We have been present in Abu Dhabi since 2011 and our office there is led by Nicholas Edwards (Partner, Corporate/M&A). Our presence in the UAE capital has been an invaluable contributor to our regional success and has greatly enhanced our international legal offering.

With over 40 years’ experience in the Middle East, we continue to advise a strong client base of government organisations, financial institutions and international and regional publicly and privately-owned businesses; acting on complex, high-profile transactions throughout the region, including in the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait, Iraq, Bahrain, Oman, Jordan, Lebanon and Egypt. 

Our in-depth regional and commercial knowledge in the UAE is founded on a detailed understanding of local markets and legal regimes. This local expertise, coupled with the strength of our technical abilities and access to the resources of our global network, allows our team to provide the highest quality advice to our clients on their strategic and most challenging transactions. We have built long-lasting relationships with key clients throughout the Emirate.

Linklaters is acknowledged as a market leader for, amongst others, corporate/M&A, banking, energy & infrastructure, capital markets and Islamic finance transactions. The firm’s track record includes acting on some of the most significant and innovative deals in Abu Dhabi and the wider region.

Multi-jurisdictional coverage

From our offices in Dubai and Abu Dhabi we cover transactions across the GCC, Africa, CEE and South Asia. The Middle Eastern practice works closely with our offices in all key financial centres including London, Singapore, New York and Hong Kong. We are well known for our ability to service the largest multi-jurisdictional transactions by deploying integrated, cross-practice teams from across our global network.

Middle East Coverage Map

Pioneering advice

We are one of the few firms in the region capable of advising on leading cross-border transactions, and our clients regularly instruct us on their most complex deals.

Highlights of our regional experience includes advising: