Al-Ansari & Associates

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Managing Partner: Mohammed Al-Ansari
Number of partners: 4 Number of lawyers: 11
Languages: Arabic, English

Firm Overview:
Based in Qatar, Al-Ansari & Associates is a national established legal practice in litigation, corporate and business law. Core practice areas include litigation, business law, banking and finance, construction, corporate, technology, media and telecommunications (TMT) and intellectual property (IP), each encompassing a diverse range of specific areas of concentration. The strength of the firm’s legal practice is grounded in the exceptional capabilities and specialised expertise of its attorneys and legal professionals.
Founded by an experienced Qatari lawyer, Al-Ansari & Associates draws its richness from the diverse backgrounds of its attorneys. The firm is able to advise clients locally and internationally through a combination of their own resources and those of their partners worldwide.

Main Areas of Practice:
Corporate & Transactional Practice:
As a local law firm, with special expertise in Qatari law, Al-Ansari & Associates are able to deliver local legal advice at an international standard. The firm’s corporate and transactional experience includes:
Technology, Media and Telecommunications (‘TMT’)– Al-Ansari & Associates has advised on a wide variety of TMT related matters. For example, the firm has advised Dell Computers, the Doha Film Institute and Q-Media in various matters. Likewise, it also advised Vodafone Qatar in its various operations and transactions, such as in its agreement involving cable landing stations. The firm has also advised Al Jazeera Media Network, beIN Sport, and Qatar Satellite Company in their various disputes and corporate issues. As a result, the firm has a wide understanding of the legal implications and issues that can arise specifically in the TMT sector
Regulatory & Compliance work– The firm’s corporate support is not limited to certain areas; it has successfully advised clients in regulatory and compliance matters involving the Council of Ministers, various Ministries (including the Ministry of Transport and Communications, formerly known as ictQatar), Qatar Central Bank, Qatar Financial Markets Authority, Qatar Financial Centre and Qatar Exchange. The firm had advised: a) a leading bank in compliance issues related to Qatar Central Bank instructions, Qatar Financial Markets Authority rules and the Qatar Exchange regulations; b) a private institution for public benefit in relation to regulatory and compliance matters related to the Council of Ministers and Labour Ministry; c) a leading international company in regulatory issues involving several ministries and authorities, and d) Travelex in compliance and regulatory matters related to Qatar Central Bank and Ministry of Economy & Commerce requirements
Transactional work– Al-Ansari & Associates has been involved in complex cross-border transactions and deals as Qatari counsel. Their recent work in this area includes advising: a) Barwa Real Estate in their public-private partnership projects; Qatari based bank in the incorporation of its brokerage subsidiary and insurance subsidiary (QFC based); b) a Qatari based bank in a multi-million project finance transactions and restructuring of a QAR 850- million facility; c) as the local counsel in the first insurance related bond in Qatar and the Middle East; d) as the local counsel in relation to the first Qatari Sharia compliant Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT) to be listed on the Singapore Exchange (SGX); e) providing a legal opinion to Merrill Lynch in relation to a multi-billion facility, and f) representing Dell as the main legal supplier in a multi-million IT related project
■ Construction– The firm has a vast experience in construction related matters where they successfully advised clients in many aspects including: a) advising the New Doha International Airport on mediations and arbitrations; b) drafting construction contracts for government and semi-government entities; and c) opining on construction contracts. The firm had advised an Italian construction company, a TATA entity, and a global engineering consultancy company in their respective multi-million arbitration. They have reviewed and drafted construction contracts for a Qatari public authority based on international standards and are representing several international construction firms in their disputes and claims with employers and contractors before the Qatar courts and arbitral tribunals
Mergers & Acquisitions– The firm had been involved in three M&A transactions in the State of Qatar as follows: a) representing and supporting a bank as a local counsel (a listed bank on the Qatar Exchange) in the largest M&A transaction in the history of the State of Qatar; b) representing a purchaser (a company listed on the Qatar Exchange) as local counsel in one of the largest domestic M&A transactions in Qatar in 2011; c) representing a company listed on the Qatar Exchange in another M&A transaction, and d) representing Travelex in its acquisition of a fully government owned subsidiary. Working in such transactions granted the firm the privilege to develop experience and knowledge of the QFMA requirements in order to complete transactions for entities listed on the Qatar Exchange
Incorporations & Restructuring– The firm has been successfully advising leading organisations in relation to the best corporate structure and best practice as approved by local authorities in corporate governance. The firm has advised several leading organisations such as: a) advised Travelex in its joint venture with a local company in the first foreign entrance into the Qatari exchange market; b) advised Grubb & Ellis in matters related to restructuring, operations and compliance with laws; and c) advised Qatar Stars League Management (Private Institution for Public Benefit) on a full restructuring of the organisation, extensive review of the policies that ensure compliance with the laws, setting internal processes for the various functions of the organisation, including procurement and human resources and review and drafting of various agreements including sponsorship and financing agreements

Litigation & Dispute Resolution:
Al-Ansari & Associates has rapidly built its reputation as leaders in litigation and dispute resolution. The firm’s success is reflected in the matters that it has been engaged in as follows:
Litigation– The firm’s litigation practice has been built based on their senior leaders’ reputation as former judges and state litigators. The firm’s representation includes: a) representing Vodafone Qatar in a QAR 2-billion dispute; b) representing a leading international company in $120-million pipeline litigation; and c) representing a leading international company in a $165-million litigation matter
Mediation– The firm has been actively engaged in various mediations. The firm’s engagements include representing: a) a multinational JV as the local counsel in a multi-billion mediation; and b) the New Doha International Airport as the local counsel in multi-hundred-million mediation
Arbitration– The firm’s international standards and quality representation and support to various clients led to their engagement in various arbitrations both locally and internationally. The firm’s significant work in this area includes: a) being the local counsel for a telecom operator in a multi-hundred million arbitration; b) being the local counsel for a leading Italian company in a multi-hundred million ICC arbitration based in Bahrain; c) advising Voltas (a TATA Company) in a $150 million complex dispute which includes litigation and arbitration; d) representing Voltas (a TATA Company) in QAR 23 million arbitration case against one of its sub-contractors; e) advising and representing GHD, a global engineering consultancy firm in a QAR 9 Million construction dispute with 150 Million counterclaims

Recent Highlights:
■ FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™
Partners involved: Salman Al-Ansari, Rafi Sajian, and Hossam Khamis
Senior Associates involved: Khadeja Al Zarraa and Richelle Segura
■ 2021 FIFA’S CLUB WORLD CUP and FIFA ARAB CUP
Partners involved: Salman Al-Ansari and Rafi Sajian
Senior Associates involved: Khadeja Al Zarraa and Richelle Segura
■ UBER Acquisition of Careem
Partners involved: Salman Al-Ansari and Rafi Sajian
Senior Associates involved: Richelle Segura and Khadeja Al Zarraa
■ ICC Arbitration involving around QAR 8-million claims and QAR 159-million counterclaims
Partners involved: Salman Al-Ansari, Hossam Khamis, and Rafi Sajian
Senior Associates involved: Richelle Segura and Khadeja Al Zarraa

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Al Asmakh Tower, 20th Floor

Majlis Al Taawon Street

West Bay

Doha

Ad Dawhah

Qatar

PO Box 24533

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