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United Arab Emirates - Overview

Geraldine Ahern, Managing Partner

Eversheds Sutherland, United Arab Emirates

The United Arab Emirates has become one of the major hubs for business in the world. It is a country that offers exciting opportunities within its borders but also one that is looking outward and playing a key role in investments around the world.

Eversheds Sutherland offers quality legal service that sets the standard for the UAE. With offices in both Abu Dhabi and Dubai, we can offer you some of the leading lawyers in the country. At the same time we have the weight of a major international law firm that can unlock the ambitions of our clients.

Committed to the United Arab Emirates

Our lawyers provide a diverse range of experience in advising on and working with the laws and regulations of the United Arab Emirates and the various free zones. Clients range from large multinational and regional corporations to small and medium businesses and investors.

Many members of the team have previously worked with major multinational corporations in the region, and we also have substantial experience in the government sector. We can offer important connections either with other businesses or government. At all times we are pragmatic, commercial and progressive in our thinking.

Connected globally

Our offices in Abu Dhabi and Dubai are part of a top ten international law firm with hundreds of leading lawyers. With the support of the international firm, we can assist foreign companies and governments as well as those businesses based in the country.

An integrated team across the Middle East region, Eversheds Sutherland in the United Arab Emirates has extensive experience of managing multi-jurisdictional matters. With experienced lawyers based in all the important economic centres, our service is able to match your ambitions and deliver quality advice wherever you need it. The linguistic skills of the team include the Arabic, English, French, Armenian, Spanish and German languages.

Genuine strength

Our international strength means that we can advise on any business matter; provide unrivalled experience in important service and sector areas.

In the United Arab Emirates you will find our lawyers to be particularly strong when it comes to:

  • commercial (commercial contracts, agency/distribution agreements, licensing, IP/TMT)
  • corporate/M&A and joint ventures
  • litigation and dispute management
  • banking and finance (including Islamic banking and finance)
  • government public policy/regulatory reform
  • financial service regulation
  • employment/HR
  • projects and construction
  • real estate

Relationships matter

Eversheds Sutherland in the United Arab Emirates have a dedicated client management programme and can provide a single point of contact, meaning you can deal with everything through one person who really understands your business. Our people invest the time and effort required to create long term relationships by really listening to you and giving you what you need.

Awards and recognition

We are the winners of International Law Firm of the Year at The Middle East Legal Awards in 2019 and we are continually recognized by Chambers Global and Legal 500.

International Law Firm of the Year 2019 Chambers Global 2020 Legal 500 EMEA 2020