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Middle East

Barrington Global's Middle East Advisory builds on decades of multi-faceted experience and successful engagement on behalf of a broad spectrum of clients, from start-ups, regional enterprises and major multinationals to high-net-worth individuals, financial institutions and governmental agencies.  We help our clients navigate the risks, negotiate the issues and realize the opportunities on critical legal and strategic matters emanating from or oriented toward the Middle East, with particular emphasis on GCC countries such as Saudi Arabia and the UAE as well as on other select jurisdictions.

 

We regularly advise multi-national clients entering or expanding in the region, in addition to Middle Eastern clients investing or transacting abroad.  We take great pride in our creative and commercial mindset, in our reliability and integrity and in our cross cultural fluency and connectivity. 

When we met Charles, we knew immediately that we had found the perfect legal advisor to guide us through the complex challenges and opportunities of investing and operating in the Middle East, particularly in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

- David Golden, General Counsel and Senior Vice President, Eastman Chemical Company

Representative Matters

  • Representing, as lead international counsel, the sponsor of a multibillion dollar petrochemical project in Egypt on all aspects of the project, including corporate, commercial, tax, finance and regulatory

  • Represented the B20 2020 Saudi Arabia as the only law firm/lawyer asked to serve as Knowledge Partner, including playing a lead role on the Integrity and Compliance Task Force, coordination with UNDP, the Gender Project, the G20 / B20 2020 COVID 19 Response and other key matters. 

  • Representing GM Cruise on its autonomous vehicle ridehailing strategic venture with the Government of Dubai.

  • Represented Expedia and Hotels.com on various corporate, commercial and regulatory matters related to expanding in the Middle East.

  • Representing a major defense contractor on large ventures and offset projects in Saudi Arabia, the UAE, and Morocco, valued in the billions, including all commercial and compliance aspects.

  • Represented a leading publishing company on its joint venture with the Emirate of Sharjah.

  • Representing Baxter on multiple Middle East regulatory and commercial issues

  • Represented the Dow Chemical Company in the execution of a multibillion dollar, complex, production, offtake and marketing joint venture in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. 

  • Represented Under Armour on a major legal and public relations matter in the Middle East and Muslim world.

  • Represented a major private equity firm in the acquisition of a controlling stake in a Saudi Arabian air transportation and services company.

  • Represented the John Buck Company in a ground-breaking Abu Dhabi-based joint venture with a government-owned real estate development organization for the cooperative pursuit of real estate development opportunities in the UAE.

  • Represented Crown Prince of Dubai on investments in the U.S. related to Sushi Samba restaurants and separately on the acquisition of a major stake in Go Fast Beverages.

  • Represented Potbelly Corporation on its first international franchise expansion (into the Middle East) and related regulatory, commercial and other risk issues.

  • Represented a large US electronics manufacturer on corporate and commercial matters relating to the Middle East, including with respect to a Saudi Arabian manufacturing joint venture.

  • Represented the Government of Lebanon in high-level matters of international public law, including with respect to the United Nations.

  • Represented the Clorox Company on two major joint ventures in Saudi Arabia, one joint venture in Egypt and subsequent commercial and compliance matters elsewhere in the region, including the implementation of international best practices on contracts and compliance related projects.  

  • Represented a major pharma company on the separation and spin-off of its Middle East business.

  • Represented a governmental agency of Saudi Arabia to rewrite the Kingdom's Companies Law based on Western legal principles and international best practices. 

  • Represented one of the largest Middle East television broadcast companies in the implementation of an international broadcast license and distribution agreement in the US. 

  • Represented the son of HM King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia as outside general counsel, including with respect to US M&A investments and international business ventures. 

  • Represented a senior member of the Qatari Royal Family in the acquisition of a marquis hotel property in Chicago, including all related commercial and IP contracts. 

  • Represented over 100 multinational companies entering, partnering and/or expanding in the Middle East through various corporate or commercial transactions and arrangements, including advising on related employment, IP, regulatory, compliance and financial issues.

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