Legal Done Right! - Middle East & North Africa
MENA LEGAL was founded two decades ago by lawyers who had previously worked for large international law firms, but who preferred to take their skills to a smaller, international boutique firm environment in order to lend a more meaningful and direct impact to the business life of their clients.
At MENA LEGAL, all of our matters are assigned to at least one partner/senior lawyer, who is tasked with direct interaction on the issues at-hand and management of the firm’s expert services, handled in a smooth, efficient and quality-minded manner, in keeping with the best interests of our clients.
Our clients appreciate our lawyers’ many years of hands-on business experience in advising international companies in respect of their investments in Europe, the US, Asia and the Middle East, and in particular the proven “One-Stop-Shop” added-value services MENA LEGAL provides through its Swiss Association, BREXENDORFF & ASSOCIATES (B&A), which is made up of lawyers, but also tax experts, finance and business consultants, investment bankers, wealth management service providers, accountants, insurance experts, strategic consultants and recruitment agents.
The name of our firm, MENA LEGAL, is derived from Pharaoh Mena, the legendary first king of a unified Egypt, who ruled over a single, centralized monarchy in around 3100 B.C. Pharaoh Mena was responsible for the drafting of history’s first legal codification of law, thousands of years before Babylonia’s Hammurabi and the later legal codes of the West, like the Magna Carta. This feat of clerical skill and political power was immortalized in inscriptions and drawings only discovered in recent decades. It is in this tradition of the rule of law and the building of a civil society that MENA LEGAL, as a firm, takes its inspiration.
MENA LEGAL, with its multi-national network of law offices, is part of the Zurich-based Swiss association of BREXENDORFF & ASSOCIATES (B&A), an international association of lawyers, tax experts, finance and business consultants, investment bankers, wealth management service providers, accountants, insurance experts, strategic consultants, recruitment agencies, as well as fintech and blockchain experts. This association provides all of its members with a readily-available and very active, trusted network of professionals to better serve client needs.
The development of the MENA LEGAL and B&A service portfolios has coincided with increasing commercial interest in the Middle East and Africa, regions in which the firm, its lawyers and other professionals, have been specialized for almost 30 years.
The practice of the respective offices of our law firm and B&A members is designed to address the needs of inbound foreign investors doing business in an environment where the laws, customs and economic conditions are often significantly dissimilar from those experienced at home. To this end, it is important to rely not only on legal expertise, but also on an in-depth knowledge of the local business cultures and customs present in the various regions in which our members are based.
Our lawyers and B&A members support clients with a business- and results-orientated approach, tailored to a client’s individual needs; from the initial planning phase to negotiations, completion of the transaction, the day-to-day operational issues, as well as all sorts of matters in-between.
Within MENA LEGAL and the B&A Swiss Association structure lawyers and business consultants cooperate closely with various experts so we may offer to their clients further value-added services and vice versa. Our B&A association may refer to other professional consultants, including investment bankers, wealth management service providers, accountants, insurance experts and recruitment agencies. Among others, we have established successful partnerships with providers of trust, tax and accounting services, as well as recruitment agencies and Fintech experts with international expertise.