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Hadef & Partners LLC

EMAAR SQUARE, BUILDING 3, LEVEL 5, DOWNTOWN DUBAI, PO BOX 37172, DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
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Work +971 4 429 2999
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www.hadefpartners.com
Abu Dhabi, Dubai

United Arab Emirates

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 3

Hadef & Partners LLC

Hadef & Partners LLC provides ‘among the best service of any Emirati law firm, with thoughtful and commercial advice’. Alan Rodgers (‘a seasoned banking lawyer who brings gravitas to transactions’) acted alongside Valeria Lysenko as the sponsor’s UAE counsel on the Hassyan coal-fired power project. James Farn advised Emirates Development Bank on structuring credit support guarantees.

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Commercial, corporate and M&A
Commercial, corporate and M&A - ranked: tier 2

Hadef & Partners LLC

A ‘top-class law firm’ for UAE corporate matters, Hadef & Partners LLCknows the market, the law and the regulations, and is well-connected with the authorities’. Key figures include Sameer Huda, who heads the Dubai corporate practice, and Abu Dhabi head Yasser Omar; Omar advised IPIC on the local law elements of its merger with Mubadala. Ahmad Sergieh, who ‘makes creative structures that work with clients’ objectives’, and Victoria Woods, who ‘knows how to maintain fruitful relationships with clients’, made partner in January 2017.

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Construction
Construction - ranked: tier 2

Hadef & Partners LLC

Hadef & Partners LLC attracts praise for its ‘real strength in depth, well-established links in the region, and great understanding of UAE law and procedure’. Practice head John Smy (‘unflappable even in the most trying circumstances and very client-friendly’) represents contractors and developers in arbitrations. Anthony Edwards is also recommended, as is senior legal consultant Matthew Page, who ‘shows great judgement in his dealings with clients’. Clients include Johnson Controls. Patrick McPherson joined CMS in June 2018.

Leading individuals

John Smy - Hadef & Partners LLC

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Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 1

Hadef & Partners LLC

Clients are very satisfied with the level of service fromHadef & Partners LLC, which handles onshore and DIFC employment litigation, as well as high-stakes non-contentious work. The firm primarily represents employers but also acts for senior executives. Jamie Liddington (‘very user-friendly and knowledgeable’) represented the former director of insurance company Elseco in a DIFC Court of Appeal case concerning the calculation of penalty payments for failure to pay end-of-service gratuities, which are paid to non-GCC workers instead of pensions. Senior associate Sarah Anderson is also a name of note.

Leading individuals

Jamie Liddington - Hadef & Partners LLC

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Energy and infrastructure
Energy and infrastructure - ranked: tier 3

Hadef & Partners LLC

Hadef & Partners LLC frequently acts as local counsel on the financing aspects of significant projects. Alan Rodgers and Valeria Lysenko advised the sponsors on local law issues related to the financing of the Hassyan coal project, while the Abu Dhabi-based James Farn advised the sponsors on the Sweihan solar project. In the oil and gas space, the firm’s head of energy Michael Webb (also based in Abu Dhabi) advised China National Petroleum Corporation on its purchase of 8% of the ADCO onshore oil concession.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 2

Hadef & Partners LLC

Hadef & Partners LLC has bolstered its intellectual property practice with the recruitment of new practice head James Dunne from Clyde & Co LLP. Victoria Woods, who heads the commercial practice, handles transactional IP matters. Munir Suboh joined BSA Ahmad Bin Hezeem & Associates.

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Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 1

Hadef & Partners LLC

Hadef & Partners LLC advises developers, real estate funds and high-net-worth individuals on transactions, including real estate financings. Michael Lunjevich and newly promoted partner Ashraf Sayed advised ENBD REIT on the purchase of the Binghatti Terraces building for cash consideration and an existing tower in Sharjah. Executive partner Basil Siddiqi is also recommended.

Leading individuals

Basil Siddiqi - Hadef & Partners LLC

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Shipping
Shipping - ranked: tier 1

Hadef & Partners LLC

Hadef & Partners LLC’s shipping practice primarily handles disputes, but also provides regulatory advice. Adrian Chadwick’s expertise covers vessel collisions, cargo disputes and debt recovery before the UAE, free zone and English courts, as well as international arbitration. Abdulrahman Juma and Omar Al Shaikh are regularly called on to handle local litigation. Clients include World Fuel Services, North of England P&I Association and Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha.

Leading individuals

Adrian Chadwick - Hadef & Partners LLC

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TMT
TMT - ranked: tier 3

Hadef & Partners LLC

Hadef & Partners LLC is ‘absolutely excellent, giving practical and useable advice’ concerning media-related disputes, software development, fintech and data protection. Victoria Woods is ‘speedy and practical without compromising on quality’. Also recommended are associate Rachael Ashley and Abdulrahman Juma, for intellectual property and litigation, respectively. Clients include MBC Group and Abu Dhabi Media Company. Munir Suboh joined BSA Ahmad Bin Hezeem & Associates.

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United Arab Emirates: Dispute resolution

Arbitration and international litigation
Dispute resolution: arbitration and international litigation - ranked: tier 2

Hadef & Partners LLC

Hadef & Partners LLC handles DIFC litigation and international arbitration, ranging from debt recovery through to shipping, professional indemnity and product liability. Adrian Chadwick, Walid Azzam and executive partner Richard Briggs are key contacts. Other names of note include senior legal consultant Matthew Page. John Smy is a name of note for construction disputes. Clients include Protiviti, as well as international names in banking, technology and leading real estate players. Mahmoud Awad joined Reed Smith in November 2018.

Leading individuals

Richard Briggs - Hadef & Partners LLC

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Local court litigation
Dispute resolution: local court litigation - ranked: tier 2

Hadef & Partners LLC

Omar Al Shaikh heads the litigation practice at Hadef & Partners LLC, which handles a range of disputes, including banking, fraud and insurance litigation. Abdulrahman Juma and senior associate Khalid El Derderi represented Al Baha Investment in a joint venture dispute concerning the construction of Dubai Marina Tower. Also recommended are Omar Al Heloo, who handles fraud cases, managing partner Faraj Ahnish5, and Walid Azzam.

Leading individuals

Abdulrahman Juma - Hadef & Partners LLC

Next generation lawyers

Khalid El Derderi - Hadef & Partners LLC

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