Middle East

A&O Shearman’s lawyers have operated at the forefront of legal and economic developments in the Middle East since the 1970s.

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Regulatory disclaimer
For regulatory information relating to the Middle East, please read our country-specific legal notices for Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

We advise our clients on many of the biggest and most complex transactions, projects, and disputes, often setting precedents within the market.

Our team has been instrumental in shaping the legal and regulatory landscape of the Middle East, working closely with governments to draft laws and regulations and establish new institutions and frameworks.

What sets us apart in the region

A history of groundbreaking advice

Our lawyers helped create the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) in 1971, the Abu Dhabi Global Market (ADGM) in 2013, and the UAE's financial regulatory reforms in 2018. 

Strong and lasting relationships

Through our offices in the key business hubs of Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Riyadh we continue to build deep relationships with government agencies, sovereign wealth funds, regulatory bodies and national firms in the region, as well as sponsors, financial institutions, lenders and funds.

Sophisticated and nuanced counsel

We advise across the Middle East, leveraging our lawyers’ international expertise and sophisticated knowledge of the region’s legal systems and business cultures to deliver market-leading advice to the most prestigious entities.

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We advise our clients across the Middle East from our offices in the region's major financial centers.

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