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BSA Ahmad Bin Hezeem & Associates LLP
United Arab Emirates

United Arab Emirates > Dispute resolution: local litigation Tier 3

United Arab Emirates > Insurance Tier 3

BSA Ahmad Bin Hezeem & Associates LLP has a broad, cross-border insurance practice and advises regulators and national governments on legislative developments for the insurance sector. Simon Isgar heads the practice and has specialist expertise in international private medical insurance and healthcare regulatory work. Senior associate Anand Singh has a strong background in corporate insurance and regulatory matters.

Practice head(s):

Simon Isgar

Other key lawyers:


‘The team is diverse and they add great value to your day to day activity. They consult you on almost everything possible.’

‘Great knowledge and commitment to their clients.’

‘Anand Singh – He doesn’t stop at anything and is always looking to provide solutions. I will take my business wherever he goes.’

Key clients

Munich Re


Al Hilal Takaful

Assicurazioni Generali S.p.A. (Generali)

Oriental Insurance Company Limited, Dubai Branch

HDFC Life & Re

Policybazaar India

National Life & General Insurance Company

Berns Brett & Masood Insurance Brokers

Swan Insurance & Reinsurance Brokers

Work highlights

  • Acting on retainer for Policybazaar and advised on entering into a contract with a UAE-based insurance broker.
  • Advised Swan Insurance & Reinsurance Brokers Limited DIFC on licensing and incorporation.
  • Acted as regional counsel for Reynolds Porter Chamberlain (RPC) in respect of a large loss fire claim for London insurance/reinsurance market, including Lloyd’s Syndicates.

United Arab Emirates > Intellectual property Tier 3

BSA Ahmad Bin Hezeem & Associates LLP's 'knowledgeable' intellectual property practice advises clients in a range of industries including media, automotive, industrial and pharmaceuticals, while the fashion and consumer goods have also been key areas of growth for the practice. Munir Suboh heads the team. Senior associate Amal Atieh is also noted.

Practice head(s):

Munir Suboh

Other key lawyers:


‘Very efficient and knowledgeable team.’

‘Extremely professional and organized and always offer the highest quality of service and always in a timely manner.’

‘Definitely my only choice when it comes to all IP related matters in the UAE and neighbouring countries.’

‘Munir Suboh – very experienced in IP; very flexible and always makes sure to accommodate our clients’ needs.’

‘Excellent expertise for trade mark law.’

Dynamic team.

Munir Suboh is a very good interlocutor.’

Key clients


Andersen Tax LLC

Better Body Foods and Nutrition LLC

Clinique Des Champs Elysées

Etihad Rail Company PJSC

Al Arabiya Networks FZ LLC

Al Mayass Restaurants

Fortafy Games DMCC

Gulf Petrochem FZC

WWE Entrainment Inc

Etam Lingerie

Al Arabiya Network FZ LLC

Premier Beverages P. В. Limited

Illumina, Inc.

Work highlights

  • Advised MBC IP FZ LLC on the execution of a large advisory and prosecution project to support the branding on MBC’s “SHAHID” – video-on-demand audio-visual and entertainment application.
  • Acted for Anderson Tax LLC in complex trade mark/trade name dispute and domain issues that arose after an accountancy firm operating in the UAE used the Andersen brand and a domain name bearing the client’s registered trademark.
  • Assisted Clinique Des Champs Elysées with conducting trademark and trade name searches and gave an assessment on the risk of use and registration in the GCC countries.

United Arab Emirates > TMT Tier 3

BSA Ahmad Bin Hezeem & Associates LLP advises across the full range of TMT and represents a number of multinational technology and media companies, including the likes of Delivery Hero and Discovery Channel. The practice is led by Nadim Bardawil, who advises clients from start-ups to government entities on IT procurement, tech M&A and e-commerce.

Practice head(s):

Nadim Bardawil

Other key lawyers:

Rima Mrad


‘The TMT team at BSA are very responsive, innovative in their legal solutions and provide first-class quality legal services.’

‘Partner Nadim Bardawil is very-well versed in technology files and is always up to date on the latest developments in the sector.’

Very proactive and pragmatic in their advice and able to hold their own even amongst global firms. They are available and diligently pursue their client’s interest and they have strong regional roots which they celebrate.’

Nadim Bardawil – highly astute, able and approachable. Nadim is our first call for TMT and corporate matters. He is incredibly hard working always available to us. We consider him a trusted and valued advisor.’

Rima Mrad – an excellent M&A and regulatory advisor. We have consulted Rima on a number of occasions and we are always impressed by her. Rima delivers direct advice on what is possible not theoretical and she has been very helpful in assisting us with establishing our firm in the region.’

Key clients

Delivery Hero SE

Discovery Channel

Eleks Software

Tokio Marine


SH Capital

Novo Cinemas

Rising Giants Network

HCL Technologies

X-Trade Brokers

Baraka Financial Limited

Work highlights

  • Acted as lead counsel for Delivery Hero SE on the $360m acquisition of InstaShop Ltd.
  • Advised Discovery on all legal requirements to create and launch an OTT-SVOD platform in the Middle East and assisted with a regulatory due diligence in the UAE, KSA, Oman, Bahrain, Qatar, Kuwait, Egypt, Jordan, Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia.
  • Assisted Eleks Software with its strategic entry into the Middle East by establishing a presence in the UAE.

United Arab Emirates > Construction Tier 4

The construction disputes practice at BSA Ahmad Bin Hezeem & Associates LLP is led by Antonios Dimitracopoulos and primarily acts for contractors and subcontractors in a wide variety of disputes and arbitration proceedings. Asim Ahmed is frequently instructed by UAE developers and contractors on construction disputes. Of counsel Jonathan Brown is also noted.

