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Clyde & Co Abu Dhabi helps clients to successfully grow and operate in the Middle East.

Clyde & Co enjoys an unrivalled position as one of the longest-standing international law firms in the Middle East. We established our first office in the UAE in 1989 and now have the largest presence of any international law firm in the Middle East with over 45 partners and 400 staff.

We have accumulated over 30 years of deep market knowledge and experience in the sectors in which our clients operate, with particular focus on insurance, energy, transport, infrastructure, marine and trade, as well as aviation, education, defence, finance, healthcare, hospitality, and technology.

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International and domestic clients engage our lawyers across the full spectrum of their corporate and commercial needs, including company structuring and governance, policy setting and licensing arrangements, employment and Emiratisation issues, funding, procurement, intellectual property (IP), technology and general commercial contracts.

Our teams also help institutions manage the increased burden of compliance and provide recovery solutions and assistance when clients are faced with cash collection issues.

Notably, we advised on a ground-breaking compulsory medical scheme for the Emirate of Abu Dhabi and have advised on numerous high profile property projects and joint ventures in the Emirate. Working with industry leaders in the region endorses our reputation for providing expert practical guidance on how to get things done in what can be a challenging market to navigate.

Our Abu Dhabi office complements a regional footprint that includes offices in Dubai in the UAE, Doha in Qatar, Muscat in Oman and Riyadh in Saudi Arabia, providing a full-service commercial offering of local lawyers across most business sectors and practice areas.

What clients say

Clyde & Co attracts praise for its ability to ‘understand the client’s business requirements in order to give appropriate legal advice’

Legal 500 2018

They provide commercially pragmatic legal advice, they are very responsive and focused on client service.

Chambers Global 2018

They are very much hands-on, personable and have deep sector knowledge. Importantly, they are very focused and get the best out of the team.

Chambers Global 2018

Latest awards won

Legal Advisors - Deal Making Award

EducationInvestor Awards 2017

Litigation Team of the Year

Legal Week Middle East Legal Awards 2018

Arbitration Team of the Year

Legal Week Middle East Legal Awards 2018

Law Firm of the Year

MEED Awards 2018

Corporate Team of the Year

The Oath Middle East Legal Awards 2018

Intellectual Property Team of the Year

The Oath Middle East Legal Awards 2018

Clyde & Co named Asian-MENA Counsel Firm of the Year 2018 in 15 categories

In-House Community: Asian-Mena Counsel

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