Al Tamimi & Company > Dubai, United Arab Emirates > Firm Profile

Al Tamimi & Company
DIFC-6TH FLOOR, BUILDING 4 EAST, DUBAI INTERNATIONAL FINANCIAL CENTRE
PO BOX 9725
DUBAI
United Arab Emirates

United Arab Emirates > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 1

Al Tamimi & Company‘s geographical presence across the region makes the team well placed to handle cross-border transactions and it continues to be involved in standout deals in the market. The M&A department also incorporates the firm’s venture capital and emerging companies practice, which was set up in 2019 and has established itself as a popular choice for investors. Clients also benefit from the firm’s My Tamimi App to securely connect with lawyers, view details of current matters and manage invoices. Samer Qudah leads on corporate structuring and Abdullah Mutawi is the head of corporate commercial. Richard Catling‘s diverse workload sees him handling M&A, advising on regional private equity and venture capital funding and acting for family-owned conglomerates in the GCC,

Practice head(s):

Abdullah Mutawi; Samer Quda

Other key lawyers:

Richard Catling; Andrew Tarbuck; James MacCallum; Fady Ghanem; Alex Ghazi; Andrea Tithecott; Izabella Szadkowska

Testimonials

Good solid knowledge of the local legal environment in practice and not just in theory.’

‘Overall good response times.

Good and timely client engagement and response, particularly from the managing partner, Samer Qudah.

The team is very innovative and willing to find solutions for their customers.

Al Tamimi are always on top of their peers in terms both understanding our business, the law & market.

They are responsive and most importantly business oriented.

They understand the business and have an economical thinking on top of the legal one.’

I can easily rely on every member in the team from partner to the paralegal.

Key clients

Brookfield Asset Management Private Institutional Capital Adviser (Canada) LP

Global Infrastructure Management LLC

NH Investment & Securities Co. Ltd

Ontario Teachers Pension Plan

Raffles Infra Holdings Limited

SNAM S.p.A

Galaxy Pipeline Assets Bidco Limited

Dubai Islamic Bank PJSC

The Future Investment Initiative Institute

Global Ventures

BLME Holdings plc

Gate Capital

Damac Properties Dubai Co PJSC

Chongqing Terminus Technologies Co. Ltd

Yas Marina Circuit (Abu Dhabi Motorsport Management LLC)

RCS Sport S.p.A.

Reed Exhibitions FZ-LLC

Riot Games Limited

Wanbao Mining (Hong Kong) Limited

Anglo Arabian Healthcare Investments LLC

Yusuf Bin Ahmed Kanoo (Holdings) Co WLL (“Kanoo

Group”)

United Arab Emirates > Dispute resolution: arbitration and international litigation Tier 1

Al Tamimi & Company‘s clients include financial institutions, domestic and foreign corporate and government and semi-government entities, and the firm is particularly notable for its DIFC practice. Practice head Rita Jaballah  is well regarded for litigation and regulatory proceedings with a nexus to banking and finance. Senior counsel Peter Woods acts for clients in a range of industries, including financial services, insurance and reinsurance, construction and real estate. Essam Al Tamimi  is another name to note.

Practice head(s):

Rita Jaballah

Other key lawyers:

Peter Woods; Essam Al Tamimi

United Arab Emirates > Dispute resolution: local litigation Tier 1

Al Tamimi & Company handles the full spectrum of disputes and has a strong team in several emirates. Chairman Essam Al Tamimi‘s varied practice takes in litigation and Hassan Arab is the regional head of dispute resolution. Naief Yahia  heads the construction litigation practice. Zafer Sheikh Oghli is the key name in Sharjah and Ras Al Khaimah-based Ammar Haykal focuses on litigation for developers and Islamic finance entities.

United Arab Emirates > Employment Tier 1

Al Tamimi & Company has a full-service offering and advises a broad range of major international corporations, banks and financial institutions, government organisations and local companies. Practice head Samir Kantaria is an ‘exceptional lawyer‘ with a strong contentious and non-contentious employment practice. Gordon Barr has substantial DIFC court litigation experience and is praised by clients for his ‘pragmatism and diplomacy‘. Ivor McGettigan heads the firm’s employment practice in Abu Dhabi and is the ‘heart and soul‘ of the team.

