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Fichte & Co.
23rd Floor, Rolex Tower
Sheikh Zayed Road
P.O. Box 116637
United Arab Emirates

United Arab Emirates > Shipping Tier 2

The best maritime lawyers in Dubai’, Fichte & Co. offers a deep bench of specialists across the full range of maritime law. On the contentious side, the team is increasingly instructed by P&I clubs and H&M insurers on high-stakes litigation; as well as being particularly active in cases concerning damage and recourse claims for both defendants and claimants. Founding and managing partner Jasmin Fichte is one of the most experienced shipping experts in the region and has worked closely with a number of major government entities. Head of shipping Alessandro Tricoli specialises in ship finance, ship sale & purchase, construction and conversion, while ‘star’ head of shipping litigation Ravi Jawani brings vast experience of marine insurance, carriage of goods by sea and international trade law.

Practice head(s):

Jasmin Fichte; Ravi Janawi; Alessandro Tricoli


‘In my vier they are the best maritime lawyers in Dubai.

‘The star is Ravi Jawani for his legal and commercial skills.’


Key clients

Vista Capital Goods Wholesalers LLC

Master Energy LLC

Glow Oil FZC

West of England Insurance Services (Luxembourg) S.A. (Vessel – ‘M V LOANNA’)

North Standard (Vessel – ‘M V PETER S’)

Dry Docks World – Dubai (DDW) -Maersk Sana

Southern Petroleum Transportation JSC (“Southern Petroleum”)

Work highlights

  • Represented Vista Capital Goods Wholesalers LLC in a multimillion-dollar multi-jurisdictional dispute over FOB contracts for soybean commodities. Negotiated a successful settlement agreement, obtaining an admission of debt of USD 17 Million plus interest and a default judgment in the DIFC courts.
  • Represented Glow Oil FZC (charterers) in a cargo contamination dispute against shipowners due to breach of the charterparty regarding tank cleaning. Successfully negotiated a mutual termination of the Charterparty and obtained full security for the claim without litigation. Commenced LMAA arbitration, where owners admitted their breach based on pleadings.
  • Represented Southern Petroleum in a prolonged and complex litigation battle spanning seven years involving a bunker delivery claim.

United Arab Emirates > Dispute resolution: local litigation

A key point of differentiation for the team at Fichte & Co. is its specialist knowledge of shipping and maritime disputes, active across a range of sectors and claim types. Ravi Jawani and Alessandro Tricoli head the team, which also includes of counsel Moaz Forawi.

United Arab Emirates > Insurance

Led by Jasmin Fichte and Ravi Jawani, Fichte & Co. has vast experience in cargo and medical insurance, product liability, subrogated recoveries as well as insurance fraud.  

The firm: Established by Jasmin Fichte in 2005 in Dubai, Fichte & Co is a full-service law firm comprised of an experienced international team of experts.

The staff includes 25 local and international lawyers that are dual-qualified and multilingual with experience from practicing in a wide variety of countries, including the UK, Italy, Germany, Greece, Saudi Arabia, Russia, Korea, Egypt, Sudan, Bahrain, Lebanon, Canada, India, Australia, Romania and Armenia. The firm has also built a strong network in other jurisdictions, working closely with firms in the UK, Singapore, Europe, the GCC, and offshore locations such as the Cayman Islands, BVI, and Jersey.

Fichte & Co has professional liability insurance from AIG, covering an aggregate amount of US$5m. The firm’s standard terms of business limit liability for any indirect or consequential loss suffered by its clients, exclude personal liability of its lawyers/consultants and caps liability to AED250,000 (unless a different amount has been agreed with the client). In addition, while the firm does not accept any liability for advice or services provided by any professional adviser or service provider engaged on your behalf, it will remain accountable to you for any defective advice or quality and will take appropriate corrective steps.

Areas of practice
Corporate and commercial: Fichte & Co has a steadily growing client base that includes local and international companies as well as SMEs and start-ups. The key types of work currently handled by the team include mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, finance, and capital markets, real estate and energy infrastructure projects, corporate governance and compliance, and also banking and finance.

Insurance: Their team of insurance lawyers has sound knowledge across every line of insurance and reinsurance business. Their comprehensive advisory services, including policy wording support, product development, funding, and recoveries, offer insurance clients a wide range of legal services supported by years of industry expertise.
The main areas they cover are cargo insurance, marine insurance, credit and political risks, energy (offshore and onshore), construction and engineering, product liability, drafting, coverage advice and defense, subrogated recoveries, insurance fraud, insurance policy advisory and hull & machinery insurance, personal injury, medical insurance.

