We have over 25 years of experience in helping clients to address complex cross-border legal needs with a combination of local knowledge and global reach. An essential part of our global firm, our Qatar Financial Centre-licensed Doha office opened in 2009. We are trusted advisers to state-owned entities, financial institutions, domestic and international companies, family offices and other businesses.
The Doha team is supported in the region by our offices in Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Riyadh. When needed, we draw on the experience of offices beyond the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) region to support our clients in resolving their most difficult legal challenges.
Our Doha based lawyers provide clients with legal advice on a wide range of issues related to matters including: construction contract negotiations / contract drafting, construction disputes / arbitrations, project development and finance, banking and Islamic finance, equity and debt capital markets, and corporate, joint venture and M&A matters.
AWARDS & RECOGNITION
Band 1: Project and Energy in Qatar
Band 2: Corporate / Commercial in Qatar
Chambers Global 2016
Tier 1: Foreign Firms in Qatar
"White & Case LLP has been active in large domestic M&A transactions [through] the corporate team, led by Michiel Visser."
"Michael Turrini's 'top-class' construction disputes practice was bolstered by the arrival of three practitioners."
The Legal 500 2016
"Undoubtedly [a] top-tier practice"
The Legal 500 2015
M&A Deal of the Year
(US$5.3 billion sale of assets from Barwa to Labregah)
IFLR Middle East Award 2014
Qatar Rail, 2015 – ongoing
We represented Qatar Rail in the drafting of Qatar’s national rail legislation and the suite of FIDIC Yellow Book subcontracts for various aspects of the Qatar Integrated Railway Project, including mechanical, engineering and plumbing works, supply and installation works and maintenance services. The Qatar Integrated Railway Project is a landmark integrated transport infrastructure project that will consist of a four-line metro system in Doha and a long-distance passenger and freight rail network, 510 km long and connecting the major centres of population and industry in Qatar.
Ooredoo Group, 2016
We represented Ooredoo Group on the update of its US$5 billion Global Medium Term Note Programme and the issuance thereunder of US$500 million of notes by Ooredoo International Finance Limited which are guaranteed by Ooredoo Q.S.C. The notes, which were offered pursuant to Rule 144A and Regulation S and are listed on the Irish Stock Exchange, will mature on 22 June 2026 and have a coupon of 3.75 percent per annum. ANZ, BofA Merrill Lynch, Citigroup, DBS Bank Ltd., HSBC, MUFG, Mizuho Securities and QNB Capital acted as Joint Lead Managers in connection with the notes offering.
FRHI Holdings Limited (FRHI), Qatar Investment Authority and Kingdom Holding Company of Saudi Arabia (Kingdom), 2015
Represented FRHI, QIA and Kingdom in the US$2.9 billion stock-and-cash sale of FRHI, the parent company of luxury hotel brands Fairmont, Raffles and Swissôtel, to AccorHotels (Accor). Accor is funding the acquisition by issuing 46.7 million new Accor shares and a cash payment of US$840 million. QIA and Kingdom will become major shareholders in Accor, respectively holding 10.5 percent and 5.8 percent of its share capital. The transaction is subject to customary regulatory approvals from the antitrust authorities and shareholder approval.
Barwa Real Estate Company, 2014
We represented Labregah Real Estate Company, a division of the sovereign wealth fund Qatari Diar, and Barwa Real Estate, a publicly-listed Qatari company, on acquisitions by Labregah, of Barwa City Company and a 95 percent stake in Barwa Commercial Avenue Company in two related deals with a combined value of US$5.3 billion. These deals follow an earlier acquisition by Labregah of a 37% stake in Barwa Bank, one of Qatar's largest financial institutions, for US$656 million. Our work on these deals was recognized as "Domestic M&A Deal of the Year" by the IFLR Middle East Award 2014.
Sponsors of the Barzan Gas Project, 2012
We represented Qatar Petroleum and Exxon Mobil as the sponsors on the market-leading US$10.3 billion Barzan Gas Project. This big-ticket project comprised an offshore and onshore element, transporting gas from Qatar's North Field to a processing facility in Ras Laffan Industrial City, and was financed up to 30 percent by equity and 70 percent banks and export credit agencies through a syndicated loan of US$7.2 billion. This was one of the most significant oil and gas projects ever undertaken in Qatar and was the world's largest project financing to close in that year. In recognition, this transaction won several awards in 2011.