Vinson & Elkins has represented clients in the Middle East and North Africa for more than 30 years. Our lawyers bring extensive knowledge and a deep understanding of specific country-by-country considerations and regional variations, so that each client is able to navigate the complexities and customs of doing business in the region.
have an established and integrated office network in the region, including in
cooperation with the Riyadh-based Law Office of Looaye M. Al-Akkas. Internationally
qualified lawyers located in Dubai and Riyadh — including eight native Arabic
speakers — advise clients on complex transactions, projects, and dispute
resolution matters from Morocco to the UAE. The Law Office of Looaye M.
Al-Akkas is located in the iconic Kingdom Tower. Vinson & Elkins’ office in
the region is in Dubai and headed by Amir Ghaffari.
Consistently named the "World's Leading Energy Law Firm," (Euromoney*, 1995–present), our team has particular experience advising clients on transactions and international dispute resolution matters across the energy sector, with a focus on all facets
of oil and gas exploration, production, transportation, and processing.
Additionally, we regularly
advise clients who operate in the construction and engineering, infrastructure,
power, mining, telecommunications, and
health care sectors, on mergers and acquisitions, project finance, capital
markets and securities, arbitration, litigation, and restructuring and
Our Riyadh team is made up
entirely of Saudi nationals who are multi-lingual and, in addition to being
Saudi licensed lawyers, admitted to practice in the United States and in
England & Wales. Our lawyers bring deep understanding of Saudi Arabian
business, legal and regulatory systems and a long history of advising local,
regional and international clients doing business inside and outside of the
* Based upon the number of lawyers named in the Guide to the World’s Leading Energy Lawyers.