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Herbert Smith Freehills

Corporate/M&A

1 ranked lawyersBand 3Middle East-wideGlobal 2021 View ranking table

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What the team is known for

A well-regarded UAE-based practice with a strong cross-border offering across the MENA region, regularly acting on multi-jurisdictional M&A deals and investments. Often advises asset managers on Middle East investments, with noteworthy experience regarding infrastructure funds, sovereign wealth funds and family-owned entities. Represents regional financial institutions as well as clients from the manufacturing and energy sectors. In addition, the firm has notable capabilities advising international clients on both inbound and outbound investment.

Strengths

One client said the firm "offers consistent and superior client care. They also possess a genuine depth of expertise in the Middle East and are able to provide commercially savvy and innovative legal solutions."

Another client agreed that Herbert Smith "provides high-calibre advice," praising its "superior knowledge of the market" and "rapid response times."

Notable practitioners

Middle East managing partner Zubair Mir is respected for his expertise in a range of matters including M&A, private equity, group restructuring and joint ventures, in addition to his much-esteemed fund formation practice. Clients applaud him as "a class act" who provides "practical, commercially astute advice." He is based in Dubai.

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Middle East-wide

Corporate/M&A


Zubair Mir
Band 3