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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

Mamoun Osman

Mamoun OsmanAssociate

Abdus Samad

Abdus SamadAssociate

Anna White

Anna WhiteAssociate

Of Counsel

Amjad Khan

Amjad A KhanSenior Counsel


C. Chakradaran

C. ChakradaranSenior Counsel


Qatar Sanctions - New Developments
Afridi & Angell, May 2018

The political dispute between Qatar and its neighbors escalated with the announcement by Qatar that it would impose a ban on goods from the four boycotting countries, the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Egypt. As we reported earlier, these four countries imposed a trade embargo on Qatar. The measures that were introduced prohibited the direct shipment of goods and the direct transport of passengers to or from Qatar and closed the land border between Qatar and Saudi Arabia. Ships and aircraft registered in Qatar were prohibited from entering the territories of the boycotting countries, and vice versa...

Cautious Optimism on 100 per cent Foreign Ownership
Afridi & Angell, May 2018

Recent media reports have suggested that 100 per cent foreign ownership of companies in the UAE will now be permitted. The reports are based on a government press release regarding a UAE Federal Cabinet (Cabinet) meeting held on 20 May 2018. The press release states that the Cabinet announced changes in the system of foreign ownership in the UAE allowing global investors to own 100 per cent of companies by the end of the current year. While this is welcome news, some media reports and expert analysis have jumped the gun giving the impression that 100 per cent foreign ownership is a done deal...

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Afridi & Angell Advises on Two Key Convertible Sukuk Issuances
Afridi & Angell, January 2018

Afridi & Angell recently advised Sharjah Islamic Bank (SIB) and Sharjah Cement and Industrial Development Co. PJSC (SCID) in connection with convertible Sukuk, both of which were issued to the Sharjah Social Security Fund (the Fund). SIB Convertible Sukuk-Al Wakala Afridi & Angell advised SIB in connection with the issuance of AED 266,805,000 Convertible Sukuk-Al Wakala certificates to the Fund and the subsequent conversion of the Sukuk certificates into the ordinary share capital of SIB. The Fund was established by Emiri Decree No...

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...

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