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IFLR Middle East Awards 2020: shortlist revealed

All the shortlisted deals, teams, firms and individuals - winners will be announced October 14

IFLR is delighted to reveal the full list of finalists for the 2020 IFLR Middle East awards.

The winners for all the categories below, along with this year's rising stars, national law firms of the year and the lifetime achievement award, will be announced on October 14.

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

In these exceptional circumstances we are unable to host a physical awards ceremony this year but winners will be announced in a virtual presentation, with opportunities to further explore award-winning work in an awards publication and through our podcast series.

Please contact James Murray for further details about our virtual awards at: james.murray@euromoneyasia.com.

Congratulations to all those shortlisted.           


DEALS OF THE YEAR

Debt and equity-linked

Arabian Centres HY sukuk
Clifford Chance
White & Case

GEMS Education HY 
Al Tamimi & Company
Linklaters
Maples Group
Milbank
Walkers
White & Case

GFH Financial Group HY 
Allen & Overy
Hassan Radhi & Associates
Simmons & Simmons
Walkers
Zu’bi & Partners

IsDB sustainable sukuk
Clifford Chance
Dentons

QIB Formosa
Al Tamimi & Company
Clifford Chance
Lee and Li
Linklaters

QIIB Tier 1 capital sukuk
Allen & Overy
Dentons
Maples Group

QNB SOFR issuance
Linklaters
Maples Group

Riyad Bank Tier 2 
Allen & Overy
Khoshaim & Associates
Linklaters
Walkers
Zamakhchary & Co

Equity

Aman REIF REIT IPO
Trowers & Hamlins

Dr Sulaiman Al-Habib Medical Services Group IPO

Abuhimed Alsheikh Alhagbani Law Firm
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
Law Firm of Salah Al-Hejailan

Emirates NBD rights issue
Allen & Overy
Clifford Chance
Matouk Bassiouny & Ibrahim

Fawry IPO
Zaki Hashem & Partners
Zulficar & Partners

Rameda Pharma IPO
Al Tamimi & Company Egypt
Clifford Chance
Matouk Bassiouny & Hennawy
Norton Rose Fulbright

Saudi Aramco IPO
Abuhimed Alsheikh Alhagbani Law Firm 
Khoshaim & Associates
Latham & Watkins
Law Office of Megren M Al-Shaalan
Law Office of Salman M Al-Sudairi
White & Case

M&A

ADNOC - OCI JV
Matouk Bassiouny 
Shearman & Sterling
White & Case

Brookfield Asset Management / Meraas retail assets
Allen & Overy
Clifford Chance
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
Linklaters

Eni and OMV / ADNOC Refining
Ashurst
Cerha Hempel
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton
Linklaters
Schroeder
Shearman & Sterling

Gateway Fund / Tim Hortons
Al Tamimi & Company
King & Spalding

CVC Capital Partners-led consortium / GEMS MENASA
Allen & Overy
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
Gibson Dunn & Crutcher
Maples Group
Milbank
Mourant Ozannes
Walkers

Mediterrania Capital Partners-led consortium / MetaMed
Al Tamimi & Company
Carey Olsen
Covington & Burling
Gibson Dunn & Crutcher
King & Spalding
Matouk Bassiouny
Walkers
Zaki Hashem & Partners
Zu'bi & Partners 

OLX Group - Emerging Markets Property Group merger
Allen & Overy
CMS
Cornelius Lane & Mufti
Doulah & Doulah
Haidermota & Co
Maples Group
Slaughter and May
Walkers

Uber / Careem
Abousleiman & Partners  
AF & R Shehadeh Law Firm
Abuhimed Alsheikh Alhagbani Law Firm 
Al-Ansari & Associates
Al Tamimi & Company
ASAR - Al Ruwayeh & Partners
Bennani & Associés
Confluent Law
DLA Piper
Ferchiou & Associes
Haya Rashed Al Khalifa
Hajji & Associes
Herbert Smith Freehills
Khalifeh & Partners
Kolcuoglu Demirkan Kocakli
Latham & Watkins
Maples Group
Matouk Bassiouny & Hennawy
Morrison & Foerster
Orr Dignam & Co
RIAA Barker Gillette
Slaughter and May
Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati

Project finance

Dammam West Independent Sewage Treatment Plant
Allen & Overy
Baker McKenzie
Covington & Burling
Hatem Abbas Ghazzawi & Co
White & Case

Fujairah F3 power project
Afridi & Angell
Al Tamimi & Company
Herbert Smith Freehills
Norton Rose Fulbright
White & Case

Government of the Sultanate of Oman hospital PPP
Al Busaidy Mansoor Jamal & Co
Baker McKenzie
White & Case

Ibri II photovoltaic (PV) solar independent power project (IPP)
Covington & Burling
Dentons

Maisan Power IPP
Confluent Law Group
JunHe
Milbank
Stephenson Harwood
Vinson & Elkins

Saudi Ports Authority (Mawani) BOT
Dentons
Latham & Watkins
Reed Smith
White & Case

Taweelah Reverse Osmosis Independent Water Plant Project
Al Tamimi & Company
Clifford Chance
Hogan Lovells
Norton Rose Fulbright
White & Case

