KBH Limited > Dubai, United Arab Emirates > Firm Profile

KBH Limited
S903-S904, Emirates Financial Towers (South Tower)
Dubai International Financial Centre
DUBAI
PO Box 506546
United Arab Emirates

United Arab Emirates > Employment Tier 2

KBH Limited has an extensive employment offering and advises clients on employment policies and contracts, terminations and redundancies, visa and immigration issues and advocacy in employment cases before the DIFC courts. Head of dispute resolution Bushra Ahmed is praised for her ‘very refreshing no nonsense approach‘ and has substantial expertise advising both senior executives and employers. Managing partner DK Singh and Tina Asgarian are also noted. Key changes to the team includes the arrival of senior associate Natasja Pollemans in 2021 from Stephenson Harwood.

Practice head(s):

DK Singh; Bushra Ahmed

Other key lawyers:

Tina Asgarian; Natasja Pollemans

Testimonials

‘The firm’s approach and dedication to getting the right result for the client results in a flexible and collaborative approach to working with the client to fully understand the complexities of the matter at hand which leads to an outstanding end product. The approach to billing is accommodating and there is an understanding approach and desire to reach a mutually beneficial methodology to billing which is empathic to the client’s financial position. Having visited the firm’s office’s on a number of occasions, there appears to be a diverse range of staff operating in a friendly environment.’

‘On the whole the firm has a very friendly and professional but informal approach which is welcoming of clients who may be immersed in legal problems. I would highlight two individuals in respect of my work, both of whom I would rate as excellent: Bushra Ahmed and Natasja Pollemans.’

Bushra Ahmed has a very refreshing no nonsense approach. The advice provided is direct and concise with no unnecessary padding. The has an excellent strategic approach to case management and despite her extensive experience, is always open to hearing and taking on board suggestions from the client where appropriate. She has an excellent command of the practice areas I have worked with her on and has found some novel solutions within the framework of the law which other lawyers may have missed.’

Natasja Pollemans is a diligent client focused lawyer who is capable of producing very high quality work in extremely short turn around times. She shows a real desire to go the extra mile to get the right result for her client and can very quickly grasp the fact and produce elegant legal solutions when required.’

‘It is very useful to be able to work with a firm in the UAE with individuals who understand UK law – and who are not conflicted from acting for senior executives.’

‘Bushra Ahmed is an excellent, knowledgeable, hardworking lawyer who is not afraid to use novel or difficult arguments on behalf of her clients. Equally she is not afraid to stand up to her clients and ensure they take a reasonable, pragmatic approach when that is in their best interests.’

Key clients

GMG (Dubai) Limited

Opeyemi Olayanju

Work highlights

  • Advised GMG (Brokers) Limited (GMG), a company incorporated in the UK in respect of an employment tribunal claim in the UK arising out of a Facilities and Profit Share Agreement between MLM Investment Management Limited (MLM) and GMG.
  • Successfully represented the Defendants, GMG (Dubai) Limited and a private individual in relation to the DIFC proceedings in a claim for injunctive relief restricting the individual from working for GMG based on terms in the employment contract relating to notice period (12 months) and restrictive covenants (6 months).

United Arab Emirates > Dispute resolution: arbitration and international litigation Tier 3

KBH Limited handles contentious work across the UAE and wider GCC region; the practice’s key areas of focus are international commercial litigation, arbitration, financial services and employment. Bushra Ahmed heads the firm’s dispute resolution offering and is a ‘standout lawyer‘ in the commercial and financial disputes space. Managing partner DK Singh is another ‘outstanding‘ individual to note and showcases extensive arbitration experience. Senior associate Tina Asgarian specialises in cross-border contentious insolvency and commercial litigation and arbitration.

Practice head(s):

Bushra Ahmed

Other key lawyers:

DK Singh; Tina Asgarian

Testimonials

‘DK Singh & Bushra Ahmed are two outstanding lawyers who go the extra mile for their clients’

‘Bushra Ahmed is the standout lawyer at this firm.’

‘During my professional dealings with KBH I noticed that each member of the firm has good knowledge on law and deals in a very professional manner.’

‘DK Singh – He is very humble, professional and has sound knowledge.’

‘They are clearly a collaborative team, which shows in the thoughtfulness of the advice provided.’

‘Tina Asgarian is excellent. She is clever, responsive and insightful. I would highly recommend her.’

‘Bushra Ahmed is an in-demand practitioner, whose user-friendly approach is always appreciated.’

‘Boutique firm with a small but particularly strong, diverse team of excellent lawyers. Clients get a focused approach to litigation, with the senior partners (Bushra Ahmed and DK Singh) specifically involved in every aspect of the case, from beginning to end.’

