Allen & Overy LLP

Real Estate Department

United Arab Emirates
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What the team is known for Top-tier practice with noted regional and global strengths in real estate. Frequently sought out for its expertise in complex transactional mandates, and a particular standout in regard to the formation of real estate funds and REITs. Clients include well-known names in hospitality and education.

Strengths Clients praise the firm's "responsiveness, strong technical expertise and commercial approach to transactions."

Allen & Overy is lauded by clients as an "exceptional team of very talented lawyers."

Work highlights Advised Tourism Development and Investment Company on the sale of selected real estate assets to Aldar Properties for approximately AED3.7 billion.

Notable practitioners

Clients laud Dubai-based  Ian Bevan  as having "an encyclopaedic knowledge of real estate law, and he is gifted at crystallising this knowledge for clients, getting to the heart of the matter in record time." Sources add that he is "personable, pragmatic, commercial and solution-oriented."

One impressed source said that  Nick Smith  has "always made himself available whenever I need help," and is "a great team-player." His practice covers real estate financing, sales and purchasing. He also particularly highly regarded in the field of real estate fund formation. He divides his time between Dubai and London.