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

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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.
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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.
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Off-site construction technology specialist company

Acting for an off-site construction technology specialist company, lead by a team of leading bathroom pod manufacturing companies in the UK and Scandinavia, on its purchase of kitchen production machinery and equipment from a company in administration for subsequent export to the UAE.
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One of largest automobile distributors in Middle East

Provided advice regarding one of largest automobile distributors in Middle East.
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Private equity fund

Representing a private equity fund with its provision of mezzanine finance for a major structured management buyout in Jordan, Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Lebanon and dealing with the subsequent successful disposal.
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Purchaser

Provided FCPA-related M&A due diligence review for a client purchasing several lines of business from a Fortune 500 company, including business units subject to the terms of DOJ and SEC settlement agreements related to violations of the UN’s Iraq Oil-for-Food program.
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Partner in a large Middle Eastern firm of accountants

Advising a partner in a large Middle Eastern firm of accountants on a claim for breach of the partnership agreement for several million US$, including on ad hoc arbitration.
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Private equity fund

Advised on creation of Middle East Opportunities Real Estate Fund 1 and 2.
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Private equity fund

Advised on structure of Middle Eastern private equity funds.
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Private equity fund

Acted in connection with formation of private equity funds Euromena I and II.
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Lebanese television and media group

Advised Lebanese television and media group on joint venture with Middle Eastern prince.
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Leading global engineering, construction and services company and services company supporting the energy, petrochemicals, government services and civil infrastructure sectors

Represented a leading global engineering, construction and services company supporting the energy, petrochemicals, government services and civil infrastructure sectors in connection with certain project finance issues for its anhydrous ammonia project at the Suez Industrial Area, Gulf of Suez, Egypt.
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Middle Eastern manufacturing company

Advised on Middle Eastern manufacturing operations.
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Middle Eastern client

Advised a Middle Eastern client on the sale of two hotels (circa £15 million) and the purchase of another hotel (circa £70 million), in the west end of London.
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Middle Eastern broker-dealer

Advised on structuring of Middle Eastern broker-dealer.
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Multinational investors

Represented multinational investors with regard to manufacturing of security equipment in Middle East.
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Major aircraft manufacturer

Represented major aircraft manufacturer with regard to aircraft leases in Abu Dhabi.
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Wealthy British-Kuwaiti family

Acted for members of a wealthy British-Kuwaiti family in connection with a claim of fraud related to a substantial inheritance.
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Wealthy British-Kuwaiti family

Advised a wealthy British-Kuwaiti family in a financial dispute with a well known and wealthy South African, and associated companies, alleging fraud.
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UAE clients

Acted for clients in UAE in commercial litigation matters.
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Vassilis Akritidis
Partner
rue des Colonies 56 - box 3
1000 Brussels

T: +32 2 629 42 53
F: +32 2 629 42 22
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Asheesh Das Dr Asheesh Das
Partner
11 Pilgrim Street
London EC4V 6RN
United Kingdom

T: +44 20 7632 1682
F: +44 20 7632 1638
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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
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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
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Adam Greaves Adam Greaves
Partner
11 Pilgrim Street
London EC4V 6RN
United Kingdom

T: +44 20 7632 1649
F: +44 20 7632 1638
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Fredrik Henriksson Fredrik Henriksson
Partner
11 Pilgrim Street
London EC4V 6RN
United Kingdom

T: +44 20 7632 1701
F: +44 20 7632 1638
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Marc Isaacs Marc C. Isaacs
Partner
11 Pilgrim Street
London EC4V 6RN
United Kingdom

T: +44 20 7632 1720
F: +44 20 7632 1638
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Petar Orlic Petar Orlic
Partner
11 Pilgrim Street
London EC4V 6RN
United Kingdom

T: +44 20 7632 1675
F: +44 20 7632 1638
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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
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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
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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
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