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The firm

Davidson & Co is a Dubai-headquartered law firm providing a full range of legal services to SMEs, high-net-worth individuals and other private clients throughout the UAE, the Middle East and North Africa while at the same time offering a high-quality, cost-effective alternative for major corporates, financial institutions and multinationals.

The team, including lawyers from the UK, the GCC, Hungary, Australia and India, collectively has over 50 years’ experience in the UAE, both in private practice with respected local and international law firms and in industry. Davidson & Co is dedicated to developing long-term relationships with its clients and to providing high-quality service.

Founding partner Jonathon Davidson has over 14 years’ experience in the region and is regarded as a leader in commercial disputes, having successfully represented clients in multimillion-dollar cases before the Dubai World Tribunal, as well as successfully representing clients in local and international arbitrations. Jonathon has led the dispute resolution team in securing awards for a number of clients in high-profile cases brought before the Dubai World Tribunal.

Areas of practice

Since inception, Davidson & Co has been at the forefront of commercial litigation in the Dubai World Tribunal and Dubai International Financial Centre courts. The dispute resolution team has a wealth of experience in the UAE and wider Middle East and has been described in The Legal 500 as ‘highly competent’. The firm acts in numerous multimillion-dollar arbitrations before the DIAC, the DIFC-LCIA, the ICC and other leading international arbitration centres.

The firm also offers strategic advice to its clients including international banks, developers and high-net-worth individuals. Davidson & Co has illustrated its strong UAE law capability in acting for an Abu Dhabi conglomerate in a series of multimillion-dollar arbitrations against a major governmental entity under UAE law.

In addition, the firm has also been continuously recognised for its outstanding corporate department. Alex Watson has significant experience in advising on the formation of local companies, the establishment of branch and representative offices of foreign companies, commercial agencies, sponsorship and related arrangements including recommending and advising in relation to providing trusted UAE business partners. The firm advises clients in the areas of corporate acquisitions, sales and restructuring.

The firm also advises on and prepares contracts for local and international transactions covering a diverse range of areas including asset sales and purchases, joint ventures, distribution and commercial agency arrangements, procurement, construction, insurance and financing. The firm also advises on the practical application of laws and regulations and their impact on the conduct of business in the UAE.

Davidson & Co boasts a strong private client department in meeting the particular needs of local and international private clients, providing creative and comprehensive solutions for individuals and families. Andrew Young, Davidson & Co’s head of private client services and academician of the prestigious International Academy of Estate and Trust Law, has over 30 years’ experience of advising wealthy individuals, families and family offices in relation to both personal and business assets of a complex nature. Under Andrew’s management, the firm can provide international estate and wealth planning; offshore trust and corporate structuring; asset protection; next generation planning; family office advisory and support services. This makes Davidson & Co one of the very few firms in Dubai offering a distinct private client area of practice, which is relatively new to the region.

Since the launch of the DIFC Wills and Probate Registry, Davidson & Co has also been actively involved in drafting and registering tailor-made wills for individuals with estates in Dubai, as well as giving advice on succession planning and structuring.

  • Other offices
  • Geneva
  • Languages
  • English
  • French
  • Hindi
  • Hungarian
  • Urdu

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