Saudi Arabia: Keys to the kingdom

10-Mar-2014 | By Becky Waller-Davies

Setting up in Saudi Arabia requires picking through complex regulation. Here’s what you need to know 


UAE: Spring-loaded

29-Jul-2013 | By Joanne Harris

After the Arab Spring Dubai and Abu Dhabi are booming again, with infrastructure and energy work drawing in international law firms

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Gearing up

10-Dec-2012 | By James Swift

Civil unrest is holding Bahrain back but lawyers believe that slow transactional work is down to more than the political situation


The promising land

6-Aug-2012 | By Joshua Freedman

Israel is relaxing the protectionism of its legal market, but most think global and local firms will work hand-in-hand rather than going head-to-head

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Out of Africa

23 July 2012 | By James Swift

SNR Denton’s Africa practice co-chair has been seconded to Dubai to help beef up the firm’s presence in the Middle East

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United effort

23 July 2012 | By James Swift

As the UAE tries to increase its influence in the international community, foreign companies and law firms are waiting for promised legislation that could make it easier for them to do business there

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Riyadh-mission ticket

23 July 2012 | By James Swift

International law firms in Saudi Arabia are turning their attention to home-grown female lawyers in a bid to gain access to new clients

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Kuwaiting game

27 February 2012 | By Ruth Green

Kuwait is instituting reforms with the aim of becoming the trade centre of the Middle East, but only a handful of global firms have grasped the nettle

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Safer bet

27 February 2012 | By Ruth Green

Iraq’s legal market is showing signs of stability following a decade of turmoil, and with energy featuring, highly international firms are beginning to take note

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Kicking off in Qatar

12 December 2011 | By Dale McEwan

Qatar is gearing up to host the Fifa World Cup in a decade’s time, which means teams of lawyers are also filing in. Dale McEwan reports on their goals

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Iran Sanctions Update — July 2014 weblink subscription

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At the end of November 2013, the P5+1 reached an agreement with Iran to suspend certain EU and US sanctions against Iran in return for a curb on Iran’s nuclear programme.

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Clyde & Co hires Eversheds’ Middle East chairman

14-Jul-2014 | By Hannah Gannagé-Stewart

Eversheds’ Middle East chairman Christopher Jobson has joined Clyde & Co as a partner in the firm’s Abu Dhabi office.


Addleshaw Goddard increased rolling credit facility by £4m in 2012/13

14-Jan-2014 | By Hannah Gannagé-Stewart

Addleshaw Goddard’s latest LLP accounts revealed a £4m increase in its bank borrowing and a 10.5 per cent rise in the value of its debtors from £76m to £83m.

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Trowers & Hamlins closes in Cairo and pulls out of Egypt

3-Jan-2014 | By Joanne Harris

Trowers & Hamlins has announced the closure of its Cairo office, citing uncertainty over the long-term outlook for Egypt.

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TAQA hires Schlumberger in-houser McGuinty as GC

27-Nov-2013 | By Kate Beioley

The Abu Dhabi National Energy Company (TAQA) has appointed a new general counsel and company secretary to replace outgoing Steven Phillips who retires this year. 

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Chance of a sturdier Saudi solution

10-Mar-2014 | By Catrin Griffiths

Last week Paris firm August & Debouzy quit its six-year alliance with Nabarro, which leaves the London firm rather stranded in France.


Postcard from... Abu Dhabi


In the latest in our Postcards from... series, Ashurst partner David Wadham discusses schooling, AC and mini-rugby in Abu Dhabi.

Middle East Special Report: The main event


The Middle East has become a hot spot for Western law firms over the past few years, and in recognition of this The Lawyer is hosting its inaugural Business Development in the Middle East Conference in April this year. Tom Phillips sets the scene…

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