Andrew Wingfield

Andrew Wingfield is based in our Doha office and is the firm’s Middle East Regional Head and also heads up the firm’s Corporate Practice Group in the Gulf. He has worked at the firm for 30 years. He is a corporate, commercial, banking and financial services lawyer by background and has been in Qatar since 2005.

During his time in London, Hong Kong, New York and Doha he has been involved in a wide variety of corporate, commercial and finance matters including IPOs, business start-ups, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, group restructurings, commercial contracts, equity and debt offerings and financings. In addition, he has advised banks and financial institutions on loan and financing documentation as well as securities, commodities, futures, derivatives and foreign exchange dealings. He has also given advice on the marketing and sale of these products and financial services regulatory and compliance matters generally.

Representative clients have included AIG International Inc, Al Rayyan Bank, Al Khalij Commercial Bank (al khaliji), Barwa Bank, BNP, Cazenove, Commercial Bank of Qatar, Doha Bank, Government of the State of Qatar, Hassad Food, Morgan Stanley, Prudential Financial Inc, Qatar First Bank, Qatar Foundation, Qatar Holding, Qatar Investment Authority, Qatar Ministry of Finance, Qatar National Bank, Qatar Petroleum, Qatari Diar, QInvest, Samba Financial Group, Sempra Energy Trading, Sidra Medical and Research Centre, Sun Capital Partners, Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy and The First Investor.

Recent Work:

– Qatar National Bank, Barwa Bank, Masraf al Rayan and Qatar Islamic Bank on the USD 450,000,000 project financing of the Ras Abu Fontas A2 desalination project in Qatar, sponsored by the Qatar Electricity & Water Co
– Supreme Committee for Qatar 2022 (now the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy) on Qatar law aspects for the procurement and appointment of a project management consultant and further ongoing matters
– Qatar National Bank on the establishment of their debut USD bond issue, a US$7,500,000,000 European Medium Term Note Programme and subsequent multiple issues thereunder
– Qatar Investment Authority on their US$1bn joint venture with NYSE Euronext in respect of Qatar Exchange, the new operating company for the Qatar stock exchange, including a due diligence exercise on the former Doha Securities Market
– Barwa Bank on the acquisition of First Finance Company, a company listed on the QE, followed by its de-listing as well as the acquisition of The First Investor and First Leasing Company (US$600m+)
– Barwa Bank on its proposed listing on the Qatar Exchange
– Commercial Bank of Qatar on their US$900m rights issue and GDR listing on the London Stock Exchange.

Background:

Andrew joined the firm in London in 1983 and moved to the Hong Kong office in 1985, New York in 1999 and Qatar in 2005. He has been a partner since 1992. Prior to joining the Doha office in 2005, Andrew was managing partner of our New York office for seven years and before that was head of our corporate and finance department in Hong Kong.

Andrew has been recommended for Qatar corporate work in “Best Lawyer International” and the “International Financial Law Review Experts Guide”.

Simmons & Simmons’ excellent reputation in Qatar for all corporate and commercial advice stems from the expertise and standing of Andrew Wingfield. “They are appropriately placed in tier 1; they have a historically well known managing partner who is respected in the market,” says one peer. Clients are similarly impressed by Wingfield. “He has a surprisingly deep local knowledge of how things work in Qatar: who the players are and how to get things accomplished in this market,” says one. “He is a lawyer with years of experience and very good judgement.” Wingfield’s real strength is corporate work but he is comfortable on finance too. IFLR 1000, 2013

Andrew Wingfield is ranked as a star individual who has “an outstanding reputation in Qatar and is the first port of call for many clients, who appreciate ‘the wisdom that comes from being able to draw on a vast array of international experience’”. Chambers 2014

Law Firm:

From our offices in major business and financial centres throughout Europe, the Middle East and Asia, we view the world through the lens of our key sectors: asset management and investment funds, financial institutions, life sciences and technology, media and telecommunications (TMT). We also focus on the Energy & Infrastructure markets, in particular through our international projects and construction teams.

For our clients this means they benefit from a law firm fully focused on their sector, wholly understanding of the challenges that they face and completely tuned in to their needs.

Over the decades we have been careful to build our international presence using a combination of local lawyers with demonstrable local knowledge and fully integrated teams acting together at a global level.

