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As the region with the world’s largest oil production and natural gas reserves, the Middle East is at the heart of the global energy industry. Dentons has been operating at the center of the Middle East’s energy markets since the 1930s, when we advised Total on its original oil and gas interests in Iraq. We opened our first office in the Middle East 50 years ago and today we are situated throughout the region.
Our lawyers in the region have garnered an outstanding reputation amongst energy clients working in various sectors, including power, water, oil and gas, and renewables. We have worked on a wide range of projects and facilities, including some of the largest and most significant petrochemicals and refinery projects in the world.
Our Middle Eastern energy team spans our extensive network of offices providing our clients with on-the-ground resources and consistently high quality service across the region. No other international law firm can match our track record. Over the years, we have built a strong network of local lawyers, governments and government officials, banks and other key decision-makers, to help you navigate through any unfamiliar business terrain outside our areas of expertise, requirements that less-experienced advisers may not anticipate.
Whether you are an oil major, independent, transport company, power generator, financial institution or regulator, our team will provide you with strategic counsel across the entire energy value chain. The Firm’s lawyers have worked extensively for more than 40 governments across the Middle East and around the world on energy market reform and major project procurements, giving us a unique international and local perspective for our clients.
Our lawyers will guide you through groundbreaking transactions and help you enter new markets. Regardless of your location, scope of work or area of focus, we have the insights necessary to help you succeed.
Dentons is pleased to announce that 229 of its lawyers have been ranked in the Chambers Global 2019 guide. This is an increase of over 30 percent compared to last year's total of 175. Of these recommended lawyers, 90 are ranked in the highest bands (Bands 1 and 2, Eminent Practitioner, Star, Senior Statespeople).
Dentons has been named Firm of the Year in the Projects, Energy and Natural Resources category of The Legal 500 UK Awards 2019.
Dentons is proud to announce that 17 of our lawyers from Africa, Europe, Middle East and the United States have made it into The Legal 500 Hall of Fame, as lawyers at the pinnacle of the profession.
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Saudi Arabia: The Saudi Press Agency announced today the approval of the long-awaited Private Sector Participation Law, making Saudi Arabia the latest country in the region to have adopted legislation governing public-private partnerships. The new law is certain to facilitate Saudi Arabia’s ambition to launch the region’s leading projects in tourism, industrial development and environmental sustainability, including the Red Sea tourism development project, the incubation of a manufacturing sector and the launch of the smart city of NEOM as a model for sustainable living.
Oman: Oman is undergoing a constitutional shake-up in what has been hailed as the most sweeping reforms introduced yet by His Majesty, Sultan Haitham bin Tarek. In a move to accelerate the Oman Vision 2040 roadmap, and with a focus on creating a more efficient and diversified economy, a remarkable 28 new Omani Royal Decrees were announced on 18 August 2020. These decrees reduce the number of ministries (from 26 to 19), decentralise power by devolving authority from His Majesty, and introduce a number of new posts, including the new post of Minister of Finance.
Middle East: Much like the rest of the world, the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) is in unchartered waters with governments of almost all GCC countries imposing lockdowns, travel restrictions and curfews to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic. Bid deadlines for a number of new PPP/IPP/IWP projects (under bid phase) have been extended and operational infrastructure and utility projects are facing or expected to face shortages of labour/materials, restriction in movement of personnel and interruption to supply chains.
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Dentons has appointed Dubai-based partner Mhairi Main Garcia as head of Energy, Transport and Infrastructure (ETI) for the Middle East.
UAE: Dentons has advised National Central Cooling Company PJSC (“Tabreed”) – one of the largest UAE-based international district cooling developers, on the contractual arrangements for the supply of district cooling to the new SeaWorld Abu Dhabi development, a marine life theme park being developed by Miral on Yas Island.
Capping the second of the UAE's two largest acquisitions of 2020 – both involving Abu Dhabi based district cooling developer, National Central Cooling Company PJSC (DFM: Tabreed), members of Dentons' market-leading Middle East Corporate Team advised the utility on the recent Dh963 million (USD262.2 million) purchase of Aldar Properties' district cooling assets on Abu Dhabi's Saadiyat Island.
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