Practice head(s):

Antonios Dimitracopoulos

Other key lawyers:

Asim Ahmed; Jonathan Brown


‘BSA team is very active and friendly with us and take their time to study our disputes and give proper advice in time.’

‘Antonios Dimitracopoulos has vast experience as a construction lawyer. He has successfully handled many of our cases of arbitration and litigation. None of the cases handled by him have been lost.’

‘What makes BSA, in my opinion, so different from the other law firms, and especially the Arbitration team is their attention to the detail and micromanagement of the proceedings by the senior members. Further, BSA has implemented the latest technology available, making the exchange of correspondence and communication and the presentation easy and straightforward.’

‘Antonios’ performance was outstanding and his response is timely, on point and always helpful.’

‘Clear guidance through the legal process and an easy to understand approach.’

‘Antonios Dimitracopoulos is practical and hands on and has a true understanding of our requirements and of the most appropriate way to progress the case and to achieve the desired outcome.’

The team is professional, they master the topic in all its aspects. In terms of billing, they were accommodating and agreed on a billing scheme that is within our budget.

Clear guidance through the legal process and an easy to understand approach.

United Arab Emirates > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 5

The firm: Founded in 2001, this is a firm that reflects the energy and ambition of the Middle East. The firm is deeply rooted in the region, offering a competitive advantage to clients seeking advice that works in the real world and is truly in tune with the market.

Throughout its history, the firm has demonstrated an innovative and entrepreneurial spirit. Its clients include a number of public and private sector companies, as well as local and international businesses from various industries. The firm regularly represents and collaborates with international law firms to deliver high-end legal services. Its relationships and contacts at key bodies, including regulators, mean it is able to do more than just advise; the firm is able to go beyond the traditional law firm role to resolve commercial issues and make things happen for its clients.

The fact it has rights of audience in every country where it has an office means that the firm can litigate all the way from the boardroom to the courtroom. The firm has a truly multicultural team with an unrivalled depth of Arabic talent, including a high proportion of local advocates in each country where the firm has offices.

Innovative legal minds, innate cultural understanding and local rights of audience before all courts: the firm has the ambition, energy and talent to help your business succeed.

Its lawyers come from diverse backgrounds, with the majority dual-qualified in both regional and international jurisdictions and fluent in multiple languages including Arabic, English and French. The team is fully cognisant of regional and international legal developments and tailors its approach to specific industry sector needs.

Banking and finance Jimmy Haoula
Banking and finance Rima Mrad
Commercial Jimmy Haoula
Commercial Michael Kortbawi
Construction and arbitration Antonios Dimitracopoulos
Corporate and M&A Jimmy Haoula
Corporate and M&A Bertrand Dumon
Employment Rima Mrad
Fraud Abdullah Ishnaneh
Insurance and reinsurance Simon Isgar
Insurance and reinsurance Michael Kortbawi
Intellectual Property Munir Suboh
Litigation and dispute resolution Asim Ahmed
Litigation and dispute resolution Abdullah Ishnaneh
VAT John Peacock
Munir Suboh photo Munir SubohPartner
Number of lawyers : 61
at this office : 40
INTA - International Trademark Association
Other offices : Abu Dhabi
Other offices : Beirut
Other offices : Erbil
Other offices : Muscat
Other offices : Paris
Other offices : Ras Al Khaimah
Other offices : Riyadh
Other offices : Sharjah


As part of BSA’s CSR initiative for 2017, the firm organized a one-day free of charge legal clinic for members of the general public.

The ‘Legal Clinic’ in collaboration with the Dubai Land Department (DLD) witnessed great success, attracting many customers who sought free legal advice.

Members of the public, many of whom were struggling with legal issues but lacked the financial means to seek legal advice, benefited significantly from the first of its kind initiative. The ‘Legal Clinic’ provided the public with a six-hour window to access free legal advice from 25 expert lawyers, specializing in areas as varied as real estate, construction, employment, compensation claims, criminal matters, debt recovery, tenancy disputes, inheritance and family matters.

Dr. Ahmad Bin Hezeem, Senior Partner at BSA, commented, “Our ‘Legal Clinic’ was an enormous success and we hope to organise subsequent clinics in the near future. The initiative is an extension of our corporate social responsibility programme, and the lawyers who took part felt a deep sense of pride and satisfaction. The BSA ‘Legal Clinic’ has been designed to positively impact people who would otherwise be unable to access such specialist advice and support.”

He added: “After 17 years of continued success in the UAE, we are committed to proactively giving back to the communities we operate in. BSA was proud to partner with the Dubai Land Department on this occasion, and looks forward to building on the success of the first ‘Legal Clinic’ so we can replicate this initiative on a regular basis.”

His Excellency Sultan Butti bin Mejren, Director General of DLD, stated, “This initiative reflects the importance of raising social awareness and improving public services to make Dubai an outstanding example of cooperative ventures between the private and government sectors. The ‘Legal Clinic’ was highly beneficial to the public, creating a positive environment in the community and spreading happiness among all segments of society. ”

Residents were advised to arrive early as the ‘Legal Clinic’ functioned on a first come, first served basis, and visitors expressed their appreciation for the initiative. “I received some excellent guidance and I did not even have to pay for it,” said a long-term Dubai resident, while another attendee, a 45-year-old Indian resident, said this was a first rate move from DLD and BSA as it showed that Dubai cares. “They do this in medicine but it is great that they are now helping us in legal affairs too.”