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The economic importance of the Middle East is steadily increasing, with countries such as Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates already among the most attractive export markets for Germany. In many parts of the region, liberal trade policies, significant public infrastructure investment, and large-scale industrial projects offer exciting opportunities for foreign investors and joint ventures.
Gleiss Lutz advises German enterprises on doing business in the Middle East and, conversely, Arab companies on entering European markets. Clients also benefit from our extensive expertise in the key sectors of oil and gas, energy, and infrastructure. We frequently provided legal guidance on export restrictions in the context of the Iran sanctions.
Our lawyers are often travelling to the region and are well versed in the economic, regulatory, and cultural aspects of conducting business in Middle-Eastern nations. Gleiss Lutz has excellent contacts with other leading independent law firms across the region, with which we regularly collaborate on cross-border matters. This gives us the flexibility to assemble hand-picked teams tailored to our clients’ specific needs whenever required.