Practice head(s):

Samir Kantaria

Other key lawyers:

Gordon Barr; Ivor McGettigan

Testimonials

‘Samir Kantaria not only has excellent knowledge of the law but his experience enables him to give the client good, clear pragmatic advice.’

‘Gordon Barr is always available, very responsive and reliable. Friendly, down to earth and very easy to deal with and therefore pleasure to work with. Gives excellent practical unfussy advice. Great insight into the intentions of legislators, analyses risk appropriately and commensurately with the issues at hand.’

‘The team at Tamimi are masters of UAE employment law. They deliver advice that is clear and practical. They provide not just advice on the legal position but also risks associated with different options.’

‘Samir Kantaria is an exceptional lawyer. He provides us with excellent service. He will answer the specific question, but also anticipates the questions that arise from his advice, saving the back and forth. He is highly responsive, and he tailors the level of advice with the specifics of an issue such that if a quick phone call will resolve the issue, he will call but if it is more complex, then we may have receive a letter of advice and have a meeting.’

‘Al Tamimi provide a one stop shop for employment advice across the region. They are a trusted outfit. Professional, efficient and collaborative.’

‘Gordon Barr is an exceptional lawyer. He is acute in his perception of technical matters and sound in his judgment. He is discerning in his approach which is complimented by his pragmatism and diplomacy. He has his ear to the ground when it comes to employment matters in the region and can always be trusted to offer a professional and effective service.’

‘Ivor McGettigan is the heart and soul of this team – as a senior Al Tamimi partner he is able to get all the resources of the firm applied to solve problems quickly.’

‘Ivor understands client needs and is the all-round best in the market.’

Key clients

Astra Zeneca

Intel Corporation Inc.

Kearney

Louis Vuitton

Beiersdorf

Petronas

LinkedIn

Richemont

Microsoft

KPMG

Oracle Corporation

Royal & Sun Alliance

Stellantis

Hyatt International

Burberry

Friends Provident International

Levi Strauss

Cognizant

General Electric

Inditex

Work highlights

  • Assisting BMS with Middle East integration issues following the $74bn acquisition of Celgene.
  • Advising Stellantis in respect of Middle East employment issues arising from the global merger between Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and PSA Group making Stellantis the third largest automaker globally by revenue.
  • Advising Rockwell and Schlumberger Ltd on the UAE employment aspects of their new worldwide joint venture, Sensia, the oil and gas industry’s first digitally enabled, integrated automation solutions provider.

United Arab Emirates > Intellectual property Tier 1

United Arab Emirates > Real estate Tier 1

Al Tamimi & Company has a full-service real estate offering that covers investments, joint ventures, financing and securitisation, mixed-use developments, REITs, hotels and leisure. Andrew Thomson heads the practice following his arrival in August 2021 from Eversheds Sutherland LLPMohammed Kawasmi specialises in real estate and has a strong background in the education sector. Malek Al Rifai is also noted and is a ‘stand out lawyer‘; Malek focuses his practice on real estate M&A, property funds and REITs. Senior associate Anna White was a new arrival from Afridi & Angell.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Thomson

Other key lawyers:

Mohammed Kawasmi; Malek Al Rifai; Anna White

Testimonials

‘The whole Al Tamimi Real Estate Team is very efficient, responsive and hands on. They quickly understand the issue, discuss with you the alternatives and suggest the best solution to your problem.’

‘Malek Al Rifai is very responsive, explains both sides of the situation, business minded and comes up with innovative ideas for the problem. He always acts with great responsibility and the team owns the project and tries to increase the best interest for us.’

‘A very responsive technically well-versed team.’

‘Highly attentive, very quick response times, solid legal / technical knowledge.’

‘This teams really does offer a 360 degree service; ranging from a simple land transfer to large scale financed consortium real estate transactions in addition to high end complex hospitality deals with multiple stake holders.’

‘Their expertise is both onshore and offshore.’

‘The combined experience of the team really does outstrip that of all competitors in the market.’

‘Malek Al Rifai is a stand out lawyer. His knowledge and experience of complex transactions is rarely seen in the market.  His commercial acumen and practical common sense are refreshing. He strips down difficult transactions into their core elements and produces a well coordinated plan of action that just needs to be followed for success.’

