Middle East


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Middle East

Regional Breadth

Adding to Andrews Kurth's long-standing involvement with the largest and most complex oil and gas projects worldwide, the firm’s Middle East presence enhances our service platform and enables us to better assist clients with projects and assignments in:

In addition to our core team, we have capacity to serve clients using knowledgeable consultants and in-country law firms within the region. These combined capabilities support our cultural awareness and tradition of respectful business practices, reflecting our understanding of the nuances of local laws and customs.

Our Middle East practice group is further supported by a former general counsel of an Abu Dhabi-based international oil and gas company.

Our clients include national and international energy companies (the majors as well as large and small independents); refiners and petrochemical companies; oilfield service companies, project developers; utilities; and government authorities.

Focused Strengths

The recognized sector prominence of Andrews Kurth is enhanced by the strengths of our Middle East team, who offer clients:

Core Capabilities

Team members have extensive capabilities to handle:

Business Expansion: We bring oil and gas industry insight and sophisticated legal counsel to all aspects of planning and implementing our clients’ business plans to establish and expand programs in the region. We have the skills to assist client growth and development throughout the Middle East and adjoining areas by leveraging our UK offshore oil and gas relationships and our international contacts and connections. By offering a “three-circles” service approach from our core team, in-country legal alliances and consultants, and relying on the latest information and communication technology, Andrew’s Kurth offers each client the benefit of our regional focus and global prominence. Our services include free zone and onshore business structures, business registration and licensing and commercial agency and distribution agreements.

Highlights of our experience include advising on:

Upstream & Midstream Energy: We counsel on both the investment and the industry side of sophisticated oil and gas transactions in the Middle East, during development as well as the operational phases of projects. We advise on host country requirements concerning direct investment and local content and provide guidance on the applicable local laws and regulatory environment.  Our advice includes negotiating and drafting concessions and production sharing agreements, seismic licenses, drilling contracts, pooling and unitization agreements, joint operating agreements, farm-out agreements, and natural gas and crude oil sales agreements. Our experience includes advising on the latest Iraq oil and gas licensing rounds, several Egyptian oil and gas licensing rounds (EGPC and Ganope) and the ADCO Onshore Concession.

Highlights of our experience include advising on:

LNG: Our team benefits from experience in every phase of the LNG chain from initial gas production, gathering and processing to liquefaction, shipment, regasification, storage, transportation and marketing. We have provided counsel on various aspects of the LNG import and regasification terminals in Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Egypt and Kuwait.

Highlights of our experience include advising on:

Renewable Energy: With an increased focus on environmental concerns and rapidly reducing costs relating to alternative sources of energy, renewable energy is at the forefront of power generation. Our team members have been among the pioneers in advising sponsors and lenders on the development and financing of renewable power projects throughout Africa and the Middle East. Landmark projects our team members have been instrumental in advising on include (i) the first renewable project (wind project) to achieve financial close in Jordan acting for IFC, EIB and EKF, (ii) the project financing of the first tendered utility scale renewable project (solar PV) in Dubai.

Highlights of our experience include advising on:

Infrastructure: We have a multi-disciplinary infrastructure practice advising governments, sponsors and construction companies in several sectors, including energy, power, water, and transport. We support clients in project structuring, risk allocation and evaluating the bankability needed to bring a project to market. We are one of the leading firms in advising on major project contracts, including construction contracts, operation and maintenance agreements, major equipment procurement contracts, and offtake agreements. Members of our team were involved in negotiating the EPC contracts for landmark infrastructure and energy projects including the LNG storage tanks for the UAE’s largest planned LNG import terminal and the $3 billion Dubai Metro Project.

Highlights of our experience include advising on:

Project Finance: We represent sponsors, developers and lenders in financing a wide range of projects. We provide the legal support needed to structure, document and implement financing for major projects in sectors such as power, water, energy and social infrastructure. In particular, we have acted on deals involving development finance institutions (DFIs), export credit agencies (ECAs) as well as international commercial banks. Accordingly, our team members are familiar with a wide array of financing precedents including but not limited to those involving IFC, JBIC, KEXIM, EBRD, EIB, EKF, FMO, MIGA. 

Mergers & Acquisitions: We advise companies, financial advisors and investors on both the sell side and the buy side of numerous complex M&A transactions. We provide seasoned counsel in structuring and documenting international joint ventures.  Our recent experience includes acquisitions involving high profile companies in the UAE and Saudi Arabia.

Highlights of our experience include advising on:

Andrews Kurth Kenyon DMCC is registered and licensed as a Free Zone company under the rules and regulations of DMCCA.

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