Maritime: Fichte & Co has built a strong reputation as a market leader in both contentious and transactional matters. Instructions from P&I clubs, H&M insurers, and drydocks have substantially increased in the year. The firm is playing a pivotal role in the liquidation of OW Bunkers-related claims. The firm has been very active in ship sale and purchase, with more than 20 transactions completed in the period for an aggregate value of circa US$250m. In addition, Fichte & Co has concluded the transaction on superyachts and one mega yacht for an aggregate value above US$80m.

Dispute resolution: the DIFC/litigation teams have been involved in numerous enforcement actions and landmark decisions whereby they have obtained DIFC orders in respect of foreign arbitral awards for ongoing enforcement in Dubai and the wider UAE. They wrote the UAE chapter of the Thomson Reuters book “Enforcement of Judgements and Arbitral Awards” and published “The UAE Legal Guide”, a book that aims to provide an overview of the UAE’s legal system, main UAE laws, and the UAE courts system.

Department Name Email Telephone
Maritime Jasmin Fichte +971 4 43 57 577
Maritime Alessandro Tricoli +971 4 43 57 577
Maritime Ravi Jawani +971 4 43 57 577
Risk management Jasmin Fichte +971 4 43 57 577
Mergers and acquisitions Dr. Laura Voda +971 4 43 57 577
Mergers and acquisitions Alessandro Tricoli +971 4 43 57 577
Corporate restructuring Dr. Laura Voda +971 4 43 57 577
Corporate restructuring Dr. Laura Voda +971 4 43 57 577
Corporate governance and compliance Alessandro Tricoli +971 4 43 57 577
Corporate governance and compliance Dr. Laura Voda +971 4 43 57 577
Banking and finance Dr. Laura Voda +971 4 43 57 577
Banking and finance Alessandro Tricoli +971 4 43 57 577
Real estate Dr. Laura Voda +971 4 43 57 577
International trade and commodities Alessandro Tricoli +971 4 43 57 577
International trade and commodities Ravi Jawani +971 4 43 57 577
Oil and gas Alessandro Tricoli +971 4 43 57 577
Litigation Ravi Jawani +971 4 43 57 577
Litigation Moaz Forawi +971 4 43 57 577
Arbitration and mediation Jasmin Fichte +971 4 43 57 577
Arbitration and mediation Ravi Jawani +971 4 43 57 577
Commercial disputes Moaz Forawi +971 4 43 57 577
Bankruptcy Laura Voda +971 4 43 57 577
Marine insurance Jasmin Fichte +971 4 43 57 577
Marine insurance Ravi Jawani +971 4 43 57 577
Charter parties Alessandro Tricoli +971 4 43 57 577
Charter parties Ravi Jawani +971 4 43 57 577
Ship finance Alessandro Tricoli +971 4 43 57 577
Ship building, ship repair and conversion Alessandro Tricoli +971 4 43 57 577
Ship building, ship repair and conversion Ravi Jawani +971 4 43 57 577
Ports & terminals development & operetions Alessandro Tricoli +971 4 43 57 577
Number of lawyers : 25
Support / administrative staff : 23
Maritime Law Association NPIO
Emirates Insurance Association
IBA (International Bar Association)
Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) Insurance Association
Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) Courts

Jasmin Fichte, Managing Partner

Managing Partner Jasmin Fichte explains how the firm is adapting to clients’ changing needs

What do you see as the main points that differentiate Fichte & Co from your competitors?

The lawyers at Fichte & Co are focused on the clients’ needs. We offer value for money, detailed knowledge of UAE law, and unparalleled local know-how and network. Our priority is to give competent and trustworthy advice, even when that means fewer profits for our firm, as it is essential for us to establish and maintain a relationship of mutual trust with customers. Many of our clients have been with us for several years, as our added value is that we deeply understand them and their businesses and treat their interests as if they were ours.

Which practices do you see growing in the next 12 months? What are the drivers behind that?

Legal practices are constantly changing. Some changes, driven by innovations and technologies, have started a few years ago and will be more and more vital as progress advances. I refer to the whole branch of the law concerning cybersecurity, data privacy or artificial intelligence. For example, think of the latter. Artificial intelligence opens the door to a whole new type of law that necessarily involves informatic engineers and other sector experts. How do you determine who is responsible in the event of machine error? And what happens if instead of witnesses a judgement will have to rely only on machine data? Not only the lawyers’ practices but the whole legal system will change.

What’s the main change you’ve made in the firm that will benefit clients?