Key clients

HSBC Bank

Abu Dhabi National Hotels

Red Sea Development Company

King Abdullah Financial District Development

Knowledge Economic City Company

American Consulate General

The Arts Club

Jaguar Land Rover

Hospitality Management Holdings

Deyaar Development PSC

Al Ahli REIT

Dubai Aerospace

Aldar PJSC

Amaala

Al Andalus Property Company JSC

Umm Al Qura

Steigenberger Hotels AG

Public Investment Fund

Marriott

Bloom Holding PJSC

IFA Hotels & Resorts LLC

Majid Al Futtaim LLC

TECOM Investments FZ-LLC

Premier Inn Hotels LLC

RIU Hotels SA

Al Mal Capital PSC

Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank

Aabar Properties PJSC

Emaar Properties PJSC

ADNOC

Arady Developments LLC

Abu Dhabi Pensions Fund

Facebook

Goldman Sachs

CVC Capital Partners

Gartner

ROKA

Dogus Group

Ingenia Polymers Group

Emirates NBD

The First Group

Danube

Dubai Holding

Ahli United Bank

Work highlights

  • Advised Apollo Global Management Inc. on a long-term strategic investment with the ADNOC, involving an investment that relates to an underlying real estate portfolio valued at $5.5 billion and leveraging the rental income streams from select ADNOC real estate assets under a 24-year master lease agreement.
  • Advised ADPF on its acquisition of a 31% holding in Abu Dhabi Energy Real Estate Company – Sole Proprietorship LLC, the company created to hold ADNOC’s 51% stake in Abu Dhabi Property Leasing Holding Company RSC Limited, for a consideration of $900m.
  • Advising a European Real Estate Fund on the acquisition of the landmark Address Sky View Hotel in Downtown Dubai from Emaar.

United Arab Emirates > TMT Tier 1

Al Tamimi & Company has a full-service practice that covers technology, media, telecoms, data privacy and cybersecurity. The practice has a broad client base with a particular emphasis on government-affiliated clients. Practice head Martin Hayward has a strong background in cloud computing and telecoms. Abdullah Mutawi focuses on corporate finance and cross-border M&A in the technology and telecoms sectors. Telecoms regulatory specialist Andrew Fawcett is based in Abu Dhabi. Senior associate Krishna Jhala is also noted and focuses on privacy and data protection, IT and telecoms. Haroun Khwaja left the firm.

Practice head(s):

Martin Hayward

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘They have a good mix of private practice lawyers and former in-house lawyers who know the market and industry very well. That works very well for clients as the advice needs to be practical, support in negotiation strategy and get to the crux of the matter.’

‘Easy to approach, they can explain complex topic in easy language. Andrew Fawcett and Martin Hayward are excellent advisors.’

Key clients

Rotana Media Group

Ciena Communications, Inc.

Lals Group

Global Ventures and Proximie Ltd

Work highlights

  • Advising Ciena, a US publicly listed telecoms solutions provider, across the Middle East on all its high worth commercial transaction work with its telecoms operator and government clients.
  • Assisted Lals Group with its digital transformation and its mandate to bring its world class shopping experience to consumers online.
  • Provided a global cloud service provider with insight into data localisation and sovereignty issues in the cloud sector across Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the UAE.

United Arab Emirates > Banking and finance: Corporate finance (including Islamic lending) Tier 2

Al Tamimi & Company is a ‘one stop shop for all legal services‘ and has ‘unparalleled‘ knowledge of local banking and finance laws. The team’s specialties are wide ranging, from project finance and Islamic finance to asset finance and derivatives. Practice head Jody Waugh is ‘brilliant and commercially oriented‘. Mamoon Khan focuses on bilateral/syndicated lending, structured trade finance and aircraft finance transactions. Mark Brown is also noted and advises on transactional lending, product development, insolvency and project finance.

Practice head(s):

Jody Waugh

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘ATCO’s corporate finance team in UAE is involved in most of our high profile transaction in the market. Their knowledge of the nuances of all free zones in UAE is unparalleled and they provide very competitive fee arrangements.’

‘Jody Waugh is a brilliant and commercial oriented partner, with an outstanding knowledge of local laws.’

Tamimi is a one stop shop for all legal services. The team is always very practical in giving advice and will often focus on the real issues to simplify matters. They are on top of all law updates and our “to go to” firm for all queries on new laws and to find practical solutions to problems.’

The team has a “can do” attitude to all of our assignments and will always try and find practical solutions to problems. This is key for us and to any corporate or banking client. The team is very approachable and user friendly.’

