Al-Shaalan
    White & Case
    Egypt sovereign sukuk
    Adsero – Ragy Soliman & Partners
    Clifford Chance
    Linklaters
    Zaki Hashem & Partners
    Federal UAE dirham treasury sukuk
    Clifford Chance
    Linklaters
    Walkers
    GreenSaif Pipelines Bidco sukuk
    Al Tamimi & Company
    Arendt & Medernach
    Khoshaim & Associates
    Linklaters
    Loyens & Loeff
    Milbank
    Simpson Thacher & Bartlett
    KSA tender offer and issuance
    Allen & Overy
    Khoshaim & Associates
    Linklaters
    Walkers
    Zamakhchary & Co
    Mashreqbank Tier 2 bonds
    Clifford Chance
    Simmons & Simmons
    Tamara BNPL securitisation
    Latham & Watkins
    White & Case
  • Domestic

    ADNOC and TAQA / Masdar
    Allen & Overy
    Clifford Chance
    Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
    Shearman & Sterling
    White & Case
    Al Rajhi Banking Tier 1 sukuk
    AS&H Clifford Chance
    Allen & Overy
    Clifford Chance
    Khoshaim & Associates
    Blom Bank Egypt – Bank ABC Egypt merger
    Zulficar & Partners
    CIRA future flow securitisation
    Zulficar & Partners
    Dukhan Bank direct listing
    K&L Gates
    Maples Group
    Sharq Law Firm
    KIPCO – QPIC merger
    Al-Hossam Legal – Al-Turqi & Partners
    Allen & Overy
    Nakheel financing
    Allen & Overy
    White & Case
    OQIC – Vision Insurance merger
    Addleshaw Goddard
    Al Busaidy Mansoor Jamal & Co
    Nasser Al Habsi & Saif Al Mamari Law Firm in association with Addleshaw Goddard
  • Equity

    Abraj Energy Services IPO
    Allen & Overy
    Linklaters
    MAQ Legal – Al Maamary Al Abri & Co
    Alamar Foods IPO
    Latham & Watkins
    The Law Office of Megren M Al-Shaalan
    The Law Firm of Salman M Al-Sudairi in co-operation with Latham & Watkins
    White & Case
    ADNOC Gas IPO
    Al Tamimi & Company
    Allen & Overy
    Ashurst
    Gibson Dunn & Crutcher
    Herbert Smith Freehills
    King & Spalding
    Americana Restaurants dual listing IPO
    Al Busaidy Mansoor Jamal & Co
    ASAR - Al Ruwayeh & Partners
    AS&H Clifford Chance
    Allen & Overy
    Clifford Chance
    GLA & Company
    IN'P - Ibrahim & Partners
    Khoshaim & Associates
    Dar Global LSE direct listing
    Ashurst
    BDK Advocati
    Dentons
    Garrigues
    Norton Rose Fulbright
    Said Al-Shahry & Partners (SASLO)
    White & Case
    Marafiq IPO
    Abdulaziz I Al-Ajlan & Partners in association with Baker & McKenzie
    AS&H Clifford Chance
    Baker McKenzie
    Clifford Chance
    Khoshaim & Associates
    Salik IPO
    Al Tamimi & Company
    Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
    Shearman & Sterling
  • Loan

    Agility Group
    Clifford Chance
    Meysan Partners
    Rimon Law
    Slaughter & May
    Al Ahli Bank of Kuwait
    Al Tamimi & Company
    Clifford Chance
    International Counsel Bureau
    Al Rajhi Bank green Murabaha
    Hogan Lovells
    Norton Rose Fulbright
    ZS&R Law Firm in Association with Hogan Lovells
    Brookfield / Network financing
    Clifford Chance
    Linklaters
    Oman Air refinancing
    Addleshaw Goddard
    AMJ Al Busaidy Mansoor Jamal & Co
    MAQ Legal – Al Maamary Al Abri & Co
    Nasser Al Habsi & Saif Al Mamari Law Firm in association with Addleshaw Goddard
    Said Al Shahry & Partners (SASLO)
  • M&A

