Alsuwaidi & Company > Dubai, United Arab Emirates > Firm Profile

Alsuwaidi & Company
252 EMARAT ATRIUM BUILDING
SHEIKH ZAYED ROAD, PO BOX 7273
DUBAI
United Arab Emirates

United Arab Emirates > Dispute resolution: local litigation Tier 3

Alsuwaidi & Company represents clients in a range of industries from insurance and maritime, through to banking and real estate. Founding partner Mohammed Alsuwaidi has an extensive arbitration practice and a strong background in oil and gas. Ali Alraeesi has particular expertise in cases that involve cybersecurity, money laundering, corporate fraud and defamation. Reda Hegazy is also noted and showcases an in-depth understanding of Shari'ah law.

Practice head(s):

Mohammed Alsuwaidi; Ali Alraeesi; Mohammed Lemine; Reda Hegazy; Abdelhak Attalah

Testimonials

‘Knowledgeable and prompt.’

‘Detailed orientated and experienced.’

‘The firm provides sound commercial advice within a short required timeframe which is essential to our business.’

‘Wael Deyab and Lama Elshawish both are approachable and respond quickly to client requirements.’

‘The team is capable and highly qualified in handling different kinds of complex litigation files before all levels of courts in the UAE (federal and local). The team is very knowledgeable, smart, strategic, cooperative and responsive. The professional fees are reasonable. the team do their best to do the work in effective time and cost manner.’

‘I worked more with Mohammad Alsuwaidi, Ali Alraeesi and Abdulhak Attalah, also with many of the other lawyers in the firm.’

Key clients

A syndicate of international investment and commercial banks

A global supplier of tobacco leaves

A leading manufacturing company of auto-grade steel in India

An event management company base in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

A leading construction company

A well-known investment company

A leading global logistics company headquartered in Kuwait

A well-known regional Islamic commercial bank

A leading regional investment company owned by one of the largest family conglomerates in the UAE

A leading insurance company

Work highlights

  • Represented a group of international banks before the UAE Courts against defaulting borrowers/shipowners. The group of international banks provided ship finances amounting to $110m in the form of a syndicated loan for the purchase of ship tankers and were assigned mortgages over the ships.
  • Advising a leading trading company on a commercial dispute involving the termination of sale agreement of power station generators.
  • Representing a global supplier of tobacco leaves and related services in relation to breach of agreements for the sale of their goods with outstanding debt amounting to EUR 11.2m.

The firm: Alsuwaidi & Company is a full-service modern law firm, with a commercial approach. Since the firm started in 1997, it has recruited high-calibre and experienced lawyers from international backgrounds. The team works closely together in a collegiate environment and continues to win praise from clients for impressive results. It punches above its weight, particularly in litigation and arbitration.

Its clients benefit from advice given by experienced and accessible lawyers. It acts for individuals, including high-net-worth, local and international companies of different sizes, from start-ups and small independent entities, to SMEs and corporate multinationals.

The firm thrives on delivering the best possible results. It adapts to the constantly changing commercial and legal landscape but remains focused on its core principles: (1) sharp focus on commercially driven solutions, (2) delivering pragmatic advice in a cost-effective model, (3) providing services on time and within budget, and (4) keeping clients informed every step of the way.

Areas of practice:
Litigation: the team has the expertise to manage large-scale and complex litigation cases, incorporating multi-jurisdictional issues. It frequently represents national and international clients on both the claimant and defendant sides in all courts across the UAE.

Arbitration: the firm’s arbitration practice encompasses a range of matters including general commercial, construction, energy, and oil and gas disputes. The team has vast experience in dealing with matters such as enforcing foreign arbitral awards.

Banking and finance: the team acts for leading regional and international financial institutions including banks, corporate borrowers and issuers in a variety of transactions including corporate lending, project finance securitisation, Islamic finance, compliance with central bank instructions and debt restructuring.

Employment: the highly regarded employment team represents employers and individuals in a variety of straightforward and complex cases on matters including: contracts, employee incentives, workplace disputes, wrongful and unfair termination, protection of client information, discrimination, employee data protection, and regulatory issues.

Maritime: the firm’s experts advise ship owners, charterers, shipyards, P&I clubs, port and terminal operators, underwriters and traders on all aspects of both contentious and non-contentious shipping-related work including dry maritime and admiralty.

Intellectual property: the firm offers a full range of IP services including registration, renewal, amendments, licensing, patent protection, trade marks, copyright, portfolio management, litigation and enforcement of rights.

Construction: the construction team is at the forefront of the market in development, civil engineering, environmental, regeneration and infrastructure litigation.

Real estate: the team frequently represents clients in the Real Estate Regulatory Agency (RERA), as well as arbitration tribunals and courts. It possesses both the flexibility and commitment needed to work closely with clients, consultants, contractors and other professional advisors.

Insurance: the firm offers advice from a commercial and legal perspective on specific aspects of the industry including interpretation and drafting of commercial policies. It acts for leading insurance companies, reinsurers, underwriters and brokers.

Corporate and commercial: the dedicated team gives expert advice and guidance on company set up, structuring and restructuring of start-ups and existing businesses, drafting contracts and commercial agreements including shareholder agreements, MOUs, articles of association, agency, distribution, franchise and licensing agreements.

Corporate fraud/financial crime/white-collar crime: the firm regularly advises organisations and individuals on issues including criminal investigation, corporate fraud, embezzlement, anti-money laundering as well as asset stripping. It also represents clients in connection with the police, public prosecution and courts.

DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
Arbitration Mohammed Alsuwaidi
Islamic Finance Mohamed Almahi
Construction Reda Hegazy
Insurance Mohamed Lemine
Intellectual property Fuad Attyeh
Dispute Resolution-Litigation Mohammed Alsuwaidi
Employment Reda Hegazy
Corporate & Commercial Suneer Kumar
Litigation – civil Saeed Alhosani
Litigation – Criminal Ali Alraeesi
Litigation – civil Bathsheba Aguhob
Litigation – Criminal Amal Alameri
Maritime & International Trade Abdelhak Attallah
Oil & Gas Mohammed Alsuwaidi
Real Estate Reda Hegazy
Real Estate Ghassan Hidar
Restructuring & Insolvency Suneer Kumar
Restructuring & Insolvency Vida Grace Serrano
Corporate & Commercial Vida Grace Serrano
Corporate Fraud/Financial Crime/White-Collar Crime Ali Alraeesi
Corporate Fraud/Financial Crime/White-Collar Crime Amal Alameri
Number of lawyers : 28
at this office : 13
Arabic
English
French
Hindi
Urdu
Malayalam
Chinese (Cantonese and Mandarin)
Filipino/Tagalog
Multilaw
Chambers and Partners
Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) Courts
INTA - International Trademark Association
Dubai International Arbitration Centre (DIAC)
Inter-Pacific Bar Association (IPBA)
ABA (American Bar Association)
American Business Council
Other offices : Abu Dhabi
Other offices : Ajman

At Alsuwaidi & Company, we believe that diversity and inclusion are substantial to the success and strength of our Firm and the quality of our work to meet our clients’ requirements and needs. We are committed to an inclusive and diverse workplace where everyone respects, supports and learns from our collective skills, talents and differences.

We are working to support diversity and inclusion in order to have a workplace that reflects the environment in which we provide to our clients. Our vision about success not just in how we run our law firm but how we provide the best standards of service for our clients and we succeeded to make this by recognizing that a diverse team makes the our law firm stronger and more effective and by respecting ethnicity, gender, color, gender identity, disability, cultural, religion, age, faith, abilities, social perspective and other differences.  We have a variety of lawyers in our law firm from different cultural and nationalities such as UAE national, American, Indian, British, Syrian, Egyptian, Russian, Philippine and others. Beside Arabic, English, French and Russian, our team can speak many different languages.

At Alsuwaidi, we make sure to maintain an environment respect all lawyers and staff by supporting diversity and we ensure rating of retention and progression of lawyers and staff of diverse background and assuring that lawyers and staff of varying backgrounds are represented in important positions in the firm.

 


 

CLIENT: Osama Romeih, Group Legal Counsel
COMPANY/FIRM: Air Arabia
TESTIMONIAL: “I’m very happy with the Alsuwaidi & Company. the Managing Partner, Mr. Mohammed Alsuwaidi is very helpful to our company and he selecting a very proficiently team to handle the litigations.”

“Alsuwaidi & Company is a highly intelligent, reliable and professional team. They handle the negotiations in a wonderfully tactful manner and do an excellent job diffusing a tense situation without giving in, also very dedicated towards their work with absolute attention to the details; they are sure an asset to any company! ”


CLIENT: Amer Jamoukha
COMPANY/FIRM: Amereller Legal Consultants
TESTIMONIAL: ““It has been a pleasure to work in conjunction with the lawyers at Alsuwaidi. Through a complex matter, the lawyers remained extremely cooperative and continued to perform at the standard levels required.

…Their enthusiastic efforts in assisting us with the case resulted in a positive outcome for the client.”
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CLIENT: Milad Meseha
COMPANY/FIRM: Emaratech
TESTIMONIAL: “we at emaratech, use Alsuwaidi for our corporate legal matters, they have been fantastic. They always complete our transactions on time, their cost is competitive with other firms, and they do excellent work.

…Honesty. Integrity. Transparency. Partnership. With Alsuwaidi & Company we got this and more. we are always treated first class.

…Alsuwaidi & Company are confident and professional attorneys. We trusted them to protect our business and they exceeded all our expectations. We would highly recommend Alsuwaidi & Company to represent your best interests.”


CLIENT: John W.R. Paul (General Manager)
COMPANY/FIRM: Exalto Emirates
TESTIMONIAL: “Our company has been working with Alsuwaidi & Company for many years and have always achieved very satisfactory results and found their support and commitment outstanding.”


CLIENT: Mohammed Kamal al Shurafa / Managing Director
COMPANY/FIRM: Mimar
TESTIMONIAL: “ We are extremely happy with the service we have received from Alsuwaidi & Company, they were very professional and cooperative, they never failed or missed a court hearing, they continued to look after our case for more than 7 years without any grumbles. We do really appreciate it and thank every member of the company.”


CLIENT: Mustafa Mohamed. COO
COMPANY/FIRM: Karmic Consultancy DMCC
TESTIMONIAL: “We have been working with Alsuwaidi & Company since the day our company was established in 2014.
Apart from taking off the load of all the legal matters needed by the company, Alsuwaidi & Company, as a matter of fact have helped us in improving our overall proposition and general positioning across the board. Their close and deep engagement in all the aspects of our business and their way in giving attention to simplistic details had given us more confidence in the way we communicate internally and surely with external parties. By time, we could see how their way could up lift our overall standards and further protect our interests, always in best favor of the company.

It is surely worth mentioning that the team works at Alsuwaidi & Company is extremely qualified, capable and equipped to handle all legal matters. And our dedicated advocate in charge of our account, Ms. Stephanie Mouanes, stands to be a highly valuable asset to our company in every possible manner.

Thank you Stephanie for always being there, thank you Alsuwaidi & Company for your backing and support.”


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