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Middle East

Latham & Watkins’ Middle East offices advise some of the most active strategic and financial dealmakers in the region.

Combining regional knowledge and experience with an international network of lawyers, Latham lawyers provide comprehensive service to clients with interests in the Middle East, Africa, Asia and beyond.

One of the only firms to offer US, English and local law capabilities in the region, Latham’s Abu Dhabi, Doha, Dubai and Riyadh offices are staffed with internationally and domestically qualified lawyers who have Arabic, English, French and other language capabilities.

Combining Comprehensive Service with In-Depth Expertise

Latham’s Middle East practice counsels clients in industries from aerospace, defense, government and financial services to transportation in the most relevant practice areas in the region:

  • Banking and Finance: Representing governments, state-owned funds, financial institutions, issuers and borrowers and private funds in regional and global debt finance markets
  • Capital Markets: Helping major investment and commercial banks, as well as sovereigns and companies of all sizes secure debt and equity financing to grow and succeed
  • Dispute Resolution: Advising clients in contentious and non-contentious matters related to every continent and region of the world
  • Investment Funds and Strategic Opportunities: Advising sponsors and investors on the structuring and formation of conventional and Shari’ah-compliant investment funds operating in the MENA region and other emerging markets
  • Islamic Finance: Assisting governments, banks, sponsors, ECAs and investment funds with Shari’ah-compliant transactions around the world, including numerous award-winning and first-in-country deals
  • M&A and Joint Ventures: Counseling sovereign wealth funds, banks, large corporate and private equity funds on regional, in-bound and out-bound transactions
  • Project Development and Finance: Advising developers, borrowers, sponsors and lenders in the successful development and financing of numerous projects and the integration of credit facilities
  • Restructuring and Insolvency: Handling large, complex debt restructurings and work-outs in the region and operating at the forefront of policy development in corporate restructurings
  • Technology Transactions and IP: Advising on all aspects of the procurement, development, protection and exploitation of technology and intellectual property across a wide range of industry sectors
  • Strategic Contracts: Advising on strategic commercial transactions including IT, voice and data network and business process outsourcing, shared services and other strategic alliances in the context of corporate M&A, joint ventures, and major development projects
  • Venture Capital: Providing strategic advice to multinational companies and family-owned businesses on day-to-day operations and transactional matters spanning the entire life cycle of a company

Other key practice areas include Climate Change, Derivatives, Employment/Benefits, Government Relations, Private Equity, Structured Finance and Tax.

Watch a video about Latham's venture capital capabilities in the Middle East

Awards & Rankings

Latham’s Middle East Practice is consistently ranked in the top bands of Chambers Global and Legal 500 for: Banking & Finance, Capital Markets, Corporate/Commercial, Investment Funds, Islamic Finance and Projects & Energy.


Lawyers from Latham's Middle East Office run the Al-Mirsal blog, which offers insight and commentary on legal developments in the region.

Latham & Watkins' lawyers and professional staff have a long history of giving back to the communities in which they live and work. The firm's regional pro bono projects include advising:

  • Grameen-Jameel Pan-Arab Microfinance Limited on the establishment of a regional microfinance investment vehicle
  • Sultan Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud Charitable Foundation on various service, procurement, endowment and consultancy contracts
  • FINCA International on the establishment of a potential service hub for the organization’s regional and South Asia microfinance activities
  • Prince Salman Center for Disability Research on various research projects
  • The Emirates Wildlife Society-World Wildlife Fund for Nature on the implementation of educational programs in the UAE
Equality Now

In collaboration with Equality Now, an anti-trafficking nonprofit, lawyers in Latham & Watkins’ Middle East offices have worked with lawyers from the Royal Bank of Scotland to research and map out national legislation that can be implemented in countries in the Middle East and Africa to combat the demand for prostitution and the associated issue of human trafficking. This mapping will assist Equality Now in strategically targeting countries to push for legal reforms that would reduce trafficking. The firm was awarded “Pro Bono Law Firm of the Year” by IFLR Middle East for its work on this project.

The project has been nominated by the Thompson Reuters Foundation TrustLaw for its 2012 Impact Award.

Women Enriching Business (WEB)

Since the opening of the Middle East offices, Latham’s Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Doha and Riyadh offices have hosted a diverse range of WEB programs and activities including substantive events, partnerships with women’s initiatives, business development training and coaching and social events.

Survey of Pro Bono Practices and Opportunities

A multi-office team of nearly 100 Latham & Watkins lawyers and professional staff from across the firm’s offices globally conducted extensive research to prepare the 2012 edition of the “Survey of Pro Bono Practices and Opportunities” report. Conducted in conjunction with the Pro Bono Institute (PBI), the unique report is an essential resource for local practitioners, in-house teams and non-profits on pro bono practices around the world.

Download the chapter about pro bono practices and opportunities in:

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