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Welcome to the Inaugural ALB Middle East Law Awards 2021!
 

ALB'S VIRTUAL AWARDS CEREMONY
Date: Wednesday, 31 March 2021        
                                                                                   

Thomson Reuters proudly presents the inaugural Middle East Law Awards in March 2021. These prestigious awards will recognise the excellence and outstanding achievements of law firms, in-house legal teams, top deals and dealmakers in the region. 

As health and safety of our participants are our priority, after careful consideration, the awards will be hosted virtually.

Continuous connection is especially important in these uncertain times, and we are determined to keep ALB’s commitment in delivering the finest event experience to the legal community.

Let us celebrate together Thomson Reuters' inaugural virtual awards ceremony of Middle East at the comfort of our homes with our favorite food and drinks! 

Finalists announced! Check out at the "finalists" tab.

Contact Harmony Tam at +852 3462 7767 or harmony.tam@thomsonreuters.com for submission inquiries.

Contact Amantha Chia at amantha.chia@tr.com or +65 6973 8258 for sponsorship opportunities.

 

CATEGORIES

 

Deal Categories

Debt Market Deal of the Year
Equity Market Deal of the Year 
M&A Deal of the Year

Individual Categories

In-House Lawyer of the Year
Managing Partner of the Year
Pro Bono Practitioner of the Year
Woman Lawyer of the Year 
Young Lawyer of the Year 

In-House Categories

Energy and Resources In-House Team of the Year
Financial Services In-House Team of the Year
Technology, Media and Telecommunications In-House Team of the Year
Middle East In-House Team of the Year

Firm Categories

Arbitration Law Firm of the Year
Construction and Real Estate Law Firm of the Year
Corporate Citizenship Law Firm of the Year
Deal Firm of the Year
Energy and Resources Law Firm of the Year
Intellectual Property Law Firm of the Year
Labour and Employment Law Firm of the Year
Litigation Law Firm of the Year
Rising Law Firm of the Year
Egypt Law Firm of the Year
Israel Law Firm of the Year
Lebanon Law Firm of the Year
Saudi Arabia Law Firm of the Year
UAE Law Firm of the Year
Middle East Law Firm of the Year

If you have suggestions for categories to be introduced or you wish to join our mailing list for the latest update on the submission process, contact Caryl on mary.aquino@thomsonreuters.com

  

           IMPORTANT DATES           

Opening of submissions | December 11, 2020
Deadline of submissions  | February 11, 2021
Online announcement of finalists | March 1, 2021
Virtual Awards ceremony | March 31, 2021

 

           SUBMISSION INQUIRIES          

Harmony Tam
Events Researcher
Phone: +852 3462 7767
Email: harmony.tam@thomsonreuters.com

 

 

JUDGING PANEL

announcement date of the judges TBC

 

FINALISTS**

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INDIVIDUAL CATEGORIES

In-House Lawyer of the Year
Craig Brook, Qatar Petroleum
David Galea, International Maritime Industries Company
Fatema Fathnezhad, Virgin Mobile
Karim Hamdy Serour, Al Ghurair Construction
Manoj Kumar, ISON Group
Maria Kavaratzis, The Entertainer
Shadi Mallah, Dow
Yosr Hamza, Gartner

Managing Partner of the Year
Atef Yassin ElSherif, ElSherif Law Firm & Consultants
Chadia El Meouchi, Badri and Salim El Meouchi Law Firm
Jasmin Fichte, Fichte & Co
Joey T. Shabot, Greenberg Traurig
Mac Fadlallah, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld
Mohamed Khodeir, Khodeir and Partners
Mohammed Alsuwaidi, Al Suwaidi & Company
Najib Hage-Chahine, Hage-Chahine Law Firm
Ragy Soliman - ADSERO - Ragy Soliman & Partners
Tim Casben, Gowling WLG
Zeyad Khoshaim, Khoshaim & Associates

Pro Bono Practitioner of the Year
Barney Almazar, Gulf Law
Chadia El Meouchi, Badri and Salim El Meouchi Law Firm
David Galea, MentorMeet
Yosr Hamza, Gartner

