Clyde & Co has been named overall 'International Law Firm of the Year', as well as 'Most Responsive International Firm', in the UAE for the third year running in a survey of over 18,000 in-house counsel and senior company directors across the Asia Pacific and Middle East regions. The survey focuses on 10 countries, of which the UAE is the only one in the Middle East.
Aside from the 'Most Responsive' win, the firm was also named 'UAE firm of the year' for five specialist areas of expertise and received honourable mentions in an additional five areas.
The annual survey, which is now in its sixth year, is said to be the largest such survey of in-house counsel in Asia and the Middle East. The survey is conducted by Pacific Business Press, hosts of www.inhousecommunity.com and publishers of Asian-MENA Counsel magazine.
Survey participants are asked which firms they 'prefer to use' for various expertise areas and provide feedback on the quality and value of service received from external counsel in their jurisdiction. The votes are aggregated to select the winning firms in each category and the results are indicative of which private practice teams have made a strong impression on their clients and the in-house community in general.
Based on the nominations of the in-house counsel surveyed, Clyde & Co has been named as Asian-MENA Counsel Firm of the Year 2012 for the following practice areas in the UAE:
Law firm of the Year
• Most Responsive International Firm
• Intellectual Property
• Litigation & Dispute Resolution
• Real Estate/Construction
• Corporate and M&A
• International Arbitration
• Banking & Finance
• Capital Markets
• Islamic Finance
Middle East Board member, construction and infrastructure partner Mark Blanksby, said of the awards:
"Clyde & Co's performance has gone from strength to strength in recent years as a result of continued focus on our core sectors, backed by long-term commitment and connection with the region. Responsiveness is primarily enabled by understanding our client's industries, which is something that we are continually striving to better. It does all come down to people however; my congratulations to all the groups who have been recognised on behalf of the firm."
Clyde & Co's associated firm in India, Clasis Law, with which the firm's Middle East offices works closely with, topped the categories for 'Islamic Finance' and 'Project and Project Financing' for India in the same survey.
Other recent regional accolades
Earlier in 2012, Clyde & was named winner of the International Law Office (ILO) Client Choice Award for the UAE. In 2011, Clyde & Co was named Law Firm of the Year for the UAE by 'Who's Who Legal', the official research partner of the International Bar Association (IBA), and recognised as having more leading lawyers in the jurisdiction than any other firm, while Asian-MENA Counsel named the firm 'UAE firm of the year' for five specialist areas of expertise with honourable mention for an additional six areas. 2011 also saw the firm awarded Law Firm of the Year at the prestigious Legal Business Awards in London. In 2010, Clyde & Co was named as Asian-MENA Counsel Firm of the Year for six areas of expertise in the UAE, and was voted Middle East Law Firm of the Year by legal market intelligence and transaction analysis provider 'PLC Which Lawyer?' in a process that canvassed over 5,500 legal departments worldwide.