Restructuring

Amlak Finance 
Allen & Overy
Clifford Chance

Gulf Marine Services
Afridi & Angell
Allen & Overy
Arias
Carey Olsen
Ramon Law

Saudi Arabian Mining Company (Ma’aden)
Allen & Overy
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
Latham & Watkins
White & Case

Domestic

AD Power - TAQA
Allen & Overy
Clifford Chance
White & Case

Abu Dhabi Financial Group / Shuaa Capital

Herbert Smith Freehills
Linklaters

DP World take private 
Allen & Overy
Clifford Chance 
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
Linklaters

Dubai Islamic Bank / Noor Bank
Al Tamimi & Company

Government of Oman local sukuk
Al Busaidy Mansoor Jamal & Co 
Linklaters

Oman Arab Bank / Alizz Islamic Bank
Addleshaw Goddard
Dentons

Rakiza Master Fund
Al Busaidy Mansoor Jamal & Co
Ashurst
Morgan Lewis & Bockius

Saudi Aramco / Saudi Basic Industries Corporation
Abuhimed Alsheikh Alhagbani Law Firm
Clifford Chance
Khoshaim & Associates
Law Office of Megren M Al-Shaalan
White & Case


TEAMS OF THE YEAR

Debt and equity-linked

Al Tamimi & Company
Allen & Overy
Clifford Chance
Dentons
Linklaters
Milbank
Simmons & Simmons
White & Case

Equity

Clifford Chance
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
Khoshaim & Associates
Latham & Watkins
Matouk Bassiouny
Norton Rose Fulbright
White & Case

M&A

Allen & Overy
Clifford Chance
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
Herbert Smith Freehills
Linklaters
Shearman & Sterling
Slaughter and May
White & Case

Project finance

Allen & Overy
Baker McKenzie
Clifford Chance
Covington & Burling
Dentons
Herbert Smith Freehills
Norton Rose Fulbright
White & Case

Restructuring

Allen & Overy
Clifford Chance
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
Latham & Watkins
White & Case


INDIVIDUAL, FIRM AND IN-HOUSE AWARDS

Managing partner of the year

Faraj Ahnish - Hadef & Partners
Pervez Akhtar - Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
Mahmoud Bassiouny - Matouk Bassiouny
Scott Campbell - Linklaters
Andrew Johnston - Addleshaw Goddard
Ian Ingram-Johnson - Allen & Overy
Mohammed Al-Shukairy - Clifford Chance

IFLR Women in Business Law group award

Aamal Al-Abbasi - Newton Legal Group
Mhairi Main Garcia - Dentons
Foutoun Hajjar - Al Tamimi & Company
Justine Jones - HSBC
Judith Kim - Allen & Overy
Reem Al Sayegh - Linklaters

Pro bono firm of the year

Allen & Overy
Badri and Salim El Meouchi Law Firm
Dentons
Squire Patton Boggs
White & Case 

International law firm of the year

Allen & Overy
Clifford Chance
Dentons
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
Herbert Smith Freehills
Latham & Watkins
Linklaters
White & Case

In-house team of the year: investment banks

Citi
EFG Hermes
Emirates MBD
First Abu Dhabi Bank 
Goldman Sachs
HSBC
Standard Chartered Bank

In-house team of the year: corporate

ACWA Power
Emaar
GEMS Education
Investment and Development Office - Government of Ras Al Khaimah
Meraas 
OQ
Saudi Aramco
Shuaa Capital

Islamic bank of the year

Al Rajhli Bank
Dubai Islamic Bank
Kuwait International Bank
Mashreqbank
Qatar International Investment Bank
Riyad Capital
Samba Financial Group
Warba Bank


NATIONAL LAW FIRMS OF THE YEAR

Bahrain

Al Tamimi & Company
ASAR Al Ruwayeh & Partners
Hassan Radhi & Associates
Zu’bi & Partners

Egypt

Al Tamimi & Company
Helmy Hamza & Partners
Matouk Bassiouny & Hennawy
Sarie El Din & Partners
Shalakany Law Firm
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
Safwan Moubaydeen in association with Dentons & Co

Kuwait

Al Tamimi & Company
ASAR - Al Ruwayeh & Partners
Dr Faisal Alfahad & Partners 
International Counsel Bureau
Meysan Partners

Lebanon

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

Oman

Al Busaidy Mansoor Jamal & Co
Nasser Al Habsi & Saif Al Mamari in association with Addleshaw Goddard
Said Al Shahry & Partners
Trowers & Hamlins
Yaqdhan Al Busaidi Law Firm in association with Dentons

Qatar

Al-Ansari & Associates
Al Tamimi & Company in association with Advocate Mohammed Al Marri
Arab Law Bureau
Dentons
Eversheds Sutherland
Sharq Law Firm
Simmons & Simmons

Saudi Arabia

Abuhimed Alsheikh Alhagbani Law Firm
Hatem Abbas Ghazzawi & Co
Khoshaim & Associates
Law Firm of Salah Al-Hejailan
Law Office of Megren M Al-Shaalan
Law Office of Salman M Al-Sudairi

UAE

Afridi & Angell
Al Tamimi & Company
Hadef & Partners
Matouk Bassiouny & Ibrahim
Karm Legal Consultants

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