This month we bring you a special focus on a continent that boasts the world’s largest free trade area, a diverse economic make-up and increasing political stability. The latest edition of Law Update focuses on Africa, a territory that continues to be an attractive business and investment destination.
Like the rest of the world, Africa is still re-building from the impact of COVID-19, however, there continues to be an optimistic view of the opportunities the continent presents. An example of the appetite for investment into Africa was captured in a report we commissioned, titled Legal Leaders in MENA. Our survey of legal leaders revealed a resounding desire to expand into new territories, with 81% naming Africa as their investment destination of choice.Read the full edition
With 17 offices across 10 countries, we are a full-service commercial firm combining knowledge, experience and expertise to ensure our clients have access to the best legal solutions that are commercially sound and cost effective.
Our clients are at the heart of everything we do. Founded in 1989, we are the leading corporate law firm in the UAE and throughout the Middle East & North Africa with more than 450 legal professionals in 17 offices across 10 countries. We’re determined to use our knowledge, experience and intellectual rigour to find innovative solutions to overcome complex business challenges. We actively encourage diversity and inclusion, enabling us to attract and retain the best talent, to ensure our clients succeed.
Essam Al Tamimi opened the first office of Al Tamimi & Company in Sharjah in January 1989. He was supported by one secretary. In July 1989, Al Tamimi & Company opened their second office in the World Trade Centre in Dubai with a total number of five lawyers.
In April 1991, the first edition of Law Update, the firm’s client newsletter, was published.
This year Al Tamimi saw further expansion in the UAE with the launch of an office in Abu Dhabi. The firm had a total number of 10 lawyers at this time.
Al Tamimi continued its expansion to serve a new client base by launching an office in the Dubai Internet City.
Al Tamimi expanded outside of the UAE with the opening of an office in Doha, Qatar, in association with Advocate Mohammed Al Marri.
Al Tamimi further expanded in the region through the launch of an office in Baghdad, Iraq.
A big milestone in the history of the firm was the launch of our office in the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC). The DIFC office became the head office for the firm.
Jordan and KSA were next on the firm’s radar with offices being opened in Amman, Jordan and Riyadh, KSA in 2008. The firm also expanded their offering in Qatar with the launch of an office in the Qatar Financial Market (QFC).
A joint venture with Attorney Yaqoub Yousef Al-Munayae led to the opening of an office in Kuwait.
With the firm’s client base expanding in the Northern Emirates, Al Tamimi launched an office in Ras Al Khaimah (RAK) in 2012.
With 10 offices in 6 countries in the Middle East, 38 partners and 230 lawyers, now was not a time to slow down. Further expansion led to the firm expanding its footprint in Iraq with the launch of an office in Erbil and Basra.
The firm celebrated 25 years in the Middle East. It also stamped its GCC footprint with new offices in Bahrain and Oman.
Al Tamimi expanded its network of offices in the region to include Cairo, Egypt and Jeddah, KSA. This advanced the total number of offices in the Middle East to 16 across 9 countries with 330 lawyers.
The firm celebrated 25 years of Law Update and launched its most recent office in Al Khobar, KSA.
The firm has expanded to 17 offices in 9 countries with 60 partners, 330 lawyers, and 720 staff from 45 nationalities.
The firm celebrated its 30 year anniversary.
We expanded our presence in Egypt with the opening of our second office in Port Said, the region’s leading transshipment hub.
Africa is an important market for our firm, and as part of our expansion plans, we opened an office in Casablanca, Morocco making it our third office in Africa.