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Al Tamimi & Company in association with Advocate Mohammed Al-Marri

Al Tamimi & Company in association with Advocate Mohammed Al-Marri is recognised for lending work but is active on corporate deals too.

In banking and finance the firms recent deal highlights saw it work for the initial mandated lead arranger of a syndicated loan by Qatar National Bank. The firm secured several notable corporate mandates in the research period too, including advising on several restructurings and working for GE Oil & Gas in relation to a joint venture with Qatar Petroleum.

The firm’s notable clients include HSBC, Al Khaliji Bank, Commercial Bank of Qatar, and Goldman Sachs.

Client feedback

“I was impressed with how organised they are. They are very accurate and efficient, and they provide the best support. They have the best litigation team in Qatar. I am sincerely thankful for this law firm. Everyone in the office is kind and understanding. I definitely recommend this firm.” – Banking, project finance, restructuring 

 

Allen & Overy (Doha office closed July 31, 2019)

Allen & Overy is strong across the board, with expertise in conventional and Islamic lending and debt issues, project finance, and M&A. Banking, oil and gas, and sovereign work are areas in which the firm has significant experience. 

The firm’s recent portfolio of work includes examples of high-end banking, project finance, and M&A work. The banking highlights were a mix of borrower and lender mandates. Notable recent project finance mandates include representing a local lender financing a Turkish infrastructure project, work for a Qatari borrower on financing a development in Indonesia through a cross border facility, and a loan for a military contract, working for the borrower. Other finance work included advising a sovereign wealth fund on a convertible note issued by a financial institution.

M&A highlights included buy and sell side mandates for the Qatar Foundation Endowment, including its trade sale of shares in Bharti Airtel and the acquisition of a 51% stake in Vodafone Qatar. The firm also advised beIN on its acquisition of the Al Jazeera Children Channels by asset transfer. 

Qatar Rail, Commercial Bank, Qatar National Bank, QInvest, Hassad Foods, Qatari Diar, and Al Khalij Commercial Bank are some of the firm’s key clients.

 

Badri and Salim El Meouchi Law Firm

Lebanese firm Badri and Salim El Meouchi Law Firm has an office in Doha which often works in tandem with the firm's head office on real estate projects. 

The firm recently worked on a confidential M&A deal and on several confidential real estate developments.  

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie is recognised for infrastructure development work in Qatar where it has notable experience in transport projects and expertise in construction. 

The firm’s recent deal highlights feature a number of large infrastructure projects where the firm is representing the sponsors. The projects are predominantly related to transport and social infrastructure but it is also working on oil and gas developments. Among the notable projects and mandates are roles for the sponsors and developers of the Doha Metro Green Line.  

Key clients include Saudi Binladin Group, Porr Bau, and Hamad Bin Khalid Contracting.

 

Sharq Law Firm

Sharq Law Firm secures local counsel roles on a range of high-end financial and corporate deals. 

In the research period, notable banking work for the firm included representing several state-controlled businesses as borrowers on negotiating large conventional and Islamic loans.

In the capital markets area, the firm is representing two issuers on planned IPOs and advised on two large bond sales, also working for the issuers. 

In M&A the firm worked on three large deals, mostly on the buy side, in sectors including leisure and media.

Restructuring has been another active area for the firm and it has advised clients in industries including power and education on reorganising.  

Client feedback

“Very responsive and are familiar with local jurisdictions.” – M&A

“Dedicated, understands the local laws, diversified, fast responding and provides creative solutions.” – Banking, capital markets, restructuring 

“Sharq Law Firm is currently representing us on an arbitration. Very solid law firm with in depth knowledge and maneuvering skills to our advantage. Equipped with fantastic lawyers that are representing us in the best manner.”  – Banking, project finance, restructuring

Rashid Al Saad 

"Strong network, understands the local laws. A solution provider."

"Fantastic and diligent."

 

Simmons & Simmons

Simmons and Simmons in Doha is fairly unusual in the context of the market in that’s licensed to advise on Qatari and foreign law. The firm is strong in all areas of financial and corporate work and has banking regulatory expertise. 

Recent deal highlights for the firm include bond transactions by banks (where it had issuer roles), and a significant banking merger and corporate restructuring. The firm is advising International Bank of Qatar on a three-way merger with Masraf Al Rayan and Barwa Bank, representing Vodafone on its Qatari restructuring, and has acted for The Commercial Bank, as issuer, on numerous large bond programmes and issues.

Al Khalij Commercial Bank, Ahli Bank, and the Qatar National Bank are among the firm’s key clients. 

Client feedback

“Experts on Qatari law. Very responsive, quick turnaround time, safe pair of hands. Would not necessarily use them in Saudi Arabia as I don't think they have the same experience and calibre of lawyers there.” - Restructuring  

“Very proactive, extremely knowledgeable and very diligent.” – Capital markets, M&A

“Strong on general corporate, especially the Qatari Commercial Companies Law. We have frequently used them to issue western quality legal opinions on Qatari law. Pricing is both reasonable and predictable.” – Banking, restructuring  

“Very approachable, with highly skilled lawyers who are ready to resolve/find solutions to very complex legal issues quickly and with innovation.” – Banking, project development, project finance