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Linklaters

Banking & Finance

2 ranked lawyersBand 1United Arab EmiratesGlobal 2021 View ranking table
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What the team is known for

Comprises an esteemed bench of lawyers who advise leading investment banks on the full spectrum of finance matters. Notable for its experience of development and structured finance and also widely recognised for advice on syndicated loans and debt restructuring. Other areas of expertise include acquisition finance, real estate finance and banking regulatory matters. Equally well known for its Islamic finance expertise, with several major transactions featuring a Shari'a-compliant tranche. A popular choice as lenders' counsel, while also very experienced acting for borrowers.

Strengths

One client said: "They have the right set of experience we need. They understand our business here in the region, are very quick in their responses and very decisive."

Further sources note the team is "very accessible" and "very thorough in their diligence," adding that "their knowledge is strong and they're able to give us direction."

Work highlights

Acted for the lending syndicate, comprising Citibank, Deutsche Bank and Dubai Islamic Bank, on the USD12 billion financing for Port & Free Zone World's takeover of DP World.

Notable practitioners

Andrew Jennens has recently relocated to London having previously been based in Abu Dhabi. He is widely respected for his experience in syndicated finance and bilateral facilities, frequently acting for sponsors and multinational corporations. He is also adept at hybrid conventional/Islamic financings. One client applauded him by stating: "Andrew is amazing. He's approachable, has a great knowledge of the law and is very, very friendly on a human level."

Kieron Zaman leads Linklaters' regional banking practice and is accomplished in advising lenders and financiers on conventional and Islamic financings. He is also esteemed for his work on behalf of major regional clients in connection with restructuring matters. One observer enthused: "He's practical, easy to work with and solution-oriented."

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Banking & Finance

Linklaters

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Ninth Floor, Currency House

Dubai IFC

PO Box 506516

Dubai

Dubai

United Arab Emirates

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United Arab Emirates

Banking & Finance


Andrew Jennens
Expertise based abroad in UK
Kieron Zaman
Band 2