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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

Thomas Snider

Tel:
Work +971 4 364 1541
Email:
Al Tamimi & Company

Work Department

Arbitration, Hotels & Leisure

Position

Partner, Head of Arbitration

Career

Tom is a Partner and the firm’s Head of Arbitration based in the Dubai office. He is experienced in international commercial arbitration, international investment disputes, state-to-state arbitration, and foreign sovereign immunity issues. His experience covers a wide range of industries, sectors, and types of disputes, including oil-and-gas, telecommunications, automobile manufacturing, shareholder disputes, and joint-venture disputes. 

From 2001 to 2009, Tom was a member of the legal team representing the Ethiopian Government before the Eritrea-Ethiopia Claims Commission, an international arbitral tribunal that adjudicated claims for loss, damage and injury arising during an international armed conflict. In this context, he worked as a resident attorney in Addis Ababa for three years.

Tom frequently writes on topics involving international law and dispute resolution. Prior to relocating to Dubai, he was a professorial lecturer in law at the George Washington University Law School in Washington, DC.  Tom was recently recognised in the inaugural edition of Who’s Who Legal’s Future Leaders – Arbitration, a listing of the world’s leading international arbitration practitioners under the age of 45.

Languages

English

Member

2007 – Practice before the U.S. Supreme Court

2006 – Practice before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit

Education

2000 – Juris Doctor, Harvard Law School

1997 – Bachelor of Arts (Summa Cum Laude), University of Notre Dame


United Arab Emirates

Construction

Within: Construction

At Al Tamimi & Company, senior counsel Euan Lloyd advised Emirates National Oil Company on drawing up contracts for an 80-floor tower in Downtown Dubai, and assisted Bin Yousuf group on a 60-floor five-star hotel to be operated by Rotana on Sheikh Zayed Road. He and John Gaffney, another senior counsel, also handle disputes work, as does Thomas Snider, the firm's head of arbitration. Scott Lambert is now at Beale & Company Solicitors LLP.

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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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