White & Case has been active in the UAE for more than 35 years prior to opening the Abu Dhabi office in 2007. Since then we have expanded our presence in the UAE by recently expanding to a new, full service office located in the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC). The Firm gained a licence to practise in the DIFC in 2015, two years after first establishing a presence in Dubai in June 2013. Our practice in UAE, which covers all the Emirates, is staffed with over 40 lawyers (including 10 partners), all of whom have significant international experience and a number of whom also have Arabic and other language capabilities.
We offer clients a dedicated and experienced UAE-based team of UAE, English and New York qualified lawyers. With a deep bench of lawyers based across our offices in Abu Dhabi and Dubai, we provide both UAE and international legal capabilities. Partners and lawyers in both offices advise on matters across the GCC and beyond into Europe, the US, Asia and Africa. Our approach to providing legal advisory services is to ensure that our teams are partner-led, provide commercial and pragmatic solutions that are focused on the common goals of our clients.
Our Abu Dhabi and Dubai based lawyers provide clients with legal advice on a wide range of issues related to matters including: energy, infrastructure and project development (including public-private partnerships), M&A and corporate and commercial law, debt and equity capital markets, banking and finance (including project finance and Islamic finance) and financial restructuring and insolvency, as well as international trade. We are proud to be the first major international firm to have appointed an Emirati lawyer to its global partnership.
AWARDS & RECOGNITION
Band 2: Banking and Finance in UAE
Chambers Global 2016
Band 2: Capital Markets in UAE
Chambers Global 2016
Band 1: Energy & Infrastructure in UAE
Legal 500 2016
Band 2: Banking & Finance in UAE
Legal 500 2016
Best Law Firm in Structured Finance
Islamic Finance News 2015
Best Law Firm in Energy & Natural Resources
Islamic Finance News 2015
Winner: Structured Finance Law Award - Zakher Marine International Inc. financing
Islamic Finance News Law Awards 2015
Project Finance Team of the Year
Islamic Finance News 2014
Banking & Finance Law Firm of the Year in the UAE
Corporate INTL 2013
ADWEA independent water and power projects (IWPP), 1997–2014
Representation of the Abu Dhabi Water and Electricity Authority (ADWEA) as lead counsel in connection with nine of its water and power projects, including Shuweihat S2 (including a partial refinancing by means of a project bond), Fujairah 2 (2,000 MW), Taweelah A1, Fujairah F1 (535 MW), Umm Al Nar (1,450 – 1,550 MW), Shuweihat S1 (1,500 MW), Taweelah A1 (1,100 MW), Taweelah A2 (710 MW) and Taweelah B (928 MW)). We recently advised ADWEA on the US$1.5 billion Mirfa project, which is the next IWPP in Abu Dhabi.
EMAL Smelter Project – Phase II Expansion, 2006–2014
Representation of the lenders (including commercial banks, export credit agencies (ECAs) and the joint lead managers of any bond issue) in connection with the Islamic and conventional financing of the first and second phase of the US$10 billion EMAL aluminium smelter project. The second phase of this project was recently recognised as "Middle East Industrial Deal of the Year" at the Project Finance International Awards in 2014. We also previously advised the commercial lenders in connection with the initial US$4.7 billion financing of the same project which closed in 2007. In addition, we advised the ECAs (US Ex-Im Bank, COFACE and Hermes) in connection with their financing of same project, which closed in 2010. Phase I of this project was awarded "Middle East Manufacturing Deal of the Year" by Project Finance magazine (2007), "Industrial Deal of the Year" by Project Finance International (2007) and "Industrial Project of the Year" at the MEED Quality Awards for Projects (2012).
Metal One Corporation, 2013–2014
Representation of Metal One Corporation in its subscription to a share capital increase in Iteco Middle East FZCO (a JAFZA company and a global steel pipe trading company based in the United Arab Emirates) and subsequent acquisition of an equity stake in the company from existing shareholders to form a UAE-Japanese industrial company with international trading operations in the steel pipe sector.
Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA), 2014
Representation of DEWA in connection with its Hassyan Clean Coal Power Project, an IPP that is being procured on a competitive basis and involves the development of a greenfield 1,200 MW coal-fired power generation plant together with transshipment and coal handling facilities in the Emirate of Dubai.
Emirates Steel Industries, 2014
Representation of the lenders on the US$1.3 billion refinancing of the Emirates Steel Industries (ESI) project in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. The financing was provided by a group of 19 international, regional and UAE commercial banks, split into conventional and Islamic facilities. It was principally applied to refinance the existing US$1.1 billion project financing provided to ESI in 2010 in relation to the expansion financing of its steel production facility in Abu Dhabi.
NYSE-listed IPO, 2014
Representation of a UAE issuer on its proposed NYSE-listed IPO. This groundbreaking transaction is believed to be the first ever NYSE-listed IPO for a UAE issuer.
Red Book Dispute – UAE Hotel Resort, 2014
We are advising the owner of a hotel/resort in the UAE in relation to the delayed and defective construction of a hotel/resort. This has entailed us undertaking the following: provision of strategic legal advice concerning the dispute; formulation of the owner’s claims against the main contractor; advising on the levying of liquidated damages against the main contractor; legal advice regarding the interpretation of contractual provisions; instructing/briefing experts to represent the owner; reviewing and advising on the contractor’s claims; and representing the owner in dispute resolution proceedings with the main contractor.
Samena Capital, 2014
Representation of Samena Capital, a principal investment group focused on the Indian Subcontinent, Asia, Middle East and North Africa (collectively known as the SAMENA region), on its recently completed acquisition of a stake in Flemingo International, one of the world’s leading emerging markets-focused duty free and travel retail operators.
Ruwais Power Company, 2013
Representation of Ruwais Power Company PJSC and its sponsors (in connection with a Rule 144A/ Regulation S offering of US$825 million senior secured project bonds due 2036 and the related refinancing of the US$2.3 billion Shuweihat 2 independent power and water project (IWPP). This was the first-ever bond offering by an IWPP in the Middle East. The project bond was used to partially refinance existing facilities with commercial lenders and Japan Bank for International Cooperation. This deal was recently awarded the "Middle East Bond Deal of the Year" by Project Finance International (2013).
Shams 1 Solar independent power project (IPP), 2010–2011
Representation of the mandated lead arrangers on the US$612 million financing of the Shams 1 solar power project at Madinat Zayed, United Arab Emirates. Shams 1 is the first solar project to reach financial close in the Middle East and the largest concentrated solar power plant in the world. Implementing innovative parabolic trough technology on an unprecedented scale, the project has a planned net capacity of approximately 110 MW. This transaction was selected as "Middle East Renewables Deal of the Year" by Project Finance Magazine (2011).