Firm Profile > Motei & Associates > Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Motei & Associates
DAMAC EXECUTIVE HEIGHTS (TECOM)
OFFICE 801, 8TH FLOOR
P.O. BOX 112888, DUBAI
United Arab Emirates

UAE legal market – highlight: UAE is a unique example of how multiple legal systems (French/Egyptian law, Sharia (Islamic) law and English law (practiced in the Dubai Financial Centre Courts (DIFC)) can, in fact, be practiced within the same geographical boundaries of a country.

Selecting a law firm in Dubai may not be that hard, thanks to the number of law firms operating in Dubai.  However, in view of the surge on the supply side and the diversity of law firms, selecting the ‘right’ law firm/lawyer could be intimidating and probably very challenging.

While international law firms bring with them a wealth of international standard expertise based, mainly, on English law, they usually lack the on-ground experience and are challenged by working in a legal system based on the French/Egyptian law with Arabic as the official language. Local ‘leading’ law firms have the on-ground experience with mostly French/Egyptian lawyers who are able to work in English and Arabic with equal proficiency. Both are aimed at providing the full spectrum of legal services to ‘mainly’ top-tier clients, but, with high legal fees to cover their high operation costs.

MOTEI & ASSOCIATES establishment/profile: After spending five years observing the legal industry in the UAE (while practicing as in-house counsel of a multinational company when I first moved to Dubai in 1997), I recognized the dire demand for ‘blended’ law firms. A small law firm that combines on-ground, French/Egyptian law system experience with international standard quality services at a reasonable cost. That in mind, I decided to establish M&A in 2002.

M&A combines an effective blend of western educated/trained lawyers competent to provide legal services in the diverse legal systems of the UAE, in both English and Arabic, with equal proficiency. Over the years, we have developed deep understanding and on ground knowledge and experience of local laws and business culture, enabling us to cut through legal complexities and deliver effective advocacy. My primary focus is delivering ‘true’ value-for-money, simple, practical and personalized legal help for small and midsize companies and individuals at considerably lower legal fees. For more info about M&A, please visit www.motei.com.

Founder profile – Ashraf  El  Motei  (LL.M., MCIArb): I head the dispute resolution practice at M&A. I specialize in civil and commercial contentious matters and have particular focus on international arbitration. My practice encompasses a broad spectrum of substantive areas with specific focus on all types of real estate disputes including sale and purchase disputes, distressed/canceled developments, enforcement of judgments and security, employment, professional negligence and health care disputes.

In addition to my civil litigation practice, I represent clients in numerous arbitration cases under the rules of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) and the Dubai International Arbitration Centre (DIAC). I advise on all aspects of the arbitral process, from the amicable negotiations prior to the commencement of proceedings, throughout the enforcement of final awards, either in the country of issue or worldwide pursuant to the New York Convention. I have also served as arbitrator and co-arbitrator in several significant arbitrations and also the right of audience before DIFC Courts.

I commenced my legal career as a Public Prosecutor in Egypt prior to moving to private practice with international law firm Baker & McKenzie (Cairo, Los Angeles and Dallas). Prior to establishing Motei & Associates in 2002, I was the regional general counsel for the multinational food company Nestlé.

I hold a Bachelor of Law (LLB) from Cairo University School of Law, Master of Law from Paris I, La Sorbonne, Paris, and Master of Law (LLM) from SMU Dedman School of Law, Dallas. I have been awarded the Advanced Certificate in International Arbitration (MCIArb) from the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, London.

I work in Arabic, English and French with equal proficiency. For more info about me, please visit my LinkedIn profile at https://www.linkedin.com/in/ashrafmotei

Department Name Email Telephone
Founder & Managing Partner Ashraf El Motei contact@motei.com +971 4 4355959
Number of lawyers : 6
Arabic
English
French
Chartered Institute of Arbitrators MCiArb
London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA)
Dubai International Arbitration Centre (DIAC)
Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) Courts
International Chamber of Commerce (ICC)
IBA (International Bar Association)
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CLIENT: Mel Tyler MD
COMPANY/FIRM: CONCERT REPUBLIC UK
TESTIMONIAL: After purchasing a property off plan in Dubai during 2005, just like many foreign overseas investors, I found myself in the untenable position of having paid stage payments to a local Developer as stipulated in the original Sales Purchase Agreement (SPA) but with no evidence of construction work having begun onsite by the 2007 property completion date stated in the original SPA, I embarked on what would prove to become a very lengthy 10 year “rollercoaster ride of litigation”.

