THE FIRM The team at Allen & Overy continues to demonstrate exceptional capabilities in handling market-leading and multi-jurisdictional transactions. Recent highlights include representing Aldar Properties in multiple transactions, including the AED16.8 billion sale of a central market development souk in Abu Dhabi to the Abu Dhabi government. The team demonstrated its cross-border expertise in advising Levant Capital on a joint venture to acquire a controlling stake in Saudi supermarket chain Al Raya. The team is also very active on transactions concerning Qatar and Oman, earning recognition in these important jurisdictions.
Sources say: “We've done fantastic work with them. They are a key ally of ours and they have been fantastic.”
KEY INDIVIDUALS Dubai-based Khalid Garousha is recognised for his corporate and equity capital markets expertise, and has a “well-deserved reputation for pragmatism.” Peers praise his diligence and awareness of the local market.
Ibrahim Mubaydeen is lauded by clients and peers alike for his unsurpassed grasp of the Abu Dhabi market, where he heads the office. “He is the number-one lawyer in Abu Dhabi,” enthused one client.
Duncan Macnab is a prominent member of the Dubai team and is highly regarded for his expertise in a broad range of practice areas, including projects, M&A and general commercial law.
“A great guy and a great lawyer,” Simon Roderick is regarded as something of an institution at the practice for his years of experience in the country. He is praised for his combination of transactional and contentious experience.
Andrew Schoorlemmer is the Dubai-based head of the Middle East corporate team, and frequently represents high-profile clients such as News Corporation and Nomura International.
Abu Dhabi-based rising star Nicholas Stuart is popular with clients for his responsiveness and pragmatic approach to negotiations.