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Afridi & Angell
United Arab Emirates

Dispute resolution: arbitration and international litigation Tier 2

Afridi & Angell covers a very broad range of commercial litigation and other disputes work, spanning from arbitration through to DIFC courts disputes and advising on broader issues in "onshore" UAE cases. Chatura Randeniya and senior associate Mevan Bandara, both of whom have experience at Sri Lanka's independent Bar, are key names, as is the English solicitor Stuart Walker. Practice head Haider Afridi is another key name in the practice, which also works with local advocates on Arabic-language court litigation.

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‘Excellent individuals and team with great technical skills and well-able to hold their own against top firms from London and elsewhere.’

‘Haider Afridi is enormously experienced in international arbitration arising out of GCC states, with a calm, measured and authoritative approach.’

‘Chatura Randeniya is a very able lawyer with excellent analytical skills and very quick to see the weaknesses in the opposition’s case.’

‘Mevan Bandara is charming, massively hard-working and very clever.’

‘Both Stuart Walker and Sulakshana Senanayake work extremely hard – often at short notice and under considerable time pressure – and are prepared to go the extra mile for the client and the team. They also had a very good feel for the way that the DIFC court would receive submissions – whether a point is likely to fall flat or engage the court.’

Key clients

ED&F Man Capital Markets

Employment Tier 2

The employment group at Afridi & Angell comprises lawyers with multidisciplinary expertise across labour law, dispute resolution, M&A and finance. It is particularly notable for its ability to handle high-value and highly sensitive employment disputes. One recent example was its representation of ED&F Man Capital Markets in highly contested employment proceedings concerning breach of restrictive covenants and breach of confidence by an employee and conspiracy by a competitor which the employee planned to join; the case was unique because it was the first time a “springboard injunction” had been sought from the DIFC Courts; Stuart Walker and dispute resolution partner Haider Afridi led the team. Sulakshana Senanayake is a key associate in the department.

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The team had strength in depth, and a real understanding of the practice and procedure of the DIFC courts, as well as the instinctive feel for the approach of the judges in the Court.

The team at Afridi was a pleasure to work with.

Both Stuart Walker and Sulakshana Senanayake worked extremely hard – often at short notice and under considerable time pressure – and were prepared to go the extra mile for the client and the team. They also had a very good feel for the way that the DIFC Court would receive submissions – whether a point was likely to fall flat or engage the Court.

Key clients

ED&F Man Capital Markets Ltd.

Eastman Kodak Company


CFA Institute

Real estate Tier 2

Afridi & Angell's well-established real estate team has experience across all stage of property developments and transactions. It is a popular choice for developers, with clients including Saba Real Estate and new client Green Yard Properties. Practice head Shahram Safai's expertise covers sale and purchase agreements, lease agreements and negotiations, construction agreements and contractor liability, among other areas. Associate Anna White is another key contact, and often takes a significant role on the department's projects.

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Key clients

Eagle Hills

Dubai Silicon Oasis

Saba Real Estate

HDS Group

Forum Group

Green Yard Properties

Ishraqah for Development

International Business Consultants DMCC

Bluestone Fund Managers Ltd

Banking and finance: Corporate finance (including Islamic lending) Tier 3

Local and international banks turn to Afridi & Angell for advice on a range of financing transactions, including real estate, acquisition, trade and project finance, as well as regulatory matters. Citibank is a key client; recently, the team has advised it on numerous financial and lending projects and on the establishment of a new presence in the Abu Dhabi Global Market. Key names in the sizeable department include co-heads Bashir Ahmed and Amjad Ali Khan, project finance leader Masood Afridi and senior associate Rahat Dar.


Responsive and good value.

Rahat Dar is great.

