Covington & Burling LLP
Founded nearly a century ago in Washington, DC, Covington & Burling LLP today is recognized as a leading international law firm, with more than 800 lawyers practicing in Beijing, Brussels, London, New York, San Diego, San Francisco, Seoul, Shanghai, Silicon Valley, and Washington. The firm is known for the high quality of its work, its in-depth knowledge of key industries, its sophistication in complex regulatory, corporate and litigation matters, deep loyalty to its clients, and its commitment to the highest professional and ethical standards. We advise and represent major companies of all types, and have particular expertise in the software and high-technology industries, pharmaceutical, biotechnology and life sciences sector, oil and gas sector, defense industry, consumer products and branded goods industry, financial institutions industry, and media sector. We also have significant experience advising foreign governments and international organizations.
Covington is highly regarded for the scope and breadth of its international practice, including its work for clients in the Middle East. For more than a decade, our international practice has been handling matters from and in the region. Much of our work has focused on inbound investment into the US, financial institutions, and export controls. We have also handled transactional matters in the region and advised on investigations and disputes involving Middle Eastern operations. We frequently serve as advisors or advocates on projects and transactions presenting novel and complex issues of Middle Eastern scope and importance. Our clients include companies and governmental entities active in virtually all sectors of the Middle East's economy.
Our recent strategic alliance with Institution Quraysh for Law & Policy further expands and strengthens our ability to provide high quality legal services to clients operating in and from the Middle East.
Institution Quraysh for Law & Policy
Institution Quraysh for Law & Policy (iQ) is a transnational legal consulting firm with bases in Doha, Jeddah, and London. As the only top-tier legal service provider of its kind with Gulf and international law practices, iQ is advantageously placed to offer specific advice on legal matters in the Arab World, Europe, and the United States. iQ has established itself as a pre-eminent legal service provider in the Middle East, and is the first Gulf law firm to have a presence in the United Kingdom. Possessing expertise spanning both the public and private sectors, iQ focuses on supporting regional projects and decision makers by offering an unparalleled grasp of the Middle East's laws, politics, culture and economics. iQ is closely attuned to changes taking place at various levels of the corporate sector in a region where strategic partnerships with local experts are essential to actively and positively shape future success.
The firm couples its intimate understanding of the region with a team of professionals and legal specialists from multiple jurisdictions. Its International Advisory Board of world renowned experts enhances its capability to provide advice across a range of issues. iQ also benefits from a number of partnerships and joint ventures with more than 50 years of combined experience working with clients in the Middle East. Offering a truly transnational approach to the delivery of legal and consulting services, iQ has a unique capacity to expertly analyze and advise on the key sectors within the region.
Malik Dahlan is the firm’s founder and Chief Attorney, with legal qualifications from Harvard in the US, and prestigious universities in Egypt and Jordan. Mr. Dahlan is one of ten Regional Experts in Oil and Gas selected by the UN Mission in Iraq, and is admitted to the bar in Qatar, allowing iQ to practice throughout the states of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC). He has worked extensively on numerous groundbreaking initiatives in Qatar, including the $8.67 billion Specialty Teaching Hospital, and advised the United States Trade Representative (USTR) on the accession of Saudi Arabia and the GCC to the World Trade Organization. Mr. Dahlan has also represented leading financial institutions such as Morgan Stanley, and Bain Capital, and acted in several vital defense and energy matters relating to companies such as Lockheed Martin and Siemens.
Collaboration in the Middle East
The recent strategic alliance between Covington and iQ enables the individual firms to work cooperatively to provide high quality legal services to clients in the Middle East. There are five broad practice areas which the collaboration will cover collectively: Corporate/International Investment; Government Affairs, Sovereign Representation and Regulatory; International Trade Law & Policy; Technology & Media; and Litigation.
