Firm Profile > BSA Ahmad Bin Hezeem & Associates LLP > Dubai, United Arab Emirates

BSA Ahmad Bin Hezeem & Associates LLP
United Arab Emirates

United Arab Emirates > Dispute resolution: local litigation Tier 3

Sudanese-qualified Asim Ahmed heads the litigation practice at BSA Ahmad Bin Hezeem & Associates LLP, which is active in insolvency, commercial fraud, and banking disputes, an area in which it regularly represents the financial services institutions. Egyptian-qualified Shabaan Metwally is also involved in many complex cases, and Ahmad Bin Hezeem, the firm's name partner and a former director general of the Dubai Courts, is a notable UAE advocate.

Practice head(s):

Asim Ahmed

Other key lawyers:

Shabaan Metwally; Ahmad Bin Hezeem

Key clients

Emirates Neon

ABC International (Virgin Islands)


United Arab Emirates > Insurance Tier 3

BSA Ahmad Bin Hezeem & Associates LLP's head of insurance and reinsurance Simon Isgar handles a range of transactional work, including M&A in the conventional insurance and takaful space, as well as providing advice on onshore UAE regulation. Anand Singh is a key senior associate who has been active in a number of instech matters.

Practice head(s):

Simon Isgar

Other key lawyers:

Anand Singh


‘The team at BSA is extremely hands on and approachable. They do not just have legal knowledge but also a firm grasp on ground realities and the market pulse in the sector. Their advice always factors all of this.’

‘Anand Singh is exceptional at breaking down an issue and laying it out for you to appreciate the legal challenges. He is extremely approachable and explains the pros and cons of an action in a simple manner which can be further explained to business. Providing workable solutions is his forte.’

‘The insurance team is user-friendly, pro-active and have a thorough knowledge of insurance law across the region. They provide a great service to foreign (English) lawyers who need advice on the application of local law to losses and claims which occur in the region.’

‘Simon Isgar is very helpful, responsive and has a good commercial understanding of how the local insurance markets, as well as the insurance market in London, operate.’

Key clients

Munich Re


Al Hilal Takaful

Assicurazioni Generali S.p.A. (Generali)

Bupa Global & UK

HDFC Life & Re

Policybazaar India

Al Rajhi Takaful KSA

Abdul Latif Jameel, KSA


United Arab Emirates > Intellectual property Tier 3

BSA Ahmad Bin Hezeem & Associates LLP has a broad client offering and its team is particularly experienced in advising clients on the prosecution and enforcement of intellectual property rights, such as large-scale anti-counterfeiting actions and domain name disputes. Domain name disputes are a growing area of work for the group. Practice head Munir Suboh advises clients such as media companies, professional services firms, automotive and industrial entities, and pharmaceuticals.

Practice head(s):

Munir Suboh

Key clients

MBC Group

World Wrestling Entertainment Inc

Andersen Tax Legal

Al Arabiya News Channel

Emaar Investments and Industries LLC

United Arab Emirates > TMT Tier 3

BSA Ahmad Bin Hezeem & Associates LLP's practice, headed by Nadim Bardawil, advises on a broad range of technical regulatory work, for local start-ups and global clients through international firms, covering matters as diverse as new media platforms, fintech, cloud-based products and online content regulation.

Practice head(s):

Nadim Bardawil

Key clients

Novo Cinemas

Azur Digital FZ LLC

Pico International

Discovery Channel

Globacom Technologies LLC

MDX Technologies LLC

Delivery Hero

Panthera Capital Investments LLC


United Arab Emirates > Construction Tier 4

English solicitor-advocate is Antonios Dimitracopoulos is the key contact for arbitration work at BSA Ahmad Bin Hezeem & Associates LLP, and is primarily instructed for subcontractors in disputes with main contractors. Asim Ahmed, the firm's head of litigation, includes construction in his practice and Jonathan Brown joined as an of counsel from Charles Russell Speechlys LLP.

Practice head(s):

Asim Ahmed; Antonios Dimitracopoulos

Other key lawyers:

Jonathan Brown


‘Antonios Dimitracopoulos is straight forward and accurate in his legal opinions and advice.’

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

Cross-border work across the Arab world, including advising on local regulations and other commercial matters, is an area of knowledge for BSA Ahmad Bin Hezeem & Associates LLP. Jimmy Haoula heads the practice, and Nadim Bardawil is active in a number of commercial matters with technological elements. Lara Barbary also advises a number of family-owned businesses.

Practice head(s):

Jimmy Haoula

Other key lawyers:

Lara Barbary; Nadim Bardawil

Key clients

Voltas Ltd

Delivery Hero/Talabat



Veolia Water Systems

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 Partner
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.”