Key clients

Envie Events LLC

Kinmere DWC LLC

Muhammad Tahir Lakhani

RAG Foodstuffs Trading LLC

Work highlights

  • Advised Muhammad Tahir Lakhani on a novel point of law concerning the examination of judgment debtors by video link in circumstances where the judgment debtor is not resident in the UK.
  • Advised Envie Events LLC in the region in connection with proceedings commenced by a competitor and successfully defended the claim including protecting the client’s intellectual property rights.

About us: KBH is a DIFC, Dubai based regional law firm with offices in Kuwait and Bahrain. The firm specialises in international commercial transactions and disputes, frequently with a dimension beyond the GCC. Since its foundation in 2006, KBH has been instrumental in a significant number of key precedent setting cases and occupies a prominent award-winning position for its strategic and advocacy services.

Our Values include acting with total integrity at all times, being a friendly, approachable and sensitive firm to client needs by providing affordable access to justice, to continually improve and to share knowledge.

Our Goal is to grow as a progressive law firm of choice with a strong emphasis on providing innovative legal solutions, understanding our client’s need for cutting edge affordable legal expertise.

The firm’s expertise and experience, and the trust and confidence of our clients, enable us to accurately assess litigation risks. Our diverse and flexible fee structures, ranging from traditional retainers to fixed fee arrangements to deferred fee arrangements based upon risk sharing, as well as the use of litigation funding are tailored to each client’s requirements in managing their legal costs.

KBH contributes to developing rules in the GCC through its advocacy on new precedents as they arise and through its wider professional advocacy.

Our practice: KBH is renowned for its commitment to excellence and the ability to find innovative solutions to complex legal problems.

Our clients benefit from a cost-efficient litigation service and from in-house counsel who are able to provide input from the inception of the case, which contributes to higher success rates in all of firm’s matters. Many local and international law firms based in the region instruct the firm as an advisor in their own matters to carry out the advocacy, advise on strategy and finalise pleadings.

The judicial forums within which KBH is active are:

  • BADRC
  • Bahrain Courts
  • DIAC
  • DIFC – LCIA Tribunals
  • DIFC Court
  • Dubai Courts
  • ICC
  • Kuwait Courts
  • London High Court and English Court of Appeal
  • Small Claims Tribunal
  • Special Tribunal for Dubai World

Diversity and CSR: KBH is defined by its diversity and inclusiveness. Team members are from a wide range of nationalities speaking multiple languages and from diverse cultural, religious and ethnic backgrounds. The firm has naturally evolved as a diverse workplace environment characterised by a notably strong gender balance including in senior positions.

Anchored in our jurisdictional knowledge and our regional presence we see our diversity as a necessary part of the firm’s ethos in offering our clients, from wherever and whoever they may be, the benefits of a global outlook.

KBH is promoting and liaising with the legal affairs departments of the countries in which it is present to increase opportunities for local lawyers to gain experience with the firm and run placement schemes. The firm also has a strong coordinating role in onshore UAE litigation, and career development opportunities in regional onshore litigation will be a focus in the years ahead.

KBH  prides itself on being an inclusive, diverse, harmonious and friendly workplace.

DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
Corporate Commercial DK Singh
Banking & Finance DK Singh
Regulatory Compliance DK Singh
Real Estate DK Singh
Company Secretarial & Formation DK Singh
Litigation & Arbitration Bushra Ahmed
Dispute Resolution Bushra Ahmed
Employment Bushra Ahmed
Real Estate Bushra Ahmed
Regulatory Litigation Bushra Ahmed
PhotoNamePositionProfile
Bushra Ahmed photoMs Bushra AhmedBarrister, Head of Dispute Resolution and Partner
DK Singh photoMr DK SinghManaging Partner
Partners : 4
Number of lawyers : 14
Arabic
English
French
German
Hindi and other regional languages
Urdu
Other offices : Bahrain
Other offices : Kuwait

CLIENT: Lubna Qassim, Executive Vice President, Group General Counsel, Emirates NBD

Charles Barwick, Vice President, Head of Dispute Prevention and Resolution unit, Emirates NBD

COMPANY/FIRM: Emirates NBD Bank PJSC

TESTIMONIAL: “In our view KBH Kaanuun is a firm that can be relied upon to find practical solutions to often thorny questions of law and practice, within the confines of the DIFC jurisdiction or elsewhere.  DK Singh and Bushra Ahmed in particular we found to be reliable, responsive and commercial with the added bonus of being a pleasure to work with.”


CLIENT: Shobhana Kumar

COMPANY/FIRM: Al Masah Capital Management Limited

TESTIMONIAL: “I am very pleased with the level and quality of service my company and its management has received from KBH Kaanuun.  My sincere thanks to the dispute resolution team members DK Singh and Bushra Ahmed for their constant tactical guidance and professionalism, which gives us a lot of comfort.

My special appreciation for Senior Associate Rajesh Vyakarnam for his efficiency, thoroughness, attention to detail, excellent insights, client care and attentiveness to the smallest points made.

As a general counsel it has been pleasure to deal with the firm’s dispute resolution team”.


