HFW has been awarded Law Firm of the Year as a result of its many achievements in the last 12 months. HFW’s Middle East insurance team is one of the largest in the region serving insurance and reinsurance clients.
HFW advises on all aspects of insurance and reinsurance operations, as well as on matters pertaining to sanctions and contemporary issues such as VAT and the EU’s GDPR.
In the last 12 months, HFW has been appointed to represent insurance and reinsurance interests in high profile claims in the region, ranging from fires in hotels, tall towers, apartments and malls, to onshore and offshore energy losses, aviation losses, marine casualties and financial losses.
The firm has a strong understanding of, and established working relationships with, government departments and regulatory bodies such as the UAE Insurance Authority, Dubai Health Authority, DFSA, SAMA and others.
It has grown its team significantly over the last few years, including relocating experienced lawyers (including partners) from its international offices and recruiting talented local lawyers. HFW established a permanent insurance practice in its Riyadh office in January 2018. It opened its Abu Dhabi office recently to strengthen its foothold in the region and driven by the needs of its clients.
HFW has been responsible for introducing to the DIFC platform a number of brokers, insurers and MGAs, and currently has several mandates from international brokers as well as locally admitted reinsurers.
The firm is committed to the DIFC Academy of Law pro bono programme, where many of its fee earners are devoting their time to advising clients in the programme. The firm has also implemented a diversity and inclusion programme to engage like-minded clients to promote these values in the community.