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Adam Vause

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DLA Piper LLP (US)

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Litigation, Arbitration & Investigations


Adam has been based in the Middle East since 2008 and advises major corporates and financial institutions on a broad range of large commercial disputes, with a particular focus on fraud, asset tracing, compliance and investigation matters. He has significant experience advising in relation to regulatory/criminal investigations and anti-corruption/business ethics in connection with companies’ internal compliance policies and procedures, disputes arising from banking transactions, corporate acquisitions and joint venture and shareholder disputes. Between 2002 and 2004 Adam worked for the UK government in the Serious Fraud Office as an investigative lawyer and prosecutor, primarily focusing on white collar crime, restraint/confiscation of assets and the Government's reform of fraud/corruption legislation.


‚ÄĘ University of Nottingham, BA (Hons) Law, 1995 ‚ÄĘ The College of Law, Legal Practice Course, 1996 ‚ÄĘ Solicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales ‚ÄĘ DIFC Courts Registered Practitioner

United Arab Emirates

Dispute resolution: arbitration and international litigation

Within: Dispute resolution: arbitration and international litigation

DLA Piper Middle East LLP 'brings a unique blend of in-house technical expertise to provide its clients with the best service possible'. Henry Quinlan represents Das Real Estate in DIFC litigation and a separate arbitration concerning the Langham Hotel in the Palm Jumeirah. Wissam Dagher contributes Arabic-language litigation expertise - he is representing Sociedad Química y Minera de Chile in a shareholder dispute concerning a joint venture in the UAE. Fraud investigations are another area of expertise, with Ramsey Jurdi particularly active in this space. Adam Vause heads up the firm's investigations practice. Sharif Hamadeh moved to an in-house position.

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  • Sentencing guidelines for corporate manslaughter

    In February 2010 the Sentencing Guidelines Council (the SGC) issued definitive guidelines to courts on imposing appropriate sentences for corporate manslaughter and health and safety offences causing death. The SGC states that fines imposed on companies found guilty of corporate manslaughter should not fall below £500,000, while fines in respect of health and safety offences that are a significant cause of death should be at least £100,000. Crucially, the SGC declined to provide for a fixed link between the imposed fine and the turnover or profitability of the offending company.‚Ä©
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