Holland & Knight has extensive experience providing legal counsel to clients in the Middle East region. Our firm includes lawyers who represent multinational companies and contractors doing business in the greater Middle East, India and Africa, as well as Middle Eastern companies conducting business in the United States and worldwide.
Our Middle East Team offers access to the resources of our international firm with more than 1,300 lawyers and professionals, in the U.S. and Latin America as well as established relationships with law firms around the globe. Holland & Knight's broad range and depth of legal services enables us to offer seamless, comprehensive representation in the Middle East region. We are well-positioned to help clients in the Middle East identify and maximize business opportunities, avoid risks and solve problems effectively when they arise.
Companies looking to establish a foothold in the region or local entities in need of counsel rely on our team in areas that include:
Our breadth of experience enables our clients to rely on us for all their legal needs ranging from straightforward transactions to complex, multifaceted matters in a broad scope of industries. Whether our clients are providing medical services, developing commercial satellite imaging, executing complex transactions, or seeking to be compliant with international and local country laws and regulations, our lawyers have the knowledge and know-how to provide comprehensive guidance.
Our Middle East Team represents foreign banks establishing operations in the United States and foreign banks entering the Middle East and Africa. We assist U.S. companies and their foreign affiliates to proactively develop effective anti-corruption compliance programs. Clients turn to us for guidance on international taxation and insurance issues as well as regulatory and compliance matters associated with their U.S. activities. Depending on the needs of each client, we can work closely with lawyers throughout Holland & Knight who regularly handle anti-money laundering compliance and U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) matters.
We represent clients on regional maritime matters, utilizing the experience and knowledge of one the largest and most geographically diverse international maritime practices of any U.S.-based law firm. Our portfolio also includes transactions that involve all modes of transportation, including public-private partnership (PPP) projects in the UAE and Africa. In addition, we assist clients in a variety of project and equipment financing matters.
Our Middle East Team also draws on more than 75 years of aviation law experience when advising international airlines, including Middle Eastern-based airlines and related entities, on regulatory matters. In addition, our Corporate Services Team handles all matters pertaining to the establishment and operation of businesses in the region. We also provide clients guidance on the raising of capital, listing on regional securities exchanges, local licensing, and labor and employment matters.
Our lawyers counsel leading international and regional clients on regulatory matters from the appropriate country perspective to establish local operations and the export of sophisticated dual-use technologies from the U.S. to support operations in the Middle East. We also advise U.S. clients on licensing for permissible transactions with Iran and Sudan, such as the sale of agricultural products, and sanctions on Iran and Syria.
We counsel security-related clients in connection with bidding on security services for the U.S. Department of Defense, the U.S. Department of State, and various Middle Eastern and African national and regional governments. In addition, our lawyers work with international security firms that want to establish local operations and U.S. contractors doing business in the region.
The following are some engagements handled by members of our Middle East Team:
In addition to developing the strong industry and government relationships that help us protect our clients' interests, our Middle East Team also maintains close working relationships with leading local arbitrators and litigators who are trained in sharia law and can provide dispute resolution services when the need arises.
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