Geraldine Ahern > Eversheds Sutherland LLP > Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates > Lawyer Profile

Eversheds Sutherland LLP
United Arab Emirates

Work Department

Geraldine is a Partner in the Company Commercial department in Eversheds Abu Dhabi office, United Arab Emirates. 

Geraldine specialises in international commercial agreements and employment arrangements.  Geraldine has experience of drafting a range of international commercial agreements with particular experience of technology, distribution, franchising and agency related issues and working for global private sector companies as well as government organisations.  Example of recent experience include:  advising the Abu Dhabi government on various contractual matters, including drafting key strategic agreements;   advising   on  a  software and hardware infrastructure project for a large Islamic bank, including drafting and negotiating the contract terms;  project managing cross jurisdictional franchising arrangements and providing local law and strategic advice for large US corporations;  acting for a major US IT company on their negotiations with a body of the Dubai government;  acting for a leading FTSE 100 company on the range of their Middle East interests including drafting their standard terms and conditions and providing commercial advice on specific issues such as product liability;  drafting commercial agreements for a high profile arrangement between two well known Abu Dhabi local companies.

Geraldine advises on  employment contracts, as well as advising on a broad range of international labour law issues. Geraldine’s recent experience includes:  r eviewing and commenting on employment handbooks for international and local companies;  advising on appointments and exits at all levels, including executive levels;  providing advice on company restructuring and redundancies;  acting for senior executives in their exit discussions and contracts;  liaising on a frequent basis with Ministry of Labour and the free zone authorities on employment related matters.

Geraldine represents clients in commercial negotiations and acts as an extension of ‘in-house legal counsel’ where required.




Lawyer Rankings

United Arab Emirates > Employment

(Leading individuals)

Geraldine AhernEversheds Sutherland LLP

The employment team at Eversheds Sutherland LLP is praised for its ‘personable‘ and ‘pragmatic‘ approach. Led by firm Abu Dhabi managing partner Geraldine Ahern, the practice represents a number of leading multinationals and has a broad scope of practice that includes business expansion, crisis management, redundancy and more. Ahern also heads the firm’s Middle East commercial offering; recent mandates have involved advising on the DIFC pension reforms. Former co-head Sarah Anderson has now left the firm.

United Arab Emirates > Intellectual property

Eversheds Sutherland LLP‘s team is ‘commercial‘ in its approach and has a broad practice that covers transactional matters, as well as litigation and arbitration. Nasser Ali Khasawneh co-heads the global TMT practice. Commercial practice head Geraldine Ahern has expertise advising on mandates involving agency, distribution and franchising issues. Principal associate Christine Khoury has a broad TMT and intellectual property practice.