Key clients

ADNOC

Japan Bank for International Cooperation

BNP Paribas Fortis SA/NV

Mizuho Bank, Ltd.

Standard Chartered Bank

Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation

ACWA Power Global Services Limited (“ACWA”)

ICICI Bank Limited

Bank of India

Mashreq Bank

Arab African International Bank

UAE Central Bank

United Arab Emirates > Banking and finance: Financial services regulation Tier 2

Al Tamimi & Company has a strong financial regulatory advisory offering and  financial institutions, alternative finance providers and payment service providers are among its key clients. Divya Abrol Gambhir leads the UAE financial regulatory practice and is typically instructed on matters involving establishment and licensing, acquisitions, regulatory compliance and investigations. Jody Waugh has an established presence in the region and works closely with a number of regulators, banks and financial institutions.

Practice head(s):

Jody Waugh

Other key lawyers:

Divya Abrol Gambhir; Mamoon Khan; Ali Awad; Sarah El Serafy; Ashish Banga

Testimonials

‘Their advice is very practical and solution oriented. They are well balanced in their approach and provide workable solutions rather than acting as a roadblock.’

‘Jody Waugh – quality of advice, understanding of business and depth of knowledge.’

Key clients

UAE Central Bank

United Arab Emirates > Capital markets Tier 2

Al Tamimi & Company‘s capital markets practice has ‘excellent industry know how combined with outstanding technical expertise‘. The firm’s ECM offering has particular strength in IPOs, capital increases in public M&A, share buy-backs and rights issues. On the debt side of the practice, the team handles bond issuances, securitisations and sukuks. Practice head Andrew Tarbuck has a ‘first class‘ practice that covers the full spectrum of capital markets transactions. Husam Hourani has a core focus on ECM matters and Rafiq Jaffer is a key point of contact for DCM mandates.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Tarbuck

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Excellent industry know how combined with outstanding technical expertise. Andrew knows well all the market participants, from SCA, DFM, Nasdaq, etc and so can navigate what can often be an opaque environment.’

‘Andrew Tarbuck is in my view one of the leading capital market practitioners in UAE. He’s absolutely first class.’

Andrew Tarbuck – brilliant lawyer.

Key clients

Yalla Group Limited

Dubai Islamic Bank PJSC

BLME Holdings plc

Dubai Airport Free Zone Authority

Al Mal Capital

Kuwait Finance House Bahrain

Kalyan Jewellers FZE

United Gulf Holding Company B.S.C.

Gulf Navigation Holdings PJSC

Work highlights

  • Advised Yalla Group Limited on the offering of 18,600,000 American Depositary Shares (“ADSs”), each ADS representing one Class A ordinary share, par value US$0.0001 per share on the New York Stock Exchange.
  • Advised DIB on its landmark acquisition of Noor Bank PJSC (“Noor Bank”) from its principal shareholders, Noor Investment Group LLC (“NIGL”) and Emirates Investment Authority (“EIA”), through the increase of DIB’s share capital, and allocation of such shares to NIGL and EIA as consideration for the acquisition.
  • Advised BLME Holdings plc (“BLME”) (an Islamic finance provider) on a recommended cash offer made by Boubyan Bank (a Kuwait Islamic bank) to acquire the entire issued share capital of BLME save for those already owned by Boubyan Bank and its subsidiaries or affiliates.

United Arab Emirates > Dispute resolution: compliance and investigations Tier 2

United Arab Emirates > Investment fund formation and management Tier 2

Al Tamimi & Company‘s funds practice stands out with its ‘great blend of regional and international expertise‘. Dennis Ryan heads the practice and showcases a strong understanding of the establishment and regulatory compliance of investment funds across the free zones and wider Middle East region. Head of banking and finance Jody Waugh has a strong funds practice. Other key names to mention include Rafiq Jaffer  and Divya Abrol Gambhir.

Practice head(s):

Jody Waugh; Dennis Ryan

Testimonials

‘A great blend of regional and international expertise delivered locally and responsively.’

‘Dennis Ryan always willing to adapt, tailor and support the clients’ initiatives.’

‘The team(s) is the key and integral part of this law firm. They have a reputable name in the industry as well as in the country.’

‘Mr. Dennis Ryan is one gem of a person. He is thorough with a very peculiar eye on the relevant matters.’

