« Seema Bono is an excellent litigator. She is extremely cautious when it comes to conducting a thorough review of a file before giving her clients the legal and strategic advice they need. Always calm and in a good mood under pressure. « Daniel Xu has been our legal advisor for several years and has represented us in various projects in the UAE and the Middle East. As a qualified partner in Singapore based in the UAE, he has been working effectively on civil and customary law issues for over 10 years. He has strong communication skills in English and Chinese and works very well with our management and project teams. Daniel is commercially savvy and able to think outside the box to offer creative solutions in dispute prevention and management. « Mark Wilson deserves a special mention. Mark`s strength in guiding complex cases to the end is the epitome of the qualities of the legal profession that every young lawyer should aspire to. Dentons` banking and finance team continues to be recognized for its outstanding work and recently received five EMEA Finance Middle East Banking Awards, including the highest legal distinction as a « Middle East Best Law Firm. » « Working with Managing Partner Tim Taylor QC has been very interesting as he takes an active interest in his files and brings the creative element to litigation. Partner Joanne Strain has been very valuable as she is always available to help with even the smallest issues and make sure all her clients feel comfortable.
In any case, it also becomes the voice of reason when it comes to legal strategies. Parnika Chaturvedi should be the company`s greatest asset, being extremely methodical, accurate, up-to-date in all areas and very knowledgeable on all fronts of every case she handles. « For me personally, there are two specific people at Afridi and Angell who stand out in the firm for their commitment, knowledge and professionalism and who have 100% confidence in any legal matter or questions I have. The two individuals are Bashir Ahmed and Sulakshana Senanayake. Having these two people by my side has made an incredible team. They have worked very hard and diligently on my cases and I cannot express from the bottom of my heart what all their hard work has meant to me. Local lawyers in the UAE give a multifaceted and not exclusively negative image of the market. A global company asked the same questions as the rest of the world, the challenges in the real estate sector are not new as the mass market has never returned to its pre-2008 highs and is experiencing a pre-Covid slowdown, even though a number of flagship Expo related projects continue to create jobs in the country.
However, the liquidation of Arabtec, a local and state-owned entrepreneur, is a visible shock in the market and could cause some entrepreneurs less present in the region to question their commitment. However, the fortunes of the legal market do not follow; Saudi Arabia`s Vision 2030, which includes large-scale projects on the UK`s west coast, such as the Red Sea Development Project, Neom and Amaala, has included legal advice from a number of UAE-based legal teams. On the M&A side, a number of opportunities arose for troubled deals – particularly for private equity, which recovered from the Abraaj collapse. « Daniel Xu and his exceptional team are always working in a direction that aims to inspire, support and maintain close contact with clients to help their clients achieve great legal success. » « Considerable local knowledge, combined with the sophistication to interact with legal partners and other stakeholders in mature markets and jurisdictions. » « Charlotte Bijlani combines keen intelligence with an excellent understanding of Gulf legal policy and strategic wisdom that keeps her focus on the client`s objectives. » Peter Ellingham de Kennedys in Dubai is an English native lawyer who has been practicing in the United Arab Emirates for several years. It is always very European, which is of great value and helps for European companies that need local legal advice. He also has great local skills that allow him to guide his clients through the jurisdiction and its customs. « Overall, a reliable and experienced team. We found them organized, very familiar with the legal environment and good for comprehensive advice. « It`s very difficult to find a lawyer like DK Singh.
He is very thoughtful in everything presented to make sure he sees all the possibilities before suggesting a way forward. He also greatly respects the opinion of his colleagues before defining the strategy for his clients. « Alexander Lütgendorf is very competent, experienced in several legal matters and also brings a commercial perspective, not just a legal one. « Knowing that they have won serious legal battles gives you a lot of confidence in their abilities. « I believe the team has the necessary legal specialists with the right business acumen who leverage their strengths to deliver significant value to their clients. DLA`s collaborative approach with other consultants is essential to ensure that clients receive the best possible service. DLA`s global network also ensures that the required expertise is available for global engagements when needed. « Stuart Paterson is an incredibly confident and measured lawyer in any courtroom. It radiates silent authority and mastery of all relevant facts and legal principles. Never relieved of his entry into submission. He is known for his rigorous analysis of all legal issues and for his firm defense of his clients` positions. He acts as legal counsel or arbitrator in international arbitration proceedings arising from commercial contracts, construction projects or investment protection agreements.
Andrew Cheung, who returns to the firm`s client-focused role after a stint as General Counsel, is the primary point of contact for commercial dispute resolution at Dentons in the United Arab Emirates. Recent instructions range from new DIFC court cases to arbitration in a number of industries. Richard Clarke is a key senior partner and partner Zahra Rose Khawaja is also highly regarded. « The practice demonstrates a unique combination of technical legal excellence with a true business understanding of our business (including a deep appreciation of our own internal complexity) and truly makes it a valuable advisor. I also have confidence that I can communicate with them on any legal matter and that they will quickly find a suitable home for this request in their organization. Philip Punwar leads Baker Botts L.L.P.`s dispute resolution team in the United Arab Emirates. It covers a range of disputes, some of which involve engineering and infrastructure, as well as shareholder disputes and a wider range of commercial matters. He also specializes in DIFC solicitor-client privilege law and has been appointed supervising counsel. Senior partner Dustin Appel returned to Texas and the firm`s Houston office. ALAIDAROUS Advocates & Legal Consultants is an independent law firm in the United Arab Emirates offering unique expertise in selected practice areas such as arbitration, litigation, expertise, DIFC, ADGM and consulting (insurance, logistics and transport, contracts and projects, construction and real estate, corporate mergers and acquisitions, banking and finance).
The cases handled by our firm benefit from the direct personal attention and continuous practical involvement of a team of highly qualified lawyers with complementary skills. We pride ourselves on building close, long-term relationships with our clients and acting as a true advisor to our clients, assisting them in their business decisions. Clients benefit from our unparalleled understanding of the legal and business environment, gained both from our unique experience in shaping the UAE`s legal and regulatory landscape and our long-standing relationships with the business communities and local governments. « Nick Sharratt is exceptional and a pleasure to work with – he is readily available, incredibly dedicated and navigates complex legal and commercial matters with ease. We greatly appreciate his support, not only in his own field, but also as a trusted advisor throughout our company. « KWH`s approach to understanding our behaviour, strengths and weaknesses, and communication plays a central role in this. Written legal opinions are simple, tailored and easy to understand. Daniel Xu speaks English and Chinese. In addition, he has a deep understanding of international legal practice, local legal practice, Chinese mindset and project management style.