Middle East & North Africa

Key Contacts

Vlavianos George High Resolution Image George M. Vlavianos
Doha Managing Partner, Head of Arbitration
T: +974 4020 4700
Ross Timothy Image Timothy N. Ross
T: 416.777.6252

Commitment to Serve

Bennett Jones is the only Canadian-based law firm to have established a legal practice in Qatar. We have assembled a team of GCC-resident senior advisors with 100 years of experience on the ground in the Gulf.

Understanding the Middle East

Our lawyers understand Middle East business practices and cultures, and provide pragmatic and effective advice. We provide advice on issues of U.K., U.S., and Canadian law, as well as the laws of the UAE and Qatar.

Experience around the world

The Middle East office is fully integrated with our international network in Toronto, Calgary, Edmonton, Ottawa, Vancouver and our international offices in Beijing, Washington and Bermuda. Our lawyers have worked on a vast range of regulatory, transactional and litigation matters in countries around the world.

Traditional Areas of Strength

The firm's traditional strengths are in key sectors for regional economies: oil and gas, renewable energy and clean-tech, healthcare, aviation, financial services, real estate, international trade, infrastructure and project development, as well as arbitration and disputes resolution. We combine deep industry understanding with world class technical skills in a broad range of legal disciplines.

Select Experience

  • Representation of a British oil and gas company in a multimillion dollar UNCITRAL arbitration against an American geological development corporation in relation to the development, production and sale of two oil fields in Kazakhstan
  • Representation of an Australian construction contractor in a multimillion dollar ICC arbitration seated in London against an Omani state-owned entity in connection with the construction of a gas processing plant in Oman
  • Acted on behalf of an Alberta based oilfield services company with operations in North American and the Middle East, in connection with its US$26 million disposition of its business and operating assets to a US-based strategic buyer.

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