Key clients

Bank of Ras Al Khaimah


National Bank of Fujairah

United Bank Limited

Dunia Finance

Ajman Bank

Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank

Commercial Bank of Dubai

United Arab Bank

JPMorgan Chase Bank

Sharjah Islamic Bank

Mashreq Bank

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 3

Afridi & Angell 'delivers international quality advice on local law matters'; in addition to M&A, the team is also well versed in restructurings, reorganisations and antitrust matters. Highlights included its advice to French insurance brokerage group Siaci Saint Honoré on the acquisition of Driesassur Insurance Brokers; although a global deal, the UAE target business was structured separately from the broader Dreisassur Group. Charles Laubach and Bashir Ahmed jointly head the department. Danielle Lobo, who was promoted to partner in 2018, James Bowden, and senior associate Abdus Samad are also noted.

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Afridi delivers international quality advice on local law matters. The team meets deadlines and bring a commercial understanding to their work product. They are also responsive and personable in their dealings.

James Bowden and Danielle Lobo are always available to answer queries. They provide advice of the highest quality which is also commercial and practical in its application.

Key clients

Data Hub Integrated Solutions LLC (MORO)

Al Nabooda

Yoox Net-a-Porter Group

Emirates District Cooling LLC (Emicool)

Dubai Investments

Gulf Business Machines

Det Norske Veritas AS


Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Weaves UAE Trading LLC

Infrastructure and projects (including project finance) Tier 3

Afridi & Angell excels in energy projects in Pakistan, where the firm has an impressive track record. The firm also stands out for its experience in local projects in the UAE; recent highlights include advising the Commercial Bank of Dubai on a non-recourse term-loan facility to Emirates RDF LLC to part-finance the development, construction and operation of a Refuse Derived Fuel facility in the Emirate of Umm Al Quwain. Masood Afridi heads the infrastructure and project finance team; lawyers across the corporate, banking and dispute resolution practices are also involved in the firm's projects work.

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Key clients

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA)

Hawa Holding

Jhimpir Power Limited

Azad Pattan Power Private Limited (APPP)

ACWA Power

Al Etihad Energy Services (Etihad ESCO)

The Regulatory and Supervisory Bureau (RSB)

Shipping Tier 3

As part of its broader practices, litigators and deal lawyers in Afridi & Angell handle complex shipping work. Bashir Ahmed's transactional practice includes some shipping work, and for disputes work Chatura Randeniya's practice includes complex and cross-border work, often concerning vessel arrests.


‘Afridi & Angell have a very qualified team who are well versed with the local laws and provide correct advice to their clients. They are very prompt and efficient and always well researched.’


Key clients

Hyundai Heavy Industries

Steamship Mutual

Transworld Group of Companies

American President Lines

Orient Express Lines

West of England Ship Owners Mutual Insurance Assocation

Orient Overseas Container Line

National Bank of Fujairah

Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank

Emirates NBD

The firm: Afridi & Angell is a leading full-service law firm in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The firm was set up in 1975. Its lawyers are trained in international jurisdictions and bring with them international experience and the world’s business languages. The firm’s clients range in size and sophistication from start-ups to some of the region’s largest public and private companies and government institutions.

Afridi & Angell is the exclusive member firm for the UAE of a number of the top legal networks and associations, most notably Lex Mundi, the world’s leading network of independent law firms with preferred access to more than 21,000 lawyers in 100+ countries worldwide. Afridi & Angell is also a member of World Services Group (WSG). The WSG network brings together more than 19,000 professionals in almost 400 offices spanning 100 countries globally.

Areas of practice: Banking and finance: Afridi & Angell’s banking and finance practice is recognised as one of the strongest and most experienced in the region. Clients include domestic and international banks, financial institutions, borrowers and investors. The firm regularly advises on project finance transactions, structured finance, capital markets, investment products, acquisition finance, Islamic finance, asset finance and structuring, trade, consumer and treasury products.

Commercial, corporate and M&A: Afridi & Angell’s full-service corporate/commercial practice covers the full range of matters from M&A, joint ventures, private equity transactions, funds and corporate restructurings to general day-to-day corporate matters. The team has been involved in transactions of every size and scope in various industry sectors and is renowned for handling first-time and innovative transactions.

