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Maples recognised at the 2012 IFLR Middle East Awards

02 Nov 2012

Dubai,  8 October 2012 | Maples and Calder once again affirmed its position as leading offshore law firm in the Middle East as it scooped 3 awards at the 2012 IFLR Middle East Awards.

Acting as Cayman Islands counsel on three award winning deals, Maples and Calder formed part of the teams which received awards for M&A Deal of the Year (Mannai acquisition of Damas International), Restructuring Deal of the Year (Nakheel Restructuring) as well as Structured Finance and Securitisation Deal of the Year (Standard Chartered’s structured trust certificate programme).

Tahir Jawed, Managing Partner of Maples and Calder’s Dubai office, said, “We are delighted to accept these prestigious awards. The awards and nominations received continue to reinforce Maples’ position as the leading offshore law firm in the region.

The Qatar-based Mannai acquisition of jewellery retailer Damas International was awarded M&A Deal of the Year. Other advising law firms were Afridi & Angell, Allen & Overy, Ashurst, Clifford Chance, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Herbert Smith and Simmons & Simmons.

The Nakheel Restructuring was named as Restructuring Deal of the Year. Maples and Calder acted as Cayman Islands counsel alongside Allen & Overy, Clifford Chance and Latham & Watkins to complete the $16bn deal for the Dubai-owned property developer.

Maples and Calder worked alongside Allen & Overy Standard Chartered’s structured trust certificate programme.

Maples and Calder advised on a total of 9 nominated deals over 6 categories, a further testament to its standing in the region as a top tier firm.

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