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

Our Dubai office, located within the Dubai International Financial Centre, supports clients doing business in both the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and the wider Middle East and North Africa.

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.

In addition, our Dubai lawyers provide advice on UAE law and practice, including retention and supervision of local lawyers in the Dubai and UAE courts. 

Legal Notices

  • K&L Gates partners Jonathan Sutcliffe and Nazanin Aleyaseen have been in included in the 2022 inaugural edition of Legal 500’s Private Practice Arbitration Powerlist - Middle East Region.
  • The 2021 Chambers Global Guide recognized the firm and its lawyers as leaders in the United Arab Emirates in the area of Dispute Resolution.
  • The 2021 Legal 500 EMEA Guide recognized the firm among leaders in the United Arab Emirates in the areas of Dispute Resolution and Employment.

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.

Recognized as handling matters “in a fair manner,” offering “detailed reasoning” in the category of United Arab Emirates: Dispute Resolution

Chambers Global 2023
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