Middle East

Simmons & Simmons has been operating in the Middle East for over 30 years.

Our Middle East practice comprises lawyers from our two offices in the region – Dubai and Doha. In addition, in 2012 we established a presence in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia through our alliance with Hammad & Al-Mehdar law firm. In 2014, Hammad & Al-Mehdar in alliance with Simmons & Simmons opened an office in Riyadh. This alliance brings our clients immediate access to one of the largest and most respected firms in Saudi Arabia. We provide a comprehensive and integrated service that covers our clients’ requirements throughout the Middle East and North Africa, wherever their business takes them. Our ability to provide advice in Arabic, English and French means we offer our clients a true ‘one stop shop’ for their international and local legal advice.

With support from our other offices as needed, we are able to respond quickly to client needs with commercially driven, market leading legal advice. Examples of the external recognition we have received for our work includes:

  • Project Finance Deal of the Year- IFLR Middle East Awards 2016
  • Asset Management & Funds Law Firm of the Year - IFN Law Awards 2016
  • Law Firm of the Year - Global Investor Middle East Awards 2015, 2013 and 2012
  • Islamic Finance Law Firm of the Year - ASIAN-MENA COUNSEL In-House Community Firm of the Year Awards 2015
  • Competition and Regulatory Team of the Year, Corporate Counsel Middle East Awards 2015
  • Shortlisted for Insurance Law Firm of the Year in the Middle East, MENA Insurance Awards 2015
  • Innovation Award at the Corporate Counsel Middle East Awards 2014 for work advising Sedco Capital on the development and successful launch of a one-stop-shop investment platform of Shariah-compliant funds domiciled in Luxembourg and regulated as a specialised investment fund
  • Shortlisted International Law Firm of the Year, Corporate Counsel Middle East Awards 2014
  • Nominated for M&A Deal of the Year and Project Finance Deal of the Year, IFLR Middle East Awards 2014
  • Nominated for M&A Team of the Year and M&A Deal of the Year, IFLR Middle East Awards 2013
  • Best Telecoms Legal Practice, Telecoms World Middle East Awards 2013
  • Nominated for Litigation and Dispute Resolution Team of the Year, Corporate Counsel Middle East Awards 2013
  • M&A Deal of the Year, IFLR Middle East Awards 2012
  • Most Responsive International Firm of the Year (UAE), Asian Mena Counsel In-House Community Awards 2012
  • Best Private Equity Firm, Islamic Finance News Awards Law Poll 2012
  • Best Law Firm for Asset & Fund Management in the Islamic Finance News Awards Law Poll 2011
  • Syndicated Deal of the Year at the Islamic Finance News Awards 2009 & 2011.