King and Spalding’s Middle East offices are located in Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Riyadh. These offices are home to a team of internationally qualified lawyers who are consistently recognized by independent directories for being market leaders in their fields of expertise. The Middle East offices are recognized for its in depth knowledge and experience in capital markets, construction, corporate finance, energy, infrastructure projects, Islamic finance, dispute resolution and international arbitration, investment funds, mergers and acquisitions, private equity as well as real estate and hospitality. Some of our practice area credentials include:
Capital Markets: King & Spalding has advised on numerous equity and debt capital markets transactions. King & Spalding has a highly experienced debt capital markets and securitization team with a proven track record in advising and documenting both conventional and Islamic debt capital market securitization products covering both Regulation S and Rule 144A offerings. The well regarded team has been involved in a number of high profile transactions. The team has advised and represented major players in the market including large financial institutions in their roles as lead managers and sovereigns, high profile corporates, supranational entities and financial institutions. The team also has a proven track record in advising on initial public offerings and rights issues on various classes of equity securities covering both Regulation S and Rule 144A offerings.
Construction: King & Spalding has extensive experience in the MENA region assisting clients in negotiating all aspects of large-scale construction projects. Our construction transactional lawyers focus on representing owners and developers, which gives our lawyers an in-depth understanding of the construction market and enables them to avoid potential conflicts of interest with contractors. Many of the team’s lawyers are former engineers and have additional specialist construction qualifications. Many of the team’s lawyers have previously advised contractors. These lawyers bring an acute understanding of the issues that face contractors, which understanding can be invaluable when advising owners/developers in drafting and negotiating construction contracts.
Dispute Resolution and International Arbitration: King & Spalding’s dispute resolution and international arbitration practice is consistently ranked among the best by independent legal surveys. We handle disputes under the rules of all the major international and domestic arbitration centers as well as state courts in the GCC and the wider Middle East and North Africa region. Our experts are recognized for resolving disputes for master developers, sovereigns, financial institutions, and a wide range of multinationals in disputes across various industry sectors, including construction, energy and infrastructure, financial services, and aviation. Members of our team also sit as mediators, adjudicators (or DAB members) or arbitrators. As a result, we have in depth experience of relevant procedures and good case management techniques. More significantly, we know the types of arguments that tribunals find attractive ensuring optimum case presentation for maximum success.
Energy: King & Spalding has an award-winning global Energy practice. Our lawyers offer clients years of experience on major oil and gas, petrochemicals and refining projects and transactions in the UAE, Saudi Arabia and the Middle East as well as internationally. King & Spalding was recently awarded “Energy Advisory Law Firm of the Year” by the Petroleum Economist, and our Middle East lawyers are consistently ranked as leading practitioners in their fields of expertise. Our lawyers are well versed in the regulatory and commercial environment within the energy sector. We have advised on a number of major petrochemicals and refineries projects, including expansion projects, and we are currently working with some of the industry’s most significant entities.
Islamic Finance: King & Spalding has a highly recognized and acclaimed Islamic finance practice, advising on a number of Shari’ah compliant product areas including plain vanilla financing, project financing, real estate finance, investment funds, sukuk issuances and private equity transactions.
Investment Funds: King & Spalding has the leading investment funds practice in the Middle East. Independent legal surveys regularly rank the practice among the top Middle East practices for investment funds work. Our Middle East investment funds practice and our individual Middle East lawyers are highly ranked in numerous categories in Chambers Global and The Legal 500. Since 2011, Chambers Global has ranked King & Spalding in “Band 1” for its Middle East investment funds practice. Additionally, King & Spalding has advised on more funds authorized by the Saudi Arabian CMA than any other international law firm in the Middle East.
Corporate, Mergers & Acquisitions and Private Equity: King & Spalding has a leading corporate, M&A and private equity practice. Chambers Global identified King & Spalding’s Middle East Corporate practice among the “Elite” in its latest guide and has consistently identified the firm’s Middle East Corporate M&A practice among the “Elite” firms in the region. The 2016 editions of both Chambers Global and Legal 500 recognize our leading Saudi Arabian corporate practice. King & Spalding was awarded “Private Equity Law Firm of the Year” by Islamic Finance News in 2014. Our team continues to lead the market on some of the most innovative and precedent-setting deals and structures.
Real Estate and Hospitality: King & Spalding has a market leading real estate and hospitality practice having advised some of the leading master developers in the world. The team’s experience extends to advising on various mixed use developments and the related retail and hotel management agreements. The team has advised on some of the leading landmarks in the Middle East.
King & Spalding’s team of lawyers have been handling client matters throughout the Middle East, Africa, Asia and parts of Europe as well as certain emerging market jurisdictions for more than 30 years.
Chambers Global guide consistently ranks King & Spalding among the top law firms practicing in the Middle East. The firm received high marks in the 2016 edition for practices in the following areas:
- Middle East Corporate/ M&A
- Middle East Investment Funds
- Middle East Projects and Energy
- Middle East Capital Markets
- Middle East Islamic Finance
- Saudi Arabia Corporate/ Commercial
- Saudi Arabia Banking & Finance
- U.A.E. Banking & Finance
- U.A.E. Capital Markets
- U.A.E. Construction
- U.A.E. Corporate/ M&A
- U.A.E. Dispute Resolution
- U.A.E. Real Estate
Our clients include some of the most high-profile oil & gas, energy and power companies, banks and finance houses (both conventional and Islamic), sovereign wealth funds, sovereign states and multinationals.