Energy, infrastructure and project finance: The infrastructure and project finance team sets the pace for the energy industry in the region. The firm has successfully advised stakeholders on all aspects of infrastructure projects from inception to financing and implementation, often in challenging circumstances. Many of the projects on which the team has advised have been groundbreaking in terms of the particular type of infrastructure in question and the financing backing the project.

Dispute resolution: Afridi & Angell’s dispute resolution team is recognised as one of the strongest in the UAE. It represents clients in civil and criminal matters with a number of lawyers having advocacy rights to appear before the DIFC Courts. In the local courts, the team assists and coordinates litigations with local advocates to develop strategies, evaluate facts and formulate legal positions for clients in the enforcement of awards and judgments. The firm also represents clients in international and ad hoc arbitrations.

Real estate: The real estate team’s in-depth understanding of the legal and business environments in the UAE and the region, combined with its strong relationships with government authorities, enables it to provide commercially astute and trusted advice to clients. The team regularly represents master developers, sub-developers, property owners, architects, engineers, contractors and government entities in all stages of the real estate and construction processes.

Shipping: Afridi & Angell’s shipping practice is one of the most established and reputable practices in the region. It represents and advises ship owners, P&I Clubs, dry docks, freight forwarders, courier companies, and banks. The firm advises on arrest of vessels, shipbuilding contracts, cargo claims, and regulation including environmental regulation relating to or affecting transportation.

Department Name Email Telephone
Banking and finance Amjad Ali Khan +971 4 330 3900
Banking and finance Bashir Ahmed +971 4 330 3900
Capital markets Stuart Walker +971 4 330 3900
Corporate and M&A Amjad Ali Khan +971 4 330 3900
Corporate and M&A Charles S Laubach +971 4 330 3900
Corporate and M&A Bashir Ahmed +971 4 330 3900
Corporate and M&A James Bowden +971 4 330 3900
Corporate and M&A Danielle Lobo +971 4 330 3900
Employment Charles S Laubach +971 4 330 3900
Employment Stuart Walker +971 4 330 3900
Energy Masood K Afridi +971 4 330 3900
Financial services regulation Stuart Walker +971 4 330 3900
Financial services regulation Amjad Ali Khan +971 4 330 3900
Infrastructure and project finance Charles S Laubach +971 4 330 3900
Infrastructure and project finance Masood K Afridi +971 4 330 3900
Insurance Amjad Ali Khan +971 4 330 3900
Insurance Bashir Ahmed +971 4 330 3900
Litigation support and arbitration Haider K Afridi +971 4 330 3900
Litigation support and arbitration Chatura Randeniya +971 4 330 3900
Maritime and transport Bashir Ahmed +971 4 330 3900
Maritime and transport Chatura Randeniya +971 4 330 3900
Private equity Danielle Lobo +971 4 330 3900
Privatisation Charles S Laubach +971 4 330 3900
Privatisation Masood K Afridi +971 4 330 3900
Real estate, venture capital Shahram Safai +971 4 330 3900
Restructuring Charles S Laubach +971 4 330 3900
Restructuring Bashir Ahmed +971 4 330 3900
Restructuring James Bowden +971 4 330 3900
Sports, entertainment and media Masood K Afridi +971 4 330 3900
Number of lawyers : 30
at this office : 26
Lex Mundi
World Services Group
Other offices : Abu Dhabi
Other offices : Sharjah
Other offices : Dubai International Financial Centre

Afridi & Angell Announces New Partners

DUBAI - Monday 14 January 2019 - Afridi & Angell is pleased to announce that Chatura Randeniya and Danielle Lobo have been admitted to the partnership, effective 1 November 2018.

Afridi & Angell receives honourable mentions at The Oath Middle East Legal Awards 2018

DUBAI - Sunday 16 December 2018 - At The Oath Middle East Legal Awards on Wednesday 5 December 2018, Afridi & Angell received multiple honourable mentions including Regional Law Firm of the Year, Banking & Finance Team of the Year, and Employment Team of the Year.

Significant Precedents from the DIFC Courts

Historic precedents from the DIFC Courts after Afridi & Angell successfully defended an anti-suit injunction, an application to exclude evidence and obtained a document production order.