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 40 partners and 300 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, and Riyadh in Saudi Arabia, providing a full-service commercial offering of local lawyers across most business sectors and practice areas.


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


International Law Firm of the Year

Women in Law Awards 2024

Middle East Law Firm of the Year Dispute Resolution

Chambers Middle East Awards 2024

UAE Dispute Resolution Law Firm of the Year

Chambers Middle East Awards 2024

UAE Law Firm of the Year

Who’s Who Legal Awards 2024

Shipping and Transport Firm of the Year

The Legal 500 (Legalease) Middle East and North Africa Awards 2024

Law Firm of the Year

MENA IR Awards 2024

Employment Team of the Year

The Oath Middle East Legal Awards 2023

International Litigation Firm of the Year - UAE

Chambers Middle East Awards 2023

Construction Law Firm of the Year - UAE

Chambers Middle East Awards 2023

UAE Gold Tier Firm

World Trademark Review (WTR) 1000 - 2023

Law Firm of the Year

Middle East Insurance Industry Award 2022

Insurance Team of the Year

The Oath Middle East Legal Awards 2022

UAE Law Firm of the Year

Who’s Who Legal Awards 2023