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Afridi & Angell

Afridi & Angell  

Legal Services | United Arab Emirates

tel: +971 4 330 3900 | fax: +971 4 330 3800
Emirates Towers Offices, Level 35, P.O. Box 9371 | Dubai | United Arab Emirates

Main Contacts

Bashir Ahmed

Bashir AhmedManaging Partner

Samera Marei

Samera MareiDirector of Business Development and Marketing


Dubai, United Arab Emirates | Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates | Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

Afridi & Angell's Overview

Afridi & Angell is a leading full-service business law firm in the United Arab Emirates (U.A.E.). The firm, one of the oldest in the U.A.E., was established in 1975, not long after the formation of the U.A.E. in 1971.

Our history and reputation for quality legal work has made the firm an integral part of the country's legal landscape and one of the premier law firms in the region. The quality and high standards of the firm are set and preserved by the partners who have many years of experience in the U.A.E. Our lawyers are trained in international jurisdictions and bring with them international experience and the world's business languages.

We advise local, regional and international clients on a wide range of transactions and legal issues. Our commitment to practical and solution-based advice is valued and recognised by clients.

Our clients are the core focus of our business strategy. Our holistic approach means we consider client matters as a whole with a view to obtaining the best result for the client and minimising potential future risks.

As one of the most established law firms in the U.A.E., our partners boast an unrivaled range and depth of local, regional and international experience. Their innate understanding of client needs coupled with their 'hands on' approach to client matters has undoubtedly formed the basis for the firm's sustained and growing international reputation.

We pride ourselves on being multi-specialists. This versatility makes our service consistent, effective and cost-efficient.

"Afridi & Angell provides 'consistently high service' and 'a creative and solution-oriented' approach, and caters to a mix of local and international clients."

Legal 500 EMEA 2013

  • Year this Office was Established: 1975
  • Number of Offices Worldwide: 3
  • Lawyers Worldwide: 30

Languages: English, Arabic, Urdu, Hindi, German, French, Sinhalese, Tamil, Gujarati, Farsi.


Areas of Practice
  • Banking & Financial Services
  • Corporate & Commercial
  • Dispute Resolution
  • Dubai International Financial Centre
  • Employment
  • Financial Services Regulation
  • Infrastructure & Project Finance
  • Insurance
  • International Trade Controls & Sanctions
  • Maritime, Shipping & Transport
  • Military Procurement & Offsets
  • Private Equity & Acquisitions
  • Real Estate & Construction
  • Venture Capital
Representative Clients
  • Citibank N.A.
  • Credit Suisse Trust
  • Union Properties PJSC
  • Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank
  • National Bank of Fujairah
  • Burberry Middle East
  • Exxon Mobil
  • Fluor Corporation
  • Lockheed Martin
  • General Electric
  • Deyaar PJSC
  • Al Du'a
  • Apex Brazil
  • BNP Paribas
  • Abu Dhabi Investment Bank
  • Creative Energy Resources
  • Union Properties PJSC
  • Crocs



Vivek Agrawalla

Vivek AgrawallaSenior Associate

Adite Aloke

Adite AlokeAssociate

Imran Asghar

Imran AsgharAssociate

Omer Bakri

Omer H BakriAssociate

Mevan Bandara

Mevan BandaraAssociate

Ronnie Dabbasi

Ronnie DabbasiSenior Associate

Rahat Dar

Rahat DarSenior Associate

Nazim Hashim

Nazim HashimAssociate

Afraz Hussain

Afraz HussainAssociate

Tara Jamieson

Tara JamiesonAssociate

Kanan Kasuya

Kanan KasuyaAssociate

Saurbh Kothari

Saurbh KothariSenior Associate

Danielle Lobo

Danielle LoboSenior Associate

Abdus Samad

Abdus SamadAssociate

Anna White

Anna WhiteAssociate

Of Counsel

Amjad Khan

Amjad A KhanSenior Counsel


M.A.K Afridi

M.A.K AfridiSenior Counsel

C. Chakradaran

C. ChakradaranSenior Counsel


The New UAE Pledge Law - Security Registration
Afridi & Angell, February 2018

UAE Federal Law 20 of 2016 (Regarding the pledge of moveables as a security for debts) (the Pledge Law) introduced a new regime for registering a pledge over moveable assets which are pledged as security for the repayment of a debt. We reported on this law in our inBrief of January 2017, New UAE Pledge Law Over Moveable Assets. The actual registration of pledges was subject to establishment of a security register pursuant to the implementing regulations issued under the Pledge Law. This security register has now been established by the Emirates Development Bank and is known as the Emirates Movable Collateral Registry...

UAE VAT Designated Zones Defined
Afridi & Angell, January 2018

The UAE Ministry of Finance has released Cabinet decision No. 59 of 2017 specifying all Designated Zones to be effective from 1 January 2018 for the purposes of implementing the Designated Zone provisions in Federal Decree Law No 8 of 2017 on Value Added Tax. The Cabinet has the authority to amend the list of Designated Zones as required. A Designated Zone is required to be a specific fenced area with security measures and Customs controls in place to monitor entry and exit of individuals and the movement of goods to and from the area. Concessional VAT treatment may be available for transactions involving the supply of physical goods within Designated Zones...

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Afridi & Angell Announces New Managing Partner
Afridi & Angell, December 2016

Afridi & Angell is pleased to announce that Bashir Ahmed has been elected Managing Partner effective 1 November 2016. Bashir succeeds Amjad Ali Khan who has overseen the firm’s growth for over a decade. Amjad will continue to be associated with the firm as Senior Consultant. A veteran in the UAE legal market, Bashir is the fourth managing partner of the firm in its over 40 years’ history. He joined Afridi & Angell as an associate in 1988 and became a partner in 1993. Like his predecessors, Messrs. Ali Afridi, C. Chakradaran, and Amjad Ali Khan, Bashir has spent the majority of his career in the UAE at Afridi & Angell...

Afridi & Angell Recognised as Regional Law Firm of the Year By The Oath Middle East Legal Awards 2016
Afridi & Angell, November 2016

Afridi & Angell is delighted to announce that the firm was awarded Regional Law Firm of the Year award at The Oath Middle East Awards 2016 on Tuesday 22 November in Dubai. The award category honours law firms with less than ten partners and recognises excellence in service delivery, strength in legal strategy and vision, and commitment to providing the highest standard of legal services. “We are honoured by this award which recognises the firm’s top tier talent and its preeminent position in the legal market...

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