From our combined offices in the US, Europe, Asia and the Middle East, Covington and iQ are uniquely positioned to advise international and Middle Eastern clients in virtually every area of legal expertise, including:
- Bankruptcy and insolvency;
- Carbon markets and climate change issues;
- Committee on Foreign Investment in the US, or CFIUS, in connection with investments and acquisitions in the US;
- Construction and engineering;
- Corporate governance, securities disclosure & other US, EU and international securities and financial compliance issues;
- Data protection rights and obligations;
- Education and health; Environmental policy and mitigation;
- Export control issues;
- Financial institutions matters;
- Anti-corruption matters;
- Infrastructure and project finance;
- International tax matters;
- International trade, state aid, customs and competition matters;
- International transactions, including mergers and acquisitions;
- Islamic law and Islamic finance;
- Law and investment in the states of the GCC;
- Legislative reform;
- Life sciences transactions and licensing;
- Litigation, international arbitration and investigations;
- Market access rights and issues and WTO matters;
- Media and communications issues;
- Middle Eastern, EU and US regulatory and policy matters, including legislative and executive branch matters in Washington, DC and state capitals;
- Non-profit organizations;
- Patent litigation and the acquisition and licensing of intellectual property rights;
- Private clients; Public international law;
- Real estate;
- Regulatory and policy matters in the US and EU in such key areas as energy, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, telecommunications, banking and finance, transportation, intellectual property, product safety and liability, trade and antitrust/competition law matters;
- Sovereign and government relations; and
- Sovereign wealth funds.
Joint Representative Matters in the Middle East
Covington and iQ have assisted a wide-range of Middle Eastern, US and European clients either entering new markets in the Middle East, or addressing issues involving established business operations in the region. For Middle Eastern clients seeking to do business in the US and globally, Covington and iQ have provided expert and specialized assistance in many areas.
- Advising Microsoft and the Business Software Alliance in preparation of comments on the IP and E-Commerce chapters of the US-Bahrain Free Trade Agreement.
- Advising Agelef, the international shipping company, on tax and corporate matters relating to its commercial presence in Qatar and long-term LNG transportation contracts throughout the world.
- Acting as Gulf Counsel in Kuwait, Bahrain, and Qatar to Morgan Stanley on an international infrastructure fund.
- Advising Bain Capital, the Boston-based private equity firm, on a major securities listing in Jordan.
- Representing, before the President, Prime Minister and senior officials of Pakistan, US and EU companies seeking stronger intellectual property rights protection.
- Advising an oil company on sanctions compliance and conflicting oil claims in Southern Sudan.
- Coordinating an internal investigation for a leading multinational industrial company on compliance with Middle East trade sanctions programs, and representing the company before the U.S. Departments of Treasury and Commerce.
- Advising Lockheed Martin, the US-based defense company, in a state-wide surveillance contract with the Government of Qatar.
- Advising Siemens LLC on its establishment in Qatar, including major matters such as tax and government defense contracts.
- Advising Tepe-Akfen Ventures (TAV), the Turkish-based construction company, with their involvement in the building of the new Cairo International Airport.
- Advising the Saudi Government on a BOT contract with a French-based multinational industrial group for King Abdullah’s Equestrian Club in Jeddah, the largest and most complex Islamic finance project of its time.
- Advising on the creation of the Qatar Financial Center (QFC) International Civil and Commercial Court, the first common law court in the Middle East.
- Representing Office Chérifien des Phosphates of Morocco in the negotiation of US, Indian, Indonesian, and Canadian joint venture and commercial supply arrangements.
- Advising SABIC and GE on the acquisition of the GE Plastics business.
- Representing The Carlyle Group in the sale of Landmark Aviation and Standard Aero to Dubai Aerospace Enterprise.
- Advising the Qatar Supreme Economic Council as the lead legal counsel for the establishment of a new single financial services regulator, in addition to evaluating the nation-wide legal regime regarding financial services.
- Advising the Economic Development Board of Bahrain on its overall legal infrastructure, including the new telecommunication strategy for Batelco.
- Advising the Saudi Government on the drafting of the Investment Law for the Saudi Government’s creation of the Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority (SAGIA).
- Advising the Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Foundation and the John D. Gerhart Center for Philanthropy and Civic Engagement at the American University in Cairo to undertake a legal environment evaluation project for philanthropy in the Arab World.
- Advising on the financing, creation and incorporation of the Arab Democracy Foundation (ADF), the first Arab non-governmental organization promoting democracy and civil society.
- Acting as instructing attorney on the creation of the Sidra Medical Research Center, the $8.7 billion state of the art specialty teaching hospital.
- Representing the Offset Program Bureau, an agency of the government of the UAE, in its acquisition of the business of John Rigby & Co., a California-based manufacturer of sporting rifles.
- Advising on potential US investments for TAQA.
- Acting as co-counsel to the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan in the ICSID cases, JacobsGibb Limited v. Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan and ATA Construction, Industrial and Trading Company v. Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan.