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Al Fattan Currency House, Level 4, Dubai International Financial Centre, P.O. Box 506826

Our Dubai office, established in 2009, supports clients doing business in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), the wider Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, and beyond, by helping them meet their legal, corporate, commercial, and regulatory needs in pursuit of their key objectives. Our Dubai-based lawyers provide advice on all aspects of onshore UAE law and practice, including retention and supervision of local lawyers in the Dubai and UAE courts, as well as the laws and regulations applicable in the UAE freezones, including the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) and Abu Dhabi Global Market. Our legal team comprises civil and common law qualified lawyers, with full bilingual English and Arabic capability, meaning we can seamlessly advise clients across a wide variety of situations.

The UAE’s continued commitment to infrastructure development and its position within the financial services sector makes it an important location for our firm. Further, its proximity to Europe, Africa, and Asia enhances the strength of its international trading relationships.

The focuses of our Dubai office are dispute resolution (including arbitration), insurance coverage, a broad spectrum of commercial and corporate matters (including mergers and acquisitions, private equity, and venture capital investments), capital markets, investment funds, financial services regulatory advice, banking and finance, and employment. The office also works closely with our firmwide Islamic finance and investment group.

Legal Notices

  • K&L Gates partners Jonathan Sutcliffe, Nazanin Aleyaseen, and Jennifer Paterson have been in included in the 2023 edition of The Legal 500’s Private Practice Arbitration Powerlist - Middle East Region.
  • The Chambers Global 2023 Guide recognized the firm and its lawyers as leaders in the United Arab Emirates in the area of Dispute Resolution and Employment.
  • The Legal 500 EMEA 2023 Guide recognized the firm among leaders in the United Arab Emirates in the areas of Dispute Resolution: Arbitration and International Litigation, and Employment.

Nazanin Aleyaseen has a practice which covers employment contracts, regulatory compliance and workplace investigations. With particular experience in the DIFC, she regularly acts for international clients in the technology, financial services and entertainment sectors.

Strengths: Nazanin Aleyaseen provides extremely clear and practical advice, with a strong eye on the commercials as well as the nuances. Nazanin is an impressive lawyer with complete command of her subject. She is someone who you want on your side in any litigation. Nazanin provides very detailed responses with the right amount of guidance and information for us to make the right decision.

Chambers Global 2023

Jonathan Sutcliffe garners deep respect for his significant experience in international arbitration and litigation in the DIFC. He is highly regarded for his ability to handle an array of construction, IP, joint venture and general commercial disputes.

Strengths: He handled things in a fair manner, obviously reading the documents very carefully. He offers detailed reasoning and I was really impressed by that.

Chambers Global 2023

Recognized as “one of the most impressive arbitration partners in the region” in the category of Middle East-Wide: Dispute Resolution

Chambers Global 2022

Jonathan Sutcliffe garners deep respect for his significant experience in international arbitration and litigation. He handles an array of construction, IP, joint venture, and general commercial disputes. His clients note: “He is an articulate and persuasive lawyer and a good strategic thinker,” further appreciating that “he gives advice that is easy to understand, even when it's a complex issue.”

Chambers Global 2021

Jonathan Sutcliffe is a long-standing presence in the Middle East dispute resolution sphere. He is especially recommended for his construction disputes expertise although his wider practice extends to intellectual property and joint venture matters as well. Client appreciate his ability to “give practical and usable advice with a good strategic vision.” He is based in Dubai.

Chambers Global 2021
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