Bird & Bird’s Abu Dhabi only opened in 2011 but already works with many leading Middle East and international companies across the UAE, Qatar, Jordan, Bahrain and the Kingdom of Saudi-Arabia.
The Middle East is an important area for many of Bird & Bird’s clients and our Abu Dhabi office has been key in establishing a growing presence in the region. The office has a strong focus on the aerospace, defence and security, aviation, communications, energy and utilities, healthcare and life sciences, media and sport sectors.
We have a team of seven multilingual lawyers with decades of UAE and GCC experience ready to advise you on maximising your opportunities in the region or simply entering it. Integrated into Bird & Bird’s international network over 1000 lawyers, in 23 offices worldwide, they offer the full range of legal services including commercial, corporate, competition, dispute resolution, employment, intellectual property and real estate matters.
For further information about how we can help you in The Middle East contact Head of our Abu Dhabi office, Mark Pinder.
Recent highlights of work
We recently assisted:
● a large international construction and infrastructure company on its tender to the Abu Dhabi Health Services Company to build a new hospital in Al Ain,
● one of the UAE’s leading airlines on a broad range of international commercial, employment and aviation related matters, including advice in relation to several large-scale ICT projects and the establishment of a UK based global call centre,
● a large international media company on the corporate, commercial and regulatory issues associated with providing broadcast media in the UAE,
● a private placement offering for an international IT company based in the UAE,
● a Singapore-based manufacturer and wholesaler on its commercial arrangements with two UAE companies to distribute the manufacturer’s products within the UAE
● a major Moroccan company in defining IP policies, IP audit and IP-related internal processes, as well as devising strategies and providing recommendations for optimisation in protecting inventions, trademarks, and other generated IP in a global environment,
● the Port of Lomé with the successful negotiation of a concession agreement and the agreement of a mining concession in Togo
the Tunisian state in relation to the contemplated disposal of its 25% stake in one of the largest mobile operators in Tunisia,
● Maroc Telecom on the acquisition of a telecom operator in two African countries and advising their subsidiary CASANET on the legal structuring of a BtoC electronic marketplace.
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