The defence sector in the Middle East and North Africa has been particularly active for a number of years. The current global climate means that defence spending is likely to remain high in many jurisdictions.

Our specialist defence and security team is based on the ground across the MENA region and offers the level of service and expertise clients expect of an international law firm, with the benefit of our in-depth understanding of the legal and commercial landscape of the region and its individual jurisdictions.

Clear advice from defence experts

Our defence clients choose us because when the stakes are high, we offer clear and sound commercial advice with detailed local knowledge. We have an in depth understanding of the sector, and our defence and security team includes lawyers who have worked for national governments in their defence procurement departments.

We work with defence contractors and governments across the MENA region, including Saudi Arabia, Qatar and UAE.

Drawing on expertise from across the Al Tamimi & Company network, we put together teams to help our clients with everything from digital and cyber security to regulatory and contract negotiations.

Commercially astute advice

Our in depth understanding of the regulatory landscape in this region means that we help clients understand the nuances and the best places to set up in order to meet their objectives. Most jurisdictions have a variety of options including free zones that may bring benefits, depending on what our clients want to achieve.

When it comes to contract negotiations, we help defence contractors understand the local laws as well as requirements of counterparties, so that contractors can be comfortable with what they are able to achieve and understand any obstacles to those goals.

We are happy working with clients directly, but are also happy to work in co-operation with clients’ international counsel.  In the region we are to go-to local partner firm for many of the world’s largest law firms be it from Europe, North America, Asia and beyond.

Our defence services

  • Contract negotiations and reviews
  • Reviewing tenders and providing advice on procurement rules
  • Advice on local market practices and expectations
  • Liaison with government agencies
  • Distribution and commercial agency laws
  • Employment law advice
  • Advice for setting up an enterprise in the MENA region, including which jurisdiction to choose
  • Advice on foreign investment laws
  • Advice on local tax consequences
  • Cyber security, digital and data

Key Contacts

Andrea Tithecott

Partner, Head of Regulatory and Healthcare
Grahame Nelson

Partner, Head of Office - Al Khobar
Meet the team

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