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Afridi & Angell
United Arab Emirates

Dispute resolution: arbitration and international litigation Tier 2

In addition to handling DIFC courts and international arbitration cases Afridi & Angell, which is registered as a local consultant, also regularly works in co-counsel roles regarding UAE onshore court litigation. Practice head Haider Afridi handles highly sensitive arbitrations, and Chatura Randeniya is a notable name in the DIFC courts, including handling first-in-jurisdiction cases. Stuart Walker, who has financial services expertise, is also involved in key mandates; the team handles disputes for independent banks but is also comfortable litigating against financial services institutions. The firm is well-connected in South Asia; senior associate Mevan Bandara and associate Sulakshana Senanayake, like Randeniya, are key names here.

Practice head(s):

Haider Afridi

Other key lawyers:

Chatura Randeniya; Stuart Walker; Mevan Bandara; Sulakshana Senanayake


‘For me personally there are two specific people at Afridi and Angell who stand out in the firm with their dedication, knowledge, professionalism and have 100 percent my trust in any legal cases or questions I have. These two people are Bashir Ahmed and Sulakshana Senanayake. Having these two people on my side made an incredible team. They worked very hard and diligently on my cases and I cannot express from the bottom of my heart what all of their hard work has meant to me. ’

‘Chatura Randeniya has been very diligent in the advice given and provides timely support. He is very knowledgeable and effective and with him handling a matter I have every assurance that the job will get done and typically he exceeds expectations.’

‘I have had the pleasure of getting to know and working with Chatura Randeniya for the past 3-4 years. He is one of the brightest and most innovative lawyers I have met in the UAE. His ability to manage complex disputes across several jurisdictions and to navigate the local courts and dispute resolution mechanisms of the local jurisdiction are rare. ’

‘Tremendous local knowledge, combined with the sophistication to interact with legal counterparts and other stakeholders in mature markets and jurisdictions.’

‘Afridi & Angell is by far the best lawyers I have worked with in Dubai.’

Key clients

ED&F Man Capital Markets

Employment Tier 2

Afridi & Angell primarily focuses on representing employers and is a popular choice for large multinationals for employment issues in the UAE. It has considerable expertise representing employers in high-value contentious cases involving departing executives. The team has a strong cross-border presence and regularly advises clients on corporate restructurings and M&A transactions. Practice head Charles Laubach is 'well known' and has 'deep experience' advising on UAE and DIFC employment law. Stuart Walker and associate Sulakshana Senanayake are other key individuals in the team.

Practice head(s):

Charles Laubach

Other key lawyers:

Stuart Walker; Sulakshana Senanayake


‘Deep experience over many years. Strong on local law advice and current practice of UAE regulators. Very good on advising on current developments and market practice. Good value for the legal spend. Strong bilingual lawyers. Practice standards akin to international law firms. Excellent co-counsel / local counsel for UAE. ’

‘Charles Laubach, Partner. Well known and well regarded. Deep experience over many years in the UAE. Is able to advise on current developments with context and understanding and put things in perspective. This is very important in this market where regulatory practice is always evolving.

Key clients



ED&F Man Capital Markets Ltd.

Real estate Tier 2

Shahram Safai heads the real estate practice at Afridi & Angell. The team's workload includes hotel management agreements, off-plan developments and landlord and tenant matters, both within the Emirates and internationally. Advice to property owners' associations is another area of expertise. Associate Anna White provides support on many key matters.

Practice head(s):

Shahram Safai

Other key lawyers:

Anna White

Key clients

Saba Real Estate

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

Afridi & Angell has a full-service banking and finance practice that covers matters ranging from structured finance and acquisition finance to Islamic finance, asset finance and project finance. Amjad Ali Khan specialises in both conventional and Islamic finance, including structured finance, capital markets and investment products. Bashir Ahmed also advises international and domestic banks on a wide range of matters. Masood Afridi is another key individual, as is Rahat Dar.

Practice head(s):

Bashir Ahmed; Amjad Ali Khan; Masood Afridi

Other key lawyers:

Rahat Dar

Key clients


National Bank of Fujairah

Commercial Bank of Dubai

Ajman Bank

Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank

First Abu Dhabi Bank (FAB)

United Arab Bank

Sharjah Islamic Bank

Mashreq Bank

Standard Chartered Bank

Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 3

Independent firm Afridi & Angell's corporate practice, led by Charles Laubach and Bashir Ahmed, handles a broad range of work, covering commercial contracts (an area of expertise for James Bowden), private equity investments (in which Danielle Lobo is active), joint ventures and a broader range of M&A deals. Matters with merger control elements have been notable of late, as have deals concerning the food industry. In particular, the practice is well-connected in Pakistan, with Masood K Afridi and Haider Afridi advising the World Bank concerning the country. Abdus Samad and Silva Pretorius are key senior associates in the team.

Practice head(s):

Bashir Ahmed; Charles Laubach

Other key lawyers:

James Bowden; Danielle Lobo; Masood K Afridi; Haider Afridi; Abdus Samad; Silva Pretorius


‘A&A combine international counsel’s approach to responsiveness and commerciality with local law expertise.’

‘Danielle Lobo is highly knowledgeable and responsive.’

Key clients

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

Yoox Net-a-Porter Group

Emirates District Cooling LLC (Emicool)

Dubai Investments

Gulf Business Machines

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Weaves UAE Trading LLC

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA)



Landmark Group

Infrastructure and projects (including project finance) Tier 3

Afridi & Angell has an active project development practice with a particular focus on energy projects. The firm has cross-border capabilities and has a strong presence in Pakistan. Renewable energy is a key area for the practice but the group is also active in sectors including oil and gas, mining, and power generation and transmission. Practice head Masood Afridi is a project finance specialist.

Practice head(s):

Masood Afridi

Key clients

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA)

Hawa Holding

Jhimpir Power Limited

Azad Pattan Power Private Limited (APPP)

ACWA Power

Marubeni Corporation

Emirates District Cooling LLC (Emicool)

Al Etihad Energy Services (Etihad ESCO)

The Regulatory and Supervisory Bureau (RSB)

Shipping Tier 3

Afridi & Angell's Bashir Ahmed and Chatura Randeniya handle a range of maritime matters as part of their broader contentious workload, including charterparty disputes and other matters. The firm continues to be involved in cases in the aftermath of the collapse of OW Bunker.

Practice head(s):

Bashir Ahmed

Other key lawyers:

Chatura Randeniya

Key clients

Hyundai Heavy Industries

Steamship Mutual

Transworld Group of Companies


Orient Express Lines

West of England Ship Owners Mutual Insurance Association

Orient Overseas Container Line (OOCL)

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.