    e& Enterprise – Bespin Global JV
    Ashurst
    Bae Kim & Lee
    Herbert Smith Freehills
    Kim Chang Lee
    King & Spalding
    L&Y Law Office
    ProLegis
    Squire Patton Boggs KSA
    White & Ca
    Hassana and CDPQ – DP World assets
    AS&H Clifford Chance
    Addleshaw Goddard
    Al Tamimi & Company
    Allen & Overy
    Clifford Chance
    Latham & Watkins
    Linklaters
    Kuwait Finance House / Ahli United Bank
    ASAR - Al Ruwayeh & Partners
    Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
    Hassan Radi & Associates
    International Counsel Bureau
    Linklaters
    Meysan Partners
    Newton Legal Group
    Solutions by stc / Giza Systems
    Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
    Matouk Bassiouny & Hennawy
    MHR & Partners in association with White & Case
    White & Case
    StarLink Group – Infinigate Group merger
    Al Tamimi & Company
    Allen & Overy
    ASAR - Al Ruwayeh & Partners
    Hourani & Partners
    Khoshaim & Associates
    Pinsent Masons
    Sharkawy & Sarhan
    Vodacom / Vodafone Egypt
    Adsero – Ragy Soliman & Partners
    Dreny & Partners
    ENS Africa
    Sharkawy & Sarhan
    Webber Wentzel
  • Project Finance

    6th of October Dry Port project
    Adsero – Ragy Soliman & Partners
    Allen & Overy
    Linklaters
    Sarie El Din & Partners
    Sharkawy & Sarhan
    Amunet Wind Farm
    Al Tamimi & Company
    Clifford Chance
    Hadef & Partners
    Helmy Hamza & Partners (member firm of Baker McKenzie)
    JunHe
    LPA-CGR Avocats
    Maples Group
    Milbank
    Nishimura & Asahi
    Momo-o Matsuo & Namba
    Shalakany Law Office
    Toullec Solicitors
    Walkers
    KSA – Egypt Interconnector
    Allen & Overy
    Clifford Chance
    NEOM Green Hydrogen Project
    AS&H Clifford Chance
    Al Tamimi & Company
    Allen & Overy
    Baker Botts
    Clifford Chance
    Covington & Burling
    King & Spalding
    Khoshaim & Associates
    Shearman & Sterling
    The Law Office of Megren M Al-Shaalan
    White & Case
    Neom residential communities
    Allen & Overy
    Bracewell
    Covington & Burling
    DLA Piper
    Gowlings
    Linklaters
    Nexsoma Legal
    Pinsent Masons
    Project Lightning
    Ashurst
    Hadef & Partners
    Milbank
    Norton Rose Fulbright
    Trowers
    White & Case
    Shuaibah-3 IWP Financing
    AS&H Clifford Chance
    Al Tamimi & Company
    Clifford Chance
    Covington & Burling
    DLA Piper
    Norton Rose Fulbright
    Zayed City Schools
    Allen & Overy
    Ashurst
    Pinsent Masons
  • Restructuring

    Azmeel Contracting Company
    King & Spalding
    Latham & Watkins
    Norton Rose Fulbright
    Emirates REIT
    Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld
    Al Tamimi & Company
    Allen & Overy
    Latham & Watkins
    Maples Group
    Gulf Aluminium Rolling Mill
    Baker McKenzie
    Limitless
    AS&H Clifford Chance
    Clifford Chance
    Linklaters
    Meydan Group
    Clifford Chance
    Linklaters

Teams of the Year

  • Debt and equity-linked

    Allen & Overy
    Clifford Chance
    Dentons
    Latham & Watkins
    Linklaters
    Dechert
    Simmons & Simmons
    White & Case
  • Equity

    Allen & Overy
    Ashurst
    Baker McKenzie
    Clifford Chance
    Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
    Linklaters
    Norton Rose Fulbright
    White & Case 
  • Loan

    Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld
    Al Tamimi & Company
    Hogan Lovells
    Baker McKenzie
    Clifford Chance
    Linklaters
    Norton Rose Fulbright
    White & Case
  • M&A

    Allen & Overy
    Ashurst
    Clifford Chance
    Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
    Herbert Smith Freehills
    Linklaters
    Pinsent Masons
    White & Case
  • Project Finance

    Allen & Overy
    Ashurst
    Clifford Chance
    Covington & Burling
    King & Spalding
    Linklaters
    Pinsent Masons
    White & Case
  • Restructuring

    Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld
    Baker McKenzie
    Clifford Chance
    King & Spalding
    Latham & Watkins
    Linklaters 
  • Financial services regulatory

    Allen & Overy
    Baker McKenzie
    Clifford Chance
    Norton Rose Fulbright
    Pinsent Masons
    Simmons & Simmons
    White & Case

National Law Firms of the Year

  • Bahrain

    Al Tamimi & Company
    ASAR - Al Ruwayeh & Partners
    Hassan Radhi & Associates
    Newton Legal Group
    Zu'bi & Partners Attorneys and Legal Consultants
  • Iraq

    Al Tamimi & Company
    Confluent Law Group
    Hannouche Associates
  • Kuwait

    Al Tamimi & Company in association with Omar Khaled Al-Qahtani
    Al-Hossam Legal – Al-Turqi & Partners
    ASAR - Al Ruwayeh & Partners
    GLA & Company
    International Counsel Bureau
    Meysan Partners
  • Oman