Woman Lawyer of the Year
Asal Saghari, King & Spalding
Chadia El Meouchi, Badri and Salim El Meouchi Law Firm
Fatema Fathnezhad, Virgin Mobile
Jasmin Fichte, Fichte & Co
Malak Khalil, ADSERO - Ragy Soliman & Partners
Meira Ferziger, Greenberg Traurig
Rachel Armstrong, Gowling WLG
Sara Koleilat-Aranjo, Al Tamimi & Company
Yosr Hamza, Gartner

Young Lawyer of the Year (In-House)
Akshay Narula, Flash Entertainment
Craig Brook, Qatar Petroleum
Fivos Athos Sarelis, SEDCO Holding
Shadi Mallah, Dow
Yosr Hamza, Gartner

Young Lawyer of the Year (Law Firm)
Abdulla Abu Wasel, Wasel & Wasel
Ahmed Kotb, Khodeir and Partners
Daniel Xu Yongji, King & Wood Mallesons
Ibrahim Shehata, Shehata & Partners
James R. Stull, King & Spalding
Johann Strauss, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld
Laura Voda, Fichte & Co
Mohamed Abdelgawad, ADSERO - Ragy Soliman & Partners
Najib Hage-Chahine, Hage-Chahine Law Firm
Rachel Armstrong, Gowling WLG

 

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IN-HOUSE CATEGORIES

Energy and Resources In-House Team of the Year
DNV
Novartis
Saudi Aramco

Technology, Media and Telecommunications In-House Team of the Year
Careem
Flash Entertainment
Gartner
ISON Group
The Entertainer
Uber
Virgin Mobile

Middle East In-House Team of the Year
Al Ghurair Construction
Careem
DNV
Flash Entertainment
Gartner
Saudi Aramco
SEDCO Holding
Uber

 

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FIRM CATEGORIES

Arbitration Law Firm of the Year
Al Tamimi & Company
Baker McKenzie
Dentons
Hage-Chahine Law Firm
Khodeir and Partners
King & Wood Mallesons
Matouk Bassiouny & Hennawy
Stephenson Harwood
Tadmor Levy & Co.
Wasel & Wasel

Construction and Real Estate Law Firm of the Year
Al Tamimi & Company
Baker McKenzie
Dentons
Taylor Wessing
The Bench

Deal Firm of the Year
Al Tamimi & Company
Khoshaim & Associates
King & Spalding

Energy and Resources Law Firm of the Year
Dentons
Matouk Bassiouny & Hennawy
Shehata & Partners
Stephenson Harwood

Intellectual Property Law Firm of the Year
Al Tamimi & Company
Gowling WLG
The Bench

Labour and Employment Law Firm of the Year
Al Tamimi & Company
Amereller
Dentons
Greenberg Traurig
Stephenson Harwood

Litigation Law Firm of the Year
ADSERO - Ragy Soliman & Partners
Al Suwaidi & Company
Al Tamimi & Company
Dentons
Hage-Chahine Law Firm
Khodeir and Partners
King & Wood Mallesons
OGH Legal
Shehata & Partners
Tadmor Levy & Co.
Wasel & Wasel

Rising Law Firm of the Year
ADSERO - Ragy Soliman & Partners
Gowling WLG
Kalantar Business Law Group
OGH Legal
The Bench

Egypt Law Firm of the Year
ADSERO - Ragy Soliman & Partners
Al Tamimi & Company
ElSherif Law Firm & Consultants
Khodeir and Partners
Shehata & Partners

Israel Law Firm of the Year
Erdinast, Ben Nathan, Toledano & Co.
Fischer Behar Chen Well Orion & Co
Greenberg Traurig
Lipa Meir & Co.
Naschitz Brandes Amir
Tadmor Levy & Co.

Lebanon Law Firm of the Year
Badri and Salim El Meouchi Law Firm
Chedid Law Offices in association with Dentons
Hage-Chahine Law Firm

Saudi Arabia Law Firm of the Year
Al Tamimi & Company
Dentons
Khoshaim & Associates

UAE Law Firm of the Year
Al Suwaidi & Company
Al Tamimi & Company
Amereller
Dentons
Fichte & Co
Gowling WLG
Taylor Wessing
Wasel & Wasel

Middle East Law Firm of the Year
Al Tamimi & Company
Baker & McKenzie
Dentons
Fichte & Co
OGH Legal
Taylor Wessing
Wasel & Wasel
 

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DEAL CATEGORIES

Debt Market Deal of the Year

Government of Egypt's Sovereign Deal
Law firms: Baker McKenzie; Dentons
Banks: Emirates NBD; FAB