Initially utilising the services of a UK Solicitor, approaching Dubai International Arbitration Center (DIAC) myself, after receiving poor legal advice that it would be difficult to bring a case against the Developer on clauses contained within my property SPA. Engaging a local Dubai Solicitor, whom despite winning my enforcement case & successfully defending an appeal by the Developer through Dubai Cassation Court to overturn the enforcement order granted on my DIAC award, finally informed myself that there was “no possibility” that I would ever be able to enforce the DIAC award & collect any money from the Developer due to the developing company having no legal assets.?!!

Contacting “Motei & Associates” offices in early 2016 with very little hope of being able to collect the hard fought DIAC award, “even though I had successfully defended the award through the entire Dubai Court legal process over the past 5 years” I met with Ashraf El Motei at his Dubai office. Ashraf’s pragmatic overview of my case & his resolute belief that he & his team could succeed where others had tried & failed was the “positive reinforcement” I had been waiting so long to hear to resolve what had become a “nightmare litigation journey” with a subplot worthy of any farcical sitcom!

Ashraf & his team worked tirelessly on resolving my arbitration enforcement case, providing accurate updates throughout every stage of the process with Ashraf ‘s astute perceptiveness & patience proving pivotal to successfully enforcing my DIAC award through the Dubai Court process to a positive conclusion in October 2017 for which I will be eternally grateful.

Motei & Associates corporate ethics, unwavering professionalism & honesty puts them top of my list for legal representation globally! Thank you All so much for your hard work.


CLIENT: Reza & Nikta Abadi
COMPANY/FIRM: Denmark
TESTIMONIAL: “La Hoya Bay (LHB) was a well-known development project on Al Marjan Island in the Emirate of Ras Al Khaimah. I had a dream of living on a paradise island with my small family. In 2008, I invested my entire saving into a 30% down payment of an apartment in LHB. Few months later, a never-ending story begin. First, the financial crisis hit the world, then reality of our dream project came to the surface. More than 800 investors had invested in a project, which never existed and would never see the light!

In 2012, after all our attempts to reach settlement with the developer proved fruitless, I met Ashraf El Motei, of Motei & Associates, for the first time in his office in Dubai. I was in a group of investors who decided to pursue a legal action against the developer.

We had a 5 years long journey with Ashraf. Many times, I doubted the out-come. I began to realize that our investment was gone and would never come back. Suddenly, one day, I got an e-mail from Ashraf with an image of my cheque. Is it true? I could not believe it. Finally, we got our victory. I was moving to the next step and was starting to forget about this bad experience. I had to move on with my family.

However, Ashraf never gave up. From the first day, he had demonstrated great dedication and understanding not only to our case but also to our frustration, being simple people who only wanted to pursue their dream. Now, at the end of this long journey, I only can thank him for his tireless effort to secure the future of my family. Thank you, Ashraf. God bless your family.”


CLIENT: Roy & Gill Dance
COMPANY/FIRM: Chichester, UK
TESTIMONIAL:“With patience, understanding, and the right legal representation you can secure justice in disputes with UAE property developers. Above all you need to be guided by a highly competent local lawyer with a deep understanding of the machinations of UAE legal system. We have been privileged to be represented in our case by Ashraf El Motei of Motei & Associates. From the outset Ashraf has been clear and concise in his approach, keeping us fully informed at every stage of the case. The charging basis has been fair and always transparent; – invoices have always been completely in line with the estimates presented at the outset. Through attention to detail, thorough preparation, and dogged determination Motei & Associates this week achieved a fantastic result in the form of an award of full refund and costs in our favour through the UAE Arbitration process. We are truly thankful to Ashraf El Motei and his team and would have no hesitation in recommending Motei & Associates to others – in a similar situation – in dispute with a UAE property developer.”


