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Hadef & Partners

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Chairman & Founding Partner: Dr. Hadef Al Dhaheri
Managing Partners: Sadiq Jafar, Dubai; Dr. Faraj Ahnish, Abu Dhabi
Number of Partners: More than 90 lawyers across our Abu Dhabi and Dubai offices.
Languages: Arabic, English, Croatian, French, German, Hindu, Italian, Pashto, Russian, Serbian, Spanish, Ukrainian, Urdu

Firm Overview:
Hadef & Partners is a leading independent UAE law firm, with over 90 lawyers in Dubai and Abu Dhabi. Just as the UAE has developed since its formation in 1971, so has the firm. Founded in 1980 by Dr. Hadef Al Dhaheri, who served as Minister of Justice (2008-2014), it has become an internationally respected, full-service business law firm supporting local, regional and international clients and government entities. Hadef & Partners acts for clients from leading regional and international companies, government entities, institutional organisations and prestigious family business conglomerates.

With almost four decades of experience, the firm understands the laws, traditions, opportunities and challenges of the region. Its lawyers come from a diverse range of Western and Middle Eastern backgrounds. Its market leading team of advocates has rights of audience in all UAE courts and tribunals. As a result of the quality and diversity of its lawyers, the firm continues to be entrusted to advise on the most pioneering, complex and strategic projects and transactions in the UAE.

The firm’s objective is to remain the law firm of choice in the UAE. To achieve this, its lawyers continue to deliver high class quality legal advice and exceptional client service. This singular goal guides Hadef & Partner’s strategy and leads to sustained growth year on year.

Main Areas of Practice:
Hadef & Partners has substantial experience in key practice areas. The firm enjoys a full service reputation and is often the first port of call for UAE specific matters from multinational clients and global law firms.

Dispute Resolution:

The firm’s market leading dispute resolution practice has extensive experience of national, cross-border and international litigation and arbitration, as well as other forms of investigations and alternative dispute resolution. The firm advises on the full range of disputes including commercial, corporate criminal, employment, engineering and construction and property matters. Its advocates have full rights of audience before the various UAE courts and tribunals and its registered DIFC practitioners are well-versed in the rules and regulations of the DIFC courts.

The firm’s highly reputed property practice advises a full range of sectors on all aspects of property law, and the entire real estate life cycle including project and corporate structuring, land and real estate acquisition, asset management, disposals, disputes and leasing.

All aspects of corporate, financial, banking, regulatory and general transactional work are covered by the firm’s corporate team including inward investment, mergers and acquisitions, private equity and venture capital, corporate structuring and restructuring, joint ventures, corporate reorganisations and initial public offerings.

The firm’s dedicated commercial team has an extensive practice encompassing the complete range of strategic business and commercial contracts advice, together with specialised expertise in agency, distribution, franchising, sale of goods and services, licensing, services agreements, hospitality management, consultancy, e-commerce, competition, consumer protection and data security.

Engineering & Construction:
The firm’s engineering and construction team provides a significant level of legal specialism to the engineering and construction sector, by offering its industry clients a comprehensive advice service for both procurement and resolving disputes. Clients of the firm’s practice encompass the entire development spectrum of developers, financiers, contractors, major sub-contractors and project consultants.

The firm’s dedicated employment practice has gained a widespread reputation for providing practical, current advice and well-structured documentation. It offers a range of legal services for international and regional employers in all sectors and for the entire life cycle of the employment relationship. The team also works with our colleagues in its corporate and M&A teams, on the employment aspects of business registrations, business transfers and restructuring.

Banking & Finance:
The firm has acknowledged expertise in banking and finance. Its clients include financial institutions, corporations, governmental authorities, issuers, arrangers, underwriters, project sponsors and private equity participants in a range of sectors. It routinely advises on acquisition finance, project and other structured finance transactions, privatisation, rescheduling and corporate restructuring, asset finance, and debt capital market transactions.

Maritime, Transport & Trade:
The firm’s maritime, transport & trade team acts for a range of regional and international clients, including P&I Clubs, underwriters, vessel and airline owners, transportation operators, charterers, commodity traders, ship repair yards, financial institutions, governmental authorities, port operators and regulators. It handles contract negotiations and transactions, and to the extent disputes arise, act in arbitrations and engage its advocates, who are qualified to appear before all courts and tribunals of the UAE.

Forums & Committees:
Hadef & Partners is an independent law firm. All Hadef & Partners lawyers are members of the International Bar Association (IBA). Hadef & Partners chair and/or take part in several different IBA forums and committees including:
■ Global Education Officer of the M&A/Corporate Law Committee for the IBA
■ Appointee in the MENA region to the Cross Border M&A (XBMA) Forum for the IBA
■ Chair of the Islamic Finance Subcommittee for the IBA
■ Officer of the Arab Regional Forum (ARF) a division of the IBA
■ Officer of the Anti-Corruption Asset Recovery subcommittee for the IBA
■ Officer of the Legal Practice Division (LPD) Council of the IBA

Industry Groups:
The firm’s partners also hold a number of prominent positions within various industry groups including:
■ DIFC Proposed Wealth Management Working Group Members Dubai
■ DIFC Courts’ Users’ Committee
■ DIFC Courts’ Users’ Committee Rules Subcommittee
■ DIFC Academy of Law
■ EMAC (Emirates Maritime Arbitration Centre) Board of Trustees Dubai Maritime Advisory Council
■ ICC FraudNet organisation
■ Advisory board to the DJI’s (Dubai Judicial Institute) quarterly journal Emirates Law, Business & Practice
■Dispute Resolution and Arbitration Committee for the Inter Pacific Bar Association (IPBA)
■ Middle East Co-ordinator for the Inter Pacific Bar Association (IPBA)