BCLP has been established in the Middle East since 2009, although many of our lawyers have worked in the MEA (Middle East and Africa) region for longer. We are embedded in the local markets by having a genuine on-the- ground local law capability, serving both domestic and international clients. We have an office in Abu Dhabi (ADGM Square) as well as in Dubai (DIFC) and run them as one offering. From these two hubs our growing team - currently of eight partners and 25 lawyers in total - undertake high profile and significant mandates across the Middle East region and Africa on local projects and operations, and on making investments across Europe, Russia, USA, Southeast Asia and India. Whether it’s a major construction dispute in Qatar, a PPP hospital project in Egypt, a hotel negotiation in Oman or an oil and gas project in Iraq - we are a one stop shop capable of servicing clients’ needs, no matter where their business is based.
The legal disciplines that our UAE offices cover include:
Together, our UAE lawyers have over 175 years of combined experience advising clients on transactions and guiding them through disputes in the region.
You can rely on our expertise and experience of having supported clients such as Aabar Investments, Abu Dhabi Ports Company, Al Tayer Group, DAMAC, Dubai Airports, Dubai Multi Commodities Centre, GS E&C, Hyundai C&E, Majid Al Futtaim, Miral, Nakheel PJSC, Samsung E&C, Thales, Tamouh Investments, and many others.
As an example of the unique challenges we can take on, we are acting for a major UAE portfolio company in mediation proceedings (rare in the UAE), seeking to resolve without recourse to arbitration proceedings.
As a testament to the top-end work our Middle East team is undertaking, we became a finalist in the Law Firm of the Year category at the MEED Awards 2018; shortlisted for Real Estate Team of the Year 2017 in the Middle East Legal Awards; highly commended as Construction Team of the Year 2017 at the Middle East Legal Awards (run by the Association of Corporate Counsel and Legal Week); shortlisted for Associate Solicitor of the Year 2017 (Richard Dupay – Senior Associate) at the Middle East Legal Awards; and awarded Real Estate Legal Team of the Year 2017 at the Estates Gazette awards in September 2017.
Additionally, our UAE offices have had multiple recent media mentions in leading publications including GAR for arbitration, The Banker for the financial sector and the Oath for the UAE.