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Most Highly Regarded Firms: UAE 2008 - Construction

The United Arab Emirates has a strong claim to be the most active construction market in the world. Driven by oil revenues and with high levels of demand across sectors such as housing, hotels and infrastructure, it is said that one-third of all the new concrete in the world is poured in the UAE. This heightened activity is unsurprisingly reflected in a busy legal market, with local and international firms making an impact in our research and 19 individuals appearing overall.

Most Highly Regarded Firms: UAE 2008 - Commercial Litigation

Litigation before the local courts is restricted to UAE nationals, and as a result, local firms dominate the litigation listings. International firms are, however, starting to make their mark on the scene, and are able to work on international matters and appear before the courts at the Dubai International Financial Centre, which counts as an independent jurisdiction. These parallel outlets allow local and international firms to excel in the litigation sphere despite the apparent restrictions.

Most Highly Regarded Firms: UAE 2008 - Insolvency & Restructuring

The UAE has been in constant economic boom. The liquidation of Forsyth Partners in 2007 was the first and only involving a firm from the Dubai International Financial Centre.

Most Highly Regarded Firms: UAE 2008 - Insurance & Reinsurance

The UAE insurance and reinsurance market has enjoyed sustained growth in recent years, and is today among the largest in the Middle East.

Editorial: Intellectual Property in the UAE

The intellectual property bar in the UAE is small and its lawyers' practices are often broad in scope. The lawyers selected for inclusion in this chapter have experience dealing with a variety of IP issues, ranging from the registration, maintenance and enforcement of trademarks and patents to dealing with intellectual property rights on the internet. This chapter identifies five individuals from the Dubai offices of three established firms.

Editorial: Islamic Finance in the UAE

Investment in Islamic-compliant funds has tripled over the past five years and according to the Financial Times, the Islamic finance industry is now worth an estimated US$800 billion. Although it has not completely escaped the recent global financial turmoil, experts predict that the abundance of liquidity in the region, coupled with the ever-growing appetite for financial products that comply with sharia law will mean that the list of Islamic-sanctioned financial instruments will continue to grow. With this in mind, there is a similarly great demand for legal expertise in this area and this chapter identifies 12 practitioners who are regarded by their peers as leaders in the field.

Most Highly Regarded Firms: UAE 2008 - Arbitration

Commercial arbitration is growing in popularity in the United Arab Emirates.

Most Highly Regarded Firms: Illinois 2008 - Aviation

The aviation industry is encountering difficult times. Instability in the financial markets, increasing fuel costs and a dip in consumer spending have seen a number of carriers go out of business this year. Bankruptcies and workouts may well increase in the coming 12 months. It is against this backdrop that the demand for lawyers with specific industry knowledge remains high. In total we have identified 18 lawyers from nine separate firms with a range of expertise. Leading commercial and aircraft finance lawyers rub shoulders with some of the industry's major names for contentious matters arising out of major aircraft accidents.

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