Key clients

Al Mal Capital REIT

Century Private Wealth Limited

Al Dhaheri Investment Capital

Apex Group Limited, including its subsidiary, Fundrock Investment Managememt Services (ME) Ltd

Al Mal Capital REIT

Century Private Wealth Limited

Al Dhaheri Investment Capital

Apex Group Limited, including its subsidiary, Fundrock Investment Managememt Services (ME) Ltd

Work highlights

  • Advising Al Mal Capital on the structuring, formation and launch of the first listed Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT) on the Dubai Financial Market.

United Arab Emirates > Shipping Tier 2

Al Tamimi & Company has a ‘responsive‘ shipping practice with ‘unrivalled local litigation knowledge‘. Omar Omar is the regional head of transport and insurance and represents a broad range of clients from major P&I clubs, to government entities. Yazan Al Saoudi is another key member of the team and has a broad contentious and non-contentious practice. Yasser Madkour provides support at the associate level.

Practice head(s):

Omar Omar

Other key lawyers:

Yazan Saoudi; Yasser Madkour

Testimonials

‘The firm houses a particularly strong maritime litigation practice. The team is responsive and boasts unrivalled local litigation knowledge.’

Key clients

Banque Cantonale de Geneve

China Pacific Property Insurance Co., Ltd

Master Oil Trading and Imports Ltd

DBS Bank Singapore

National Bank of Fujairah

Goltens Co. Ltd.

Department of Ports and Customs, Government of Ajman

Lamprell Energy Ltd

Trafigura Pte. Ltd. (Singapore)

Aramco Trading Company

Banque Cantonale de Geneve

China Pacific Property Insurance Co., Ltd

Master Oil Trading and Imports Ltd

DBS Bank Singapore

National Bank of Fujairah

Goltens Co. Ltd.

Department of Ports and Customs, Government of Ajman

Lamprell Energy Ltd

Trafigura Pte. Ltd. (Singapore)

Aramco Trading Company

United Arab Emirates > Construction Tier 3

Al Tamimi & Company has ‘deep knowledge‘ of the regional and international laws in the region. Key areas of focus include front-end construction, construction advisory, litigation and arbitration. Practice head Andrew Symms specialises in all aspects of construction and engineering law. Euan Lloyd focuses on power, infrastructure, building and development projects. On the contentious end, Naief Yahia is noted.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Symms

Other key lawyers:

Euan Lloyd; Naief Yahia; Thomas Snider; John Gaffney; Sara Aranjo

Testimonials

‘We have been collaborating with Al Tamimi and Co. for some time now and are very pleased with the level of services we receive and the timely manner, within which this is taking place.’

‘High level of communication and efficiency in providing legal services and advice.’

‘The members of the firm have the ability to catch the important matters and issues out of complex situations. They are also experienced lawyers with deep knowledge in regional laws and customs along with international practices. Also, the firm holds the ability to communicate in English perfectly, which seemed to be a great strength compared to other regional/local firms.’

‘Sara Aranjo: She gives advice precisely in concise words.’

‘Mr. Naief Yahia: His qualities include mastery of the law, remarkable ability to grasp the issues and historical events, good negotiator, competent, creative, approachable, composed, strategic thinker, accommodating, bilingual, leadership skills.’

Key clients

Bilfinger

MBC

Sheikh Suroor Project Department

Abu Dhabi Motorsports Company

Modon Properties

ANDRITZ

OCS

RAK government entities

GFH Financial Group

Lepidico

United Arab Emirates > Infrastructure and projects (including project finance) Tier 4

Bahrain > Banking and finance (including Islamic finance)

Al Tamimi & Company, which is highlighted for its strong presence across the Middle East and North Africa, advises domestic and international banking clients on a wide ambit of Islamic finance and conventional banking matters. Its varied portfolio of transactional work spans areas such as bilateral and syndicated lending, aircraft finance, project finance, trade finance, derivatives and securitisation. Team head Rafiq Jaffer , whose practice is split between Bahrain and the UAE, has over a decade of experience in debt capital market transactions. Also recommended is senior associate Natalia Kumar.

Practice head(s):

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

They are easily accessible, listen to your viewpoint and recommend legal way out accordingly. Besides they are pretty knowledgeable and experienced in their respective law fields.

‘We believe they have given a standout service to our bank.’

‘The team is knowledgeable and responsive when needed. This makes the firm stand out against their peers in Bahrain.’

