Qatar

IFLR1000 Reviews

Financial and corporate
Badri and Salim El Meouchi Law Firm

The Doha branch of Lebanese firm Badri and Salim El Meouchi is mostly active in finance work, M&A and real estate projects.   

During the research period the firm advised banks on lending and corporate guarantees, and assisted several clients with mergers. It also undertook some restructuring work. 

In the project area the firm worked as lead council for developers of real estate projects, and provided advice in relation to renewable energy projects, negotiating structure and drafting joint venture agreements. 

Sharq Law Firm

Sharq Law Firm is particularly known for its work in capital markets, M&A, restructuring and project development. 

During the research period the firm was involved in a variety of work. Its corporate work includes joint ventures for construction, asset acquisitions, and assisting with the restructuring of a company in the renewable energy sector. 

In capital markets, it has advised on listing foreign joint-stock companies and public shareholding companies on the Qatar Stock Exchange, and advised on international bond issues.  

In project development the firm advised developers on sale and purchase agreements for reclaimed land, and on the development of large residential and commercial infrastructure, including telecommunication and power projects. 

Recent Deal Data highlights 

•Qatar Petroleum joint-stock company QAR1 billion Qatar Stock Exchange 

Client feedback  

“The law firm provided professional and highly competent lawyers to support the transaction. Rashid Al Saad, the Managing Partner, made sure that our project was treated as a priority project and was involved himself when needed to make sure we received the support we required. Excellent team, excellent leadership and excellent service.” - Capital markets: Equity 

“Sharq law firm is the most reliable local firm in Qatar, with good technical skills and impressive knowledge of the local framework and market.” – M&A 

“Attentive to the needs of the clients and diligent. The managing partner is always involved and updated on cases. They care and have the ability to negotiate to our best interest. Success ratio is very high. Five star quality law firm in Qatar. Exceptional.” – Real estate 

Rashid Al Saad 

“In addition to being a highly skilled and influential lawyer, Rashid manages to be a charming and charismatic lawyer who makes the professional relationship fulfilling and open. He is keen to deliver quality work and is not afraid to get involved and carry the load himself to make sure that happens. When it comes to billing and client management Rashid's openness and transparency are second to none. Makes dealing with otherwise difficult matters very easy.”  

“Senior partner Rashid Al Saad is an immensely respected lawyer in Qatar with exceptional knowledge of the local legal framework. His insight can make the difference in any deal.” 

“One of the best local lawyers in Qatar with strong knowledge of the local laws.” 

“Always available. Attentive to details. Pragmatic and tries to problem solve in the most innovative way possible. There is no such thing as impossible with him. His knowledge of the law is impressive and extremely well networked with the legal sphere.” 

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

Al Tamimi & Company is an association between the largest firm based in the Middle East (Al Tamimi) and a local firm. The firm has a strong finance practice (particularly for conventional and Islamic lending work) but is also active on large corporate restructurings and M&A deals – both local and cross-border. 

During the research period the firm was local counsel on a number of large bank mergers and advised on a number of substantial financings, including a large syndicated loan by Qatar National Bank and a multi-billion euro financing for the government, where it represented the lender. 

Recent Deal Data highlights 

•GE Oil & Gas / Qatar Petroleum joint venture 

•Qatar National Bank $3.5 billion syndicated loan 

•State of Qatar €6 billion financing

Client feedback 

“Solid firm. They are responsive and deliver on time.” – Banking  

“Good quality, responsive and reliable.” – M&A 

Baker McKenzie

Baker & McKenzie is mostly visible on large infrastructure projects in Qatar but also secures Islamic and project finance, debt capital markets (including sukuk), and M&A work.  

During the research period the firm has particularly been busy in the project area. It has been active for client Saudi Binladin on the construction of the Khalifa Avenue masterplan in Doha, a component of Qatar’s road modernisation initiative, and is advising the same client on the development of infrastructure for Lusail City. Another notable ongoing project sees the firm advising the consortium developing Doha Metro.  

Recent Deal Data highlights 

•Doha Metro Green Line  

•Khalifa Avenue 

•Lusail City 

Client feedback 

“Responsive, attentive to detail and helpful.” - Banking 

White & Case

White & Case is one of leading firms in the market and secures work on high-end capital markets, M&A, bank finance (including Islamic), and project development deals.  

During the research period the firm worked on a number of large corporate deals. These include the cross-border merger of United Arab Shipping Company and (German-headquartered) Hapag-Lloyd, advising Qatalum on an aluminium project joint venture, and work for the Qatar Investment Authority (QIA) on a large investment in Airtel Africa through primary equity issuance. Additionally, the firm advised Qatar Petroleum and its affiliates on the Qatargas and RasGas merger. 

The firm has added two new partners in Doha during the research period. Payvand Vahdat was recruited from Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy, and Anne-Marie Wicks relocated from the firm’s Abu Dhabi office. 

Recent Deal Data highlights 

•Hapag-Lloyd / United Arab Shipping Company merger 

•Qatari Diar €506.8 million divestment of Veolia Environment stake 

•QAMCO Qatar Stock Exchange IPO