• 20+ Legal staff in Abu Dhabi
  • 200+ Legal staff in the Middle East
  • 5 Offices and associated offices in the Middle East


As one of the longest-standing international law firms in the Middle East, Clyde & Co enjoys an unrivalled position. We established our first office in the UAE in 1989 and now have the largest presence of any of the international law firms operating in the region with a full-service offering of local specialists in most business sectors and areas of law.

We have accumulated nearly 30 years of deep market knowledge and experience in the sectors in which our clients operate. 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.

International and domestic clients engage us 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 specialised teams help institutions manage the increased burden of compliance and provide recovery solutions and assistance when clients are faced with cash collection issues.

Our strong track record in both the local and DIFC Courts means we are well positioned to advise clients who are dealing with disputes and significant international arbitrations.

Our Abu Dhabi office offers clients a full-service practice and has a solid history of acting for local and international family-owned entities, multinationals, banks and financial institutions, all types of insurers, and oil, gas and power multinationals.

This office is also active in the infrastructure, hospitality, healthcare and education sectors, acting for key players in each industry. 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.

Other team work highlights include advising Varkey Group on the USD 200 million sale of its 44.39% stake in Emirates Healthcare and acting for Zurich on the negotiation of two bancassurance agreements allowing HSBC to distribute insurance products in the UAE, Qatar and Bahrain. We also advised China National Petroleum on a 30-year concession agreement with Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) for the exploration and production of oil and gas in onshore and offshore blocks.


Clyde & Co named Asian-MENA Counsel Firm of the Year 2018 in 15 categories
In-House Community: Asian-Mena Counsel
Intellectual Property Team of the Year
The Oath Middle East Legal Awards 2018
Corporate Team of the Year
The Oath Middle East Legal Awards 2018
Law Firm of the Year
MEED Awards 2018
Arbitration Team of the Year
Legal Week Middle East Legal Awards 2018
Litigation Team of the Year
Legal Week Middle East Legal Awards 2018
Legal Advisors - Deal Making Award
EducationInvestor Awards 2017