CLIENT: Graeme Wilson – Managing Partner
COMPANY/FIRM: Media Prima
TESTIMONIAL: “My company and I have employed the services of Motei and Associates, and notably Mr. Ashraf El Motei, for over two years. While dealings with the law and legal firms, is never uncomplicated for outsiders, during this period we have forged a relationship that has transcended the norm. Ashraf and his team have smoothed the way forward and given every impression that winning the cases, we have been involved with, was personal to them, not simply business. In legal terms, they have gone into battle with us and their guidance, advice and leadership has proven invaluable as we have traversed the dizzying myriad of avenues that is the law and the courts system. If the situation arises, I would have no hesitation in using Motei and Associates and Associates again in the future.”


CLIENT: Rafik Kafeety
COMPANY/FIRM: Dubai, U.A.E
TESTIMONIAL: “During my long experience with Motei and Associates and their professional handling of my legal and arbitration requirements regarding various real estate and other matters, I find them to be upmost professional in their approach, possess a very canny eye for effective utilisation of available resources for the benefit of the client’s case. They repeatedly go outside the call of duty in order to put together a winning legal strategy and a realistic execution and settlement plan. They have strong local knowledge for all legal affairs affecting the Dubai proper market place."


CLIENT: Stéphane Jacques – Founder and Managing Director
COMPANY/FIRM: Living Brands JLT
TESTIMONIAL: “I work with Motei & Associates since couple of years already as the Law Firm was recommended to me for their expertise and their prime focus on attempting to resolve any possible dispute first.

We required lately their legal advices on some Corporate and Commercial issues. All have been addressed in a very personalized and dedicated manner.

True Legal support is important and valuable to any business entrepreneur; having an easy, direct and trustful contact with your counselor is a further re-assuring benefit.”



CLIENT: Mel Tyler MD
COMPANY/FIRM: CONCERT REPUBLIC UK
TESTIMONIAL: After purchasing a property off plan in Dubai during 2005, just like many foreign overseas investors, I found myself in the untenable position of having paid stage payments to a local Developer as stipulated in the original Sales Purchase Agreement (SPA) but with no evidence of construction work having begun onsite by the 2007 property completion date stated in the original SPA, I embarked on what would prove to become a very lengthy 10 year “rollercoaster ride of litigation”.

Initially utilising the services of a UK Solicitor, approaching Dubai International Arbitration Center (DIAC) myself, after receiving poor legal advice that it would be difficult to bring a case against the Developer on clauses contained within my property SPA. Engaging a local Dubai Solicitor, whom despite winning my enforcement case & successfully defending an appeal by the Developer through Dubai Cassation Court to overturn the enforcement order granted on my DIAC award, finally informed myself that there was “no possibility” that I would ever be able to enforce the DIAC award & collect any money from the Developer due to the developing company having no legal assets.?!!

Contacting “Motei & Associates” offices in early 2016 with very little hope of being able to collect the hard fought DIAC award, “even though I had successfully defended the award through the entire Dubai Court legal process over the past 5 years” I met with Ashraf El Motei at his Dubai office. Ashraf’s pragmatic overview of my case & his resolute belief that he & his team could succeed where others had tried & failed was the “positive reinforcement” I had been waiting so long to hear to resolve what had become a “nightmare litigation journey” with a subplot worthy of any farcical sitcom!

Ashraf & his team worked tirelessly on resolving my arbitration enforcement case, providing accurate updates throughout every stage of the process with Ashraf ‘s astute perceptiveness & patience proving pivotal to successfully enforcing my DIAC award through the Dubai Court process to a positive conclusion in October 2017 for which I will be eternally grateful.

Motei & Associates corporate ethics, unwavering professionalism & honesty puts them top of my list for legal representation globally! Thank you All so much for your hard work.


