Rita Al Semaani Jansen > Ince > Dubai, United Arab Emirates > Lawyer Profile

PO BOX 123004, DUBAI
United Arab Emirates

Work Department

Aviation & Travel, Commercial Disputes, Energy & Infrastructure, Yachts & Superyachts




Rita is highly experienced in advising clients operating in a number of industry sectors on both transactions and disputes. Prior to moving to private practice in 1997 she was an in-house lawyer for a diversified group of companies, which is reflected in the commercial and practical advice that she provides to her clients.

Rita advises on a broad range of commercial and corporate transactions, including M&A, joint ventures, shareholder agreements, restructuring, dissolutionagency, franchising and licensing.

She regularly advises on all aspects of UAE laws, including free zones, regulatory compliance and corporate governance, including directors’ duties. Her experience includes breaches of confidentiality, white-collar crime, as well as cross-border fraud, cyber-policies and cybercrime.

Her experience extends to advising on contentious and non-contentious issues relating to construction, projects and real estate developments, and she acts as a UAE counsel in relation to project finance.

In the maritime sector Rita advises on yacht sale and purchase, building, financing, registration, charter, collisions, refits and repairs, crew employment matters, civil and criminal disputes, yacht dealership agreements and berthing licence agreements.

Furthermore, she has extensive experience in advising on dispute resolution and commercial litigation, arrests and attachment of assets, misappropriation of funds and fatality incidents.

Rita was recently awards the Lloyd’s List Lifetime Acheivement Award and is recognised in the top 10 lawyers of 2019.

Highlight Matters

– Incorporating the holding, project and M&O entities for the purpose of a US$ 1.5 billion independent water and power project and provided the legal opinions required by the banks for the financing of the project.

– Providing general assistance with corporate and contractual matters related to the acquisition of a minority stake in an existing local Angolan entity owned by the client’s distributor in the country.

– Advising on a high-end Franchise, the corporate structure, the Sub franchise arrangement in the GCC, consultancy arrangements, IP and employment matters.

– Acting for a foreign national energy company in recovering funds fraudulently electronically transferred to a false bank account in the UAE as a part of an international fraud operation, successfully representing the claimant in the UAE courts. This involved the police, public prosecution and UAE Central Bank.

– Acting for a European contractor in ADCCAC arbitration against Abu Dhabi based entity in a dispute concerning commission payments.

– Advising one of the world’s largest companies with activities in water management, waste management, transport and energy services, on  a BOT arrangement  in relation to a waste-to-energy plant in Dubai.

– Advising in relation to a cross border fraud of around USD 50 million perpetuated by a Private Bank which failed to comply with the client’s transfer instructions and instead deposited the funds into a bank account it held in the UAE.

– Advising on the market dominance, regulatory position, processes, compliance and violations should the client’s market share exceeds 40% in the UAE due to a cross border merger.

– In the context of capital restructuring of a solar project, advising on the validity of the company structure, redemption of shares and increase of the company’s share capital to above AED 300 million.

– Advising a client ultimately owned by a fund, which is being restructured due to certain irregularities, on a management buyout and the sale of the company, the restructure of management, termination of employees, and benefits and consequences of voluntarily liquidation verse bankruptcy.


English, Arabic, French and Dutch (basic)


Lawyer’s Bar Association of Tripoli – Lebanon
International Bar Association
Solicitors Regulation Authority
Dubai Business Women Council
Lebanese Business Council
Netherlands Business Council
Arab Renewable Energy Commission


Lebanese University, Beirut
Qualified in 1991

Lawyer Rankings

United Arab Emirates > Commercial, corporate and M&A

Ince balances a varied corporate and commercial workload; it has a strong reputation in the shipping sector, where it handles a number of corporate mandates, though it is also equipped to advise clients in the tech, energy and oil and gas sectors, among others. Rita Al Semaani Jansen and David Galea are the key partners, and managing associate Charbel Fadel is another name to note. Alastair Holland  was a new arrival in 2020 from Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP.