dcsimg Middle East and North Africa

Middle East and North Africa

With more than 30 lawyers and consultants in our Middle East and North Africa group, our International practice has extensive experience of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), which includes the following countries: Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates and Yemen.

A number of our lawyers, consultants and staff interested in these countries speak Arabic, Aramaic, Farsi, French and Spanish. Firmwide our lawyers, consultants and staff speak more than 40 languages. Our ties in the region are enhanced through close collaboration with Saudi Arabian firm Badr Alarishi, based in Jeddah, with whom we have a non-exclusive cooperation agreement. We also collaborate with other firms, including fellow members of legal networks LNI and Lex Mundi.

Overview

McGuireWoods is active in the MENA region, where we have represented clients in both non-contentious and contentious matters from numerous Arabic-speaking countries throughout the Arabic MENA. We have worked extensively in the oil and gas, power generation, manufacturing, financial and private equity sectors throughout the MENA region. We continue to work closely with regional governments and key royal families.

Historically, our work has focused on private equity and joint venture transactions. In that capacity we have advised our clients in the US and UK on major real estate transactions involving the UAE, Lebanon and elsewhere. We have represented financial institutions and investors holding positions in local real estate and developments in Dubai, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Lebanon.

We have also represented local and foreign financial institutions in the MENA, particularly in the UAE, Qatar, Oman and Saudi Arabia, on the local regulations and legal aspects of doing business in the region. We have advised on a range of Islamic financing matters, as well as aircraft and equipment leases, purchases and Western-style financings in the region. Two of our partners advised the first Qatari private equity fund in the first ever proceedings before the Qatar Financial Center Civil and Commercial Court in a dispute involving common law, codified law and Sharia law issues.

Our private equity work has included energy, alternative energy, floating domains, hospitality, high-tech, security, health, hospital and pharmaceutical, luxury brand distribution and protection, franchising (including advising a leading high-end retail brand on franchise and distribution agreements in Kuwait, UAE and Saudi Arabia), licensing and food security. We have also advised on Human Rights and corporate social responsibility issues affecting the region, the US Office of Foreign Asset Control (OFAC), the UK Bribery Act and US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) issues.

In North Africa, our work has focused primarily on the financial, real estate, resort development and natural resource sectors.

CONTACTS

Mehboob R. Dossa Partner T: +44 20 7632 1627
Adam Greaves Partner T: +44 20 7632 1649
Safet Metjahic Partner T: +1 212 548 7034
Philip J. Newhouse Partner T: +44 20 7632 1677
Results 1-20 of 44
Show All

RESULTS DEPEND ON A VARIETY OF FACTORS UNIQUE TO EACH CASE. PRIOR RESULTS DO NOT GUARANTEE OR PREDICT A SIMILAR OUTCOME.

Representative Matter

Saudi Arabian steel producer

Assisting one of the leading companies in Saudi Arabia in its effort to reacquire the assets and business of a steel producing mini mill from the Administrators of the Company.
Representative Matter

Buyer

Advised a UK buyer on the purchase of a group of residential and nursing homes which was financed through an istisna’a and Ijara structure.
Representative Matter

Borrower

Advised a borrower on an aborted Sharia compliant debt funding of approximately US$5bn by a consortium of Middle East investors.
Representative Matter

Borrowers

Advised “borrowers”/”purchasers” in a series of Morobaha funded wholesale purchase of diamonds for Indian diamond manufacturers in the first reported Morobaha case before the English Commercial Court (the court decided that the transaction was a loan).
Representative Matter

Borrowers/purchasers

Advised “borrowers”/“purchasers” in a series of Morobaha funded wholesale purchase of diamonds for Indian diamond manufacturers in the first reported Morobaha case before the English Commercial Court (the court decided that the transaction was a loan).
Representative Matter

Chinese interests

Represented Chinese interests relating to aerospace-related manufacturing facilities in Middle East.
Representative Matter

Emirate of Abu Dhabi

Provided advice to Emirate of Abu Dhabi under government contract.
Representative Matter

Estate beneficiaries

Acting for 24 beneficiaries asserting their rights under Sharia law against the estate of Kamal Abdul Rahman, one of founders of Consolidated Contractors Company, the major Middle Eastern construction company.
Representative Matter

European Investment Bank

Advising in the creation of a €100 million private equity fund with the European Investment Bank funding investment in the Middle East and North Africa.
Representative Matter

Firm of specialist translators

Acted for a firm of specialist translators in connection with a contract for services entered into with a Middle East oil corporation, which was prepared in accordance with Sharia law.
Representative Matter

High-net-worth individual

Advised high-net-worth individual in Middle East on his family’s rights against estate of his late father, estimated to be worth $20m, under Sharia law.
Representative Matter

Individual and a number of his companies

Acted for individual and a number of his companies in relation to $250m alleged fraud case brought by Prince Mohamad Bin Fahad Bin Abdul Aziz, involving advice to defendants on terms of worldwide freezing order and on defamation claims against various organs of the media.
Representative Matter

International companies

Advising on significant acquisitions and disposals in Ethiopia, Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Lebanon by clients incorporated in Germany, Portugal and the Netherlands.
Representative Matter

International company

Advised on creation of MENAVEST fund and its funding and finance activities in Dubai and several other countries in region relating to Spinneys and Aramex.
Representative Matter

