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BSA Ahmad Bin Hezeem & Associates LLP
United Arab Emirates

Dispute resolution: local litigation Tier 3

BSA Ahmad Bin Hezeem & Associates LLP's head of litigation Asim Ahmed is a name to note for construction litigation cases. The firm also has a track record handling commercial, clinical negligence and employment matters. Senior associate Mohammed Nedal Dajani is also active in the space.

Intellectual property Tier 3

BSA Ahmad Bin Hezeem & Associates LLP’s ‘professional and responsive group’ is led by the ‘quick-thinkingMunir Suboh, who joined in 2017 from Hadef & Partners LLC. The growing practice advises regional and global clients on contentious and non-contentious matters.

Construction Tier 4

At BSA Ahmad Bin Hezeem & Associates LLP, Antonios Dimitracopoulos represents a number of Emirati contractors and subcontractors in DIAC and ADCCAC arbitrations. Asim Ahmed also handles disputes work, including for employers.

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 5

BSA Ahmad Bin Hezeem & Associates LLP handles a range of work, with a number of mandates coming as local law advice on multi-national deals. Rima Mrad worked with Haynes and Boone, L.L.P. to advise Halliburton on the UAE elements of its purchase of Ingrain. Bertrand Dumon also handles corporate structuring work, as does Michael Kortbawi. Dumon assisted Chantier Naval Couach with negotiating a collaboration agreement with Abu Dhabi Ship Building. Kortbawi also advised Al Masah Capital on the AED80m purchase of a security services company. Polyester manufacturer JBF Group, which the team advised on a restructuring, is another cornerstone client. Lara Barbary is also noted.

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.

Department Name Email Telephone
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
Photo Name Position Profile
 Munir Suboh  photo Munir Suboh
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.”