CLIENT: Kate Toledo

COMPANY/FIRM:

TESTIMONIAL: “In 2013 I faced the seemingly impossible task of attempting to recover a very large amount of money badly invested by a so-called Financial Adviser in Dubai. My biggest challenge was finding a law firm equipped, experienced and willing to take on this specific litigation, the conduct of which, involves very complex matters dealing with highly technical investment related issues in the Dubai Courts. I made contact with countless law firms all of whom advised me that they were ill equipped to take on such a unprecedented case. KBH Kaanuun was recommended to me by a lawyer in Bahrain and because of KBH’s reliability, determination and experience in such matters we have been able to take this litigation to the Dubai Courts with confidence. Thanks to DK for his wisdom and relentless probing, Bushra Ahmed for her incredible eye for the smallest detail and Diego Carmona for his memory of the facts and constant updating.
I am eternally grateful for your support and care”.


CLIENT: Swadeep Hora

COMPANY/FIRM:

TESTIMONIAL: “I can say that I have worked with many law firms in the past but the level of service and comfort I have received from KBH is outstanding. And special words of appreciation for Rajesh Vyakarnam Senior Associate at KBH, who I think is incredibly hard working, strategically sharp and result oriented lawyer”.


CLIENT: Ghazala Abbas

COMPANY/FIRM:

TESTIMONIAL: “Bushra and Natasja have been wonderful. Both have worked very efficiently and thoroughly, advising me in detail of the legal process and the legal framework underpinning the case, including the claims, their prospects and the possible outcomes. I consider them my trusted advisors that can guide me through anything at any time – in fact, our communications have often taken place outside office hours, across time zones, and even whilst they were on annual leave. Both are extremely dedicated and I feel that I am in safe hands. It is a pleasure to have them as my lawyers”.


CLIENT: Sarmad Shoaib

COMPANY/FIRM: United Bank Limited, Head of Corporate Banking

TESTIMONIAL: “We had the pleasure of our association with KBH Kaanuun on various legal matters. We recommend without reservation based on their professionalism, in depth knowledge and extensive legal experience”.


CLIENT: Nayef M Nasser

COMPANY/FIRM: United Bank Limited, Vice President

TESTIMONIAL: Dear Ms Haifa, Many thanks for your usual guidance, efficiency & the professional way in which all the matters are handled throughout our communication period.  The prompt replies to our inquiries were excellent. It is always a pleasure working with KBH Kaanuun where I would absolutely recommend your firm to others for your expertise & outstanding knowledge.
I wish the business & yourselves all the very best in the future.


CLIENT: Hesham Al Gassab

COMPANY/FIRM: Tadhamon Capital BSC, Executive Director of Investments

TESTIMONIAL: “We are grateful at Tadhamon Capital BSC for the hard work and dedicated services provided by KBH Kaanuun lead by Haifa Khunji and her team. We have worked with the team for number of years where they have consistently demonstrated their ability to deliver and response within the required time frame. Their dynamic team is knowledgeable and thorough of local, regional, and international legal frameworks. We are impressed of their ability to truly understand our business model and proactively recommend improvements in areas that add value to our goals. As an regional law firm, we are very pleased and highly recommend working with KBH Kaanuun and the whole team.”


CLIENT: Khaled El-Fakih, Ph.D.

COMPANY/FIRM:

TESTIMONIAL: As one of “KBH Kaanuun” long-standing clients, I have received an outstanding service. Timing and quality have always met my expectations and everything is communicated in a professional and timely manner. The service and personal attention are extraordinary.
Keep up the GREAT work!


KBH Kaanuun, a regional law firm, is defined by its diversity and inclusiveness. Team members are from a wide range of nationalities speaking multiple languages and from diverse cultural, religious and ethnic backgrounds. The firm has naturally evolved as a diverse workplace environment characterised by a notably strong gender balance including in senior positions.

Firm’s diversity is matched and underpinned by the recruitment and workplace policies, in which it strives to achieve tolerance and diversity in every aspect of its practice. KBH Kaanuun prides itself on being an inclusive, diverse, harmonious and friendly workplace.

In addition, the team members see diversity as a necessary part of the firm’s ethos in offering the clients, from wherever and whoever they may be, the benefits of a global outlook. Although anchored in jurisdictional knowledge and regional presence, the firm offers partnership based upon its diverse and global perspectives.

Over the years the firm has trained up and released into the market several senior lawyers, associates and paralegal assistants who have gone to work for firms like Stephenson Harwood, Al Tamimi or as in-house GCs. At all levels the firm is on target to achieve the calibrated promotions and skills development to meet our growth strategy.

Our trainee mentoring programmes are complemented by our outreach and pro bono work. KBH Kaanuun also has a strong coordinating role in onshore UAE litigation, and career development opportunities in regional onshore litigation will be a focus in the years ahead. The firm is promoting and liaising with the legal bodies of the countries in which it is present to increase opportunities for local lawyers to gain experience and run placement schemes.