International company

Assisted with formation of operating companies and transfer of local and international employees in UAE, Jordan.
Representative Matter

Investor

Advising on structured private equity funds to invest in the Middle East; services include structuring, documentation, disposals, financings and real estate advisory services.
Representative Matter

Joint venture

Advising on joint venture to acquire gold and phosphate exploration licenses in Morocco and Gabon.
Representative Matter

Joint venture partners

Advised joint venture partners on the set up of a proposed $300m Middle Eastern Sharia-compliant private equity fund.
Representative Matter

Joint venture partners

Advised joint venture partners on a setting up of an aborted US$300m Middle Eastern Sharia compliant private equity fund.
Representative Matter

Joint venture partners

Represented joint venture partners in first case ever argued before Court of the Qatar Financial Centre.
Results 1-20 of 44
Vassilis Akritidis
Partner
rue des Colonies 56 - box 3
1000 Brussels

T: +32 2 629 42 53
F: +32 2 629 42 22
vCard
Michael H Barker Michael H. Barker
Associate
One James Center
901 East Cary Street
Richmond, VA 23219-4030

T: +1 804 775 1679
F: +1 804 698 4675
vCard
Barry Biggar Barry Peter Biggar
Partner
1345 Avenue of the Americas
7th Floor
New York, NY 10105-0106

T: +1 212 548 7010
F: +1 212 715 6270
vCard
William J Boddy William J. Boddy
Associate
11 Pilgrim Street
London EC4V 6RN
United Kingdom

T: +44 20 7632 1625
F: +44 20 7632 1638
vCard
William J Cook William J. Cook
Partner
77 West Wacker Drive
Suite 4100
Chicago, IL 60601-1818

T: +1 312 750 2750
F: +1 312 698 4536
vCard
Simon J Cox Simon J. Cox
Partner
11 Pilgrim Street
London EC4V 6RN
United Kingdom

T: +44 20 7632 1721
F: +44 20 7632 1638
vCard
Asheesh Das Dr Asheesh Das
Partner
11 Pilgrim Street
London EC4V 6RN
United Kingdom

T: +44 20 7632 1682
F: +44 20 7632 1638
vCard
Mehboob R Dossa Mehboob R. Dossa
Partner
11 Pilgrim Street
London EC4V 6RN
United Kingdom

T: +44 20 7632 1627
F: +44 20 7632 1638
vCard
Coraline Fourniols Coraline F. Fourniols
Associate
11 Pilgrim Street
London EC4V 6RN
United Kingdom

T: +44 20 7632 1645
F: +44 20 7632 1638
vCard
Ryan Giggs Ryan E. Giggs
Associate
JPMorgan Chase Tower
600 Travis Street
Suite 7500
Houston, TX 77002-2906

T: +1 713 353 6682
F: +1 832 214 9936
vCard
Adam Greaves Adam Greaves
Partner
11 Pilgrim Street
London EC4V 6RN
United Kingdom

T: +44 20 7632 1649
F: +44 20 7632 1638
vCard
Marc Isaacs Marc C. Isaacs
Partner
11 Pilgrim Street
London EC4V 6RN
United Kingdom

T: +44 20 7632 1720
F: +44 20 7632 1638
vCard
Joanne Katsantonis Joanne Katsantonis
Partner
One James Center
901 East Cary Street
Richmond, VA 23219-4030

T: +1 804 775 1017
F: +1 804 698 2090
vCard
Mark J Maier Mark J. Maier
Partner
1750 Tysons Boulevard
Suite 1800
Tysons Corner, VA 22102-4215

T: +1 703 712 5135
F: +1 703 712 5296
vCard
Chris Nagel Christian B. Nagel
Senior Counsel
1750 Tysons Boulevard
Suite 1800
Tysons Corner, VA 22102-4215

T: +1 703 712 5470
F: +1 703 712 5185
vCard
Hardeep S Nahal Hardeep S. Nahal
Partner
11 Pilgrim Street
London EC4V 6RN
United Kingdom

T: +44 20 7632 1680
F: +44 20 7632 1638
vCard
Philip J Newhouse Philip J. Newhouse
Partner
11 Pilgrim Street
London EC4V 6RN
United Kingdom

T: +44 20 7632 1677
F: +44 20 7632 1638
vCard
Petar Orlic Petar Orlic
Partner
11 Pilgrim Street
London EC4V 6RN
United Kingdom

T: +44 20 7632 1675
F: +44 20 7632 1638
vCard
Robert B Rakison Robert B. Rakison
Partner
11 Pilgrim Street
London EC4V 6RN
United Kingdom

T: +44 20 7632 1620
F: +44 20 7632 1638
vCard
J. Patrick Rowan J. Patrick Rowan
Partner
2001 K Street N.W.
Suite 400
Washington, DC 20006-1040

T: +1 202 857 1758
F: +1 202 828 3304
vCard
Andrew Thornton-Dibb Andrew P. Thornton-Dibb
Associate
11 Pilgrim Street
London EC4V 6RN
United Kingdom

T: +44 20 7632 1636
F: +44 20 7632 1638
vCard
Paul Van den Bulck Paul Van den Bulck
Partner
rue des Colonies 56 - box 3
1000 Brussels

T: +32 2 629 42 39
F: +32 2 629 42 22
vCard
Results 1-1 of 1
Results 1-1 of 1