‘The individuals in the team are very approachable with a can-do attitude. Rather than being theoretic, individuals are pragmatic and advise is always practically achievable.’

‘Excellent. The law firm is friendly, open and responsive to the needs of its clients. These lawyers are very approachable and pleasant to work with. They have shown by their tireless endeavours that the work is not merely an assignment to them, it is something they work on with passion.’

Key clients

Standard Chartered Bank

Kuwait Finance House (Bahrain) B.S.C.

ICICI Bank Limited

Credit Suisse AG – Foreign Branch

Julius Baer (Bahrain) B.S.C. (C)

HSBC Bank Middle East Limited

Mashreq Bank P.S.C.

National Bank of Bahrain

Bank of Bahrain and Kuwait (BBK)

Citibank N.A.

Habib Bank Limited

United Gulf Holding Company B.S.C.

Saudi Arabia > Real estate and construction

Al Tamimi & Company has an experienced real estate team handling a steady stream of mandates in the hotels and leisure industries. It acts for developers, investor clients and investment banks across the region on real estate funds and REITS. Key contacts include new real estate group head Andrew Thomson who joined from Eversheds Sutherland LLP and Tara Marlow.

Practice head(s):

Tara Marlow; Andrew Thomson

Testimonials

‘Knowledge of the local legal environment, and pragmatic business approach to finding solutions.’

They are responsive, substantively and administratively.’

Saudi Arabia > Banking and finance

Al Tamimi & Company is active in project financing matters, particularly across the water desalination and infrastructure areas, and is overseen by Dubai based partners Jody Waugh  and Rafiq Jaffer. The team acts as counsel on large financings projects and advises on banking regulatory matters. Senior associate in Riyadh Agathi Trakkidi has a specialism in syndicated loans transactions.

Practice head(s):

Rafiq Jaffer; Jody Waugh

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

HSBC Saudi Arabia

The Saudi British Bank (SABB)

International Company of Water and Power Projects (ACWA Power)

First Abu Dhabi Bank – KSA Branch

FAB Capital

Credit Suisse Saudi Arabia

Credit Suisse Riyadh Branch

Work highlights

  • Acted as local KSA counsel for ACWA Power in connection with the $700m project financing relating to the Jubail 3A seawater desalination plant in KSA.
  • Advised HSBC Saudi Arabia on the refinancing of syndicated facilities extended to Shuaibah Two Water Development Project Company to finance the development of the SHUAIBAH 2 IWP (STPC) in KSA.

 

The firm

Al Tamimi & Company is the largest law firm in the Middle East with 17 offices across nine countries. Established in 1989, we are a full service commercial firm combining knowledge, experience and expertise to ensure our clients have access to the best legal solutions that are commercially sound and cost effective.

Our clients are at the centre of everything that we do – their business is our business.
Our strength comes from our clients’ trust that we will provide them the quality of service that they deserve. Therefore, we make it our business to find creative and commercial legal solutions whilst focusing on making the law work for them. Over the years, we have acted for a wide variety of clients, including: government bodies; government or semi-government owned entities; local, regional and international companies; banks and financial institutions; along with both international and regional law firms.

We’re not like everyone else.
As a firm, we have the ability to practice local law in each of the nine jurisdictions where we have a presence. This means that each of our licensed litigators have rights of audience before local courts. We are proud of this unique strength, which truly sets us apart from the competition.

Doing Business in the Middle East?
So are we! Our regional footprint means that wherever our clients are doing business in the region, we are there to support them. Our expansion has been strategic and client driven. Our values define who we are and what is important to us. As a firm, we have grown based on a set of core values, which are integral to all that we do.

Areas of practice

As the Middle East’s largest law firm Al Tamimi & Company has vast experience acting for clients across many jurisdictions in the region. Through our full service offering we are able to provide legal advice with a one-stop-shop for all your legal requirements. We offer specialist legal advice in the following practice areas: arbitration; aviation; automotive; banking and finance; capital markets; commercial; construction and infrastructure; corporate services; education; employment and incentives; Expo 2020; family business and private wealth; financial crime; FMCG; healthcare; hotels and leisure; mergers and acquisitions; projects; rail; regulatory; shipping; sports and events management; transport and logistics.

