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IFLR Middle East Awards 2021: shortlist revealed

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
Simmons & Simmons
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
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
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
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
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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