International Financial Law Review (IFLR) honored White & Case with three awards at its 11th annual Middle East Awards dinner for 2016: Middle East Project Finance Team of the Year, Middle East Pro Bono Firm of the Year, and the Middle East Rising Star of the Year award for Charbel Abou Charaf (Doha).
According to IFLR, the Middle East Project Finance Team of the Year award applies to a firm's entire practice group rather than a specific team within it, and recognizes outstanding creative and innovative legal structuring in cross-border deal-making. The award was conferred on the basis of the team's continued work on a number of landmark transactions in the region, including the PetroRabigh Phase II Expansion, Liwa Plastics Project, Jazan Industrial Gas Complex, Riyadh PP11 IPP Refinancing and Zayed University public-private partnership.
The Middle East Pro Bono Law Firm of the Year award recognizes a firm's outstanding contributions in the provision of pro bono services throughout the region. Firms are considered for the award based on the work lawyers in their Middle East offices undertake in the areas of public interest law, including asylum, anti-human trafficking, prisoners' rights, minorities' rights and social entrepreneurialism. This award comes on the heels of White & Case winning the John H. Pickering Award for outstanding commitment to pro bono legal services.
The Middle East Rising Star award honors an associate or senior associate who demonstrates strong dealmaking ability. An associate in the Firm's Mergers & Acquisitions practice, Abou Charaf has advised on landmark transactions in the Middle East, Europe, North America, South America, Asia and Africa, and has particular experience in complex cross-border transactions involving emerging markets.