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Construction & Engineering

Simply put, we are experts in construction. We have excellent construction capability and experience across the Middle East and Africa.

We offer a full range of infrastructure, construction and energy law expertise. From procurement planning, contract negotiation and drafting to strategic advice during construction, claim avoidance and settlement and formal dispute resolution through courts, arbitration or ADR. Our team of construction law experts is on hand to provide knowledgeable, reliable advice when it is needed, at any time throughout a construction project.

Our lawyers are recognised for their track record in advising on the largest, most complex projects in the region and for successfully resolving associated major domestic and international disputes. We act for developers, government agencies, oil and gas multinationals, international and domestic contractors and consulting firms.

Our team of construction law professionals is experienced in the complete construction lifecycle; from “cradle to grave”. We have a full service offering, including advising on employment issues, performance bonds and parent company guarantees and representation in connection with all regulatory matters affecting the design, development and construction process. Our dispute resolution and international arbitration specialists have a wealth of experience in arbitrations administered by prominent arbitral institutions, regional and international, including ADCCAC, ICC, LCIA, DIAC and DIFC-LCIA, as well as those governed by UNCITRAL and other ad hoc rules. We also assist local and international parties who are involved in proceedings in the local courts around the region.

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July 2018
High­lights of our ex­per­i­ence in Con­struc­tion & En­gin­eer­ing
Fawaz Al­hokair Real Es­tate Co on the de­vel­op­ment of the US$200 mil­lion King Ab­dulaziz In­ter­na­tion­al Air­port City Pro­ject – Phase 1 in Jed­dah, Saudi Ar­a­bia.Gulf Data Hub on design and con­struc­tion of a data centre at King Ab­dul­lah Uni­versity of Sci­ence and Tech­no­logy (KAUST), Saudi Ar­a­bia.Ab­dul Latif Jameel Real Es­tate In­vest­ment Co Ltd on the US$2.6 bil­lion, 7,000 room, Jabal Al Ka’aba Hotel pro­ject in Makkah, Saudi Ar­a­bia.Yapi Merkezi on the con­struc­tion con­tract and sub­con­tract doc­u­ment­a­tion for the Mecca/Med­i­nah Hara­main high-speed rail pro­ject in Saudi Ar­a­bia.Sum­itomo Cor­por­a­tion/Malakoff In­ter­na­tion­al Lim­ited/Al­jo­maih on the US$ 6 bil­lion Ras Azzour IWPP in Saudi Ar­a­bia.Fresh Del Monte Pro­duce Inc. on the con­struc­tion of three factor­ies in Saudi Ar­a­bia and draft­ing all tender and con­tract doc­u­ments.The Land Real Es­tate De­vel­op­ment and In­vest­ment Com­pany,  Saudi-based de­veloper, on the de­vel­op­ment of three of the Porto Ar­a­bia Towers on The Pearl, Qatar, in­clud­ing draft­ing sup­ple­ment­al agree­ments to the three con­struc­tion con­tracts.A Saudi Ar­a­bi­an con­tract­or on a multi-mil­lion dol­lar dis­putes and pos­sible ar­bit­ra­tion con­cern­ing ter­min­a­tion of sub-con­tracts re­lat­ing con­struc­tion of a pet­ro­leum re­search centre in Saudi Ar­a­bia.A Saudi Ar­a­bi­an con­tract­or in re­la­tion to its claims against its joint ven­ture part­ner arising out of the design and con­struc­tion of a com­bined cycle power plant in Saudi Ar­a­bia.A glob­al pump­ing solu­tions com­pany in mul­tiple dis­putes in re­la­tion to a pet­ro­chem­ic­al plant pro­ject in Yanbu, Saudi Ar­a­bia.


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13 June 2018
CMS ex­pands Dubai prac­tice with hire of con­struc­tion dis­pute spe­cial­ist
In­ter­na­tion­al law firm CMS is de­lighted to an­nounce the ap­point­ment of Patrick McPh­er­son as a part­ner in the firm’s in­fra­struc­ture, con­struc­tion and en­ergy (ICE) dis­putes team in Dubai. He will start on 14 June. Pri­or to join­ing CMS, Patrick was a part­ner