2017 The Middle East Legal Awards


Arcadis is the leading global Design & Consultancy firm for natural and built assets.  Applying our deep market sector insights and collective design, consultancy, engineering, project and program management services, we work in partnership with our clients to deliver exceptional and sustainable outcomes throughout the lifecycle of their natural and built assets.
Contract Solutions is a specialist team at Arcadis whose primary area of expertise is supporting lawyers and in-house legal counsel for government entities, contractors, developers and employers, in the avoidance, mitigation and resolution of complex construction disputes. We are 27,000 people active in over 70 countries – we are globally mobile and never far from where our clients need us.

Bird & Bird is a respected international law firm, with 28 offices across the globe. But that's only part of the story. We've built our international reputation not only on exceptional legal expertise, but also on our ability to think beyond the details of law.
We’re business thinkers.

EQUITY is an independent and experienced software and consulting firm covering the complex problems inherent to global groups but also enabling even smaller size corporations to use simple, efficient and durable solutions. EQUITY offers a complete range of solutions and services dedicated to Corporate Governance regarding legal, financial and internal control fields.
EQUITY is committed each day to its customers worldwide by assisting their managers in achieving their goals in terms of compliance, operational efficiency, and transparency as well as legal and financial communication. More than half of the CAC 40 (French stock-index) companies as well as major groups in Europe and the Middle East trust EQUITY.

Eversheds Sutherland represents the combination of two firms with a shared culture and commitment to client service excellence. We are each known for our commercial awareness and industry knowledge and for providing innovative and tailored solutions for every client.
We have extensive experience of acting on complex multi-jurisdictional projects, arbitrations, M&A transactions, investments and financings, and are able to draw upon the experience of a team of more than 2,500 legal advisors around the world. We are one of the largest international law firms in the Middle East, with offices in Abu Dhabi, Amman, Doha, Dubai and Riyadh and the only international law firm to have offices on the ground in Iraq in Baghdad and Erbil. This local footprint is supported by an unrivalled depth of expertise and is backed by genuine international weight; worldwide we have more than 60 offices in over 30 jurisdictions across Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East and the United States.


As leading global provider of Enterprise Legal Technology™, Legal Suite supports its customers' legal performance by providing its expertise in the fields of Enterprise Legal Management (ELM), Contract Lifecycle Management (CLM) and Governance, Risk and Compliance (GRC). Legal Suite’s software applications address the day-to-day needs of legal departments such as: Contracts, Matter Management, Corporate Entities, Litigation, Power of Attorney, Intellectual Property, Real Estate, etc. With offices in Europe and North America, the Legal Suite group can call on more than 16 years of experience, over 1,000 projects, more than 550 customers and 40,000 users throughout the world.

Reed Smith is a global law firm with more than 1,800 lawyers in 26 offices throughout Europe, the Middle East, Asia and the United States. We are known for our experience across a broad array of industry sectors, such as energy and natural resources, financial services, shipping, life sciences and entertainment and media.
Reed Smith was one of the first international law firms to establish a presence in the Middle East, opening its first office in the region in 1978. Reed Smith’s long history in the Middle East has led to the establishment of two offices, in Abu Dhabi and Dubai, and a dedicated team of internationally qualified lawyers with leading experience in all the disciplines required by our clients across the Middle East region, with particular market strengths in construction, corporate, banking and finance, and disputes resolution.
The Middle East team provides a combination of many years of experience working for government organisations and private sector companies on all aspects of local and international law.
The UAE is the hub of the firm’s practice in the Middle East and Africa. Elsewhere in the region, the firm has longstanding relationships with correspondent firms of excellence in all the principal geographical areas. We have acted for clients located in or with operations across the MENA region, Turkey, Africa, and South and Central Asia. Our knowledge of these markets and strong history in the Middle East, coupled with the firm’s global footprint, enables us to fully serve clients from our Middle East platform.

Fox Rodney Search is a global legal recruitment boutique focusing on partner and associate searches and team moves as well as general counsel and head of legal in-house searches. As our clients continue to grow around the globe, we have grown with them, offering our traditional standards of excellence in research, professionalism and service throughout Europe, the US, the Middle East and Asia.
Our Dubai team, based in the DIFC, has been active in the Middle East since 2008. We offer all levels of private practice and in-house retained search and contingent recruitment services. With local language capabilities and an in-depth understanding of the cultural and economic realities of doing business in the region, Fox Rodney Search is uniquely placed to assist our clients in successfully meeting their strategic growth plans.

Supporting Organisation

ACC Middle East promotes the common professional and business interests of in-house counsel who work for corporates, associations and other private sector organisations in Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco,Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, the United Arab Emirates and Yemen. Part of the Association of Corporate Counsel that has more than 40,000 members working at 10,000 organisations in 85 countries, ACC Middle East provides a local network in the region and serves the in-house community through information, education, networking opportunities and advocacy initiatives.