Gateley in the UAE
The United Arab Emirates is a growing and important market for exporters, investors and corporate clients looking to establish a Middle Eastern presence for their expanding regional and global businesses.
Gateley Plc helps these clients to navigate the many complexities of doing business in the UAE – from establishing joint ventures to developing new hotels; and from shipping, M&A to resolving disputes. Everything we do is focused on achieving the right commercial outcome for our clients.
Our team is well versed in UAE laws, having accumulated many years of experience in the region. They advise major players in key industry sectors on both contentious and non-contentious matters. Well-established local knowledge and contacts – in the UAE and wider MENA region – have also helped us to become a trusted adviser to our clients.
Choosing Gateley gives you access to a wider network of experts in the UAE, UK and further afield – a network tailored to your needs and objectives.
Clients frequently choose Gateley in the UAE to help them set up companies, establish branch and representative offices, and handle agency and sponsorship arrangements. A comprehensive service also sees our experts advise on M&A and disposals, equity capital markets, private placements, privatisations and restructurings.
Examples include management agreements for a number of hotel chains and selling government-owned property to a private sector purchaser.
Successful dispute resolution requires a clear strategy and tactics to gain clients every advantage. From choosing when and how to litigate or seek alternative means of resolving disputes, to conducting settlement negotiations, it pays to have the right lawyer by your side. This is even more important in complex, multi-party international disputes.
Gateley’s team in the UAE handle all types of local, regional and cross-border disputes, with particular expertise in issues pertaining to construction, energy, shipping, aviation and real estate. This includes securing a US$100+ million arbitration award and freezing order to protect Dubai-based assets and acting for two defendants in a case concerning a US$400 million shipping concern.
A Dubai-based full-service real estate practice works with clients whose interests extend throughout the UAE and the wider Gulf Cooperation Council, and into Africa, Asia, Russia and the CIS. Our specialists advise local and international developers and investors on high-profile projects, including luxury resorts and hotels, developing shopping centres and residential developments.
No Dubai or UAE offer is complete without construction. It is such an important component of the region’s thriving economy. Dealing with non-contentious matters like engineering, procurement and construction contracts, as well as complex disputes enables us to help clients involved at all stages of a major construction project.
Corporate partner Amrik Sangha leads our Dubai office. A specialist in cross-border M&A, joint ventures and foreign direct investments, Amrik helps government and corporate clients complete large-scale real estate and corporate transactions. He has particular expertise advising clients in the hotels and hospitality sectors.
Partner Mark Hoyle leads the disputes practice in Dubai. He specialises in commercial dispute resolution, with more than 25 years’ experience including appearing in the DIFC Courts, Dubai World Tribunal and the Qatar International Court.
A Chartered Arbitrator, Mark has advised on arbitrations under the rules of the International Chamber of Commerce, London Court of International Arbitration, Dubai International Arbitration Centre, the Abu Dhabi Chamber of Commerce and the International Islamic Centre for Reconciliation & Arbitration, among others.
Alan Shanks is a corporate and banking partner with particular expertise in the shipping and energy sectors. His experience includes advising on the acquisition and restructuring of a ship-owning company in Qatar and a US$50 million Sharia-compliant refinancing for the construction of eight barges.
Other members of the team include corporate senior associate Jonathan Burton, real estate senior associate Galina Gedrovich, Amira Khan, construction senior associate, and dispute resolution associate Fareya Azfar.