Kurian Kuriakose BSc FCA CISA MBA LLB

Mr. Kurian Kuriakose is seasoned professional with over 24 years of experience in the field of Audit, Internal Audit, Finance, Accounting, Law and Management. He is the Managing Partner for the office in Qatar. He is a fellow member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India and holds a Masters degree in Business Administration from the University of Bradford in UK. He is a Certified Information System Auditor and member of ISACA headquartered in Chicago, USA. He is a member of the Certified Internal Auditors chapter in Qatar. Mr. Kuriakose holds two Bachelors degrees from the University of Calicut in India

Mission Statement:

Audit Division
We will serve our clients with a proactive and positive approach, understanding client needs and delivering required services with honesty, integrity and professionalism.  We will recruit, train and motivate people to perform effectively and efficiently.

Incorporation Division
We will provide maximum possible transparency and clarity to procedures and regulations for setting up business in Qatar and its special economic zones. We will contribute to the economy of Qatar by attracting investments  which in turn will help us grow.

Business Support & Consulting Division
Provide cost effective, best in quality services to the clients and achieve the status of one of the leading 5 consulting firms in the Qatar by the year 2012.

Salman Mahmood

Salman has been in the legal profession since 1996 and has extensive experience in the energy sector of Pakistan.

His practice with the firm focuses on oil and gas business, commercial contracts, agencies, media, intellectual and industrial property, telecommunications, hospitality industry, project finance and engineering, procurement and construction.

He advises a diverse range of corporate and institutional clients in the areas of dispute management and negotiations, public tenders and awards, human resources management and contract drafting and negotiations.

Salman has an LLB degree from University of Punjab in Pakistan and an LLM degree in Commercial and Corporate Law from the University of London in the United Kingdom.

He is licensed as an Advocate of the High Court by the Punjab Bar Council in Pakistan.

He is fluent in Urdu and English

Sultan Al-Abdulla & Partners:

We aim to provide clients with comprehensive legal support for their business activities in Qatar. Our firm is recognised for its strong practice and it ranks among the top law firms in Qatar in the principle areas of law.

Our social responsibility mission and strategy is to provide high quality legal services to our clients and engage in active community involvement.

Sultan Al-Abdulla & Partners is actively participating in programmes like mentoring and externship programmes with the College of Law in the Qatar University. We are aiding legal talents to help prepare the new generation of Qatari legal professionals to help them cope with requirements of the present market needs.

Sultan Al-Abdulla & Partners has clients from many different industry sectors. Our client base has grown significantly and includes both established businesses looking to increase market share and new market entrants, multinational corporations, growing national and international companies turning to us for our expertise and legal assistance.

Frank Lucente

Frank is a Partner in the Corporate Commercial practice of the Qatar office having previously worked in this field in Australia for some 20 years. Frank has had a wide exposure to all manner of corporate commercial transactions as well as having had experience in trusts and revenues fields.

Frank advises clients on most aspects of Corporate Commercial law and provides practical advice on business structures. He has dealt with all manner of business establishments and is quick to recognise particular concerns of clients and provide practical solutions in a timely manne

Corporate Governance Law Practice:

We are one of the few law firms in the region with a dedicated Corporate Governance Practice. In the aftermath of the global financial crisis our clients recognised the need to embrace Corporate Governance as an essential component in guiding management strategy and make it a key element of their daily business operations. This is particularly true in the current UAE business environment where the Government has taken steps to increase and improve the regulatory framework for corporate governance over recent years.

Our lawyers have in-depth knowledge of international corporate governance protocol combined with the knowledge of the local aspects applicable to firms operating in the region. We maintain constant communication with regulators within the region, ensuring we remain on top of corporate governance requirements.

We advise banks, family businesses and public and private companies on their corporate governance practices. Providing more than just advice, our clients receive a tailored manual specific to their needs in light of new regulations and policies

Al Tamimi & Co:

The largest and most dynamic non-affiliated law firm in the Middle East with 14 offices across 8 countries and comprising 305 Fee Earners lawyer (partners are included).

Over the years we have advised, and continue to support, government, government-owned entities, local, regional and international companies, banks and financial institutions along with both international and regional law firms.

Our core strength is our people and the diversity of their experience and local knowledge. Our reputation for excellence and regional experience extends beyond our network of offices in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Ras Al Khaimah, Sharjah, Kuwait, Qatar, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Iraq and Bahrain. As a firm, our ability to practice local law in each of these jurisdictions – and the ability of each of our licensed litigators to have rights of audience before local courts – is a unique strength that truly sets us apart from our competitors.

But more importantly, our strength comes from our clients’ trust that we will give them the quality of service that they deserve. It’s our business to find creative and commercial legal solutions whilst focusing on making the law work for you.