    Al Busaidy Mansoor Jamal & Co
    CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang - Al Rashdi Al Juma and Ewing
    Dentons
    MAQ Legal – Al Maamary Al Abri & Co
    Nasser Al Habsi & Saif Al Mamari Law Firm in association with Addleshaw Goddard
    Said Al-Shahry & Partners (SASLO)
  • Saudi Arabia

    Abdulaziz I Al-Ajlan & Partners in association with Baker & McKenzie
    AS&H Clifford Chance
    Khoshaim & Associates
    King & Spalding
    Latham & Watkins (The Law Office of Salman Al-Sudairi)
  • Egypt

    Adsero – Ragy Soliman & Partners
    Dreny & Partners
    Helmy Hamza & Partners (member firm of Baker McKenzie)
    Matouk Bassiouny & Hennawy
    Sarie-Eldin and Partners Legal Advisors
    Sharkawy & Sarhan
    Zaki Hashem & Partners
    Zulficar & Partners
  • Jordan

    Al Tamimi & Company
    Ali Sharif Zu’bi Advocates & Legal Consultants
    Khalifeh & Partners
    Obeidat Law
  • Lebanon

    Abou Jaoude & Associates Law Firm
    Alem & Associates
    Badri and Salim El Meouchi Law Firm
    Chedid Law Offices in association with Dentons
    Eptalex - Aziz Torbey Law Firm
  • Qatar

    Al Tamimi & Company in association with Advocate Mohammed Al-Marri
    Dentons
    Eversheds KSLG
    K&L Gates
    Sharq Law Firm
    Simmons & Simmons
  • United Arab Emirates

    Al Tamimi & Company
    Hadef & Partners
    IN'P - Ibrahim & Partners
    KARM Law Firm

Regional Awards

  • International Law Firm of the Year

    Allen & Overy
    Ashurst
    Baker McKenzie
    Clifford Chance
    Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
    Linklaters
    Norton Rose Fulbright
    White & Case
  • In-House Team of the Year: Corporate

    Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC)
    ACWA Power
    Aldar Properties
    Alghanim Industries
    Americana
    e&
    Etihad Etisalat (Mobily)
    stc
  • In-House Team of the Year: Regional Bank

    Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank
    Bank ABC
    EFG Hermes
    Emirates NBD
    First Abu Dhabi Bank
    Saudi National Bank (SNB)
  • Net Zero Transition Award

    Helmy Hamza & Partners (member firm of Baker McKenzie)
    HSBC
    Standard Chartered
    Stephenson Harwood
  • Rising Star Law Firm of the Year

    GLA & Company
    IN'P - Ibrahim & Partners
    Khodeir and Partners
    MAQ Legal (Al Maamary Al Abri & Co)
    Nexsoma Legal
  • Pro Bono Firm of the Year

    Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld
    Badri and Salim El Meouchi Law Firm
    Galadari Advocates and Legal Consultants
    Morgan Lewis & Bockius
  • In-House Team of the Year: Investment Bank

    Barclays
    Citi
    Goldman Sachs
    HSBC
    SMBC
    Standard Chartered
  • Islamic Bank of the Year

    Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank
    Al Rajhi Banking and Investment Corporation
    Alinma Bank
    Dubai Islamic Bank
    Dukhan Bank
    Kuwait Finance House
    Sharjah Islamic Bank
  • Tech Innovation Award

    Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld
    Allen & Overy
    Etihad Etisalat (Mobily)
    Hammad & Al-Mehdar Law Firm

Individual Awards

  • Managing Partner of the Year

    Ahmed Ibrahim
    IN'P - Ibrahim & Partners
    Bill Nash
    Morgan Lewis & Bockius
    Catherine Workman
    Pinsent Masons
    Chadia El Meouchi
    Badri and Salim El Meouchi Law Firm
    David Charlier
    Ashurst
    Khalid Garousha
    Allen & Overy
    Mohammed Al-Shukairy
    Clifford Chance
    Mohammed Paracha
    Norton Rose Fulbright
    Samer Qudah
    Al Tamimi & Company
  • Women Dealmaker Hall of Fame

    Adjou Ait Ben Idir
    Norton Rose Fulbright
    Brooke Lindsay
    e&
    Catriona McDevitt
    Hadef & Partners
    Christy Wong
    Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC)
    Justine Jones
    HSBC Middle East
    Catherine Workman
    Pinsent Masons
    Lamyaa Gadelhak
    Helmy Hamza & Partners (member firm of Baker McKenzie)

Women Dealmakers Hall of Fame past winners: Nicola Reader (2022), Annaliese Reinhold (2021), 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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