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Qays H Zu'bi

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Zu'bi & Partners, Attorneys & Legal Consultants


Senior Partner, Zu'bi & Partners Attorneys & Legal Consultants Honorary Consul for Canada in Bahrain President, American Chamber of Commerce Bahrain (AMCHAM) Principal Practice Areas: Corporate; Commercial Banking; Property; Infrastructure; Telecommunications; Franchising; Privatisation; Intellectual Property; Litigation & Arbitration; Labour; Government.


Qays H. Zu'bi has a law degree from the University of Cambridge in the UK and has been practising law in Bahrain since 1981. He also holds a degree in Economics and Political Science from Duke University in the USA. He is a licensed litigator and is an arbitrator of the GCC Commercial Arbitration Centre and a licensed lawyer and legal consultant in Bahrain and in Dubai, UAE. Qays joined the law offices of Hatim S. Zu’bi & Partners in Bahrain in 1981, and went on to become a Partner. In the early 1990s, through the firm, he entered into an agreement with the leading Canadian law firm of Stikeman Elliott to jointly pursue legal opportunities in the Middle East. Thereafter, Qays joined Al Futtaim & Sons, a major trading house in Dubai, as legal and business development advisor to the Chairman, whereby he gained vast experience and knowledge in matters relevant to commerce and the laws of the UAE. Prior to setting up Qays H. Zu’bi Attorneys & Legal Consultants in 2001, Qays was the executive resident partner of White & Case LLP, managing its Bahrain office. Here he handled counselling and litigation matters for major financial institutions, multinational corporations and private clients. Qays has advised private clients in Bahrain and the GCC on a wide range of local, regional and international legal matters. He has extensive experience advising clients doing business in Bahrain and in other Gulf countries. He is currently involved in advising clients in a litigation case in the USA and the UK, and is involved in advising local clients with respect to their assets in France and Azerbaijan. The firm represents over 650 clients, the majority of which are multi-national corporations and international banks. As a natural progression of his career path, following his knowledge of and experience in the laws of Bahrain and the GCC region, Qays established Qays H. Zu’bi Attorneys & Legal Consultants in 2001, building it into a market leader both in Bahrain and throughout the region. For a short period following his departure from White & Case, Qays’ firm was associated with Clifford Chance. In 2012, Qays merged his law practice into his father’s, Hatim S. Zu’bi & Partners, whereupon today he is the Senior Partner of the merged firm known as Zu’bi & Partners.


Arabic and English (fluent) French (working knowledge).


Licensed Lawyer (Cassation Court), Bahrain Certified Arbitrator, GCC Commercial Arbitration Centre Legal Consultant, Dubai UAE Member, International Bar Association (IBA) Member, Law Society of England & Wales (international division) Board Member, Bahrain Japan Business & Friendship Society Board Member, inJAz Bahrain (Junior Achievement) Board Member, AIESEC Bahrain Founding Member and Chairman, Oxford & Cambridge Alumni of Bahrain


M.A. Law, Cambridge University, United Kingdom (1984) B.A. Law, Cambridge University, United Kingdom (1981) B.A. Economics and Political Science, Duke University, United States of America (1977)


Banking and finance

Within: Banking and finance

Qays H Zu’bi leads the ‘very strong’ team at Zu'bi & Partners, Attorneys & Legal Consultants, which regularly works alongside leading international law firms on high-value financings. The firm frequently advises government entities and leading banking groups; recent highlights include advising the Ministry of Finance on a $1bn bond issuance.

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Commercial, corporate and M&A

Within: Commercial, corporate and M&A

The ‘very responsive’ corporate team at Zu'bi & Partners, Attorneys & Legal Consultants is noted for its ‘strong knowledge of corporate issues from a Bahraini perspective’ and provides ‘good advice’ on financing and equity investments. Managing partner Qays H Zu’bi oversees the practice, which recently acted as Bahraini counsel to the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development on the $50m acquisition of equity stakes in MSPharma’s Bahrain entities.

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Dispute resolution

Within: Dispute resolution

One of the top practices in Bahrain’, Zu'bi & Partners, Attorneys & Legal Consultants is highly regarded for its ‘business acumen and industry knowledge’ and for its longstanding track record in representing major domestic banks. Qays H Zu’bi leads the team, which provides the full range of litigation, arbitration and alternative dispute resolution services to corporate and private clients at all levels of the Bahrain courts, as well as before the Bahrain Chamber for Dispute Resolution and the GCC Commercial Arbitration Centre. Hatim Zu’bi is also active in this area.

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Islamic finance

Within: Islamic finance

Qays H Zu’bi leads the team at Zu'bi & Partners, Attorneys & Legal Consultants, which has recently been invovled in a range of Islamic finance transactions; in one highlight, Naveen Thakur and senior associate Hamza Saleem acted as Bahrain counsel to Al Baraka Banking Group on a $400m Tier 1 shari’ah-compliant capital certificates transaction. Other clients have included Bahrain Mumtalakat Holding Company, Citi Islamic Investment Bank, and the European Islamic Investment Bank.

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Legal market overview

Within: Leading individuals

Qays H Zu’bi - Zu'bi & Partners, Attorneys & Legal Consultants

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Projects and energy

Within: Projects and energy

Zu'bi & Partners, Attorneys & Legal Consultants is highly regarded for its ability to provide local law advice on oil and gas and water projects. Qays H Zu’bi heads the practice, which counts Bahrain LNG, Energy City Qatar, ACWA Power, and The Oil and Gas Holding Company as clients.

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Real estate and construction

Within: Real estate and construction

Zu'bi & Partners, Attorneys & Legal Consultants is particularly strong on the contentious side, with expertise in construction matters and real estate disputes. The highly regarded Qays H Zu’bi heads the practice, which recently represented a number of private real estate investors in civil and criminal proceedings. The firm is also advising commercial clients on property leasing matters. Clients include United Tower Real Estate Development, Seef Properties, and Diyar Al Muharraq.

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