Jurisdiction: United Arab Emirates
Experience / Expertise:
Alternative Investment Funds (incl. Private Equity)
Anti-Trust / Competition
Banking and Finance
Capital Markets
Compliance / Regulatory
Coporate and M&A
Energy & Natural Resources
Intellectual Property
International Arbitration
Islamic Finance
Litigation and Dispute Resolution
Projects and Project Financing (incl. Infrastructure)
Real Estate / Construction
Telecommunications, Media and Technology
Restructuring and Insolvency
Applicable Fee Earners

Main Practice Areas

  • Banking and Finance
  • Construction
  • Corporate
  • Dispute Resolution
  • Employment and Pensions
  • Energy and Infrastructure
  • Housing and Regeneration
  • International
  • Private Wealth
  • Projects
  • Public sector / Local government
  • Real Estate
  • Telecoms, media & technology

Firm Profile

Trowers & Hamlins is an international law firm. We are here to help businesses and governments change the way we live and work for the better. We do this by providing commercial advice geared towards tackling tomorrow’s challenges in industry. We like to build enduring one-to-one relationships with our clients and develop long-term partnerships beyond transactional work. We provide a full range of corporate, business and commercial legal services.

Trowers & Hamlins in Asia and the Middle East
The international practice of Trowers & Hamlins undertakes work in many jurisdictions but is particularly closely associated with Asia and the Middle East.  In the Middle East we are considered to be a regional specialist and we have broad geographical coverage and one of the largest, strongest and most experienced teams of lawyers.

Our connections with the Middle East date back to 1959. Trowers & Hamlins has long-established offices in Abu Dhabi, Bahrain, Dubai, Oman and is now the first foreign law firm to secure a branch licence in Malaysia.

Our KL office is particularly focused on providing international counsel support to major projects and cross border investments for ASEAN clients internationally, and in the ASEAN region, applying our international experience of projects of a similar nature to important in-country projects, with particular focus on energy, infrastructure and PPP projects. Our range of clients and connections, and their fields of activity, are significant and varied.  Our client base ranges from Government-linked companies, to infrastructure funds, developers, real estate companies, banks, contractors and engineers, the automotive industry, and sundry partners involved in international commercial activity and joint ventures.

In Jordan we have a strong association with Abdul Karim J Al Fauri and Associates and we have successfully advised over the last 15 years on some of Jordan’s largest projects: its recent LNG import project; the Arab Gas pipeline from Egypt; oil shale concessions including one with oil major Shell; and a mine-mouth oil shale-fired Independent Power Project.

In Saudi Arabia we have a presence on the ground through an exclusive co-operation arrangement with Prima Law & Consultations Office, headed by HH Dr Abdulrahman bin Saud Al-Kabier.

In Kuwait we collaborate with a number of leading Kuwaiti law firms and we also enjoy very close and regular working relationships with law firms in Egypt (where we had our own office for more than 10 years) Qatar and Turkey.

Our Middle East practice is acknowledged as one of the leading legal practices in the region. The expertise and experience of our lawyers and the overall breadth and depth of our Gulf practice is amply demonstrated by our substantial involvement (past and present) in some of the most significant, complex high profile and innovative projects and transactions in the region.

Clients benefit from a high degree of partner involvement, quality control and accountability. Across the firm, technical expertise is matched by strength, in-depth knowledge and substantial back-up resources. There is a strong shared commitment to doing the job right and delivering consistently good service.

We are consistently ranked as a leading law firm in the Middle East and North Africa and are the first law firm to secure a Law Society Award for service levels for our Middle East offices.

Recognition and Awards

  • Winner of the Offshore Finance award at IFN Awards 2019
  • Named ‘Best Islamic Law Firm’, International Finance Magazine, 2018
  • Ranked tier 1 in Islamic Finance in Legal 500, 2018
  • Winner “Most innovative deal of the year” (IFN awards 2017)


Trowers & Hamlins (UAE)

Address (Dubai): Burjuman Business Tower, Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Road (Trade Centre Road), PO Box 23092, Dubai, UAE

Tel: (971) 4 3519201

Fax: (971) 4 3519205

Email: dubai@trowers.com

Address (Abu Dhabi): Floor P1, Tower C1, Al Bateen Towers, Bainuna Street, PO Box 45628, Abu Dhabi, UAE

Tel: (971) 2 4107600

Fax: (971) 2 4107601

Email: abudhabi@trowers.com

Website: www.trowers.com

Contacts: Cheryl Cairns / Saleem Adam

Offices in Asia: Kuala Lumpur

Year Established: Dubai 1991 / Abu Dhabi 1993

Languages Spoken: Arabic, Bahasa Malaysia, Cantonese, English, French, Mandarin, Russian

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