Corporate & Commercial


Our corporate structuring team advises in relation to the structuring of companies, establishment of representative offices or branches onshore or free zone.

In contrast with most jurisdictions abroad, the activities that UAE companies (free zones or onshore companies) can undertake under a commercial license tend to be narrow. Their location will also have an impact on the clients that they can directly transact with. Consequently a careful examination of the company’s modus operandi and projected development is crucial to be undertaken at an early stage.

We advise clients on the initial stages of the structuring having a deep understanding of the region’s business and legal environment.

We have set up onshore companies in all emirates in UAE and all Dubai and Abu Dhabi Free zones, and in the most reliable free zones in the northern emirates of the UAE.


We advise clients in the drafting, revision and negotiations of a wide range of commercial contracts and joint ventures, taking pride of our specialization in agency, distribution, franchising, and governmental procurement – the latter on the field of transportation and infrastructures.

Our lawyers have experience in a range of sectors, including: energy, retail, education, health, pharmaceutical, construction, transportation, hospitality, tourism, manufacturing, and sports.

In brief reference to our engagements, we have successfully and extensively assisted international clients in:

  • The drafting of agency and exclusive distributorship agreements with Middel East based agents and distributors.
  • The revision of procurement contracts and conducted direct negotiations with the relevant governmental departments.
  • The closing of transactions related to oil & gas and renewable energies.

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