 

DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
Chairman Essam Al Tamimie.tamimi@tamimi.com+971 4 364 1641
Senior Partner Husam Houranih.hourani@tamimi.com+971 4 364 1641
Managing Partner Samer Qudahs.qudah@tamimi.com+971 4 331 7161
Deputy Managing Partner Mohamed Al Marzouqim.almarzouqi@tamimi.com+971 2 813 0444
Deputy Managing Partner Jody Waughj.waugh@tamimi.com+971 4 364 1641
Arbitration Thomas Snidert.snider@tamimi.com+971 4 364 1641
Arbitration Hassan Arabh.arab@tamimi.com+971 4 364 1641
Aviation Yazan Saoudiy.saoudi@tamimi.com+971 4 364 1641
Banking & Finance Husam Houranih.hourani@tamimi.com+971 4 364 1641
Banking & Finance Jody Waughj.waugh@tamimi.com+971 4 364 1641
Capital Markets Andrew Tarbucka.tarbuck@tamimi.com+971 4 331 7161
Commercial advisory Willem Steenkampw.steenkamp@tamimi.com+971 4 331 7161
Competition law Omar Obeidato.obeidat@tamimi.com+971 4 364 1641
Construction & Infrastructure Euan Lloyde.lloyd@tamimi.com+971 4 364 1641
Corporate governance Alex Ghazialex.ghazi@tamimi.com+971 2 813 0444
Corporate governance Andrea Tithecotta.tithecott@tamimi.com+971 2 813 0444
Corporate structuring Omer Khano.khan@tamimi.com+971 4 331 7161
Corporate Structuring Izabella Szadkowskai.szadkowska@tamimi.com+971 4 331 7161
Equity Capital Markets Andrew Tarbucka.tarbuck@tamimi.com+971 4 331 7161
Debt Capital Markets Rafiq Jafferr.jaffer@tamimi.com+971 4 364 1641
Corporate Services Izabella Szadkowskai.szadkowska@tamimi.com+971 4 331 7161
Education Ivor McGettigani.mcgettigan@tamimi.com+971 2 813 0444
Education Ahmad Salehah.saleh@tamimi.com+971 4 364 1641
Employment & Incentives Samir Kantarias.kantaria@tamimi.com+971 4 331 7161
Employment & Incentives Gordon Barrg.barr@tamimi.com+971 4 331 7161
Employment & Incentives Ivor McGettigani.mcgettigan@tamimi.com+971 2 813 0444
Family Business & Private Wealth Richard Catlingr.catling@tamimi.com+971 4 331 7161
Financial Crime Khalid Al Hamranik.alhamrani@tamimi.com+971 4 364 1641
Financial Crime Ibtissem Lassouedi.lassoued@tamimi.com+971 4 364 1641
Financial services regulation and enforcement Jody Waughj.waugh@tamimi.com+971 4 364 1641
Financial services regulation and enforcement Rita Jaballahr.jaballah@tamimi.com+971 4 364 1641
Healthcare Andrea Tithecotta.tithecott@tamimi.com+971 2 813 0444
Hotels & Leisure Tara Marlowt.marlow@tamimi.com+971 4 364 1641
Insurance Yazan Saoudiy.saoudi@tamimi.com+971 4 364 1641
IP Omar Obeidato.obeidat@tamimi.com+971 4 364 1641
IP Ahmad Salehah.saleh@tamimi.com+971 4 364 1641
Legislative drafting Mohammed Al Marzouqim.almarzouqi@tamimi.com+971 2 813 0444
Legislative drafting Hassan ElTahirh.eltahir@tamimi.com+971 2 813 0444
Litigation Hussein Eisa Al Shirih.shiri@tamimi.com+971 4 364 1641
Litigation Ahmed Allouza.allouz@tamimi.com+974 4 364 1641
Litigation Hassan Arabh.arab@tamimi.com+971 4 364 1641
Maritime and shipping Omar Omaro.omar@tamimi.com+971 4 364 1641
Maritime and shipping Yazan Saoudiy.saoudi@tamimi.com+971 4 364 1641
Mergers & Acquisitions Abdullah Mutawia.mutawi@tamimi.com+971 4 331 7161
Private client Essam Al Tamimie.tamimi@tamimi.com+971 4 364 1641
Private equity Richard Catlingr.catling@tamimi.com+971 4 331 7161
Private equity Abdullah Mutawia.mutawi@tamimi.com+971 4 331 7161
Private Notary Taiba Al Safart.alsafar@tamimi.com+971 4 364 1641
Projects Mark Brownm.brown@tamimi.com+971 4 364 1641
