Businesses are constantly challenged to distinguish themselves from their rivals and thrive in new and emerging markets. The opportunities between the UK and the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region are growing rapidly. As a result, an increasing number of MENA based companies and individuals are investing throughout the UK and vice versa.

Our MENA department can provide advice and assistant on contentious and transactional matters including:

  • Cross border disputes
  • Cross border transactions
  • Offshore structures
  • Acquisition or sale of high value properties within the UK
  • Advice on financial sanctions and applications for Treasury licenses
  • Immigration to the UK via investment
  • Contentious probate
  • International wealth planning
  • Matrimonial and family law matters involving cross jurisdiction laws

The MENA team has a breadth of experience which includes:

  • Successfully defending a £23 million world-wide freezing injunction on behalf of nine respondents, including Moroccan nationals.
  • Conducting a multi-million dollar arbitration through the London Maritime Arbitrators Association involving a charter party agreement for a company based in Dubai.
  • Acting for an Iranian oil and gas company defending arbitration proceedings in England.
  • Tracing world-wide fraudulent transactions and enforcing English judgements throughout MENA and Europe.
  • Working closely with a Lebanese law firm in complex disputes over international fraudulent transactions.
  • Acting in a $10 million dispute over turn-key power station involving politically exposed persons in the Iraqi government.
  • Successfully navigating sanction issues relating to a shipment of multi-million pound goods destined for Iran.
  • Setting up a London representative office for a major oil and gas company in the Middle East. 

Our team speaks both Persian and Arabic and has first-hand experience in the business customs, formalities and culture of the MENA region which we regularly visit to stay in touch with contacts and professionals, host talks and also meet with clients. 

The firm is a member of the International Business Law Consortium and has a number of affiliate offices in the Middle East and North Africa.

Jovita Vassallo

Jovita Vassallo

Partner

+44 (0)20 7632 1439