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Zafer Oghli

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Head of Office - Sharjah, Partner


Zafer Sheikh Oghli is a Partner in the Litigation practice in Sharjah. Zafer is also the Head of the Al Tamimi & Company’s Sharjah Office

Zafer Sheikh Oghli is a Syrian national. He practiced as an attorney in the Courts of Syria-Damascus in the First Instance, Appeal and Cassation Courts and was nominated as a Judge by a Degree. He moved to the UAE in 1996 and until 2005, he practiced as a legal consultant in one of UAE’s law firm, which has a number of offices in Dubai, Sharjah and Abu Dhabi, handling and drafting various memoranda, legal advices and contracts in commercial, banking, marine, arbitration, insurance, labour, criminal and personal status issues. Zafer represents corporate and individual clients before different kinds of Courts, including arbitrators. He joined the firm’s Litigation and Dispute Resolution in February 2005 and handles and supervises most of the cases and advices in Dubai and Northern Emirates of UAE. In September 2007, he became Partner and Head of our Sharjah office. He assists corporate and individual clients both within and outside the UAE.

He handles litigation cases for the firm having the largest claim amounts (10 digit figures) in favour of our clients and sets forth strategic plan of action for intricate and complex cases.

Chambers Global 2012 has applauded his works by stating that "he heads up the firm's office in Sharjah and has built a strong reputation across the Emirates for his litigation work." Chambers Global has bestowed him the Lawyer ranking for two consecutive years- 2011 and 2012.

Chambers Global 2009 has stated that ‘He has extensive experience of a wide range of commercial litigation cases and has represented corporate clients and individuals before arbitrators, committees and courts”. Furthermore, clients say he is “among the cleverest of lawyers,” since “he never needs to be reminded of anything. He has a superb strategic mind, is an excellent draftsman and a really hard worker.”

He is a member of IBA and the Dubai Judicial Institute has invited him twice to deliver training for In-house Counsels and Government legal representatives. He is active in attending International conferences and in representing a number of arbitration disputes in Dubai and in Sharjah.


English and Arabic


2005 – International Bar Association

1990 – Member of the Bar in Damascus


1994 – Master Degree in Law, Syrian Bar of Advocates for ‘Realty Selling while preserving the Benefit Right’

1989 – Licentiate Degree Faculty of Law, Damascus University

United Arab Emirates

Dispute resolution: local litigation

Within: Leading individuals

Zafer Oghli - Al Tamimi & Company

Within: Dispute resolution: local litigation

Al Tamimi & Company, which 'has a very dedicated team that pulls all extra efforts into reaching the desired objectives and adds value through technical knowledge', handles all manner of commercial litigation from offices in several Emirates. Zafer Oghli, who leads the firm's team in Sharjah, represented Dana Gas in the Sharjah elements of its well-known and high-profile global dispute in which it sought to annul a sukuk, alleging that it was in violation of UAE public policy and Shari'ah principles. In the Dubai office, Naief Yahia acted for Ahli United Bank in foreclosure proceedings, securing the sale of 29 plots of land for a total of AED320m. Senior partner Essam Al Tamimi is also involved in shareholder litigation, among other matters. Regional litigation co-heads Hassan Arab and Hussein Eisa Shiri are other notable names in the Dubai office. Mohamed Al Marzouqi heads the firm's litigation team in Abu Dhabi, and represented Al Dar Properties in a case concerning the collapse of a two-year-old building, securing a judgment against the main contractor and consultant for AED 195m. Ayen Biar (who is 'excellent in terms of communication, evaluation of issues and implementing strategy') in Abu Dhabi and Hussain Abdel Ghaffar in Dubai, both qualified in Sudan, are notable senior associates. Tarek Shrayh is now a partner at Fletcher Day in London.

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