Clifford Chance LLP

Banking & Finance Department

United Arab Emirates
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What the team is known for Impressive team that continues to lead the market in this practice area. Noted for its formidable bench strength. Advises on a broad spectrum of finance matters and possesses complementary expertise in capital markets and corporate/M&A. Also noted for its dedicated Islamic finance practice and extensive experience in aviation finance, where it often works in conjunction with the firm's highly rated asset finance practice in London. The firm also has a dedicated regulatory team, which has become increasingly active in growing areas such as fintech. Possesses a significant regional practice, most notably in Oman where the firm conducts major project financings.

Strengths One client noted that the firm "understands the requirements of the lender. They're solution-driven rather than problem-driven. I can always get a solution from them."

Another source acknowledged the team's longevity in the region, stating: "They've got a deep bench of partners and associates, all of whom have had a nexus to Dubai for ten or more years."

Work highlights Acted for the mandated lead arrangers, including First Abu Dhabi Bank, on the USD6.5 billion refinancing of Emirates Global Aluminium.

Notable practitioners

Antony Single is based in London and is a well-regarded asset finance practitioner who continues to act for some of the UAE's leading aviation clients. One source praised that "he understands our business, is responsive and provides pragmatic solutions."

Qudeer Latif is a distinguished Islamic finance practitioner with a well-established reputation in the field. He continues to advise on a wide array of matters, with expertise in Shari'a-compliant project and leveraged finance, in addition to sukuk issuances and Shari'a-compliant derivatives. He has recently acted on a number of debut sukuk issuances for clients in a variety of sectors.

Robin Abraham has recently been active on refinancings and real estate financing transactions. One of his clients lauded: "He's a person you can rely on. He covers things efficiently and appropriately." In 2019, he stepped down as Middle East managing partner after serving a full four-year term.