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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


The New Foreign Direct Investment Law - United Arab Emirates
Afridi & Angell, November 2018

News of a new federal law on foreign direct investment in the UAE has many people asking: “Does this mean I can now form a new company with majority foreign ownership?” The answer is the same as previously, “No, not yet”. Companies incorporated in the UAE require a minimum of 51 percent UAE ownership. As an exception to this rule, 100 percent foreign ownership is permitted in free zones. The new law may lead to further exceptions in the future. Federal Decree-Law 19 of 2018 (the “FDI Law”) was issued on 23 September 2018. The FDI Law adopts a similar approach to majority foreign ownership as the UAE Commercial Companies Law...

Application for an Anti-Suit Injunction: Dismissed
Afridi & Angell, November 2018

In an order dated at the end of 2018, the DIFC Court accepted that a party seeking an anti-suit injunction against proceedings in a foreign court must show that proceeding before the foreign court is or would be “vexatious or oppressive” to that party. The DIFC Court further held that where the applicant has the option of obtaining a stay of proceedings in the foreign court itself, the DIFC Court would have no “compelling reason” to grant an anti-suit injunction; to do so would not be in line with the overriding objectives of the Court...

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Significant Precedents from the DIFC Courts
Afridi & Angell, November 2018

DUBAI – Monday 5 November 2018 – On 31 October 2018 Afridi & Angell obtained three favorable orders in CFI-015-2018 ((1) ED&F Man Capital Markets MENA Limited (2) ED&F Man Capital Markets Limited v (1) Sayyed Hussain (2) RJ O’Brien MENA Capital Limited (3) Stephen Ghallami) after successfully defending an anti-suit injunction, an application to exclude evidence and obtaining a document production order, all of which set important precedents for litigation in the DIFC Court...

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...

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