2017 Corporate Counsel Forum Middle East


Arcadis is the leading global Design & Consultancy firm for natural and built assets.  Applying our deep market sector insights and collective design, consultancy, engineering, project and program management services, we work in partnership with our clients to deliver exceptional and sustainable outcomes throughout the lifecycle of their natural and built assets. Contract Solutions is a specialist team at Arcadis whose primary area of expertise is supporting lawyers and in-house legal counsel for government entities, contractors, developers and employers, in the avoidance, mitigation and resolution of complex construction disputes. We are 27,000 people active in over 70 countries – we are globally mobile and never far from where our clients need us.

EQUITY is an independent and experienced software and consulting firm covering the complex problems inherent to global groups but also enabling even smaller size corporations to use simple, efficient and durable solutions. EQUITY offers a complete range of solutions and services dedicated to Corporate Governance regarding legal, financial and internal control fields.
EQUITY is committed each day to its customers worldwide by assisting their managers in achieving their goals in terms of compliance, operational efficiency, and transparency as well as legal and financial communication. More than half of the CAC 40 (French stock-index) companies as well as major groups in Europe and the Middle East trust EQUITY.

Eversheds Sutherland represents the combination of two firms with a shared culture and commitment to client service excellence. We are each known for our commercial awareness and industry knowledge and for providing innovative and tailored solutions for every client. We have extensive experience of acting on complex multi-jurisdictional projects, arbitrations, M&A transactions, investments and financings, and are able to draw upon the experience of a team of more than 2,500 legal advisors around the world. We are one of the largest international law firms in the Middle East, with offices in Abu Dhabi, Amman, Doha, Dubai and Riyadh and the only international law firm to have offices on the ground in Iraq in Baghdad and Erbil. This local footprint is supported by an unrivalled depth of expertise and is backed by genuine international weight; worldwide we have more than 60 offices in over 30 jurisdictions across Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East and the United States.

Fichte & Co is one of the UAE’s leading full service law firms. Driven by passion, professionalism, and a team of over 15 dedicated local and international lawyers, Fichte & Co is a force to be reckoned with and the ‘go-to’ firm for legal services. We owe our success to our reputation as a firm which knows how to get things done. Our local know-how and network is unparalleled and, combined with professional ethos, this consistently ensures the best results for our clients. We are proud to say that Fichte & Co is large enough to matter but small enough to care.

Global Advocacy and Legal Counsel is a leading UAE law firm.  Established in 2003, we have offices in Abu Dhabi and Dubai and provide local, regional and international clients with a full business law service. As a local law firm, our team of highly skilled and experienced advocates and legal consultants are permitted to appear before all courts of the UAE and the Dubai International Financial Centre.  Internationally licensed, experienced and educated, our diverse team combine a wealth of knowledge from around the globe, including the UAE, US, UK, Australia, Italy, Greece, Germany, Egypt, Lebanon, Jordan, Syria and India.

Hadef & Partners LLC is a leading independent UAE law firm, with more than 90 lawyers in Abu Dhabi and Dubai. Just as the UAE has developed since its formation in 1971, so have we. Founded in 1980 by Dr. Hadef Al Dhaheri, who served as Minister of Justice (2008-2014), we have become an internationally respected, full-service business law firm supporting local, regional and international clients and government entities.
With 35 years of experience, we understand the laws, traditions, opportunities and challenges of our region. Our lawyers come from a diverse range of backgrounds, many having trained and practiced in Western and other Middle Eastern jurisdictions, with in-house as well as private practice experience. Our market leading team of advocates has rights of audience in all UAE courts and tribunals. As a result of the quality and diversity of our lawyers we continue to be entrusted to advise on the most pioneering, complex and strategic projects and transactions in the UAE.