Islamic Development Bank's Issuance of Sustainable Sukuk Programme
Law firms: Clifford Chance; Dentons
Banks: Citi; Crédit Agricole CIB; Emirates NBD; GIB; HSBC; ICD; Natixis; Société Générale; Standard Chartered

Issuance of Perpetual Tier 1 Capital Certificates
Law firms: Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld; Clifford Chance; Maples Group; Mutlu Law Firm
Banks: HSBC

Kuwait Finance House Bahrain's Issuance of Islamic Securitization Sukuk Programme
Law firm: Al Tamimi & Company

Ministry of Finance in Saudi Arabia's Shariah Compliant Financing to Saudi Electricity Company
Law firms: Baker McKenzie; Clifford Chance

Riyad Bank's Issuance of Sukuk on London Stock Exchange
Law firms: Allen & Overy; Khoshaim & Associates; Linklaters

 

Equity Market Deal of the Year

Fiverr International's NYSE Public Offering and Subsequent Senior Notes' Private Offering
Law firms: Fischer Behar Chen Well Orion & Co; Latham & Watkins; Meitar; Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom
Banks: BofA Securities; Citi; JMP; Needham & Company; Oppenheimer; UBS

Ormat Technologies' Bonds Offering
Law firms: Fischer Behar Chen Well Orion & Co; Norton Rose Fulbright

Public Offering of Industrial Buildings Corporation Shares and Transfer of Publicly Traded Debt
Law firms: Fischer Behar Chen Well Orion & Co; M. Firon & Co.

Saudi Aramco's IPO
Law firms: Khoshaim & Associates; Latham & Watkins; White & Case

Sharjah Asset Management's Investment in Hamriyah Independent Power Plant
Law firms: Allen & Overy; King & Spalding

Western Union's New Shares Subscribion of STC Pay
Law firms: CMS; Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer; King & Spalding
 

M&A Deal of the Year

Acquisition of Phoenix Holdings
Law firms: Fischer Behar Chen Well Orion & Co; Gornitzky & Co.; White & Case

ARKO's Business Combination
Law firms: DLA Piper; Ellenoff Grossman & Schole; Greenberg Traurig; Gornitzky & Co.; S. Friedman & Co.
Banks: BMO Capital Markets; Cantor Fitzgerald; Citi; Morgan Stanley; Nomura; Stifel

H&F's Acquisition of Checkmarx
Law firms: Erdinast, Ben Nathan, Toledano & Co.; Simpson Thacher & Bartlett

Investment in ADNOC's Gas Pipelines in UAE
Law firms: Al Tamimi & Company; Ashurst; Clifford Chance; Latham & Watkins; Maples Group; Simpson Thacher & Bartlett
Banks: BofA Securities; FAB; Mizuho Securities; Moelis & Company

KKR's Acquisition of 1-800 Contacts
Law firm: Erdinast, Ben Nathan, Toledano & Co.

Masraf Al Rayan merger with Al Khaliji Commercial Bank
Law firms: Clifford Chance; K&L Gates; Maples Group
Bank: J.P. Morgan

Merger of Jerusalem Economy Ltd. with Industrial Buildings Corporation
Law firms: Fischer Behar Chen Well Orion & Co; M. Firon & Co.

Occidental Petroleum Corporation's Sale of Business in Mozambique to Total
Law firms: Dentons; Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer; King & Spalding; Weil, Gotshal & Manges

Oman Arab Bank's Takeover of Alizz Islamic Bank
Law firms: Addelshaw Goddard; Dentons

Saudi Aramco's Acquisition of SABIC
Law firms: Clifford Chance; Khoshaim & Associates; White & Case

Silver Lake's Investment by Mubadala
Law firms: Simpson Thacher & Bartlett; Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom

TPG's Takeover of Abraaj Growth Markets Health Fund's Management
Law firms: Al Tamimi & Company; Appleby; Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton; Debvoise & Plimpton; Dechert; Sidley Austin; Stephenson Harwood

Uber's Acquisition of Careem
Law firms: Al Tamimi & Company; DLA Piper; Herbert Smith Freehills; Morrison and Foerster; Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati

XIO Group's Sale of Lumenis
Law firm: Erdinast, Ben Nathan, Toledano & Co.

