Arnaud Depierrefeu


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Arnaud Depierrefeu
Paris Bar
French, English
Dubai Tél : +971 4 320 0940
Paris Tél : +33 (0)1 53 93 30 00

Arnaud Depierrefeu is partner in the Dubai office and head of the Middle East Desk in Paris

Arnaud Depierrefeu specializes in the Middle East region, with a particular focus on the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia and Qatar where he was based and practiced for 10 years.

With more than 20 years of private practice, Arnaud specializes in corporate structuring (establishing, transforming and liquidating legal entities, negotiating joint-venture agreements) and in projects development in emerging markets in particular in the energy, infrastructure, construction and defence sectors.

He also heads the Middle East Desk in Paris set up to support the firm’s French clients in the development of their activities in the Middle East but also Middle Eastern clients in their projects in France.

Before joining LPA-CGR avocats, Arnaud was a partner of Simmons & Simmons based in Doha and a member of the Energy & Infrastructure Projects team. Previously, he worked at Gide (in France and China) and then at UGGC law firm (in China and Qatar).



  • Chambers Global (Qatar): individually ranked (Expertise based abroad in France) in Projects & Energy
  • Legal 500 EMEA (France): Construction (Tier 3)
  • Décideurs:
    – Africa Desk – Corporate / M&A (Excellent)
    – Africa Desk – Natural ressources and renewable energies
  • Trophées du Droit: gold trophy in Africa desk: Energy and Infrastructure (2023)
  • Option Droit & Affaires: Mergers and Acquisitions > 200 M€ (3 stars)
  • IFLR1000 (United Arab Emirates):
    – individually ranked (Highly Regarded) in Project development
    – individually ranked (Highly Regarded) in M&A