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KBH Kaanuun

Dispute Resolution

1 ranked lawyersBand 5United Arab EmiratesGlobal 2021 View ranking table
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What the team is known for

Noted presence before the DIFC Courts, representing clients in cases ranging from recovery claims to employment disputes. Acts on a variety of matters including shareholder and joint venture disputes. Advises on commercial litigation and arbitration, particularly DIFC-LCIA and DIAC matters. Assists clients in the financial services sector as well as those in real estate and construction.

Strengths

A commentator praised the team’s “considerable experience in dispute resolution, mediation, international litigation and arbitration,” while another stated: “They have a genuine empathy for each client and each case.”

Work highlights

Acted for the general partner of an investment fund on a more than USD100 million claim against the fund's auditor, KPMG. The case related to the collapse of the Abraaj Group, to which the general partner had delegated responsibility for management of the fund.

Notable practitioners

Bushra Ahmed is an active practitioner with a strong track record before the DIFC Courts. Clients appreciate her “high level of professionalism, integrity, expertise and analytical reasoning” on top of her "client-focused approach." In addition to general commercial litigation, she is noted for her frequent handling of employment litigation and has further expertise in contentious financial services regulatory matters.

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Overview

KBH has experienced and globally ranked lawyers who advise on litigation, arbitration and mediation. KBH has played key role in development of the DIFC as a favourable jurisdiction for dispute resolution, helped to develop the law, set important precedents and provided access to justice.

KBH advises on:

  • Contractual and commercial disputes
  • Economic offences
  • Employment matters
  • Financial services
  • Insolvency
  • Property dispute
  • Reputation management
  • Shareholder disputes

KBH was the first firm to:

  • Fund a case entirely with litigation funding, successfully pursued a financial mis-selling case
  • Bring a claim against a bank outside the jurisdiction and set a precedent widening jurisdiction
  • Obtain a group litigation order
  • Set precedent as to what amounts to “possession and occupation” in real estate industry
  • Conduct proceedings in the UK out of DIFC office
  • Acting for the Liquidator in the first ever claim of Unfair Prejudice by Swiss minority shareholders in the DIFC Courts
  • Disputes involving the rights of audience before the DIFC Court of an individual not registered as a practitioner with the Court, but who holds a Power of Attorney to represent the Claimants
  • Acting for the Claimant Investors in the first proceedings of 2011 brought in the DIFC Court against a prominent Dubai property developer. The case has a novel jurisdictional aspect in that the property is located within the geographic boundaries of the DIFC but the Agreement refers to the jurisdiction of the “Courts of Dubai” (not DIFC)

Members

Singh, DK (Head of Department)

Ahmed, Bushra

Dillon-Malone, Patrick

Kilgallen, Karen

Pollemans, Natasja

Industries

Financial Institutions, Banking, Infrastructure, Information Technology, Private and Public Companies

Dispute Resolution Department

KBH Kaanuun

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Department location

Dubai International Financial Centre

Gate Village 7, Second Floor

PO Box 506546

Dubai

Dubai

United Arab Emirates

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United Arab Emirates

Dispute Resolution


Bushra Ahmed
Band 4