Kroll is the leading global provider of risk solutions. For more than 40 years, Kroll has helped clients make confident risk management decisions about people, assets, operations and security through a wide range of investigations, cyber security, due diligence and compliance, physical and operational security and data and information management services. Headquartered in New York with more than 35 offices in 20 countries, Kroll has a multidisciplinary team of nearly 1,000 employees and serves a global clientele of law firms, financial institutions, corporations, non-profit institutions, government agencies and individuals.

As leading global provider of Enterprise Legal Technology™, Legal Suite supports its customers' legal performance by providing its expertise in the fields of Enterprise Legal Management (ELM), Contract Lifecycle Management (CLM) and Governance, Risk and Compliance (GRC). Legal Suite’s software applications address the day-to-day needs of legal departments such as: Contracts, Matter Management, Corporate Entities, Litigation, Power of Attorney, Intellectual Property, Real Estate, etc. With offices in Europe and North America, the Legal Suite group can call on more than 16 years of experience, over 1,000 projects, more than 550 customers and 40,000 users throughout the world.

Lexis Middle East Law is your single point of access to the laws of the Gulf region in English and Arabic, as well as practical guidance, legal commentary,cases and news from across the Middle East.
Combining the global expertise of LexisNexis and the regional experience of SADER Legal Publishing, the Lexis Middle East Law service is the definitive research tool for both lawyers in practice and in-house in the Middle East.Now with one GCC-wide team on the ground, we ensure consistency across
our high quality English and Arabic translations, while our research team is always at your disposal to guarantee you have around the clock access to the documents you need.

Reed Smith is a global law firm with more than 1,800 lawyers in 26 offices throughout Europe, the Middle East, Asia and the United States. We are known for our experience across a broad array of industry sectors, such as energy and natural resources, financial services, shipping, life sciences and entertainment and media.
Reed Smith was one of the first international law firms to establish a presence in the Middle East, opening its first office in the region in 1978. Reed Smith’s long history in the Middle East has led to the establishment of two offices, in Abu Dhabi and Dubai, and a dedicated team of internationally qualified lawyers with leading experience in all the disciplines required by our clients across the Middle East region, with particular market strengths in construction, corporate, banking and finance, and disputes resolution.
The Middle East team provides a combination of many years of experience working for government organisations and private sector companies on all aspects of local and international law.
The UAE is the hub of the firm’s practice in the Middle East and Africa. Elsewhere in the region, the firm has longstanding relationships with correspondent firms of excellence in all the principal geographical areas. We have acted for clients located in or with operations across the MENA region, Turkey, Africa, and South and Central Asia. Our knowledge of these markets and strong history in the Middle East, coupled with the firm’s global footprint, enables us to fully serve clients from our Middle East platform.

As a full-service global law firm, Squire Patton Boggs provides insight at the point where law, business and government meet, giving our clients a voice, supporting their ambitions and achieving successful outcomes. Our multidisciplinary team of more than 1,500 lawyers in 46 offices across 21 countries provides unrivalled access to expertise and invaluable connections on the ground. It is a seamless service that operates on any scale – locally or globally. It encompasses virtually every matter, jurisdiction and market. We combine sound legal counsel with a deep knowledge of our clients’ businesses to resolve their legal challenges. We care about the quality of our services, the success of our clients and the relationships that are forged through those successes.

Tailored to the regional market, we provide legal solutions that help our customers streamline their processes, collaborate with colleagues and clients, and leverage critical information and insights. Our products cover the full spectrum of legal needs, within law firms, corporate practice, and government departments. Thomson Reuters delivers best-of-class legal solutions that help you work smarter. Intelligently connect your work and your world through unrivaled content, expertise, and technologies.

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Supporting Organisation

ACC Middle East promotes the common professional and business interests of in-house counsel who work for corporates, associations and other private sector organisations in Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco,Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, the United Arab Emirates and Yemen. Part of the Association of Corporate Counsel that has more than 40,000 members working at 10,000 organisations in 85 countries, ACC Middle East provides a local network in the region and serves the in-house community through information, education, networking opportunities and advocacy initiatives.