Real estate Tara Marlowt.marlow@tamimi.com+971 4 364 1641
Real estate Mohammed Kawasmim.kawasmi@tamimi.com+971 4 364 1641
Rail Foutoun Hajjarf.hajjar@tamimi.com+973 1710 8933
Regulatory Andrea Tithecotta.tithecott@tamimi.com+971 2 813 0444
Sports Law & Events Management Steve Bainbridges.bainbridge@tamimi.com+971 4 331 7161
Tax law Shiraz Khans.khan@tamimi.com+971 4 331 7161
Technology, media and telecommunications Martin Haywardm.hayward@tamimi.com+971 4 364 1641
Technology, media and telecommunications Fiona Robertsonf.robertson@tamimi.com+971 4 364 1641
Transport & Logistics Yazan Saoudiy.saoudi@tamimi.com+971 4 364 1641
Transport & Logistics Omar Omaro.omar@tamimi.com+971 4 364 1641
Automotive Samir Kantarias.kantaria@tamimi.com+971 4 331 7161
Aviation Yazan Saoudiy.saoudi@tamimi.com+971 4 364 1641
Expo 2020 Steve Bainbridges.bainbridge@tamimi.com+971 4 331 7161
FMCG Samer Qudahs.qudah@tamimi.com+971 4 331 7161
Innovation, Technology & Entrepreneurship Ahmad Salehah.saleh@tamimi.com+971 4 364 1641
China Group Jody Waughj.waugh@tamimi.com+971 4 364 1641
India Group Samir Kantarias.kantaria@tamimi.com+971 4 331 7161
Korea Group Omar Omaro.omar@tamimi.com+971 4 364 1641
PhotoNamePositionProfile
Omar Omar   photo Omar Omar Partner, Head of Transport & Insurance
Divya Abrol Gambhir  photo Divya Abrol Gambhir Head of Financial Regulation & Securities, Banking & Finance
Khalid Al Hamrani  photo Khalid Al Hamrani Partner and Regional Head of Financial Crime
Yazan Al Saoudi  photo Yazan Al Saoudi Partner, Head of Transport & Insurance
Essam Al Tamimi  photo Essam Al Tamimi Chairman
Ahmed Allouz  photo Ahmed Allouz Head of Litigation – Dubai, Partner
Hassan Arab  photo Hassan Arab Partner, Co-Head of Litigation
Gordon Barr  photo Gordon Barr Partner, Employment
Mark Brown  photo Mark Brown Senior Counsel & Head of Projects Sector
Justin Carroll  photo Justin Carroll Senior Associate, Transport & Insurance
Bassem El Dine  photo Bassem El Dine Partner
Martin Hayward  photo Martin Hayward Head of Technology, Media & Telecommunications
Husam Hourani  photo Husam Hourani Senior Partner
Rita Jaballah  photo Rita Jaballah Partner, Head of DIFC Litigation
Rafiq Jaffer  photo Rafiq Jaffer Partner
Samir Kantaria  photo Samir Kantaria Partner, Head of Employment
Mohammed Kawasmi  photo Mohammed Kawasmi Partner
Omer Khan  photo Omer Khan Partner
Mamoon Khan  photo Mamoon Khan Partner
Ibtissem Lassoued  photo Ibtissem Lassoued Partner, Regional Financial Crime Department
Tara Marlow  photo Tara Marlow Partner and Head of Real Estate and Hotels & Leisure
Omar Obeidat  photo Omar Obeidat Partner and Head of Intellectual Property
Samer Qudah  photo Samer Qudah Managing Partner
Ahmad Saleh  photo Ahmad Saleh Partner, Head of Patents & Designs (R&D and Innovations)
Hussein Eisa Shiri photo Hussein Eisa ShiriCo-Head of Litigation, Partner
Thomas Snider  photo Thomas Snider Partner, Head of Arbitration
Izabella Szadkowska  photo Izabella Szadkowska Partner
Gary Watts  photo Gary Watts Partner, Head of Corporate Commercial
Jody Waugh  photo Jody Waugh Deputy Managing Partner, Head of Banking & Finance
Naief Yahia  photo Naief Yahia Partner
Bassem Zein El Dine  photo Bassem Zein El Dine Bassem Zein El Dine is a partner and Head of Dubai –…
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