The changes and the evolutions of Fichte & Co have been many, since the first day. We are a relatively small and independent law firm, and this allows us to react quickly to client needs, decide on an ad-hoc basis and react swiftly to market needs. We always listen to the clients’ feedback. If something can be improved, I am in first-line working and cooperating with my team to solve the issue as promptly as possible. I wouldn’t say that there was “a main change” that customers benefited from. I would rather say that we have grown with our clients, always developing and enhancing our performance and services to best support them and meet their needs.

Is technology changing the way you interact with your clients, and the services you can provide them?

Thanks to technology, the communication we undertake with customers is seamless. Many of the services we do with regulators are exclusively online, which takes less time and effort. We utilize less overhead in providing the service, allowing us to be faster and more efficient. We digitize a lot of our work. In fact, most of the work we do is now online, which saves time and costs. Even the meetings are now mostly online, both for business and teleconferencing purposes. In terms of billing, we have been using accounting software for many years, which makes things extremely simple, availing information without depending on an accountant or financial officer; everything is available in front of you on your computer.

We also use technology to document our work; any information from different legislative systems is now immediately available and easy to find. Technology is essential for Fichte & Co, and the impact on our performance and the service we can provide is significantly positive.

Can you give us a practical example of how you have helped a client to add value to their business?

For us, transparency and honesty are fundamental. For example, it happened that a client, who represented a medium maritime company, approached us to start the proceedings for a lawsuit, which would probably have lasted years. Litigation is sometimes inevitable, but at that time, my suggestion was to let us try to mediate before embarking on the litigation path. Some mediation attempts had already been made, but not by our lawyers. The team worked hard to study the case and found the perfect mediation strategy. It all ended in an agreement that made everyone satisfied and saved the company a lot of money in legal fees. For our law firm, a lawsuit lasting years would have been more profitable, but we believe in what we do, which means that our success is achieved only when we obtain the client’s best result, building a relationship of trust and esteem. That is more important than profit. We work hard because we believe in creating value for our clients, and seeing them achieve their goals and their tremendous growth constantly motivates us.

Are clients looking for stability and strategic direction from their law firms – where do you see the firm in three years’ time?

Three years from now, Fichte & Co will still be at the side of its customers. The most important things will not change; the extreme dedication and attention we have for customers, our reliable teamwork, the atmosphere and the passion we share for this work. For the rest, we are always ready to discover and adapt to market changes, evolve with new technologies, and support our customers with all our expertise.

United Arab Emirates

Fichte & Co is a renowned law firm specializing in insurance law comprising a team of experienced lawyers dedicated to providing business-focused advice in the local market and across multiple jurisdictions. The firm has earned a stellar reputation and is highly sought after by a global clientele, including both domestic and foreign insurance companies. Their expertise lies in offering comprehensive guidance on complex claims handling in the Middle East region.

Fichte & Co’s lawyers possess proven capabilities and extensive experience in representing clients in litigation and arbitration within the UAE, including the Dubai Courts, Dubai International Financial Courts, Dubai International Arbitration Centre, and the Dubai International Financial Centre-London Court of International Arbitration.

Fichte & Co’s expertise in insurance law encompasses a wide range of specializations such as cargo, marine, credit and political risks, energy (offshore and onshore), construction and engineering, product liability, coverage advice and defense, subrogated recoveries, insurance fraud, insurance policy advisory, and personal injury and medical insurance.


Landmark Achievements:

Fichte & Co has a track record of achieving significant milestones in the insurance industry. Some notable recent cases include:

West of England Insurance Services (Luxembourg) S.A. (Vessel – ‘M V LOANNA’): In this case, Fichte & Co successfully represented a client in negotiations with the Sharjah Port Authority for the expeditious release of a vessel. Despite challenges in securing a Letter of Undertaking as a means of security, their expert maritime lawyers resolved the matter, leading to the vessel’s quick release. This landmark achievement highlights the firm’s ability to navigate complex legal processes and deliver successful outcomes.

Dry Docking Dispute: Fichte & Co successfully represented a leading ship repair company in a dispute with an insurance company regarding coverage for damages incurred during a dry docking operation. Their lawyers skillfully navigated the legal complexities and secured a favorable settlement for the client, highlighting their expertise in resolving disputes related to marine insurance and ship repairs.

Subrogated Recovery: The firm achieved a significant subrogated recovery for an insurance company in a complex case involving a fire incident at a construction site. Through diligent investigation and strategic legal action, they successfully recovered substantial damages from the responsible parties, demonstrating their proficiency in pursuing subrogated recoveries on behalf of their clients.

Insurance Fraud Investigation: Fichte & Co conducted a comprehensive investigation into a suspected insurance fraud scheme involving multiple parties. Their team gathered substantial evidence, collaborated with relevant authorities, and successfully exposed the fraudulent activities, protecting their client’s interests and helping prevent further losses.

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