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Summary: Clifford Chance is one of the world's leading law firms, helping clients achieve their goals by combining the highest global standards with local expertise.  The firm has unrivalled scale and depth of legal resources across the three key markets of the Americas, Asia and Europe and focuses on the core areas of commercial activity: capital markets; corporate and M&A; finance and banking; real estate; tax; pensions and employment; litigation and dispute resolution.  Clifford Chance has 33 offices in 23 countries and over 3,300 legal advisers.

Our office in Dubai offers a full service which is completely integrated with, and supported by, our global network. We advise clients on major transactions in the Middle East and beyond. Our clients include public and private corporations, investment banks and financial institutions, governments and international bodies. Our lawyers specialise in providing a seamless integrated service.

This is an opportunity to join one of the leading Real Estate teams in the region. The work primarily focuses on large development projects and real estate financing in the region, as well as investment deals (both direct and indirect) and transactions in the hospitality sector.

Notable transactions:

  • Advising Aldar Properties on its US$1 billion acquisition of real estate assets from TDIC, one of the largest real estate acquisitions in the history of the UAE
  • Advised ADCB on a AED2.3 billion loan to GR Sowwah Retail Limited for the development of the Al Maryah Central Mall and related leisure facilities on Al Maryah island in Abu Dhabi
  • Advised Sorouh Real Estate Company on its AED46 billion merger with Aldar Properties
  • Advised DIFC Investments on the refinancing of its US$1.25 billion sukuk.
  • Advised the financiers of the SAR12 billion Jabal Omar development in Makkah, Saudi Arabia, which includes 37 hotel and residential towers

Key Attractions:

  • We are committed to working with clients as integrated team members - which means that, from day one, our lawyers have hands-on client contact.
  • We are proud of our reputation for being a friendly, supportive, meritocratic and diverse group and reinforce this with regular social events - both ad hoc and organized.
  • We run a sophisticated global training programme including local monthly courses run by The Academy.
  • Our remuneration package is one of the most attractive in the market.

Skills & Experience:

  • Solid experience advising on real estate acquisitions and disposals (direct and indirect), landlord and tenant matters, real estate development and asset due diligence.
  • Some real estate finance is useful
  • Have a detailed and strong knowledge of commercial and legal issues affecting the real estate sector.
  • You will have strong legal skills with the ability to provide commercial solutions.
  • Good transactional and management skills.
  • Experience of taking a leading role in advising clients, supervising junior Lawyers/ trainees and completing transactions.
  • You will enjoy working in a busy and supportive team, supervising others and liaising with Lawyers in other practice areas and/or offices in the firm.
  • Strong drafting skills.
  • All candidates should be fluent in English and will have previous experience working in a "Magic Circle" or top tier international law firm.
  • In all cases, candidates should have first class legal ability coupled with a practical commercial approach; excellent drafting, analytical and communication skills; and enjoy being part of a friendly outgoing team. You must also have exceptional results throughout your academic history

Equal Opportunities: It is the Firm's policy to treat all employees and job applicants fairly and equally regardless of their gender, marital or civil partnership status, race, colour, national or ethnic origin, social or economic background, disability, religious belief, sexual orientation, or age. Furthermore, the Firm will ensure that no requirement or condition will be imposed without justification which could disadvantage individuals purely on any of the above grounds.

The policy applies to recruitment and selection, terms and conditions of employment including pay, promotion, training, transfer and every other aspect of employment.

The Firm will regularly review its procedures and selection criteria to ensure that individuals are selected, promoted and otherwise treated according to their relevant individual abilities and merits.

The firm is committed to the implementation of this policy and to a programme of action to ensure that the policy is, and continues to be, fully effective. All staff are required to comply with the policy and to act in accordance with its objectives so as to remove any barriers to equal opportunity. Any act of discrimination by employees or any failure to comply with the terms of the policy will result in disciplinary action.

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