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Office Overview
Expanding our law firm’s global reach and commitment to serving clients doing business in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) and beyond, Vinson & Elkins (V&E) opened its Abu Dhabi office in 2007. Our attorneys in Abu Dhabi work closely with our attorneys in our Dubai and Riyadh offices and are integrated with V&E’s worldwide network of offices, resulting in efficient delivery of legal advice across nearly every business sector, regardless of client location. Our Abu Dhabi office advises on project finance and development; energy; construction; infrastructure; mergers and acquisitions; and capital markets and securities matters, with particular strength in the energy, construction, infrastructure, telecommunications, and financial services sectors.

The Abu Dhabi team includes U.S., English, and regionally qualified lawyers and a number of V&E’s lawyers in the UAE are bi-lingual or multi-lingual with Arabic, English, French, and Japanese, language capabilities. These language skills allow us to more effectively and efficiently represent the interests of our clients and maintain a robust catalogue of precedent documents that provide cost savings.

Our firm understands the unique legal, business, and regulatory issues facing clients located in, and doing business in the Middle East. V&E lawyers have been actively involved in the ongoing development of the region’s energy sector; commodities markets and regulations; and many other areas impacting business in the UAE and internationally. This knowledge, coupled with our understanding of UAE-specific laws, frameworks, and customs, is integrated with our worldwide network of offices, ensuring efficient project management and excellent service whenever and wherever clients need it. (View accolades for our Middle East experience.)

V&E’s acclaimed local, regional, and international corporate, and M&A practice is regularly recognized regionally and globally among the best by Chambers Global, Legal 500, International Financial Law Review (IFLR 1000), Bloomberg, Thomson Reuters, and other prominent publications. Our UAE team has significant experience advising sellers, purchasers, targets, dealer-managers, and financial advisors on general corporate, M&A, joint venture, private equity, and other transactional matters throughout the MENA region, including those with Shari’a-compliant structures. We also maintain excellent working relationships with local counsel contacts whom we can call upon for assistance in virtually any jurisdiction, as needed.

V&E has been recognized by Euromoney as the World's Leading Energy Law Firm (1995 - present).* As a result of our nearly century-long commitment to the energy industry, we have extensive experience in the legal aspects of virtually all areas of the energy sector. Our award-winning regional practice includes deep knowledge in oil and gas; LNG; petrochemical; power; renewable and alternative energy; climate change; water; and minerals and mining. Clients include multinational companies; independent energy, mining, and related-service companies; government-owned energy entities; large industrial groups; international contractors; institutional, foreign, and private investors; investment banks; and some of the world's largest commercial banks and export credit agencies.

Project Finance and Development
V&E has an internationally recognized project finance and development practice that includes bi-lingual Arabic and English speakers (among other languages) who are familiar with relevant local and regional legal and regulatory requirements. Our lawyers are regularly selected to work on high-profile, bespoke energy and infrastructure developments throughout the MENA region, across a broad array of sectors including power and water, renewable and alternative energy, oil and gas, petrochemical and refining, metals, infrastructure, and transport, both regionally and internationally.  We advise in equal proportion regional and international developers, lenders, governments, and advisors in relation to development and construction/EPC,  corporate/commercial, M&A and private equity, capital markets, regulatory, and arbitration and litigation work related to complex, large-scale projects across nearly all industry sectors in the MENA the region. We have particular strength in innovative and non-standard multi-sourced project financing deals that involve commercial lenders, export credit agencies, and bilateral and multilateral financial institutions, as well as project bonds issued in the capital markets. Our highly acclaimed project finance practice was recently named “Projects & Energy Law Firm of the Year” at the ALB The Brief Middle East Law Awards, 2012.

Our regional team has advised on numerous complex, innovative, and award-winning deals worldwide, including the US$17 billion Basrah Gas project in Iraq; phase I and II of the Emirates Aluminium project (EMAL) in the UAE (named “GCC Industrial Project of the Year” at the MEED Quality Awards for Projects 2012, as well as receiving “Deal of the Year” awards from Project Finance International and Euromoney); and the US$4.1 billion cross-border Dolphin pipeline project .

V&E’s Abu Dhabi lawyers are familiar with UAE-specific construction issues and have broad experience advising governments, sponsors, project companies, lenders, and contractors in connection with a wide variety of construction and facilities matters. Our lawyers have particular experience in structuring, negotiating, and drafting EPC and other related contracts such as technology and process licenses, EPCM, EPCA, and FEED contracts, including those utilizing a number of different pricing models.

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P.O. Box 60935
Al Bateen Complex
Tower C-2, Suite 202
Bainunah (34th) Street
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Tel  +971.2.412.0700
Fax  +971.2.635.4790

Abu Dhabi Attorney Contact

Ahmed El-Gaili
Tel +971.4.403.6240

Christopher Strong

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Ahmed T. el-Gaili
Tel  +971.4.403.6240