With offices in Doha, Qatar, Abu Dhabi and Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Patton Boggs is well-positioned to provide legal and policy advice to governments, government-owned corporations, investment institutions, and private business clients in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). With four offices in the region and the assistance of highly qualified local firms with whom the firm is associated in several countries throughout the region, Patton Boggs combines its local law skills, extensive regional experience, commercial and transactional experience, and deep understanding of international law and policy to offer clients practical legal, political, and business advice.
Patton Boggs has been privileged to represent such sovereign governments as those of Egypt, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Qatar, Oman, and Kuwait. Our corporate representation includes servicing the needs of many of our U.S.-based Fortune 500 clients doing business in the region, as well as foreign multinationals who require international corporate advice.
The business culture in the Middle East and North Africa Region is founded on personal relationships. Over our many years of service in the region, our lawyers have built for Patton Boggs a reputation for integrity and confidentiality, a high standard of ethics, and a creative and sophisticated approach to legal and business issues. In the process, the firm has built an important network of personal relationships at the highest levels of the region's political and economic leadership, and a deep knowledge of the region's culture and traditions.
The Middle East is in the midst of historic economic and political change. The demand for its energy resources and the capital flows back to the region by its citizens to support its expansion in the real estate, banking and insurance, and tourism sectors is transforming the region's economies. The U.S. and allied governments' program of expenditures in Iraq and Afghanistan is promoting a new community of local suppliers of goods and services from the region's economies. With these major opportunities for economic expansion, political reform, and global economic engagement in the Middle East over the coming years, Patton Boggs is uniquely positioned among the region's law firms to support its client's participation and success in the regional market.
Over Five Decades of Experience
Patton Boggs is privileged to have been involved in several of the most important legal matters in the region over the past four decades. Some of our more notable matters have included representing the private office of HH Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, formerly the Ruler of Abu Dhabi and the President of the U.A.E., in international matters; the State of Oman in border disputes; the States of Qatar and Oman in the negotiation of agreements with the U.S. military; the State of Qatar in the development of its energy, education health and defense sectors following the accession of HH Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani; and the Government of Abu Dhabi in global matters related to the liquidation of the Bank of Credit and Commerce International (BCCI). Through our involvement in these and other matters, we have developed deep insights into the inner workings of business and government in the region-knowledge that we put to work for our clients every day.
Expansion in the infrastructure, real estate, industrial, banking and insurance, and tourism sectors is transforming the economies of the MENA region. Along with these economic developments, the region is experiencing widespread political reform and continuing and ever-evolving global engagement. With our history and depth, Patton Boggs is well positioned to support its clients’ participation and success in this complex and growing region.
Among the assignments that the firm has undertaken in the Middle East:
- Advising Middle Eastern governments on bilateral and multilateral treaty negotiations with the U.S. Government, the UN, IMF, WTO, GATT, ILO, IMO, and other international organizations.
- Representing Middle Eastern governments and government-owned entities before U.S. Courts on many matters, including U.S. Foreign Sovereign Immunity and PATRIOT Act claims.
- Managing international arbitrations under ICC, UNCITRAL, and AAA Rules.
- Supervising and instructing litigation teams across the Middle East, Europe, Russia (and the states of the former Soviet Union), and the United States in complex multi-jurisdictional litigations on behalf of Middle East regional clients.
- Addressing and resolving regional boundary disputes in the Arabian Peninsula, Nile Delta, and Indus River regions.
- Structuring complex project finance transactions, including the provision of local law legal opinions to lender syndicates and owner/developer partnerships.
- Reorganization and refinance of public/private international business consortia.
- Representing Middle Eastern governments in negotiations with U.S. academic institutions, health facilities, and multinational consulting firms.
- Representing Middle Eastern government and private entities in the development and financing of projects for the hotel and hospitality, aviation, tourism, banking, health, and education sectors, both in the region itself and in the United States.
- Representing Middle Eastern financing institutions in Islamic finance transactions, both within the region and the United States.