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Al Tamimi & Company

DIFC-6TH FLOOR, BUILDING 4 EAST, DUBAI INTERNATIONAL FINANCIAL CENTRE, PO BOX 9725, DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
Tel:
Work +971 4 364 1641
Fax:
Fax +971 4 364 1777
Email:
Web:
www.tamimi.com

Essam Al Tamimi

Tel:
Work +971 4 364 1641
Email:
Al Tamimi & Company

Work Department

Arbitration

Position

Senior Partner

Career

Essam Al Tamimi has over 30 years of experience in litigation and arbitration in the UAE and the wider GCC. In 1989, he established what is now the largest firm in the Middle East, Al Tamimi & Company and currently holds the position of Senior Partner at the firm.

A renowned figure in the legal community, Essam is a recipient of International Financial Law Review (IFLR)’s prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award and the Gulf Legal Lifetime Achievement Award, both of which recognise his outstanding contribution to the legal market in the region.

Essam regularly advises private and public sector clients on a variety of issues and has assisted federal and local governments in drafting laws and regulations relating to a range of sectors. These include: the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority, Dubai Internet and Media City free zones, the Ministry of Commerce & Industry in respect of the Federal Industrial Law, Arbitration Law, Commercial Companies Law and the Consumer Protection Law, the Dubai International Financial Centre Authority in respect of laws and regulations relating to the DIFC Authority, the DIFC Court and the DIFC Arbitration Centre and the Abu Dhabi government in respect of privatisation of water and electricity.

Essam possesses a Master of Law (L.L.M.) from Harvard School of Law.  He is currently a member of the ICC Court, serving as Chairman of the ICC UAE Commission on Arbitration, Vice Chair of the ICC Commission on Arbitration and ADR, member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, Patron of the UAE Branch of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, member of the International Bar Association, member of the LCIA, member of the FIAA Board of Trustees.  He is on the editorial advisory board of the ICLR and GAR, Co-Chair of the IBA Rule of Law Forum, member of the Review Committee of Energy Arbitrators List, member of the Advisory Board of IBA’s Eyewitness to Atrocities, member of the Advisory Board of the BCDR International Arbitration Review, Trustee of the Dubai International Financial Centre Arbitration Institute, member of the American Law Institute(ALI), member of the International Council for Commercial Arbitration (ICCA), is a member of the ICC Arab Arbitration Group and member of the SIAC Users’ Council.

Essam is an established author and has published numerous articles and books on litigation and arbitration in the UAE and setting up business in the region.

Languages

Arabic and English

Member

  • International Bar Association
  • GCC Commercial Arbitration Centre, Manama, Bahrain
  • Dubai International Arbitration Centre (DIAC)
  • Centre for Dispute Resolution (CEDR), United Kingdom
  • The London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA) Court
  • International Chamber of Commerce Court of Arbitration, Paris, France
  • Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC)
  • Kuala Lumpur Regional Centre for Arbitration (KLRCA)
  • Shenzhen Court of International Arbitration (SCIA)
  • Co-Chair of the IBA Rule of Law Forum
  • UAE Representative of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC)
  • Editorial advisory board of the ICLR and Global Arbitration Review (GAR)
  • Review Committee of Energy Arbitrators List
  • Advisory Board of IBA’s Eyewitness to Atrocities
  • FIAA Board of Trustees
  • Advisory Board of the BCDR International Arbitration Review
  • Trustee of the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) Arbitration Institute
  • American Law Institute (ALI)
  • International Council for Commercial Arbitration (ICCA)
  • ICC Arab Arbitration Group
  • SIAC Users’ Council

Education

1984 - Harvard School of Law (LLM)


Oman

Dispute resolution

Within: Dispute resolution

Al Tamimi & Company has experience across a range of labour, insurance, debt recovery and commercial contract disputes. In one stand-out matter, Ahmed Al Barwani, who heads the Oman office, defended a football club in a £7m contractual dispute in which the legal team challenged the competence of the Omani court. Dubai-based senior partner Essam Al Tamimi is another key contact.

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United Arab Emirates

Dispute resolution: arbitration and international litigation

Within: Dispute resolution: arbitration and international litigation

Al Tamimi & Company is 'highly sophisticated in its field of practice - the DIFC and onshore litgiation teams work well together with the focus on the client's ultimate goals at all times'. Rita Jaballah is 'highly responsive, handling client expectations well and with the talent to explain complicated matters in simple terms' - she handles high-profile DIFC cases, including representing Dusty Tourani and Duzty LLC in a case against Tourani's former stepfather concerning an alleged loan to set up the eponymous restaurant in the DIFC, raising questions of the presumption of advancement (a presumption that transfers of money or assets between spouses, and from parents to their children are gifts). Senior associate Peter Smith, who is qualified as an English barrister, is also notable. Khalid Al Hamrani and Ibtissem Lassoued contribute financial crime expertise. Thomas Snider, who heads the firm's arbitration team, handles international arbitrations, including investor-state disputes and matters crossing into Africa. Senior partner Essam Al Tamimi is also involved in international arbitrations, including DIFC-LCIA and ICC arbitrations.

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Dispute resolution: local litigation

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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