 

 

**COMPLETENESS AND ACCURACY OF INFORMATION

Please note that the inclusion of banks and legal advisors in the transactions essentially reflects the information provided by nominating organizations. Therefore, any omission of a party involved in any of these transactions should not be taken as a commentary on the role assumed by that party. For queries about the shortlist, please email Harmony at harmony.tam@thomsonreuters.com

* The above list will be regularly updated until final. 

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WINNERS

list of winners will be posted on 1 April, 2021

 

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

 

ELIGIBILITY 

How do I know if I am eligible to make a submission? 

We highly encourage all firms, individuals and in-house teams to submit, as we have numerous award categories to choose from. We welcome both past participants and newcomers to join the submission for the awards. 

Is self-nomination permitted?

Yes, we accept self-nominated submissions. We also accept third-party submissions, should you wish to nominate an external party or vice versa.

Is there a fee required to make a submission in the law awards?

No, there is no fee payment required for you or your firm/team to make a submission. 

TIMELINE OF EVENTS

When will the finalists and winners be announced?

The shortlist of finalists will be released around 4-8 weeks prior to the awards ceremony. The winners will be exclusively announced at the virtual awards ceremony in Mar 2021.

NOMINATION PROCESS AND ASSESSMENT 

How are the finalists chosen?

Asian Legal Business will compile all of the submission entries, and the ALB editorial and research teams will extensively review each submission to ensure the criteria are met in order to advance to the shortlist of finalists. We stress that this process is fair, impartial and not subject to external influences. 

How are the winners chosen? 

Once the shortlist of finalists have been announced, an independent judging panel will review and select their top three choices for the award categories they are assigned to. The scores for each award category will be tabulated, and the individual/firm/team with the highest score will be announced as the winner. 

What are the award categories that I can take part in?

Any law firms, in-house teams or individuals may take part in multiple award categories if appropriate. The researchers reserve the right to move entries from one category to another if they feel it appropriate. The researchers’ decisions are final and no correspondence will be entered into. 

Who will be on the judging panel for ALB Middle East Law Awards? 

There will be an independent judging panel of at least 25 senior and expert legal industry leaders to review the submission materials. The judging panel will be selected on the basis of their expertise and knowledge, and will be comprised from various sectors to correspond to the diverse list of award categories. A partial list of judges’ names will be released prior to the awarding ceremony, and the remaining judges will be revealed on the evening of the awards. 

What will my contact information/my client’s information be used for?

All contact information provided will not be disclosed to external parties; and will only be seen by our ALB research team and the judges panel. We keep the information on record internally, in case we need to contact you or your client regarding any questions or discrepancies in the submission form. 

Where will my name/firm name/team name be published if we are a finalist or winner?

As a finalist and/or winner, your firm/team/individual name will be published in ALB awards materials and print magazine. For more information, please contact us.

Is my submission confidential?

Any information you submit will only be reviewed by the ALB team and independent judging panel, whose names will be published. The material submitted will only be disclosed to the above; if there is any information that is strictly confidential, please mark clearly on the nomination form. Though we do our best to maintain the security of the information you provide, any information you transmit to us is done at your own risk and Thomson Reuters is not responsible for any unauthorized transmission of information.  

SPONSORSHIP, PARTICIPATION AND OTHER 

I would like to sponsor the ALB Law Awards.

Please contact Amantha.Chia@thomsonreuters.com or (+65) 6973 8258 for further details regarding sponsorship. 

I am interested in being an official partner of the ALB Law Awards, as a media/legal association.  

Please contact Mary.Aquino@thomsonreuters.com or call +632 9825 938. 

My practice area or specialty is not listed, but I would like to participate in the Awards.

Please get in touch with our ALB Law Awards research team at Mary.Aquino@thomsonreuters.com or call +632 9825 938.

Can I participate in Awards across the region?

Yes, you can participate in more than one market. Please note there may be specific criteria for each market.

 

Who should attend the Virtual Awards Ceremony? Can I attend?

We welcome all finalists and non-finalists to join the Virtual Awards Ceremony; please contact Amantha.Chia@thomsonreuters.com or (+65) 6973 8258.

I would like to order a winner’s trophy and/or certificate (for finalists and winners).

Please contact Amantha.Chia@thomsonreuters.com or (+65) 6973 8258.

How can I receive communications related to the ALB Middle East Law Awards?

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