CLIENT: Reza & Nikta Abadi
COMPANY/FIRM: Denmark
TESTIMONIAL: “La Hoya Bay (LHB) was a well-known development project on Al Marjan Island in the Emirate of Ras Al Khaimah. I had a dream of living on a paradise island with my small family. In 2008, I invested my entire saving into a 30% down payment of an apartment in LHB. Few months later, a never-ending story begin. First, the financial crisis hit the world, then reality of our dream project came to the surface. More than 800 investors had invested in a project, which never existed and would never see the light!

In 2012, after all our attempts to reach settlement with the developer proved fruitless, I met Ashraf El Motei, of Motei & Associates, for the first time in his office in Dubai. I was in a group of investors who decided to pursue a legal action against the developer.

We had a 5 years long journey with Ashraf. Many times, I doubted the out-come. I began to realize that our investment was gone and would never come back. Suddenly, one day, I got an e-mail from Ashraf with an image of my cheque. Is it true? I could not believe it. Finally, we got our victory. I was moving to the next step and was starting to forget about this bad experience. I had to move on with my family.

However, Ashraf never gave up. From the first day, he had demonstrated great dedication and understanding not only to our case but also to our frustration, being simple people who only wanted to pursue their dream. Now, at the end of this long journey, I only can thank him for his tireless effort to secure the future of my family. Thank you, Ashraf. God bless your family.”


CLIENT: Roy & Gill Dance
COMPANY/FIRM: Chichester, UK
TESTIMONIAL: “With patience, understanding, and the right legal representation you can secure justice in disputes with UAE property developers. Above all you need to be guided by a highly competent local lawyer with a deep understanding of the machinations of UAE legal system. We have been privileged to be represented in our case by Ashraf El Motei of Motei & Associates. From the outset Ashraf has been clear and concise in his approach, keeping us fully informed at every stage of the case. The charging basis has been fair and always transparent; – invoices have always been completely in line with the estimates presented at the outset. Through attention to detail, thorough preparation, and dogged determination Motei & Associates this week achieved a fantastic result in the form of an award of full refund and costs in our favour through the UAE Arbitration process. We are truly thankful to Ashraf El Motei and his team and would have no hesitation in recommending Motei & Associates to others – in a similar situation – in dispute with a UAE property developer.”


CLIENT: Graeme Wilson – Managing Partner
COMPANY/FIRM: Media Prima
TESTIMONIAL: “My company and I have employed the services of Motei and Associates, and notably Mr. Ashraf El Motei, for over two years. While dealings with the law and legal firms, is never uncomplicated for outsiders, during this period we have forged a relationship that has transcended the norm. Ashraf and his team have smoothed the way forward and given every impression that winning the cases, we have been involved with, was personal to them, not simply business. In legal terms, they have gone into battle with us and their guidance, advice and leadership has proven invaluable as we have traversed the dizzying myriad of avenues that is the law and the courts system. If the situation arises, I would have no hesitation in using Motei and Associates and Associates again in the future.”


CLIENT: Rafik Kafeety
COMPANY/FIRM: Dubai, U.A.E
TESTIMONIAL: “During my long experience with Motei and Associates and their professional handling of my legal and arbitration requirements regarding various real estate and other matters, I find them to be upmost professional in their approach, possess a very canny eye for effective utilisation of available resources for the benefit of the client’s case. They repeatedly go outside the call of duty in order to put together a winning legal strategy and a realistic execution and settlement plan. They have strong local knowledge for all legal affairs affecting the Dubai proper market place."


CLIENT: Stéphane Jacques – Founder and Managing Director
COMPANY/FIRM: Living Brands JLT
TESTIMONIAL:“I work with Motei & Associates since couple of years already as the Law Firm was recommended to me for their expertise and their prime focus on attempting to resolve any possible dispute first.

We required lately their legal advices on some Corporate and Commercial issues. All have been addressed in a very personalized and dedicated manner.

True Legal support is important and valuable to any business entrepreneur; having an easy, direct and trustful contact with your counselor is a further re-assuring benefit.”